2017 Photochallenge, week 19: Throwback Challenge


This week’s challenge was a logistics challenge for me. But I also eat a lot of soup. I ended up making my own soup this week, and was presented with an opportunity!



Over the last year, God has been introducing me to potential callings to spend my time, on mission. I don’t want to take this lightly because I don’t have a good track record of follow through.

Earlier this year, around New Year’s Day, I committed myself to follow in the footsteps of Johnathan Edwards, who made a massive recommitment to the Lord each year. I decided on 4 resolutions.

#1 To seek the Lord’s direction in converting my doctrine into action.
#2 To attain two new personal skills.
#3 A return to my creative roots.
#4 To seek for increased follow through.

The others, I’ve addressed here and there, but not throughly. However #4, is what I’m focusing on right now. I’ve been seeking the Holy Spirit’s motivation, and praying the Lord will sustain me as I seek ways to have increased follow through. In the small things and in the big things. I’m learning to be more patient, and requires a patient follow through. I’m learning to undertake a task, and see it through to completion, must of that in the world of my retirement and worker’s compensation settlement. Of which both are emminant.

Another thing to consier is that man was meant for work. It was a mandate, before the fall into sin. So, retirement isn’t about rewarding myself, but to take my skillset and passions, and convert them into meanful results. I may take an unrelated job, but my calling, my mission must grow and develop. I now have the freedom I did not before.

So I set out in prayer. I’ve been researching, and delving into things I can do, even volunteer for, that tap into my existing passions and desires.

I came up with three categories.

  1. Sex trafficing.
    There are already people in my umbrella, and family, pursuing this kind of outreach. It makes sense to come along side them.
  2. Veteran’s assistance.
    Raise funds, help get the word out. Organize local groups, to bring the guys of Benghazi, Team Never Quit, and other legit speakers to support caring for our vets.
  3. Law Enforcement support.
    Blue Line support groups. PTSD support for cops. Raise funds, etc.

    So I decided to start listening to podcasts that focus on these issues. I’ve been researching the organizations to raise funds for, that actually get all the funds to those in need. And after much research, the single most personal and close to home, is outreach to the Law Enforcement Community. It’s the one I’m most passionate about, and care the deepest for their well being.

We are looked over quite often, and really have great needs.

The war on terror isn’t coming home, it’s here. And the greatest trained SOCOM soldiers cannot come home to fight it. Out great Constitution forbids it. It’s a wonderful principal that must be adheared to. However, over the years, I’ve seen a great disregard for our important perishable skills, by fellow law enforcement officers, and I can only conclude that they just gave up.

When I was diagnosed with Leukemia, I weighed 285 pounds. I had given up. I was a fat cop, looking forward to extra pay with some overtime. I was part of the problem. I had continued to pursue much higher levels of handgun tactics and shooting skill, but honestly I shot so well that I depended on that too much.

So I am accepting the call, to do whatever I can to contributing first to changing the hearts and minds of my fellow Law Enforcement Officers, that live the blue line; push the units, walk the beat, and walk the tier.

It’s going to be an uphill battle, but it can be done. My desire is to first tap the retired LEO community, then expand larger, to help support training that my brothers and sisters deperately need.

My first effort towards this was a legistlative proposal I made to my local CA Assemblymember, to have a law proposed that would require EVERY law forcement agency that mans a typical patrol opperations, to have every officer, deputy on patrol, or walk a beat with a partner, no staffing or administration over rides. This would require funds, and I believe that the new law should help offset those funds.

I’m a fiscal conservative, but the war on terror is here, and we must respond.

More to come…


What now?


St Martin’s Cross in front of Iona Abbey has stood for 1454 years. It’s the longest standing cross, unmoved, known to Christendom.

You know, the days and weeks after Easter the Church shrinks back into the same thing we were before this great celebration. The decorations come down, and the emphasis on Christ deflates.

I say, this is the most pivotal part of the Church’s opportunity for ministry and outreach. Don’t wait for the Christmas season to heighten the awareness again. Keep it going now!

Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension are so pivotal to our lives EVERY day, that it’s application and realization…being the Gospel…will continue to grow us and comfort us through everything.

I reference the longest standing cross, in my accompanying image. That is a mere scratch on the timeline of Jesus Christ’s rule as our King.



I love riding the train. With my multiple trips to the clinic at UCLA, I get to ride Amtrak a lot. It’s so fun!

I took a variety of shots this week, but somehow I knew that the train would provide me with one really great photograph. And it did.

FujiFilm Xt-1, 35mm, f/10, 1/350, ISO1000

This was taken in Ventura, when the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner was waiting for a train to pass.


I like these technical challenges. They push me, and that’s good.

Here’s my submission for this week’s challenge. When certain colors are a focus, or called upon, I can’t help but have predetermined areas of focus or target. When is requested, I immediately figure out if I can swing a US Flag. It’s just me.


Also, I haven’t really learned all of Lightroom’s features, and am not sure if there is a more finite way to capture the histograms, with Luminosity and Red alone. Maybe someone can educate me on that.

Enjoy my submission.

And as instructed, I have included the histogram.


A future trip…

2794715363_0a65217e29_oSeveral years ago, Deanna and I visited Washington DC. It was an awesome trip. I’d love to take my teenagers there. Obviously, my medical condition, as it now stands, makes it quite a while before I can do it. But you know me, I look far down the road, dream a little, and start planning.

Without my ability to drive, I’ve already been thinking about places to visit, once allowed by my medical team, where I won’t need a car. San Francisco jumps out quick. Public trans rocks, and it’s not far away.

And since y’all know I’ve fallen in love with Amtrak, I may just go that route. It’s more expensive than flying, but I’m sure I’ll be clear for the train before a plane, since I’m already taking the train for clinic visits with approval. So off I go, planning away!

This would be our route, on Amtrak. Why not a straight shot? Well, the northern route, via Chicago, is the “straight” shot. We’d us sleeper cars, the whole back and forth. But, the path back has us stopping for a night in New Orleans, then taking a bus to Shreveport, to spend the weekend with our Texas family, then back on the train, home to Guadalupe, that’s where the Santa Maria station is located.