How Competition Powers Consumer Choice

Everybody likes choice—whether it’s chocolate or vanilla, paper or plastic, coffee or tea, we all like getting what we want. And that’s what energy deregulation is really all about. In a deregulated marketplace, customers have the right to choose their energy provider, resulting in more options, lower prices and better service as companies compete for your business. But it wasn’t always that way. Here’s an informative infographic from Ambit Energy that explains the history of deregulation and what it means to you.

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Another Egret – Photo of the Day


Another egret. This time at Yosemite Lake in Stockton. Unlike most egrets I encounter, this one seemed determined not to give up a prime fishing spot. These birds are not known for letting people get very close. I suppose that the ones around here, midtown Stockton, are used to people walking around the lake. With the delta coming right into our back yard the opportunities to see wildlife in the city is fairly good and I try to remember to take my camera when I walk the dog.

Mornings are best. There are very few people in the park. Perhaps one or two other dog walkers and a fisherman or two. It is quiet, and the wildlife is most active in the early morning and late afternoon. Great light too.

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Egret – Photo of the Day


Put this one in the category of “things I see on my commute.” Rolling down the passenger side window and using my car as a blind, I was able to keep from spooking this egret. They don’t normally tolerate people coming within several yards of them. After taking this shot I got out of the car and, as expected, the egret flew further away. The egret seemed to be enjoying the peaceful morning, and rather than stress it out further, I went on my way to work satisfied that I had gotten a good straight out of camera shot.

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Cannery Row Sunrise

Cannery Row Sunrise

Cannery Row Sunrise

First Shots – Cannery Row Sunrise

We are on a weekend visit to Monterey to celebrate Marcie’s birthday. We’re staying at a place on Cannery Row, so I got up early to take a walk and see what I could find. Well…and to get coffee.

Found some great coffee, and this sunrise.

Every photographer knows that you sometimes have to get up early to catch the best light. But I’m not going to complain too much about the early hour of this shot. Sunrise was after 7:00. Daylight savings came in handy.

A sunrise is a daily reminder that we get a do-over. This, more than anything, is the thing I like most about watching the sun break the horizon. No matter what has happened before, today we get to start over and do our best to get it right. Each new day is a new opportunity. A gift from God as he says to us, “you get another chance.” Sunrises are so great! Use them wisely.

This is an iPhone version. A light overcast was beginning to burn off, and the marine layer was still hugging the coast. I wanted to catch the sun breaking the horizon and there was just enough room beneath the marine layer.

The complete Monterey series will be posted soon in Places and Travel. For now we’ll just enjoy our day at the beach.


Here is a DSLR image made just before the iPhone image above.

Cannery Row Sunrise

Sure could have used a tripod for this, but it was left in that spot where I would remember to grab it on the way out the door. It was about Santa Nella that I remembered it.

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Sylvia Smiles


It was a few months ago when I gave my friend three child sponsorship packets to look through. Without opening the packets she looked carefully at the pictures. It took her only a minute to choose to sponsor Sylvia, a six-year-old girl from Mexico. Of the three, Sylvia was the only one not smiling. My friend told me, “I want to put a smile on this girls face.”

She did.

At our small group Bible study this past week my friend showed me this picture that Sylvia sent to her. The picture from the sponsorship packet of a frowning Sylvia is on the right. See her smile in the more recent photo with her mother and sister? That smile is the result of having a sponsor who loves and cares for her, believes in her, and generously gives to Sylvia and her family.

Sylvia smiles.

Sadness is turned to happiness.

Despair gives way to hope.

Sylvia smiles. My friend smiles. I smile.

My great joy is being able to share in the joy my friend finds in sponsoring Sylvia. Matching children with sponsors is always exciting, it always brings a smile, but there is a special thrill when the sponsor is someone you know and see regularly and are able to share the joy with. Each letter, each picture, and every hug my friend shares is a cause for celebration for both of us.

Sylvia’s birthday is next month. We are already talking about how we will celebrate.

You can put a smile on a child’s face too. Children all over the world are waiting for smiles, for someone to release them from poverty in Jesus’ name. Your support, just $38 a month, provides so much. Medical checkups, nutritious food, health and hygiene training, education, and more. All this for $1.27 per day.

When children find out they’ve been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child in need will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.

Please take a minute and go to, find a child who could use a smile, and become a smile giving sponsor today.

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