The Art of Placing Stars

~~And there’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark
You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are
And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful~~

–From ‘Scars to Your Beautiful’ by Alessia Cara

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I had a great photo shoot with Kristina this weekend.  She’s an actress, singer and a dancer and has done lots of shows around the country.  I really wanted to bring out her beauty in a whole new way.  I not only enjoyed doing her portrait but getting to know her better during the day. I also got to know what a beautiful soul she has too!

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The Son by Philipp Meyer

I just finished another audio book: The Son by Philipp Meyer. It’s a New York Times bestselling epic of a Texas family starting off with a Comanche raid, taking 13 year old Eli McCullough captive. The story covers 4 generations of Texas life – a saga of land, blood, and power from the 1800s to the oil booms of the 20th century. It’s not pretty and its not clean but its definitely Texas.

Its a great historical novel and I’ll give it 5 out of 5 stars. *****

Give it a try!

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Strength and Determination

I had the opportunity to photograph a friend at her AcroYoga class. Balance, core strength, courage and determination all combine in these exercises and it all was on display with this amazing pose. Thanks, Mo Hendrix  and  Republic Yoga Houston


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WOW! Im so excited that “Claudia With Owl” is included in this recent publication. The rest of the magazine is full of wonderful works of art by my fellow AWAKE artists from around the glove. Have a look!


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Volkswagon’s ‘Emissions Anonymous’

We Are Sorry.

There were so many wonderful entries at this years Houston Art Car Parade but this one really made an impact on me and most people around me. People actually appreciated it and applauded. The black-shirted street walkers following the car handed out this printed tri-fold card as well. It’s worth taking a look at it.

Volkswagen was found guilty of manipulating the emissions software on their cars causing incorrect reporting of their diesel pollutants. That represents everything that I think is wrong with corrupt corporations and irresponsibility toward people and the atmosphere we all live in.

Volkswagen has been taking a very public position to admit their wrong by doing their public relations repair. But I have to admit, skeptical as many of us may be, this entry into the Art Car Parade made me pardon their crime and give them another chance.

Check it out. They mocked themselves by making their driver sit is a smoke filled car, made their ‘employees’ walk behind all that smoke’, and then put the entire company on an ‘Emmissions Anonymous’ 12-Step program. Take a minute to read 1 or 2 of their 12-Steps. They’re fabulous!

Like #8: List the persons we harmed and to whom we must make amends, including workers, communities, and environments we harmed.

And in their future goals section, they state that to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement they have to stop production of internal combustion engines by 2025! That’s a pretty big commitment!!

Anyhow, that was probably too long winded for a normal post about a Parade, but I am always on the side of people getting back on their feet after a fall and trying to do the right thing.

I will give them a reprieve and practice forgiveness towards a corporation trying to reform. Good job Volkswagen!

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Whatever Is Excellent Or Praiseworthy

I find it very disturbing at times, upsetting to say the least, when I spend too much time being cynical about what’s happening around me: Politics, evil and corrupt world leaders, the media frenzy to cover every upset and conflict, the moral decay of coaches, teachers, students, video games, celebrities and movie moguls, the clergy…heck…even at my own shortcomings at times. It all seems so overwhelming and hopeless.

The headlines love to feed our fears and as we all know, blood and conflict are what makes the news, not harmony and understanding. What I have to do is step back a little bit and look at my own world that I live in right here in Sugar Land and Houston. Overall, the folks of many races, culture and beliefs live together peacefully and are not being cruel or disrespectful to each other. The way that I act and the way my neighbors act is not what is being broadcast every minute of every day. Its actually the opposite of what I see in the news. So, taking that step back gives me perspective and a chance to redirect my thoughts.

That allows me to do 2 things. First, I make myself stop setting people up on a pedestal and expecting them to be ‘my kind of perfect’ as a role model. They’re human. They’re flawed. They’re messed up just like me. If I make them my idol, I’ll inevitably be disappointed. And second, I turn my thoughts toward God where I can find teachings that give me a much more encouraging mental attitude towards all people in my life. It’s a way to bring good into my life and switches my thoughts from negative to positive. And puts me back in a position to love, understand and serve those that enter my life every day. That’s a much happier place for me.

This is how I choose to think:
Philippine 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

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