Friday, January 27, 2012

Jackson Dunes Photography

Photos of the beach available in many different formats.
It's all about inspiration. Many years ago when I was living in New Hampshire in a town that was a two hour drive away from the ocean, I was inspired by images of the beach that I found in magazines or online. When I finally moved down to a latitude little enough to have summertime temperatures all year, I started taking pictures.

At first, I took pictures because I was in awe of my wonderfully tropical environment. Then I started sharing those images because I knew there were people just like me who wanted to live the summertime dream but for one reason or another just couldn't. After that I posted them, at first on Facebook and then to RedBubble. 

RedBubble is a place where you can choose an image created by an artist and transform it into many different formats: prints, posters, canvas, get the idea. So, if you'd like to be inspired by images of the beach, take a moment and visit me "At The Beach." Just click on this link:

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Your Entire Childhood In 90 Seconds

As a writer I know that words carry a certain weight. Words have the power to hurt or to heal. In my books I string together certain words in a certain way to illicit certain emotions from my readers. I have to craft a mental image to get my point across.

Pictures are a different matter altogether. Without much effort, pictures evoke memories and emotions more than words can. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. They're also worth a thousand memories. 

As you scroll down through these pictures, take a moment to reflect on where you were then and how far you've come. Consider also how much the world has changed since then. Think back to these times when life seemed easier, simple, and more innocent.  Would you go back if you could? 

Metal Ice Cube Trays

TV Test Patterns

Topp Gigio

45 RPM Spindles

Aluminum Christmas Trees

Cigarettes For Christmas


Falstaff Beer

Fire Escape Tubes

Flash Bulbs

Washtub Wringers

5 Cent Packs Of Baseball Cards

5 Cent Cokes

Chatty Cathy Dolls

Timmy And Lassie

Burma Shave Signs

25 Cent A Gallon Gasoline

Speedy Alka-Seltzer

Old Yeller

Chef Boy-AR-Dee

Ding Dong Avon Calling

Gum Wrapper Chains

Brownie Cameras

Jiffy Pop

Cork Pop Guns

Lincoln Logs

Beany And Cecil

Fuller Brush Man

Erector Sets

Skate Keys

Drive In Movies

5 Cent Hamburgers

Green Stamps

Marlin Perkins

Reel To Reel Tape Recorders

Tinker Toys

Sky King


Penny Candy

Drive In Restaurants

So, what do you think? Would you go back if you could?


Note: This message originally came to me in an email sans author name or photo credits. If it's yours and you want credit, I'll be happy to do so, just drop me a line.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Meditate ~ Even If It's Only For A Few Minutes Every Day

I like to do a walking meditation on the beach. It's really quite simple. My focus is entirely on what's in front of me: the sand, the shells, the waves as they reach the shore. If my mind starts to wander simply pausing for a moment to take a few deep breaths will help me get centered again.

Biddeford Pool, Maine
Try a walking meditation next time you're out and about. On the beach, in the mountains, or on a city street, walking meditation is a good way to stay mindful and at peace.