Enlightenment at the Crossroads

blooming lotus crossroads

 

Never know what you’re going to find  at the crossroads:

Robert Johnson

the Buddha

roads to somewhere

and nowhere

lotus at the crossroads

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Blog baskets for Children’s Miracle Network

Hershey at walmart, Hershey reese's walmart, better Easter basket
HERSHEY’S BETTER BASKET BLOG HOP RULES

 

  • Copy and paste these rules to your blog post.
  • Create a blog post giving a virtual Easter Basket to another blogger – you can give as many Virtual Baskets as you want.
  • Link back to person who gave you an Easter Basket.
  • Let each person you are giving a Virtual Easter Basket know you have given them a Basket.
  • Leave your link at BetterBasket.info/BlogHop comment section. You can also find the official rules of this #betterbasket blog hop, and more information about Better Basket with Hershey’s there.
  • This started as a meme of Hershey donating $10 per each blog participating to the Better Basket Blog Hop to Children’s Miracle Network up to $5,000 – but after so many bloggers participating, Hershey decided to donate a total of $7,000 honoring the kindness of blogger community .

 

Baskets to Bliss Bait  http://blissbait.wordpress.com/

Dennis the Vizsla     http://dennisthevizsla.wordpress.com/   

 and the one and only Tart of the Arts, Kokot Kseverny!  http://kseverny.wordpress.com/

Thanks to Ambigous Artistry for all the chocolate–even if it is virtual.

http://ambiguousartistry.wordpress.com/2010/03/31/lets-raise-5000-for-the-children%E2%80%99s-miracle-network/

Just one reason for loving

creek leaf

 

Just one of the many reasons I love my Minolta x700.

Falling in love again–with my Minolta x700

Oh yes the wonder of rediscovering an old flame whose sparks are still glowing strong. Thanks to the Camera Goddess, Angie, of Crick Camera Shop in Kansas City, Missouri, that is precisely what happened to moi this week. I ventured into Crick, which does some awesome film developing, among everything else ‘camera’ in order to conduct more of what’s been very tentative research on the topic of DIGITAL cameras.  I’ve been dippping into reviews of cameras and paying attention to some personal experiences of other shutterbugs online and off. All of it simply left me drifting in the wind but with the sense that I OUGHT to switch from film to little handy dandy camera disks for the pursuit of light and form a la camera. Finally I asked the right question to someone who could–and would–answer it without piling on more of the information files so adored by self described camera geeks. 

Aside: Thanks to one of planetcity1’s wonderful link/posts on dig-n-dash to a study of the psychological types of photographers/artists I KNOW there are others who photograph and create other visual arts like I ‘do’.  All photographers are NOT geeks! There is no shame in not being a ‘geek’ photographer.  There is much joy in being an intutitive, mindful,  in the moment pursuer of unique images that moi is. Yes, I can wait for the moment when the clouds move on and the light shines on the creek just right. I will wait, holding my breath, trying to keep my heartbeat from shaking my camera. But I will not take ten shots of the exact same subject at the exact same place and time in an effort to get the perfect shot.  Why do that when everthing else is waiting for a chance to shine?

Back to THE QUESTION and ANSWER.

Moi:  Which digital camera will provide the same image quality that my Minolta x700 does?

 Angie, The Camera Goddess: A Nikon D700. Cost of $3,369.95 with lens.

Consider that my Minolta x700 cost  me $250 USED-with lens and flash-and all that it does–yes, the photographs on this site and on shutterbug junkie are all Minolta x700 creations (with just a few exceptions taken with my daughter’s digital) and what do you think I’m thinking?

Ahhh the joy of falling in love again with an oh so wonderful object that caters to my photographic desires. Oh yeah.

Covet all things camera at Crick Camera even online —–>    http://www.crickcamera.com/      Yes, you too can consult their very own Camera Goddess, Angie–and all the other very friendly folks who contend with camera clickers.

A simple shot of my love  http://www.pbase.com/cameras/minolta/x700

Play with your digitals all you wish. I’m keeping my Minolta all to meself for as long as possible!

Dig into the psychology of photography  >>> http://www.flickr.com/photos/jsuler/sets/72057594126928976/

Dig-n-dash over at planetcity1’s blog studio http://planetcity1.wordpress.com/

Btw, planetcity1 does much with digital fun while providing all sorts of camera goodies. Explore her universe at will.

Sam I Am (NOT) ~~

Let’s have three cheers for today’s featured blog award—Poems by Samantha aka Sam I Am (NOT)!  It seems time to venture onto the softer side of the penning of poems.  But beware, Samantha’s poesy isn’t all rosey. Samantha is a serious striker of the ‘truth bell’ with all the poem stories she strives to tell.  Check out her word craft                                 

                                                                      http://poemsbysam.wordpress.com/

North Face ~~ Nord Wand

                          http://uk.rottentomatoes.com/m/north_face/

Do you enjoy climbing mountains? Do you like learning about seldom mentioned episodes in German History during the era of that man with the mustache aka the failed artist, Adolf Hilter? Are you in the market for a real nail biter of a film? Are you up for a love story that will tear your heart out? Love the Alps? Dig great filmography?  Just wondering what goes on in German film-making besides Run, Lola! Run! It’s been a long time since Lola ran and ran until she shattered time with her voice.  Well North Face is one COLD movie that ought not to be missed–though you may need some muscle relaxants during and after the film. If you see it at the Tivoli in KC you can bring your comfort foods with you. If you’re stuck with only the usual mundane movie theater experience sans neon red lights and great OLD movie posters, then figure out how to smuggle in what you need to endure a harrowing climbing through hell on the North Face.  Toni and  Andie are great guys. Luise is the sort of woman,  person, everyone wants watching their backs.  The Eiger is horrific and merciless.  If you want to see what movies can and ought to aspire to, then catch North Face. If you’re reading this, you can too read subtitles. 

rappell to the  movie site    http://www.nordwand-film.de/

Creek

creek

Reservation School Camp 1922

Cheyenne River Indian Reservation School Camp 1922

Drags Rope, Cherry Creek 1922, Cheyenne River Reservation

Drags Rope

 

Drags Rope p.2

Can Leslie Paint? You bet she can!

Five on Corner by Leslie White

Ahh now that the Ladies have snagged your full attention, I invite you to catch a cyber cab over to Leslie White’s online artist gallery/studio/instructional blog casa.  There are even works posted by Leslie’s students as proof that she can teach everyone something about ART. Leslie also has created a customized blog banner or two for other bloggers. Her art has accompanied a few poems on other sites also. Yes, everything is connected in the creative flow of energy in a our world where ART may be the only sane human manifestation.

Featured Blog Awared to Leslie of Leslie Paints–and boy does she ever! 

                                          http://lesliepaints.wordpress.com/

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