Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Thank You

Thank you – to acknowledge someone for doing something for you, because it’s the right thing to do.  It might seem so simple, but it will mean so much.  We most likely will never know the ripple effect of this seemingly small gesture that not only conveys appreciation and admiration, but an acknowledgement of personal virtue.  The smiles these brief encounters generate must be treasured because they are the mortar of human relationships.

Remember to say thank you because it’s one of the easiest ways of motivating and inspiring each other.  A bit of kindness really does go a long way, especially in today’s world.  This thank you is for you, dearest friends.  Cheers! – paerki



A Night At The Opera

On Monday, the cultural season officially began, and the place to be was The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington National Opera to see Anna Bolena.  The evening had its challenges, and as for the opera, there were some limitations there too – Shalva Mukeria (Percy) was a bit nasally, Oren Gradus (Enrico VIII) at times could barely be heard above the orchestra, but Sondra Radvanovsky’s strong voice could be heard in the rafters, and her mad scene – sublime.  She was excellent!  Regardless of the hits and misses, it was well executed. Each performer has my admiration.

To my opera mate, year after year, I look forward to our opera dates, appreciating our conversations before and after, savoring your insights.  I welcome your knowledge of this most beautiful art form.  So thank you, my dearest friend, for always thinking of me.  You hold a special place in my heart, and I am eternally grateful for our friendship.  I can’t imagine not knowing you, for you have made me a better man.



Walking

Walking is one of the single best things you can do for your health.  It’s healing to the body, mind and spirit.  What I like most is it improves mood, while relieving stress.  A 30 minute walk, two to three times daily can make all the difference in the world when it comes to your outlook on life, and as I like to say, personal experience tells me so.

To my gal pal, you might not always be able to keep up with me, and there are days when I prefer to walk alone, but know when we do walk I appreciate our time together – I really do.  I enjoy our banter and silliness that we do so well.  You truly are a gift for my soul, and I can’t imagine you not in my life.  Fate has brought us together, and it will keep us together, for this I’m certain of.  Thank you, for being in my corner.  Anyone to have you as a friend is the luckiest person in the world.



Comfort Food

On a cool Tuesday evening I was cooking up some comfort food in the kitchen with a friend, and it was time well spent.  Shortly after, we were sitting in the terrace garden-that-could enjoying the fruits of our labor.  The conversation and wine added to the delight.

Cooking with friends is one of the best things you can do because it’s the perfect way to grow and enhance a friendship, and if comfort food is on the menu – you just know it’s going to be special.  Thank you, my dearest, for a beautiful night, one more for the record books.  Until next time...



REMEMBER TO SAY, THANK YOU!

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.

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Guilford

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

Conservatory

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

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

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

Graffiti

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

Charles Village

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
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.

Photography

Artscape

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

Jones Falls Trail

All Paths (Dec 29, 2009): The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw said, "There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it." It’s an interesting reference, and one I find intriguing. I am eternally curious and often entertained by religiosity and less inclined to follow any one particular faith because of... Continue Reading

Green Mount Cemetery

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

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

Reflecting Pool

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
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

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Baltimore Museum Of Art

1000 (Mar 27, 2011): Wow! This post marks my 1000th blog entry. I can hardly believe it, but my fatigued fingers and burned-out bantam brain proves it so. It’s not my intention to come off sarcastic or even casual about what I consider a true milestone. I’m actually quite enthusiastic, finding it all just a bit... Continue Reading

Sacred Heart Of Jesus Church

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

My Treasure

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

Field Of Sunflowers

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

Patterson Park

Moments Of Mouthy (Feb 2, 2014): This past week I felt like being a little mouthy, climbing up on my soapbox to rant. As always, my opinions run the gamut. I always appreciate feedback, encouraging all to participate. I am thoughtful – respectful of all viewpoints. Well, the majority of the time... Continue Reading

Stony Run Trail

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
"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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