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3 years, 1 month ago 2



The Nashville Event with Ricky Skaggs, Joe McNally and myself has been SOLD OUT for months, but a spot opened today with a cancellation, move fast if  you want to join us!   Contact me at:    First email get the spot!




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3 years, 1 month ago 12




I was made aware over the last few days of an article written by Katie Turner after a conference regarding “Micro-aggressions”.  I had to do some research to find out what that was!  Apparently a forum was established and a series of suggestions were made to a university about things that this group felt should be made school policy.  Apparently the school did not intact these requirements on student behavior but allowed the study to be published.  Here are some of the things that are held to be Micro-Aggressions:


The statement; “When I look at you I don’t see color.”    This minimizes or denies a person of color, racial, or ethnic experiences.


The statement; “I love your shoes!”    Can be perceived as I notice you look and dress more than I value your intellectual contributions.  How you look is really important.


The statement; “referring to “husband/boyfriend”  or “wife/girlfriend “  Seta the expectation that people do not identify as LGBTQ until they say otherwise or disclose their sexual orientation.  It limits the relationship choices.



The statement;  “To Say we are taking Christmas vacation from school”  Further centers the Christian faith and minimizes non-Christian spiritual rituals and observances.


The statement;  “Where are you from?”   Implies you are not American and you do not belong to this community.


The statement;  “Why don’t we play a round of golf?”   Implies that the person has the financial means to engage in a sport that may be beyond the means of some others and is hurtful to those with less spendable income.


Christian comedian Brad Stine said it best:  “I want to watch political correctness die in my lifetime, but first, I want to watch it suffer!  Because it has taken our children and turned them from people of character who stood up for what they believe in, irrespective of what  somebody thought and took away their spine and courage and made them wussies.  That’s what’s killing us, it’s the wussification of America!”


I agonize every night as I hear the evening news and see the absolute disaster that has befallen America.  Leaders that will do anything to hold on to power and money.  Much of our society has taken on the role of being victims and they want the government to fix it!




1.  I’m turning off the TV, at least the news broadcasts!  It’s not news anyway, it’s PR for the powers that be!  We are told what they want us to believe.


2.  I’m going to research and find out the truth on my own, I will no longer accept the world view!!!! Jesus said, ” You are in this world, but not of this world.”


3.  I’m going to care about others and love them with Jesus love, but I’m not going to cheerlead for the sins of this world, I will not participate in all of this stuff and will not give it props either. I do not judge others, I might not like their behavior but judgement is up to God.  I will love them and pray for them!  I will, however, not be bullied into acceptance of things I don’t believe in.


4.  I will pray every day that God will grant me the wisdom and strength to keep my word!


5.   I will not stop saying “Merry Christmas”, “Have a Blessed day” ,  “May God go with you”. Further, I will proudly proclaim that I’m a Patriot, believe in the Constitution, belong to NRA, own guns, know how to use them, and will protect my family and my community and my nation, against all enemies foreign and domestic.


6.  I will not push my beliefs on others, but will be quick to share with anyone that is looking for the way and asks me to share my walk!


7.   I commit to pray every day for my country,  for our leaders (even the ones I don’t agree with), for guidance and protection from the evil of this world and that many will decide that there is a better way.


8.   I will refuse to be bullied by those that don’t agree with my faith,  my morals, my character and my integrity.  I own those, and they can keep their hands off them!  I will not “maliciously offend anyone”  but if I speak the truth and it offends them, the offended need to ask themselves, why does this bother me?  The answer to that question just might be their solution.


Wow, I feel better, sure hope you do.  May I challenge you to read my eight commitments.  Join me!


Blessings, Merry Christmas, Happy Easter, thanks to the veterans, and active military, thanks to the police that protect us, and the fire fighters that come to our aid!  Most of all thank you God for not pulling your protection and blessings from America, we are not living like we deserve it!


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3 years, 1 month ago 12



My brother-in-law Ron sent this to me, it is just too good.  Sherlene and I have gone over these about thousand times in 47 years of marriage!  I love her deeply, but she and few women either understand this or abide by them, but for what it’s worth try it out on your wife, or girlfriend!

Good Luck!



The Man Rules

At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down


Finally, the guys’ side of the story.

( I must admit, it’s pretty good.)

We always hear ‘the rules’

From the female side 



  Now here are the rules from the male side.  


These are our rules!

Please note.. these are all numbered ‘1 ‘




1.   Men are NOT mind readers.


1. Learn to work the toilet seat.

You’re a big girl. If it’s up, put it down..

We need it up, you need it down.

You don’t hear us complaining about you leaving it down.


1. Sunday sports It’s like the full moon

or the changing of the tides.

Let it be.


1. Crying is blackmail.


1. Ask for what you want.

Let us be clear on this one:

Subtle hints do not work!

Strong hints do not work!

Obvious hints do not work!

Just say it!


1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.


1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That’s what we do.

Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.



1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument.

In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 Days.



1. If you think you’re fat, you probably are.

Don’t ask us.


1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the   other one 


1. You can either ask us to do something

or tell us how you want it done.

Not both.

If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.


1. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials.


1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.


1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings.

Peach, for example, is a fruit, not A color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.



1. If it itches, it will be scratched..

We do that.


1. If we ask what is wrong and you say ‘nothing,’ We will act like nothing’s wrong.

We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.


1. If you ask a question you don’t want an answer to, Expect an answer you don’t want to hear.


1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine… Really. 


1. Don’t ask us what we’re thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball or motor sports.



1. You have enough clothes.


1. You have too many shoes.


1. I am in shape.  Round IS a shape!


1. Thank you for reading this.

Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight.


But did you know men really don’t mind that? It’s like camping.


Have a great weekend!




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3 years, 1 month ago 0



I was covered up in emails yesterday asking for details, so here is what is set so far!



* All pricing is workshop or tour fee only and does not include travel or lodging.

HIS LIGHT  Image Show Production Workshop with Bill Fortney  –  $799.



HIS LIGHT  St. Augustine  Workshop with R.C. Concepcion & Bill Fortney  $995.


FUJI WORKSHOP Columbia Gorge with Jack Graham & Bill Fortney  $995.


HIS LIGHT  Old Car City and Railway Museum  with Bill Fortney  $799.


FUJI WORKSHOP  Great Smoky Mountains with Jack Graham and Bill Fortney   $995.


HIS LIGHT Shaker Village  with Joe McNally & Bill Fortney  $1,095.


HIS LIGHT Capital Reef and Goblin State Park with Matt  Kloskowski & Bill Fortney  $995.


JACK GRAHAM WORKSHOP  Oregon Coast with Jack Graham & Bill Fortney   $995.


FUJI WORKSHOP Palouse Region with Jack Graham & Bill Fortney  $995.


HIS LIGHT Nashville Ricky Skaggs Workshop  with Ricky Skaggs & Bill Fortney  $995.  *includes a ticket to Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Show at the Historic Ryman


HIS LIGHT  Bodie Ghost Town and Night Photography with Bill Pekala & Bill Fortney  $1,195. * Includes all special permits and entry fees for nights and buildings in Bodie!


HIS LIGHT Smokies in Summer Close-Up Workshop  with Bill Fortney  $995.


FUJI WORKSHOP Grand Tetons in Fall  with Jack Graham & Bill Fortney  $995.


JACK GRAHAM WORKSHOP  Amish Country Northern Ohio with J. Graham & B. Fortney  $995.


Third Annual GreatSmokies Nature Photo Summit  Lot of stars  more details coming   $495.


FUJI WORKSHOP  Smokies in Late Fall  with Jack Graham & Bill Fortney  $995.


JACK GRAHAM WORKSHOP  Tetons in Winter  with Jack Graham & Bill Fortney




HIS LIGHT  Take $100. off any workshop if you register before December 31, 2016  *Excluding Bodie



HOTELS:    Full info by October of 2016


LIMITED TO (Number of Guests, Excluding instructors & Fuji Reps):


HIS LIGHT  Image Show Production Workshop   Limited to 8 Guests

HIS LIGHT  St. Augustine  Workshop   Limited to 12 Guests

FUJI WORKSHOP Columbia Gorge  Limited to 12 Guests

HIS LIGHT  Old Car City and Railway Museum  Limited to 10 Guests

FUJI WORKSHOP  Great Smoky Mountains   Limited to 12 Guests

HIS LIGHT Shaker Village   Limited to 12 Guests

HIS LIGHT Capital Reef and Goblin State Park    Limited to 12 Guests

JACK GRAHAM WORKSHOP  Oregon Coast     Limited to 8 Guests

FUJI WORKSHOP Palouse Region   Limited to 12 Guests

HIS LIGHT Nashville Ricky Skaggs Workshop    Limited to 12 Guests

HIS LIGHT  Bodie Ghost Town and Night Photography   Limited to 10 Guests

HIS LIGHT Smokies in Summer Close-Up Workshop   Limited to 8 Guests

FUJI WORKSHOP Grand Tetons in Fall     Limited to 12 Guests

JACK GRAHAM WORKSHOP  Amish Country Northern Ohio   Limited to 12 Guests

Third Annual GreatSmokies Nature Photo Summit  Lot of stars  more details coaming   $495.     Limited to 200 Guests

FUJI WORKSHOP  Smokies in Late Fall     Limited to 12 Guests

JACK GRAHAM WORKSHOP  Tetons in Winter    Limited to 8 Guests




St.Augustine, America’s Oldest City, Architecture, Americana and classroom work.

HIS LIGHT Shaker Village  Lighting re-enactors with flash and window light general  Americana Work with JOE MCNALLY

HIS LIGHT  Bodie Ghost Town, Night photography expert Bill Pekala will helps capture the Milky Way and night sky over Mono Lake and Buildings  in Bodie, lots of great locations for this wonderful tour!  Price includes night time entry to Bodie (few get to do this!) and entry to the key building’s interiors, once again, a rare treat!)


More info coming soon!






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