Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Boston: Look for the helpers

So, it has happened again.

Some lunatic set up some home made bombs to hurt a lot of people.  On what should have been a day of rejoicing for completing a huge goal, a single event turned the day into tragedy and horror. 

As a result of a couple of garbage cans filled with flying debris, 3 people are dead and many others are injured.  Several have lost limbs as a result of the injuries.  It's not as grand a scale as 9/11, but it's terror just the same.

There's a quote that floats around on Face book at times like these that is attributed to Mr. Rogers.  Here is a YouTube clip of an interview with Mr. Rogers:

Folks, this is what we have to focus on.  Let the police do their work.  The perpetrator(s) will be found and brought to justice.  I have no doubt about that.  But instead of wringing our hands and saying "there is no hope", or blaming politicians you don't like, or just throwing up your hands in despair, focus on the helpers.  For every bad guy out there, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands who are good guys.  We've seen footage of people who stopped at the moment of the explosions at went to help.  People who kept running past the finish line, an additional 5 miles,  to the hospital to donate blood.  People who are praying without ceasing for the dead, the injured, and the families and friends. 

People of every faith know that there have been evil people in the world for as long as the world has existed.  And there have been good, righteous people, too.  People who obey the Lord, who pray for forgiveness, who try to do the right thing.  Whatever your religious views, there are accounts, both scriptural and secular, of those who have done evil to others.  Those accounts always include people who did good, courageous things.  Always.  The helpers are always in the picture. 

Saturday, April 6, 2013


I've been busy the last few days creating new items for my DaiyLu Designs shop on etsy.  It's really weird how I can go through day after day trying to create a new piece and being unhappy with everything.  Then all of a sudden it's as though I get a breakthrough and I know exactly what I want to make and how to go about it.  Suddenly I'm happy with everything and want to just keep going, and going, and going....

The creating stuff part is usually fun (except when I'm blocked).  Photographing the items part has been a bit of a challenge for me.  I have struggled over the past 9 months with taking photos that I'm happy with.  I know how I want things to look in the photo, I just couldn't seem to do it.  I did what I always do when faced with a challenge:  I read what other people do!

Turns out that little setting wheel on my digital camera means something.   For instance, I found out that the little flower icon is the "macro" setting that is good for taking close up photos of small items (like jewelry!).  Let me tell you, it really works!  Using the macro means getting really good, sharp detail in the photo, which is really what I'm after.

I tried also using a tripod, but I felt too restricted with it.  I was having  trouble getting shots from the angles I wanted with it.  I decided to try just holding the camera, but of course, sometimes that results in some camera movement when the button is pressed.  I have found that by holding my breath when I take the shot, I don't have near the problems with moving. 

Finally, I have played around with different photo editing software to clean up the photos.  Photos are so vulnerable to lighting conditions that it helps to have a program that can transform your photo to look like it did when you took the photo and not like some odd, yellowish colored thing that makes the colors look like mud.  I tried photo shop and that was okay.  Someone online suggested Gimp, which is a free software package (that is complicated as all get out!) that is darn good.  I have to look at the instructions a lot, but I'm slowly getting the hang of it. 

Anyway, I think my photos are getting better.  See what you think:

DaisyLu Designs has new items on the way!  Come on over and check them out!