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Coach Turner   10 comments

Pub - Kenne & Ana (1 of 1) blogAna Claudia 

Last weekend, as I stood in front of those attending the celebration of life services for my brother Tom, I couldn’t help but notice the tears on the face of a dark-haired women among those attending. I had not yet met this beautiful women, so I had no idea who she was.

Knowing that some of Tom’s former students would be in attendance, I was not surprised when she came up to me after the service, with tears still in her eyes, and introduced herself — Ana Claudia, one of Tom’s former students. We embraced with the affection of dear friends seeing one another after years of being apart. For Ana, I was channeling Couch Turner, something that is second-nature for me since my brother and I are kindred spirits. We talked, drifting from the present to the past and back, her tears of joy still on her face. 

As we talked and hugged, Ana shared something she had posted on Facebook after the death of Coach Turner:

I don’t often share my feelings on here,
but today I have a good reason to do so.
I’ve often thought about how blessed I am
for having had tough but kind coaches
and mentors throughout my life.
I am grateful beyond words
that good-hearted people took time
to help keep a poor immigrant kid from the hood
on a path towards a positive life
that included the desire to give back or pay it forward.
I know most of you didn’t know him but in honor of him,
I want to say that among all of those good people
none made more of a difference
in my life than this good man — Coach Turner.
He passed away yesterday and now,
here I sit openly weeping still, smiling,
and remembering him not only as a coach,
but also as a mentor, a defender, a family friend, and even a father.
I’ll never forget you Coach Turner. Thank you from my heart.
— Ana Claudia

I have no doubt that her words are shared by so many of his former students. He was a special man who liked using the power of his vocabulary to impress those around him, but for Tom his ability to share his feeling was more powerful the words. Like all of us, he had his demons, but above all, “Bobby”, my little brother, knew the value of caring and sharing.

In the form of a elegy, I share the last two stanzas from Federico Garcia Lorca’s, “A Dream of Life”:

No one knows you. No one. But I sing you — 
sing your profile and your grace, for later on.
The signal ripeness of your mastery.
The way you sought death out, savored its taste.
The sadness just beneath your gay valor.

Not soon, if ever, will Andalusia see
so  towering a man, so venturesome.
I sing his elegance with words that moan
and remember a sad breeze in the olive groves.

— kenne

Coach Turner blogCoach Turner

Tom & Track Students (1 of 1 blog)Turner with some of his track students

 

Do You Like Your Smartphone To Facebook Photos?   Leave a comment

Kate Along the shore (1 of 1) blogOriginal Image of Kate in the Surf

Kate Caught In The Tide (1 of 1) blogFacebook Image

A few postings back, I posted the above photo, which I took off Facebook, of daughter Kate alone the Del Mar, California shore. I did a little Photoshop work on the photo, but wasn’t pleased — still I posted it because I like the captured image of Kate.

Later, I ask Kate if she could send me the original, which she did — much better, containing more pixels than the one I got off Facebook. I know Kate uses filters on many photos she shares on Facebook and she may have in this case — I didn’t ask.

It’s so easy to capture the moment, but often the user is thinking about sharing the moment rather than taking a quality photograph to share. Once a quality photo is captured, which Kate’s friend did, then you can use filters and third-party camera apps to share quality images you have captured.

At the end of the day, it is important to remember that whatever camera you may use to capture the moment, the best camera is always the one you have with you. So, think taking good photographs and not snapshots.

kenne

Art Is Pop And Pop Is Art   1 comment

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Cheers  From Mooney’s Irish Pub, Sedona, ArizonaSedona

HWY 179, Sedona, Arizona — iPhone Images by kenne

Social media compresses

the moment,

what is captured

in the moment

is now past

and the future,

already having

been on Facebook

and Twitter — 

art becoming pop

and pop becoming art,

the moment is no longer

in the present,

delegated to the past

and the future,

becoming art.

kenne

Capturing The Moment Becomes Sharing The Moment   9 comments

Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona — iPhone image by kenne

In the age of social media,

capturing the moment

allows the parallel universes

of past,

present, and

future

to coexist 

in the moment.

This iPhone image

of Cathedral Rock

was sent via

Facebook,

Twitter and

StumbleUpon —

Capturing the moment

has become

sharing the moment.

kenne

(My Nikon images will be posted in the blogging universe later.)

Cartoon du jour — Grammar Nazi   4 comments

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Source: Bob Lucas Facebook Page

Source: wikimedia.org

Those who follow my blog may not believe this, but I do work at improving my grammar and spelling — like I even get daily email’s from Daily Writing Tips. Still, at this elderly age, I remain what educators refer to as a “low potential, high achiever” student. My goal is to learn something new each day — a continuous process of improving.

When I was much younger I would become embarrassed when the Grammar Nazis would correct me. But, in time I learned that there is a positive side of embarrassment — now I urge corrective feedback.

Mistakes open the door to creativity,  just don’t let your pride get in the way.

kenne

(Dedicated to brother, Thomas R. Turner.)

Grammar Nazi

Who Uses Social Media? Informative Infographic   1 comment

As an active social media user, I find this infographic very informative. Even though we may think that the use of social media is a youth thing, almost 50% of the users are over 45 years of age — interesting!

kenne

Capturing The Moment — “28 Weeks”   Leave a comment

Nicholas & Katie – “28 Weeks” — Image created from Katie’s photo on Facebook

Katie has placed images of herself at various stages of pregnancy since the eighth week. In her 28th week she also did one with Nicholas, from which I created the above image. Click here to see her images.

kenne

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