Life’s a Journey

Tis the dawning of a new day… To say I’m thrilled to be working again is an understatement. It’s been 5 years since I was fired from 3 consecutive jobs in Victoria, BC which led me down a path of self-discovery and a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder. A few years went by where I wasn’t […]

Dear Mr. Corporate America

This is complete bs. Help out our fellow blogger Johanna at painkills2/All Things Chronic by reblogging and if you are able to, donate to the gofundme account set up by another fellow blogger and friend.
Peace, love & light,

All Things Chronic

February 14, 2016

Mr. Doug Morehead
CEO and Vice-Chairman
CRHMI Management Group
1600 Dove Street, Suite 450
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Re: Vistas at Seven Bar Ranch Apts., Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dear Mr. Morehead:

I am seeking your assistance regarding a Notice to Vacate, which I received a week ago from your Community Manager, Kara Buchman.

Ms. Buchman and I argued about a renewal increase that she told me was mandated by your company. Even though my long term disability benefits were recently terminated (because I couldn’t afford to see a doctor), and my Social Security Disability benefits did not increase this year, I had no choice but to accept Ms. Buchman’s renewal terms (because of the cost to move). Along with my acceptance of the renewal terms, I reported an old maintenance issue (still outstanding as of this date) and my intention to send a more complete list…

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I’m blown away, truly humbled by a compliment a blogger friend, Lydia of Being Lydia, paid me today…and I really needed to hear it.

“Julia, your photos always leave me with a desire to know their stories. That is a true gift.”

She really has no idea how this made me feel. Her kindness is such a gift to me.


In an earlier post today I asked the universe for a new or gently used laptop so I can begin learning to use Photoshop or Lightroom to edit my photos. Mine is over 9 years old – ANCIENT – therefore not compatible. Well get this. An old friend who happens to live in the city is giving me his 4yr old PC (he’s a Mac user now) that already has Photoshop installed – AMAZEBALLS!!! – in exchange for one of my photographs.




The universe really does rock.

Beyond grateful and over the moon…I don’t know if I can sleep! LOL

Best part is when I humbly thanked him he said, “This is what we do,” we help each other. I couldn’t agree more.

For me it’s a sign that this IS what I’m meant to do. I shall never forget his kindness and generosity.

Thank you Micheal.



Notes: It’s All About the Light

First lesson in the Basics of Photography with my new mentor & dear “old” friend Nicole Bond Winters. An hour and a half of wonder give or take the time it took to rejig my tetchy laptop as we’re doing this via Google Hangout. So wonderful to see her beautiful face. Lots of learnin’ and laughter. Quite brilliant to discover what I already knew and what I really didn’t.

We focused on the three  settings of Manual Photography (as opposed to Auto). I feel liberated! No more auto for me, now I really get to play!

Onward —>

Stance: Free hand cupping the bottom of the lens, elbows IN

Shutter Speed is like a curtain
letting in light
The higher the # the faster it draws open & close, less light, freeze motion
Lower #, slower draw, more light, blur motion
First question to ask yourself, “What is my objective? Do I want blurred action or frozen in time?”
Proceed from there

ISO: sensitivity to light
Lower # lets in less light (100, 200) outside daytime
Higher # more light (800—>)
Indoors, nighttime

Aperture (f-stop) & Depth of Field:
Lower number (1. 8) lets in more light, call it shooting “wide open”
Higher # (4 etc) less light

1.8 (low #) is the “beauty stop” focuses on eyes the rest “falls away” (blurry, lovely “bokeh”) fab for shooting portraits esp of women 😉 (less wrinkles lol)
Higher the stop more detail, sharper image

Tips to Remember:

Scale…what’s closest to the camera is largest.

When shooting two people together say, a couple, keep them on an even plane so they’re both in focus, use f-stop 2 & higher. For 3 people, stop 3 & higher and so on —>

Your camera wants to grab focus on the lightest part of the scene (in auto focus).

When shooting, the exact “numbers” are not what’s really important…they are constantly changing depending on the light because light is never constant. Most important, key ingredient, is your heart. Be inspired and allow the meter to do the guiding ☺

Das it for today! Hopefully this is helpful for other budding photographers out there. Next one Monday morning ☺

Thank you Nicole for helping me to become more confident in what I’m doing. Photography is the one place where I’m not “depressed” or “Bipolar”…I get to be me, to fly. Tis a peaceful, joyful place and your guidance will allow me to soar! You are one helluva lady, lady.

Til next time…

Peace, love & light,


Nikon D90 35mm F-stop 1.8 ISO 400 SS?

Father Tears and I

Magnificent prose by my dear friend Sheldon. May you enjoy.

Sheldon Kleeman

I often

I was in
his place
of business

Trying to
where I
was suppose
to fit in

It wasn’t
the place
I wanted
to be

But it
as time
I was
to be

One day
when I

I heard
a voice

I went to
the sound
and found
my father

In a flash
I saw
him in me

From that point
on I found
life inside
his tears

This man
my father
had lost
all strength
and will

was slipping
his fingers

I was the
he never

He was the
child that
he never

To this day
I often
was this
was I just
a child
of tears

This was inspired by a fellow blogger,Julia
She is a friend,a confidant,a define force to…

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A Tale of the White Waters!

Okay, THIS is the post I meant to reblog lol. Let the hilarity ensue…Shawn is a very crafty, humorous writer, I do so adore his wit! Dig it the most ☺


It was a morning like any other, except I was in a zodiac on a river.  This is where I found myself after about an hour of signing legal “promise you won’t sue us if you die” paperwork.  It was nice.  A summer day, already about 80 degrees.  Eagles were soaring overhead, “Caw! Caw!”.  I’m not sure why they sounded like Crows.  Just go with it.  Five of my co-workers and myself were taking a whitewater adventure before we had to work on a business project.  I’ve floated all my life in tubes, canoes, kayaks, so I was having a great time.  One thing was a small annoyance.  The stitching at the nose of the zodiac left about a three inch diameter hole.  I was in the front. Every time we hit a small rapid, a tube..yes tube of water would hit me square in the face.  Imagine the weird water…

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