Dec 2013
31

Jealousy

I don’t consider myself a jealous person. But of course it comes naturally to everyone, right? That ugly feeling that creeps out of nowhere when you hear something wonderful for friend, and you can’t help thinking, “why not me?”

I grew up in a pretty affluent area of Maryland, although we are not part of that crowd. In a lot of ways, I was happy about that because it was much less pressure when you didn’t have to have everything all the time. I saw the toll it took on people around me and felt sad when the grass was so much greener that they could not be happy with their situation in life – which was really was quite good, after all. Continue reading…
Dec 2013
19

The Bible

Everyone is talking about Duck Dynasty’s Phil Roberston and A&E’s suspension of him. What is so surprising to me is the wide variety of comments I have seen, and how many people are quoting the bible to me. As far as a general overview of the situation, my friend Kristen Howerton from Rage Against The Minivan covers my feelings quite well.

What I am pondering is our modern day fascination with holding on to the bible with both hands, gripping so hard that our knuckles turn white. Why quote it word for word as a road map for our lives when the words themselves are so contradictory? And truthfully many of the passages have no meaning in the here and now. Not to mention they were written down long after they actually happened. Doesn’t that leave some margin for error? Continue reading…

Dec 2013
12

My Nephew is a Child Art Prodigy

Or at least I think so.

My sister sent me a web site that allows us to buy things (prints, mugs, shirts) based on my nephew’s artwork (what a great idea) and while I have seen some of his work before, it was so wonderful to see a “collection” of it – from Kindergarten through 2nd grade.

I nearly had a double major in college, graphic design and fine art – so, lots of illustration and painting classes. I think my professors would be impressed, kid.

Nov 2013
26

Wedding Portraits:Amy & Dave

I am so honored when I get to photograph a wedding. I don’t do it often because, as a solo shooter, sometimes it is a hard to find the right fit of style and size.

It was an extra perfect fit to photograph my friends Amy and Dave last month, during the last gasp of Denver summer. They are friends, and very special people.

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Amy, Dave and family –
Thank you for letting me share your special day!

Aug 2013
19

Minecraft Birthday Present

It was Bryan’s birthday over the weekend, which in the end, proved to be a little stressful for Dex. See, much like most kids his age, he loves Minecraft. Mostly the building and exploring side of Minecraft versus the blowing stuff up part of Minecraft, which led to some setbacks after he decided to actually make a Minecraft birthday present for his dad.

Here is his first attempt, which he had rigged with TNT to explode for his dad but accidentally set it off way to early (i.e. before his dad saw it). This is what happens when you are not used to mass explosions in your video games. You accidentally blow things up.

There were some tears, but the kid soldiered on. He created a second version with BIGGER words and an island filled with Mooshroom Cows – that are somehow self-replicating? I am clearly clueless about Minecraft. But those cows sure are cute.

And guess what. He had to hide the game really fast when Bryan walked in and thus lost the coordinates. Meaning the cows and this “Happy Birthday Daddy” sign are somewhere in time and space. So if you see these guys below out there in Minecraft Land, you know where they came from.

The kid was pretty frustrated at this point, having spent most of the day working on this. But he went back for one more go, getting back up on the proverbial horse – or pixelated horse on in this case? He created a huge room filled with chests, and in those chests were all sorts of messages and jewels he hid for his dad.

Here was the door into that room.

BEST. BIRTHDAY. PRESENT. EVER.