Holiday Boutique this Saturday!


I will be participating in The Holiday Boutique this weekend, October 22, 2016, at El Dorado High School from 9am to 3pm.

Their address is:
1651 N. Valencia Ave., Placentia, CA

I will be selling my book, calendars, greeting cards and other photos. My booth number is #155 and is supposed to be inside the gym. There will be all kinds of crafts and food. Come and walk around. You might get some early holiday shopping done with all of the vendors there, including me!

Thank you for your support!



FRONT COVER  — Large Calendar


I Am In Control of My Time

Mt. Fuji is in the background through the clouds.

My Blessed Home

Hi! My favorite color is GREEN. So, obviously, I love trees and plants and flowers… My favorite flower is the gardenia. My grandmother had a flowering plant in front of her house and she always had one or several gardenias floating in water on the kitchen table. She died 21 years ago this March. When I moved into my house 5 years ago in April, I didn’t know I had a gardenia bush next to my front porch. My mother-in-law came over with a few friends a month or two later that first year and one of them said, “You have a beautiful gardenia bush.” “I do?!?! Where?” She brought me to my front door and just ahead of me before the steps up to the house was my very own gardenia bush! I looked up at the sky and said, “Thank you, Grandma, for blessing our new home!” 🙂



5 Love Languages


The Five Love Languages:

* Words of Affirmation

* Quality Time

* Receiving Gifts

* Acts of Service

* Physical Touch

Happy Early Valentine’s Day!



Flowers - San Francisco Conservatory - 3.7.09 030 - jpeg cropped

“Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson — San Francisco Conservatory



“No bird soars too high if he soars on his own wings.”
— William Blake — Santa Monica, CA

Nothing is Ever as it Seems


To many, this may look like I drew the lion in the grass with Photoshop, but that’s not the case. I did not touch anything in this picture. It is exactly as I took it.

Interestingly, the reason the lion looks like a painting is because the pixels are spread out which makes the details softer. At the time I shot this picture, I was just transitioning from film to digital and had a small point and shoot 5 megapixel camera. If I had a camera with more megapixels, I’m not sure I would have gotten the same effect in the photo. That’s where the magic happens. I zoomed in to frame the lion with the tree in the background, but let the camera focus. This made the lion appear like a drawing or painting because of its natural camouflage in the red oat grass.

Excerpt from: Moments in Time Captured Forever; You Don’t Need a Good Camera to Take Good Pictures.



“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
— Confucius — Kenya, Africa

The Secret of Happiness



“To be able to find joy in another’s joy: that is the secret of happiness.”
— Georges Bernanos — Chicago, IL

Time to Celebrate!



Today I had a party to celebrate my book being published this year! It went live online at the end of August. It was so nice having my friends and family here to support me. It’s been a long process since the beginning when I had the idea for my book in 2009. I am grateful I found Balboa Press to help me see my project though. It felt especially good to hear how proud my parents are of me. When I started this project with another company, they weren’t so thrilled. To make a long story short, the first company went out of business. The second company took over the projects as a favor to the first, but then dropped me three years later without having produced anything they said they would. So, in 2014 I produced my own book with Shutterfly. It was expensive, even with their sales, and I knew I needed to find another way to publish my book so I could sell it for a reasonable price.

Actually, one of my friends who came to the party introduced me to Hay House Radio and the “I Can Do It” conferences. I went to one in 2012 by myself and then to another one in 2014 with her. While walking around the event, I thought I’d give my information to the representative of Balboa Press, the self publishing division of Hay House Publishing. I had been doing research into self publishing, but hadn’t started anything with any of them at that point. So, when Balboa Press called, I was excited and decided to start working with them. I’m so glad I did! They were so thorough and helpful. Others complained about having a new representative for each division of the process, but I loved it. To me, it meant I was working with the person who knew the most about that part of the process and I was in good hands.

I am happy with how the book turned out and am proud to have my name on the cover. It’s not necessarily a coffee table book like I planned, but it looks good. I plan on writing another book and will most likely use Balboa Press again.