Clicking the Green of March


We are beginning break up here in Alaska….we still have lots of snow and ice  ,no spring green yet….so our green  for saint paddy’s day comes from the heavens2015-03-18 ….not sure why I continue to try to capture the lights ….it never measures up  once I get to the computer to edit …but I am having fun …. if it matters I still do get excited  when viewing from the back of camera…..DSC_0662-2_filteredthe numbers on the data page and the info from many web cams  screamed storm …..  everyone seems to capture a different storm

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…most of their shots were true  to  raining auroras…mine were just lots of green  with just tinges of pinks and reds  and moving so fast DSC_0668-2_filtered ….made your head and tripod dance in high gear….. early in the storm I watched the skies

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… read the many   pages of aurora chasers ….I can never stop laughing at the ones who think because they are taking photos everyone  should bow down to their work….and their made up rules

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…..their many post of  aurora watching etiquette……no joke there are 18  or more pages of these fine rules  on the net …..my come back to theses fine rules and guide lines…. GET A LIFE…if your shots are that important find  a new spot  away from all the hot  viewing spots…..

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it has become a very sad world when one makes rules for others on how they should act when viewing nature …… no one should have to worry about lights on a vehicle because it cause light that will ruin your photo

DSC_0701-2_filtered…no one should have to worry about your camera and tripod in the dark … try putting glow in dark reflective tape on the bottom of you tripod …
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why should I have to look for another spot to view auroras just because you are taking photos….and if you are in the dark bundled up in dark clothes you need to try putting reflective tape on your aurora shooting clothes …it is your life
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…yes I am a driver of an auto but you have to be responsible as well……why do all your rules of etiquette tell the new viewer or aurora shooter what to do …..what about you …why do you feel that you are in charge of a public place …I hope every new viewer turns on their lights …holds their foot on the brake light…trip over your unmarked tripod …invades your public space…..and scared you when they almost run over you ….come on people it’s a big world and a bigger state and the last time I looked the sky over head did not belong to anyone

 

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climbing down off soap box and going back outdoors to take more shots of the awesome world ….
Still Standing MOM …I AM STILL STANDING

Waiting To Cross


Sometimes one just has to stop and view things from different angle……

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I envision the little mounds of snow talking among themselves …..

Bump bump ….hurry up …move on….what is the hold up?….what are we sitting here for …. can we cross now….why are stop signs always red…hey leave me be I was only shaking off some ice…..hey you there you have a five o’clock shadow ….. hey I like your new shape….is it just me are does the new snow make me look bigger…..hey anyone back there willing to step up front I am melting ……
Can you hear them ….maybe I have been locked up inside to long …things just look different in the sunlight…..
Still Standing MOM….I am still standing ….

Walk About


It finally happen ….we both could get together…..even when it looks like we aren’t
talking our cameras are…….we see the same lightDSC_0604 …we hear the same light …yes
hear light …it twirls around your lens and gathers force that makes you click the button that captures and draws the vision into your disks

DSC_0619…I needed the time out and about with like mind ….it was windy,cold to the bone but  very,very sunny …I HAD FUN…thanks Vicky Padgett for an awesome time……she drove us around on very icy roads

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…at temps  that belonged at the real north pole …..the walk about  we were not chasing the sun it was standing still for us…..it flickered off the ice and the tips of the trees

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…..we hear airplanes over head  …birds……snowmachiners…..  it was the refreshing day both  for us cabin bound people along with our cameras that are starved for light of day…….but our short visit with the great outdoors and the beautiful sun had to come to a stop….

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all the little mounds of snow looked like they were waiting to cross the roads…. what a day ..what crazy thoughts ….here is my favorite shot of the day

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I am still standing MOM …..I AM STILL STANDING

Of what value are you to someone…..???


Of what value are you to someone…..???Back in 2009 I joined Facebook …..many had said “You will lose your personal info …there are mast murders….hackers will steal things…. don’t join…..But I joined anyway ….I had the best Farmville farm without paying and I could find eggs with the top egg hunters….but best of all is the fact that news travels on Facebook faster than a speeding light from heaven…….DSC_0558_filteredCouple nights back a friend on Facebook told us that she was dying ….the way she told us and the things she told us ….were heart tearing ..belly deep tears welled up in  me …..I meet this lady on the river banks of the Chena River ….we were both taking photos of the racers ….her and her husband were there with their Friend Manny the Monkey …. we did not meet per the normal…. Howdy, Happy to meet you ….no she had turned to adjust her camera and slipped and fell…as I started toward her …she jumped up and dusted the snow off and turn back to business…. DSC_0564_filteredManny the Monkey was how I found her on Facebook …she cooks an awesome looking meals and shares the photos …her and Manny watch football and she loves to take photos that she shares….that is as close as we have gotten for actually meeting…when she told us all the other night of her new journey of life …I CRIED worst than I did when My mother passed over…..she talked about how she would be the auroras that danced in the sky…..last night as I stood under the lights I remember her word ….and the words of an elder native man the first time I every saw the lights  DSC_0566_filtered….We had gone shopping and were at the old Fred Myers I was standing and looking up and telling the children to look …the elder man stopped ….he asks if it was my first time seeing the lights ..I said yes …he said it is your family that has passed over speaking of their joy …..when my Facebook friend said the following ...”This will be my last season to dance under the aurora, because next season, I shall dance WITH them, among those who have gone on before me”

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Family comes in so many forms and so many colors….I am so happy I did not listen to the nay sayers…because I came to know this awesome family I have on Facebook….

“Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.” ~Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859

I am still Standing MOM …I AM STANDING …….

“Honor Our Veterans Please; An Open Letter to the VA”


“Honor Our Veterans Please; An Open Letter to the VA” by @TanayaLanning on @LinkedIn https://t.co/tJmDCjU6dO

Today my blog belongs to a Facebook Friend …..please be so kind as to reblog and keep this going…….

First about my camera the trip it had last night …hang tight it all will blend into the story of my friend and her father…. I tell you …. the data for the northern lights was really firing up and I wanted to capture them ….. so I grabbed everything and head out the door…but first had to do a walk about because of moose hubby had seen earlier….all clear we can shoot….what is this the new remote with timer is shooting when I don’t want it to….so back in house ….checking disks the shots the camera was taking by itself were there the shots I had pushed the remote for were not…..time for bed….no sleep just night mares of the timer ..and a voice that kept saying ” not your turn mine” …..need sleep because we were suppose to go and have hubby’s third pair of hearing aids checked ….VA gives him hearing aids but won’t listen to him when he has trouble with them…..they give him the best but they won’t or don’t listen when he tries to describe the pain ….they just give him a different type of hearing aids….. so here we are and here is my Facebook friends open letter….

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Honor Our Veterans Please; An Open Letter to the VA
Dear Veterans Affairs,
It is 4:21 am, local time in Tucson, Arizona. I am writing to you from the Quality Inn where you send the Veterans that you serve to stay when they are here for care at the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System (SAVAHCS). I don’t live in Tucson and I am not a Veteran. I am the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran who is in your care. I live in Seattle, Washington. I find myself here today because my father is fighting for his life in your ICU ward. I am writing to you today because your bureaucracy is incredibly frustrating and quite frankly, your customer service sucks. I believe that you can do better for our Vets and their families when they are in your care. My hope is that you will want to.
I will keep it straight forward and to the point, or in this case, to the bullet points:
Clearly Communicate – My Dad is currently intubated and on a ventilator, but he is also awake, coherent and scared to death without being able to talk, however he can write to communicate his needs. It only takes about two minutes in the room with him to know this. But he’s also hard of hearing, as most Vets his age are because they went to war without the benefit of hearing protection. Yet when your staff comes into his room, the majority will talk at him from the foot of his bed or farther away. It takes less than a minute to walk to the head of his bed, make eye contact with him and speak to him and treat him like a respected person who is expected to improve. But when you talk at him and he can’t hear you, then you walk away or start a procedure, he still doesn’t know what’s happening or why because he hasn’t clearly been told, then he gets scared, agitated and sicker because his heart rate goes up and his blood pressure becomes unstable. Then you have to work for a much longer period of time to get him calmed back down and resting again. Always remember there is a person inside that body that you are working on and clearly communicate with them.
Listen to your Patients – My Dad knows what’s going on inside his body better than anyone else. He knows where he hurts, where he’s uncomfortable, what his needs are, so why won’t you listen to him? You intubated him and put him on a ventilator and left him awake but you never gave him a way to communicate with you. It wasn’t until I asked a nurse for a communicator sheet (the laminated sheet with symptoms that a patient can point at to express their needs and symptoms) that one was provided and then it still took me having to ask again four times before the communicator sheet actually materialized in the room. We had to also ask for paper so he could write to communicate. Always remember to listen to your patients.
Make Patient Advocates Available 24/7 – Our bad luck is to be in your care over a Federal Holiday and a weekend. You are a 24/7 facility and your critical services, should be available 24/7 to support that mission. There has already been several moments where a patient advocate would be greatly beneficial and allow for my Mother and me to trust that someone was also looking out for my Dad’s best interests, but apparently your patient advocate office is only open during normal business hours, so who can a patient or their family members turn to for help in all of the other hours that your staff is providing care? Who do we talk to about the nurse who was clearly much more concerned because her kids were sick and other personal life matters than she was about providing top quality care to ICU patients? The nurse who tied my Dad down so he couldn’t even gesture to communicate before I got there to advocate on his behalf. Patient Advocates should be available on-call 24/7 just like your healthcare is.
Medical Protocols are in place for a reason – You performed a procedure on my Dad in his room yesterday and one protocol is that his charge nurse must be in the room when these procedures are done; except your Doctor started without her. My Dad knows your protocols. He listens to what you tell him and he holds you accountable to follow through on what you say and to follow the protocols you have in place. When you don’t, you damage his trust in you and the care you are providing him. If you have a protocol, follow it.
Tell the Truth – My Dad needs to believe what you say to him so that he can rest and focus on getting better. You are making it really hard for him to believe you because every time you come into his room you tell him something different. One person says “It’s good when we make you cough during suction.” then the next person says “It’s not good when we make you cough during suction.”, so then my Dad wants to know which is it? What is the truth? This is just one of many, many examples that I myself have been witness to and heard firsthand. Every time you change your story, he gets more scared and loses trust in you and the care you are providing him. If you want your patients to get better, always tell the truth.
A Box of Tissues goes a long way – It’s the little things that people will remember and that will leave a lasting impression. Something as simple as making sure there’s a box of tissues in the family waiting area would make our time in that room bearable. It would show your compassion, your understanding that the people in that room will probably shed a few tears before their time there is done. Always keep a box of tissues in the waiting areas.
I will close by saying that I think that your staff is full of great, talented, competent people but somewhere you are losing sight of your stated Mission, Vision and Values and by default causing great people to provide bad service. Here’s your Mission, Vision and Values as a reminder (source, http://www.tucson.va.gov/about/index.asp):
Mission
We provide Quality Healthcare to Veterans in an environment of Compassion, Education & Research.
Vision
Be a national model of clinical and organizational excellence by providing SAFE, EFFECTIVE, EFFICIENT and COMPASSIONATE healthcare.
Core Values
Integrity: Act with high moral principle. Adhere to the highest professional standards. Maintain the trust and confidence of all with whom I engage.
Commitment: Work diligently to serve Veterans and other beneficiaries. Be driven by an earnest belief in VA’s mission. Fulfill my individual responsibilities and organizational responsibilities.
Advocacy: Be truly Veteran-centric by identifying, fully considering, and appropriately advancing the interests of Veterans and other beneficiaries.
Respect: Treat all those I serve and with whom I work with dignity and respect. Show respect to earn it.
Excellence: Strive for the highest quality and continuous improvement. Be thoughtful and decisive in leadership, accountable for my actions, willing to admit mistakes, and rigorous in correcting them.
Sincerely,
Tanaya M. Lanning
the original story was on her Linkedin page

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/honor-our-veterans-please-open-letter-va-tanaya-lanning

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“Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.” ~James Bryce

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“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~Winston Churchill

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“Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong. ” ~James Bryce

 

Still Standing MOM  ..I am still standing ……

There is Light ,then there is Light


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So many times I have read the next day after chasing Auroras….. that someone was rude while out aurora chasing…..Other than blinding me …I do not find it rude…..I feel like if you can not deal with headlights or flashlights or refracted city lights then you go somewhere else….. the above shot was taken at top of Ester Dome in Fairbanks Alaska…..the bright snow in foreground is caused by headlights but it was okay…. it is a favorite site and is at the end of the road……this is straight off disks…. rules for fun life…always hold hands when crossing street…..never turn down fun food or warm drink…always travel in pairs it is more fun….

Still Standing MOM still standing …..

Hugs given Here


today is national hug day ….WOW …another holiday … few days back I heard four hugs a day kept one’s heart healthy…..so hubby and I have made a point of hugging each other every time we pass each other..

went back into my photos looking for hugs..found monkey hugging a heart box I made….
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also found a photo of my two Christmas bears hugging my than new Nikon camera

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so here are my hugs to all that read here today .HAPPY NATIONAL HUG DAY.may you receive and give many many many hugs today

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