Sight vs. Sound

People that know me understand that I love music and love photography.  I am lucky enough to have the use of my ears and eyes to enjoy both.  As I am learning from other photographers that I find through Facebook I am amazed and in awe of the talent that is out there.

I find that music often can enhance what you can visually take in.  This is why I often will create slideshows of my photos and add music to help create the mood or feeling.  Picking the appropriate song is sometimes easy and others not so easy.  Sometimes words fail where music can fill in the blanks of those moods we experiencing.

In networking with my Facebook Page I have virtually met many wonderful photogs out there.  Many of them share the same passion for photography.  There is one woman who has taken beautiful photos that just take your breath away.  I have been looking at her photos and you can tell that she appreciate everything that surrounds her.  It's appreciating the smaller things in life that make each and every day special.  It shows in her photography.  What's even more amazing that through her status's she revealed that she was indeed deaf.  Most people would consider that a handicap but for this woman at the young age of 20 she has empowered herself to show others what she see's and unveils the beauty she sees every day.  It's not always the big things but the small things that you have to stop and look in order to see.  I strongly urge you to go to her site CJP Photography and see what she has created.

Here are a few projects that I have created through the use of photos and music.  The first one is of my boys over the past few years.

The next one is of the horrific storm that we experienced in the fall of 2011.

One of my favorite that I made was of Walker's 3rd grade year and Peytons kindergarten year.  It was the first year after I was laid off and was able to help with their classes as much as I did.  I created the video's for the teachers as a keepsake.  I will not post them as I do not have permission for the parents to post.  

These are just a few of the ones that I have made but hope you enjoy them.

Paul Harvey - God Made A Farmer

This ad ran during the 2013 Super Bowl.  Growing up on a farm and being raised by my father I can tell you it rings much truth about farmers.  My father raised us three kids and ran a dairy farm on his own.  We were much better off being raised by a man that had such a work ethic and set an example not only to us kids but kids in town as well.    He taught us to be independent and how to fend for ourselves.  I have tried to instill the same values in my own children.  At the age of 6 my son was making his own lunch and packing his own snack for camp everyday.  Could I have done it for him?   Absolutely, but that would not be teaching him to do anything for himself.  Teaching your children to take care of themselves is the responsible thing to do.  

My dad used to listen to Paul Harvey year ago.  I played this ad for him as he missed it during the Super Bowl.  No truer words rang true to describe what a farmer goes through day in and day out.  You have to love what you do as you do it because you want to not because you feel you have to.

Peyton Walks Home

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Peyton is becoming such the little man full of responsibility.  He walked home by himself yesterday as his big brother was home sick.  I asked if he wanted a ride home since the temperatures were nearing zero with the windchill but he declined the offer.  We are very proud of our boys and the responsibility they have taken on.  They wait for each other at the tree at school and walk home together.  So Peyton has reached another milestone in his life being able to walk home by himself.  I did wait at the end of our street as it was so cold.  Today he did the same thing and he was the only one to walk home as no other kids were coming down the sidewalk.   Since it was so cold I believe most kids were picked up.  Some of them have a much longer walk than our kids.

I believe it is important to give the kids more responsibility when they have proven they can handle it.   Both boys have made us proud parents and have risen to each occasion we have given them.

Proud as we may be we have had our scares as well.  So for many of my friends they have heard the story of when Walker walked home by himself at the age of five.  It was not with permission but he did arrive safely.  To read the original story it can be found here.

Snow Day

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Snow days mean different things to different people.  My dad always heard the cancellations first thing in the morning while doing the 4am milking.  Staying home usually meant he would put us to work as there was always something that had to be done on the farm.  However we did get to sleep in a little late.

As we get older and go to work snow days only mean a horrible drive into work as we all had to go anyways regardless of the weather.  I even went to far as to drive to Farmington from Ellington in a blizzard.  It never occurred to me that work would actually  close.  I got there only to turn around and drive home.

After marriage and having kids snow days take on a whole new meaning.  Who is going to cover child care for the day?  Many parents do not have the opportunity to work from home.  My husband and I used to switch off who would stay home and who would go to work.  We did this for when they were sick as well.  Since I had been at my employers for more than a dozen years I was able to work from home.  On the really horrible days I simply stated that I could either work from home or take a vacation day.  I had plenty of time built up at that time.  I always felt bad when my kids wanted me to stop what I was doing and go out and play.  Work was extremely demanding and I could not take breaks.  I was lucky enough that my kids were able to keep themselves amused and occupied by themselves.  I was the one missing out.  My answer was always "Mommy has to work and can't right now".  I would look at their sad little faces and feel the ping of guilt.

Then a few years ago I was laid off from my job of fifteen years.  It was the best of times and it was the worst of times.  I had over half years severance coming so that was my breathing room.  It was Halloween and winter was rapidly coming upon us.  I certainly miss many of the people and the paycheck but now being at home for when the boys get home, helping them with homework and being able to be here when needed without juggling schedules is priceless.  Needless to say the first snowfall that winter when the kids asked if I could help them build a snowman my response was, "Absolutely"!

Facebook Friendship Falacies

I have been on Facebook for about 5 years now and have a number of people that I have friended or been friended by.  Most I had not spoken to or seen in many years.  So connection was re-established with anticipation.  We all wanted to know what everyone has been doing, where are you living, what are you doing and how many children do you have.  It's quite easy and frankly very impersonal to catch up via a computer screen but it was done nonetheless.  I have also met (virtually) many wonderful photographers with similar interest who are willing to help me on my journey to better my photography.

I was getting friend request from people I had not heard from in over 20 years.  Friends were finding me that I was thrilled to re-connect with.  There are pro's and con's to Facebook and I think most people know them and they don't need to be listed here.  Some use it as a weapon, some use it to create an illusion of the happy life, some use it to beat others up verbally, some use it to life the spirits of others.  I am lucky to have a few of the latter.  I have also had people unfriend me and I have unfriended people as well.  When people say awful things then I tend to think they shouldn't be on my friends list.  However people have unfriended me without notice or explanation.  Well I guess that was a friendship fallacy and wasn't the true meaning of friendship.  I have also heard that people have said I don't know why she isn't talking to me anymore.  Well here's a clue… you unfriend me I am presuming you don't want to talk to me.  

Facebook has been wonderful to get information out as well as obtain information for local and national news.  Some of the unfortunate aspects to Facebook is many of us become dependent on information we obtain through the news feed without actually picking up the phone.  Tones and inflections of someones voice cannot be replaced by a status update.  I believe the friend connection often gives people the illusion that they actually have that many friends.  I think most of us would agree that we don't.  I don't speak to these people on a regular basis but quite happy to know how they are doing  

I am realizing that when I hear of some people's life changing events via a news feed that maybe it's a sign.  It's actually quite sad when you find that someone that you have known for more than half your life is or recently went through a divorce and is now picking up the pieces and moving on.  Being adaptable to change was always one characteristic of this person always had.  For that reason I know she will land on her feet and move on successfully.

Having had a bad day recently I posted I needed a pick me up.  A friend soon stopped by with wine and chocalates.   She couldn't stay but she wanted me to know she read my feed and hope that everything would get better.  Seeing her face showed that Facebook has a place and fulfills a need.  

I hope that like many things the Facebook status updates does not substitute the need for friends to pick up the phone and chat.  In in ever changing world people need to always find a way to connect and not just virtually.  Though it is convenient it just doesn't have the same impact or meaning.