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As a reminder, you can comment for 30 days after a post is made.  All of the comments on this blog have to be reviewed before they appear on this site.  Unless you state your desire to the contrary, your email address will not be published on this site if you send a note to me or comment on a post.

Discussion, feedback, and comments are welcome as long as they are relevant and insightful. I reserve the right to edit, as appropriate, and to delete harassing, profane, vulgar, obscene, abusive, irrelevant, or spam comments.  If necessary, repeat offenders will be blocked.

Each response is reviewed as quickly as possible, but I can’t guarantee that your reply will be reviewed as promptly as you might like.  As you would expect, I am the sole arbiter of what is appropriate for this website.  Thanks in advance for your understanding and appreciation of my intent in this matter.

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Editing Posts

Some of you who follow this site as email recipients commented that you noticed I edited published posts from time to time.  To state the obvious, I do.

There are several reasons for this.  I always think that I could have written something better than they way I wrote it.  That goes for everything from books to posts to grocery lists.  I also have a habit of dashing off posts (live and scheduled) when a topic comes to mind.  this allows me to get the idea off my chest, but it doesn’t make for the most concise post possible.  I tend to have more grammatical errors when I’m in a hurry, and on some of the posts, it was clear I was typing far faster than my brain was capable of telling my fingers which keys to push.

Very rarely do I change the intent of the post.  I may clean up the language, to make it more precise, stick in a hyphen that didn’t make the cut the first time around, or something similar, but the general tone or specific comment of the post remains unchanged.

I hope this helps explain why you receive email notifications that I’ve added an “s” to a plural noun, inserted a comma to highlight a dependent clause, or any number of other syntactical things in an attempt to bring clarity to, and remove ambiguity from, a sometimes muddled message.

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Portraits Taken and Lessons Learned

I recently had another opportunity to take portraits of several well-known people.  If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I prefer to take landscape images and photograph the natural beauty that surrounds us.  I’ve never had a mountain say that my picture made its behind seem too big!

Once again, I threw caution to the wind and took some portraits of some pretty high-powered people.  One of the things that I learned was that they usually aren’t the same people that we seen on the movie screen or at the political rally or in the sports arena.  Most of them are just the same as you and I, but they’ve excelled in areas that we haven’t.  Or put another way, we’ve excelled in areas that they haven’t.  Who’s done what is strictly based on your point of view.

Some were just as fascinated with what I did as I was with what they did.  Others were, to be polite, self-absorbed jerks who need an entourage to make themselves feel superior to others.  Okay, maybe that was a little harsh, but you get my point.  Oh, for the record, that’s not to say that people who’ve excelled in other areas aren’t just as big a jerk as the few I meant recently.

Lest you get the wrong idea, the majority were good, decent, hard-working people.  To be sure, they had their people, but they also had the same fears, concerns, and worries that most of us share.

What’s the point of all this?  Simple.  If you have the opportunity and take advantage of it to look behind the public persona, you’ll quite often see someone with the same foibles we have.  You’ll find someone who can be terribly insecure when pushed out of his comfort zone.  Most people can relate to that.

In most cases, you’ll also find that, after all is said and done, they’re just people.  They want their kids to have a better life than they did.  They want their parents to know that they raised their children well.  They want to be able to say that they left things a bit better than they found them.  In short, they’re a lot like us, with a tad more fame, fortune, or status.

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Self-Evident Truths Update (Again)

t wish I could say that release of my next book, Self-Evident Truths, was imminent, but I can’t.  It’s still being edited by a number of people who are trying to make it better than the version they received from yours truly.

Without getting into the weeds, there is a difference of opinion on a key issue in the book.  I want it to stay in and they want it heavily modified or out altogether.  In the old days, this would be an impasse.  I’m sure we’ll think of a way to work through it, but, in the meantime, the books remains digitally torn apart in a number of computers.

Unlike Humpty-Dumpty, we’ll be able to put Self-Evident Truths back together, but for the time being, you’re going to have to sit tight.  I wish I could tell you when you could expect it, but I don’t have that information now.  When I get it, I’ll pass it along to you.

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Spring Photo Workshop Follow-up

The Spring Workshop was held and it included a longer-than-usual video portion.  Based on comments received from other workshops, the video segment was lengthened to provide a better opportunity to learn from professional videographers.  As an aside, I’ve already expressed our appreciation to Bob, Chelly, and Omar for taking the time to help us learn how to make our videos better.

We were also blessed by a photographer from the area in which we held our workshop.  He might have been a local, but his reputation truly spans the globe.  I think each of us learned more from him that we ever dreamed we would.  I think nearly everyone thanked him before his schedule called him away.  He contacted me afterwards and offered his services for our next gathering, if his schedule permitted it.  It doesn’t get any better than that!

I have to thank Michelle, Bobbi, Heather, Tom,. John, and Gary for their efforts to make our most recent photo workshop the best we’ve every had.  We couldn’t have done nearly as much as we did if they hadn’t worked as hard as they did on our behalf.  Thanks to each and every one of you!

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Ladies, Ladies, Ladies Part II

In the past, recent and not-so-recent, I’ve commented about the type of photos and videos that I receive from you.  Without wanting to sound like a prude, if you absolutely, positively have to send in such material, please remember that I usually prefer a hint of uncertainty rather than something that removes all doubt.

No, I’m not saying that you should continue to send in these types of photos.  If you stopped, I’d be quite happy.  However, experience, and multiple attempts to get you to end a long series of provocative images has taught me that you’re going to do what you want to do, regardless of what I say.

Why you would want to send private and intensely personal images to someone who is largely a stranger, is something that I’ll never understand.  Please, ladies and gentlemen, refrain from such activities if you can.  If you can’t remember a hint of mystery goes a long way.

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July 4th Ride

Several of you asked if we were going to have our annual Fourth of July motorcycle ride.  The short answer is, you tell me.  If there’s enough interest, we’ll get together and go for it.

As we’ve done in the past, please contact me to let me know if you’d like to attend.  This year’s ride is going to be in Montana.  We’ll ride the northern and western parts of the states, making a point to ride the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.

If you’ve never seen this part of the country, you’re in for a treat.  The whole ride should take two days and cover around 600 miles.  In the past, ride participants provided their own lodging, meals, and the like.  If you’d like to keep it that way, or change it, please let me know.

If this ride is of interest to you, please contact me.  As always, the spots are strictly first come, first served.  the total number of riders will be limited to 24.  If you need to cancel your spot, it will be given to the first person on the waiting list.

If you have any thoughts, comments, questions, or opinions that you’d like to share, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Spring Motorcycle Ride Follow-up

We held our Spring Ride, after a longer-than-usual winter, and if the number of smiles and the volume of laughter are any indication, those who attended had a good time.  I know I enjoyed every minute of it!

We took in some sights, had a wonderful volunteer tour guide who knew so much about the geography and history of the area we visited that he should write a book about it!  Thank you, Danny!

We also had a farewell dinner, a first for our rides.  I wasn’t sure it was a good idea, but the consensus was that it put an end to our get together and helped people go back to their jobs and lives because it was a definitive end-point.  If you have any thoughts on continuing to do this, please contact me.

I have to tip my helmet to the volunteers who coordinated activities, managed events, and made our ride as positive as possible.  Robert, Bobbi, Danny, Gwen, Nick, Michelle, Montelie, and Katherine deserve our applause and appreciation for their hard work.  Thank you, one and all!

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