This is an acronym for living the US Army values during a Soldiers service whether it is for 2 years or 30 years….

I lived these values for over 33 years during my professional life and in my personal life; they have served me well.

Now that I am retiring from military service and will be embarking on my photography as a “3rd” career (Army #1, Fire Service #2), I want to share with you what each of the letters are and how they served me.

There are many of you who have served before me and along with me know them all too well; thank you for your service!

Everybody has a set of values they live by; these can help serve you in any business or job you have; not only for yourself but your interactions with family, peers, subordinates and future clients on a daily basis.

L – Loyalty

  • To oneself, the team, the organization
    • If you cannot be true to yourself, how can you be true to others
      • Your family
      • Your customer
      • Your providers
      • Your community at large
  • You need to be as brutally honest with yourself so that it exudes in all that you do
  • You will find a true inner peace when you can do this and will be happier
    • You will never have to hide behind a bunch of words that may catch up to you in the future when you least expect it

D – Duty

  • You have a responsibility to provide a service
    • You took that on when you decided to take the job
  • Perform your duty to the greatest ability you can; give it all you got while you do it

R – Respect

  • It takes a lifetime to earn it and an instant to lose it…..forever

S – Selfless Service

  • Sacrifices may need to be made to get the job done
  • It isn’t all about you…..there are greater things that could use your services to help those not as fortunate

H – Honor

  • Doing what is right at all times; regardless of the circumstances

I – Integrity

  • Your internal compass
  • Don’t compromise yourself, others or beliefs; if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t

P – Personal Courage

  • Sometimes you have to go or do something that you have never been to or done before; a gut check
  • Believe in yourself and those around you; they will believe in you to get the job done
  • That is what helps you grow; personally and professionally

This is but a tool to help keep you on the map of success personally and professionally.

It has been a guide for hundreds of thousands of servicemen and women (my wife served over 27 years) and can help you as well.

Like any guide or bit of information you get; it’s only as good as how much the user decides to apply it.

I hope you use it well…..

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Back in the saddle….

It has been awhile since my last post…..due to the surgery I had in January failed, they had to try another surgery to fix the ruptured bicep tendon.
I have been in a sling for going on 3 months and am well enough to do some basic things without jeopardizing the surgery.
One more week and I will start 4 months of physical therapy….
I tried to set up and hold my D3 yesterday…..yea, not happening right now…too heavy.
It will probably be a few months before I can start carrying it around like I used to….even on a tripod it is difficult for me to do much of anything….then you have lighting, setting everything up, etc…..whoo, feeling tired just thinking about all that.
I just wanted to touch base since I can function a little now, but may never get to where I used to be.
Guess I will just have to stay focused for the coming weeks to get better functionally.
At least I can type with both hands now….no more hen pecking….
My wife told me yesterday that my arms were like the trash bag commercial…..my left was hefty hefty hefty and my right was wimpy wimpy wimpy:-)

Part 2….

Here are some photos with the new phone,  a Samsung Galaxy S4. …



I brought my Nikon P7100,  but with the new phone, convenience and quality of the photos ir takes. …I am finding myself in a conundrum on whether or not to bring my camera on future excursions. …..

I will mull it over for a bit and see….

I will put it through its paces and see if it dies what I need it to do….but convenience is a huge plus!


A night photo of San Antonio when we were coming back from Phoenix.

Technology is truly changing how we operate, communicate and do business these days……which makes it fun, interesting and a challenge to be successful in any entrepreneurial endeavor you want to do.


Whew! Busy start to the new year. …I am typing this on a new phone while recovering from shoulder surgery….one winging it.

I did have the opportunity to attend Imaging USA, a great international photography conference with tons of vendors and great photographers providing educational classes for all levels.

This conference is the catalyst for me to re engage my photography business and review my business plan to ensure it is a feaseable plan to move forward with.

I have to stop typing for now. …it is becoming increasingly difficult and painful. …I will try to type more tomorrow. ..

Out with the old….In with the new…..beginnings

Today is the last day of 2013……WOW! it was a whirlwind of a year with ups and downs at every turn; I am surprised I am not crazy….subject to interpretation I am sure.

I went to my sisters house and had a little get together, a reunion of sorts since the family has not been together for a number of years since dad died.

It was a good time seeing everyone and had good eats too!

untitled-20My sister Marion, Cindy (we are at her place) and myself

As always, it is good to look back at the last year to see how it went and to plan for your goals you want to achieve for the upcoming year.

Below is a snapshot of my family’s year and within it, it helps us formulate plans for 2014……

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I am just glad we made it through another year and we are actually really looking forward to next year (tomorrow)…..my daughter is turning 18 and graduating high school, I am retiring and the big stressor of all …..we are moving again.

Of course there are good stressors in our life and bad stressors….it is all good for next year! Keep your fingers, toes and eyeballs crossed!

But the biggest thing I think is to not take ourselves too seriously, regardless of the circumstances. That’s all they are, temporary circumstances and they always seem to find a way to work themselves out.

untitled-28May you have a great beginning to the new year, have fun and enjoy those around you…..like cow #9 says: Mmmoooo!

Happy Holidays!

Ahh, Christmas was yesterday and Santa was good to me and my family this year……

My wife got me a 2x teleconverter for my camera and had to try it out….


She was about 40 feet from me and shot at 210mm….nice and sharp with tons of bokeh! This will replace her old photo for sure….gotta thank Mrs Claus for this!

Now the upcoming new year brings forth a new chapter in our lives; my daughter will graduate high school, I will be retiring from the Army and we will be moving…..once again and hopefully for the final time.

The coming days will be a time to look back on what has transpired this last year  to bring us to today and to look forward to the new beginnings that lay ahead and plan, plan and plan some more.

In discussion with my wife yesterday, this was probably the best Christmas in the last 5 years….being deployed, sick and/ or injured puts a toll on ones mindset and spiritual being.

Yesterday was like an epiphany where I could literally feel that things were changing and everything was going to be OK. It gave me a real feeling of peace of mind and allowed me to really enjoy the day with those around me.

I hope you find that “center” that will give you peace of mind and allow you to go forward into the new year to be happy and successful in all your endeavors.

19 days……

Ahhh…..cold enough to freeze my moustache today!

So cold the dogs didn’t want to go outside…..and is going to be even colder tomorrow with rain…..uh oh!

That means rough roads for driving….don’t think I will be going anywhere…..except the backyard to finish hauling the mulch for the beds, maybe.

Just 19 days to xmas!

My wife gave some “hey honey” comments about if Santa isn’t done shopping…….

I told her the sleighs broke the reindeer are revolting and the elves are on strike……but I will see if our dog buster can pull the sled out of the garage.

Looks like I will have to see about braving the masses in the next few days before the real rush begins.

Careful for what you wish for………somebody’s gonna have to go get it for you! 🙂