Instantly Interesting Photographs with Reflections

Originally posted on Photofocus:

Reflections should be on your short list of images to make every time you go shooting. These are the steps for making a reflection picture like the one above.

Step 1: Frame Your Mind

Firstly, you’ve got to have photography on your mind, you’ve got to be looking for a picture. I was wandering around at the Newark International airport waiting for my flight when I noticed a woman wearing hot red high heels. I thought to myself, Those shoes would make an interesting subject…. That got me thinking about what picture I could make, and what picture I could convince the woman wearing the shoes to make. While I was stewing on the picture, I planted a seed when I said, “Wow, those are great looking’ shoes,” and she said, “Thanks!”

Step 2: Find a Surface

I looked around me and saw lots of busy airport stuff—all things…

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These Vector Logos for Animals are Awesome

Originally posted on TwistedSifter:

Graphic designer Tom Anders Watkins created a wonderful series of vector animal logos that have been receiving plenty of accolades on the creative showcase website, Behance.

The 19-year-old, half Finnish half English artist is currently studying Creative Advertising at the University of Lincoln (UK) and hopes to pursue a career in advertising after graduation. You can see much more of his design work on Behance as well as his personal website.

[via Behance]


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ADHD and Generic Medications

I have heard conflicting information about generic medications in comparison with brands overall.
I once had a pharmacist argue with me that my generic was EXACTLY the same as the brand I was taking, it had to be all in my head if I felt different. I’m not a big fan of generics, however the price is right.
Although this article address specifically ADD and ADHD – I think it will be helpful to anyone who has ever wondered about the effectiveness of generic meds.

A Recap: Consumer’s Guide to Generic Concerta.

World Sickle Cell Day: Together We Are Stronger!

Project_1330537-EDITED-AsheleyKrutisKyle7_12-0739-3008x2000px World Sickle Cell Awareness Day is June 19th, this annual event commemorates the date in 2008 when the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution recognizing sickle-cell disease (SCD) as a public health concern. World Sickle Cell Awareness Day provides an opportunity to increase understanding of SCD and how the disease affects individuals and families worldwide.

Sickle Cell Disease is one of the most common inherited blood disorder affecting 70,000 to 80,000 Americans and millions of people world-wide. Due to the severity of health complications associated with Sickle Cell Disease there is a need for increased knowledge and awareness about the disease.

SCD is most common among people whose ancestors come from Africa; Mediterranean countries such as Greece, Turkey, and Italy; the Arabian Peninsula; India; and Spanish-speaking regions in South America, Central America, and parts of the Caribbean.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that SCD contributes to 5% of the deaths of children younger than 5 years of age in some African countries. While an increasing proportion of affected children now survive past 5 years of age, many remain at risk of premature death. With early detection and use of public health interventions such as penicillin, many of these deaths can be prevented. Additionally, the burden of this disease can be reduced with increased global resources and effective partnerships. Help educate and unite in the awareness of SCD. Check for programs and activities in your community.

Howard University Center for Sickle Cell Disease Celebrates World Sickle Cell Day Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Special guest speakers include,
Shawn Bediako, Ph.D, UMBC
Dr. Oswaldo Castro, Professor Emeritus
Lifetime Achievement Award
Keir “Jr” Spates, from the Steve Harvey Morning Show. For more information call

The Heart of Gold Sickle Cell Foundation of Northern Virginia, Inc. would like to invite everyone in the Washington Metropolitan area to celebrate “World Sickle Day” on June 22nd, 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. at James K. Polk Elementary School, 5000 Polk Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304.
Meet and greet health care professionals, caretakers and those with Sickle Cell Disease.

Make a $10 donation to purchase a balloon in  memory of someone who has lost the battle with SCD or is battling with Sickle Cell Disease.

L.A. Sues JPMorgan Chase For Pushing Minorities Into Cruddy Mortgages

Bohemian Home Journal:

Some banks are worse than pay day loan lenders. Hard to know who to trust.

Originally posted on Consumerist:

After filing similar suits against Well Fargo, Citi, and Bank of America, the city of Los Angeles is now going after JPMorgan Chase for allegedly pushing minority loan applicants into riskier and less-affordable mortgages than they were eligible for.

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Poetry Corner: Judgmental Stares

Judgmental Stares

By Divanna

I’m constantly being judged even when I don’t know it
My pride wont let me show its effects on my.mind

My illness had been made to hide
Leaving me acting on a whim, smiling at them and feeling crushed from the inside

Not be in stride with what a disease should be
The looks focused on my face trying to find the pain I hide everywhere but within my eyes

I sigh
disgusted and delirious
The world is growing oblivious
my sight is getting serious
because they say my eyes will eventually grow to be faulty

I cant open the door more
The need to hide and cry and work my ass off to get by..
makes the illusion of my being alright grow loudly

I tip toe with heavy steps
My knowledge doesnt matter when they dont think im capable of fighting something I cant control

Like a pick and roll except the defender clings to me
Does things to me
Makes me cry and have my personality rescind in me……
Because it never plays nice or leaves my  my ego intact

What is given can not increase without guidance
I am forced to hide in
My own mental prison
Getting lost in the mazes of wonderland
Lacking wander

Im not buying what you tell me I fought for
It seems irrelavent in the scheme of things
I canqt make you feel my pain
Or cling to these truths I bring

So continue to judge and tell me how I don’t look sickly
How im faking what’s in me
How no one can understand it is continually with me

How no one can seem to get how it gets to me
Incubating a hate that knows no bounds
I been around….

But no one seems to see how hard it has been…to be….around

Davinna is a N.Y. blogger/writer who believes that your own experiences shape and make you. She shares her experience in her battle with sickle cell disease through poetry. Check out more of her work on her blog page[glittery.jpg]      

Artist Profile: Mara Hoffman

photo courtesy Mara Hoffman's  bio page

photo courtesy Mara Hoffman’s bio page

Mara Hoffman is a New York based fashion designer. She is known for her bold bright colors with prints  inspired from nature, world travel and fantasy. Mara’s loyal following includes; Katy Perry, Halle Berry, Megan Fox, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Drew Barrymore, Lauren Conrad and Eva Longoria Parker

Mara graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City and studied at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London. She launched her first ready-to-wear collection in 2000, she got her first big break when Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field stopped her on the street to complement her outfit. Field was so taken by her work she decided to sell them in her shop, House of Field.
If you love Bohemian Fashion, you will fall in love with designs by Mara Hoffman.

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Silver Foxes:Beautiful Gray and White Hair

Here are a few of my favorite pins from my Pintrest board: Beautiful Gray and White Hair

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Call From the DEA and Consumer Warning

Last week I was shocked to receive a phone message from a DEA agent demanding I return his call because my name had come up several times in the investigation of illegal pharmaceutical drugs being smuggled into the U.S.


My heart raced and my first thought was to call and get this mistake straighten out right away. . . Then I remembered hearing about consumer scams in which fake federal agents try to scare consumers to return phone calls, so I decided to first have a chat with Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Investigator Vee Johnson to get the scoop and I’m glad I did.

Me:Vee, You heard the phone message I received from a man pretending to be a DEA agent. How common is this kind of scam in which the caller knows your name?”

Vee Johnson: “With our personal information everywhere, it’s easy for everyone to know our name.  Scams are perennial. Scammers know that when they say our name, we will listen, and the longer we listen, the more they scheme to draw us into their web of deception.  Scammers come at you gently with flattery to gain your trust or rough and tough like your caller who used scare tactics to get your attention.  If you get a call like this, hang up and report it to the DEA<;.  It is a violation of federal law to impersonate a federal agent.”

Me: “What happens if a person calls back a phone number?”

Vee Johnson:If you call back a number you don’t recognize, you risk being charged for an international call plus minutes.  This can quickly add up to $20+.  When you call back, it encourages the scammer and they will keep on calling. It’s okay to be curious, but not when strange numbers and voices are involved.”

Me: “What is an example of another type of phone scam people receive this time of year using a scare tactic to trick people into calling back?”

Vee Johnson: “Scammers impersonating the IRS are calling in full force.  They know that taxes are on everyone’s mind so they threaten and demand that you send money using a pre-paid debit card, credit card, or wire transfer.   Don’t be intimidated. The IRS won’t initiate communication with you or me by phone. If there is something we need to know, the IRS will contact us by mail.  If you receive a call, hang up and report it to the IRS<;.”

Me: “What should people do if they receive this type of phone call?”

Vee Johnson: “If you receive a call from a number you don’t recognize, or a voice that doesn’t belong to a family member, friend or colleague, hang up.  Don’t let your curiosity cost you $$$$$.  No one can protect our personal, financial, and confidential information better than you.  You best defense is a hang up!”

In Fairfax County Consumer protection matters are handled by the Consumer Protection Division, which investigates and mediates consumer complaints and tenant-landlord disputes to determine whether consumer protection laws have been violated.

Office: 703-222-8435 (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday)
Fax: 703-324-3900

Most Popular Crime TV Series

Most of the time I work with the TV on. My computer is in front of the TV  – so I glace between two monitors for several hours at a time during the day (I know this is probably wonderful for my eye-site) Anyway, I really like crime shows. . . I’ll watch a rerun of Law and Order anytime!

For all of my fellow crime show watchers check out this link for some of the most popular crime and police show. Many on the list were favorites . . .Remember Twin Peaks!  There were a few listed I make a point of changing the channel when they come on and only a few I’ve never heard of – The arrow?

Let me know what you think. Did your show make the list?,asc&title_type=tv_series