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Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane

After a little over 17 years away, I recently made a trip back to the city I grew up in. The trip was primarily to attend my niece’s wedding and (finally) catch up with family, who I had not seen (other than online and in photos) for those 17 years. It was a journey filled…

Tiny by Design Part 3

Tiny by Design Part 3

So many decisions to make and so much information to digest. That’s how my husband and I felt as we continued our research project into going tiny. As with any traditional home, you’re going to need to put something on that skeleton (framework) of your home. And as with traditional homes, tiny houses tend to…

The Human Eye Vs. The Camera

The Human Eye Vs. The Camera

One of my biggest frustrations with photography is the simple fact that the camera cannot match the human eye in what it can see and capture. Even the most advanced modern camera is incapable of recording images that accurately match what you can see with your own two eyes. Pretty much every camera manufacturer seems…

Don’t Fear Change

Don’t Fear Change

Change. It’s a simple word, yet invokes such a wide range of responses from people. From fear, hate, love, embrace, accept; feelings run a wide gamut and are very personal. Also, personal circumstances can cause an effect on your perception of change, often to magnify your feelings. Personally, I’ve been all over the place as…

Tiny by Design

Tiny by Design

Decisions to make when choosing tiny living. So, what is all the fuss about tiny houses? Just what does the Tiny House Movement mean? The true origins aren’t entirely known, but many point directly to Sarah Susanka’s book “The Not So Big House” as at least one catalyst of the current movement. A tiny home…

Burnout – The 21st Century Malady

Burnout – The 21st Century Malady

As I am plowing through one course after another, my momentum slows. However, I cannot sit on my laurels. I have zero energy to keep the fast pace that I have over the past year. Is this senior-itis? Or something else? For me personally, there are multiple factors to my situation. I work full time…

Living in Tornado Alley? Be proactive on safety.

Living in Tornado Alley? Be proactive on safety.

If you spend any time in Oklahoma, you quickly get accustomed to two things: tornadoes and the sound of the tornado sirens. And if you are in Tulsa around noon on a Wednesday, you’ll be very quickly aware of the sirens as they are put through their weekly test. Yet what many people may not…

A Glimpse of the Old West

A Glimpse of the Old West

Contrary to popular urban myths, Oklahoma is not all rolling prairie and cowboys on horseback. In fact, there is very little native prairie left, with the largest chunk of it located a “few” miles to the north of Pawhuska in Osage County. Here you will find the Nature Conservancy has created the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve….

Creative Roadblocks

Creative Roadblocks

Like most people who follow a creative path, especially photography, I reached a stage where the consensus was that you have to pick a specialty and spend all your time becoming the best in only that area. Be it portraiture, still life, landscape, fine art, or any other of the multiple facets of photography. This…

Can America Ever Be Car Free?

Can America Ever Be Car Free?

To many, this may be a bold statement to make, but with my firsthand experience and knowledge, from both sides of the “pond,” I feel I have some insight into this issue. I would also like to preface this by saying that, yes, there are some very pedestrian-friendly US cities; places that could, for the…

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