Guest post by Ms. Harvey V. Chua, Makati, Manila, Philippines (Note from Judy. I am an amateur photographer and a Facebook fan of Harvey's husband, professional photographer John K. Chua. These wonderful people are involved many charities, including Visually Impaired Photographers. It's difficult to pinpoint one organization or community because they are all over the place spreading love and laughter. When I read the following, I knew I wanted to have it as a guest post, because I know the truth of Harvey's conclusion. This post is for everyone who has tried to help someone and in the end, wondered if their actions and words made any kind of an impression.) Meeting a former Adphoto photographer: while Kathy, John G and I were walking towards Mother Care at the Fort, we chanced upon a former Adphoto employee whom I had not seen since he left, about five years ago. I could not believe how he reacted to seeing me. He hugged me for a long time, and if I had not wriggled my way out of his tight embrace, he would not have let go, and when he did, he was in tears. I was deeply touched. Then he showed me pictures on his iPhone of his four-month old son. All I could say was, "Imagine that - you're now a father! To think that you were a kid when we took you in!" He was a student at La Salle, taking up computer science when he came to do OJT, and after the program, he refused to go back to school, and pleaded with us to hire him as an assistant. We did. When he was with us, he devoured all that John shared about photography. John never withholds when he teaches an apprentice, so this young man learned a lot. But the lessons that I tried to impart - on the business side, on marketing, on developing presentation and negotiation skills were lost on him - like many photographers, he was not interested. He stayed with us a few years, maturing as a photographer. He is now on his own, and I can imagine that whenever he faced business challenges, he probably heard my voice in his head. I suppose those lessons remained dormant while he was with us, like data that is inputted into a computer but simply ignored, but now that he is not only a photographer but also a business person, he discovers that it was there -has always been there - for him to retrieve. No lesson is really ever lost - when the right time comes, it will be used - this is what I love about teaching, and that was the affirmation that I received last night. 🙂
Archives for November 2012
Meet my friend and hero, Donnie Kanter Winokur. Donnie and her husband adopted Iyal as a tiny tot, and as he grew, discovered he has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Join her via video as she discusses what this beautiful young man and his family have had to deal with, and how a highly trained FASD service dog added a delightful dynamic to their lives.
I've lived in Peoria for quite some time, and it's a wonderful community. Always has been. It came into its own under the leadership of Mayor John Keegan, and from that time on has skyrocketed, but carefully. Peoria is a class act. I've used a number of its services and the employees and managment are excellent. More Upper Education Coming to Peoria Residents recently learned that the city of Peoria has entered into exclusive negotiating agreements with Huntington University and The College of St. Scholastica to explore the establishment of their respective programs as part of a university consortium in Peoria. The schools are looking to offer complementary undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, exercise science, and digital media as well as a variety of other programs that are in line with Peoria's 2010 Higher Education Feasibility Study, and Economic Development Implementation Strategy (EDIS). Exciting news. Training in the medical field is needed, and often the waiting list is too long. And another university is coming to Peoria: Trine University. Trine will open a branch campus near Thunderbird Rd and 83rd Ave by 2013. Trine is a private, non-denominational institution that grants associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in more than 35 programs on campus, online, and at regional education centers. Peoria Now Newsletter Just got the Peoria Now newsletter for November, and it has some good tips for staying safe during the holiday shopping season. Here are the tips:
- Don't carry more than absolutely necessary in a purse.
- Be alert and walk with a purpose. The bad guys seek distracted, inattentive shoppers. If possible, shop with a friend. There is safety in numbers.
- Carry a cell phone and be prepared to call the police in case of an emergency.
- Thieves often scout food courts. Don't leave unattended handbags, gifts, etc.
- Don't leave valuables, packages, and recent purchases in plain sight in the vehicle.
- Pay attention to surroundings and if uncomfortable go back to the store or mall and ask to be escorted to your vehicle by security.
- Park vehicles in a well-lit area. Have keys ready and look over your car as you approach to make sure everything is okay.