My brother, David Crook, and I went to Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium Monday, December 29, and had an incredible time. Glorious weather. Grand opening of the Aquarium. It is spectacular. And the restaurant will be something quite special. Many of the flamingos had been moved to new digs, and it is a gorgeous setting. Here's a shot. I'll have a slide show later. This photo has been redigitized by me. Sometimes I can't resist adding a magic touch to my photos.
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This holiday I gave my cameras a rest, and just took a few pictures. Spent a wonderful evening with brother and sister-in-law, David & Janet Crook, and another delightful evening with nephew and niece, Ed and Michelle Dias. Here are just a few of the pictures...and I'm rested enough now to get my cameras out and take on the world. Well, at least take on Wildlife World Zoo. Tomorrow. Hope you're having a pleasant holiday time! Sorry I couldn't get both cats in the picture of my living room. L'il Bear was perched opposite Shadow, but he hopped down when I went to grab my camera!
Meet guest poster Chris Rathje. I love his spirit! I have heard the phrase "whether you believe you can do something or not you are right" for several years now but I have realized it's full power relative recently. Our thoughts control our lives and thoughts are nothing more then words and images. Simple phrases can propel us to success. In my pre-blog days I was sitting in front of a word processor paralyzed with uncertainty. I just kept writing I can do this, I can do this, until the inspiration hit me to write two and a half pages on various topics. Did you notice at the top of my blog I wrote I am a writer. At the time I wrote it I had never published anything but less then a month later I am being published internationally in the spring. We all have flaws and quirks but happiness and success are God given rights if we put in the work and take care of our fellow man! Cancel the negative thoughts and own your flaws as vessels of humility. Hi. I am Chris Rathje I am ridiculously happy most of the time, I'm klutzy, a poor driver and my hair is falling out but I have a right to my dreams and you do too! I am going to write, travel the world, and represent my country in the Paralympics in 2012 and 2016. The path might be hazy, but it is there. God has planted these dreams in my heart since the 3rd grade. Who I am argue? I have always held out hope no matter how fleeting, but now my words match my deepest beliefs. You have the power to say what you want. Now go get it!
My brother, David Crook, took this photo this evening near his home in Peoria.