Screen Savers

If you are reading this then you are probably using a computer of some kind: a Mac, PC or Smartphone. You might have taken the liberty of customizing your lock screen or working screen background. You may have adjusted what happens when your computer is idle by turning on a screen saver of some ilk (it’s here we drop the smartphone which usually turn off). Screen savers originated as a result of a problem of image burn-in on the old CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors where if you left an image on long enough, it literally becomes burned into the display and nothing will remove the ghost image.

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A Picture is Worth…. Part 2

In an earlier epistle I commented that sometimes a picture could be enhanced by words. I then blithely went on to talk about how to make a picture or combination of pictures speak for themselves without words.

Recently I read an article that repeated the saying “A picture is worth a 1,000 words” and I had an “ah-ha!” moment. And that thought was…”sometimes, not all the time, a picture is literally worth a 1,000 word essay”! Whether the essay is an explanation of its environment and setting, or the feelings and emotions felt and depicted in and through the image, there are times when words will add another layer of color and hue to it.

National Geographic gets this. Guess it was time for me to understand this applies to my personal collection of snapshots.  Continue reading “A Picture is Worth…. Part 2”

Lost… but …Found

Dedicated to all of us, for we all suffer the pain of loss and our internal stories of regret.

First birthday.

A time of joy and cake

A time of presents
   more for the adults
      than the children
         who are entranced by boxes, crinkly paper, balloons, ribbons and sounds

A time to remember and celebrate
   From the first smiles to out loud giggles
   From rolling and crawling to the first faltering steps to running at breakneck speeds

But then time slips by...
   And the past becomes a shadow

Hugs that are but memories
   Snuggles that are missed
      Laughter and wonder that have faded

Photographs, videos, doodles, drawings, writings and cards are our time capsules
   Snippets of moments
      some beautiful, some enchanting, some upsetting
   Providing ways to observe the changes
      and take note of who this person is becoming
   Messages from tiny scratchings on various media to live video and artwork drawn with care
      giving us a clue into the heart, mind and soul of others

And a memory, song, place, smell, and story can catapult us back...
   to where we can experience and re-live how we felt
      the joys we felt
         the smiles we shared
            the hearts that were joined in an unending symphony of gratitude

Here's to dreams -- fulfilled and unfulfilled
   to joy and wonder -- experienced and shared

And as we remember our grief amid the whirlwind of loss


   may friends surround us
      keep us
         hear and listen to us

So that they too may know who once walked this world
   who once discovered a smile in the simplest of things
      who once shared a secret or message shining light into even the darkest crags

And with that... help ease the loss
   Quell the regrets
      And focus on the blessings and lessons imparted by their presence in our life

Life Anchors

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Have you ever found yourself looking at something sitting on a shelf, buried in a box or being tossed out and find your thoughts snapped back to the time when it entered your life? A simple coffee cup…one of my favorites…can do that. It reminds me of a couple of mission trips to Arizona, the times spent there, the connections made, the services performed, the difficulties encountered, and always the shared laughter. Continue reading “Life Anchors”

Brain Fitness & Organizational Health

brainfitnessSometimes disparate and distinct ideas, which weren’t initially meant to be tied together, can be used outside of their original context. It produces interesting results and most of the time I just note them and keep going. Today I am sharing one tidbit of insight…an “Ah-Ha” moment.

During a recent viewing of an episode from the “Brain Fitness” series, the following tenets were provided as critical in brain plasticity and change: Continue reading “Brain Fitness & Organizational Health”

Musical Interludes

I have always enjoyed music — almost any kind of music. Whether it’s country , bluegrass, rock and roll, gospel, classical, movie soundtracks, doo wop, crooners, new age, or other, for me music is a way of getting excited, calming down, feeling reflective, staying focused, becoming inspired, seeking wisdom, finding solace and escaping for a brief period of time. Continue reading “Musical Interludes”