My New Book, Smoke Art, Arthritis and Depression

What does Smoke Art Photography, Arthritis and Depression all have in common?  Well, these are the main topics inside my new book (just published earlier today)!

The description in the photo caption (above) gives a really good indication of my book’s content.

  • My book shows 34 of my smoke art photographs, the Ethereal Dreams & Hope Collection, which includes photos taken between 2007 and June 2011.

Because I have suffered with arthritis for many years, a little over 30 years now, and have coped with long bouts of depression, I wanted this book project to be more than just a book of photographs.  I wanted to mix in words of hope, and together the photos and the words of hope make up this project.

  • I discuss a little about my beginnings with photography.  I also discuss very general details about ankylosing spondylitis, and depression.  I talk about some of my own personal experiences finding out that I have these conditions, and some story about dealing with these medical issue.

Over all, I just want to offer my book as a way to help other people dealing with pain and despair, a way to see things in terms of ‘hope’, and to stress the importance of ‘action’ to make ‘hopes,’ ‘dreams,’ and ‘goals’ to come true.

  • If nothing else comes out of my book, I will be very happy if someone, somewhere, has gotten some reassurance from my words, that things can be better even when living with pain and sadness.  It does not always have to be this way, but much of the effort will be up to you.

Perhaps by reading my book, this can be a small step, at least to see things in terms of ‘hope.’  You may also like seeing my photographs of smoke art – and that would be a real added bonus.

Thank you and take care!





“Life will bring you pain all by itself.  Your responsibility is to create joy.”
 – Milton Erickson, M.D.

Words are Deadlier than Bullets

Words are Deadlier than Bullets!

A well-placed bullet will kill your victim once.  However, deadlier than bullets are ill-thought, misunderstood, and poorly spoken words!  These things can, and usually will, kill the receiver.  But more so than this, over time, these words have the potential of mentally killing both, the speaker, and also, the receiver of the words…over, and over, and over again.

How do you stop such things…such things as deadly words?

Never say them.

How do you stop the pain of reliving the anguish of these deadly words?

Have forgiveness in your heart – and really mean it.

Is there a limit to the number of times one is allowed your forgiveness?

That, my friends, is up to the receiver of the deadly words.  If it is in their heart to forgive you, then you have been given another chance to NEVER be a fool again with your words.

If the receiver of the deadly words has had enough pain and can not find it in their heart to really forgive, then the speaker of the deadly words has killed himself with his own carelessness of deadly words.  He has lost…he is lost.  Scars are made by their own hand.

Sometimes, it may be a comfort to die by the bullet rather than continuously dying by the pain, you know you have caused someone you love, with your careless words.