Chi Town

Posted in Uncategorized on November 30, 2015 by M. Roberts

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The Moon

Posted in Uncategorized on November 30, 2015 by M. Roberts

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RIP Alice… Good Dog

Posted in Uncategorized on July 22, 2013 by M. Roberts

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Pepper

Posted in Uncategorized on March 17, 2012 by M. Roberts

Pepper

dark room, 20 second exposure, no extra light

Fine ART

Posted in Uncategorized on March 17, 2012 by M. Roberts

Fine ART

Experiments with Exposure

20 second shutter, dark room, blue light shown on wall behind

New and improved!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 21, 2012 by M. Roberts

Strange thing about being a father, you tend to be really worried about your kids. So I am redesigning “against us” into a forum for me to give advice about growing up to my children. Ideas will be drawn from a variety of sources, including, but not limited to: my own reflections, advice from my parents, and fascinating facts I’m currently learning in college. (Chris, Fatha, Mom, Joe, Em, feel free to fill in any spots I miss!)

So here we go!
Bailey and Willow
1. This is the single most important thing I have ever learned, it was taught through my parents and later fully explained in a sociology class I took. “What makes “you” is not a complex combination of what others say, “you” is a personal state of mind, and should not be clouded by outside influences.
In other words if someone (even your best friend) says you are ugly, that should have no affect on your self worth. It should however cause you to maybe question the loyalty of the person who said it.
You are both beautiful, smart, loving kids, if someone cannot see the real “you” let them go live their sad lives, and if you can, send their comments packing with them.
2. Try really hard not to say mean things to, or behind other people’s back. It can be easy to screw up, especially in social situations. It’s better to be kind or simply say nothing at all. This is something I have to continuously monitor in my own situations.
3. If someone offers you an opportunity to learn something new, TAKE IT! Some of the most exciting things I’ve ever done stem from simply saying yes to an offered opportunity.
4. Be skeptical, do not believe, or have faith in something without EVIDENCE. Just because a lot of people “have faith in something” doesn’t make it true.
5. If you find God I will support you 100%. My only request is take your faith seriously, my biggest problem with religious people is when they are not true to themselves and not true to their faith. (Also see #4)
6. You will find, if you always wait until you feel you are ready to do something, you will not go very far. I was not sure I was ready to be a team leader at work, I very easily could have stayed in the same job for 30 years. At some point I realized I had to TRY. My boss offered me the challenge, it was up to me to find the courage to take a chance. This ties in with #3 on this list.
7. Knowledge is Power, be informed and be an active member in society. College is a must, if you can find the passion, it will reward you with a lifetime of adventure and happiness.
8. Don’t believe everything you read and hear about on tv and the internet. There are many organizations and companies whose sole purpose is influencing YOU. They know what to say and do to make you want to buy a toy, or eat at a restaurant, or sell you deodorant. Don’t be afraid to think for yourself. (Again see #4)
9. Never stop wondering.
10. Listen
You guys Rock
More to come!