A Reading Rainbow reboot

Reading Rainbow Reboot

LeVar Burton is working to bring Reading Rainbow back to all children through modern day technology as the traditional form of television viewing has transitioned.  Since his full ownership of the program, he has worked to further develop the reading program to evolve with the children of todays modern age.  Watch the film.  Consider contributing.  Kick start has the campaign scheduled to expire in 33 days.  The hope is to launch the web version of Reading Rainbow and reach all children from all over the world for free through web access.  Watch the video introduction below:

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In preparation for The End

The light from the horizon at Glendalough gates in Ireland, August 2014, by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery.

The light from the horizon at Glendalough gates in Ireland, August 2014, by Anne Hall of Syrenia Imagery.

A dear friend of mine has been suffering for a great deal of time.  Living through the pain and acting as though he is like everyone that surrounds him; as though nothing is different and life isn’t filled with uncertainty, fear, and anguish from not only the body screaming out in agony but the mind filling with sorrow for concern for the family he’s leaving behind.  His daughter, whom I have the honor of calling friend and colleague, has verbalized that her strength is finally weakening as she watches that amazing man that she has every right to idolize deteriorate before her eyes as she can do nothing but be by his side through the pain and sorrow of it all.  Longing for a release, but not wanting him to pass into the light.

I wanted to say something…do something more.  I have prayed.  I have shared in love.  I have watched and learned from both of their compassion for society and their strength in faith and love.  To know that she admits to this strength diminishing, I found but this little to say:

Being strong is often the hardest of tasks. Coming out in tact on the other side always amazes me. You can always feel the change. Whether its for the good or the bad, I can never fully make out…until that struggle becomes something I could use to help someone else’s misery just the slightest bit less painful. Every bit of happiness in life is worth cherishing and should not be taken for granted. Most often, it takes the encounter of death to realize how true it is. Until that day comes when that moment is truly final, concentrate on making the most of everything in between. Don’t save things for later that can be done sooner. Never forget to say “I love you” every chance you get! Be honest and direct because it protects from unnecessary pain, if not for you, for others. Most of all, be true to yourself because it’s your life and no one else’s! How you touch others with it leaves the greatest of marks on this world after you’ve gone.

It doesn’t take away from the loss.  Nor does it erase the fear and longing for more time.  But it is the truth.  And that’s the best I can give.  Especially to a couple of people that I love so much.

 

Home grown pineapples

Photo from Give a Shit about Nature.

Photo from Give a Shit about Nature.

 

I had no idea growing pineapples was so easy!  There are two methods: one with roots and one without.  I’m going to try both and see what happens.  It’s a long process so the end result wont appear any time soon, but I’m so excited.  Pinapple plants are so pretty.  What a great way to accent a home or garden.

Post 9/11 Museum is a mockery

Banner Memorial

BuzzFeed Staff Contribution

I will never go here! This isn’t a museum. It’s a monument for justifying the war on terror from the anguish that so many had to suffer. I watched my friends and family cry over people lost. I cried out of unbelievable stress and grief from being trapped and left alone at LAX with no resource to find my way back home to my family, and then to find out why with nothing but concern for my loved ones and fear for my own losses. The way that the author depicts the settings describes, not a memorial, but a media frenzy playing on the hearts of the people. I don’t care if you’re too young to know or just don’t know any better. It’s not like the ancient Egyptians where relics are put on display centuries later; or the Holocaust Memorial Museums where images are shown and few survivors still lived to witness their openings. We haven’t even crossed a lifetime yet. This small piece of history that changed the face and the lives of America forever is still refusing to focus on the reality of what happened and why. Left to the media to create illusion while someone somewhere profits financially….

The Big Photo Show comes to an end

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Once again, The Los Angeles Convention Center says goodbye to the Photographer’s dream of Expos, as The Big Photo Show concludes. The short lived weekend was filled with beautiful photography on display from entries contributed by amateur enthusiasts. Hundreds of opportunities from vendors to establish networking, printing, supplies, etc. crowded the isle ways. Panels about various types of photography that interest any level of participant, like light graffiti, star trails (again), establishing your own photography business, etc, were offered to attendees. This years display of cars was even better than the last! I only wish I had enough money to take advantage of all the bargains for photography equipment that was competitively priced by all the vendors specifically for the events attendees. I still have to say that I do not like the set up that is established for the model photography during the expo. The atmosphere is too crowded and much like paparazzi. There is no room to work and even less room to be creative. If this option is something that strikes interest, it would be better to attend private sessions rather than hope to take advantage of this type of photographic art during the event.
I enthusiastically look forward to next year and all that this experience offers! The Big Photo Show serves photography enthusiasts of all walks of life and encourages amateurs, as well as professionals, to develop their skills and possibly find new ones.

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