by Anura Guruge
1. J. Richard Hale photography — July 31, 2014.
I met Tom through ‘Great Waters‘. He is one of their official photographers. So I see him at the concerts. He typically has two Nikons draped around his neck with gargantuan lenses. I am sure that those two cameras together are worth more than our house — and that is really more of a reflection on our house.
Of course he takes amazing pictures. I have had his card in my pocket for weeks. Today, especially since I featured Richard Hale last night, I felt that I really must share his work with the world — NOT that he needs any help from me. I am in awe.
“Loon Preservation Committee” 7 Mile 2014 Swim Across Squam Lake Led By Wendy Van de Poll. Please Support.
by Anura Guruge
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1. First GSA shift at State House — May 13, 2013.
2. Fall Foliage Updater as GSA — Oct. 2, 2013.
3. Back to GSA — July 14, 2012.
4. GSA montage — Nov. 21, 2012.
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I got the above letter and the lifetime membership card about a month ago.
To say I was delighted would be an understatement. I love being a Granite State Ambassador (GSA) and have done since day one 13 years ago.
It also made me feel very humble and GUILTY. Though I do a fair amount of volunteering (and yesterday, again, I agreed at short notice, to help ‘Great Waters‘ with lugging stuff), and the ‘Thank You Cruise‘ by Pro Portsmouth on Tuesday kind of brought it home again, I know, acutely, that I don’t put in enough hours as a GSA — though they understand. I just don’t have the time, and I don’t say that lightly.
Of late I have kind of realized that I have an addiction problem! I am addicted to writing. I had known for decades that I had a physical need to write, near daily. I get agitated when I am not writing — agitated in that I want to write. Yes, I write, basically transcribe paragraphs, in ‘my mind’ all the time. That is the one thing that helps me keep sane. I can write to my brain whenever, wherever. Sometimes I space out, a tad, when I do that — and it bugs Deanna. The addiction is getting worse. I know that. And that is the problem with volunteering. I can deal with the Pro Portsmouth and Great Waters ‘shifts’ because they are concentrated and involves physical work. Most of the GSA ‘work’ requires me to drive at least 40 minutes one way and then some amount of standing around smiling not doing much. Right now I can’t cope with it. Yep, another weakness. Brain keeps on racing … screaming. Yes, of course, I can deal with it. But this is where the addiction kicks in. I don’t want to deal with it. I want to write. In my head I am two books ahead. And therein is the crux of the problem.
I realize that I am not the only one afflicted by this dreadful ailment. There have been others and there are others. I know I need to get this under control. I keep on promising myself that I will get better ‘after the next book’! I am deluding myself. In theory, on Sunday, I finished another book. Yes, it is DONE. It is written. But now comes the HARD part. The proofing, re-proofing, fixing stuff, indexing, figures etc. And ALL the time I am writing two books in my head. They are screaming to be put down on paper.
Thank YOU, GSA.
To say that I feel honored just won’t even scratch the surface.
I do wear the GSA shirt, with enormous pride, when I do some of my ad hoc volunteering. The blog pictures that I am currently using actually has me wearing that shirt because it was taken when I (actually we) volunteered at the ‘Laconia Airport Open House‘ last year.
GSA is a great organization. Wonderful people. A very welcoming family. You should check them out … click here. The mandatory training you get is valuable and a load of fun. Not sure what the program is these days but in 2001 I had to go through 2 full days of training — in Gilford. Had a ball.
Well, enough said. Thank YOU, GSA. If nothing else I will again be a Foliage Updater in Fall.
Argentina Defaults On Its Bonds, Argentinian Pope, Francis, ‘All Talk, No Trousers’, Just Fingers His Cross.
by Anura Guruge
>> Did Francis pray for Argentina — July 5, 2014.
>> PLEASE pray for Argentina — July 15, 2014.
>> Francis’ prayer at Wailing Wall — May 30, 2014.
>> Francis prays for Iraq — June 16, 2014.
>> Francis “Prayer of ‘WHY’” — Nov. 22, 2013.
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I even Googled to see whether this, ‘all photo op, NO ACTION‘ pope, Argentinian through-and-through by birth, even admitted to praying that Argentina would avoid this painful default. Nothing. Nada. Not that the pope’s prayers do anything! That we now know. So maybe, thank God, he has worked out that he shouldn’t go around bandying that he prayed for this and prayed for that because his prayers are totally and utterly useless. IF you don’t believe me check the news to see what is happening in Gaza.
Even if his prayers are useless the pope, if he was a man of conviction, commitment and action, can — and should — help his native Argentina. The pope, unilateral, without the need for any approval and with NO oversight, has access to BILLIONS of DOLLARS worth of assets. He should pour some of these Billions into Argentina. John Paul II (#265), who was ‘action man’, had no compunctions about channeling millions to Lech Wałęsa in Poland to help his cause. Yes, Francis is NO John Paul II. Francis isn’t even a John Paul I (#264). Francis is but the Sarah Palin at the Vatican — just a photo-op Pope.
Do you get a feeling that I may be slightly mad at this pope. Maybe. I am still smarting over his ‘One in 50’ paedophile claim two weeks ago. Oh, do NOT get me wrong. I believe him. I am even willing to believe his allegation that, per that ‘One in 50’ we have 5 (yes, 5) paedophile cardinals poncing around. My anger is that it is ALWAYS all words. Has he defrocked a single cardinal, archbishop, bishop, monsignor or priest. Nada. He just walks around fingering his cross. All this said, I like him. He does appear to be somewhat genuine. It is just that he doesn’t do anything. He seems to think that he has no power when he has so much power that it must give poor Putin nightmares of envy — on a grand scale.
Francis PLEASE do something. Do anything. But prove that you are a man and not some ghostly hologram that floats around looking for photo-ops.
by Anura Guruge
Richard and his wife, Linda, sing with Clearlakes Chorale. He invariably has a camera with him. We happened to see him this weekend at the Pig Roast. Since I was also carrying a camera we got talking about photography. I was, as I am wont to do, picking his brains because I am getting the urge to get back into taking photography at a ‘serious’ level. I used to, in the 1970s and 1980s, spend a lot of time and money on cameras and accessories. Then I got sidetracked. Now I am hoping to slowly get back. I am hoping Richard will help. I won’t even aspire to be 1/1,000 as good as he is.
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