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Canon 5D Mark IV: Initial Impressions

Ever since I saw it advertised, I have been lusting for the new Canon 5D Mark IV. I’ve shot hundreds of thousands of images with my 5D Mark II and have generally loved the camera. But, like everything, it has some quirks. Auto focus is a hemorrhaging ulcer, especially in low light. But, I digress… So, on Friday, I stopped… Continue reading

Smart People Saying Smart Things

If you’re like me, any more talk of this election cycle will cause you to double over wrenched with pain. This post is very different; I promise. It does not promote/favor a candidate, party or a political persuasion (liberal/conservative). So, hang with me for just a second. If you enjoy some deeper thinking about some tough questions, you’ll be glad… Continue reading

Boiling It All Down

I have some dear friends whom I greatly respect who will vote for Donald Trump. Some of them appear to be voting for him because they really have an intense dislike for Hillary Clinton. Some of them are voting for Trump because they genuinely believe he will provide them with greater economic opportunity, which they truly need. And then there… Continue reading

Way Back in My Long Ago…

When I was a little boy I was taught this Bible story about the devil tempting Jesus. The story appears in the gospels: 5. The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor;… Continue reading

Please Stand By

This is a public service announcement. As you can see, the visual styling of my blog is a train wreck. I’ve decided to stop paying what I consider extortion1 to WooThemes for the blog theme I’ve been using for years. As a result, with the latest update of WordPress, my blog has crashed and burned visually. I could pay Woo… Continue reading

Memories of An Educator: The Presence

This is the fourth in a series of posts: Memories of an Educator. Unlike the previous reflections, this one celebrates a teacher, a unique and dedicated teacher of many, many years. She was indeed a presence. She didn’t merely enter a room, she presented herself. Everything about her was deliberate—purposeful: her walk, the words she chose to speak, her manner… Continue reading

Health Issues: Getting Old

Conrad the Kat, our beast (animaux sauvage) Conrad, our sweet and crazy-friendly beast, is having health issues. He had a terrible seizure about a year-and-a-half ago when we first moved to Atlanta. I was hoping he was just mad about moving away from his friends the deer, skunk, and red-tailed fox1 or had eaten some bug in the house to… Continue reading