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Recently I had a conversation with someone I have not known long, and after mentioning some of the activities I had planned for the weekend, they replied, “How do you do all that?” I  made an offhand remark about making time by eliminating chores like laundry and dishes from my daily routine. (If only that were a joke…) I thought about what she said though, and why these varied activities are a part of my life. The reason is, they make me happy. In fact, one my earliest posts on this blog was about the capacity for happiness. We all have things we do because they enhance our lives – and if you don’t have these things, I’m willing to bet you’re not a very happy person.

Une petit prince: Adding what is needed; taking away what is not.

That’s not to say that activities equal happiness. There is a yin to this yang – Antoine du Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince) wrote, “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Part of happiness is balance of doing and not doing. The list of things I don’t do is much longer than this humble list, in no particular order, of things that make me happy. (more…)

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Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, DC, is one of the most amazing schools I’ve ever been privileged to know. Earlier this week the PreK and Kindergarten students presented their semester of work on plants and nutrition – a study that included regular work in a City Blossoms community garden down the street from the school (and from my house). I enjoyed every minute!

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Without a doubt one of the things that matters to me is taking photos. I love it – through the camera I see glimpses of the world at it’s very best.

Today I shot some photos, in preparation for a June promotion for my photo business. These two adorable children belong to my co-worker Linda and her partner Jean, and we did our photo session at a park on a quiet street in Shaw. The park had a nice little water fountain, and my favorite shots are those of the kids running through the arcs of water. Many thanks to Jean & Linda for sharing their kiddos with me!

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A few tips for making great photos of kids: Be playful yourself. Talk to them about things you know they like. Let them make funny faces for the camera, and as soon as they stop, photo the grins and laughter. (This works for pictures of the Monkey too, in fact, he’s where I learned this trick.) Invest in the best camera you can (and read the manual) – the differences between a basic semi-pro camera like a Canon Rebel series and a good point-and-shoot are the differences between getting the shot you wanted and the shot 2 seconds later when the giggles are gone. Take time for good photos, sure you’ll get a good one now and then without meaning to, but putting on cute clothes and going to the park for photos will pay off. Final tip: hire me. ;-)

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