May 21, 2016

Introducing The Nature Collection - #Giveaway

Some of you may have noticed I'm not present in this space very often anymore. On the whole, I haven't been writing as much as I used to. At least not here.

As I have seen happen with many bloggers I know, my child has reached an age where she is not as comfortable with me writing about her online. Sometimes she is, but often she would prefer I don't. I respect that.

And quite frankly, I am growing less and less comfortable being called names no matter what I write or say. The lack of civil discourse online makes me not want to participate by sharing my voice. Which is sad. But that's how I feel right now.

You can still find me over at each month. Sometimes I share personal stories. Often I write about parenting in a more general sense. Issues that matter to me where I feel I have an interesting or unique perspective to offer.

But while my writing has been slowly down, my photography has thrived. My children and family portraiture is local, so I don't usually share it here. But recently I have been receiving more and more requests for prints of my nature photography.

I love to get out with my camera and take photos of nature. The fact people want to display my work in their homes thrills me. It's such a honor to have someone say, "I really love that image. How can I get a print of it?" And since I was getting asked that question repeatedly, I needed to come up with a way to deliver.

My solution was The Nature Collection - a compilation of my most popular images of nature, along with a few of my personal favorites.

Prints are available in a variety of sizes and formats. Metal prints are my favorite by far, and what I purchase for display in my own home. They are waterproof, UV resistant, and made from 100% recyclable aluminum. The prints are lightweight and arrive ready to hang on the wall. The color is vibrant and beautiful!

To celebrate my new collection, I'm giving away a 16" x 24" metal print - from one of the nation's top professional labs - of the image of your choice from The Nature Collection:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You don't even have to stick your neck out to enter:

Sorry, I couldn't resist. The winner will be announced on May 31.  Good luck!

March 4, 2016

An Open Letter to the Florida State Senate

Dear Florida State Senate,

Today, you failed my child, and the more than one million students who attend Florida's public elementary schools.

Today, you chose doing what was comfortable over doing what is right.

Today, you played political games instead of representing your constituents.

Today, you demonstrated power and personal interest are more important to you than the Will of the People.

Today, you used our children as pawns to further your own agendas.

Today, you glibly joked about needing to take a recess after callously denying our children their right to have it.

Today, you proved common sense and decency truly are dead in politics.

Tomorrow, you will have excuses.

Tomorrow, you will argue semantics.

Tomorrow, you will backtrack and try to pretend you didn't just screw over our kids.

But tomorrow, Senators, and the next day, and the next, we will remember today and show you how we feel with our votes.

Tomorrow, we will mobilize around a new cause; work to spread a different message.

Tomorrow, we will study this list carefully and prepare to, as they say, "clean house."

Because the Capitol IS our house. And clearly we need to find better people to represent us in it.

A Florida parent and registered voter

Note: This letter was republished with permission by The Washington Post.

December 1, 2015

#WildKratts LIVE! Giveaway Winners

Just in time for the holidays, here are the winners of my giveaway for tickets to Wild Kratts LIVE! in Florida:

Congratulations! Enjoy the show!

If you did not win but still want to purchase tickets, there are five stops planned for the Sunshine State in 2016:
Meet and greet opportunities are handled by the individual theaters. They are sometimes included in a VIP package, and other times require a separate purchase from show tickets. Click on the links above to learn more for your specific location.

Thank you to every one who entered, especially those who contributed to the fantastic Wild Kratts fan photo album. I loved seeing your kids and the cool animals you encounter in your daily lives. Keep on creature adventuring!

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