{ 7 Quick Takes - Vol 12 }

My slacker quicktakes. Had every intention of posting these on Friday but stuff came up...as usual.  So finished them early this morning and now almost forgot to publish them...

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The last few months have been quite eventful that it's difficult to even think of what to share.  I think I'll just pick up from my last QT's.  There I left off with my daughter turning 13.  Well, along with becoming an official 'teen' she decided to become a blogger.  If you'd like to see into the mind of a cute 13yr old mind you can check out her blog at http://www.musingsbymary.com  There you'll find plenty of posts on manicures and homemade beauty tips. I keep suggesting a post on how much she loves her dad but for some reason i'm still waiting…I'm sure it's because she can't find the words to express the depth of her love for Dad…or maybe it's just not cool.  I'll stick with the former.

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Just a quick book recommendation.  Over the last few months I've found myself coming across a professor/author that has really grabbed my attention.  I may have mentioned one of his books before: Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child.

Well he came out with another book: Reflections on the Christian Life.  It was a perfect read for the end of the Lenten season.  He is a literature professor at Providence college and simply has a way to connect the great authors and their works with Christ and the Christian life.  Highly recommend the read!

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This past weekend I decided to take on the task of consolidating photo libraries to try and get prepare for a cloud backup solution.  Well, this apparently has proven to be a bit more involved than I originally wanted to admit to myself.  In the back of my head I knew I had let it get to be a bit of a mess but once I started digging in it was hard to stick my head in the sand.

I use Adobe's Lightroom for my main workflow.  I've been using it since it came out a while back.  We are also a Mac household and so that means there is also iPhones, iPods and an iPad and that has meant using iPhoto as well.  I never started being serious about cataloging and tagging photos and now the time has come for me to pay the price.

So far, I have only made it as far as combining two Lightroom Catalogs (2 laptops) into one.  That alone has merged approximately 25K photos.  Some are key worded - most not.  I have one more 'main' LR catalog on the iMac that has approximately 13K photos. Now, I'm not sure this is a whole lot as compared to others but there is one thing that has been evident in going through all this:
I HAVE A TERRIBLE MEMORY.  I'm not sure what it is but going back and looking at all these photos brought things back to mind. Feelings were felt again. Smiles returned. Laughter. Sadness...basically life.  I know that may sound melodramatic but it really was like opening a window to time past and seeing my little girl at 3 and remembering all those fun times and worries and dreams and just wondering what her life would be like only to now see how she and her brothers have come along and how they are somewhat coming into their own in various aspects of their lives.  This 'mess' that I had in front of me was a good one and one that I feel all the more necessary to preserve.

I love photographs...

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One more book recommendation that is timely. With all the equal signs that were/are floating around on Facebook I found myself getting more an more frustrated by all c*%p that was being tossed around and a lot of what amounted to just 'bullying' all who had an opposing view.  Well, this book is a great read which defends marriage as defined as a man and woman institution from history and natural law as opposed to religion.  If you have the time pick it up.  No matter what side you are on in this debate.  

What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense
By Sherif Girgis, Ryan T Anderson, Robert P George

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If you don't have time to read or would like to also see the basic points in a video look below.  It's in 3 parts so be sure to watch all 3.
"What is Marriage?: Man and Woman, A Defense" Part 1/3

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We have a new Pope!!

what else is there to say about that...

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During this year's SXSW I found a new favorite band called Delta Rae.  These are some kids with some tasty harmonies.  They will be back in Austin on May 25th at The Parish.  Looks like me and my boy will be going to check them out.  I'll leave y'all with one of my favorite songs from their album.


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