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a pearl….

a pearl.... “Nature, time and patience are three great physicians.”  ~ H.G. Bohn

A lovely view: Ft. Lauderdale Florida Beach … Read More

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These precious chicks call my backyard home.

Photo by Andrea O’Connell


the toad that gave me goosebumps

the toad that gave me goosebumps Last weekend I awoke to great gifts. In my backyard there was the most stunning Roseate Spoonbill, the next day, Herons. This morning, well, I awoke to find the most beautifully-ugly toad that I've ever, EVER seen! I had handy my Canon Rebel XS and despite this toads reluctance, I was able to capture him in all his strangeness. Isn't he striking?   How about those green eyes that sparkle and the warts that protrude off his back?! To say he gave m … Read More

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Oh, this is pure eye candy!

Oh, this is pure eye candy! I am honored to have talented friends who give freely of both their friendship and photography! Janice Sisk, like me, is someone who is both a lover of nature and a photography enthusiast.  These are her flowers – grown in her backyard garden. Janice lives in a part of the country where Cardinals and other lovelies frequent.  (Her shot of the Cardinal is a major delight!) I know that you will enjoy her work.  I am thrilled to have the opportunity … Read More

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new discovery documents set for release

According to WESH, WFTV, and others, there will be 5,000 new pages of discovery released Friday, 6/25/2010, in the case against Casey Anthony.

WESH is reporting that the documents revolve around letters sent to Casey while she’s been incarcerated.   According to an unnamed WESH source, these discovery documents are supposed to be “interesting.”

But, oh my…. 5,000 pages?  Please, will someone read them and report back?!  LOL!

Read the WESH report here


monday 6/21/2010 status hearing….

Monday’s status hearing in the case against Casey Anthony, though brief, was chock full of interesting bits of insight.

There are two Orlando attorney’s who regularly comment on this case and who always share valuable insight.  They are Richard Hornsby, and Bill Sheaffer.  And yesterday Attorney Sheaffer gave an excellent explanation about “excited utterances.” Specifically he discusses what it means according to the law, and also, more importantly, what it means in this case.

To review the excellent interview of Bill Sheaffer by reporter Kathi Bellich – please click here.

There is an important motion hearing coming up July 15th.  At that hearing the admissibility of the 911 calls will be argued by both sides.  Also argued, the EquuSearch files, as well as whether Roy Kronk will be put under the microscope with regards his supposed “prior bad acts” and the feasibility that he could be a suspect in the case.

However, according to WFTV, and other sources, the Defense may be backing off of the Kronk angle.  Attorney Bill Sheaffer feels it’s a weak argument – most of us with knowledge of the case do as well.

Check out the coverage on WFTV by clicking here.


Father’s Day randomness (via Loving Jazz Photo Blog)

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3 herons

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there.

3 herons I awoke to another gift this morning and had them in sight for mere moments until they flew away.  They flew, I knew, because I got too close too quickly.  Ah well, lesson learned!  The lesson?  Well, when it's a lovely and beautiful day and Herons are quietly sunning themselves – enjoying each others company, don't rush to shoot – or you'll be like me saying "Shoot!  I missed 'em." Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's.  Hope you catch Herons, or … Read More

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we remember, Caylee


a terrible anniversary – isn’t it ironic

A Terrible Two Year Anniversary

Two years ago today was probably the last day of dear little Caylee Anthony’s life. A life heinously cut short, we believe, at the hands of one who should protect the toddler from harm: her own mother.

Her own Mother.

A mother who is sent, I read today, a Mother’s Day card while in jail.  Yes.  Cindy Anthony sent Casey a Mother’s Day card!

When I read this today, it literally turned my stomach.  I am sorry if I have turned yours.

Let me ask you.  Who would send the suspected murderer of their grandchild a mother’s day card?  The answer?  Yes, you got it, it’s Cindy Anthony.

Casey Anthony, sitting in the Orange County jail, charged with the murder of Caylee was the last one to see the child and NEVER reported her missing, but was forced to admit the child was missing when her mother called the police – she gets a Mother’s Day card!

Casey Anthony, who lied to police about everything under the sun, who partied like she was at Woodstock, getting a “Good Life” tattoo, and who never shed a tear for the angelic child she brought into this world – she gets a Mother’s Day card!

Isn’t it ironic.

Cindy and George were on Good Morning America (GMA) today.

And soon, just as we mark the second anniversary of the last day of Caylee’s life, there will be a  court hearing where the state will argue the admissibility of Cindy’s 911 call.  And today Cindy Anthony makes another bold and untruthful statement.

Cindy Anthony said this, reflecting on why she said what she said about the smell: “I said I smelled a dead body just to get the police out to our house.”

Isn’t it ironic.

Today, to mark the second anniversary of the death of their grandchild, the Anthony’s choose to lie to cover up additional lies.

What Cindy Anthony chooses to forget is the fact she has woven so many different stories with regards to the smell in the car:

  • First, it was a “rotten pizza smell.”  (Yes, her story for some time was blamed on there being pizza in the trunk.)   Okay. But, copious tests were done to disprove that even in the Florida heat; pizza will not emit an odor as potent as decomposition – EVER.  Plus, it was a pizza BOX – an empty Pizza box!
  • And now, today, adding insult to injury, Cindy dissembles by telling us that she said those words “it smells like there’s been a dead body in the damn car” to get the police to her home much quicker.

The fact is, not a soul on the planet, familiar with this case, believes it!

Isn’t it beyond the beyond of irony?

Mix tragedy with farce with bad melodrama and you get the Anthony clan.

What more is left to say?


excited utterances and such

Not too much has happened in the Casey Anthony case of late.

Well, on second thought….there have been rulings and depositions; The defense was denied their motion to seal jail visitor logs; Casey took a bad elevator spill; the Defense is bringing the constitutionality of the death penalty up for argument again; and the State is arguing the admissibility of the Cindy and Casey Anthony 911 tapes.

Let’s break it down.

Sealing of the Jail Records

As predicted by most, the Anthony defense team was denied this motion.  On June 8th, 2010, the court ruled that it would not allow the sealing of  jail visitor logs.  And rightly so.  There is a separation of powers at stake and had the Judge ruled in favor of the defense, it would set precedence, allowing a trial judge to order another arm of government it has not control over to comply with its wishes.

The Florida Constitution insists that each branch of government not infringe on powers of another, hence the court could not legally go into those waters.

This, I believe, was the only ruling left still pending.  The others were decided the same day as the most recent hearing.  I wrote about those rulings earlier in the month, here.

The Constitutionality of the Death Penalty

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the defense is bringing up the Constitutionality of the death penalty in this case.  In particular, they will argue three aspects of the aggravating circumstances used by the state as being invalid and unconstitutional.

In short, the defense will argue that there was no “capital felony” committed in connection with the murder.  The state’s argument is that the murder was committed in conjunction with aggravated child abuse, a felony.  If child abuse was committed with the murder, it weighs heavier toward the death penalty being more applicable.

The Defense calls this arbitrary and allows for a “capricious application of the death penalty.”

The second aggravating  circumstance the state has highlighted is that the murder was especially heinous in that it was committed by a person charged with the care of a minor.  The defense is arguing that this aggravator, taken on its face, is too narrow and vague for a jury to consider.

And thirdly, the defense is arguing the state should not be permitted to to include the “cold, calculated and premeditated” aggravator.  The reasoning behind this argument for the defense (I believe) is the fact that a cause of death cannot be determined.  The state will rest this argument on the duct tape as being the cruel and calculated weapon of murder in this case.

The 911 Tapes – Will They be Allowed In?

The state needs to use the three 911 calls made by Cindy Anthony on the day that she “found” Casey, July 15, 2008, and found Casey’s white Pontiac Sunfire, at Johnson’s Wrecker.  (Caylee, as we know, was last seen by anyone on the 16th of June, 2008.)

The three calls made in succession, on July 15, are very critical to the case as they set up the background and the story surrounding the disappearance of Caylee.  In addition, they highlight the many falsehoods sewn by Casey, and most importantly, they set up the existence of decomposition that Cindy smelled and spoke about on one of the calls:

I told you my daughter has been missing for a month.  I just found her today but I can’t find my granddaughter.  And she just admitted to me that she’s been trying to find her herself.  There’s something wrong. I found my daughter’s car today and it smells like there’s been a dead body in the damn car.

Notice the phrase “…there’s been a dead body in the damn car.”  That is when Cindy probably knew that Caylee was likely no longer alive.  This is what the state will argue is an “excited utterance,” which means that in a moment of hyped-up adrenaline – during stressful moments – we will say things that we may not ordinarily say, but nonetheless are very much aligned with truth, in the moment.

Usually “excited utterances” are attributed to the defendant.  However in this case the excited utterance is applied to Cindy, who is also the person closest to the defendant.  When she (Cindy) is first made aware of the unthinkable, it is in that frame of mind that she speaks what she fears most: that there’s been a dead body in the car.

Casey Anthony speaks on the 911 call, too.  But, Casey is calm and cool and very collected.  She in no way resembles a person who has lost their only daughter.  What Casey does not say is just as important as what she does say – if not more so.

The defense will argue the 911 calls are hearsay and should not come in.  But, in this case, they are critical to set up the time-line – the series of events that lead up to the calls.  Plus, the calls include the defendant, CaseyAnthony, as she can be clearly heard in the background and is heard speaking with one of the 911 dispatchers.

These tapes will come in – that’s my prediction.

Cindy and George on GMA Tommorow, Tuesday, June 15th

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the Anthony’s will be on GMA tomorrow.

Oh, a bad move.  A very bad move.  I cannot understand why they continue to put themselves out in the public.  They are not sympathetic people anymore and, in my opinion, they hurt Casey each time they speak.

But, that’s just me.

Don’t forget to watch the hearing tomorrow!

Correction:  A hearing is not scheduled today (6/15/10).  Sorry for any confusion this may have caused.


and I said thank you

Today I am choosing freedom from anger.

I hate myself for even wondering what people – rude people – say about older geeks like me in the workplace.  They talk and talk and I wonder why they, in their little sophomoric cliques, shoot wayward glances at certain people, including me, with such enjoyment.

A quote I just happened across is apt for this post.  It’s by Sandor McNab.  He writes:

Nothing determines who we will become so much as those things we choose to ignore.

So, as of now, TODAY, I choose not only to ignore, but I choose the absence of ignorance!

A blissful ignorance?  Yes, in this case a self-imposed ignorance is indeed bliss. (I abhor any kind of ignorance and hardly think it is truly bliss, but in this instance, I make an exception to the rule.)

Doesn’t it make perfect sense to never get to the place of ignorance in the first place?  That, to me, is empowering.

You see, by not even getting to a state of ignorance, we avoid giving terrible people (who do or say awful things), any power whatsoever.

They have no power over us unless we give them power.  Ignoring them is a choice, yes, but will we eventually get to a place where we won’t need to “choose” to ignore them – they will “be” ignored?

I think so.  Two negatives do not make a positive.  My mom always told me – you surely heard this one too – “two wrongs don’t make it right.”  Anger breeds anger.  Hate, hate.

It is far more powerful to choose gratitude rather than anger.

If negative thoughts derive from the negative actions that are witnessed in others, instead of dwelling and wallowing in the anger of it, can we choose to be grateful instead?

Yes, I believe so… but, how?

It’s about thought process.

  • If I hear something negative about me or others; I could choose to turn my attention to something beautiful like the sight of Herons, butterflies, or, the sound of a child’s laughter; what the waves sound like and what the sand would feel like between my toes at the beach.
  • If a loud and aggressive person talks over me and ignores me in a meeting, I will be thankful for the time it gives me to sneak a peak and re-read a lovely email from a friend; glance at a photo that I love, or daydream about an upcoming event.
  • When somebody is loud and unruly in the office and it’s difficult to think; I won’t care because it’s the perfect opportunity to listen to a brand new CD.

This is what I did today:

I noticed the sky outside my office window was steel-blue and the clouds were so enormous and made delightful shapes in the sky.

So, I said “thank you” out loud to no one in particular.

I felt (as I often do) that I have more work than I could ever finish; so I said a little gratitude-prayer  because I have a job when so many are unemployed.

So, I said “thank you” out loud to no one in particular.

I got a new project today that will be a bear.  I allowed my fingers to enjoy how it felt to flip through the mountains of reports that I must read.  I let the paper feel good in my hands and I enjoyed the smear of color that my highlighter made as it painted a splotchy yellow swipe across words that I found to be important on each page.

I said “thank you” out loud to no one in particular.

I found a piece of Orbit Peppermint Bubble Gum in my suit jacket from the last time I’d worn it.  My mouth literally watered in anticipation of chewing it.

And I said “thank you” out loud to myself in particular!

Do you see what I mean about gratitude?


anthony case news roundup – a slow week

Yes, it was a slow news week for those of us interested in the goings-on in the Anthony case.

The Elevator Fall

Although the news media was agog over the fact that Casey Anthony fell in an Orlando Courthouse elevator, other than that, it was a quiet week.

The elevator fall this past week also brought to light some of the Casey Anthony hate mongers, allowing them to discuss what they wished would have happened in that elevator.

Comments left on blogs and news reports with regards to enjoying Casey’s fall were beyond the beyond of ugly.  Some of the comments from people posting on blogs and news reports were excessively repulsive.  Why such vitriol?  What do we learn from this?  Why the hate?  It’s about the death of a little girl.  We hate what was done to Caylee Marie Anthony.  That’s what we hate. No need to spew more ugliness or hatred.

Defense Depositions

Additionally, there were depositions held by the defense.  The prosecution witnesses deposed this week were:

  • Brian Burner – Loaned Casey Anthony a shovel.
  • Debbi Bennett – Cindy Anthony’s co-worker.  This witness told LE that Cindy claimed Casey’s car “smelled like a dead body.”
  • J.P. Chatt – a former friend of Casey’s.  Associated with Amy Huizenga and Ricardo Morales.
  • Nate Leiniwicz – Tony Lazzaro’s roommate.
  • Sandra Mellich (Yuri Mellich’s wife) – Assisted in the investigation.

On June 11th, John Allen, OSCO Detective, is scheduled.

What’s to Come

  • This week should bring a ruling on the defense’s motion regarding whether they can keep Casey Anthony’s jail visitor logs secret.
  • There is a status hearing on June 21st.
  • Right around the corner – June 15th, we will mark another anniversary of Caylee Marie Anthony’s death.

Can two years have passed?

Am I dreaming?


a daily dose of inspiration, and then some…

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I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. – Gilda Radner


my gossamer-dream symphony

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common — this is my symphony. ~William Henry Channing, clergyman, reformer (1810-1884)

I love to dream. I dream in color and often dream of vivid landscapes with remarkable colors.

I am so desirous of being in nature, having nature around me.  Many times the only thing that makes me serenely happy – really happy, is to be surrounded by trees, flowers, and nature.

There are three things (aside from a good camera), that I want in abundance:

  • butterflies,
  • birds, and
  • flowers.

I need to be close to nature, and often go to Butterfly World to get all three of my life’s nature requirements.  (P.S. if ever you plan a trip to South Florida, and you love nature, it’s all there at Butterfly World, in Coconut Creek, Florida.)

Butterflies are literally everywhere you look!  They can be seen in droves and yet they are still elusive so you do have to have some patience and wait for them to stop and suckle a flower.

There is an amazing laboratory at Butterfly World where thousands of butterflies are hatched.

There the butterflies hang from cocoons on display for all to see.  When they are ready to emerge, it takes some time to dry their wings.  Then, when nature says they’re ready, their little feet wiggle free from the larvae and they are ready to fly!

It’s just an amazing sight!  The video I posted delightfully displays the wonder of the butterfly emerging.  It’s a soothing sight – just may give you goosebumps…. It does me.

At Butterfly World, you can literally watch the butterflies coming out of the larvae.  It’s remarkable and educational.  I have photographed some of the Pupae on display at Butterfly World:

Butterfly "Pupae" aka: Hatch-lings

Wishing all my friends boundless symphonies, gossamer dreams, and endless happiness.

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