Well..

There are SOME things I’ll miss about summer…

Date Night

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut.  We try our best to make a date night once a week. Date night this time was pretty simple – sketching in the middle of downtown Newport,  ice cream at Kilwin’s and a walk around town. Enjoyed a nice cool breeze and some time to talk.

Night!

I’ve taken this photo a million times, but I never get sick of it!

Senior Year

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve photographed a teenager!! Here’s is Miss Kira. It is amazing how much more aware this generation is of posing. Teens have perfected their angles from constantly taking selfies. Sure makes my job easier! Good luck this year Kira!

Wonderful

I don’t care how fast or wonderful e-mail is, I still LOVE snail-mail! Real photographs are better than digital images online! Oh my heart!

This World Is Too Crazy For Me

Sometimes I feel like this world is spiraling out of control. Often I feel so consumed by online news, social media and even TV. We are a spoiled, ungrateful culture with every answer and luxury at our fingertips (PHONES) and it is getting on my nerves. People spend hours of their lives arguing on Facebook with complete strangers or violently march the streets claiming they are better than others and will have it no other way. Yuck. Just yuck.

I never imagined I would be sick of music but when you have a digital subscription like Apple Music or Amazon you can search any song, any time and play it whenever you like. This has prompted me to try to become more mindful these days. I am trying to go back to my analog ways. And that has started with giving up digital calendars for paper and cancelling my digital music subscription. SO nice to take the time to read and write with pencil. In addition, we purchased a record player a while back. I have never appreciated music more than I do now. Daily, I carefully choose an album from our collection, play it and when it is over, I have to get up off the couch and flip it over. I am so aware and it feels great. I even take the time to notice the album cover art. Remember how excited you’d be when buying a new CD – to open the CD and unfold the inserts?! Even to read the dedications by the artist?! WOW!

We had a day off and wandered up to the shops in the big cities. We found a great comic book store wth a wonderful selection of records. We had a great time. Browsing for records always prompts conversation between my husband and me – that’s right – TALKING FACE TO FACE. Remember that? That’s another thing that has died thanks to digital everything. We both expressed how excited we were to return home to play the records and sip wine.

Am I nostalgic? YES. But I am certainly no fuddy-duddy. Really, I’m not!!
As a matter of fact, earlier in the day we were on Youtube looking up 70s, 80s & 90s TV commercials. We had A BLAST reliving our childhood. And I was so thankful for the ability to do so.

I do believe in “everything in moderation.” Now if I could only apply that to my sugar and wine consumption…..

 

Treasures Around the Corner

It always amazes me that I’ve lived in this tiny state my whole life and am still discovering treasures. I am embarrassed to say I never knew there was a natural history and planetarium here! It wasn’t until I started working at the library that I discovered this place. Many libraries have museum passes that can be checked out in order to save money on admission. I noticed this one (Roger Williams Park Natural History Museum & Planetarium) a while back, and have been meaning to go! Well I finally made my way with a friend this past week. WOW. This place is small, but well laid out and FULL of wonderful, priceless resources. This would be great for families. We learned SO much from biology, geography, astronomy and more. I am itching to get back to my library and read some books on all these topics!

I encourage you to wander around your local library. You will be amazed at what you’ll learn.  I may sound like a broken record, but take a break from the crazy world of hate and empower yourself by learning.