Journal

Prayer for our nation

O God our Creator,
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.…

We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome-
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come

An Alarming Note about Current Health Care

With the U.S. election only days away, I feel compelled to share this with the people here. About a year ago, I went to one of my specialist physicians for my yearly examination. I have been going to this doctor for many years now, and I really admire and trust her. She told me, as my examination was coming to an end, that she had some news she needed to share with me. “I won’t be able to see you on a yearly basis any more. Unfortunately, that is the good news! The bad news is that when you reach age 70, I will not be able to see you AT ALL! You will have to find another physician to run the routine tests I normally do; however, I am not very optimistic that you will find such a doctor as these tests will be out of their fields of speciality and most of them will refuse to take on these a…

Here we go again . . .

We’re on Hurricane Watch/Tropical Storm Warning again. It’s a way of life here in Louisiana, but you never get used to it. Checking the weather updates every hour or so, securing your possessions as well as you can, tanking up on gas, stocking up on provisions, preparing for the worst and praying for the best. Once a storm gets locked up in the Gulf, though, it’s got to go somewhere; it’s got to slam into somebody’s neighborhood and rearrange things. Please pray for everyone involved. New Orleans, at this time, is in the crosshairs; Isaac is scheduled to enter the Big Easy almost seven years to the day that his cousin Katrina made her debut. If Issac decides to drift further west, that would be better news for NOLA but bad news for my neck of the woods. It’s a no win situation. In the me…

Ongoing theft of images

I’m very grateful to Paula McManus for posting this journal entry about a search engine that helps photographers find exactly where their images are being posted on the internet. With the aid of this ingenious tool, I located a varied assortment of places that have posted my pictures without my permission. One was a Russian site that had dozens of my pictures, but at least my name was on those in spite of the fact that they didn’t link back to Red Bubble. Another site called Desktop Nexus was offering downloads of images for use as desktops, mine as well as plenty of other RB pictures. I contacted the site and within a few hours received this email:…

“We would like to inform you that we have reviewed your DMCA claim request on DesktopNexus.com and were able to validate the supporting detai

Great News!

Thanks to my former student and fellow Red Bubbler, Briar Richard, I found out that Red Bubble allows us to download our original files back to our computers! I’m in the process now of restoring my best images (not all; there are way too many!) but it’s a terrific option and sure beats paying thousands of dollars to a data recovery service. A million thanks to everyone who responded to my journal “A Photographer’s Worst Nightmare.” It’s been a hard week, but things are looking up today, Thursday, March 15. My new Mac’s almost ready for pick up and I hope I’ll be churning out some new pictures soon. God bless everyone for your caring responses. AND don’t forget to BACK UP those files! I’m thinking about an online backup service in addition to external drives. Any suggestions about reputabl…

Photographer's Worst Nightmare

I’m posting this journal in hopes that this will help someone avoid something that happened to me. This past Monday, we had a freak storm, one that was not even predicted by weather casters. I am very careful about unplugging my computer when bad weather is approaching, but there was no warning Monday. I checked the forecast before leaving for the volunteer work I do each Monday at a local monastery and felt perfectly safe leaving my computer off but still plugged in. To make a long story short, we got 17 inches of rain in about seven hours accompanied by severe lightning; there was extensive flooding, so much so I couldn’t get back home till hours later than my accustomed return. When I finally made it home, I was thankful that my house was not flooded like many other people’s homes in t…

Another website posting our images without permission

I received this Bubblemail from a friend on Red Bubble, checked the website where this artist’s images have been posted without any authorization, and found that some of my images are there as well with no watermarks on them. Please check out this site to see if your images have been posted there. I tried to contact this site but my message can never get through. Obviously, they don’t want to hear from me. I’m posting my friend’s original Bubblemail and thought I would share it with you:…

“I’ve recently become aware that our images on Red Bubble can be stolen (at reasonable sizes up to 800 pixels longest side). I discovered this by accident yesterday when I Googled myself and found some of my images linked from Red Bubble to this Bayoe website. If you go to this site, type in your name in
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