Friday, April 24, 2009

My Weekly Spin (4.25.09)

To drink or not to drink: Should you raise a glass to your health?: I do believe research adequately supports certain alcoholic beverages (red wine to be at the top of the list) to improve heart health. However, as with everything, moderation is key. To those of you who make this research a scapegoat for drinking, you’ll pay for manipulating the data to justify your addiction. Moderation is key, addiction is real, so get help and start living your best life.

Boy finds forgotten gun, accidentally shoots self in head: I am saddened by this situation. I know the parents of this boy must be devastated. However, regardless of their grief and forgetting they had the gun, they should suffer the punishment of criminal charges. We can’t keep making excuses for people who decide to have weapons in their homes. Consequences are there for us to learn and grow. This is another reason to support gun control. Have we reached the record level of deaths that require a serious dialogue on gun control?

Dad who killed family, self was $460K in debt, sheriff says: What a senseless crime. I can sort of understand the mental stress the Dad was under, but to kill his entire family … Wow! It’s not my intention to be insensitive, but to be $460,000 in debt and no job, he really put himself and his family in the most awful situation and he has no one to blame but himself. Let this be an example for people to make better choices in life. So many of us think we can get something for nothing. Know this: if you think that way, you are not living in the real world. If this Dad felt like death was the only solution he should have just killed himself. However, before taking any life, I wish he had consulted a counselor. Maybe someone could have calmed his fears. This family could have filed bankruptcy and then reassessed their survival. One must explore all options before going the extreme route. This is a wake up call for everyone in debt and those individuals just starting out on the road of life. STAY DEBT FREE. If you can’t pay cash for it or you can’t pay your credit card bill off every two months, than you can’t afford it.

Nazi victim: Can people without a soul be punished?: I’m not sure people without a soul can be punished, here or in the after life if you believe in such a thing. However, I do know cheaters never prosper, and people with hate in their hearts can never really be happy and will never know the meaning of love. All they will ever know is how to manipulate, which leaves them tormented. Often, we can’t see people’s torment, thus we torment ourselves. At some point, we need to let go and forgive, but by no means must we ever forget. However, when a crime has been committed and we have the opportunity to bring a person to justice, we must do so to preserve honesty and to honor those who’ve been betrayed. If at all possible, anyone who is still alive and was involved with the Holocaust and believed to have supported, defended or participated in this evil realm of terror must be brought to justice. I don’t care how old or how ill, they must be brought to justice to show all that we will no longer tolerate crimes of hate.

High court asked to untangle reverse discrimination case: Times are changing. This is a serious conversation that is long over due. We are a nation of minorities. Some get more opportunity than others. There must be fairness and equality for all, if not for all than for none. To white and black people I say, “Stop making the argument about you.” We need to be talking about Hispanics, Gays, Muslims and other minorities who are just as American as you and in search of America’s promise. We all want the same thing, “LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.” Oh, and the most important, CIVIL RIGHTS.

Transgender murder, hate crime conviction a first: Kudos to the jury. Angie Zapata will not die in vain. No one, absolutely no one deserves to be violated, especially for things we can’t understand. Equal protection under the law is a mandate.

Does religion help you live longer?: I don’t know if religion helps one live longer, but if it does it doesn’t make you happy. I detest most organized religions because they feed into war and don’t support those who need it the most. They feed into people preying instead of praying. The key to a longer and happier life is through spirituality. A good start to living longer is believing in yourself and minding your own business. Think about it.

Bad year for banks: 26th goes bust: This is not the end. I don’t want to sound like a pessimist, but I don’t believe the worst is over. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t stop trying. We need to start living off less. Easier said than done for many. Stop trying to keep up with your neighbors. A modest living is a comfortable living is a quality life. You’re not a movie star, so stop trying to live like one.

Palin formally unveils new legal defense fund: Sarah Palin, you’ve spent a great deal of time wasting America’s time. Therefore, you should pay your own legal fees. Will you ever go away?

What would life be like without memories? It’s fair to say, there would be no life at all. Memory is our communication, reason, coherence, our action and more importantly, our feeling. Memories create our path in life, developing our psychology and leading us emotionally.

One of the best ways to create and store memories is with video. These simple effortless little snippets of time create diaries and become perpetual time capsules, which justify our walk on earth, telling all with great enthusiasm… I was here! I mattered! I lived! Please, don’t forget me.

Share your views, thoughts and opinions in the written word. Snap photographs so that your eyes can travel back in time, remembering the happy and sad moments that made you the person you were, are and became in life. But, whenever possible, capture video to enhance the memories you leave behind, so that others may pass the essence of your life on to future generations.


Preserve Your Happiness (Aug 13, 2013): This is for you, because you need to hear these words again. Live life happy. Find your joy. Now more than ever, it’s time for people to reconnect with their inner self. Find your happy place, rejuvenating the total you – mind, body, soul and spirit. It’s a mandate... Continue Reading

Baltimore City (Maryland)

World AIDS Day (Dec 1, 2013): Many scientific advances have been made in HIV/AIDS treatment. There are laws to protect people living with HIV/AIDS, and we understand so much more about the condition. But despite this, there are still individuals who do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and... Continue Reading

Evergreen Museum & Library

Thank You For So Much Beauty (Mar 15, 2010): Do you realize how much beauty you bring to the world? Do you know how awesome you are? Really?! Do you?! I am in awe of your work. I love your use of rich and vibrant colors, some even electric. The faces are what really capture my attention; they are delicate... Continue Reading

Baltimore Book Festival

A Culture Of Hate (Jan 9, 2011): Weekends fly by so quickly, or so it appears. However, this particular weekend seemed unusually long, and I think it had something to do with the gruesome events that took place on Saturday in Tucson, Arizona. I am shocked by the horror that unfolded, a young man throwing his entire... Continue Reading

Station North Arts District

A 'Seagull' Of Memories (Mar 7, 2010): When I see gulls (known to many as seagulls), I think of the shoreline. I have wonderful childhood memories of playing in the sand in Ocean City; building sand castles, and coming back later in the day to watch the waves crash into my creativity, only to go back the next day to... Continue Reading

H.P. Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens

God Worthy (Jan 15, 2013): This is your religion. Believe what I say. Ask no questions. So many were raised this way. Our heads were filled with a mishmash of information, controlling minds and for what? I would have appreciated learning more about all faiths, instead of being told – this is bad, and this bad, etc., but... Continue Reading
I love photographs! They have this amazing ability to tell stories of fun places, special moments, memorable events, and exciting places. They give us reason to pause and remember friends, family, coworkers and so many others. One photograph can conjure up a flood of memories taking us on a journey. They help us remember the past, enjoy the present and ponder the future.

On a cold and rainy day I love sitting in my living room with a roaring fire, a glass of wine, classical music playing in the background and my many photographs scattered about me. I love sifting through what I call my special collection, which refers to my favorites. They remind me of the saddest and happiest moments of my life. They remind me of challenges and overcoming.

My large collection of images are a testament to a life lived. Life happens all around us so it’s important to collect special memories, and what better way than with a photograph.

Edith Ann

Mind Body Green (Feb 6, 2014): To the haters, I feel so sad for you – mournful for your lack of empathy and understanding. No one is shoving anything down your throat. This is reality. What's wrong with this photo? This is life! For every photo shown of gay people kissing, there are millions and millions... Continue Reading

Peabody Institute

What Makes A Good Year (Dec 18, 2013): It’s that time of year when I take long walks alone to contemplate the past year. I guess you could say it’s my time to atone. What a year it has been! As I write this I’m wondering what makes a good year? I’ve never asked myself that question before... Continue Reading

Sherwood Gardens

Mural - Mural On The Wall (Mar 14, 2011): All are beautiful in my eyes, as they are striking masterpieces that enhance many communities, especially those challenged by poverty and abandonment. They fill in the gaps for neighborhoods lacking funding and manpower, providing just a bit of hope when... Continue Reading

Browns Orchards

The Human Condition (Jul 17, 2012): Words that are sufficiently crafted can leave a lasting impact on the world. It is good to keep in mind those words that will better help tell our story, ones that will represent us well for years to come. We must be clear in our purpose, concise in our action... Continue Reading

Patterson Park

Selfie (Jan 19, 2014): I was asked the following question by one of my Facebook friends… "I have to ask you this Paul, do you have a personal photographer who is with you constantly?" This question is worthy of a blog post, so here it goes. Enjoy! Good question, and one I am asked often enough and don't mind answering... Continue Reading

Charles Village Festival

Yielding To Signs (Mar 28, 2011): Sunday was the perfect day to be outdoors. The sky was a bright baby blue and absolutely stunning to look at, especially when it became the backdrop for seagulls and blackbirds, effortlessly soaring and plummeting in between wind gusts. It was magical, a hypnotic visual sensation... Continue Reading
There are many people in the world affected by disease. I never thought I would be one of the many. However, at any given time life can change. Mine did! There were many twists and turns, but I made it through and you can too. I am a Celiac on the move living life one meal at a time. Learn more about my life as a Celiac. Celiac Disease is a lifelong, digestive disorder affecting children and adults. In short, I have an allergy to gluten, and the treatment is a lifelong scrupulous avoidance of it.

No matter what, know this: You are never alone. There are people out there who’ve struggled, endured, made it through and are sharing their message of survival. No, they might not be at your side, but their spirit is out there in words, attempting to help others on their journey. Let’s all unite by sharing our individual stories, remedies for healthy living, food and recipes to keep us strong, and let’s find the laughter too because it can be some of the best medicine. Always remember, there is power in numbers. Check me out: A Celiac On The Move

Stony Run Trail

Thank You (Nov 3, 2013): It’s hard to believe another Thanksgiving is just around the corner. In the background while standing waiting for a bus (as well as on the bus), and at the grocery store, I hear peoples’ musings about how they will spend their holiday. While many are frantically digesting... Continue Reading


You Are Beautiful! (Jul 17, 2013): I wish you could look into the mirror and see beyond your face, way past the surface to see more. More than what the world sees, more than what your friends see, more than I or even you can see. Forget what everything around you tells you to be. Be who... Continue Reading

Alpaca / Lama Farm

St. Michael's Catholic Church (Oct 17, 2011): The weekend has now faded into the past. However, this was one of its highlights. Art is to be found everywhere. When I look at these photos I think about all those involved with the creation of this magnificent structure – from the community (immigrate families)... Continue Reading

BMA (Sculpture Garden)

Bittersweet (Sept 7, 2013): I’ve been estranged from my parents for close to 20 years, but yesterday I learned my father passed away. I sincerely hope he found joy in his advanced years – more importantly, peace. For those who mourn his passing, focus on the memories and the joy he brought to... Continue Reading

Jones Falls Trail

City Of The Silent (Mar 18, 2010): Underground in permanent stasis they speak no more. Many have departed this life, leaving behind a legacy for all to enjoy, cherish, honor and, with a little luck and ingenuity, replicate. For me, this quiet region of slumber still has a pulse, and you can feel it when you walk these... Continue Reading

Country Drive

A Happy Life Begins At Home (Apr 19, 2010): My home is very important to me. My life between these four walls of privacy I value like no other. It’s immeasurable, and absolutely priceless. It’s an oasis with a cocoon-like feeling, shielding me from the outside manipulative forces of violence and pollution. It allows... Continue Reading
"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." - Susan B. Anthony

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