Monday, March 19, 2012

Freedom ~ Clark Little Photography

Flame ~ Clark Little ~ click here
I was searching for Clark Little while looking at photos on facebook (Amazing Earth via Like Animals); I couldn't remember his name, but I'd been wanting to remember so I could show my kids his photos.  I picked up a book in Waikiki in a shop and was mesmerized.  I never got around to looking at anything else in the shop.  What I recall reading that day was that his wife asked him to take a picture of a wave for their bedroom, which sparked his amazing art.

Tonight, picture by picture, I am finding solace and peace in these photos.  His turtle photos are amazing, but some of the wave shots are just amazing (I want to highlight a few of those favorites, too, but will probably save those for another night).  Since the turtles are spread out, I'm posting links to the turtle pictures I saw (I'm trying to keep the pictures big enough to see his watermarks), and its worth clicking on each because they are so much bigger and better in his gallery, plus his books contain even more.  I plan to order a print for my wall at some point, but have to figure out which one and where it'll go, plus catch up on bills for a while.

But you truly can't think of bills when you open his site, and a slide show starts that'll stop you REALLY need to give yourself at least a minute or two on his site.

Dancing Honu



15 Ways to Stop Obsessing ~ Article Link

When you are grounded in the moment, you’re not thinking of what bad things can happen to you in the future, or dwelling on the mistakes of your past."

"Obsessions are almost always rooted in our attachments. So if we can think of them as borrowed from God—that God alone is the owner of this thing about which we are obsessing--we tend to become less greedy and possessive with our gifts, material and otherwise. In this way, we are mere stewards of whatever God has graciously given us."

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Beatles a capella covers (for this gray Montana day)

I was talking to other fire-wife-moms last night, and the grayness of Montana winters came up a couple of times from people realizing how little we recognize how much we are impacted by the gray of our winters.

Things like Seasonal Affective Disorder are talked about quite a bit in places like Alaska during winter, with college campus health centers even providing multi-station uv light consoles the way a public library would provide computers.  And in the Pacific Northwest, cities like Seattle are known for their depressingly rainy winters. But in Montana, we mostly talk about winter in fairly positive terms because so many of us spend our time outside when the snow falls.

When I lived in Alaska, my first winter was bliss; I even rode my bike to school through the winter and occasionally skied to campus.  My second winter, though, when I was pregnant and unable to do the same high impact (and somewhat high risk) physical activities, winter was another story altogether, I has much more empathy for the many friends up there (especially people born and raised there) significantly impacted by winter blues.

On the medical side of things, UV light and travel can be very helpful during winter.  But on a less-than-medical and less-than-long-term-solution-finding note, indoor fun is good where you can find it.

Which brings us back the Beatles.  I swiped these youtube shares from facebook.  Watch and enjoy.