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A new year

Happy 2014


Been away awhile. I could say I’ve been busy, which I have, but that’s no excuse. If you want to do something, you’ll make the time for it, even if that means cutting out something else, or doing extra work to make everything happen.

[Every time someone asks me what kind of camera to get a parent/sibling/child because the person is “likes to take pictures,” I say “don’t buy a camera for someone. If they want to take pictures, they’ll do the research and choose what’s best for them.” Nobody ever likes that advice.]

Making a resolution to do something doesn’t help. There’s nothing magical about January 1, and if you were going to start something, why didn’t you start on September 10? Resolutions can fail because of motivation, effort, and lack of support, but most people make resolutions that don’t matter to them.

So don’t make “resolutions,” make “plans.” Want to get more fit? Make a plan. Count calories, decide what you should and shouldn’t eat, find a trainer or workout buddy who knows more than you and will hold you accountable, and put in the work. (This is one of the things I did over the last year that has kept me busy.) Want to take more/better pictures? Make a plan. Create a project, stick to it. Create results, and post them somewhere that others can hold you accountable and encourage you to photograph more.

Want to blog? Make a plan. 🙂

Whatever you do, it’s only if you want it. Make it so.

capt. Picard says: Don't wish for a great 2014. Make it so.



There’s been a big stir about the new sculpture, Hallelujah, being installed at the Clay Center downtown. A lot of people don’t “get it,” and that’s OK, you shouldn’t disapprove of something just because you don’t understand it. I’m more interested in how the giant affects the building itself, and how the recent landscaping affects our view. Below is how the building, and the landscape, look if you’re walking or driving by.





This is a building that’s designed to smack people in the forehead as they go by. But with the addition of the trees (and trees grow bigger and obstruct more view) and the new sign and the new sculpture, the impressive Clay Center becomes hidden.

As you approach from different angles, the sculpture is so close to the building that it can’t be separated. It is a part of the immediate environment.





As I said before, I like this thing. It’s very cool and different, and like the Clay Center itself, it will make drivers coming off the interstate exit go “Wow.” And maybe a few expletives, but that’s OK.:)




I’m just concerned that such a close placement to the building is detrimental to both the art and the architecture. I’m a bit surprised they didn’t plant the thing closer to the corner, below.


Maybe in place of the electronic sign.


What do you think?


How I spent Thursday night


Health Plus doc gave me shot in butt, sent me to ER. ER doc sent me home. Magically cured. Western medicine at its finest.

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