Real life, art, and other fun stuff

Life is a journey, not a destination. Sure, we have all heard it before and it has become a cliche in our society. There is truth in that statement though. When one road is closed (and anyone that drives in and around the Toledo area can verify this), there is always another route waiting to lead you to where you need to be. I've learned a lot over the past few years and I plan to document both the good times and the bad. Hopefully, through it all, I can help some other poor, lost, lonely soul that is wandering on the road called life.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Presenting War and Pieces

Well, another semester has come and gone. I am very glad to say that I managed to maintain my 4.0 (not sure how I managed to get an A in my Statistics class, but I am not one to complain).

War and Pieces turned out absolutely fabulous. It is difficult to accurately get a picture of it in its entirety, so I am including the presentation that I made in class. I hope that you enjoy. While it took a significantly longer time to create than say...a term paper, it was so much more fun.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Update - War and Pieces

Earlier, I posted some pics of a project I am working on for my Sociology Class this semester. The class is Peace and Conflict Studies and we can choose our own final project (much better than just writing a boring old paper....I do plenty of that

Anyway, I decided to do an art piece that would depict the ways that both war and peace are seen and how the two can intertwine and be connected.

This project from beginning to end has lasted almost 14 weeks so far (from conception to it's near completed state, and of course, I haven't worked on it every single day, but a few hours here and a few there.) I am getting really excited about the progress, and with the encouragement of a very incredible lady, I am going to post the updates as I go....

I won't post the finished product though, that will be unveiled in April (or December 14th if you are in my SOC class). Just an F.Y.I., I do accept some forms of bribery in regards to viewing the finished project.

Without further adieu, here is War and Pieces: The progress....

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The WOW Factor

Today has been the first weekend day I have had off work so far this semester. Not that I am complaining, but it would be nice to have a weekend off once in awhile. I guess I can't say much since I am requesting a four day weekend for Thanksgiving. It will be nice to spend some time with family and friends, since I don't get to see people too often during the semester.

I have also come to the conclusion of where I would like to do my volunteer work for my religion class this semester. I really want to volunteer for a place called the Beach House. It was opened in 1921, and it is Toledo's oldest shelter for homeless women and children. It has, since that time, become a shelter for single fathers and families as well. It sounds like an amazing place for people to get a brand new lease on life. I am hoping they will be able to work with me. If you would like to find out more about The Beach House please go to :   or visit them on Facebook at!/pages/Beach-House-Family-Shelter/144369802533?v=wall

On a super cool note, I went out to WoodChucks last night to celebrate my dear friend's last night bar tending and wanted to get some pictures of karaoke night....Not wanting to possibly damage my nice, new camera, I took my old point and shoot. Today when I went to look at the pictures from last night I discovered that there were also pictures I took at the Wood County Fair earlier this summer. I completely forgot they were even on my camera.  I was so wow'd by it that I am posting some of the pics and edits that I did.
All-in-all, it's been a productive schoolwork day as well as letting me have a little time to relax (and nurse a hangover).
I hope you enjoy.
Until next time....

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lovin' the Nightlife

I had a little bit of free time this evening after the sun made its descent across the western sky. With it being Veteran's Day, the I-280 bridge was lit up to resemble the American Flag. Luckily it wasn't too cold.

I am having so much fun with my camera....I love it. Here are some shots that I took this evening.

The last photo was kinda of a crap-shoot...I was trying to take it at a stoplight, but then the light turned green and the vehicle was moving as I tried to take a picture. While people may say it looks ridiculous, I say....I like it! I like the way the camera focuses on the one way sign and the pedestrian sign, but everything else is blurry and moving....
Enjoy the night!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Feeling Festively Feisty

The other day, I went out with my camera and took about 500 pictures. It was a gorgeous, sunny, autumn day. While I wish that every single one of them were good...I know better. It was a breezy day, and I am still pretty new with my camera since I don't get to get out very often to enjoy it. I would probably say there were about 50 really good/interesting photographs. On my way home, I stopped at Parker's Pumpkin Patch. It is a small locally owned pumpkin patch that, of all things, sells pumpkins for Halloween. I spoke with the owner, Jim. His family has been running it now for 5 years. He is saving the proceeds for his son Parker's college fund. I thought that was really awesome!
Jim was very happy to let me take pictures of his pumpkins. I took at least 50 more pictures at the patch. Then I bought some pumpkins and soy candles (yes, there were more than just pumpkins at the pumpkin patch). When I got home, I took several different pictures of pumpkin collages. There are pumpkin pictures everywhere.

Today, I am sharing a creation that I made called Pumpkintini Anyone? I hope that you enjoy. If you would like to find out more about Parker's Pumpkin Patch please visit them on Facebook.

Now to find the time to get around editing all the pictures I

Friday, October 29, 2010

Stick a fork in me

That's how I feel lately...just stick a fork in me. I'm done. I am just so wiped out this semester and it's only half over. I am working way to many hours to be able to keep up with my school work, but until my boss hires someone else, I'm stuck. I can never get caught up, and I am to the point where I am just gonna say screw it and do something for myself today.

It is a gorgeous autumn day, not too cold, sunshine. I left work early. I was going to go and get a flu shot, but they stopped giving them at noon.

So I have decided it is a day of me and my camera. As soon as I finish my blog, I am out the door. I can't wait.

I just wanted to mention my final project for my Sociology class. It was my choice of what I wanted to submit. I didn't really feel like writing a paper. I write plenty of those everyday. I could earn my certificate as a conflict negotiator....ok, sounds interesting, but still more reading AND a test. I decided to do a print on canvas. I am really excited about it so far. I have about 32 hours into it so far and it is only part done.

I began in photoshop and created the collage you see here.....

It is called "War and Peaces". The title was inspired by my very dear friend Hope. She truly is witty and inspirational.

It is still a work in progress as I mentioned before. When I am done with it, it will be a mixed media masterpiece (I hope) I will keep you posted on the progress.

Enjoy the day,
Blessed Be

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Prayer for Peace Day 2010

   Today, my prayer for peace is not only for people all over the world but right here in America as well. It has been said that peace is not just the absence of war, but also the love we have for others. Today, my hope is that all people, instead of fearing someone because they are different; seek instead to understand why there are differences. Love your neighbor does not just mean the people close to you, but all people. Everyone is a neighbor in some way. Erase the hate within ourselves and we can begin to mend the rift that continues even in this day and age to separate us. I know that I am just one person and I may not be able to change the world, but if I can just reach one person and make a difference for one person, then it can begin to spread. This is my prayer today, my prayer for peace. This is what I hope for on Peace Day 2010. What will you pray for?

   This is a Photoshop creation I did in my Web Imaging class several semesters ago. I think it is a perfect fit for today because when one person looks up at night and sees the moon, someone very different could look up and see a planet.  This will hopefully help you to see that we all have differences which make us unique. As humans, we need to learn to respect those differences. It has to start someone, and I hope it starts today.

Friday, September 17, 2010

International Day of Peace and Global Ceasefire...Please watch the video.

September 21, 2010 is a very special day all over the world. It is the International Day of Peace and a day of global ceasefire. Established by the United Nations in 1981, and first celebrated the following year and every year after, it is a day where anyone can make a difference....

Whether you light a candle at noon, meditate, say a prayer, or do something more involved, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

It is a vital day for people that live in areas ravaged by the atrocities of war. It is a day where emergency crews are able to deliver much needed supplies and medicine without fear of being killed.

If you are interested in learning more about this crucial day, please visit:

There are millions of ways that you can show your support and help in hopes that one day, we can live in a world where there is peace.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." ~Mahatma Gandhi

Sunday, September 12, 2010


I am impressed to see that I actually have followers. That is very cool. Thanks. I guess I don't really need to update from my last post, since my followers were at the gallery and already know the

I'm not sure how much I will be able to update, or what actual content for updating I will have in the upcoming and work consume all of my time.

Sometimes I feel like I don't have any time to breathe...let alone everything else. Though, I find a few moments every now and again to try out the new camera....I love it so much.

Here are a few shots I have taken so far...

Spider that was on the bathroom wall....eeeeeeek!

Here it is again...Definitely not Charlotte!

Gotta love Mother Nature and her sense of humor.

Just in case you didn't catch it the first time...

Some side views...

Now for the best part....wait for it...wait for it....

Nature gettin' funky...This is how carrots are really made....
But it isn't over yet....