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Green Backgrounds – A You Capture Edition

Green Backgrounds – A You Capture

It’s summer right? Am I the only one lazing out in blogland or what? Days are drifting by while my computer remains closed. But there’s nothing like a little You Capture to bring me out of my summer haze cave. I love You Capture because it forces me to look at my photographs with a new eye.  I do not claim to be a “photographer” (whatever that means) but I do enjoy taking photographs.  Call it what you will. I have chosen to experiment with the color green. It was one of the You Capture theme choices.  Last week I got to hang out with my kids in...
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It’s FUN raising my kids in Los An

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people say “I would never ever want to raise my kids in LA.” It’s kinda cool to live in a city so misunderstood. ‘Cause truly you can’t believe the kinds of things we have in our ‘hood. Would you believe me if I told you this photo was snapped just 15 minutes from our home? On a Saturday June evening when the fog from the beach was just rolling in? And that the kids fed the horses with long stems of grass with no one telling them what not to do? And the cost of this childhood memory...
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One Shot – A You Capture Edition

I don’t know about you But sometimes jumping into life head first Is the most satisfying way to go Even if you get a face full of sand at the end of the ride. •••••••••••••••••••••• I’m back playing along with You Capture today. The theme was to post One Shot from the photos I took in the last week. Hope you’re having a head first kind of day. Minus the...
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Fresh Memories Etched in My Mind –

Main Entry: fresh Pronunciation: \ˈfresh\Function: adjective (1) : experienced, made, or received newly or anew •••••••••••••••• I grew up in the late 70’s – early 80’s in an expansive backyard that was the result of being the middle house of a three-home cul-de-sac in West Phoenix. When my mom was looking for homes to buy so she and my dad could re-locate our family of six to Phoenix from Chicago, the yard is what convinced her to buy this house on Yucca St. I was almost 9-years-old and had just started the 4th grade...
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My Story of Moments – A You Captur

What is a photograph? What is it really? It’s a moment. So when I saw that this week’s You Capture theme was MOMENTS, I was all, okay. Yeah. But ALL photographs are moments. But as I thought more about it, of course I realized that some photographs tell the story of a moment better than others. And that’s what makes a photograph captivating for me. The story of a moment. I have to be honest. I did not keep this theme in my mind all week as I picked up my camera to photograph. I didn’t really have the brain space to do it. We spent the weekend...
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Quiet Glimpses During a Busy Week –

This week just flew. It rattled around me like the strong winds that have been whipping through Los Angeles. But it’s been a good rattle. A good fly. Because my soul is filled with the joy of opportunity. I didn’t have many chances to capture QUIET this week. But I tried. I happened upon this scene as I stood in the kitchen and I realized the house was uh, quiet.I walked back towards the kids’ rooms and this is what I found. A big sister just learning to read quietly reading to her adoring brother. I don’t really mind that the photo is blurry. ...
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Have you ever seen a HOPEFUL mama? As op

I’ve had my eye on hope for the last 7 days. These You Capture assignments have really gotten me looking at the visuals in my life in a whole new way. I love that. I guess that’s why I’m hooked. Yesterday, I realized that not many HOPEFUL images had crossed my path. No rainbows after a storm. No children looking longingly through a glass ice-cream case. No snow melting off a set of monkey bars. I had ideas about what might look hopeful but nothing was happening. And then yesterday. I woke up with a spring in my step. Which I rather like....
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You Capture – The Shapes My Childr

Many days I bustle alongNot seeing much of anything it seemsSeconds blurring into a frenzied time-line of my lifeAnd did I really see anything at all today? But then the stars alignFor a moment or twoAnd my vision crystallizesHow have I never seen these things before? My children have changed my sightIt’s been blurrier and clearer than ever beforeChanging instantly at timesThe SHAPE of my life has changed too In the last 7 days I have liveda blurry time-line of my lifeBut I have also lived a handfulof crystal, ocean-deep moments in time And these are some of the...
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I wanna smother him in kisses…..a

We’ve grown up together. Literally. Met when we were just 23. When life was ours and dreams were for the taking. We’ve taken many steps together never really knowing where we were headed but always knew we’d find our way….as long as we were together. This past weekend, our Valentine’s Day was not spent as a couple in love. It was spent as a family in love. Me and my man and the three souls that love built. The kisses we shared were not the ones that lovers do. They were smothering kisses over giggling smallish bodies. Kisses on...