Month: December 2013

“Beyond the Yellow Brick Road” – Spray Paint on Wood Panel by me…

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The ingenuity of people will never cease to amaze me!

Ray Ferrer - Emotion on Canvas

“Beyond the Yellow Brick Road” – By Me – 2013

6ft W x 18″ H

Spray Paint on Wood Panel

***SOLD***

Ferrer - OZ

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12 Days of Christmas by… wait for it… Straight no Chaser!

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A fun way to usher in the New Year and reflect on this past Holiday.

Fun Family Recreates Movie Scenes With Extra Boxes

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A fantastic memory made by this my family. In an increasingly digital age… this makes me want to be closer with my family. (Insert smile here)

Make Something Mondays!

Someday this baby will look back at his childhood and realize that he didn’t have a normal life. This family, Lilly, Leon and baby Orson found a new way to have fun by recreating movie scenes out of their best “domestic junk”. This became known as the Cardboard Box Office. This all began when the family made the move from New Zealand to Australia and had a bunch of boxes left over.

How inventive is that? I would love to see what the baby grows into. Another Walt Disney? Or maybe even a Tim Burton?

 I found the pictures on ViralNova, so check it out there too because there are more pictures!

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Positive Quote: Think about your New Year in a New Light!

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“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.”

Benjamin Franklin

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 It seems to me the most intelligent voices  are the voices from our past. No matter how much we try to believe our paths are the super highways to the future, alas our paths very nearly follow a similar earthen road. To enter this New Year I had a very original thought: use quote from the past! Aside from the quip, I think it is interesting to note how even though for all of our resolutions, plans, and vows so we continue the facade of improvement, and wait until the end of the year to search our souls and question where our resolve went.

The Problem: “I just ran out of time.”

We run out of time, because we fail to see the goal within the big picture.

1. Find your goals 2. Make them achievable (weekly, daily, monthly, yearly) 3. Commit to change 4. Make future plans

And now we return to Mister Franklin… His advice is to ‘always be at war with your vices’.  What an aggressive word ‘war’ is. No doubt we are familiar with the phrase “at war with ourselves”, and to me that always takes the form of some evil twin fighting wrestling, warring against us. How many times have you found yourself cursing that last cigarette, eating that extra Double Quarter Pounder Cheeseburger, and partaking in that guilty pleasure.  It is not about taking the whip to our backs for our sins, but to acknowledge them for what they are, diagnose, and resolve (sound similar your computers security program?).

Peace. 

 The word peace: World peace… Inner peace… Peace negotiations…. All of these are meant to sell us on an idea. It is a clever marketing ploy that you see everywhere, because no one thinks to question such a well-wishing word. The world will try to twist its meaning into a device that is malleable to its will, but we must seek out its meaning for ourselves. Peace, in my words (without checking Merriam-Webster for his uncanny wisdom), is: loving a neighbor like yourself, sharing your time and gifts, giving food to a homeless man, serving the less fortunate, etc.

 And now here is the dictionary definition:

:  a state of tranquillity or quiet: as
 

:  freedom from civil disturbance

 

:  a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom <a breach of the peace>

2
:  freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
3
:  harmony in personal relations
4
:  a state or period of mutual concord between governments
 

:  a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity

5
—used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell

Peace between your neighbor is both as close as the family that sits by your side and as far as the human family that sits hundreds of miles away reading these same words. Its as easy as a smile and as difficult as donating some of your hard earned money to a deserving charity! I am not advocating one is better than the other: it is an intensely personal decision.

The point is: peace is given as we allow it to be received and allow ourselves to reciprocate that peace. 

Finally, with peace  and improvement in our grasp we can work towards our better New Year and our better life. It is possible to defeat our skeletons, and it is possible to bring peace to this world and ourselves in our own way, and it is also possible to come into this new year better than ever.

Acknowledge the Past. Plan for the future. Accept the present.

Be at peace, and bring peace to others. 

You will find yourself to be a better person, in no time.

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Positive Quote of the day: Winning

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“Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.”

Brian Tracy 

To understand this quote you must first define ‘winner’. The inescapable truth is: we all have different meanings for this word. To me: a winner is someone who rises above adversity to meet the ordinary or extraordinary challenges placed in front of him/her. Notice I mentioned ‘ordinary or extraordinary’, because in life there is no such thing as “Easy Mode”.We are faced with the complexities of every day problems from: making ends meet, knowing what to say to someone, and overcoming a life threatening illness. A winner can meet these problems face to face, as if standing tall against a tidal wave that reaches to the sky, and believing in yourself.

A winner can overcome. A winner can move a mountain. A winner can embody all of the positive qualities he/she desires to be.

But, how does one change their thought process to become a winner? Simple, through Positive thinking. Those two words are the key to these positive quotes: positive thinking. With positive thinking we can: control our self-image, turn a negative situation into a positive learning experience, and even help others to see a brighter day and individual within themselves (how cool is that?).

So, with positive thinking leading to positive expectations we can come into any situation and look for the best in it. No matter what the situation: you can always make the decision to be happy.

Finally, notice the end of this quote “in advance of an event”. Have a big presentation this week? Preparation and Visualization for a positive outcome will lead you to a winning attitude and possibly a big win! Provide yourself with positive affirmations before a big event, and feel your mood improve and your self-esteem improve. You must believe you are a winner. You must believe you are capable of anything in this world.

Winners can MAKE a habit of expecting positive outcomes out of future events, because they believe themselves to be winners. 

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Brother and sister in the Fall

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Bellarose Photography
Bellarose Photography

If there were even an institution that happened to be as “brick and mortar” as the house shown here it would be the love between a brother and sister, and if you haven’t picked up on it yet these two are related. It is a truly heart warming picture with two beautiful children. The worn window sill almost creates a picture frame of its very own, and the back drop of nature is framed in perfectly behind the two. The colors of old structure are mixed beautifully with the vibrancy of nature and the glimpses of a wonderful future in these two.

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