Friday, December 21, 2012

An Analogy

Teacher: Bring me some fruit.
Student: What kind of fruit would you like?
Teacher: Oh you know like apples and strawberries
Student: Goes home to do assignment… Refers to the syllabus that says: “Bring teacher fruit” …Ok I can do that!... Student spends a lot of time and effort getting the perfect banana and brings it to class.
Teacher: Ok!….This is a really nice piece of fruit… You get a C+!
Student: I got a C+…. Wait…What?!...Why?!
Teacher: Because its not red…
Student: Wait…. you NEVER said you wanted RED fruit!!! You only said FRUIT!!!!
Teacher: In class I believe that we named red fruits…like strawberries and apples.
Student: ok, but I even looked at the syllabus! It only says fruit! It says nothing about the color red!
Teacher: Oh… well we wrote that months ago, back then we didn’t know what color it would be…so its changed now. BUT!!!... You can re-do the assignment! Bring me a piece of Red fruit.
Student: ok, Red fruit… I can do that
Student: Spends a lot of time, effort and money to get teacher the best red pomegranate that she can find, and brings it to Teacher.
Teacher: Very nice you get a B
Student: But… I did what you wanted.
Teacher: It was totally adequate, but not exceptional…
Student: I did EXACTLY what you asked me to do! How is that not exceptional?!?!


….Can you tell that I am just a little bit frustrated?! 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Faces of Service

This morning... Early... I sat in the chapel. Full of young single adults. Everyone was wearing Hoodies and jeans tennis shoes and galoshes... Not the normal Sunday attire. This was a special meeting, It was an earlier meeting that was short only 1/2 an hour, so that everyone would have the chance to take the sacrament and then go out to Far Rockaway to do service. There are many people who lost their homes, cars, everything.

From the pictures that I have seen and the stories that I have heard some areas look like war zones.
I feel for the people who have lost so much. Who are struggling. 

I can't go. 

I have school today.

This is a lesson to me that there is a time and a season for all things.

There is a time to serve, and a time to go to school, and a time to go to work and a time to play. Etc Etc. 

It's ok that I cant go and serve today. In that capacity! I can still serve. As much as I would like to go out and save the world. I need to work here first. 

Here on myself (get my education and in a field that can and does make an INCREDIBLE difference.)
Here with my thesis partners 
Here with my school cohort
Here with my roommates

and that is OK. 

Service has many faces. 

Sometimes it looks like Buckets, mud, and rubber gloves. 
Sometimes it looks like books and projects. 
Sometimes it looks like food. 
Sometimes it looks like a smile. 

I have decided that what matters the most is that it looks like the Savior. 

In Sacrament meeting one of my favorite primary songs was quoted: 

"I'm trying to be like Jesus
I'm following in his way
I'm trying to love as he did in all that I do and say 
at times I am tempted to make the wrong choice
but I try to listen as the still small voice whispers 

Love one another as Jesus Loves you 
try to show kindness in all that you do 
be gentle and loving in deed and in thought 
for these are the things Jesus taught. 

I'm trying to love my neighbor
I'm learning to serve my friend.
I'll watch for the day of gladness 
when Jesus will come again 
I try to remember the lessons he taught 
and the Holy Spirit enters into my thoughts saying 

Love one another as Jesus Loves you 
try to show kindness in all that you do 
be gentle and loving in deed and in thought 
for these are the things Jesus taught."

I love that!

Today I will try to be more like Jesus, and I will look for opportunities to serve, It may not look like manual labor, it may not look saving the world. But thats what I love about Christ- he is our ultimate example. Because while he was concerned about saving the whole world, he was also loving, caring and serving the individual! In many different ways. 

Sunday, September 2, 2012


As you know I had the AMAZING opportunity to go to Rwanda this summer! It was Life Changing! I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to go and be a part of this Theater for Development project!

You can read all about it here: 

I had many people who helped me get there! and to them I want to give a BIG shout out and a
I set up a campaign on line and many lovely and amazing people donated money to help support me.
In exchange I have offered prints of my photographs, for those of who donated and specifically asked for a "perk" that came along with their donation. (I have emailed those people that I know I owe a photograph, if I somehow overlooked you PLEASE let me know.)

Please choose which photograph you would like for me to print and send to you I tried to include a variety of options from my collection of travel photographs.

Anyone / Everyone else...
If you would like to buy one of my photographs I would LOVE that!
Email me and you can order your own!

5x7 = 25$
8x10 = 50$
11x14 = 75$

I also have something very exciting to share for everyone as well...

#1 Temple - SLC, Utah

#2 Indian Pots - Southern India

 #3 Indian Temple - Bangalore, India

#4 Blessed Feet - Southern India, at a Pilgrimage site Jane Temple

#5 The Eiffel Tower - Paris, France

#6 Cathedral - Paris, France

#7 The Bike - Florence, Italy

#8 The Leaning Tower - Pisa, Italy

#9 Castle - Isle of Sky, Scotland

#10 Bells of Sky - Isle of Sky, Scotland

#11 Boat Island - Isle of Sky, Scotland

#12 Sailors Delight - Isle of Sky, Scotland

#13 Flatiron Sunset - New York City

#14 Harlem Sunset - New York City

#15 Believe - Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - New York CIty

#16 New Years Eve - Times Square, New York City 

#17 Big Ben - London, England

#18 Ancient Temple - Southern India

#19 Notre Dame - Paris, France

(this was my "something exciting") 

This is the first of my Rwanda Photographs that I have posted 
you are welcome, of course, to choose one of these!  

#20 Paradise - Rwanda

#21 Among The Banana Trees - Rwanda

#22 Long Walk Home - Rwanda

#23 This Way! - Rwanda

#24 Kigali - Rwanda

#25 Ancient Palace - Rwanda

#26 The Hut B/W - Rwanda

#27 The Hut - Rwanda

#28 Home - Rwanda

#29 Land of a Thousand Hills - Rwanda

#30 River - Rwanda

#31 Passage - Rwanda

#32 Thinking Place - Rwanda

#33 Holy Ground - Rwanda

#34 Lake Kivu - Rwanda

#35 Flag of Rwanda - Rwanda

I love this... so I thought I would share...
    About the Rwandan Flag: The blue band represents happiness and peace, the yellow band symbolizes economic development, and the green band symbolizes the hope of prosperity.  The sun represents enlightenment. The flag represents national unity, respect for work, heroism, and confidence in the future.

There they are! I hope that you enjoy them! 
Also I would LOVE for everyone to leave a comment and tell me which is their favorite photograph! (top 3 favorites even!) 
I know which are my favorites... 
so I am always interested to hear other peoples opinions!

Please email me which photographs you would like prints of at:

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ego Booster Tips

I recently ordered a new dress for myself on line. I don’t usually do that cause I like to try things on before I buy them, but I thought I would take a chance.  I am glad I did because I LOVE it! And I will just put in a plug for how much I love Target!

So yay for a new dress! I am meeting up with a friend for dinner after work so I decided to wear it today.
On top of a new dress my hair is working today as well! Yay for good hair days!

I left my apartment and walked towards the subway to head to work. I heard someone yelling from their car... a whistle, a call out, “Hey! Hey baby!” I didn’t even turn my head. I just kept walking. I knew that he was calling out to me. I ignored it.

Then the car pulled up and a guy jumped out and came up to me. This is our conversation… my thoughts are in the brackets…

Guy: Hey how you doin?
Me: Fine
[For real!? This guy just had his friend pull over the car and jumped out, ran up to me so he could talk to me! HA!]
Guy: Where you goin?
Me: I am going to work
[I kept on walking at my normal pace, and he walked right along with me.]
Guy: No, I am going to take you to breakfast! Where do you work?
Me: downtown
Guy: Where downtown?
Me: in Midtown
[sure… let me tell you the exact location of my work so that you can stalk me… or not]
Guy:  Well I will give you a ride in my car, come on!
Me: No thanks
[Hilarious! He wants me to get in the car with him! What is next will he offer me candy too? My dad taught me to never accept candy or rides from strangers. I still live by this rule.]
Guy:  Ok, so you going to give me your number so I can take you out to dinner sometime?
Me: I don’t think my boyfriend would like that very much.
Guy: boyfriend, Awe… common if you have a boyfriend then he should give you the freedom to do whatever it is you want to do.
[This part of the conversation is funny to me because of a few things:
#1- If HE were my boyfriend I am going to take a guess that he WOULD mind if I gave my number out to other random guys
#2- “The freedom to do what I want” is assuming that what I WANT is to give him my number and go out with him! Really guy… is that what I want? Along with the implication that I am controlled and restricted by my boyfriend to not be able to do what I want to do. Like it isn’t my choice. Too funny]

He then wished me well, complimented me and watched me walk away, while he continued to talk… something about boyfriend… blah blah blah…

Oh man! So ladies when you want an ego booster here are a few tips:
1    1-      Buy a new dress that you feel good in.
2    2-      Walk down the streets of Harlem.

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Olympics are Coming!

On my way into the city I stopped in Stratford. That is where a bulk of the Olympics are going to be taking place. Wow! Stratford has CHANGED! I remember it much more run down and old looking. Now it looks like someone sprayed it with new, high end, big, squeaky clean, and fancy solution. There is a HUGE mall. And I mean HUGE!!! There is a good view of the stadium and the surrounding sites from a department store in the mall that overlooks everything.

I then went to Portabello Road. It was raining when I first got out of the station. But it stopped, which I was happy cause then I was able to take some photographs on my way to the market area.  I love Portabello Road.  The whole time I was there I was singing the song from the movie “Bed knobs and Broomsticks” That I used to watch when I was growing up. Man! What a good movie! I want to watch it again!

I found some gifts for the girls in my family! Be excited! ;) and then I headed over to Picadilly Circus.  I went and saw a Play. “Long Days Journey into Night.” By Eugene O’Neil.  It was Very well done! The acting was great and it is a serious drama that addresses a lot of real life problems.  I think I would have appreciated this show more if I had someone to watch it with and then have been able to discuss it and analyze it with. Oh Miriam…. Why are you not here with me!? HA!

Instead I found myself thinking about how I could use this script with applied theater techniques. How I could freeze the action at certain point and as the facilitator step out and ask the audience their opinions and ask if there is anything that they would want to change or do to make the situation better or different. And get some spect-actors up on stage to try out their scenarios and versions of what they would like to have happen instead. 

This was a play that really calls for more than to be entertained.  It begs for some critical thinking and reflection about some hard questions in life.
Comes to show that often I am not completely satisfied by the entertainment aspect of theater.  I know the potential and power of theater – I have seen how it makes a difference and its ability to change and make a huge difference in lives.