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L'Arche Harbor House Calendar Launch

try_calendar_launch_101509_0104-2A long time ago in college, I volunteered at Sunland Center. Sunland Center was a home for developmentally disabled children. One of the nice aspects of the center was that they provided many activities for their clients that any other child might experience. My position at the center was to meet with the Boy Scout troop and provide assistance with their activities. It was truly one of the more rewarding experiences I have ever had.

A couple of years ago I was asked to shoot the calendar launch event for L’Arche Harbor House. It was a wonderful experience. I was once again working with the developmentally disabled, but this time they were adults. And not just that, they were artists.

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The L’Arche Harbor House residents each year create works of art that are placed into their calendar. The studio of the artists is the Rainbow Workshop. The calendar is sponsored by area restaurants such as Seven Bridges, TacoLu, Burrito Gallery and Santioni’s – to name a few. The restaurants provide discounts to those that have purchased a calendar as well as support to L’Arche Harbor House.

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This year’s launch was no different from those in the past. Once again, a wonderful time was had by the attendees enjoying good food and drink provided by sponsors of the calendar. The silent auction of the original artworks further served to help out the residents of L’Arche Harbor House. For more information or to purchase a calendar, click here.

February 3, 2009 – Separated

Skittles. Skittles. Skittles.

Skittles. Skittles. Skittles.

Data: Samsung Instinct Camera Phone at 5:52 Pm in Jacksonville, Florida.

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February 1, 2009 – Mmmmm…

"THE" Nine Layer Dip

"THE" Nine Layer Dip

Super Bowl Sunday. That means it is time to make a special treat for what ever party I might be attending to watch the game. This year it turned out to be a year to stay home and enjoy the game with family. What a game it was! And the dip, good as ever. Here is to good times, good people and good games!

The recipe – one can refried beans, one package taco seasoning, sour cream, guacamole, onions, black olives, tomatoes, jalapenos and mozzarella cheese. Layer them all in a 9×11 pan, chill for a bit. Serve with tortilla chips (Tostitos Scoops work great!). ENJOY!

Data: Canon G9, manual mode, ISO 400, f 2.8, 1/10 at 6:40 PM in my living room.

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January 20, 2009 – Key Ingredient

The Secret Ingredient

What is the key ingredient?

Inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places and events sometimes. I only say this because of the several ideas I had today for getting a few photos, it was not until I arrived home and began to prepare dinner that another brand new idea struck me.

As I collected the ingredients for dinner and stacked them on the counter, I began to notice the colors and textures and how each item played a key role in providing a distinctive flavor and texture that is necessary to make a tasty meal. However, what is the key ingredient (or ingredients) that make for a successful day?

It occurred to me than that each day we go to work or go to play or even relax takes a certain mix of ingredients to be satisfying. Whether it is setting goals, making appointments, listening to a certain music mix, meeting new people or checking another item of the To Do List, each accomplishment brings on a certain sense of accomplishment that leads to another satisfying day at work, play or just plain relaxing. How do you plan and mix the ingredients of your day to make the day satisfying and fulfilling? Bon appetit!

Data; Canon G9, manual mode, ISO 400, f 5.0, 1/30 at 6:29 PM in Jacksonville, Florida. Light source: incandescent bulb overhead and slightly camera left.

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January 17, 2009 – Dining

The Outback Crab Shack - Simple Dining and oh so good!

The Outback Crab Shack - Simple dining and oh so good!

Simple buildings. Simple setting. Simple menu. Simple cups. Simply good food.

I had a chance to dine out with some buddies at the Outback Crab Shack at Six Mile Marina on State Road 13 and it was a delight. There is no pretentiousness here, but there is an abundance of great food and a friendly atmosphere. I have never been to the OCS when there was not a crowd there, but on this chilly, no, make that cold, Saturday evening our group had the place almost to ourselves. The service was good and the servers friendly. I enjoyed the boiled seafood platter. Shrimp. Mudbugs. Corn on the cob. Sausage. Crab legs. All cooked and seasoned just right. Simply mouth watering. Try it out sometime, you’ll be glad you did.

Data: Canon G9, manual mode, ISO 800, f 2.8, 1/20 at 7:46 PM in St. Augustine, Florida.

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