“The power that created you, heals you.”
— Anonymous — Kenya, Africa




“The heart does not label or manipulate, it just allows.”
— Stephen Levine — Santa Monica, California

Help Someone Get Up A Hill



“You cannot help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself.”
— H. Norman Schwarzkopf — Green Sands Beach, Hawaii

The View from Above



“You must scale the mountain if you would view the plain.”
— Chinese Proverb — Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Remembering Pearl Harbor on the 74th Anniversary


During my honeymoon with my husband in 2010, we visited the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Here are some of my pictures from that day. Thanks to Photoshop, I could adjust the light to make the images sharper and pop. I adjusted the levels a little because it had been raining that day and the light was a bit flat. Normally, I love clouds for flowers and macro shots, but not for these pictures. I’m also listing the links to the USS Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri for your reference.




The Beginning



“Every artist was first an amateur.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson — Santa Monica, CA




“Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength.”
— Henry Ward Beecher — San Francisco Conservatory

The One I Didn’t Take

Never turning my back against
The Wailing Wall,
I walked away.
Looking up, I noticed
two black birds
facing each other on
The Western Wall
sitting in a crevice of the stone.

It would have been
a beautiful picture,
but I didn’t take it.
I honored the Sabbath instead.

Others took pictures,
but I didn’t.
I felt guilty and torn.
I wanted that photo,
but I was respecting the feelings
of the worshipers.

Against my will
I followed the rules of the Sabbath.
I have a thousand other pictures
that are beautiful and just as meaningful as
the one I didn’t take.


Jerusalem, Israel

Beautiful Things



“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.”
— Helen Keller — Santa Monica, California



“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt — San Francisco Conservatory