A comedy of errors, a study of weird photography…. LOL

You know….. most people are striving to get a certain type of picture when they are shooting their camera…. I’m not unlike  the rest..LOL, however…. I hate reading the directions on how to use the cameras because the writing is so tiny and I have such a short attention span that I find myself “drifting off” and forgetting what I’ve read…  I just thought I’d post a couple of funny pictures I’ve taken… The first two are of the same waterfall with different settings…. The last one looks like a ghost floating along, but it’s suppose to be fireworks… LOL

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Seriously??? Ask yourself …….

(Photographer unknown – Picture from PhotoBucket yrs. ago)

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, Live the life you’ve imagined.” ~David Thoreau

I wonder if it’s true that if you have high expectations for your self, or your children, success would be much more likely, gaining more confidence and having a more successful chance of achieving your goal. Does it simulate the self-full-filling prophecy – if you don’t think you are able to succeed, then you probably won’t be successful. It seems to me that most people generally achieve close to their own expectations if they honestly do their best, along with trying to dismiss any negativity, from others… including your own family.

Believe in your dreams and goals of success! If you are able to truly convince yourself to go after your dream, dream BIG. Provided you supply your own efforts, and don’t stand by and wait for someone else to “give” you everything, you will be much more likely to reach and accomplish those big dreams. First you must decide on your goal, then decide how you will attempt to go about achieving it. Taking something from others, will not satisfy that inner feeling you have that supplies contentment. You put a higher value on things you have worked to achieve in life. Waiting for your government, parents, or other’s, to supply what you want or need, only emboldens the “Entitlement” society. (Those who want everything in life given to them for free just because they want it. I wonder if they have ever thought about what is going to happen when the “suppliers” run out of money? Does anyone really believe that the world will one day have total equality? You need “achievers” to fund the “Non-Achievers & the Entitled”.

Seriously, if you see that everyone in your neighborhood, and all the other neighborhoods for that matter, have exactly what you have, what you’ve worked so hard to achieve, without them even raising a hand, breaking a sweat, or exerting ANY type of behavior to be “rewarded with” what you have And yet, they somehow seem to continue to be“given” all they think they need to “survive”… or to be equal with you. You get a loaf of bread from the store, pay for it, and get home only to see a truck going through your neighborhood giving everyone a loaf of bread so all will be equal… how long would you continue to work, sacrifice for your family and children, only so that “others” could have what you’ve worked so hard for? Seriously now….. how is that gonna work????

Does no one ever ponder this besides me????

Follow your dreams - run

There can never by equality for everyone, there will always be “someone making decisions as to what you can or cannot have, no matter what YOU wish. You WILL have “A Controller”…. There will ALWAYS be at least one person, if not several, who see themselves as “The Rockstar”, “The BIG Leader”, the person who is better and smarter than you, the one who has the right to tell you what you can and cannot eat…. what you can and cannot drive, what medicines you can and cannot have… regardless of if you need that drug to survive, which doctor you WILL have to go to because they have forced out all the others who refused to agree to work hard every day and yet, are only able to be the same as those who do not work. Why should they work? Who can explain that?

It reminds me of those who continue to spend money THEY DO NOT HAVE….. I was shocked to hear a student who had gone to college by getting “Student Loans” actually say, to a reporter, that they feel they should not have to pay those back. Either they did not understand the concept of what a loan is, or they believe money falls from the sky.

As the Queen of Alice in Wonderland said, “If you don’t know your destination, any road will take you there.” That seems to me that without vision and direction, you will always be lost in the sea of your own life. Your direction, in my opinion, comes from within, your hope and dreams and visions of what you want to be your destiny.

Are you honestly willing to work toward(for) that goal/dream? Do you have that “feeling” inside of you of “Satisfaction or Pride” whenever you do well?

There will always be “Right” and “Wrong” in life…. occasionally, you may run into that “gray” area where the line between the two seems to be somewhat blurred or distorted. You can’t decide, you face doubt and question yourself or your intentions. You cannot live “ON TOP OF THE FENCE” hoping you won’t have to make a decision, possibly hurt someone’s feelings, or actually decide to do something only to find out later that as it turns out, you chose the “Wrong” fork in the road, made a decision that at the time seemed to be the right one, only later to find it was not. Are you willing to ever accept SELF-RESPONSIBILITY ???? To accept the consequences of your decisions, be they GOOD or BAD? Just wondering?????

“Doing what is right is the greatest gift you can give.” ~ R. Bennett

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I have a print of this particular picture by Michael Parks hanging in my house.

The longer you look at it, the more you see. 

 

The Choice is Yours….

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Controlling your Destiny….

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The only thing that stands between you & your destiny, is if you feel that you have limitations. If you begin to doubt yourself, you doubt your ability to make your dreams come true. Your destiny will be waiting for you on the other side of the mist of indecision & self-doubt.

We are not born doubting ourselves or believing that we have limitations. Have you ever watched small children? The are filled with such boundless energy, confidence & curiosity. They are not afraid of failing until someone inadvertently teaches them to be afraid. That someone could be their friends, classmates, teachers, daycare workers or even well meaning parents. Once we learn about the possibility of failure, our destiny becomes limited because we believe we have limited potential, therefore we form our own limited expectations.

In my opinion, failing is NOT failing unless you do not try at all. If one tries something and fails… even many times, it is always a learning experience because then you know what DOESN’T work & you can keep trying & trying until you get it right!

As Theodore Roosevelt said, “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure.”

You have the ability to re-claim your destiny by envisioning your dreams and goals. You CAN create the life or destiny you dream of .

Did you realize that even Colonel Sander (Kentucky Fried Chicken) faced repeated numbers of rejections before he finally found someone willing to take a chance on his “dream”? He refused to allow other peoples expectations or judgements to determine his destiny.

Remember Albert Einstein, he was labeled as stupid, slow, unable to read, & thus was thought nothing would never become of him. All the time his undiagnosed dyslexia was interfering with his learning, making things three times as difficult for him. He did not listen to, or believe the doubters in his life & he went on with his life to become a great man.

Both of these men refused to allow other peoples expectations or judgements to determine their destiny or define their dreams. They created the destiny they wanted. The destiny they had always dreamed of & pictured in their mind’s eye.

“If you want to be happy, be.” ~ Tolstoy
” God has entrusted me with myself.” ~ Epicteus

From the above quotes, what I feel Tolstoy and Epicteus were trying to say, is that you can be happy if you want to be. It is your choice. You are the one who decides to be happy by focusing on the present – living, loving & achieving in the present. Focus on being happy & being the person you want to b. That way you are creating your own destiny.

Everyday you are alive is a miracle – a priceless gift that is yours to squander or mold into a future you desire. Spend less time worrying about things you cannot change, regretting choices you made instead of spending time appreciating what you have & the possibilities of creating & achieving even more.

To become fearless, you must spend less time being fearful or depressed. You must try to fill your days with more time being joyous & doing the things you wish to do. If you can do that, then you will be able to spend the majority of your time living your dream & less time getting ready to live your Life.

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Dost though love life?
Thy do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

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“Many people die with their music still in them.
Why is this so?
Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live….

in stead of actually living.” 

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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The act of Doing is the cornerstone of creating your own, personal destiny. True joy is in the dreaming, imagining, considering & conceiving what you want. The actions you take produce the outcome of your destiny.

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“Life is not lost by dying;
life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day,
in all the thousand small uncaring ways.”
~ Stephen Vincent Benet

“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.”
~Laertius Diogenes

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Imagine your destiny. Focus on what your dreams are, then create your destiny with Pride. Others may try to downplay or ruin your dream by trying to steal or belittle your pride. You must have passion, resolve, dreams innovations & last but not least…. ethics.

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“Passion is the fire that energizes your life,
and without passion, without fire, without energy,
your true destiny will always be unfulfilled.
It will die of indecision, inaction and indifferences.”
~ Rex Bennett

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When you couple talent, dedication, hard work & passion for what you are doing, your success will arrive sooner than you think.  You must have passion connected with your dream.  Passion, as you well know, is that inner force that drives you to be the very best that you can be.  Never let anyone steal your passion for life!

For example, one of my good friends has a passion, dedication & talent for making beautiful dolls.  She spends hours on end to ensure she has every detail perfect, so the doll actually looks real!  She doesn’t even seem to mind the hard work necessary to do such a great job, because she has that inner passion guiding her towards her dream, her destiny.

Another example could be myself.  People ask me all the time why I won’t get an Administrators degree or a Phd. so that I can “move up” in the education field.  The problem is, I don’t want to move up, I love what I do, working with children on such an intimate level.  I would have to give up my wonderful experiences with the children to become the disciplinarian.  I love the hugs I get walking down the hall, the cards they make for me, & the fact that every time they see me somewhere (especially out in public – which drives my kids crazy) they yell out my name & run up and grab me & to give me a big hug. (True, their parent’s kinda wonder what’s going on if they don’t personally know me.. LOL)

My passion is helping children – especially those that everyone seems to have given up on, or who are going through a rough time in their life & need an advocate to intervene on their behalf in order to help them out.

Whatever it is that you decide to do in life, even if it is just a temporary job until you are able to actually begin to accomplish your dream, do it with passion & enthusiasm …. even if it is something you have to do, rather than want to do.

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Wherever you go, go with all your heart”
~ Confucious

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What if you have no idea what your passion is or how to tap into it?
If you have a goal or a dream, approach it & everything you do, do with a good attitude…
If you do this, your passion will come & find you.

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“Without passion, the fire of your life dies.”
~ Rex Bennett

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“Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
~ Helen Keller

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“Passion is like genius, a miracle.”
~Rolland

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“They say that death kills you,
But death doesn’t kill you
Boredom and indifference kills you.
~Iggy Pop

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“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished
without passion.”
~G.W.F. Hegel

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“There is no end.
There is no beginning.
There is only the infinite passion
of life.
~Frederico Fellini

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“Only passion,
great passion can elevate the soul
to great things.”
~Dennis Diderot

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“Every man dies. Not every man really lives.”
~ William Wallace in the movie Braveheart

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“What is passion? …
Most of your being is at best, unlived.
In passion the body & the spirit seek self-expression…
The more extreme & the more expressed passion is,
the more unbearable does life seem with out it,
we are partly dead, & that soon,
come what may,
we will be wholly so.”
~John Boorman

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These are some pictures I took a few years back. It’s here in Georgia, but not highly advertised. It was once a beautiful, grand, Victorian looking manor house. It was partially burned many, many, years ago after there was a murder committed in the house. I thought it odd that the actual room where the murder took place, was not entirely burned. You could still see a faint outline of the blood stains on the floor.

The gardens were, and still are, as far as I know, intricately designed and manicured. They were beautiful enough by far to have been found behind one of the European castles.  

Hold fast to your Dreams and don’t become hopelessly enslaved…

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
~ Goethe

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“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”

~Langston Hughes

If I could hold Sorrow…

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If Palms could hold Sorrow

If palms could hold sorrow
then who would hold mine?
Bold lies of intention
as dark, masked eyes shine.

The sadness melts slowly
through un-noticed turns
’cause memories then alter
the Soul as it burns.

Inspired by Wisdom
or conjured by Charm
your heart shall be empty
should you wield Sorrow’s harm.

© Kathryn Elizabeth Green 2014
All Rights Reserved

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We’ve had 2 full days of pouring rain so I’ve been stuck home alone (never a good thing..LOL) cuz my hubby had to use my car for the past 3 days…  I tried to post yesterday, but was having all kinds of difficulty…. Is it me or did they make some changes to how you post? It could be just me, I’ve been pretty tired lately trying to get all the evidence together for my Mom’s case. Thus far I have 3 big fat notebooks full of medical, financial & legal information.  Now…. I’m just waiting to talk to someone about it, it may not really be worth it.  Perhaps it’s vengeance I’m feeling, but I don’t think so…  I know I can be naive and I hold others to the same standards I hold myself and my children (both grown), so I’m always shocked when I run across someone who is the total opposite.  I just think that since there IS a law on the books about what my step brothers did to my mom, and it clearly explains it’s illegal, I just feel they should get in trouble and have to give the money back. They are still lying to investigators, but lying doesn’t make it true. If I broke the law, I know I’d be in trouble.  I’d like to see me trying to tell a police officer that since I didn’t know what “STOP” meant, it was okay for me to drive right through. (an example)  Most of you know my step-dad & mom were married for 32 years, (my dad died when I was young) and for the last 7 or 8 years my step-dad’s Alzheimer’s/Dementia has been getting worse.  He cashed in all his insurance policies about a year before he died cuz he said he couldn’t spend it if he waited till he was dead. You know, they don’t always think clearly, and often are child like in how they view the world. (I won’t go into all that), but my step-brothers stole all of the money from the bank that was suppose to go to my mother (it wasn’t a whole lot cuz he had no retirement). They were so ugly to her…. told her they were leaving her ONE penny. After all the years of her taking care of him and loving him. When she fell a year or so ago she had a stroke, concussion, ad to have surgery, lost her hearing in one ear and lost her balance.  She can’t walk unassisted anymore. I do want them punished and I want them to have to give the money back that should have gone to her.  Am I being wrong?

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These guys were not afraid of people at all… guess they were hungry.  Wonder what they were eating?

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This is the picture of the water fall setting turned on, but I had no tripod.

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Same waterfall but on regular setting… weird huh.  I guess I’ll have to break down and read the directions..LOL

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just because I like this one…

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“There is no end.
There is no beginning.
There is only the infinite passion
of life.
~Frederico Fellini

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Just if anyone is interested.. I found this really cool site where you can get bracelets for $5.00 each. They send a portion ($1.00) I think to the cause.  Also besides supporting your cause (SEE THEM LISTED BELOW), you are helping to provide jobs for the people of their home country.  I bought several of the Breast Cancer ones because as a Cancer survivor, that is a cause I personally support.  I’m NOT asking you to buy one… I get nothing from it because I waited till the 24 hours is up… I just thought I’d share because I liked them!

 http://fbuy.me/537q

Allergy and Asthma Awareness
ALS Disease Awareness
Alcohol Abuse Awareness
Alzheimer’s Awareness
American Heart Association
Anxiety Disorder
Autism Awareness
Breast Cancer
Bipolar Disorder
Celiac Disease
Congenital Heart Defects
Crohn’s Disease
COPD Awareness
Cystic Fibrosis Disease
Downs Syndrome
Epilepsy Awareness

A flibbertigibbet ????

 

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“The greatest way to live with honor in this world

is to be

what we pretend to be.”

~Socrates

 

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Regret?

Distorted truth
translucent harm
degenerate soul,
full of darkest charm.

Unvarnished lies
disturbed by thought
whispered, not spoken
hidden, not sought.

invisible pain,
unveiled regrets,
desolation masked,
as hearts forget.

Like shattered glass,
the familiar light
of promises frozen,
escape the night.

(c) Kathryn Elizabeth Green

All rights reserved

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“When you cease to dream, you cease to live.”

~Malcolm S. Forbes

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(All photos are mine…. most were taken in the Smokies a few weeks ago, but the weeping angel is not far from where my father is buried here in town. Obviously, I need to get a tripod cuz I can’t hold the camera still long enough.)

 

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“I am free, no matter what rules surround me….

I am free because I know that I alone

am morally responsible for everything I do.”

~Robert Heinlein

 

Baby Elephant(A cute little baby elephant from the Cincinnati Zoo about 10 or 12 years ago on a school trip)

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It wasn’t me!!!!

 

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Insignificant Squirt

Mr. Nobody,

Oh, you know him ….

He’s the guy who lives in the closet,

or hides beneath the bed.

Why yes,

I believe he was the one who followed you on your first date,

hiding on the floorboard just behind your seat

waiting to pop up and yell ARGGGG

while you’re stopped at the light.

I begged him to eat my brussle sprouts once,

but he wouldn’t.

So I had to ……

He was my best friend as a child,

and would often intercede on my behalf

if someone was mad

like my brother or my mom,

or something went wrong

and got broken playing in the house.

He was impervious to pain,

so his feelings never got hurt,

and his behind never turned RED.

I’m not sure really,

when he left….

for good that is.

Sometimes,

I think if I concentrate very hard,

I can still feel his invisibility.

© 2013 Kathryn Elizabeth Green

all rights reserved

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(I think every child has a Mr. Nobody growing up…. the guy who gets the blame when you/a child, deny the responsibility for something caused by your actions.  I’ve heard that he has moved to Washington DC now and lives in the White House.  I think I can tell just by listening to the news, that he has been a very busy fellow.)

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They had the prettiest wind chimes there too & I thought I’d be able to go back and

get at least one, but no such luck…. (pouting) Never go shopping with a man!

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Davy Crockett’s Tennessee Moonshine… WOO HOO

(Do you realize that there are a lot of kids under 25 who have NO CLUE who Davy Crockett was?)

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This was on an apron… LOL  I should have bought this for sure, but didn’t.

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(Inside Davy Crockett’s store… Very cool store! I REALLY wanted to try that moonshine)

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Well, obviously, this little fella has visited a taxidermist, but while we were going through Cades Cove, there was a mother bear and her two little cubs coming out of the woods, crossing the road and moving out into the central plain area. (Which is surrounded by mountains) I was actually surprised at the number of people who got out of their car and RAN toward the bears to see about getting a photo.  Geez, guess they didn’t realize that the bears were wild, not tame…. and there is nothing worse than a mama Black Bear protecting her cubs. I do believe most, if not all, of these people were REAL tourists who didn’t know any better.  That’s sorta like running toward a volley of gun shots, instead of staying away. Why look for trouble???

The story of Cades Cove is really an interesting one and I’ll try to do a blog on it’s history one day soon. Some of the old churches are left and some cool old graveyards…. there are still some of the original cabins too I believe, thought I just didn’t have time to go back to look for the cabins, but got some shots of a couple of the churches and graveyards.  I think the government bought out the small community in the early 1920’s or so, but not positive of the year. It was a small community (less than 1500 people if I recall correctly) located on the flat plains area surrounded by the mountains.  It’s truly beautiful….

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“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it’s a matter of choice; it’s not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” ~ Winston Churchill

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Going around the edge of Cades Cove.

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