Fairytales Aren’t Just For Children

Every little girl’s fantasy. Unicorns. Princes and Princesses. Knights on a white horse. Castles. Happily ever after.

Every little girl’s fantasy. Unicorns. Princes and Princesses. Knights on a white horse. Castles. Happily ever after.

As we grow, the real supersedes the fantasy. The harsh realities of adulthood, parenthood, spouse-hood, employee-hood. Our lives in the ‘hood’ become the focus of every day. Am I doing what needs to be done for the well-being of my family? Am I doing enough? Am I good enough? Am I enough, period? The thoughts can turn dark much like the trail to the witch’s shack in the woods in every story ever read.

It is difficult not to let those dark thoughts come to the forefront in our daily routines. Keeping what is important at the forefront is a necessity. Yes, we have to be responsible adults. We have to go to work and take care of the laundry, and the shopping, and, and, and…. BUT, we have to take care of ourselves, too. We have to take time to do what we love, what feeds our souls. What brings that little slice of the fantasy back to you?

I took this photo at Cook’s Slough Nature Park here in Uvalde as Cash and I were on a nice hike looking for birds. It was a beautiful day and we set a leisurely pace with many stops to admire the scenery. The life around us was abundant and so beautiful! This scene caught my eye as we were looking for a path across the water covering the trail. It reminded me of an ethereal fairyland, that perhaps was the view of a princess traveling to a new land where wonderful adventure awaits! Gone were the worries of the day. Gone were the doubts and questioning of an insecure mind. I was in the fairytale. In the fantasy. It was Bliss….one big difference, though….I was walking in with my Prince already at my side.

Find your piece of the tale. Never let it go. Fairytales aren’t just for children.


Work and Play

Heard this quote today for the first time and loved it, so passing it along to you …

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.

Kodachrome (movie)

IMDB Link – Kodachrome

I recognize the risk of this being cliché in recommending this film on my site, but it was truly one I deemed worthy of passing along. I am not a film reviewer and so as not to risk any spoilers I don’t plan on going into any of the details of the movie.

I do however feel that many of my readers will find great metaphors and symbolism to the plot of the surface and deeper meanings in the interplay of the charachers. If you’re searching for something to watch, give it a shot and let me know what you think.

PSA – I didn’t unfriend you

Back in April 2018 I shared in a post titled Just Do It that I was pulling back on social media but not ready for a departure. Well I have now made the next plunge. With the exception of Twitter (and it’s under review) I have been slowly closing accounts (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.)

The main subject of this site has never been used as a political platform and I don’t intend it be that now so I am not planning on going into the specifics of my decision, but we’ll just leave it with I have finally had enough of the manipulation and have chosen to make my exit.

The real reason for this post is for you out there who read this site and we’re following me on social media I wanted to let you know that I haven’t “un-friended” you. I still plan on keeping this site going (perhaps be able to give it more attention) and look forward to our conversations and sharing on this platform.



The Orville-Majority Rule

The irony of this blog post being shared across my social media feeds does not escape me, but with all I saw at my conference last week (a complete other story that I might muster to write about someday) and then seeing this episode of The Orville I felt compelled to pass this along to those who might be receptive or interested in it’s satirical message.

The Orville if you are unaware of it is a TV series that “follows the crew of the not-so-functional exploratory ship in the Earth’s interstellar fleet, 400 years in the future” –IMDB plot summary. And I understand that SciFi might not be your cup of tea but Season 1 Episode 7 – Majority Rule is in my opinion worth the watch. If you do watch it or have already seen it, I’d love to hear your comments below.

Proud to be a Hiker

Today was not unlike most any other Sunday, doing chores to prepare for the upcoming week and catching up on podcasts, however today I happened to stumble on one episode of The Dirtbag Diaries from their archives that touched me deeply and I felt it warranted a quick blog post to share it with you guys.

The episode originally aired on January 22, 2016, which does make it a little dated but the theme is one that is even older – mans calling and capacity for helping his fellow man and in my experience there is an abundance of this philosophy and ethos in the hiker community.

We got a call from Australia. M’Lynn’s husband, Paul, passed away this past July. He left behind three pairs of polished hiking boots and a backpack packed for his dream hike: the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail.

She had an idea for one final gift for her husband. “How good would it be,” she asked, “for his boots to make the journey even if Paul could not?” We want to make it happen.

The Dirtbag Diaries – Paul’s Boots : Episode 1

Be forewarned you might find the allergies flaring up as you listen to the episodes and watch the film (links to all three episodes and the REI hosted movie below), making the eyes water a bit but I am confident you will come away from the experience with a renewed sense of hope in mankind. And if you are a lover of the trail like me, you will be especially moved by our community and when asked next “what are you?” – you will proudly say “I’m a hiker!”.

The Dirtbag Diaries Episodes & Film:

Episode 1 – Paul’s Boots

Episode 2 – An Update from the Trail

Episode 3 – What’s Next?

REI Film – Paul’s Boots

New Boots & Old Trails

20180407-New_Boots-1During my trip last month to Big Bend my trusty old hiking boots of the past ten years walked their final mile.  They now have their eternal resting place along the foothills to Mule Ears Peak (video of services shared at the bottom of this post).  So with a new pair of boots to carry me on my adventures needed, I recenently cashed in my REI dividends and made the purchase.  Today was their first day to have a trail test and I couldn’t think of a better place than my favorite Texas state park, Lost Maples SNA.

It was unseasonably cold today, but with my new boots laced up I took on the West Loop Trail.  I am happy to report they performed quite well and I didn’t suffer any hot spots or uncomfortable pinches, creases, etc.  As ususal I had my camera with me and took some snaps throughout the day (highlights shared below) – hope you enjoy!

Lost Maples State Natural Area – West Trail Loop

Boot Funeral – Big Bend National Park

Just Do It

“if you want to take pictures – take pictures” and “if you want to write a blog – write”

To completely honest, this post is being written for me more than you or anyone else. It was once again a Sunday morning and I found myself sitting on the couch, watching my favorite YouTubers and longing for being “out there” on my own adventure and taking images. I’m not the first to say this (and it won’t be the last time I need to hear it I’m sure), but “if you want to take pictures – take pictures” and “if you want to write a blog – write”.

These words that I’ve heard so many times kept going through my head, so finally I grabbed my camera and took a stroll around the property and I had a fantastic time (few shots from my stroll at the bottom of this post)! Albeit I didn’t capture anything that deems updating my portfolio, I was able to practice composition and camera settings which will only serve to benefit me more the next time I’m out on a real shoot.

Lastly the matter of writing. For quite some time I have wanted to build up my blog – hence this post (“if you want to write a blog – write”). I won’t go into the whole #leavefacebook debate here but I was watching another of the Youtubers (Dave Morrow – How QUITTING SOCIAL MEDIA CHANGED MY LIFE & PHOTOGRAPHY | The Landscape Photography Journals E14) that I really enjoy and he went over his plight of leaving social media and spoke to how his departure allowed him to focus more on his website and the positive impact this has had on his content and traffic.  I can’t say I’m ready to drop the social media scene, but I do believe that I can choose where to focus my energy and attention.  This website has very few followers at this time, so I will need to keep the other accounts but perhaps I can change to using them more for an outlet to advertise the work published here.

So I’m taking here what I’ve heard and sincerely believe and – Just Doing It! What are your thoughts? Share in the comments section below.