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Thoughts In Passing

69 years and 3 days after the order to drop the atomic bomb was issued, Air Force captain Theodore Van Kirk died at the age of 93 in Stone Mountain, Ga. Mr. Van Kirk—everyone called him “Dutch”— was the navigator of the B-29 aircraft, Enola Gay, which carried out the bombing mission on the Japanese…

Pleasure, Progress and Pain

“The final moment of success is often no more thrilling than taking off a heavy backpack at the end of a long hike. If you went on the hike only to feel that pleasure, you are a fool. Yet people sometimes do just this. They work hard at a task and expect some special euphoria at the end. But when they achieve success and find only moderate and short-lived pleasure, they ask is that all there is? They devalue their accomplishments as a striving after wind. We can call this the progress principle: Pleasure comes more from making progress toward goals than from achieving them.” —Jonathan Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, 2005

Ese’s weekly Shoot & Quote event has challenged us with a delightfully wicked topic this week: Pleasure.

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

“For this week’s challenge, share a photo with letters — no matter the alphabet. As you look through your lens, think about how your image might convey something bigger: a snapshot of how we communicate with one another, even if we don’t speak the same language.” —WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

No matter how you spell it, you are welcome here.

Welcome © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Welcome
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

Selfie, Part 2

Two weeks ago the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge was to take a self-portrait (a selfie in today’s vernacular). I received some feedback about how “stern” I looked and I agree with the observations. I took the photo below during a walk on the Backspan of the East Main Cable and edited it in hopes that it more accurately portrays my upbeat nature.

Selfie, Part 2 © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Selfie, Part 2
© Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photo Notes: iPhone 5 camera, shot with Camera+ app, edited in Snapseed, Sketch, and CameraBag2 apps.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

Day Dreaming

Pythagoras' Dream

Pythagoras’ Dream

Here’s wishing you pleasant dreams and blue skies for 2014.

Photo Notes: iPhone 5 camera, shot with Camera+ app, edited in Snapseed and CameraBag2.

I Lost On Jeopardy

In early 1985 I had a few months where I was laid-off from work and I spent the time haunting the house, doing laundry and walking Picket Duty when the opportunity came up. The Lioness was away at work and our son, the Determined One, spent the day in high school. I fell into an…

Ese’s Weekly Shoot and Quote Challenge – Intangible

“There are intangible realities which float near us, formless and without words; realities which no one has thought out, and which are excluded for lack of interpreters.” —Natalie Clifford Barney

A photo from the wee small hours.
Neither up nor down.
Bottomless void or new beginning?

What is your interpretation?

Intangible Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Intangible
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photo Notes: iPhone 5 camera, shot with Camera+ app w/flash, edited in iColorama S and Repix.

Ese’s Weekly Shoot and Quote Challenge – Intangible

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

“This week, show us something that’s a Habit.” —WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

A long-standing habit of mine is to witness the golden tendrils of light in the early morning and late afternoon. I took this photo of the sunlight in the leaves of the Japanese Maple tree in our front yard when I arrived home after finishing a Graveyard shift this morning. It was a beautiful ending to my dark night.

Sunshine Came Softly Today Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Sunshine Came Softly Today
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photo Notes: iPhone 5 camera, ProCamera app, edited in Snapseed and CameraBag2.

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