NATIONAL DAY OF LISTENING

TL 11-28 NATIONAL DAY OF LISTENING

TURN DOWN THE NOISE

11-28 I'M HONORED

The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen.  JUST LISTEN.  Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our ATTENTION… A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.  – Rachel Naomi Remen

Think about all the wonderful stories that were shared around your Thanksgiving table yesterday.  Have you ever thought of documenting those stories – capturing them on video or DVD for future reference or to show to future generations?

I wish technology would have been that advanced when I had my parents.  Of course after my daddy died there were videos and then DVD cameras, but when I was a kid we had the old 8mm film and there was no sound.  It’s funny because when I had my film transferred to Video – and then had the video transferred to DVD, they put background music with the film.  It was obvious they did not stay in the room as the film was being transferred (and can you blame them – there’s nothing more dull than a stranger’s home movies) because some of the music was mismatched to the film.

In 1977 I turned 16 years old.  While all my friends were having Sweet Sixteen parties (for most it was their first boy / girl party) – I decided to spend a quiet evening at home with my parents and my dog, Rusty.  Mama baked my favorite cake (a strawberry jelly roll cake) and there was a pretty table with balloons and pretty plates and napkins.  As I recall, they were ZIGGY (my favorite cartoon character at the time).

I wanted to HEAR my party and knew if I used the 8mm movie camera I would not have sound.  I used my tape recorder to document the evening.  We talked and laughed.  I opened some pretty cool gifts and played a couple of songs on the piano.  But the most fun part of the tape is when my dad decided I needed SIXTEEN SWATS!  Really, Dad???

Hopefully when you capture your story you will communicate effectively.

Be thankful for technology and document all the memories you possibly can.  You will be glad you did in years to come.

From a very young age, my parents taught me the most important lesson of my whole life:  Listen to everybody before you make up your own mind.  When you listen, you learn.  You absorb like a sponge.  Your life becomes so much better than when you are just trying to be listened to all the time.  – Steven Spielberg

Ask your family some questions and enjoy NATIONAL DAY OF LISTENING!  🙂

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BACKWARD DAY

TL 1-31 BACKWARD DAY

What is Yad Drawkcab???  Well…  it’s BACKWARD DAY!!!  This is the time to do everything backward.  It’s so much easier for kids in school to do this.  Adults have been conditioned and need to literally make themselves do things backward.  Oh to be young again – and have the ability to be silly.

Write backward, talk backward. Wear your shirt with the back in the front. Eat a steak dinner for breakfast, and pancakes for dinner. Play a board game from the finish line to the start. Put a masking tape line on the floor and practice walking backwards.  Whatever you do, make it fun!

Just remember to post every selfie you take today – you can’t pick and choose which ones you put on facebook!

To see a person’s true face, look at the photos that do not get posted.  – Brandon Specktor

Use your imagination!  The sky is the limit.  What sort of backward things can you think of???

 Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.  – Faith Whittlesey

This would be so much fun to celebrate with your kids or grandkids – and make sure you have the camera handy because you will definitely make some great memories for that scrapbook!

If you do decide to celebrate, make sure to share your photos with me on facebook!

Some parent is very talented with their video camera!  I really like the game of pool.  The spaghetti…  um – not so much.  I wonder how they did that.  

 To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward.  – Margaret Fairless Barber, The Roadmender

For one day, bond with your children in a most unusual way.  Live life to the fullest with your little ones while you have them.  You want to look backwards in time and remember more laughter than tears.

Again with the food…  LOL!!!  Oh well…

 In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.   – Friedrich Nietzsche

Today I read about a mini-golf place that advertised they will celebrate Backward Day.  They will have everyone play the course backwards from hole 18 to hole 1.  Admission is also backwards – adults pay as children.  How fun would that be?

 Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery:  He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul but his life.   – G.K. Chesterton

That looks like fun.  The goal is to spend time with your kids and be happy!  May you and your family have a lovely Backward Day!  🙂

 

 

 

 

CAMERA DAY

TL 6-29 CAMERA DAY

Scrapbookers are a different breed

The things we hope for, the things we need.

We wish for tape runner to finish that row.

We sometimes wish our guests would go.

We wait all day for that time to be

That special time – that time for ME.

Each photo is mounted, the colors arrayed,

Stickers and punches have been carefully laid.

Now we relax, this is our pleasure

Scrappin’ this page will soon be a treasure.

We always ignore that mental warning

Scrappin’ all night makes it rough in the morning.

But time’s unimportant, we don’t heed clocks

We just need paper and our photo box.

A spot adhesive helps to adhere

Those lifetime of moments that bring us cheer.

Our project awaits us, now we proceed.

This must be heaven – what more do we need?

https://youtu.be/b3-DLcZ7awQ

Today we celebrate CAMERA DAY!!! As I researched this holiday, several suggestions were given for celebrating, including a camera-theme party or a day out with your camera, taking photos of nature. These are great suggestions, but when I think of cameras, my mind quite naturally goes to scrapbooking!

I’ve been a digital scrapbooker for over ten years. I have compiled about twenty scrapbooks – everything from my photos of childhood to a book of my mother’s side of the family, to a book of my sweet dog, Casey.

If you decide to make greeting cards to sell, think twice before using a rubber stamp because that stamp may be under a copyright and you could possibly be violating copyright laws if you use it and then sell your card.  It’s a little fuzzy, but copyright laws are important.  I would suggest you use vintage prints for greeting cards if possible.  They have that retro feel that we all love and there are some beautiful designs on the internet that are labeled public domain.

http://youtu.be/eELV8qEiixw

My husband thinks that there should be a Betty Ford clinic for scrapaholics. He whole-heartedly supports the notion that a scrapbooker who is not holding firmly to her camera will very quickly develop the DT’s. He thinks this innocent hobby can turn a corner and head down obsession avenue.

He came up with this theory shortly after we attended a Manheim Steamroller Christmas concert in 2007. Everything was decorated in the Grand Palace to the nines and there were plenty of photo ops. I happened to have my camera in my purse when I stepped into the ladies’ room.

Now – I collect angels. I don’t have an extensive collection, but I have several angels, so when I notice a pretty angel, I like to take a photo of it. Inside the ladies’ room there happened to be a beautiful wall hanging of an angel. I knew I had my camera on me, so I went ahead and snapped a picture of it. I don’t think it dawned on me that it was hanging in a restroom! I was so excited about the photo, I ran up to my husband and showed him what I had seen.

He was trying to hold his laughter. With a straight face, he asked for the camera. I didn’t want to give it up, but I reluctantly handed it to him. He told me to stay put and he was going to the men’s room. I waited patiently for him to return. He mockingly ran up to me with the camera in his hand and said, “Look what I got a picture of.” My first thought was, “Wow – maybe they have angels in the guys bathroom too.”

I turned on the camera to see what he was so excited about. It was a photo of the urinals.

Well played, Palmer. Well played.

True story – I have the photos – ALL OF THEM – in the scrapbook to prove it!  Will I show them to you?  Um…  nope!

Oh – we recently went to the Longaberger Homestead in Ohio.  Yes, I did have my camera and used it a LOT.  Here is a slide show of that trip.

https://youtu.be/E0PlFTKIhyM

Happy CAMERA DAY!!!  🙂