Thursday, September 30, 2010

Missing Cat Poster

I saw this today on a blog and I LAUGHED my head off. Seriously. Juan and Kaishon thought I was loony. Since this week has been a little crazy and sad and I am low on words, I hope you enjoy this post. And where did I find the story? I can’t remember what blog I saw it on, but I loved it. I left a nice comment thanking them for showing it to me. And now I can’t point you in the right direction : ( photstoryfriday Fail 183 of the week…. Darn it. orange 3 No, seriously. Just read this in its entirety, from the top. Because if you haven't yet seen this brilliant exchange from David Thorne*, you need to. Right now.arobin 048

Story goes :

Shannon (the secretary) has lost her cat and has asked David (the graphic designer) to help with a lost poster. This is their email correspondence...
Read from top to bottom….

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.15am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Poster

I opened the screen door yesterday and my cat got out and has been missing since then so I was wondering if you are not to busy you could make a poster for me. It has to be A4 and I will photocopy it and put it around my suburb this afternoon.

This is the only photo of her I have she answers to the name Missy and is black and white and about 8 months old. missing on Harper street and my phone number.
Thanks Shan.
From:David Thorne

Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.26am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
That is shocking news. Luckily I was sitting down when I read your email and not half way up a ladder or tree. How are you holding up? I am surprised you managed to attend work at all what with thinking about Missy out there cold, frightened and alone... possibly lying on the side of the road, her back legs squashed by a vehicle, calling out "Shannon, where are you?"

Although I have two clients expecting completed work this afternoon, I will, of course, drop everything and do whatever it takes to facilitate the speedy return of Missy.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.37am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Poster

yeah ok thanks. I know you dont like cats but I am really worried about mine. I have to leave at 1pm today.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.17am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
I never said I don't like cats. Once, having been invited to a party, I went clothes shopping beforehand and bought a pair of expensive G-Star boots. They were two sizes too small but I wanted them so badly I figured I could just wear them without socks and cut my toenails very short. As the party was only a few blocks from my place, I decided to walk. After the first block, I lost all feeling in my feet. Arriving at the party, I stumbled into a guy named Steven, spilling Malibu & coke onto his white Wham 'Choose Life' t-shirt, and he punched me. An hour or so after the incident, Steven sat down in a chair already occupied by a cat. The surprised cat clawed and snarled causing Steven to leap out of the chair, slip on a rug and strike his forehead onto the corner of a speaker; resulting in a two inch open gash. In its shock, the cat also defecated, leaving Steven with a wet brown stain down the back of his beige cargo pants. I liked that cat.Attached poster as requested.
Regards, David.


From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.24am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah thats not what I was looking for at all. it looks like a movie and how come the photo of Missy is so small?

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.28am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
It's a design thing. The cat is lost in the negative space.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.33am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Thats just stupid. Can you do it properly please? I am extremely emotional over this and was up all night in tears. you seem to think it is funny. Can you make the photo bigger please and fix the text and do it in colour please. Thanks.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.46am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
Having worked with designers for a few years now, I would have assumed you understood, despite our vague suggestions otherwise, we do not welcome constructive criticism. I don't come downstairs and tell you how to send text messages, log onto Facebook and look out of the window. I am willing to overlook this faux pas due to you no doubt being preoccupied with thoughts of Missy attempting to make her way home across busy intersections or being trapped in a drain as it slowly fills with water. I spent three days down a well once but that was just for fun. I have amended and attached the poster as per your instructions.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley

Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.59am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

This is worse than the other one. can you make it so it shows the whole photo of Missy and delete the stupid text that says missing missy off it? I just want it to say Lost.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.14am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

From: Shannon Walkley

Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.21am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah can you do the poster or not? I just want a photo and the word lost and the telephone number and when and where she was lost and her name. Not like a movie poster or anything stupid. I have to leave early today. If it was your cat I would help you. Thanks.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.32am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Awww

Dear Shannon,
I don't have a cat. I once agreed to look after a friend's cat for a week but after he dropped it off at my apartment and explained the concept of kitty litter, I kept the cat in a closed cardboard box in the shed and forgot about it. If I wanted to feed something and clean faeces, I wouldn't have put my mother in that home after her stroke. A week later, when my friend came to collect his cat, I pretended that I was not home and mailed the box to him. Apparently I failed to put enough stamps on the package and he had to collect it from the post office and pay eighteen dollars. He still goes on about that sometimes, people need to learn to let go. I have attached the amended version of your poster as per your detailed instructions.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley

Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.47am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Awww

Thats not my cat. where did you get that picture from? That cat is orange. I gave you a photo of my cat.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.58am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Awww

I know, but that one is cute. As Missy has quite possibly met any one of several violent ends, it is possible you might get a better cat out of this. If anybody calls and says "I haven't seen your orange cat but I did find a black and white one with its hind legs run over by a car, do you want it?" you can politely decline and save yourself a costly veterinarian bill.

I knew someone who had a basset hound that had its hind legs removed after an accident and it had to walk around with one of those little buggies with wheels. If it had been my dog I would have asked for all its legs to be removed and replaced with wheels and had a remote control installed. I could charge neighbourhood kids for rides and enter it in races. If I did the same with a horse I could drive it to work. I would call it Steven.

Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.07pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Please just use the photo I gave you.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.22pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon Walkley

Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.34pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

I didnt say there was a reward. I dont have $2000 dollars. What did you even put that there for? Apart from that it is perfect can you please remove the reward bit. Thanks Shan.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.42pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon Walkley

Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.51pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Can you just please take the reward bit off altogether? I have to leave in ten minutes and I still have to make photocopies of it.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.56pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon Walkley

Date: Monday 21 June 2010 1.03pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Fine. That will have to do.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

my kid: Kaishon

Every year when Kaishon goes to school I get sad.

I don’t feel like so many Moms that are happy to have some time alone.

I just feel sad.kaish littleIt seems like time flies. And I miss my baby.

kaish glasses And of course I feel old : ( a8 And I need another baby : (akita 021 And Gary keeps saying he isn’t quite ready….

I am praying he is ‘quite ready’ by the time I am 50.

He probably won’t be.andrea 1

Kaish loves the fifth grade.

He seems to be doing well,

although he did just tell me that the teacher made assigned seats for the field trip tomorrow…

k4and she picked Kaishon as her seat partner….

as a former teacher, I don’t think that is a good sign. 

I am choosing not to worry about it tonight though.

lake 3We still miss Shoshi.

We sure are thankful for each new day though.

Even when I am sad about time fleeing,

I am thankful for the moments I have with Kaish.reunion 9

He is my greatest blessing and joy.

Do you get sad at the start of new school years?

Tell me I am normal. : )   

Time flies on restless pinions - constant never.’  ~Friedrich Schiller

{The Long Road to China

ABC Wednesday}

Monday, September 27, 2010

Cake & Kisses & Kittens- Oh my.

Do you remember baby Cole?baby 005 black and whiteLast week he turned 1.melissa 050

Kaish came home from school last week and saw Cole’s cake and just about flipped out with happiness. Kaish LOVES cake. When he learned that the cute cake was not for us, but rather for baby Cole, it was almost more than he could bear. He made me promise to bring home the leftovers. cake4

I assumed there would be some. Boy, was I wrong. Cole LOVES cake even more than Kaish. I haven’t seen anyone ever eat cake like Cole before. Ever.cake

When I came home and told Kaish, he wanted to show me that he could eat messy just like Cole. He wasn’t nearly as good at it : )rosettaDid you really think I would ask COMPLETE strangers to lay down on chalk figures and be corpses?  Come on. That is ridiculous. I had know Rosette and Frank for a good three minutes before I pleaded presented that idea. We shot their engagement pictures at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  If you live around here, you must skeedaddle over there this instant! (Unless it is after five…) cake1Here is the baby kitten. Adorable, right? We love her mightily!

cake2 And this is baby Jesse. We love him mightily as well. Almost as much as the kitten. Psyche.cake3  And last, but not least, a picture of some random violence because you haven’t seen any in a while and we almost always have some of that going on around here! Study 1 - black border (resized 150) What is going on with you today?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

You don’t even want to know

chalk 004

that I made this poor {very, very nice} couple

lay down on the ground in front of the

Philadelphia Museum of Art

because we just happened upon some chalk art!

And you definitely don’t want to know

that I told them to pretend they were corpses.

I mean that is insane, right?I_Heart_Faces_noborder_125x100

The things I do for I Heart Faces….

I have something really huge to share with you today.

One of my photographer friends, Kristen,

has a little girl named Molly.

She is in very critical condition.

I am going to share what she wrote on her Caring Bridge site.

I am asking you to pray.

This could happen to any one of our babies.

I have cried all weekend praying for sweet Molly.

Let’s lift her up, because God can do great and mighty things.

On Monday morning, 9/20 Molly woke up very excited. It was her first day of kindergarten! She had the cutest outfit all ready to go, her book bag packed and a genuine yearning to learn. Kevin and I dropped Molly and her twin sister, Kate along with big brother Ryan off at school. I watched my "babies" walk into school and just knew they would have a good day. Some how things turned very wrong.  Kevin had come with me in my van to drop them off so I took him back home to get his car so he could go to work. I then went back to the school to drop of some medicine to the school nurse. Molly and Kate have had breathing issues since they were infants, so I was dropping off their nebulizer meds and supplies. As I walked through the school doors, my cell phone rang. Then a teacher saw me and let me know, Molly had passed out and they needed me. Several staff members were running down the hall towards her classroom.  I got to the classroom and Molly was on the floor, very pale and looking so scared. She looked at me and seemed to know who I was. I was told that 911 had been called and help was on the way. We went to the hospital and after a normal EKG were sent home with instructions to make an appointment to have Molly seen by a cardiologist.  So Tuesday ended up being Molly's first day of kindergarten. She had a great day and loved meeting her new friends. Later that night, I went to check the kids and give them kisses before going to bed. Molly's breathing seemed very labored. I gave her a nebulizer treatment and she didn't seem any better. I called my mom and we decided given the prior days event, to take her to the ER. We were seen right away and had a great ER doctor that really listened to me and my "mommy instinct". She agreed that something was wrong. A chest xray was done and there was concern that there was fluid on her lungs. We were admitted to the cardiac unit so that Molly could be closely monitored. After spending the night in the ER and no sleep, some tests were done and several doctors examined Molly. An echocardiagram was done and I knew it was bad when the cardiologist came into the room and asked to speak with Kevin and I privately. It was then that we were told that our 5, almost 6 year old daughter had severe Pulmonary Hypertension. A lot of information was thrown at us and we were in total shock. We were told more tests would be done. My world just stopped. Right then, it all just stopped. How could this be?
Later that afternoon we met with another cardiologist and he explained to us just how severe this situation is. Keep in mind, I have not had much sleep and hospital time is like a time warp. Some of the details are fuzzy and I am in complete denial that any of this is happening. So usually, Pulmonary Hypertension is found in adults and also sometimes in babies. Usually at birth or shortly thereafter. To have this happen in a child's Molly's age is very unusual. To have a robust, healthy, thriving child with this just doesn't happen too often. So we were told Molly would need to have a Cardiac Catheritization to gather info and see if there is any damage to her lungs.  The right side of her heart is enlarged, indicating that this has been going on for a while. How long, we don't know. Why, we don't know. Is it treatable, we don't know. There are a lot  of unknowns and we are hoping for some answers with the cath. The cath was to take place on 9/23 at 1pm. At approximately 11 am, the cardio doc came to us and let us know we are going to wait until next week to do the cath. Other tests need to be run and we want to do this as carefully and safely as we can. Molly is currently stable. She is on oxygen but otherwise, she is not being treated. The doctors could give her medicine to start treating it, but we want to be able to get the best "picture" of what is going on so we know where to go from here.  If there is a structural abnormality that is causing the problem it can likely be fixed. If we can't find a "why" that makes this all more difficult. A lot will depend on the condition of her lungs. It is possible that there is lung damage especially since this has likely been going on for a while.  So for now, we wait. And wait. I am staying with Molly and with the help of some family and friends, Kevin is taking care of Kate and Ryan. There's a few more details to the story but we really aren't sure of anything right now so as we get more results and info, I will update here. We need prayers and lots of them. I will NOT accept that my beautiful baby girl is going to do anything other than get better. The doctors will figure this out and they WILL fix her!!!!
Kevin and I greatly appreciate all of the love and support shown to our family thus far and ask that you continue to keep Molly in yours thoughts and prayers....

Here is a link to a website about Pulmonary Hypertension.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

the rules of life by Bill Gates

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it.juan Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.philly next week

Rule 3: You will NOT make $40,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.philly next week1

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.philly9

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping-they called it opportunity.philly1

Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.philly 12

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents' generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.philly11

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.philly4

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time!philly

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.philly6

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.philly2

photo story fridayGood advice, right? 


We missed Shoshi a lot this week!

Praying he is safe and happy in Bangladesh.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Interview with a Photographer: Elizabeth Wiggs


 Liz was one of the first blogging photographers I fell in love with.liz29

Before Miz Booshay, before Jasmine Star, before I Heart Faces, I had Liz. And Liz made me LOVE taking pictures.      liz5    I was in awe that she quit her full time job and went out on a limb and started a business. liz9

I have watched her grow and expand her business. liz11

She has a lot to share so delve into the world of Picture Taking with Elizabeth right along with me!


Who lives in your house with you Liz? liz10

My husband, me, and my son. Occasionally my stepdaughter stays with us- who is absolutely perfect and brings such a fun spirit to our home when she's here. liz7

What made you decide to get a 'big girl' camera? liz6
I spent four years working as a tv news producer, before I took a sales job in hopes of having a more simple, family-oriented life. While I was happy to finally be off on weekends, holidays and at night, I genuinely missed the creativity involved in my tv job.  That was the first time in my life that I realized I was built in a way where I needed to be creating things. My husband helped me figure that out and bought me the Canon Rebel xti, in hopes I would reconnect with my old hobby. I had no idea it would result in a business. liz14

Did you take any special classes or read any books that helped you decide to shoot full time?liz3
No. I am pretty much self taught. I took some high school photography courses and had a dark room in my home when I was 15, so it's always been a passion of mine. When I got into digital photography, I spent a lot of time with other photographers and looking for every opportunity to learn something new. I was blessed from the beginning (and still am) with an amazing support system. liz12

How long did you think about the decision before you did it?liz2
Probably about a year and a half. I wanted to know that the photography would be consistent. I also wanted to make sure I wrapped up all my projects I was involved in at work. I also had to wait until I got on my husband's insurance. liz17

Were you scared when you quit your job? liz16
Of course. There's something secure about being in the corporate world. The insurance, the retirement plans, the predictable paycheck. But mentally, I knew that if I could succeed at the photography, I would be able to stay at home with my children, be my own boss and do something I loved. liz28It was easily worth the risk to go for it. The worst I could do is fail and then go back to work. It has pretty much been a dream come true.
liz21         How do you decide how many people you can shoot during a week?liz20
I consider myself booked up after four sessions in one week OR a wedding. That is my ideal workload, but I always end up fitting in one year clients or having to reschedule because of weather, so I generally end up doing about 6 sessions a week. liz27
Is it hard to work as much now that the baby is here? How do you make your schedule?
Luckily, Zachary is a VERY good napper and sleeps about 5-6 hours a day and 12 hours at night. I'm curious to see what happens as we approach the toddler age. I have a feeling we'll be signing up for a Mother's Day Out program very soon. liz32
Did you know you were having a boy? liz19
Yes. And I can't even begin to describe the emotions I had when I learned I was having a son. The idea that one day a little boy will hug me and say "I love you, Mommy" completely melts me. liz24
Tell me about being a Mommy. Was it something you were looking forward to your whole life? liz25?
Oh wow. Yes, I always knew that one way or another, I would be a mom. But, the number one surprise about being a mom is how much love I feel. For the first time in my life, I love someone so unconditionally that there are no deal breakers. liz13There is nothing that he can do that will change how much I love him, and that feeling is overwhelming.

 Do you get to see your family often and spend time with them? Do your parents adore being grandparents


I am so blessed to have my parents and my sister living nearby. They, besides my husband, are my secret weapons. I don't know how I would do this without them. I love how much they love him too. liz26He is a lucky guy to have so much love in his life. 

What do you do when your weather doesn't cooperate with your shooting plans?liz35

Reschedule. I do whatever I can to squeeze in sessions wherever I have to. Whenever there's a period of chronic rain, the next few weeks tend to be crazy. liz22

What is your favorite song right now? liz1Right now, I'm on a kick where I've been listening to some older stuff from Black Crowes and Wilco, but a current artist I've also fallen in love with is Ray LaMontagne.


Now, if we're having a Wiggs' Dance Party (which happen frequently around our home), you'll probably hear some Beyonce, Blackeyed Peas, and maybe some Sugarland. liz31

What do you love about shooting families?liz38
Capturing the love between them. If I get a shot where the whole family seems happy and relaxed, while interacting with each other, I consider it a success. I know it's a bit cliche, but there's no blessing as great as capturing the love of a family. liz23

What is your favorite type of shoot to do? liz40
My two favorites are 6 months old and maternity sessions. I love 6-7 month sessions because usually the babies are SO happy and  are amused by everything. It's usually the first time you can really start capturing a baby's personality. I love maternity sessions because of the hope and anticipation they tend to capture. It's such a beautiful time. liz36

If you could do a dream shoot tell me all about it. Who would be your model and what location would you be in?liz34
It's so funny you asked. I saw a maternity session done by another photographer the other day that was all done UNDERWATER. I would love to try something like that some day. It was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

liz37  See, I told you that you would love her.

Isn’t she amazing?

Here is her website.

Thank you Liz for the interview.liz39

And thank you

for dreaming

and believing

and being

a beautiful person.

You astound me!