Monthly Archives: November 2017

Portrait of Sherrie


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Sherrie attended the YMCA in Lancaster, California, USA. She loved taking the dance classes there, Zumba being her favorite. She also participated in and enjoyed ballet class.

After taking dance classes, Sherrie sat in the lobby, had coffee and hung out with friends.

Sherrie took the bus home, but didn’t like the long waits for the buses.

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Portrait of Sundri


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Sundri was nine years old and in the fourth grade. Her favorite subject in school with math because, “it’s fun to do problems.” She wanted to be a doctor, so her second favorite subject was science, of course.

Sundri played simple songs on the piano. She was working on her Christmas recital pieces. She also participated in hip-hop dance and was also preparing for a Christmas recital in that area of her life also.

During hip-hop performances, she always danced in a group, and hoped that one day she would be given the opportunity to solo or do a duet.

At the time of this interview, Sundri was reading The Princess and the Page.

This picture has been on my bucket list awhile. About two years ago, I discovered this park and took a picture of this dome climbing structure, but no none was on it. So since then, I’ve been wanting to snap one with a child on top.

Sundri’s Dad was willing for me to make her portrait on the dome, but she had never climbed that high. Thank you Sundri for being brave and climbing up there for me for the first time, so I could get this shot.

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Portrait of Lucas


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Lucas loved sports and was always doing his homework, “that is pretty much what my day is.” In school he was in the tenth grade and studying Advanced Placement history, geometry trigonometry and English. In English he was reading Blood Red Road and he thought, “it’s pretty good.”

Lucas liked football, basketball and swimming. He was on a swim team and swam 500 meter free and 200 meter free. He also participated in the 400 meter relay, swimming the last leg.

Lucas liked reading fiction and pretty much anything. To Lucas it didn’t matter what kind of book, it just, “depends how it’s written.”

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Portrait of Delaney


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Delaney was from the Los Angeles, California, USA area. She was in high school and her favorite subject was math. She also like science, her favorite science being chemistry.

Delaney wasn’t sure what she wanted to be, but she thought she might go into science, engineering or even computers.

Delaney liked reading any type of book, and liked playing sports.

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Portrait of Makhan


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Makhan was originally from Punjab, India and practiced sikhism. He had been living in the United States for over 28 years.

Makhan was a very religious man who “tried” to be religious by participating in the following: faith my God, keep my principles, I do hard work, I don’t cheat any system and not on anybody, so I can make my money and then give 10% of my salary.

Makhan was dressed in all white because “it is what my Guru Granth Sahib suggested to dress that way.”

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Portrait of Chloe


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Chloe played Sarah Adams : Stealth Fastpitch Softball. She played outfield and third base.

Chloe was a ninthe grader who wanted to study Veterinary Sciences when she was attending university. she had had Lhasa Apso/Maltese mix.

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Portrait of Sister Mary Veronica


Sister Mary Veronica was stationed at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Rosamond, California, USA. The Rosamond, California parish needed nuns for their school, specifically for a homeschool Co-op program.

Sister Mary Veronica came with another nun to Rosamond. She was sent from Poor Clare Nuns of Spokane in Spokane Washington. They sent out nuns to Mission schools; there were five Mission schools in the United States.

Sister Mary Veronica was very proud of her new Church because it was a rebuilt Masonic temple that had a beautiful statue of “Our Lady” in front of the altar and she posed an invitation, “all are welcome to come inside.”

An organ was brought to the church and a choir was assembled. The choir sang mostly church hymns and Gregorian chants. Mary Sister Mary Veronica sang Alto in the choir. The choir was made up mostly of children, teenagers and young adults. When the choir sings chants, of course they sang in one voice.

Sister Mary Veronica was originally from San Antonio, Texas. She came to Spokane, Washington from San Antonio, Texas.

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Portrait of Thor


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Thor was one year old and liked to watch TV with his grandpa.

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Portrait of Sophia


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I met Sophia at Panera Bread, which doesn’t just have good bread but has great soup and salads. In fact, as I made this portrait I noticed that her mom was having my favorite soup, the Vegetarian Autumn Squash Soup, which is only on the menu during the fall months.

I was enamored with the sight of Sophia gnawing on a piece of bread larger than her head. I also liked her hair flower and, of course, her big, big eyes.

Sophia was ten months old. She liked her Great Dane, bread and playing with other kids.

Sophia loved the beach.

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Portrait of Jerry


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Today is Veterans Day in the United States of America. We celebrate Veterans Day to honor the veterans who sacrificed so much to make sure that our freedom is preserved and that we, in this country can go on having a high standard of living, discover new things with high level science and technology, and have a booming economy.

I met Jerry at The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. At the time of this interview, it was located in Palmdale, California, USA. We were lucky to have the memorial here, in Antelope Valley, just this time of year.  Many people came to honor the names that were on the Vietnam Memorial on this day. We were equally lucky to have Jerry serve as a host to help both veteran families and non-veteran families get their questions answered regarding the wall and regarding the travelling project.

Jerry had a short career with the United States Marine Corps. He served during the Vietnam era, at a very young age, and was honorably discharged due to a medical condition. His mother made him promise that she would sign for him if he made only one tour, and he listened to his mother. He told somebody once, “You know, I was more afraid of my mother than I was of the whole Marine Corps.”

Jerry told me that, “I really enjoyed being in the Marines I really loved it, and it and when I came back, I went to college.”

Jerry also wanted me to understand, clearly, and emphatically, that, “There is no such thing as a former Marine. A marine is a marine is a marine. I am a United States Marine Corps Veteran.”

Jerry grew up in Oklahoma and Texas and worked for several oil companies. Jerry started working on the oil rigs, drilling, when he was thirteen years old, “In those days, everyone worked on the oil rigs, and you could always find work on the weekends when you were a kid.”

After returning from his tour in Vietnam, Jerry studied speech and psychology in college and then worked in oil companies’ offices performing accounting and contract duties. Jerry was well-rounded in the business: from the hands-on industrial work to the managerial office work. He had good working knowledge of how to drill oil wells as well as administrative responsibilities.

Jerry had two outstanding children and he had a lovely wife, “who put up with me and that’s what counts. And I wouldn’t trade my life for anything.”

Jerry volunteered for a hospice and took care of all the terminal veterans. One of the activities Jerry undertook was to retrieve copies of the terminal veterans’ discharge papers, without them knowing it, then create a framed certificate that thanked them for their service. Next, he arranged for local active-duty recruiters to wear their class-A uniforms and present the certificates.

At the location of the memorial, I saw the American flag below, and Jerry was kind enough to take a picture in front of it. When I showed it to him, he said that it reminded him of the poster from the 1970 movie Patton, staring George C. Scott.

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