Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dolphin or dolphin?

I took this photo at the Georgia Aquarium on Sunday. I wanted to find some inspirational quote to go with it, but this one from Dan Marino kept coming up. On three different sites, the quote was identical, and it cracked me up. Why? Because Dan Marino is a football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. With a capital D. It's the name of the franchise. However, by ignoring the rules of grammar, it appears that Marino believes he is an intelligent and graceful marine mammal!  (It's English teacher humor, I suppose.)

overlay: Kim Klassen "postale"

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Mimi loves the beach at Gulf Shores. Every morning and evening she strolls up and down, looking for shells to take home to Marietta where she'll add them to her shell garden. Over the years she has been teacher, nurse, administrator, author, mother, wife, and grandmother. These days she is slowing down and her short term memory is flagging. Most of the time she is upbeat, but she admits that she gets frustrated with her mind; once it was sharp and clear, but now it is foggy more often than not. At the beach, however, Mimi relaxes. The power of the ocean and sky bring back memories from years gone by, and she enjoys a measure of peace. There's a little blue house in Gulf Shores that will always be part of Mimi's recollections.

Overlay: so True by Kim Klassen
Actions: Greater Than Gatsby

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Jesus Saves---and backs up, too.

Years ago, when word processing was a fairly new consumer product, there was a joke about Jesus and Satan in a timed word processing competition. Seconds before the final buzzer, Satan's work vanished as the computers shut down. Jesus' work, however, remained. When Satan asked God how that was possible, God responded, "Jesus saves."

Silly joke, but sage advice. Save your work. Save it often. And the next bit of advice would be: back up your work to a secondary device, not to the same drive in which you create your work. Sigh.

My external hard drive crashed on Wednesday. Crashed hard. As in total physical failure. As in $1800 to recover the data. That means lost for good.

Brian, genius that he is, managed to save a good number of files as the drive was in its death throes. As it stands, the only real loss is pictures between March and July of this year and the YEARS worth of digital art I had created. Digital art supplies can be downloaded again (and Kim Klassen generously sent me direct links). Files I designed can be recreated. Family photos through 2012 are already archived on CDs. Brian saved all my teaching files. My 3Cs files are gone, but my clients have CDs of the best pictures and Vistaprint has my business cards on file. So, it's not a total catastrophe.

It was, however, a wake up call. As of now I am using Google Drive and Dropbox as off-site storage. Brian has installed a SIX TERABYTE network drive for the house, and set it up for daily back up. Bit by bit I will rebuild my stash, and maybe, just maybe, we will find a way to get the pictures back. (It helps to know a lot of computer geeks.) As for me: lesson learned.

Backing up now.


Overlay: Kim Klassen "Cora"

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

I'll Do That Right Now...Maybe.

Does anyone else have a spouse who is easily distracted? Seriously. It's comical, some of the time. Today is my baby girl's 17th birthday. She wants to go to Red Robin with a few friends. No problem--except it's 40 minutes away and she has rehearsal until after 8. Still, the friends are here and we will all fit in our van...except.

After last week's amazing vacation, the van seats are laid flat for travel and cleaning. The seats need to be made upright in order for seven people to ride along. I can't get them to work (the van is 10 years old and the seats are both awkward and heavy.) So, I get home from work at 5 and remind the man that the seats are folded. He says, "I'll go do that right now" and promptly gets on a business call. Okay, that's cool. It's work and there's not much to do about that. 6:30 rolls around and he says, "I'll go take care of the seats right now" as he heads to the shower upstairs. 7:30: "I'll go do those seats right now" as he empties the dishwasher (can't fault him for that). 8:24--the birthday girl rolls in and THEN it is finally "right now."  URGH!

Okay, I feel better.

I wonder how often I treat God the same way. I say, "I'll work on that Bible study right now" as I take on project after project. I say, "I'll have prayer time right now" as I scroll through Facebook or Pinterest. I say, "I'll contemplate the wonder of God right now" as I float along in a superficial sea of banality.

I guess I have plenty to learn, and no room to be annoyed by the "right now" comment.


Sunday, July 07, 2013

Peace Even in the Storm

Overlays by
Kim Klassen "Touch of Texture 2"
Kitty Scrap, Scrap From France

Photo location
Gulf Shores, Alabama 2013

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Perfect Peace

Photo by me
Overlay courtesy Kim Klasses
Text in English: King James Version
Text in Romanian: Cornilescu