A Lesson in Life and Death

Many days I stress over my lack of experience as a photographer, I want my pictures to be perfect. I want pictures that transport my viewers, readers, followers, family and friends to locations they may never get the opportunity to experience. If they do, I want them to feel the love of the location that…

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Historic Oakland Cemetery

How we honor the dead may differ based on ethnicity, culture and religion. One thing remains the same, we are all equals in death. Take a trip with me this week as I explore the lives of those that were pioneers in the city of Atlanta, through the graves of those buried at Historic Oakland…

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Blogtober19 Take 2 Ebenezer Baptist Church Heritage Sanctuary

Founded in 1886 by Rev. John Parker, in 1894 Rev. A.D. Williams became pastor, maternal grandfather of Dr. King. 1931 the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr who was the assistant pastor at the time began his leadership of Ebenezer. This building in my opinion was the village that nurtured and encouraged a young man to…

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Blogtober19 Take 1. Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Park

Your first stop on this historic city tour must be The Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Park! Now let me be clear, please pick your travel time carefully, this is critical, nothing in life is worse than Atlanta traffic. Let me say that again, nothing in life is worse than Atlanta traffic. If you…

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Bayard Cutting Arboretum

New York, not all brick city, but the state of wonder and all possibilities. No place like New York exists in the United States, where else can we find such a rich mix of culture living harmoniously? If you are a child of an immigrant, for most, New York was their point of entry, and…

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A Day In Bastogne

Bastogne War Museum Crossed three countries, broke the speed limit at well over a hundred miles per hour everywhere possible, car sick from all of the curves and turns, but I arrived alive. Don’t ask me for directions, I closed my eyes above 90 mph and didn’t open them until the car stopped. I also…

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My Emotional Outlet

Yesterday someone asked me what satisfaction I get out of blogging when the goal of most bloggers is social media status and temporary internet fame. I thought about it for a while and asked myself the same question, what satisfaction do I get out of blogging? The answer is simple, yet complicated, blogging is an…

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Desert Botanical Garden

One never thinks of the desert as a place where you would enjoy or even find a botanical garden, well The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix awaits. Not only is the garden full of surprises, it has information along each trail about the plants you are seeing, and how they grow and thrive in such…

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Now Let’s Hike

Ok. Now that the kiddies have been settled and watered, everyone has gone to the bathroom, sunscreen and bug spray applied, its time to actually get out and enjoy the hike. The El Tovar trail provides options for all types of hikers, it also provides a smoother path to accommodate wheelchairs and also strollers. This…

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Before You Hit The Trail!

Visiting national parks is a great way to spend your summer days. There is nothing better than the great outdoors to improve your mental health, enrich friendships, and spend uninterrupted quality time with your family. Before you get in the car and take the drive, here are a few tips that can save you a…

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Arizona Loading

I planned to be organized, intentional, focused and write little blurbs summarizing each day. Though my intentions were genuine, the reality is that it didn’t always happen. First of all I was simply not prepared for the beauty of Arizona. I thought it would be hot, dry, brown, and the real beauty would be seen…

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