This isn’t farewell, I promise!


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Don’t mind that it’s been nearly three months since I’ve blogged here. Yikes right? I figured it was time to have a post that explained things about just where I am on the world wide web and why LPL blog hasn’t been as active. I love story – I do! Whether it’s through my camera lens or through words on a page, story is powerful. And that has played a huge role in my shift of blogging here and over at Books and Beverages. It’s a combination of everything I love! There’s books reviews, author interviews, giveaways, but I also have the occasional post about travel adventures or whatever else is on my mind. So I’d love for you to follow me over there and stay connected. That one is much more active. I promise! I’ll leave you with some of my recent favorite posts and hope to see you over at B&B!

I’m keeping the 4 Questions Project going with authors! It’s so much fun! My favorite? TONY DUNGY! I mean, talk about passing out with that one.

I also have a small obsession with the show The Walking Dead. So I started a weekly series. Why? If you watch this show, you know therapy is needed after every episode.

With my monthly “Why? Series” you just never know what you’ll get! It might be about football, it might be about changing the world or it might be about the greatness known as the 80s. I bet you’ll find something to join in about!

You know photography will never leave me, so my travel adventures and fine art stuff will be posted about over there as well. For example, you can check out recent stories from my Japan adventures! If interested in the galleries, please check them out here!

See you there!


A touch of Maui!

Not Just Cause I’m Biased…


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I promised my sister and mom I would wait until Christmas cards went out before posting more of our family shots we took over Thanksgiving, but thought I would just share this one. Because one thing I am really thankful for is my sister. Seriously, I’m the luckiest ever and I’m so glad my little Gabs will grow up with a sister too. Plus she is one beautiful lady and mama!

Thanksgiving Thoughts (and a little Lincoln too)


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My 30th year of existence has been one crazy year, yet there is so much to be thankful for. So much. When I take a step back and look at everything my life is, I can’t help but be overwhelmed with gratitude. My hope and prayer is that you also can see the blessings in your life and be thankful. I hope your Thanksgiving is the best one yet!

Thanks to recently seeing Lincoln (one of the best movies I have seen in awhile and now I like Lincoln and Daniel Day Lewis even more), I’m in an Abe Lincoln kinda mood, so may this Proclamation read on October 3, 1863 by Lincoln, leave you with a thankful heart!

P.S. I wish I could write like this.

P.P.S. This was written in the middle of the Civil War, so history nerd self thinks its extra awesome Lincoln proclaimed a day of thanks during one of our darkest/hardest times.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” Psalm 107:8-9


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