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Portrait of Donna

One thing that all cultures and nations have in common is paying taxes. Today is tax day in the United States of America. In honor of tax day, the person that I shall post will be my accountant, Donna.

Donna was a person who loved “getting things in ORDER,” which she practiced since she was a child. Along with the multitudinous receipts, forms, ledgers etc involved in accounting, Donna saw the legal aspects of accounting as part of the process of getting things at ORDER, “it’s challenging to set things up so that it works out best for my clients.”

Donna studied accounting at California State University, Northridge, and was a practicing Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for 35 years. At the time of this posting, she worked out of Lancaster, California, USA. At the start of her career, Donna thought that the legal aspects of accounting were going to be black and white but she ended up finding them very grey. Of course, she perceived tax law as something that needed to be put in ORDER.

Donna is a great accountant. Recently, a new friend, who moved to this area, asked me for an accountant recommendation. When I mentioned to Donna that I knew someone who wanted to retain her, she told me she was so busy that she wasn’t taking any new clients.

If countries hired accountants of Donna’s caliber to keep their finances in ORDER, geo-political systems would be much more stable in this world. Consequently, it would be a much happier, easier and more organized place to live.

BTW, Donna is so busy, she has no website or social media links, not only because she has no time, but because she doesn’t need them.

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Ahh… Ahhhh… Achoo!!


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Portrait of Ann

I met Ann when I went to make pictures of poppies (see below), and she happened to come to the same location, at the same time, to do the same thing. However, she probably made much better pictures than I made because, as a landscape photographer, she made photographs to successfully sell at an event in Carlsbad, California, USA. She also had a much better camera.

Ann was a retired school principal from West Wind Elementary School in the Lancaster School District. She was an elementary school principal for 15 years, and prior to that, she was a teacher for 15 years. She graduated from Antelope Valley High School and San Diego State University.

At the time of this posting, Ann lived in San Diego, California, USA, but she was born and raised in Lake Hughes, California, USA. She made pictures of the poppies almost every year and came up from San Diego this year just to enjoy the magnificent harvest.

Ann’s lovely landscape photography may be seen on her website Photo’s by Ann.

Famous Poppies of Antelope Valley, California, USA

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

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P is for PLUS

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April showers bring May flowers…

Portrait of Luke

I bumped into Luke at Big Lots as he was looking at small shovels. I asked him if he was going to buy one for a child. He proceeded to tell me the purpose shovels hold for him, and I was fascinated.

Luke went from town to town accumulating “a lot of stuff because it was pretty easy to do.” He would often collect too many items for one to posses during travel. He would take the things he could not take with him but wanted to keep, and he would bury them somewhere in the town he was about to leave, “You never knew when you were going to that place again.”

Luke was unemployed at the time I met him. He frequented stores like Big Lots, would research prices of certain items, then go to thrift stores and purchase the items for very cheap. Knowing the retail price, he would sell those items on Craigslist, or other free online venues, for lower than discount store prices, but for a profit relative to what he paid in the thrift store.

Originally from Sacramento, California, USA, he left Sacramento because, “I figured I needed a change in scenery.”

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Happy Start of Spring!!

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Portrait of Melissa

Who works with a knight in shining armor? Okay, let me rephrase that. Who works with medieval knight’s armor? Let me add a stipulation. Who, that doesn’t work in a museum, works with knight’s armor? And let me add one more limiting condition. Who works with knight’s armor and lives in the desert?

Meet Melissa, who when we met, worked at Bob’s Army and Navy in Mojave, California, USA, where they had, of all things, medieval armor (see below.)

Melissa’s job was not only to greet  customers and perform sales, but she was also in the process of reorganizing the store. The store “was quite crowded because the store tries to have a little bit of everything, ” Melissa explained. “The store is just so cool, it’s hard to explain what they have there. It’s really worth stopping by to see it.”

Some of the things they had in the store were military and camping items you would typically see in the average Army Navy Store. However, Bob’s differed in that they also had vintage items, especially women’s vintage jewelry and clothing. “They have a lot of camping stuff,” Melissa noted, “including vintage camping stuff.”

In her portrait, Melissa modeled one of the store’s vintage hats. Before she worked at Bob’s Army & Navy, Melissa worked in gas stations. It was “quite a change” to transfer from working in the gas station to working at Bob’s.

Melissa enjoyed interacting with the “very sweet” customers.  She found them not only respectful but also interested “to talk about military stuff. So, of course, I like them.” Melissa’s fiance’s dad was a retired Marine Corps member and her fiance was going to enter the Navy, so Melissa was accustomed to having conversations about military topics.

Knight’s Armor

Native American in Circle Framed Print

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Happy Start of Spring!!

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Portrait of Daniel

Daniel, a happy 26 year old, originally from Lancaster, California, USA, went to Quartz Hill High School and then did did grocery stocking. His parents were long time friends of the Hemme Hay & Feed owners and he used to hang around the store. That led to getting the job driving a forklift to help customers get their hay and feed onto their pickup trucks.

Daniel loves  “messing around with hay all day” and has been doing it for little over a year now.

As I spoke with Daniel, something interesting happened. I showed him some of my portraits, but when I got to the first portrait, the Portrait of Ido, posted on Jan 1, 2017, Daniel asked for his name and said he looked familiar; he thought he knew him from when he did Motocross, before he was injured and forced to sell his bike and discontinue participation in this exciting sport.

I guess it’s not unexpected that my portrait people will know each other, but it was a pleasant surprise when it happened for the first time.

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Hay Supply at Hemme Hay & Feed

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Portrait of Jasson

Anyone who has seen a Cheech and Chong movie, or a more current East LA themed movie, such as From Prada to Nada, knows that East Los Angles, California, USA (East LA) has copious amounts of street art.

I have often driven by this piece of art that is found on the wall of the Catholic Charities building on the corner of Warren Street and East Cesar E Chavez Avenue. Jasson happened to be working across from the building last time I drove by.

Jasson was an amiable 20 year old, who took pride in his work and in his contribution to his community and to society as a whole. When I met Jasson, he had just started working for KSN Electric Gates Inc and was in the process of installing a LiftMaster® Gate Operator. He had been working two years on trimming trees, but liked installing gates better because it required more use of his brain and it was more rewarding.

[Side note: I have a  LiftMaster® Garage Door Opener and really like it.]

Jasson was from San Miguel, El Salvador and came to the United States in 2009. He completed  one year middle school in Los Angeles, California, USA, and completed secondary school studies at Cleveland High School.

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

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20-J = Joop

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Portrait of Nancy

This portrait is of Nancy, who I met at the Lancaster Public Library  Lancaster, CA, USA. She was sitting next to a table with pencils configured in a very strange way. (See picture below.) I asked her if she did that and she laughed and said, “No.” I told her I thought it looked like something you’d see in a Stephen King movie.

Nancy found that amusing not only because she saw the scene in the same way before I had walked over and mentioned it, but because her husband was wandering the shelves searching for a Stephen King book. At that point, I thought I should ask her about using her for the portrait project.

Nancy came to the library often with her three children and her husband. She liked Stephen King also, but didn’t have time to read much because motherhood duties. She had seen all the movies adapted from his books. Carrie, Misery and Sleepwalkers were her favorites. As for his books, Cujo was “probably” her favorite.

In general, Nancy had always loved horror movies. She enjoyed “wondering what is going to happen next and the mystery of it all.”

Nancy was originally from Los Angeles, CA.She moved to the Antelope Valley area several years prior to the posting of this blog post. At some point, she moved back to Santa Clarita, CA, to work. Then, after her eldest daughter was two years old, the family moved back because Lancaster area was smaller and because of the numerous friends they had left behind; she also said it was a better place to raise children.

Computer Hope

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N is for Nothing

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Portrait of Dubois


This portrait is of Dubois, who I met at Club Monaco | Beverly Center in Beverly Hills, CA, USA. The store was filled with interesting headless manikins, each dressed in a very chic, modern outfit. I immediately conceived of  a dozen great poses for a portrait, and then espied Dubois, the retail manger. He who had a very friendly and interesting face and was more than happy to pose for me.

Dubois was a creative director for photo shoots. Having found out he had 15 years experience behind his belt, I was glad I hadn’t asked him what he did before shooting his portraits because I might have been shy about directing him.

Dubois recently did his own fashion video starring James Wang and shot/cut By Dustin Shepard The Color Of A White Wall .

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kooky kinesthetics

Key-Lime Kayak

Key-Lime Kayak

Killer Knife-Throw

Killer Knife-Throw

kooky kinesthetics

kooky kinesthtics

knobbly knees
kelly-green kidneys
kabalistic kegels

kincky kisses

killer knife-throws
key-lime kayaks
kitchsy kite-flying

korean kickball
kicking karate
kowtowing kung-fu

klutzy kinetics


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The Poet’s Toolbox

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prima donna cat fight

Cat Fight by Lutherniel

prima donna cat fight

they said only five miles.
(more like five hundred).
can’t stop at a decent hotel;
obession kept us going.

the sun lulled us from zombieness.
green tea in a water bottle;
oxiginated, ion free, stubborn sips
as we mono-maniacally trudge forward.

the hub of a prima donna cat fight —
she just could let go.
necklace rips off: splits the gold.
girls refrain from idle speech.

two frames of the second half
at the reunion, all laugh —
reminder of a little circle
where special relativity rules.

i shake off recollection;
neither shark nor snake repellent
keeps anyone from getting my loot.
life’s a test (or a punishment).


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