My Story

Photography Wish List

I created a wish list of dream photography equipment. I’m just being silly, on the most part, but you never know when someone might stumble upon this website and feel generous. They call it a wish list for a reason. I put the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV on there because it’s a top-of-the-line camera from Canon. I have some EF lenses that will fit the camera. However, two very wonderful lenses are on this wish list for a variety of purposes, such as landscape (Canon 8-15mm f/4L)…

Picture It.

Picture it. 2021. The pandemic is over, and humans can once again return to the surface of the earth. (No, this isn’t 12 Monkeys.) What’s the one hobby you’re dying to get back to? Mine is photography. Specifically, plane photography. I enjoy spending hours at the local airport capturing images of planes as they come and go on the runway. It’s a hobby, and there are plenty of others that enjoy it, too! There are several groups on social media that bring together hobbyist and professional photographers alike….

Got Ink?

I have a lot of tattoos. My arms, hands, chest, and stomach are covered. If you’re counting, I’ve had 51 hours of tattoo work. Barely a beginning compared to the magnitude of work that could be done. Several tattoos are inspired by Linkin Park, including an outline of one of Chester’s wrist flames on my wrist. However, one of my favorite pieces comes from the Linkin Park music video Castle of Glass. At 3:40 into the video, there’s a worn and tattered baseball cap with frog bones on…

Time to Tell My Story

There’s a sensitive topic I haven’t talked much about over the past three years. I cannot say it is a great topic to discuss, so I’ll be direct. On July 20, 2017, Chester Bennington, from the band Linkin Park, died by suicide. This event had a profound impact on me, as it did on millions of fans around the globe. Each story is unique, and I have decided to tell my own story. I graduated with a Master of Education degree in Youth Development Leadership from the University…

Critique: The Truman Show using Experience & Education

This paper was written for my Master of Education degree. It uses concepts from John Dewey’s book Experience & Education to critique the movie The Truman Show. Quotes from the John Dewey book are indented. A reflection of the movie based on that quote follows. Chapter 1: Traditional vs. Progressive Education Mankind likes to think in terms of extreme opposites. It is given to formulating its beliefs in terms of Eithers-Ors, between which it recognizes no intermediate possibilities. Truman cannot even fathom that the world around him is make…

Riviera Theory of Youth Development

Riviera Theory of Youth Development:Aims, Strategies, Ethos, Activities and OutcomesDavid J. RivieraUniversity of MinnesotaJennifer A. Skuza, PhDYOST 5956 Organizational Approaches to Youth DevelopmentNovember 14, 2016 Abstract Youth development is the process of teaching the process of learning to growing youth. Parents bring children into a world, and hope the child is raised according to their traditions, and carry on their morality. However, youth will discover at some point that they have agency over their development path. When this realization creates conflicts between the world prepared for them, and…