Delightful Phrase Edition

Da Goddess @ 20:41

“This point is mooter than Rick Springfield’s feelings.” – The Fug Girls

“I’m throwing Jazz hands at you: Inspire, inspire, inspire!” – Pam

“Fuzz buckle.” – Fug Girls strike again

‘”This whole thing actually feels like an overproduced feminine-hygiene ad that bastardizes the ‘this girl is on fire” lyric to discuss her private itching.” More from Fug Girls

Even though three of the four are credited to Heather and Jessica, I gotta say the clear winner here is Pam. That was just fuckin’ INSPIRED! (Jazz hands!)

P.S. I forgot one! “Nakedy nakedfest.” I’ll leave you to guess who said that. (There’s a pattern, people.)


Da Goddess @ 04:00

The kid just doesn’t take me seriously.

I don’t understand why.

The Pirate Family Ren Faire 2012

Ya think it might be something I said? Something I did?

Ren Faire 2012


What It Means To Be a Hero

Da Goddess @ 09:39

Author Michael Connelly writes about his trip to visit the troops for CNN.

Like, Who Can Resist Irresistible My Charm?

Da Goddess @ 03:07

Hello. Broken Record here. Just wanted to share another post from Child’s Own Studio.

I’m so totally smitten with these creations it’s not even funny!

Don’t Give Away Profits and Think About Your Reputation!

Da Goddess @ 03:00

Dear Photographers (or any other creatives out there reading this):

Please, don’t keep giving away your profits and work harder than you have to! Full digital files on a CD to your clients are 1) profits walking out your door, and 2) not going to be printed in a manner that represents your work or your talent in a good light if prints are done through the drugstore printer or if the client ends up “editing” them.

If you were Carlos Santana, would you hand over your guitar to an average fan and let them go out on stage in your place? I don’t think so. It wouldn’t represent you well. Same thing with photogs letting their work out of their studio to be manipulated and printed in the least professional conditions. The clients won’t look bad, the photog does! “Who did your photos?” friends will ask. “Such and Such Studio” the clients will reply. And the friends will wrinkle their noses and vow to never hire that studio!

Forget what other studios in town may be doing. Take the opportunity to become THE PREMIER STUDIO IN TOWN that offers unique products, superior service, and goes the extra mile so the clients always ALWAYS look their best in the images you’ve worked so hard to make for them. It’s YOUR reputation on the line and that reputation is your bottom line!

What it really all comes down to is this: would you rather have 50 bookings a month for $100 that you have to rush through and will likely never see another penny from, or would you rather have 15 shoots a month that pay you $700 or more and are very likely to return in 6 months to a year because of your outstanding service?

It’s up to you to educate the clients on what they need and what a true professional photographer is capable of doing. To offer anything less to any client is to short change them of a first class experience from a first rate photographer.


108 Hours

Da Goddess @ 17:25

Watching 108 Hours with my dad. It’s an amazing story.

Blackfive wrote about it last year. It is an honor to know some of the people who helped make this father’s journey happen, even if the ultimate goal wasn’t met. Sometimes our greatest journeys and lessons come in the form of answers to questions you didn’t ask.

Veterans Day

Da Goddess @ 00:02

We owe our Freedoms to those who give their lives to military service. Our veterans do this despite low pay and lack of recognition. Their families are left alone for long stretches of time. Veterans Day is: “A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”

The very least we can do is take a moment and give special thanks to those who serve.

In case you aren’t familiar with how Veterans Day came to be, here is part of the story from the VA’s website:

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

This is part of our American heritage. We should know this. We should acknowledge the sacrifices our military community makes on our behalf.

Please take a moment to thank a Veteran today.


Too Precious!

Da Goddess @ 06:00

I love this website and the creations made from children’s drawings!

I wish I’d thought of this when the kids were little. And I wish I still had all their artwork.

Guess I have a new craft project!!

P.S. OMG! I have a favorite…scroll down until you see “Fart”

Happy 237th Birthday, Marines!

Da Goddess @ 01:15


How’d You Spend Friday Night?

Da Goddess @ 23:05

I don’t know about you, but I spent my Friday night cruising websites like a Child’s Own, This Advertising Life, and other totally amusing and inspiring places. It was like a Lay’s potato chip: I couldn’t eat just one. Or rather, I couldn’t look at just one or two posts. I was hooked.

It all worked out fine. My dad watched TV and snoozed in his chair. I was messing about on the computer. The rain was falling — sometimes as a downpour, other times gently. I chatted a bit on Yahoo. I caught up on emails (mostly). And I daydreamed about things to come. Not a bad way to spend and evening, if you ask me.

Fresh Fruit

Da Goddess @ 11:11

Oh, how I love going out in the morning and plucking a bit of citrusy goodness off one of the trees!

Tangerines two days in a row.

My dad says, “they’re not ready yet.” I say, “did you try one? There are a few that are ready!”

We’ve also had some oranges. Yummy, yummy oranges.


Changing Gears – Back to Faire Ladies

Da Goddess @ 04:45

The Pirate crew

More pie rats

Pirate wench

More Photos – Negative Tide

Da Goddess @ 04:00

Negative Tide in La Jolla

Negative Tide in La Jolla

Negative Tide in La Jolla


Negative Positive

Da Goddess @ 04:00

Few weeks ago, we had a negative tide in San Diego so of course I was there!

Just one of the images from that day.

Beach find during Negative Tide

I Got A Secret!

Da Goddess @ 03:39

Well, not really a secret SECRET, but until it’s finalized, I have news that I can’t share.

Let’s just say it involves a photo of a performer and a CD.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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