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Cat Got My Tongue

I grew up believing I was allergic to cats and dogs. I later learned this was nothing more than a fable fabricated by others to discourage me from wanting a pet. So the TIME story, “Here Are Some Adorable Photos Of Kittens Pouncing” grabbed my tongue and inspired me to write a personal memoir, not about cats per se, but about life.

Fast forward many years later, I found myself wandering into a pet store and buying my first dog. It was love at first sight and every sight thereafter. I could not help but remorse over the years I missed out on this joy as a child. A few dogs later, I married a die-hard cat lover. She was (and is) quite the package and the package included two cats. “But Honey!” I exclaimed. “We can’t take the cats because I am allergic. Just not to dogs.” This was clearly a convenient modification of the childhood fib I grew up with to accommodate my selfish preferences at the time. Dogs over cats. Unfortunately, ignorance won and my wife lost. Relatives got the cats.

How often we let our ignorance, anxieties, and stubbornness get in the way of experiencing so many things this life has to offer. Moreover, these personal shortcomings have a way of occasionally interfering with the joy of others in ways that are rarely measurable. Today, my heart has softened for cats and my wife’s love for them. The photos of these little kittens featured in the TIME article make them so irresistible to me. These little cutie kittens definitely got my heart and my tongue. But, it is my heart and my tongue that makes this story about more than cats. How many of life’s blessings do we simply exclude from consideration for nothing more than a naïve pass? How often are we at a complete loss to truly justify, explain or understand our sometimes baseless feelings, attitudes, and actions?

How many of life’s blessings do we simply exclude from consideration for nothing more than a naïve pass? How often are we at a complete loss to truly justify, explain or understand our sometimes baseless feelings, attitudes, and actions?

The action of avoidance comes at great cost. Many things we avoid, without good and sound reason, will remain an unsolved mystery for the rest of our lives. You may say, “Well, if I don’t care about the mystery, why would I care if it is solved?” Great question and best answered with a question. How many times have you enjoyed something or someone only because you overcame an obstacle of some sort and gave it or them a chance? Perhaps, that date you repeatedly rejected until you caved in and ended up falling in love. Or maybe a food you said you would never try and finally did and became a favorite. A place you said you would never live. A country you said you would never visit. Children you said you would never have and did and they became the pinnacle of your life!

Speaking of children… These little creations need to be the focus of our reconditioning. We need to teach them to be open-minded as often as possible. To have a basis for their thoughts that is rooted in truth. I get bunched up when I ask one of my children “Why?” and they just say “Because! Just because…!” “Just because” is such a weak and lame answer… To ANY question. I suspect we just get tired of adding an untruth to the end any question we simply don’t have a good and substantive answer for.

I wonder how many things I failed to attempt, pursue, or enjoy because I let my attitude get in the way. Unfounded behavior that has no place in a world that screams, “I am remarkably made!”

Oh, how much we miss. Why?  Well, I guess because… Just because…

Here Are Some Adorable Photos of Kittens Pouncing – TIME

Here Are Some Adorable Photos of Kittens Pouncing – Seth Casteel — who has previously gifted the world with photo books of both puppies and babies swimming underwater — is back with another adorable project. Here Are Some Adorable Photos of Kittens Pouncing – TIME

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Even A Broken Clock Is Right Twice A Day

It is fascinating to see how people from developed societies transform physically during the course of a 24 hour day. I promise this is not the case in underdeveloped parts of the world. This a a great project and the photographer has done a great job capturing this phenomenon. Beyond the novel and creative however, maybe a deeper look should inspire us to look at the effort we budget for physical transformation and that which we set aside for spiritual. Just saying! 🙂 -Greg Pai

A photographer took pictures of people at 7am and then again 7pm – The indy100

A photographer took pictures of people at 7am and then again 7pm. Five years ago, Amsterdam-based street fashion photographer Barbara Iweins decided that she wanted to get to know the fascinating strangers she captured on camera. So she did. A photographer took pictures of people at 7am and then again 7pm – The indy100

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Not So Funny…

Folks… This is not a political issue that can be solved by political solutions. This is a human issue that needs to be solved by getting in closer touch with our humanity and the value of our life. I am reminded of the time (I may be giving away my age here) that we were trained to launch under our desks in the event of a nuclear attack by the enemy; Whoever that really was. Anyhow, we have raised generations of frightened children for some  time now and are probably not even really sure how this manifests in our behavior as we enter into adulthood. I am certain it is not good or healthy. It likely adds to our various phobias (e.g., xenophobia, etc.) and causes us to live a less natural existence.

Imagine this… We, as humans, are not really comfortable walking on a tightrope between two buildings or similar. However, it is very natural for a squirrel and many other four-legged creatures because that is simply what they do. I feel like instilling these fears at such an early age has us walking on a tightrope for the rest of our lives; Never really allowing us to experience true peace even when and if it should exist. Nearly our every moment wrapped up in some form of anxiety.

I do understand the importance of equipping our children for survival. However, we are not living in dangerous times – We have ALWAYS lived in dangerous times and I believe that we are mistakenly instilling so much fear in our children thinking that we, or they, actually have much control over our fate – day in and day out. I prefer to use this same time to teach our children the value of life and how to use and treasure every moment of it and not live it in fear and a false sense of control. -Greg Pai

Mum takes ‘funny’ photo of her daughter – breaks down when she realises chilling truth behind it

Initially it was just an amusing snap to send to her husband, until she learned the heartbreaking reality Mum takes ‘funny’ photo of her daughter – breaks down when she realises chilling truth behind it

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A Real Cliffhanger

12 heart-pounding photos of people diving off of cliffs around the world. The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, which is set to begin its eighth season this week, is an adrenaline-pumping high diving competition that takes place among some of the world’s most breathtaking vistas. Starting June 3, both elite and up-and… 12 heart-pounding photos of people diving off of cliffs around the world – Business Insider

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WHOOSH!

Photographer Captures the Fiery Beauty of the Classic “Whoosh Bottle” Experiment. Soon after human beings discovered fire and alcohol, one intrepid soul most likely tried combining the two with magical (and probably highly dangerous) results.

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No Man Can Think Clearly…

The emotion of anger was given to us to so that we may know peace. Even when justified, our response to a situation with anger should serve as an immediate signal that we are much better designed than to harbor or carry it. Anger will always get in the way of resolve and levy a tax on your physical and emotional health. Peace is an alternative that is always at hand, and will carry the day as we respond to situations with love, open-mindedness and patience. Holding on to anger is a waste of time and interferes with those more suitable emotions.

Unclench those fists and may God’s peace overwhelm every one of your thoughts and encounters today and forever.

“May God’s peace overwhelm every one of your thoughts and encounters today and forever.” -Greg Pai
“May God’s peace overwhelm every one of your thoughts and encounters today and forever.” -Greg Pai

John Ferrentino: Coney Island Memoirs

Coney Island Memoirs – People and Their “Natural” Places

There is something to be said about people and the places they gravitate to.  Typically, these are places that have a calling on our heart.  Whe never really feel quite at home until we get there.  Coney Island, New York was such a place for many.

The Island, originally inhabited by the Native American Lenape people, was called Narrioch (meaning of “land without shadows” or “always in light”).  So it is no wonder that people who grew up with an affinity for the Island came to LIFE!

Boardwalk Buddies
Boardwalk Buddies
Mr.Coney Island
Mr.Coney Island

Lifestyle and portraiture photographer, John Ferrentino, seeks to uncover a hidden personality in his subjects which, while often casually posed, capture an element of candor and surprise. A great deal of such a composition is the result of finding subjects who feel very much at home in their current environment. As if they fell asleep in their favorite easy chair, leaving themselves unguarded and one with their setting.  Simply blending into the fabric of life.  Just like Adam and Eve in the garden – not in the shopping mall! That place that God has destined for us where we can fully experience what He has to offer us in this life. Those frequent patrons of Coney Island enjoyed such a resonance and it is with great pleasure that we honor such individuality in this photo collection.  The beauty of the individual in their natural habitat or what I call “A Fish In Water.”

Lonely Man
Lonely Man
Lady And Roller Coaster
Lady And Roller Coaster
JOHN FERRENTINO – Photographer

Having the sensitivity to find beauty in everything that exists is nothing short of a gift from God. The ability to produce compelling, provocative and beautiful images of all that is around us is a true testament to divine guidance.

I see the extraordinary and the uniqueness in each and every one of my subjects. My commitment is to share a poignant moment with a familiar stranger, letting them become the star! But GOD, in them, is the real STAR and now my gift to them now becomes their gift to me. That mutual appreciation and trust I gain from these amazing, sculpted beings is how I see through God’S eyes.

Photographing Gianni
Photographing Gianni
Beach Friends
Beach Friends
Bench Wake
Bench Wake
Tatoo Artist And Branch
Tatoo Artist And Branch

Closeups Of God’s Creation

The Scriptures say “No one has seen God.” So, how do we photograph God?  I believe that we can photograph God by seeing God through God’s eyes.  For example, to see images upside-down or inverted requires the aid of mirrors.  Similarly, examining the details of objects in space or the molecular structure of life is impossible without the aid of a telescope or microscope. In either case, our eyes alone are not sufficient.  So – I believe that we can get photos of God if we have the aid of God’s own eyes.  When we learn to see the world and all its creation through God’s eyes (the way God intended), we can’t help but fall to our knees in absolute amazement.  When we extend our attention span to a near meditative state and freeze a frame of God’s creation in the lens of a camera, we h
ave an opportunity to see through God’s eyes.

The Itsy Bitsy SpriderPhotos that close in on the most finite details of creation or those that are emotionally inspiring because they connect with the heart are what I call “Close Ups” of God.  Abstract and inspirational photos touch our deeper creation. They trigger a chemical combustion in the brain that stimulates both our curiosity and imagination.  Details are the “spices of life” and are generally taken for granted while having the most to offer. Often, these abstracts enlighten us. Give us a new and truer meaning or significance to something that we have neglected, minimized or ignored. I recently watched a spider spin its web close up for about an hour and what I learned is that spiders are not scary, disgusting, or dangerous…  But Miraculous!