Saturday, April 04, 2009

My Weekly Spin (4.4.09)

California lawmaker proposes selling San Quentin prison: Finally, someone comes up with the perfect plan. Sadly, the reality is it won’t happen (well, not anytime soon). Why should prisoners get the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking view of San Francisco Bay? That is prime real estate, which must be developed for the already cash-strapped California. They need every penny they can get. America needs to build one super size prison in a remote place in the dessert and ship all prisoners to this one location. It must be high tech with all the bells and whistles to prevent escapes and hostage takeovers. The staff needs to be exceptional in their jobs. There should be perks for those willing to work at this facility. We need to rethink the prison system because it’s bleeding our country. Wake up people and realize that just because we lock people up, and especially when we seldom throw away the key, it doesn’t mean prisoners aren’t continuing to impact our world.

Natalie Cole needs kidney, gets offers during show: First and foremost, I love Natalie Cole. I’m a fan and have been for years. My heart goes out to her. I am pleased people are reaching out. However, I hope people aren’t reaching out for 15 minutes of fame. It saddens me to think that people might be searching for a book deal down the road in order to make a little money. I can see it now, “I Gave Natalie Cole One of My Kidneys.” It won’t be a best seller, but there’s a market for this stuff … Sadly! I want Natalie Cole’s situation to be the one where people say, “Natalie is not the only one. Let me find out about the other people who need a kidney and donate.” I can’t say it enough… We need to help each other on the small and large issues. Let’s begin to embrace the “Average Joe” too. He might just be your neighbor.

FDA: Hang on to your pistachios: Tomatoes, Baby Formula, Peanut Butter and now Pistachios. What is going on with our food supply? Where is regulatory? Here is an opportunity for job creation, inspectors to visit factories, quality assurance personnel, etc. What is it going to take? If we don’t create stricter guidelines for handling food, someone is going to pay and pay dearly. I’m talking about a potential salmonella breakout that ends up killing not ten people or one hundred, but thousands. There are too many contaminations in the news. Let’s get with the program and create change. Living in fear is not a solution. Anyone interested in community gardens?

Applying for jobless benefits? Here, pee in a cup: I am excited about this proposal! It’s the best thing since slice bread. I concur that anyone seeking benefits from the government (unemployment, medical assistance, food stamps, etc.) must every 30 or 60 days be tested for illicit drugs and alcohol abuse. You don’t deserve the money if you are going to abuse it. Remember, the government is not here to support you. I heard one gentleman say, “How could you possibly do this in a recession. The cost of supplies and testing would be high.” The same thing could be asked to the person who is discarding their money when others are in desperate need. As for supplies and staffing, I would rather spend money on supplies than give it to someone who is going to throw it away and secondly, this solution will help with job creation. You can’t get better than that. More than ever we need a big dose of tough love in this nation, and we need it now! We need to tighten the purse strings … ASAP! We need to remember, you can’t get something for nothing.

Michelle Obama's warm touch with Queen draws gasps: First Lady Obama, you are still knocking it out of the ball park. From you style and demeanor to breaking protocol, you are really changing the image of the First Lady. You are a breath of fresh air. I don’t think you would have touched the Queen of England if you felt it was inappropriate. Your judgment is right on the money. I will bet on you every time. Keep challenging us. Push the envelope. As for your gifts to the Queen, awesome! If the Queen listens to the iPOD just once that is good enough for me. However, I think she'll listen to it more than that. Queen Elizabeth is trying to shake it up a bit too (as much as she can), and I am proud of her. It’s never too late to reinvent ourselves.

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.

Homeland

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

Holi

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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