Give Thanks


As we gather around our tables on Thanksgiving Day may we all be grateful to the Lord God Almighty who has provide us with everything for our good.

Let us not forget the greatest gift he gave, the Lord Jesus Christ who, in spite of our utter depravity and sinfulness, gave his life that you and I could have life. While you and I were still in a state of rebellion and sin against God, Jesus, the only one who could pay the penalty for our sin, willingly took our sin upon himself and died the death that should have been yours and mine.

What am I thankful for? Life. That I am given this moment, this hour, this day. Each breath I take is a gift for which I am incredibly grateful. Everyday. I am thankful for the blessings the Lord has bestowed upon me that I might bless others and perhaps speak value into their lives.

I pray everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving Day whatever you are doing. Live a life of gratitude.

I am also grateful to Pearl who graciously made this photo available on for this Thanksgiving.

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Turkey Run 2015

Turkey Run 2015

The Stockton Professional Firefighters Local 456 along with the San Joaquin Labor Coalition (SJLC) held their annual “Turkey Run” on November 18, 2015. Two hundred turkeys were bought with donations from the affiliated unions of the SJLC and then delivered to the Child Abuse Prevention Center, the Women’s Center of San Joaquin, Children’s Home of Stockton, and the Salvation Army.

Firefighters Local 456 used their 1958 Peter Pirsch & Sons Aerial Ladder Truck to deliver the turkeys to the agencies located in downtown Stockton, California.

1958 fire truck

Loading turkeys

Delivering turkeys

Showing off the gift of turkeys

In addition to turkeys, each of the agencies was provided gift cards to local grocery stores to purchase all the fixings to make complete holiday meals for needy families. It is only a drop in the bucket when weighed against the enormous need. Still, if we do the small things, touch and add value to one person at a time we can move mountains and defeat poverty. It is happening all over the world through touching one person at a time, and it can happen here.

Here is the three step process to defeating hunger and poverty.

  1. Think of one thing you can do to help a needy person or family.
  2. Do it.
  3. Repeat.

More pictures of the Turkey Run are available at Randy Bayne Photography.

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A Distant View of Mt. Rainier

Gig Harbor, Washington with Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier rises in the background in a shot from Gig Harbor, Washington

Finally, I am getting my images from Washington posted. That trip was back in July, so I guess it’s about time. I wanted to get some images of the moon rising over Gig Harbor. It was experimental, trial and error, and a fairly hazy evening, but I think it was a successful shoot even though I only got one good shot of the moon actually rising.

Above is a 13 second exposure at f/11 and ISO 100. It was my first time using the anti-haze tool in Lightroom.

Gig Harbor, Washington. Mt. Rainier

Gig Harbor, Washington at dusk with Mt. Rainier.

This one above was also at f/11 and ISO 100 but with a longer 23 second exposure and wider angle obviously.

Moonrise. Gig Harbor, Washington

Moonrise over Gig Harbor, Washington

And here is the moon rising. Shot at f/11 as well, but at 30 seconds and ISO 400.

Below is a shot obviously shot earlier in the day. A few miles north of Gig Harbor is a small town called Olalla. Across the water is Vashon Island, and beyond Vashon is Mt. Rainier.

Mt. Rainier from Olalla, Washington

Mt. Rainier in the distance from Olalla, Washington.

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Making appointments now for solar referrals

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Exciting news!

As many of you know, Marcie and I became Independent Consultants with Ambit Energy last February. Since then our business has been growing and we are ready to move up in the company to the position of Regional Consultant. Just a few more customers and we’ll be there. Then it is on to Senior Consultant.

Our business continues to expand and we are always looking for people who desire financial freedom to join with us. Right now is the perfect time to join because….well, I can’t tell you here, but if you will contact me by filling out the form on this page I will be happy to get back to you with more details.

The exciting news I can tell you is this. Beginning September 30 Ambit Energy will be offering solar power in partnership with Sunrun, the number one solar company in America. The process is very simple. If you are interested in solar for your home you can make an appointment with Marcie and I now for after September 30. Then we will guide you through the short, easy sign up process. It takes less than five minutes.

If you get your natural gas from PG&E we encourage you to switch to Ambit Energy and become our customer now. Current customers as of September 30 will get the first appointments to sign up for solar. I cost nothing to switch, and you will get a 3-day/2-night stay at your choice of over 70 locations nationwide just for signing up.

Told you this is exciting stuff. Save money on natural gas, get free trips, get solar for your home, and income opportunities are available. And there is a lot more.

So, fill out this form, or send me an email telling me your interested. Someone, probably me, will contact you soon. There is no obligation. No one but Marcie and I will even know you asked for information.

Note: Ambit Energy currently offers solar in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.

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Frozen Fountain

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Water droplets from a fountain

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One of our stops a few weeks ago on a wine tasting trip to Napa was Peju Province Winery. They have some excellent wines, but before we got to the tasting I stopped at the fountain outside to just experiment a bit. It was a very bright, sunny day, so I was able to set a very high shutter speed and still keep the ISO low. A large aperture kept the depth of field shallow to accentuate the droplets along a narrow plane. I will post the exact numbers later, in case anyone is interested. Don’t have them with me right now.

Dancing Water 2

Click on these pictures to get the best view. The enlargements give more detail, sharper and clearer. I especially like the capture of the one very small bead of water near the center of the picture below.

Dancing Water 3

These shots were made with the camera hand held. Though I would recommend using a tripod whenever possible, I didn’t have one with me on this trip, and I was using a mega-fast shutter speed to freeze the water.

As always, your comments are appreciated.

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