Wow Wow and Wow! Positive Energy!

The power of positive energy! The final gift Chief, my beloved Siberian Husky, recently gave me before going to a better place.

Everyday the universe puts something good in front of us. Enjoy it, Embrace it, Let the other things slide off your shoulders!

It might be something as little as a cardinal’s song, or enjoying the warmth of the sun, or the magical colors during a sunrise or sunset, or maybe just a smile from your child from a special moment shared. It’s those little things in life that all add up. Take a moment out of your day to enjoy those little things!

Just taking a few moments from your busy lives to enjoy these things can start you on the journey toward positive energy. It can take your life and reverse its¬†direction 180 degrees. Embrace these little moments, give thanks to them, smile about them, keep them in your heart throughout the day, if stress comes up, take a break to remember them. The stress of that moment will soon pass and a new moment will begin, a better moment. A more positive moment! ūüôā¬†¬†

Believe me it can be life changing if you keep it up!  It takes a little practice, but if you force yourself to stay positive, that energy will come back to you many fold!   Positive brings positive, negative brings more negative!

Since Chief taught me this, I can’t begin to tell you how many positive things have come my way.¬† You can find allies in the most unusual places, all you have to do is “SEE” them, let your mind be open to them!¬† And thank the universe for bringing them to you!

Thank that cardinal for that special song, thank your child for that special moment, thank a friend for just being there….Thank you Miriam and Stubby and my son Joe¬†and his wife Jenny, and my granddaughters Raven and Raquel, and thank you Greg!¬† Thank you Rick and Pat, Thanks also to Ed and Stephanie!¬† Thank you Mia!¬† Thank you Smokey!¬† And thank you Chief, I’d be lost without the gifts you gave to me!¬† ūüôā

Remember it is impossible to frown if you are smiling!¬† ūüôā

Stubby in the moment! 

¬†Chief and I……………………………………………………………Photo by Greg Frieden

As always, hope you are having a great day!  And stay positive! 
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In Loving Memory – Little Chief Timberwolf

Little Chief Timberwolf was his full name, a descendant of Balto, Chief was a therapy dog who helped a LOT of people!  He was a very special dog, companion, friend, teacher, mentor, family member,  who I shared a very special bond with!  He lived a great life for 11 1/2 years, he touched a lot of lives, and was loved by all that met him!   Both my son and myself fell in love with him the first time we met him.  This was so common, he was just one of those dogs that you instantly fall in love with, not because of the beauty he was graced with, and he was beautiful, but for that wonderful  energy he had about him!  

He recently started to lose weight very quickly, we battled but lost the fight on March 25, 2010.  The vets think it was cancer. 

Chief in his lifetime got to do and see so much, more than lots of dogs and even more than some people get to experience.  He was a Therapy Dog who helped a lot and I mean a LOT of people. 

One of my favorite stories about him was a woman who hadn’t spoke in a long time.¬† Chief was brought in to see her and within 5 minutes she was talking to Chief, the nurse was amazed!¬† The nurse said the woman hadn’t talked in like 2 years!¬†

Chief had such a wonderful calming and healing energy to him!  He got to work with cancer patients, elderly in nursing homes, adults and children alike!  He helped many to retrieve their lives by giving them hope and love!  He was just that way!  Always giving what he could give! 

I mentioned he was a mentor and teacher to me.¬† He taught me a great deal about life, love, caring, giving, patience, and his most recent gift to me during these past few weeks was a lesson on positive¬†energy and it’s power!¬† Something I have been struggling with, and a precious gift I will never forget and will cherish for the rest of my life!¬† Because of him I can now feel energy like I never have before!

He LOVED going on walks, looked forward to them everyday!¬† Once out on the leash he had this little “strut” to him that I called the “Chiefy Strut”, it was just so cute to see!¬† He was such a happy dog!¬† LoL even strangers would be attracted to him and ask to pet him when they saw us out and about!¬† They would always walk away with a big smile on their faces.¬†

On Thursday morning, March 25, 2010, he was fine, spirited, spunky and eating.  He had actually gained 1 lb back in the last week, may not seem like much but it was progress!  About 1pm he came up to me while I was working on the computer, sat down beside me and I started petting that loving head, and scratching those great ears of his, while looking into those wonderful multi colored eyes, one blue, one brown! 

Well, soon I was on the floor and he was snuggled up to my leg wanting his belly rubbed.¬† Pretty soon the energy took over in an indescribable way, it was like our energies merged into one very warm, calming, healing, and loving energy orb!¬† This lasted for about 45 to 50 minutes and once again was just an incredible experience!¬† I will forever cherish those minutes.¬† He got up and walked to his room and rested for a while.¬† He got up suddenly around 2:45 like he was about to get sick which had happened a few times over the last few weeks, but this time he sounded like he was in pain.¬† He looked at me and told me it was time!¬† Both his original owners, Pat and Rick, as well as my son and myself were able to be there for him!¬† I think the vets were a little freaked out that so many came for him.¬† ūüôā

I loved him so much, I recently had him tattooed on my back!¬† He will truly be with me for the rest of my life, he touched my heart and graced my life in a very special way!¬† He touched a¬†LOT of lives in a special way, he was a healer, mentor, teacher, companion!¬† I’ve had clients want to get pictures made with him and he was always willing to accept their request.¬† He truly touched the heart of all that met him!¬† He will be missed by the MANY that loved him!¬† He was so loved my many many people!¬† Such a special, sometimes goofy guy!¬† ūüôā¬† He will live on in my heart and in the images I have taken of him, and in the hearts of all that knew him!¬†

Little Chief Timberwolf, September 13, 1998 to March 25, 2010! 

In loving memory, you will be missed!¬† Thank you for gracing my life with your presence and¬†for all the lives you touched and brought joy to!¬† RIP my friend!¬† I’ll see you again at¬†Rainbow Bridge, until then¬†enjoy playing with your former pack members, Shasta, Bear,¬†Shadow, Tasha and Smokey!¬†¬†

Thank you to my son Joseph and his wife Jenny for bringing Chief into my life, he was a true gift, and a great friend!

These are some of my favorite images of him!¬† ūüôā¬† Ahhhh¬†the good times!¬† Balto himself would have been proud of you!¬†

Puppy Chief….Yes he had big ears, but he grew into them nicely!¬† ūüôā

His former pack.  Chief is on the right in the picture above.  Notice that everyone is on the same foot!  Now that is a pack! 

Chief is in the middle, LoL always next to the human!¬† ūüôā¬†

Another shot of his former pack.

The next couple shots are people Chief helped as a Therapy Dog!¬† ūüôā

The above picture was just taken 1st of Feb. 2010.  Just 8 weeks ago. 

I was out front shoveling snow when I noticed Chief through the fence.¬† He almost looks mean in this, but he was super gentle and the best trained dog I have ever owned.¬† ūüôā

He truly loved the snow!¬† No surprise being a Siberian!¬† ūüôā

A shot taken last fall of Chief and his buddy Smokey!¬† Both gone but never forgotten.¬† They became really good buds and in Smokey’s last days¬† Chief was right beside him the whole time!¬†

Chief, Me, Smokey and Mia.  Chiefs latest pack!  This photo was taken by Greg Frieden.

Chief and myself!¬† ūüôā¬† Thank you Chief for all the gifts you gave me!¬† Photo by Greg Frieden




The time comes. 
A Siberian Husky lifts up its head. 
There is an untested adventure beyond. 
Time to go. 

Across the Rainbow Bridge is a place for all dogs. 
A river runs wide and shallow with tennis balls that fly with their own wings; 
That is the place for a Labrador or a Golden to await its master’s arrival.¬†
The Siberian is not content here. Northward is its trail. 

There are soft pastures for Aussies and Border Collies, with sheep and geese to pen. 
Agility equipment grows like trees amid Frisbees and fly ball. 
But the North continues its sure wild call, 
And the Siberian’s journey continues.¬†

Now the air is colder. Now the moon is always full. 
Now the light is silver and it breaks and shimmers on fields of bright snow. 
Now there are no roads, no walls, no pens, just endless space to run. 
; This is where Siberians gather, North of the Rainbow Bridge. 

They wait in this beautiful place, happy, but not complete. 
Suddenly, a howl begins, as one dog senses someone coming, someone very special. 
All the Siberians raise their heads and join in the ancient chorus. 
They dance like moonbeams and sing like winter winds. 

There are red ones like dawn streaks, black ones splattered with many colours 
And silver ones like the first strange hour before light. 
They line up as if in harness and run together, 
In a scintillating, many-coloured streak. 

The leader of the team guides the others past the fields and river, 
With racing feet and racing heart. 
They rush to greet the new arrival at the Rainbow Bridge 
Where the leader is rejoined with its beloved person, never to be parted again. 

The glory of the reunion is celebrated by all the Siberians dwelling beyond the Bridge, 
A glimmering, multi-coloured team leaping and whirling with joy.; The light from that scene is
what we see on magical evenings in the northern most parts of this Earth: 
The Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights beyond the Rainbow Bridge. 



As always, hope you are having a great day!¬† And stay positive!¬† ūüôā
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Recent Randomness – “Artistic Adventures”

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I love to sometimes go out with just my camera and maybe a close friend or two or five to photograph whatever we happen to see.¬†¬† Whether it’s something in nature, street photography, whatever it might be.¬†

It helps me to refresh my creativity and I usually stumble across a great new location for my portrait work.¬† Not to mention just spending¬†time with great friends.¬†¬† I like to call them¬†“Artistic Adventures.”¬†¬†¬†

The images I’ve posted here are some of my personal favorites that I’ve taken since¬†September of 09.¬†

Oh and btw, ALL fine art prints are available for purchase.¬† Each print is limited in edition¬†to 20 prints, signed and numbered, mounted and framed!¬†¬† Prices start at $200 for an 8×12.¬† Larger prints available.¬† But no matter what size you order, only 20 prints will be made from each image.¬†

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Photography is Art, Art comes from the Heart! Part 1

Hope you enjoy my “ramblings” and the slide show I put together at the end.¬† Leave a comment and tell me what you think!¬† I always value your feedback and thoughts!¬†

Art comes from the Heart!¬† I first heard this from a great friend of mine.¬† Her name is Stephanie or “Stubby” as those of us that have the privledge of knowing her call her.¬† All things happen for a reason and I met Stubby through a mutual friend and have been inspired by her ever since.¬† She says I inspire her also, I hope I do so as to pay back the inspiration she gives me.¬† More on Subby in a coming post!¬† ūüôā¬† Subscribe to our Blog and you won’t miss it or part 2 of this series!

Photography, what do you think of when you hear the word?¬† Getting a portrait made is so much more then taking a snap shot, or going to a chain studio and being rushed through.¬† Photography is Art or it should be anyway.¬† A craft studied and perfected over years of dedication, passion and practice.¬† It’s understanding light and how to record the light, how to manipulate it.¬† More important, a great photograph should move you, it should speak to you, … composition, ¬†light, subject all come together for that one special moment.¬†¬†

Not the moment before, not the moment after, but that one special moment, that defining moment, an heirloom caught in time to be cherished for generations to come.  And like any art, that Art should come from the heart!  All great art originated from the artists heart, All great art touches the heart of the viewer!  

A great fine art photographer,¬†friend, and mentor, ¬†Judith Farber once said…”A great photograph should keep your attention for at least 5 seconds.¬† Judith once studied under Ansel Adams and Yousuf Kirsch at the same time!¬†¬†

Think about this for a moment, think about some of the great photographs of history that you will always see in your minds eye.  The image of that little girl in Vietnam fleeing her village after a Napalm bombing.  The image of the fireman holding that still baby at Oklahoma City.  How about that famous image from WWII the taking of Iwa Jima, the soldiers planting the flag.  Or the one of the sailor kissing that girl in the street on D day.  How about the image of Winston Churchill when the photographer, Yousuf Karsh took his cigar away, a classic image.    How about the candid images produced by Henry Cartier Bresson all of which are defining moments in time. 

The technical perfection in the work of Ansel Adam’s, his knowledge of light and composition, the many many images of his that are all masterpieces, he spent many hours in a darkroom perfecting them not to mention his patience in studying the scene at hand to capture the image the best he could IN the camera, watching how the light would unfold over the scene, and capturing that scene at the perfect moment.¬†Dedication and passion produced so many fine images, capturing those moments forever!¬†

Yes there are thousands of images out there that strike an emotion and speak to us, but the one thing in common, other then being in the right place at the right time, the image, the art, came from their heart!¬†¬† All these images capture our hearts¬†and imagination as viewers¬†for at least 5 seconds, we find we can’t take our eyes off them, something about them keeps our atttention.¬† That emotion, that “heart” that was put into them by the artist.¬†

You won’t get these types of images by just going out and buying a DSLR, and calling yourself a photographer.¬† It takes years of experience to anticipate the moment, to capture it the way it unfolds.¬† It takes knowledge of light and how to manipulate it for the best possible results.¬† You have to be able to anticipate that moment, know when to snap the shutter….then you must be able to “see” the entire scene for the best possible composition of that moment.¬†¬† And it all happens in a fraction of a second!

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Enjoy the slide show, it’s about 4 min in length.¬†

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Stay in the Moment!

A very good friend of mine reminded me a few weeks ago about a very important “secret”¬†to life.¬† “Stay in the Moment”¬†

Thank you Miriam! 


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We all have those days and moments when everything¬†we do or touch just doesn’t quite work out right, or how you planned!¬† Life has a different plan for us at that moment.¬†


That flat tire when you are all dressed up¬†and running late.¬† The water heater that during the night decided to spring a leak.¬† How about the classic, you are out in the rain and you’ve managed to stay somewhat dry¬†and are waiting at the corner to cross the street….yup here comes that car or truck that hits that puddle and splashes you.¬† You are running late for work, hop in your car and click….nothing!¬† You have some really important computer work to do, you sit down, turn on your computer and it won’t boot up, your hard drive crashed.¬† Any of these things can really test our patience, stress us out….even make us mad or we let them ruin our day!¬† WHY????


For me these words “Stay in the Moment” and another favorite quote of mine, “Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, Today is a Gift…That is why it is called the Present“, remind me that despite what is going wrong, there is always something that is going right.¬† My family is alive and in good health, I’m alive and just took another breath, ¬†a bird is singing me a song, or I look up and¬†an eagle is showing me how to “soar”, I get to do what I love for a living, my granddaughter just made me laugh or just gave me one of those sweet hugs of hers.¬† There is ALWAYS something that is going right, you just have to look for it!¬†¬† Kind of like nature itself, there is always beauty in some of the simplist things in life, we just have to “see” them!¬†¬†


So now as I’m writing this, an old song pops into my head……”Don’t Worry, Be Happy”¬† by Bobby McFarrin.¬† Hmmm, great idea!¬†


Negativity and negative thoughts can consume us if we let them, DONT’s let them do that.¬† I’m reminded again of another old song by the Moody Blues…..a quote from that song.¬† “Face piles of trials with smiles, it riles them that you may perceive the web that they weave.”¬†


No matter how bad things get, stay positive, keep those thoughts of positive energy going, the bad will pass and the good will come again!  Remember that in this universe, Positive brings positive results, negative brings negative results!  Personally I prefer the positive things in life.


I thought this was best represented by some of my favorite landscape photographs that I’ve taken in the past couple years.¬† They remind me of natures gifts to us, they ask nothing in return, just to be enjoyed for their beauty.¬†¬† They also remind us to look for the beauty in every day life!¬†


So quit stressing about life, and ENJOY life!
















As always, have a wonderful day! 


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