Saturday, July 04, 2015

Here's To The Red, White And Blue of Independence!





The American Flag has three colors and each represent a different meaning. Red in the American flag has the meaning of hardiness and valor. White means innocence and purity. Lastly Blue signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice.

Here's to the red, white and blue!! Have a safe 4th, everyone (who is celebrating it).





The Santa Fe Opera House Looking Up



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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bigger Than Life


I love when shadows belie the size of the object that casts it. A bit of light trickery, for sure!


Bigger than Life © Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio

"The memory is quick to bring forward times of disappointment,  so let it become equally adept at relaying cherished moments."

~Megan Don



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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Happy Father's Day!



Pretty Flutterby! © Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio



There's something about the shadow of a flower from the butterfly bush on a butterfly, right?

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Happy Father's Day To My Husband!










What can I say about my husband and the relationship he has with his/our son? It is more than I ever could've have hoped for. The love that they have for each other runs deep and started on day one. When John was born, Mark was still 'commuting' back and forth from Saudi Arabia, so he'd be gone for weeks at a time. I would take John around the house to wherever I had a photo of Mark and ask John where his Daddy was. And, even as a 2 month old, he'd look around smiling as though Mark would be coming from around the corner. They have such a wonderful relationship-it makes me very happy and proud that they do. They are there for each other. And, on this Father's Day, they will head out together on a day that they planned for themselves as I hope the rest of you Dads out there get to do with your children. If not, at least finding a way to honor your Dad as I will mine.

Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Summah Time (a haiku)










Summah Time

Longer days, warm air
Crickets singing in the night
Summer's days are here




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Saturday, June 06, 2015

End of Watch: 5/25/2015






"Rest In Peace"  photo © Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio

The site where our Rio Rancho Police Officer Benner was shot on May 25th is less than 1/4 mile from my house. The next day, the site where he wa shot became a makeshift memorial site. Each day it grew and each day, no matter what time of day, people were there-standing in silent prayer, thanking him out loud, weeping over his death (total strangers to the officer, mind you). I posted quite a few images on my Facebook page if you want to get a good idea as to the extent of it. People were bringing by flowers, flags, notes, stuffed animals, votive candles, etc. It has all been overwhelming and moving. Within 24 hours a candlelight vigil was held and the community of Rio Rancho was there en masse to show their support to the family and to the police department. I couldn't help but swell with pride over it all and that's what I tried to convey on this blog posting that I had done in regards to that (it was late when I wrote it and I guess I didn't convey that as well as I'd have liked to). 

But, one reader from another part of our country commented on my blog posting in this manner:

Mom2SeaBass said...



To say "America take notice," says that you're oblivious to what's happening with Americans and the people who police them. It's fantastic that there's an outpouring of support for this man's family. He seems like he was a genuinely descent human being. However, the people of Rio Rancho have never been abused by this officer and his ilk. Rio Rancho is not the rest of the country. To claim some sort of superiority over people who have been brutalized because they don't mourn the people who have brutalized them the way you in Rio Rancho are mourning is ridiculous.

Oblivious? No. Not at all. But, I wanted enough time to pass before responding in order to give a thoughtful and hopefully, balanced response.  Over the past 10 days or so, you start to hear all the stories of what Officer Benner was like and how he cared. But, was he atypical of police officers? I think not. Resources are always limited in the department of public safety-there is no time or resource to dedicate towards their public image-all the good deeds that they do-these stories remain untold for the most part. So, the only thing out there that conveys their public image is the news media-who make it a habit to report only when things go wrong. And yes, some departments in other cities have some pretty big internal problems. These men and women have to make snap decisions in an adrenaline-filled moment. I'm not making excuses for these wrong decisions, but the whole operation of public safety is a complex one. Where are we as community members in all of this? Are we out there supporting these men and women? Do we get involved with the policy makers to ensure that there is good leadership and the right kind of training needed? As a community, do we help those families who have lost their loved one in the line of duty?

I will say it again, that I am proud of our community's response not only to the family of Officer Benner, but to our department. Yes, we do have a public safety department that has great leadership and training. It is something that I consider to be one of the city's greatest asset.

Aside from the intense outpouring of grief from the community, what I've also witnessed here are parents bringing their children to the makeshift memorial site to show their respect. All the heartfelt notes that these children wrote-as parents use this opportunity to teach their children to respect our law enforcement officers. That is something that I feel has eroded from the fabric of our society-this concept of respect and gratitude for what is a dangerous job. The families of law enforcement officers never know if their loved one will return from work that day. Could you live with that on a day to day basis?

If your city offers a ride-along program with their police officers, go do it-and do it on Thanksgiving night when domestic violence is at its worse. Find ways to better understand what these men and women do everyday and ask what you can do to better support them. Marching in protest and destroying small businesses does not become an agent of change. The people who are out there protecting us deserve our support-and yes, there will be some 'bad eggs'-but, let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

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