I got to spend the day today with Christina. This young lady is as pretty as she is sweet. I first met her about 6 years ago. She is a sweetheart, both she her mom and dad too! Shes stunningly beautiful and I'm excited about her wedding. I don't usually post images of brides, because I don't like to show their dresses, but you cant see it in these shots. I'm very excited about your wedding Christina and Steve. -Dixie
Monday, January 28, 2008
Its here. It will ask to download a viewer and it only takes about 10 seconds and its safe.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Sitting on the back seat was a nice Canon digital camera. Gunderson asked the driver which previous passenger might have left it, but the cabbie didn't seem to care. So Gunderson brought it home and showed it to her fiance, Brian Ascher. They decided that the only right thing to do was to find the owner.
But how? The only clues were the pictures on the camera: typical tourist snapshots, complete with a visit to the Statue of Liberty. How could they find a stranger among the huddled masses?
Gunderson is busy in finance for Bear Stearns Cos., so the detective quest fell to Ascher, a 26-year-old law student at New York University. He was on winter break and eager to put off writing a paper about climate change treaties.
He checked whether anyone had reported a matching missing camera to the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission. No dice. He placed ads in lost-and-found sections of Craigslist but got just one response _ from a couple in Brazil who had lost a camera in a cab on Oct. 12, not Dec. 31.
"I guess they thought their camera had been riding around in a taxi for two months," Ascher recalls now, chuckling at the notion that such a thing would be possible in New York.
The 350 pictures and two videos on the camera showed several adults, an older woman and three children. Half put them at New York sites like the Empire State Building. The other half had the group enjoying warm weather and frolicking at kid-friendly theme parks.
Ascher easily pinpointed Florida. The group had stood in front of a sign indicating Clearwater, Fla., and posed at Bob Heilman's Beachcomber Restaurant there.
They also took a pirate-themed boat ride where the kids got mustaches painted on their faces. Ascher zoomed in on the group to see name tags on their shirts. He spotted an Alan, an Eileen, a male Noel and a female Noelle, plus a Ciarnan. Under their names was written "IRE."
When Ascher checked the videos, he saw nothing telling, just the children dancing and swimming. But in the background, he heard Irish accents.
OK, Ascher figured, the camera's owner is from Ireland.
"I thought, with all this data in the camera, there's no way we're not going to get it back to them," Nancy Ascher says now. "I was hoping it wasn't going to take a trip to Ireland, flashing their pictures everywhere."
By now, school was resuming, and Ascher was prepared to give the camera to his mom so she could take over. She had figured out the name of the Florida pirate-boat cruise and was trying to reach its operator.
But first Ascher took a final look at the photographs.
Then he stopped on another picture, showing two people outside an apartment building. Seemingly accidentally included in the picture was something Ascher had missed the first time: an awning in the background that read "Standings." Aha! Standings is a bar next to Burp Castle. Ascher checked its Web site, and the interior matched the pictures on the camera.
Sarah Casey agreed to send it to him. It didn't go to Ireland but to Sydney, Australia, where Murphy lives now.
Murphy, an insurance underwriter, had been devastated to lose the pictures from a trip he had planned for years. It was Jan. 10 , his 34th birthday when he heard he would be getting the photos back. "I was over the moon," he says now. "Best present ever."
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I have bene doing all the artwork and editing and airbrushing the images and I admit, I am behind. We think that we are going to be able to get Keisha back to work this week.
Monday, January 21, 2008
I.O.W.CARE ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE besides yourself and your close circle of friends. CARE ABOUT YOUR CITY. CARE about your NEIGHBORS, CARE about your STATE, CARE about your COUNTRY. Care about the Planet Earth. Dont be selfish. CARE About EVERYONE. We are all brothers and sisters. -Dixie
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Here are the 10 resolutions I made.
1. To get into better shape. Ive lost 12 pounds and am exercising 3 times a week with my friend Terri!
2. To read the Bible for an hour a day. Ive done this almost every night, except Saturdays it seems on Saturdays I never get around to it.
3.To do a random act of kindness for people as much as I can! Ive paid for peoples coffee at Starbucks in the drive through (they know me there as the lady who pays for the car behind hers order!) Ive put the newspaper on my neighbors porch (shes older and has trouble walking)Ive found a stray dog (HUGE DOG!) and tracked down the owner and took him back safely! (he was huge and almost dislocated my shoulder!) Ive helped a couple of photographers get their businesses going with advice. (i love to do this and have done it for about 12 years)
etc. I don't want to go on and on, but doing Random acts of kindness are my favorite thing! Last year my son and I gave $100 bill to a waitress right before Christmas. I swear I had goose bumps all over my body! I recommend every do something at least once a week. It is the best way to combat sadness. Always works 100% of the time!
4. I have tried to avoid chocolate and Dr. Pepper. I HAVE FAILED AT THIS MANY TIMES but Im better than I used to be!
5. To show my love for my husband and son every day with compliments and hugs. THATS THE EASIEST ONE!
6. To spend more time with my family. I havent done this as well as I hoped. I want to go visit my parents and grandsons at least once a month, But with my job it sooo hard!
7. In an effort to reduce stress, I vowed to get a massage once a week. I did this every week, but last week! So do I get two this week?
8. To count my blessings every night. (My journal shows I missed 4 days this year so far. I recommend this when you are overwhelmed with kids, bills, work, etc. other worries..
9. To treat my Elders with RESPECT! Its sad that some people dont remember this. I was taught that anyone older than you, even 1 year older is your elder.
SoI love to Smile at elderly people and say hello and make eye contact. I love this, I cant believe how many smiles I get back. I think most of them think that I know them, or I wouldnt be so friendly, but I dont care. It sure is fun and I love love love to see an elderly person smile. ITS THE BEST!!! (I saw a clerk being rude to an elderly man right before Jan 1st and I made that vow that day.) We owe elderly people a lot. They paved the way for us and who knows what they are going through. Japanese people really know how to revere and treat elderly people with respect! Espcially in Okinawa Japan where I used to live. Even though Im in my early 40s, I still say Ma'am and Sir to people older than me, espically strangers. Our son does too.
10. I have failed miserably at keeping my house spotless. Thats why I hired 2 maids! They keep me sane!
How are you guys doing? Id love to hear about your resolutions.
Stay in Focus,
A VERY IMPORTANT BOOK WE SHOULD ALL READ
I wanted to also tell you guys about a fantastic book. This book is called "LEFT TO TELL" and its by Immaculee Ilibagiza . This is the true story about a young woman who in 1994, she and 7 other women hid in a small bathroom (her Pastors) in Rwanda for 91 days, while her entire family was slaughtered along with tens of thousands of others. Hundreds of machete killers hunted for her during these 3 months. She was skin and bone when she finally was rescued.
It's an amazing story... I was so moved by it. This woman taught her self to read and speak English while in that bathroom, although she never spoke a word in her 91 days. Twice she was almost discovered with men only inches away from the bathroom wall she was hiding behind!
She is an amazing lady of courage, strength and a faith in God. I cant even begin to explain the book. You'll have to get it yourself. The link is here at http://www.amazon.com/Left-Tell-Discovering-Rwandan-Holocaust/dp/1401908969/ref=si3_rdr_bb_product
I just heard on the news today,that there has been some similar slayings recently in Kenya. I pray this doesnt happen again. This book is a page turner and an amazing story of Faith!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Wow, Today our son competed in a power lifting meet in Nocona Texas. He and his teamates placed 2nd!
There were a lot of boys there from all around the area!
Our son did fantastic! He won 3rd place in his weight division! His total weight was 1,140 pounds! He competed against boys who are 18 years old and he is only 15 and still did great!
Here is a shot of him squatting 500 pounds! He blew blood corpusels in his face and looks like he has chicken pox. (thats one of the side effects unfortunately)
His father and I couldnt be prouder! His teamates did great too! Last night we fed the boys lots of Bar b que ribs that my husband cooked all day, plusall the fixings to prepare them for today! (Lots of protein) They did great! Were so proud! Way to go guys!
Just wanted to show this image of my husband that our daughter took.
She was taking pictures up in Ruidoso and happened to snag this one as he was skiing down the hill with our grandson.He's a pilot in the AF and a private pilot as well, (he looks like an Aviator doesnt he?) and been my main squeeze for 16 1/2 years.
Hes kind of shy, so I dont photograph him much. But hes the wind beneath my wings.He's the force that pushes both my son and I to achieve the things we do. So I call him Stealth Hubby. haha ( He never flew the Stealth jet -F117A, but his friend Jon did.)
Heres to you honey! Thanks for all you do!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Today I met Tayna and she was so much fun! She is a Dancer and Ballerina and has the prettiest blue eyes. She reminds me of the girls I saw when I was in Holland. I photographed her brother a couple of years ago.
Tanya made me laugh so much my cheeks hurt.
Thank you Tanya and Mom Teresa, Yall were a blast. I thank GOd for my wonderful loyal clients like yall.
If you are 30 or older, you will think this is hilarious! If not, send it to your parents! They'll think it's funny!
When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were when they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning .... Uphill BOTH ways .. Yadda, yadda, yadda
And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in heck I was going to lay a bunch of stories like that on kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!
But now that...I'm over the ripe old age of thirty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a dang Utopia!
And I hate to say it but you kids today you don't know how good you've got it!
1. When I was a kid, we didn't have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the dang library and look it up ourselves.. In the card catalog!! (Do you even know what a card catalog is? )
2. There was no email! We had to actually write somebody a letter... With a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there.
3. There were no MP3's or iTunes. If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the dang record store and shoplift it yourself. Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and mess it all up.
4. We didn't have fancy things like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal, that's it.
5. And we didn't have fancy Caller ID Boxes either. When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was. It could be your school, your mom, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, a collections agent, you just didn't know. You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister.
6. We didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics
We had the Atari 2600! With games like "Space Invaders" and "asteroids" and the graphics were horrible! Your guy was a little square.
You actually had to use your imagination. And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!
7. When you went to the movie theater there no such thing as stadium seating. All the seats were the same height. If a tall guy or some lady with a hat sat in front of you and you couldn't see, you were very unluckey.
8. Sure, we had television, but back then that was only like 3 channels and there was no remote control! There wasnt an onscreen menu! You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! And there was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons!
9. And we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove or go build a fire ... Imagine that! If we wanted popcorn, we had to use that stupid JiffyPop thing or a pan with HOT oil and Real popcorn kernels and shake it all over the stove forever like an idiot..
10. When we were on the phone with our friends and our parents walked-in, we were stuck to the wall with a cord, a 7 foot cord that ran to the phone - not the phone base, the actual phone. We barely had enough length to sit on the floor and still be able to twirl the phone cord in our fingers. If you suddenly had to go to the bathroom - guess what we had to do..... Hang up and talk to them later.
That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980!
Regards, The over 30 Crowd
(I LOVE THIS! So cute and real)
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Get tissue ready, its sad...
This subject is about babies. I just became a grandmother for the 2nd time, and this baby boy is so preicous to me. I fell to my knees and thanked God when he was born that he was healthy (although he was not allowed to leave the nursery for several hours, as he had some breathing problems for a few hours. Thank God , they subsided)
But not everyone is so lucky. I belong to a program started by my good friend Sandy Puc'. The program is special because it deals with bereavement photography. What this basically means, that if a child dies after childbirth, or is still born and the family request it I will go and photograph some tender portraits of the mother baby and family in beautiful studio like poses.
The program is called NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP.
Its not for everyone and is very sad and tender.
Being a mother of 2 and grandmother of 2, I can tell you that childbirth is scary. You worry something will go wrong and sometimes unfortunately it does, and its heartbreaking. But at least a photogreapher can provide some beautiful memories for you to have forever. Its not for everyone, but I can assure you the results are beautiful and 100% free of charge. There are affiliated photographers all over the country who offer this servce.
To learn more about the program go to Sandys site at http://www.nilmdts.com Thanks for listening.
"As you wander through life, keep your eye on the Doughnut, not the Hole." -Joel Osteen
Im reading 3 books right now and Joel Osteens new book is one of them. Gosh I love this man. You can get them at major bookstores in your local mall or here at Amazon.com
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
So here are a few I shot today while goofing around town just for fun.