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To Be, or Not To Be, Yourself

Do you find it easy to be yourself? Halloween is this week and I suspect you may be facing your own Shakespearean dilemma.

To Be Yourself, Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, Man in butler costume and Halloween make-up

The butler did it. He thrilled the kids with candy and with his creepy laugh.

Whether you should be spooky or silly, hero or bum, store-bought glitzy or home-made clever? The one thing you don’t want to do is to be yourself.

This year an estimated 41 million people will trick-or-treat, and spend $2.5 billion on costumes for adults, children and pets. (Yes, pets.) Each trickster or treater will haul home more than a pound of candy. Continue reading

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The Sound of Silence

I was married to a musician for more than a dozen years. Before we met, he had very nearly become engaged to another woman. She was a string player and I had the

The Sound of Silence, Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, Three conifers at the edge of the Grand Canyon

We must look beyond what is right in front of us so we see the entire picture.

pleasure of meeting her about six years into our marriage. The music man would from time to time tell me that had they married, they’ve have divorced by now. I’d ask him what he meant, but he’d never explain further.  He’d stay silent, unwilling to share what was in his heart with his life partner. Continue reading

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My Hot Air Balloon Adventure

A week ago Sunday I took my first ever hot air balloon flight. It’s been on my ‘bucket list’ as part of my quest to put a little more adventure into my life.

Brad W. Smith photographer LifeIsHOTBlog yellow hot air balloon over western New Jersey countryside

One of many balloons we saw while floating over New Jersey on a gorgeous September afternoon.

The late afternoon weather was perfect, the sky beautiful, the wind steady and light. I helped hold open the envelope, that’s the pretty part that inflates, as the crew used a fan to blow air into it as it lay on the ground, and then as our pilot, Tom Robins, turned on the twin burners to heat the air.

You can watch the video of D’Anne’s Hot Air Balloon Adventure here.

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