Sunday Stories for August 10th, 2014

Sunday Stories for August 10th, 2014

This past week found me in Hawaii, fortunately avoiding any of the preparation and concern of the tropical storms (although it was still mighty windy), and then to Washington DC. It was a crazy 6-hours of time changes that found me collapsing in a tired heap once I got home. As much as I love to travel – and I do – there’s still nothing like coming home to my own bed and family.

Windy on Kauai

It was windy on Kauai, although I managed to avoid the tropical storms.


Let’s get on to the stories that caught my eye this past week:

The top 5 most expensive photographs ever sold

Art is certainly in the eye of the beholder, but for the life of me, I can’t understand whay these photos commanced the prices that they did. Take a look and see what you think.

Read original article here: The top 5 most expensive photographs ever sold

Top 10 Rules of Travel Photography

While we’re on the topic of photography, I found this article very helpful. I’m at the point where I’m getting ready to upgrade from a point-and-shoot (which has served me quite well), to a DSLR or perhaps a mirrorless camera. The thought of having to learn so much about new equipment has stalled my selection and purchase process. But then, when I read something like this, it helps me focus on the end result – the story we tell we our photos – and gets me back into research mode again. Upgrading is on my list for later this year/early next (budget dependent). What do you think, what stories are you telling with your photos?

Photography is not about the camera. It’s not even about the beautiful images we create. It is about telling powerful stories. Photography is a tool for creating awareness and understanding across cultures, communities, and countries; a tool to make sense of our commonalities in the world we share.

I Thought It Was Just Water But When I Stepped Back, My Jaw Dropped!

Art is created in various medium and in various ways. Look what happens when fingers meet paint meet canvas.

Human creativity truly knows no bounds, and this is a reminder to us all that you don’t have to have a pen and paper or even a paintbrush to create beautiful pieces of art.

Remember your first airplane ride?

Remember your first airplane ride?

Eight Awesome Airplane Amenities!

Airline amenities aren’t what they used to be. It’s hard to find a deck of playing cards, miniature wings, even pillows and blankets are in short supply. You can long for the “good old days” when flying was more luxurious, or try one of these airlines still offering some fun amenities. Do you have a favorite inflight amenity?

This list is by no means comprehensive, but I figured I’d share eight of my favorite airplane amenities… or perhaps some of them are “gimmicks,” more accurately.  These are features that some airlines have which aren’t necessarily the most practical, but are damn cool!

Read original article here: Eight Awesome Airplane Amenities!

A Guide to Designing Cute Quote Graphics

You can’t scan your Facebook feed without seeing pretty photos with quotes all over them. Argue that they’re overdone, but there is no denying that done well, these quotes can get you a huge response. Here’s how to make this technique work for you.

Have you been wanting to know how to create cool, cute and creative quotes but not quite sure how to do it? We have a little guide with some fun ideas to help. Whether it’s to welcome in a new season or just a motivational Monday mantra – we teach you how to combine fonts, image and filters to achieve the ultimate Canva quotes.

Read original article here: A Guide to Designing Cute Quote Graphics

How To Save Items In Your News Feed To View Later

I haven’t tried this yet, nor have I checked out so see how it works on mobile, but this could be a much used feature for me.

This week, Facebook introduced a new feature that lets you save items to read at a more convenient time in the future.  All you have to do is click on the small arrow in the top right hand corner of a post, and click the save button:




Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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