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Memorial Day Thank You

While we all enjoy a day off work, picnics and cookouts, take a moment to pause this Memorial Day to say a silent thank you to those who have given their blood to provide the freedom we enjoy.

It's easy to remember wars in the Gulf, and argue that they are about oil and profits. The truth is that, whether right or wrong, energy does influence our freedom.

Before that we fought in Vietnam and Korea to slow the spread of communism and dictatorial regime. Today very little of the world inhibits the freedom of other people. Even China has become part of the world economy, and while imperfect, freedom has seeped in.

The European wars united the world against tyranny. Our worst war, World War II, create eternal alliances among the countries who value freedom.

The Declaration of Independence touted freedom, but until the Civil War it didn't even exist in our home country. In the war between the states created America as we know it today, one united country that values human existenc…

Tips for Print Photography

Here are few quick tips that may help if you're thinking about having prints of your digital photos produced.

For the best quality artwork, use the highest resolution your camera can handle. To put it simply, the higher the resolution, the larger you can print the image. If your resolution is too low, you will see a warning when you upload.Black-and-white images add a lot of modern drama to the room. To really make the images pop, choose a canvas museum wrap, or a black frame and a white mat. The black frame creates a strong contrast while also complimenting the gray tones of your image.Ever wonder what causes red eyes in photos? Basically, the light from a flash is being reflected from the back of the eyeball! The good news is that most modern cameras have a quick setting to reduce red eye.Think you only use a flash in the dark? Guess again. When photographing in bright sunlight, you can turn on the flash of your camera to reduce the harshness of the shadows.As you decide where t…

10 Bad Gifts for Mother's Day Your Wife Will Hate

Mother's Day 2012 is May 13th. Here are 10 really bad gifts your wife will hate. Chances are you have given at least one to your wife or mother in the past.


Coupons for breakfast in bed, etc. -- Homemade coupons suck. Let's face it, she doesn't really use them and they become a hand-decorated reminder of all the stuff you should be doing for Mom anyhow.

Appliances -- That fabulous new blender, a rotisserie chicken maker, the $300 Kitchen Maid mixer are just tools so that she can do more work in the kitchen. What is really saying is "Gee, wouldn't it be nice if you cooked more often?"

Washer/dryer/vacuum -- This says either "We needed a new one, so I'm passing off a household expense into the giftgiving budget." or "your cleanliness is below my standards, perhaps new tools would inspire you to do better."

A fishing rod or golf clubs -- When she says she wants to spend more time together, that doesn't mean you should buy her stuff so sh…

Elephants Never Forget

In 1972, Joe Miller was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Tulsa Junior College. On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Joe approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee, inspected the elephant’s foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Joe worked the wood out with his knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot.

The elephant turned to Joe, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Joe stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled.

Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. Joe never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.

Thirty years later, Joe was walking through the Tulsa Zoo with his family. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Joe and his fa…