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I had the pleasure of photographing the San Diego Kids Expo last Sunday (for Togally.com). So many forms of entertainment for today’s kids!

I particularly loved this colorful bubble, hamster-wheel contraption that spun around in a pool of water.

Not to sound like an old person (which I am), we didn’t have cool things like this in our childhood. We had a sprinkler on the lawn that we ran through on summer days.

I might even try this myself next time. I didn’t see an age restriction, so why not?

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“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
Bob Marley

One of the greatest pleasures of life is music. As a kid, I spent most of my allowance on records. And I still buy a lot of music, but it has been a few months since I purchased anything worthwhile.

Two of my favorite artists released new albums in the past week, and I went right to iTunes to purchase them both.

I Love Lucy:

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I discovered Lucy Wainwright Roche when I went to a conference in Boston in 2009. I walked by the Orpheum Theater and noticed one of my favorite bands, The Indigo Girls, would be playing that night. So I stopped by the box office to see if one lone seat was available and they sold me an 8th row center seat. The opening act that night was Lucy, and I was deeply impressed her. Her latest album, “There’s a Last Time for Everything” is really good. Actually, I love all her albums, but this one is superb.

And I Love Amos:

Amos Lee has been at the top of my list of male artists for a few years now. I just love this guy. His new album, “Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song” is another gem.

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I’m happy when I discover one great album every couple of months.  I found two really good albums in the same week. That’s a sign that it’s going to be a good month.

Have you found any new music that you’d recommend? I’m always open to recommendations.

Enjoy!

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This week has been very challenging for our family. A story not for me to tell, but nonetheless it has shaken our world and brought us all back to what truly matters.

Today I read this article which made perfect sense to me: finding the joy in every day, even the crappy days. Because even the crappy days are here on earth, and that’s something to celebrate and thank the powers-that-be.

One piece of advice from this article that I’m going to try upon meeting new people: instead of asking them “what do you do?” ask them: “what do you like to do?” Big difference. I don’t know if that kind of question is confined to our culture, but finding out what someone likes to do as opposed to what they do to survive can open up some real human conversations.

So tell me, what do YOU like to do?

And let me know what you think about Laura Munson’s article from The Huffington Post about finding the joy in every day.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-munson/friendship-5-nice-things_b_3417946.html

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