Joyce Riley: 2017 a YEAR of REFLECTION to MAKE AMENDS & Do What’s Best for Ourselves and Others — As I look back over my life now, [having] stage 4 cancer… I start reflecting: who I need to say ‘I’m sorry’ to? Who I need to do something for? … I wish that I had done this maybe before I had the diagnosis, maybe 15-30 years ago. We can all do that. I would like to see the year of 2017 be a year of reflection of all of us of our own lives. And if that means we need to go back and make some amends, or if we need to go back and do some things that will make our lives even better at this point and their lives better, then IT’S TIME

I transcribed this because I think it’s SO IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!!

As I look back over my life now, and as people look back and think: if they get a diagnosis like stage 4 cancer…. I can only speak for myself….

I start reflecting on a lot of things in my life. Who I need to say ‘I’m sorry’ to? Who I need to do something for? And it is a time of really positive reflection. And I wish that I had done this maybe before I had the diagnosis, maybe 15-30 years ago. And we can all do that.

And I would like to see the year of 2017 be a year of reflection of all of us of our own lives.

And if that means that we need to go back and make some amends, or if we need to go back and do some things that will make our lives even better at this point and their lives better, then it’s time.

– Joyce Riley on The Power Hour 12/23/16, hour 2 @ 11:55

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From: The Power Hour Week of DECEMBER 19 – DECEMBER 23, 2016


2nd Hour Open Line


Today’s Show is Audio Archived at:
December 23, 2016 (hour 1) – News LIVE with Daniel Brigman & Josh joined by Joyce – so good to hear her voice again!!!
December 23, 2016 (hour 2)Guest Ken Ludwig [Joyce discusses making amends @ minute-7!!! – ed.]
December 23, 2016 (hour 3) – Guest Rick Caylor


I got this word from God for a church founder in Anchorage, 25 years ago, while getting ready to discuss with the then, head pastor what I had recently been shown about why God couldn’t move in our church.

It says a lot about what needs to happen for real Christianity and full revival to occur. And this is also a salvation issue: “There is therefore now *no condemnation* to those who are IN CHRIST Jesus, who don’t WALK according to the flesh, but ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT.” (Romans 8:1)

This is also the prophecy that inspired my ’93 4GIVNG and ’95 NOHATE license plate — as I was told: “STRONGHOLD of UNFORGIVENESS”:

Aug, 9,1990

“Our eyes are full of sawdust. We can’t see clearly to see the kingdom. There is MIGHT and there is POWER and there is GLORY, but it is being withheld until these relationships are made right, until we love our brother enough to feel his hurt deeply and say kind words of salve that heal their souls.

[___] can do this. This is vital. They are necessary. For he must do this for healing to occur. He is a man of integrity in many ways.

Fear must decrease. Love must increase. He will fight and he will win the battle over the stronghold of fear and unforgiveness, sayeth the Lord.”

My 1990 Key-to-Revival Prophecy: “There is might and there is power and there is glory, but it is being withheld until these relationships are made right, until we love our brother enough to…”

The Welsh Revival of 1904-05 by J. Edwin Orr: A Countrywide Asbury-like REVIVAL! The 4 Points: #1 Confess any known sin, and put any wrong done to man right again. #2 Put away any doubtful habit. #3 Obey the Spirit promptly. #4 Confess your faith publicly

(video) Asbury Revival, 1970: RECONCILIATION the KEY! — “‘Dr. Kinlaw, I am a liar. Now what do I do?’ … Three days later, she came to me radiant, and she said, ‘I just hit my 34th person and I’m FREE!’”

(video) ‘O Holy Night’ – Trans-Siberian Orchestra — If we’re going to worship God then let’s really worship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I remember the exact moment when I first heard this song — because it blew me away!!!

About 15 years ago, I was filling equipment outside in the dark winter, ramp lights turned on, with the fuel truck at NWA air freight, which had a radio. I heard this and was stunned!!! I called the radio station when I got inside to hear who it was, and then bought the CD.

The Bible says to “LOVE the Lord, your God, with *ALL* of our HEART, SOUL, MIND and STRENGTH!” To me, the audio here partly achieves this. If we’re going to worship God then let’s really worship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The audio was probably recorded in the studio, and the video portion was reenacted; though, a nice story. The girl had been wandering, and found wholesome truth in Christmas.

It’s not just the soaring electric guitar. Something is spiritually right here; even though, some of the musicians may not even be Christians.

The heart and soul of this likely comes from the blonde, guitarist leader, probably the guy on the left. I have this DVD too, but haven’t watched it for awhile.

Outstanding, especially the worship factor of the audio!

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02.O holy night – Trans-Siberian Orchestra

(video) Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, ‘HALLELUJAH CHORUS’ – Must See!!!!!!!

Makes me cry too; even though, I’ve seen it before.


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Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, Hallelujah Chorus – Must See!

Photo-a-Day #79: Ouch!!

Ouch!! The airborne girl in purple demonstrates why helmets really are a GREAT idea! I hope that’s a helmet. The boys, already down, are clearly so equipped.

Back in the day, growing up in Minnesota, we never had helmets. But since it was outside, we always wore thick stocking caps.

This is the “Ice Chalet” in Dimond Center, Anchorage, Alaska. The reason the ice is curved is because I was shooting the entire scene with a fisheye lens, and this is nearly a 100% crop of part of it.

The idea was to shoot at a slow enough exposure to blur any of the moving skaters’ faces, but still capture the essence of this fantastic venue that I hope will be able to stay open, despite the EPA’s new standard that may shut it down: The EPA’s War on Ice Rinks.


November 17, 2016

Olympus E-PL5 w/ fisheye lens

Photo-a-Day #80: Sunflower Patch Moose

So Mom and I were on our way to an event, just before sunrise. When I opened the door, it startled a moose who then trotted in front of our garage. The other more slowly made her way there. They decided to munch on our raspberry bushes, which are right next to our driveway.

Since we couldn’t leave anyway, I decided to do my photo-a-day thing to capture the event until they left the yard. The Mom has a nice disposition, and showed me a cute expression in one of my photos captured there.

As we drove away, we saw the pair about 100 feet away, above Raspberry Road. So I got out of the car with my big boy camera this time, and took this photo of the mom and calf eating sunflower plants.

This is the public berm built to deflect sound. Our neighbor had the great idea to throw some sunflower seeds there, which grew into these.

The mom has a wonderful expression here too, and the calf can be seen behind. And that is a car going by on the right.

After taking this, I had to skedaddle because we were blocking our neighbor who was trying to leave. And we actually barely did make the beginning of our event anyway.

In all of the years I’ve lived here, starting in 1980, this is the first time I recall the moose almost making me late for an event. Although, there have been many times I’ve had to turn around or take a significant detour while walking on trails.

One time, I was driving into our driveway with the window down at night, and a moose startled me, being only a few feet away in our raspberries.

Years ago, I was walking on a trail immersed in prayer, listening to music with ear buds, and could have almost touched the moose that I walked by. I usually now pay more attention and don’t listen to music at all.

I have encountered some ornery moose on occasion too.

In this photo, the light was a little darker than this. I lightened it a bit in post.

She’s cute! Check out her snout/mouth especially : )


November 18, 2016

Canon 5Ds R

Photo-a-Day #81: Hanger Duo – ConocoPhillips

Four years ago, during my last day working for Delta (NWA), I photographed these hangers from inside the Anchorage International Airport here.

Now I get to compose these stunning hangers from the outside with my best gear at the best time : )

ConocoPhillips 737s N959BP & N668CP shuttle their workers to Alaska’s North slope: North Slope company ‘bus’ is a plane.


November 19, 2016

Canon 5Ds R

Photo-a-Day #82: Christmas Arts & Crafts Emporium

Upon leaving the Christmas Arts and Crafts Emporium at the Dena’ina Center, downtown Anchorage, I spotted this scene.

Who they are:

Alaskan Boreal Bouquet’s Gourmet Herbal Vinegars offer a tantalizing taste sensation as well as a fragrant memory of the endless summer sun of the subarctic. Organically grown herbs are cultivated without the use of chemicals on a traditional Alaskan homestead nestled in the boreal forest of Fairbanks. Fresh bouquets of flowering herbs are hand harvested and suspended in seasoned rice vinegar, in an attractively labeled, square marasca bottle.


November 20, 2016

Panasonic LX100

Watermark Test

This is my experiment to make some watermarks in Photoshop in an attempt to make photos more theft resistant; though, Photoshop and I just don’t get along — so far anyway. I’ve mostly used other software to do my work, except the Camera Raw portion of PS.

This video helped get me going:

How to create a Transparent Text Watermark in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Various Watermarks Made in PS (unless noted)

Descriptions below each image

Continue reading “Watermark Test”

Costco Is Buying Over A Thousand Acres Of Land For Local Farmers To Grow Organic Produce

It may come as a surprise that Costco is one of the largest distributors of organic food products in the United States. In fact, according to CEO Craig Jelinek, Costco sells so much organic produce that they can’t keep up with their customer’s demand for it.

“We cannot get enough organics to stay in business day in and day out,” Jelinek told investors during a shareholder meeting.

In order to tackle the problem of not having enough produce, Costco came up with an innovative idea: To buy land and equipment for farmers so they could start growing organic produce for them.


Photo-a-Day #84: Doctor’s Office

I discovered this lovely scene on my way to photograph the multicolored staircase, which I then photographed later: Photo-a-Day #87 (upper portion of staircase shown in center here).

Although, I do like this image, and did the best I could in processing and even tried another angle with a different lens later, my heart sank a bit when I first opened the image. Without the third dimension of depth, the overhead branch doesn’t reach over and the center tree merges too much with the foreground tree, so the wonderful sense of canopy is mostly lost.

With a 2D-only camera, it’s too hard to tell where those lights really are. This scene would be a great candidate for 3D, if such technology becomes practical someday, to capture the essence of this place.


November 22, 2016

Canon 5Ds R

Downtown Anchorage, Alaska

Photo-a-Day #85: 14 Piles – One is a Figure 8!

This is the first pile of moose poop that I recall having been dropped on our sidewalk. So to document this event for my photo-a-day project, I thought I’d walk the yard to see how many other piles I could find. I counted 14 total. We had a lot of visitors during this period, and enough days with very little snow….

At this time of year, moose mainly eat twigs, so these droppings are woody, dry and not really repulsive. It looks like sawdust where some are crumbling apart.

Gift shops actually sell gifts partly made of moose poop, for example: Handmade Alaska moose poop jewelry and gifts!

This is about 2/3 of a single pile, and resembles a figure 8:


November 23, 2016

Canon 5Ds R

Photo-a-Day #86: Holiday

I actually have fond memories of Holiday gas stations. As a boy, I used to ride my bicycle to the one near Minnehaha Creek in South Minneapolis. When we later moved to Bloomington, Minnesota, where Holiday is based, Dad would often get gas at a nearby location.

This beautiful, Swiss-roof-with-stone store is only a few blocks from our house and one block from Minnesota Drive — imagine that — in Alaska!

I also very much like their royal blue color — but their brightly lit, billboard ad peddling junk not so much — which I made sure to avoid in this image.

So during this Thanksgiving Day holiday, I photographed our nearby Holiday : )


Thanksgiving Day – November 24, 2016

Canon 5Ds R

(video) ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ on pedals by Carol Williams

I talked with a lady who plays an organ with pedals. I thought I’d look into how the pedals operate. WoW!!!

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Flight of the Bumblebee on pedals by Dr. Carol Williams

Photo-a-Day #87: Colorful Staircase

This was a fun image to create, and to view extra-tall on a standard computer screen — scrolling up and down to see the intricacies of each floor.

Poles, signs and a car kept me from being able to photograph head on, so I used a tilt-shift lens to shoot at an angle, and minimized the distortion with tilt, instead of software — best for detail.

Department of Health & Human Services building (DHHS) in downtown Anchorage, Alaska.


November 25, 2016

Canon 5Ds R & TS-E lens

Photo-a-Day #89: Downtown Anchorage Colorful Orbs

Frankly, being that this was idea #89, I was running out of creative ideas, especially because the weather was so bland. I hadn’t taken a photo of downtown Anchorage in this series, and clouds obscured the mountain background, so I decided to portray a version of Anchorage I have not yet seen: Anchorage in bokeh balls (out-of-focus lights), with some Cook Inlet reflections where there wasn’t white ice.

TWO PHOTOS are below for COMPARISON: bokeh balls and in-focus, so the light sources can be identified.

The Hotel ‘Captain Cook’ sign is the largest red orb to the right of the three flags: USA, Britain and Alaska, which show that night’s northerly wind. Scattered lights in the upper left are from the Government Hill area.

This is Anchorage in bokeh!



November 27, 2016

Canon 5Ds R

(On standard to large screens, widen browser until images don’t get any bigger)

(video) Muriel plays for fawn

Muriel plays for fawn standing on one leg

(video) The Making of B&G Little Sister | B&G Handmade Guitars

Interesting to see how it’s done nowadays:

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The Making of B&G Little Sister | B&G Handmade Guitars

(video) View from Space by Muriel Anderson, harp guitar

How she does it:

View From Space Lesson- harmonic technique

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View from Space by Muriel Anderson, harp guitar

(video) “View From Space” by Muriel Anderson Performed on Tonedevil Harp Guitar

“View From Space” by Muriel Anderson Performed on Tonedevil Harp Guitar

Photo-a-Day #90: We Got Hit!

This begins the posting of my ninety, photo-a-day images, started on August 31, 2016 — which I’ll post in reverse-chronological order. Subjects will vary greatly. It starts here with a BANG!!

I was driving Mom’s Volvo (smashed here on right) during AM rush hour on Tudor Rd. in Anchorage, Alaska. The black, 6,000 pound Mercedes SUV (behind the police officers) was driving in the entrance lane to the Seward Highway beside us. Instead of going onto the highway, he drove straight into the barrier (which his front bumper still almost touches here), and his rear end jackknifed into us — to our utter dismay! As you can see, the streets were dry, so it wasn’t ice related.

The elderly driver’s airbag deployed, but he did have some injuries. He’s in the ambulance here. One of the police officers said he ran into a sign further down the road. I don’t know why.

Two drivers stopped to help and give testimonies to the police. Impressive and much appreciated!


Nov. 28, 2016

Panasonic LX100