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Still {Five Minute Friday}

Foreword: Social media has become so much more than what I’ve touched upon below. Due to the gradual internal changes within facebook and now Instagram, It’s no longer a way for me to make connections. Maybe I’ve given too much expectations of the platforms. But, I find social media is too much work for me these days.

divider-clipart-divider_line_medSocial media do not give me the clues I need to gauge truth or lies. Behind the words, are there smiles in the eyes? Is there a storm brewing inside? I speak from history observing, questioning, and wanting to be of service. Words lack these very things I need to gauge truth or lies. People create facades to hide behind. Constant positivity causes me to question perspectives. Where is the truth?

After all, life is not all roses without thorns.

Folks on social media do not behave like they do in real life. Taking the time to write out your thoughts with others in mind is extremely important. War of words breaks out, and friendships are no more.1

I’ve begun to realize that reality is often a facade too. Social cues and clues may be lies. As a result, I do not know what’s truth. Whereas I once thought I knew someone, I feel as if I gained insight through words into how they truly feel towards another.

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Social Media (for me) is too quiet and scary at this moment. It reminds me of a cat calmly patiently waiting to pounce. It’s too still.
I am sensing a disturbance in the force.
Ha!

  1. I’m often not a participant in verbal discussions due to deafness. These are my thoughts based upon observation.  When folks have conversations and discussions, they may get loud due to not feeling heard; but, they seem to be more thoughtful and/or respectful.

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Framers Friday: Low Key

Impish

Here is what I wrote:

I originally planned to use my husband to get his portrait; but, he’s very busy this week. So, I chose to do another self-portrait. I was 56 years old last week & I’m now 57. It’s appropriate to take a trip to the dark side, is it not? I goofed around with a variety of looks/poses. This is my favorite. I used a 1/2 CTO gel filter for the 1st time with my MagMod MagSphere diffuser. I was curious to see the effect of a CTO. It’s also my first effort at butterfly lighting. Thanks to a mini-group member for reminding me of highlights. It improved the look of this image immensely. My hands looked whiter/lighter than my face & at the suggestion of several members, I darkened them up a tad post-processing.

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Treasure {Five Minute Friday}

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I’m at heart a collector. I used to collect postal stamps in my youth. Unlike coins, which my father and brothers collected, postal stamps told stories. As I got older, my thrifty nature conflicted with the desire to collect stamps. They also took up space and collected dust. So, as hard as it was for me, I stop collecting them.

The only thing I collect or hoard these days, besides books, is mini Lang boxes. For some unknown reason, the Fingers store sent me two invites to get one free the year I graduated from high school. So, I ended up with two of them. I loved those things. One of them became a small personal memento holder.

Throughout the years, whenever I spy one at an antique store, a flea market, or yard/garage sales, I’d immediately check it over for the condition and price. If the condition is good and the price is right, I’d purchase it.  The last one was purchased a couple months ago from an antique store in Huntsville, Texas.

The boxes are currently holders and containers in addition to being used to display items. I’ve lost count of how many I have. The last count was twenty-two. I do believe it’s now twenty-four or twenty-five. And not all of them are the same. I have what I call Tall Boys. They are rarer, taller, and older than the ones I received when I graduated.

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My mindset has changed throughout the years. I no longer collect dust makers. In fact, I’ve gotten rid of many with the exception of books I plan to read. The Lang boxes are a different story. They also have a purpose (function).

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-21

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Framers Friday: High Key


ILD

Here’s What I wrote:

Here’s another self-portrait (A personal challenge for this year). The title is from my long-distance dating days with Dan. We used codes and abbreviations since we were coworkers during those days. ILD == Iche Liebe Dich == I Love You. Here is the ASL sign for ILD. We learned a little ASL before our marriage, said our vows with ASL, and continued to use ASL to make life easier for me at times.

addendum: the personal challenge is one a month, give or take.

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Complete {Five Minute Friday}

What I originally free wrote this morning had nothing to do with the word prompt. I had great difficulty coming up with something just for this prompt.  So, I just started by writing what the word means (to me).divider-clipart-divider_line_medComplete can mean entirety. Such as from the beginning to the end, The Alpha and the Omega, etc. Complete also has the meaning of it’s finished, done, or thorough. A project accomplished, An assignment done, etc.

I have a few UFOs (UnFinished Objects). I don’t feel inclined to begin work on them again soon. There’s the Gypsy wife quilt with blocks and strips still hanging on the design wall. And, my birthday table runner is still a work in progress. I haven’t picked up sewing in a very long time.

I just haven’t felt like doing much until recently.

Photography is saving my mind and life1 . It’s forcing me to get up, be creative, get active, etc. I don’t think Dan understands how much I need this activity despite the confusing “negative” criticism I may receive that makes me feel like a failure. (eg. “I don’t understand the photo… I’m confused” w/o an accompanying explanation as to why.) He doesn’t like it when I get upset and feeling like crap because of one person’s viewpoint.2

I have digressed. I do have plans to get back into the sewing room. I was in the process of redesigning/reconfiguring the space when the effort got derailed with painting and applying polyurethane on shelves.3

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  1. Photography is more for my mental and physical health along with my creative bent. (I’ve always been into and interesting in photography. So, it’s something I’m passionate about.)
  2. It’s difficult to explain. He tells me it’s just one person (comment) of many and I shouldn’t take it personally.  But, I feel if one person is confused, then I failed. period. How many others out there were confused by my image and just didn’t say so? I feel as if all the positive comments I get are a farce half the time anyway.  I rather get positive constructive criticism (eg. the horizon is tilted) than just pure positive comments that doesn’t help me improve (e.g. this is a cool picture of —-).
  3. As soon as the work on the shelves for the guest room is done, I’ll reclaim the space and begin anew.

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Framers Friday: Dreamscape

 While You’re Sleeping… 

Here is what I wrote:

I turned to light painting for this theme. I used composites due to light pollution. I set up the scene & kept the camera static as if I was going to do it all in one long exposure under the dark skies. Each shot (three plus the landscape painting) is 86/87 seconds. I love the burning man & created it. I had a hankering to create another character, the light man. It’s rough around the edges. I need a LOT of practice. I originally called it “my spaceman”; but, I’m calling it a mummy (thanks to my Uncle R. for reminding me of them.) A light fire sprung to life. My 1st attempt at “painting” the landscape of which I need practice. All characters were created using flashlights, the universal connector from Light Painting Brushes, & a few tools. Inspiration (scene) from the depths of my brain.

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Nature · Photography

What the Bug?

#4 red Spider
Shot during 52Frames’ Wide Aperture week

I was walking from the back to the front yard when I spied something tiny on a wild sunflower. I often use my macro lens as identification. This was my one and only shot of this spider. I now wish I had played with my camera settings. I’ve since learned via research it might be a crab spider. I’m not 100% sure since I’m not in the mood to do deep research. I love its coloring against the yellow petals as well as its shadow.

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