Snow Days


To begin the my day, my one month old filling fell out in the sink, while I was brushing my teeth. I chased it around and stopped it before it went down the drain. It is a strange sensation to feel an empty spot all day long to be honest. I placed it inside of a Zip Lock bag to take with me to the dentist tomorrow, if he can fit me in. Truthfully however, although I am going to take it with me to show him, there is really nothing he can do with that one, but still, I shall take it with me.


Ethan & Rylen spent the night with me and I must have spent half of it putting together Thomas The Train playsets, they are growing in numbers in my house! After brushing our teeth and cleaning our ears, I took them back to their mother as a light rain began to fall.


I am no stranger to the rain and was fine with the first weekend of Spring being just as clouded and rainy as half of my Winter shots had been. I went inside, did my dishes, pickup all of the Thomas playsets, ran the sweeper (who created that statement for vacuuming the floor anyway?) and gathered my material for pictures. When I opened the door the ground was snow-white and a soft, gentle snow fell, carelessly through the air. I could not wait to head north (the place I had stopped in the Spring of 2012) and take some great shots in the snowfall.


I must admit that it was a rather slick drive up Illinois Route 1 to my area. Slush was everywhere, but, it made things a bit more exciting! As I turned onto the county line road, I switched off the radio and slowed to a 15 m.p.h pace, sure enough, it was not two minutes and I stopped for my first picture. Snow can make any enviroment different, what i might drive by a couple of times in the year and see nothing, I can drive by during or after a snow and see something beautiful right off the bat!


I love how the snow can hang onto the smallest branches and turn them into a splendid picture of mother nature at her best. Today the snow seemed to cling to everything it touched, making for a visually stunning landscape. It also made the local deer population highly visible, to which I saw many a deer out, traveling in the elements.


The sounds today were amazing! There is nothing like the sound of water rushing through a creek or under a bridge! Some of the snow flakes were large enough, that when they hit the water, you could actually hear it. One instance, I took my photo then leaned against my Jimmy and closed my eyes. To hear nothing for miles around but the simple sound of water flowing is like nothing on earth and can be so relaxing.


Speaking of my Jimmy, the weather had turned it from a freshly washed and shining mode of transportation, into a filthy road warrior. My leaning against it was within the first 10 minutes of todays trek. By days end, I was careful when climbing in and out of it!


As the day ended, I was asked, back in town at the photo shop, if I had thought of telling the tale of my trek across Lawrence County to news papers. I answered the woman who developed my pictures that I have made the local papers but nothing larger than that? As a writer, I try repeatedly to get my creations into the big market, but never have I thought much, if anything, about my picture book. She asked me how many people did I know that was doing something like this. I answered back that none that I had known of. She bet me that larger papers would enjoy a story about me traveling every road in Lawrence County on four separate treks. Would they? I figure loads of people have done or are doing the same thing?


I need to return to the Barney & Lexi edit review, so I bid you a good night after posting today videos! Remember, Live With Passion!

The Barney & Lexi Edit



Tonight, I sat down to read my emails and had one from Carol, my editor on Barney & Lexi: Lost In Lawrenceville. She has finished her initial edit of my book and is returning it to me for my run through and approval or corrections. That is great news to begin with! I can’t wait to sit down and read through it! This is a large step towards it be a polished issue.

I was very happy then, but, the last sentence was the best of all! My editor, who is a well-respected individual in the world of her craft and has gone to school for her work, wrote some words that made me smile like I haven’t in a while, and I have to say, that smile is me and felt darn great! What was the sentence?




This author is so very grateful to hear this tonight! I am also so grateful for you being there! It is great to have you to talk to!! LIVE WITH PASSION!

Task At Hand

Back in the saddle to the end...


Tonight, I sit down at my desk after some time and begin the task of piecing together the scene for Kelmare’s home. I know exactly what will happen to lead Mario, Louis, Sindy & Cristena into the conflict, but somehow, must piece this scene together in the right fashion to make a smooth lead in to that. The conversation at Kelmare’s must be more about their meeting and not the conflict to be at hand. The children are too far in awe at this junction to even consider introducing the conflict right now. I believe they will have to return to Spyderia on their second visit to be more calmed and focused, then and only then are they ready for discovery and eventual plight!


Honestly, everyday away from The Boondock Kids is only in the physical sense. I think about Mario, Louis, Sindy & Cristena all day while at my paying job. Although I still struggle with a handful of emotionally tugging issues personally, I am just not me without the written word in front of me. Not to mention that TBK are tapping their feet, just waiting for me to carry on, and that is what I am going to do. It might only be a small step at a time, but, I know I’ll get there! I do hope to work this scene out by tomorrow night and am able to continue to fight the ‘good’ fight!

As for Barney & Lexi, I got the manuscript and serivce fee packaged up and sent off for a editing overhaul! When it comes back in a couple of weeks it will be a polished piece of literature and ready for another stab at the angency to had past after liking it. No pain, no gain, right? I’m looking forward to working with the editor next week!

Live With Passion!:)

The Last Section Before Spring


With next week brining the beginning of Spring, today’s shoot ment the last trip on the Winter map until this December. To say the least, this Winter has been the hardest one to snap shots in. However, some wonderful photographs have come out of this season, and as it draws to a close this week, I admit, whole heartedly, to yerning for warmer weather!


Today was especially memorable! My oldest son, Lynden, joined me again for some shots in the drizzle of Winter. I always enjoy Lynden riding along! He likes to grab his own camera, jump out and snap some photos of his own. He has said that he would like to also publish a picture book. With his natural ability at catching great snap shots, I encourage him to do just that!:) He is a Webelos Scout and, last month, earned the “Photography Beltloop” for some of his Winter pictures, I could not be more proud!


After a weekend visit from my mother and taking Ethan & Rylen home, Lynden and I made our way to the gas station and snatched up some 32 oz. fountain drinks and made our way just outside of town for two and a half hours of some very good photos! Although it was an overcast, drizzly day, we called it just early due to a particular section being complete.


We could have begun the smaller sliver to the west that remained, however, that would have ment driving 12 miles to the farthest end of Lawrence County, only to end up with a few more minutes of day time remaining to shoot. The rain began steadily then, as well and we agree that we had finished on a very solid note, thus, we called it a winter!


The most excitement came, near the end of our day, when a very deserted, and muddy, county road came calling! We splashed through large mud puddles and even turned on the four-wheel drive to make it through. I asked Lynden when we had reached the end and were back on the black top road if he wanted to go back for our final shots or, take the black top to the final routes. His reply?? “The mud road, definitely” Needless to say, the Jimmy is being given the biggest bath in the rain since I have own him!


Although my Jimmy was caked with mud and Lynden and I got our jeans muddy by climbing in and out, we had the cleanest fun a father and son could have!:) And so to “Old Man Winter”, I bid you a warm farewell and must admit that I am happy to not see you until December!


Live With Passion!

Winter’s Last Breath

This is just a quick shot of the afternoon. It was windy but I think it was Old Man Winter’s last breath!

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This Is Peaceful

I want to begin sharing video with you! Although they are short, I hope you like them!

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