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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Portrait of Jennifer


Jennifer was 37 years old and had Down Syndrome so lived with her immediate family: her brother, her sister-in-law, her mother and two nieces. Because her family had two little girls, she always had someone with whom to play and had a good life.

Jennifer liked to read her books, and to watch Harrison Ford movies, especially Indiana Jones and The Fugitive. Jennifer also loved Disney characters, and Elvis Presley; she listened to his music often.

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Portrait of Samantha


Samantha was 5 years old and in kindergarten. She was “a ball of energy”  so she liked to to run around and to play tag. Samantha’s mom believed that she could do anything that she wanted to do. She was definitely athletic.

Samantha liked working in the kitchen. She especially liked kneading dough. This was probably related to her interest in molding clay at school, and playing with dirt and digging around outside.

Samantha’s parents were from Manila, Philippines, but Samantha was born in California.

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Portrait of Dylan


Dylan’s parents were both from Uganda, but Dylan was born in California. His father was a businessman and his parents had been living in California six years. Dylan was 11 months old and according to his father, Dylan, “loved to mess about; he’s jolly good boy.”

As of this posting, Dylan did not walk on his own, but scooted around holding onto furniture. Dylan loved lovely, colorful toys.

Dylan was patient as I made his picture, but he was tired, and as soon as I was finished, he started in with that tired baby cry. Thank you Dylan for putting up with me.

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Portrait of Sieanna


Sieanna was 10 years old, in the tenth grade and liked to draw. She had her own Sketchbook and preferred using pencils over crayons. Sieanna started getting serious about drawing two years prior to this posting. She especially liked drawing flames. Sieanna also liked skateboards and hover-boards.

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Portrait of Ace


Ace was a student at California State University, Bakersfield majoring in Communications and Psychology. She was a senior and also a beginner dancer. Her favorite style dance was modern dance.

Ace did several dance performances, mostly at Antelope Valley College. She also did dramatic theater at the Palmdale Playhouse .

Ace’s mother was a professional pianist so she learned how to play the piano as a young child,  but she didn’t play piano very much as an adult.

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Portrait of Brittany


Brittany was a photography student at Antelope Valley College who had an eight-year-old son, and loved her cell phone

Brittany went to punk rock concerts and played the drums; she had a pearl export, silver, five piece drum kit.

Brittany loved to cook, especially to bake cupcakes and she wanted to learn how to bake pies.

Brittany was a hard working but easy going, pleasant person who was a joy to know and work with.

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Portrait of Susan


Susan, a realtor for over 10 years, was from Palmdale, California, USA with Intero Real Estate Services. She loved selling houses along with remodeling, decorating, painting, giving people advice on how to care for their house and actually showing people’s houses. “I like to make a room look beautiful.” Real estate was the perfect job for Susan.

Susan was into natural supplements and believed that they would enhance her health. The most important thing in Susan’s life was her son, a 27 year old, lead programmer out of Newport Beach, California, USA, where he stayed all week, but on the weekends came home. Susan asserted, “the highlight of my life is when i can spend time with him.”

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Portrait of Tienaye


Tienaye was born in San Diego, California, USA, but had been living in North Edwards, California when we met. Prior to that, she lived all over the country in places such as Georgia, Washington, Oregon and New York. She traveled so much because her parents liked to travel. She loved that lifestyle and her favorite place to live was in Seattle, Washington because “it rains there’s so much” and she loved the rain.

Tienaye was home-schooled, and then majored in English at Antelope Valley College. She wanted to be a poet and posted her poetry on her private Instagram account.

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Portrait of Miranda


I met Miranda while she was trying on hats. She was adorable, so I asked if I could make her portrait. She was very gracious and patient as I positioned her under a light, and very perky as I interviewed her.

Miranda was a student at Paraclete High School in Palmdale, California, USA. She was a senior who played defender on her soccer team (non-American  football).

Miranda was the vice president of her school, a student ambassador, and was a member of drama club and Key Club. She belonged to a campus ministry that “put on various religious events.”

Miranda mentioned her work with SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions, in which participants sponsored “different events that help students be aware of different decisions and just be smart.”

Miranda was born and raised in Lancaster, California, USA, and she hoped to attend a university somewhere in Arizona or either California State University, Northridge or College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, if she stayed in California. She wanted to major in psychology. Based on her activities, Miranda seemed very adept at inter-personal relationships and pursuits, so that was probably an excellent choice.

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