Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

I'm thankful for you.

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Of all the things I am thankful for, 
 I am most thankful for you.

How do crazy people walk through a forest?
They take the psycho path. 

These pictures are from last Thanksgiving.
 I am such a slacker, I don't have any thing new of my favorite little pumpkin.
Please don't disown me.

Friday, November 22, 2013

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” William Shakespeare

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Happy 2nd Birthday to Max!

Here is a little Friday bonus for you.

What do you call cheese that's not yours?

Nacho cheese.

I am wishing you a weekend filled with more joy than you can even imagine.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Drug Free PA: Media Literacy and Prevention Seminar @DFPA

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Drug Free Pennsylvania hosted a Media Literacy and Prevention Seminar in October.
It was fantastic.
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This workshop was interactive and thought provoking. 
Our teacher, 
Renee Hobbs, was passionate about this subject.

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We talked about the way media influences children (and also grownups!)
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There are many dangerous messages that our children are presented with in the shows they watch and the music they hear.

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Alcohol use is glamorized in the media. Our children are presented with dangerous messages constantly.

"Young people learn about drugs through both their real life experiences and from vicarious images and stories they encounter in the mass media. By the time a teen hits age 18, he or she will have seen thousands of messages for alcohol, presented through attractive, fast-paced, humorous messages. These messages make beer drinking seem a normal part of social life, connected to sports activities, something that people of all ages and races partake in. But beer commercials don’t tell the whole story about alcohol use. Alcohol use endangers teens by leading to violence, driving accidents, and unprotected sex. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers, and nearly 60 percent of all fatal accidents involve alcohol."

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Taken from the Media Straight Up Website.

Have you heard the song Last Friday Night by Katy Perry? I have heard it and even sang along with the chorus a few times. Our teacher had us watch it with the lyrics. 

Here is the first stanza:

There's a stranger in my bed
there's a pounding in my head

Glitter all over the room
Pink flamingos in the pool
I smell like a minibar
DJ's passed out in the yard
Barbies on the barbeque

Watch it. You will be startled at the message. 

We looked at print ads such as this one for Captain Morgan:

and this one:

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We talked about who these ads are targeting and what message they are sending. 

It is important for everyone to talk about drug and alcohol use with the children in their lives. 
Schools in Cincinati, Ohio had a program for the high schoolers called
#yourlifeyourchoice where the students were encouraged to post pictures of things they were doing instead of drugs.

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The focus of Ohio's program was for students to tweet or share images on instagram about the good choices they were making instead of doing drugs. 

If you teach or work with teenagers, you can download the Media Literacy Curriculum for free at this link. I have used it with several of the teenagers on my caseload.
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I also plan to do some of the activities in the curriculum with Kaishon, Sabria, Naji and Jonathon this summer.

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Drug Free Pennsylvania is on facebook and twitter

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I think this quote sums up what I learned at this conference best: Over and over, the mass media reinforce the false belief that consuming products can take away all pain and stresses making you feel truly alive. But the media doesn’t often show us that the best ways to reduce stress and feel truly alive is not by consuming a product — but doing something meaningful, like being with people, learning, being creative, 
exercising, taking action in the world.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” Albert Einstein

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Life is beautiful.
And fast.
I can't catch up.

“Dance as though no one is watching you,
Love as though you have never been hurt before,
Sing as though no one can hear you,
Live as though heaven is on earth.”


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Stop the truck. Check out this cuteness.

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I have to pinch myself every Sunday night.
I have the best job in the world. 
The best two jobs.
Social worker by day, photographer by night. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Faceless Portraits :: The Creativity Project :: November, 2013

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Faceless portraits.
These are a great way to capture people.
The nitty gritty.
The real.
The heart. 

I absolutely love them.

This theme was a great reminder for me. 
Lately I have been photographing families for their Christmas cards. 
A lot of people want a happy smiling picture with all faces looking into the lens. 
I have been trying so hard to give them that perfect picture, that I have been forgetting to be creative. 

I am pleased to introduce you to one of our new members, Stephanie Rios. Stephanie is from California and she is going to add a lot of spunk to our project. Please continue our circle and see what she is sharing today. 

We would be thrilled if you would share a faceless portrait on our facebook wall. We absolutely love seeing all of your images on our wall each month. Your creativity is astounding! 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Life is ______________.

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A sunbeam to warm you, 
A moonbeam to charm you, 
A sheltering angel, 
so nothing can harm you. 

~Irish Blessing

Monday, November 4, 2013

Pets : I Heart Faces

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It is pet week at I heart faces.
You have a chance to win a one of a kind necklace from the Vintage Pearl.

Photo Challenge Submission

I can't wait to see your fuzzy friends.