Memorial Day 2013

Memorial Day Military FlagsMemorial Day means many things to many people.

The holiday was set in place to show appreciation and respect for our military service persons. This particular holiday was formerly known as Decoration Day. Its origins came after the American Civil War in order to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day became a day to honor all Americans who have died while in military service. For some it is also a time to remember loved ones whether in military service or not. For others (such as children) it is the beginning of summer.

flowers decorating and remembering 2012
Freedom is hard won and the price was AND is very HIGH….

Sometimes history is hard to relate to. Make it personal. discover your family roots and see how long your family has fought for your freedoms, your rights, your current way of life. America may be young but we can continue to be a great nation! Love, honor and respect are a great part of that heritage. We should pass that on to our children and their children for as long as we value our freedoms, our way of life, and those who have served.

“Some gave all…” is not just a phrase. One life is all we have no matter how we choose to spend it. There are soldiers who never came home because it wasn’t possible. There were some who came home only to be laid to rest and their families at least have closure. There are others who continue to serve over and over and over again in the danger zone of war and strife all over the world because they are needed and they believe in the right of freedom.

To all of these soldiers….

no matter their time, their place, or their branch of service….

“Thank You!”

&

“God Bless YOU”

 

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Social Media Etiquette

We can not be reminded enough in today’s social media arena of what is “forever”….why do I say this? Just because you post it then delete it doesn’t mean someone else hasn’t already saved it somewhere else. Ashley makes wonderful points in her blog here which I am so happy to reblog…..It is very true! We are ego-centric oriented in today’s society. And if you don’t believe me….jump on any social media network and read a few posts. We need reminders about social media being global and about using our manners instead of that quick response to something that is probably best ignored. Etiquette is a forgotten word or an “old fashioned” word that many tend to pass over. Thanks Ashley for sharing your blog post “Social Media Etiquette” with all present in cyberspace. 😀

 

Excel at ART at 73!

Retired Man becomes

One-of-a-Kind Artist!

This is an amazing story! I love that a 73 year old man who is retiring is also still looking into the future with a positive and tech-savy outlook! I wish more people would grasp that outlook! I know plenty of people who seem to think they are too old to learn.

New Artist using Microsoft Excel to paint Japanese Art at 73!

Mr. Tatsuo Horiuchi is a wonderful artist who uses Microsoft Excel to paint original Japanese art. He isn’t the first to use Excel to paint with….but he is the first to paint Japanese motifs with it. Way to Go!!! A new and fulfilling career as an artist at 73!

You, sir, are a role model and hero for all! I am so glad I ran across the original blog post on facebook.com. Please read it here!

Frustrated by Social Media?

Are YOU frustrated by Cyberspace?

I read an article or blog post the other day. It talked about the frustrations of a photographer and listed the main frustrations of a lot of today’s modern photographers. Among those frustrations was blogging, websites, and social media.

Outsource! Contact Me!
frustrated Photographer

IF you are a frustrated photographer in these areas, then you should outsource to someone who loves to be involved in these areas. We tend to out source the accounting areas with not much hassle. Why not outsource these as well.

Personally, I love to blog. I enjoy social media and websites too. They are all forms of creativity. We all get frustrated at things that are viewed as “out of our realm of comfort” or “area of expertise”. Things that make that list of obligations are a source of frustration as well.

For those that are frustrated in the areas of cyberspace…contact me! I will be glad to offer my services in that area. A phone conversation or email can set things on the right track for YOU! I can be reached via email (mishalowther@gmail.com), phone, or facebook. I also tweet, blog (obviously) and would love to help YOU!

Cyberspace frustrating YOU? Contact Me!

Cyberspace doesn’t have to frustrate you. Are you frustrated because you would love to do this but don’t have the time? I can still help you. Contact me and let’s see if we can make YOUR daily workload easier!

Not a photographer? Still frustrated by social media, blogging, facebook, twitter, websites, etc?? I can still help you out. I love to blog and spend time doing all of these things. It is a wonderful thing to spend the time doing what you love! We all love our business. It’s what we do and what we create. Loving what you do makes life much happier and easier to enjoy.

Have a great day and enjoy the things around you!

Cinco de Mayo at the Castle!

At the Castle for Cinco de Mayo!

How did you spend your weekend?

I spent mine shutter-bugging at the Castle of Muskogee! The Castle hosted it’s 18th annual opening weekend of “the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival”. The festival takes place every Saturday and Sunday from May 4th through June 2nd of 2013.  It’s a great place to experience new and old things alike. You can see craftsman that still do blacksmithing and ladies that keep the art of spinning alive. You can find jewelry makers, book sellers, clothiers, and all sorts of entertainers at the Castle this month.

theroyalgauntlet.com
Come fly with us at the Castle!

You can see pirates, sword fights, jousting and dancing, a live chess match, belly dancers, and the children can get knighted or become ladies-in-waiting. You can visit the Italian quarter and see a tribal circus; visit Angus’ land and buy a kilt; take a carriage ride; see a birds of prey show; the possibilities are endless! 😀

If you saw the Birds of Prey show this weekend or you catch it any time this year during fair, PLEASE!–visit theRoyalGauntlet.com and leave some feedback telling the creators what you thought of the show.

….there is more to come….see what else we find this year at the Castle of Muskogee!

 

 

May Day! May Days!

May is an AWESOME month!

A lot happens in May around the Tulsa and Broken Arrow areas.

May's schedule for the Tulsa area found here!
Tulsa News!

May 1st is May Day (or Beltane, if you travel the wiccan or celtic circles of life). This is the time to celebrate spring time, good crops, births and new life in general….though with this year’s record history of snowfall in Oklahoma in MAY(!)…spring might be hard to see at the moment.

May 4th, FREE comic book day! Don’t forget to visit your local comic book store such as Starbase 21, Vintage Stock for great deals! “May the 4th be with you”…..National Star Wars day! 😉

Star Wars, a New Hope
MAY the Force be With You!

May 5th, Cinco de Mayo….I know a lot of us will be celebrating Saturday night instead of Sunday due to work and church but celebrations are good and they usually include a healthy dose of FUN!

OKRF at the Castle of Muskogee

May 4th & 5th also opens up the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival at the Castle of Muskogee for the 2013 season! YES! I knew that’s what you were waiting to hear, right? 😉 This year the fair (OKRF) runs through June 1 & 2….for a 5 week run! Each weekend is a different themed celebration at the Castle.

May 4th & 5th is romance weekend. May 10th is student day. May 11th & 12th celebrates Mother’s Day.  May 18th & 19th is Pirate weekend! arrgh! May 25th, 26th and 27th is Celtic weekend with a salute to our troops on Memorial Day (the 27th).  June 1st & 2nd is Gypsy Bazaar!

We absolutely cannot forget Mother’s Day which falls on May 12th this year. Mothers deserve to be celebrated. Don’t forget to let your Mom know how important she is in your life this year.

Graduations from High School and Colleges all over the state also take place in mid-May….so

Up…Up…and away….as high as the moon and stars….

congratulate your friends and family members for their accomplishments and enjoy the summer with them too!

Memorial Day!! (May 27th, 2013) That day that begins the swim season for so many…Bring on SUMMER!!! and don’t forget to remember our troops, the men and women who have served over the years so we can enjoy our rights and freedoms in our own way and in our own time.

Freedom isn’t free….all gave some, but some gave ALL. God Bless Our Troops….

Thank a Veteran…Hug a Soldier…or just say a Prayer for those who are currently serving & away from families of their own.

May is definitely a wonderful and busy month!

Leave a comment and let us know what you do with it!