A while back I had posted about my house having been built in 1963, the same year JFK was assassinated, that I became obsessed with finding a JFK print. This was before Amazon.com, but luckily the first place I looked I found one. It was this print:
I had this on my wall for over eight years. I don’t know why I took it down, but I think I took it to the D.I. some years ago. Come to find out, there is some controversy whether or not JFK actually said that. It was really Jackie Kennedy who said that ABOUT her husband and people came to believe that the quote was his. Anyway, I decided it was a mistake to give that print up, whether or not he actually said those words, so I decided to get a replacement. After some years and hopefully a little more sophistication on my part, I hung this one in its place:
I got rid of my phone a couple of months ago, and I’m finding the greatest benefit from it has been reading books like I used to as a kid. I have so many books I want to read, but I never “had the time” and I could never keep my attention on anything for more than a half hour. I’ve read six books so far this year. This isn’t a “look how well read I am” post, because I can assure you, I am not. I did want to say that not having a phone is not as bad as you would think. I just finished a book that I was prompted to get; ‘More than the Tattooed Mormon’. I liked this book because she was able to convey exactly what I have been feeling in the last few months. She has such great enthusiasm and I can tell that she brings a lot of people joy and comfort. I love her story and I wish I could be more open and more excited to share the gospel. I think that will come in time. Right now I am still trying to figure things out. This was not how my life was supposed to go. I was trying to avoid the responsibility and I very much liked the idea of letting people be who they want to be. I thought all I needed to do was be accepting, that is my only responsibility, right? Now I feel a responsibility to share my experience in finally coming to understand that God knows us individually and that he has a plan for each of us. He loves us and he hears and answers our prayers. True miracles. How could the world not be a better place if everyone knew that for themselves, and felt that they were never alone and that God is always with them? So I guess what I am saying is that if you’re following my blog, you will most likely be getting my most recent thoughts on my religion too. I am officially a returning member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
So, for photography, I will post some of my photos from Capitol Reef, and when I say Capitol Reef, I’m really saying the surrounding towns of Loa and Torrey as well. The last photos I posted were from the town of Loa, where you need to stop if you have any need to go grocery shopping while you are visiting that lovely National Park. Most of these are underexposed probably due to my used camera (Olympus OM-1) coming with a note that said it was off by one F-stop. It might not be. I will need to mess around with it.
Capitol Reef (area):