Friday, May 23, 2014

Life in the Rough

A Noble Friend
Lazy J2 Ranch
Patagonia, AZ

When things get a little rough, I like to think about all of my good memories. Truly have many fond ones of Tucson and the surrounding area south and east of it. Was always looking for adventure and most of the time wasn't disappointed. Provided the drama required to make my life meaningful and stimulating.

Horsing Around
Lazy J2 Ranch
Patagonia, AZ
Instead of sitting on the sidelines or watching it unfold for me before a television, I had the pleasure of participating in my own reality show filled with people and places. For that experience I am unapologetic. To enjoy your life and find your happy place, you have to be willing to get off of your ass take chances, engage, participate, and live.

Honestly, if you chose to do nothing you have no basis to complain about your life. There's nothing we can do about yesterday, but we can and should simply enjoy today before tomorrow or it too will become yesterday.

Yes it's great to be philosophical. However, if I had to choose, I would choose to experience rather than muse about what once was or what could be. Doing and achieving are part of living. The rest I leave to philosophers and historians and accountants.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Moment in the San Rafael: A Summer Rain

San Rafael Rain Storm
Lazy J2 Ranch
Patagonia, AZ
"An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day."
Henry David Thoreau
The distances and landscapes of the Sonoran desert of south east Arizona catch my attention; it's panoramas leave me breathless and eager to be free from all the thoughts which rein me back and keep me from enjoying the moment.

What I feel is the desire to be a part of that nature and just exist and enjoy. If I was a hawk, I would want to catch a lucky thermal and soar above the mountains, over the expansive grasslands, and occasionally swoop down to catch my prey or maybe just swoop for the fun of it. There's a feeling inside of me that simply does not want to care about anything but just be.

They say that indigenous people that inhabited our country believed that the land was not theirs to own but rather theirs to share. Those views can easily be understood standing out in the grasslands of the San Rafael Valley near Patagonia, AZ.

Take a look at the rains onset over the mountains and onto the grasslands. It's the monsoon time in the San Rafael Valley. Time for things to green up and time for the spirit to refresh. This morning I want to be refreshed by the moment and rains of the San Rafael.

Represented by the Simon Gallery of Fine Art, Tucson

Monday, May 12, 2014

Yellow Columbine
Fort Worth Botanical Gardens

Enjoyed a lazy afternoon at the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens several weeks ago. It was nice to watch all the young families who were out enjoying the flowering gardens. People of various nationalities and shades all enjoying the same. Admirers of nature do not discriminate. Nature's offering is also indiscriminate. Its gift is for all.

The gardens were full of young ladies posing for their quinceñeras, moms taking photos of brides on a budget, and all kinds of families squeezing together to take selfies. It was a wonderful day in north Texas not too hot and pleasant enough to enjoy most of the day outdoors. A perfect day to picnic on the lawns of the gardens and underneath the shades of stately live oak trees.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

My Mom
Josefina Hernandez Rios

Today is a good day to honor those women in our lives who have steadfastly been there for their children. Many of these women overcame adversity from fertility to financial hardship and some even the loss of their children. Through out it all they persevered and kept their children and dreams alive.

New Mom: Justin
Three women in particular come to mind whom I have personally witnessed in action. Amongst these are my deceased mother, Josefina, Kim, my wife and grandmother to triplet grand children, and my daughter,   Justin. Today we honor you.

My mother lost her oldest son when he was only about ten years old or so. Although grief stricken for years, she never lost hope and years later had another son. That son happened to be me.

Years later when my oldest sister was in college and my middle sister was in high school and I was in grade school, my mother had to maintain the whole family when my father had a nervous breakdown. Mom insisted that her daughter stay in college although we needed the money. This was a lesson of love and sacrifice that I never forgot. She kept the family in tact and was steady at the helm.

My wife's story was a bit different, she by
Mamie Kim and third generation Annie
necessity became head of her household with little children less than the age of four. Circumstances dealt her a bad hand but nonetheless she moved on with two children two years apart. She provided them with good guidance and wonderful home life which included plenty of pets, memorable vacations, and always bountiful Christmases, birthdays, and any other holiday presents could be given. I was fortunate to finance participate and to help finance these too.

Justin, my daughter has known adversity her whole life. Petite and feisty and true to her red hair she has never accepted the status quo. When told that she would not be able to have children she proved the physicians wrong. Unfortunately she lost her first pregnancy and knowing that she could get pregnant announced nearly six months later that not only was she pregnant but that she was also carrying triplets.

She is an incredibly patient mother. To watch her in action is absolutely amazing. Her character is absolutely beyond words for me and I believe my grandchildren are blessed to have she and her husband Travis for parents.

These women are all worthy of my admiration. There are many more including my sisters and some are friends of mine that date all the way back to grade school. To all of you, I tip my hat and thank you for your countless sacrifices and pay tribute to you.

represented by: Simon Gallery of Fine Art