Goodbye 2016


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As a new year approaches, many of us forget to say goodbye to the old year. Is it important? Obviously, I think it should be, but who am I to make such bold statements and think that anyone cares? I am just a man. I am no genius (no matter what some people claim). I am merely mortal. However, I am a bit older and wiser than some, so maybe I do perhaps know something…worth knowing.

It is important to say goodbye to the things of the past. We cannot really move forward if we are thinking of the past. Our past will always be permanently bonded to us. It becomes part of who we are. Thus, by failing to say goodbye, we are failing to say hello to our new selves.

2016 was a year of make-over for me. I had to change the path I was on. It was not an easy choice. It was not what I desired to do. But fate has a way of making us do the things we NEED to do. I needed to at least try to help my wife. I CANNOT just sit around and watch my wife work herself to death. What would you do for those you love? I feel bad for those who could not see this. They are missing something important in their life. It is called humanity.

I learned from 2016. It was not a pleasant lesson. I learned that people just don’t care. It really is a sad and terrible lesson to learn. But what else are you supposed to get from literly thousands of people unfollowing or unfriending you just because you change career paths? I get that they wanted me to write for them. I am just disappointed they did not get that I need to try to save, the one and only person who totally gets me.

The terrible lesson of 2016 did not make me want to go back to writing. It made me hate the fact that I spent so many years honing and crafting the skills to do it. When we push people in a direction, they tend to go the opposite direction. That is what happened in 2016.

I want to now say goodbye to those old friends who never really cared about me. I hope 2017 teaches you a similar lesson. I am thankful that I was alive to learn, even if the knowledge was a bit distasteful. One should never be afraid to learn, of even the bad things in life. I have never turned away from knowledge of any kind. I welcome a new year and new knowledge.

I want to say thank you to ALL my true friends who have stuck around. I hope 2017 brings much more joy, happiness, and knowledge of a positive nature. Thank you for being my friends and joining me, in what I hope will be, an exciting and amazing new year!



A Sunset To Remember


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As the sun sets on the day, we should see what it really is telling us. There are mysteries in life but not all things are so vague. Not matter how many bad things happened in that day, at the end of the day, beauty always awaits us.

Smile and remember what every sunset tells us. That life will go on and be beautiful, no matter how much we humans try to make it otherwise. Life is a dream, magical, fierce, and full of surprises. Embrace it with all your might and never forget…

Your dreams are renewed with every passing sunset.


The path of the Exile


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Watching a show this night with my significant other, the love of my life, the only person who ever seemed to get me, even a little, I recalled my school years and the trials that people often put in front of each other.

It is rather hilarious on the one hand, that the useless people with no important dreams, often spend most of their time trying to hold back or hold down, the others with talent and dreams. “You can’t be a musician, there is no living in that.” “A writer? Are you crazy? Stop dreaming and accept the reality of life.””You’re a nobody and will always be!” “Your even more worthless than your father!” It is completely aggravating and heart-wrenching on the other hand.

These are things you hear, not just from strangers. You here it from parents, from so-called friends, and even sometimes you hear things like this, from teachers in school. You think a teacher would never say such a thing? What do you think happens to students who are smarter than the teacher and embarrass them in front of class? Teachers are people too, you know.

Sadly, these things just delay or crush dreams, and they are just something the regular people do. It is human nature to fear what we do not understand.

The show we watched made me recall my younger days in school and it also made me see, perhaps for the first time, that things are not so different now. Sure, the people trying to keep the talented and creative people down are a bit older, and should have the wisdom to realize what they are doing is wrong. However, it does not stop them.They just can’t bear the thought that someone else has a dream, a vision, a goal that they can never achieve. They don’t understand how we could still have dreams and thus they recoil. Nothing has changed from high school. Our tormentors just have more gray hair.

Coming to this new understanding of my life and the people that are in it, just makes my heart break. If the tears do come…it would not surprise me. How long must we mourn the state of the world? How long must we survive the disdain in other’s eyes? Will there ever be a place for creative ones?

I don’t think there ever will be an end to it. The average person won’t get passion any more than they will understand Quantum theory or why they cannot lick their elbow. They will never see through the eyes of those who have been exiled. Our journey is a long and lonely road. Our journey is the path less taken. Our journey is a hell, I would wish on no other.

While I do feel fortunate to have found someone who has an understanding of me, I must now realize it is entirely possible, that she will be the only one…ever. This makes me beyond sad. The creative minds of this world, have so much they want to share, but after having what they share come back to bite them…they reluctantly hold it in and the world misses out. What kind of world do we really live in? A world where the brilliant are silenced into embarrassment? A world where the weak tear down those they would never comprehend? A world where we do our best, to hide the best, from daylight?

I want no part of this world. It has no place for me. It has no place for higher consciousness! It has no place for understanding! It has no place for growth! It has no place…for those that walk the path of exile.


An Example…


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I recomposed the image in Lightroom to bring out its best features. Really, this image did not require much. Sometimes nature holds it now light show and we just need to go with the flow.

For those curious as to what the recomposed picture might look in a frame, here is an example. You can make your own custom frame settings at my photography shop.-


Take care and enjoy your day!


My Corner Of The World


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While the days often blend as we get older, some things still make an impression that lasts a lifetime. Yesterday’s visit to Brazos Bend State Park was one of those things that won’t easily fall down in into the memory waste lands.

If one were to stand in front of an all-powerful God and ask for the perfect day, then yesterday would have been the day received. The air slightly cool and the sun was shining strong. There was just enough breeze to keep the heat at bay and just enough of the right kind of light. The kind of light that makes everything seem magical and surreal. If the day could be described in one lone and powerful word, that word would be picturesque and the above photo proves this.

As we strolled around Elm Lake and arrived at this corner, our eyes immediately fell to the beauty of this view. Neither of us hesitated in trying to capture this moment in time, when the wind and water were still. A moment when even the best camera struggled to capture every nuance of reflections made.

It was the first time my wife joined me in attempting to capture our world. It was special beyond measure and will always be something long remembered. No one forgets their first of anything. Fate smiled upon us, as it seems to like to do on occasion, and gave us the best of everything yesterday.

Later today or tomorrow, I shall be giving everyone who desires it, a chance to share in the magic that was enjoyed. I will be uploading a fully edited version of the above picture for purchase. I wanted to get up at least one photo of this magical day, before I resume work on old photos still in need of love. I wanted everyone to have the opportunity of having a piece of the magic, for the upcoming holiday.

Whether your choice is to have a print displayed on your wall or greeting cards to share the magic with others, I will have you covered in my photography shop. If owning a piece of the magic is not your choice, then at least I got to share it here.

Thank you for reading and I hope magic enters your life in the near future. We all deserve a little magic in our lives.