Hold out both your hands. Fill one with prayers and the other with shit and see which one fills up first

How about that headline? I read a similar line in Stephen King’s “The Institution” today. I changed “wishes” to prayers.

“Thoughts and prayers.” That tired old empty statement goes around all the time. Somehow prayers don’t amount to anything but an empty hand. But shit is measurable, and most likely the case when it comes to all things wish-worthy.

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Using an obit to communicate to our failed American leaders

I have a unique perspective, because of my history of working with groups at weddings or at large events. I’m a photographer. And the difference between a successful wedding or event lies in one’s ability to control a group into posing for photos.

People, in general, need strong leadership. If I want to herd any number of people into group portraits, the shier I am, the more difficult it is.

To achieve fast, efficient portraits, I have to use a booming loud voice and exact language. I have to be entertaining and bold. And I have to work quickly or I’ll lose the group. Drinks are much more popular than standing in a line and smiling toward my lens.

Then I have to take into account my years of expertise. Taking a photo of one person is hard; taking a photo of two people is harder, and it grows exponentially with more people. So with a group of two people, I’ll take two photos. With six people, I’ll shoot four or five. With a group of twenty, I’ll reach toward 10. Because inevitably someone’s looking the wrong way. Someone is blinking. Someone is yawning or making a dumb face.

It’s hardly scientific. It’s the facts.

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