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An Awkward Start

 

Watercolors... first time in, oh, I dunno... 4 years? Maybe 6? I'd been doing acrylics, but I think if I'm going to get back into it, watercolors is the right place to start.

Took the picture with my cell phone...

 

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by Brett Rogers, 5/1/2012 12:10:51 PM
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Just a Reminder

 

Eternal Sunshine is the most brilliant movie ever. Just genius.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 5/1/2012 9:51:04 PM
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Headline of the Day

 

Looking at that picture... just hurts.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 5/2/2012 8:23:02 PM
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Today's Beauty

 

Along a bike path in Grimes lie the cottonwood seed, like snow. Pretty cool.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 5/5/2012 7:02:14 AM
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Today's Beauty

 

If you didn't recognize them, those are airport seats. Newark, New Jersey, in fact.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 5/10/2012 8:35:09 PM
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The Whole Gay Marriage Thing

 

Gay marriage is a human rights issue, no question. All the "small government" types out there who want to use the government to ban gay marriage - you're a hypocrite. If a definition of freedom is that you get to make your own choices in life so long as you don't step on the choices of others, then gay marriage is a picture perfect example of that.

Good for Obama for speaking out in favor of it.

The reason he did it is to raise money, pure and simple. Anybody who thinks otherwise hasn't watched the man in action. He's fundraising machine. It's pretty much all he does - other than vacation and play golf. But that's about it.

All of that said, I measure all of this by: which is most hurting my children?

Is it the fact that, should one of my children come out of the closet, they won't be able to be licensed to marry by the government? Or is it the $15 trillion in federal debt?

Clearly, without any question at all, the answer is: debt.

Therefore, big whoop. The man is still bankrupting my kids' future. I don't care if he personally CPR's 100 people back to life. He's still bankrupting my kids. And your kids.

That's what matters.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 5/10/2012 8:51:43 PM
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Chicago, from the Top

 

 

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by Brett Rogers, 5/12/2012 3:44:32 PM
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Today's Beauty

 

 

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by Brett Rogers, 5/20/2012 9:17:20 AM
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Creation

 

This would have been "Today's Beauty," but I have more to say...

I'm not sure why, but seeing my cupboard organized like this gives me great pleasure. We all have our quirks, I guess :)

Izzy, in The Fountain, looks at her husband as she nears the end of her life and wonders about "death as an act of creation." It's a pivotal concept in the movie, and for all the avoidance of death that people try to make, it happens, in various forms, throughout our life.

When I used to read Tarot cards way back when, I knew that the Death card signified great change more than it signified death. Change can be a good thing, or a bad thing, depending on how we approach it. Change, to switch it up a bit, can be creative. Great change can indeed be an act of creation.

Life is short. You can expect, optimistically, 30,000 days. How do you make each day count? How do you fill each with the joy it deserves and how do you recognize the goodness around you, to celebrate that and really feel it?

That's a life skill, and a good one to acquire.

Izzy kept appreciating the small things in her life. She was a woman on a mission, in spite of her approaching death, to find wonder and discovery.

Wonder and discovery are all around us, no matter what path life takes. The time for enjoyment is always now.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 5/24/2012 11:00:44 AM
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Free Speech Matters

 

The root of all freedom is this:

You have the inalienable right to say what you choose to say.

I may disagree with what you say.
I may not like what you say.
I may even loathe how you say it.

But you have every right to say it. I have no right to curb your speech nor your writing, nor does anyone else. It's our first freedom for a reason.

The whole S. E. Cupp incident, where Larry Flynt photoshopped her into pornographic humiliation for all the world to see... I disagree with it and loathe what he did, but he has every right to do it.

Sticks and stones.

The way to fight speech with which I disagree is not to curb it, but to speak back. You have a right to speak, and so do I. The audience can choose who to believe.

Brett Kimberlin is convicted bomber. He's a lefty who solicits money from folks for his causes, but when anyone publishes factual information about his past, it seems that he and his ilk sue them and threaten them. And not just the person, but their family as well.

Today, many blogs are joining together to publish factual information about Brett Kimberlin's past.

Facts are facts. While he may not like what's been published about him, everyone has the right to speak and write as they choose.

You either believe in freedom or you don't. Mr. Kimberlin has every right to speak back to what's been said about him, but he has no right to threaten people. No one does.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 5/25/2012 10:24:22 AM
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Walk

 

A long time ago, my ritual with my kids was to go on walks with them. It was a daily thing, and it was always great time together. We didn't have a TV, and it served as our entertainment for the evening - which was always a hoot. I know that Bari, Nick, and Aaron remember it fondly.

When Austin and Jacob came along, we lived in the country, and while occasionally we would go for walks, it wasn't a ritual.

Then, upon moving to Des Moines, it became even more sporadic and eventually stopped.

Jacob suggested that we walk to the ice cream store a half mile from here, so we did, and it's something we plan to do every two weeks when they're spending the weekend with me. Not only was the walk wonderful, but the ice cream was delicious on this muggy day.

And, it gives me an opportunity to take pictures like this.

Tomorrow, another ritual: Sunday morning chocolate chip pancakes.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 5/26/2012 8:50:21 PM
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Today's Beauty

 

 

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by Brett Rogers, 5/28/2012 10:55:18 AM
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