Angels

Angels


We have an Angel overlooking our house during Christmas time. She has been with us for a good couple of years now since the start of my new life. Tonight I can't help but reflect on some Angels that have come into my life and has made some type of contribution. It could be a word of encouragement, sharing with me a little part of you, reading my rants, poetry and stories, or just being there. Angels to me are people who have taught me, listened to me, and inspired me. They are people who are a part of my social site circles, my readers, my friends, my family, some of my co-workers, my adopted-not-by-choice kids, and my students. I am grateful for all of the Angels in my life and I hope that the relationships will grow and blossom for however long it was meant to last. "People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime." So for what ever reasons you are here now reading this blog, I appreciate you. Remember to cherish one another.

Peace and Love,
Sophie
I have been writing elsewhere too...

I have been writing elsewhere too...

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Peace and Love Always!

Sophie

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12 More Days until Christmas

12 More Days until Christmas


I love the beautiful lights. The music of love, joy and peace. The meals and down time with the family. It is definitely the most wonderful time of the year. However, let me scratch the record just a little bit. Every day of the year should feel like this. Everyday people should feel like giving, spending time with the family and play wonderful peaceful and joyful music. We wait until the end of the year to tell each other that we love one another? Or is it that we neglect each other so much we try to make it up with lavish gifts and a warm holiday meal? Come on people let's get it together and cherish each day and not wait until the end of the year to spread joy, love and happiness.

Peace and Love always,
Sophie
Christmas

Christmas


This is my favorite Christmas photo captured so far. Who plays in the snow and yet can look amazing with the "barely there" dress on? Eon can, she has become one of my favorite models so far in our EducationWorks program. But don't worry, no child was allowed to freeze in the snow for our photographic hunger. We just used a white background and confetti for the snow feel.
I am wishing everyone a very Happy Holiday!

Peace and love,
Sophie
Bored Stiff

Bored Stiff


Due to a fractured foot, I get a couple of days off from work. Do I want to rest? NO! But what can I do about it? Nothing! So, I was told to get over it. The good news, actually the great news, is that my novel is nearing it's completion, no bullshit this time. I will have a rough draft ready for edit in a couple of days!
I have come to firmly believe that things happens or happened for a reason. The reason may not yet be understood but eventually I will be like, "Ooooh... that happened because..." and then I will thank God that it happened. Most pessimists will always look for the negative in the situation and totally miss the blessing that was taking place. I'll remain positive for the time being and hope not to be bored stiff again.
Poetry: Have I ever crossed your mind?

Poetry: Have I ever crossed your mind?

Have I ever
crossed your mind?
As bitter sweet memories of you
crawled out from the torn and crumbled photo
that laid on the ground.
Grasping for me like the undead
hungrily for my blood.
Haunting me
with floods of memories between us.
Overwhelming my senses
as whispers of sweet words throughout the years
played as a theme song to this betrayal.
Violently
I lashed out with quick punches
at memories that projected invisibly.
Angrily
I asked
have I ever
crossed your mind?
The same lies that I've heard
through out the years
echoed in my ears.
"Yes, you've crossed my mind."
I cringed
as I
crumbled
the memories of you away.
365 Days Photo Journey: Day 19

365 Days Photo Journey: Day 19


Trent was my Ginnie pig. Please don't ask me how he got into eating paper but he started eating paper and I thought that would be fun to catch his expressions while he ate paper. So here we have Trent eating paper. These kids do the darnest things just for a few laughs and he's hilarious. I support teenagers doing crazy things like this. One of my gifted teens doing gifted things with his time. I enjoyed these snap shots. So today remember to laugh and enjoy each moment of your loved ones lives. Tomorrow is not promised.

Peace and love.
365 Days Photo Journey: Day 18

365 Days Photo Journey: Day 18


(Sorry for the day delay but there was a lot of alcohol involved)

Dana invited me to celebrate her 35th Birthday party. Happy Birthday Dana! Put Aside the fact that the DJ sucked big time we've managed to enjoy ourselves. I enjoyed that I am able to capture some of her moments for her. The crew usually gets wild later on in the night but I had to leave early. (Sad face) But hey, your hardest working woman have to take some time to celebrate good times, right? Enjoy the photos from last night!

Peace and love.

Click here to view the entire party photos
365 Days Photo Journey: Day 17

365 Days Photo Journey: Day 17


When people, things, and events in life starts to bother me I find comfort in writing out my thoughts and feelings. I am inspired by problems, troubles, adversity, dilemmas, injustice, and drama. I don't like any of those mentioned things so I speak on why I don't like it. My passionate views comes out by way of blogging or journal entries. I hope to write more passionately about the happier views in life such as love, friendship, loyalty, inspirations, goals and dreams. But for now I speak out on topics that others shy away from because they are afraid of the judgments and ridicules. I choose to exercise my freedom of speech. I am entitled to my opinions and I will speak my mind. Today I encourage you to speak out for those who may not have the courage to speak. "Stand for something, or else you will fall for anything." Quote by Malcolm X.

Peace and Love
365 Days Photo Journey: Day 16

365 Days Photo Journey: Day 16

Life is an ever changing combination of experiments which often leads to the final product or the end result. There's a saying that goes, "If we are not careful we are doomed to repeat history." Learn from the past and be willing to open your mind to new ideas. A successful person can blend in with the crowd but still stand out. What makes you stand out and out shine everyone else in a room?

Peace and Love.

(Photo: I was experimenting today with household objects and my fish eye lens and this is the final product.)
Peace Not Guns

Peace Not Guns



State Representative Kenyatta Johnson
186th Legislative District
South/South West Philadelphia
PEACE NOT GUNS

"Peace Not Guns Inc. was established in 1998 after the murder of Sultan “Chick” Chandler, the cousin of State Representative Kenyatta Johnson, which occurred in the schoolyard of G.W. Child's Elementary School. After receiving the news of Sultan’s murder, Rep. Johnson decided to find away to change the direction of his community as oppose to contributing to the violence that plagued his neighborhood. Peace not Guns is a violence prevention program that addresses the senseless acts of violence that are taking the lives of many young adults, especially young Black and Latino males."


Kenyatta Johnson and District Attorney Seth Williams



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365 Days Photo Journey: Day 15

365 Days Photo Journey: Day 15


Pretty Pink Boxes with ribbons! These beautifully wrapped boxes appeals to the little girl within me. It reminds me of sugar, spice, and everything nice. Inside these boxes are filled with keepsakes, cards, and letters. Each item carries with it some type of memory in my life. The good times, the bad times, or the bittersweet moments. I want to remember it all. The bad times, will remind me that there can be good times. The bittersweet moments will have me resolving to not make the same mistakes twice. These pretty boxes are a capsule of my life. What is in your capsule?

Peace and love.
365 Days Photo Journey: Day 14

365 Days Photo Journey: Day 14


I am giving up on the business suits, cubicles, and corporate world today to do work that I am passionate about. Helping youths, those who may need the extra guidance and life skills that are not provided to them due to their economic and social disadvantage. Change is scary but I believe in my heart of heart that this is the right decision that I am making. I don't want to sit at my cubicle one day and wonder what if? "If only I had..." is not a legacy I want to leave behind. I want to be able to follow my dreams and express my passion to the fullest. I want to take a chance and walk the road that is less traveled. I hope that road leads to happiness. Today, resolve to put aside your fears and follow your dreams, realize your passion and just do it.

Peace and Love.

(Photo: I am experimenting with different techniques. I thought this effect was cool)
365 Days Photo Journey: Day 13

365 Days Photo Journey: Day 13


My books collection. Can I say that I've read every book on my shelves? The answer is No. My intentions when purchasing these materials were to read it but it sits there and on some occasion I will have it in my bag just in case, I were to do some reading. Other times, my fingers will occasionally skim through it, jotting notes, getting ideas, feeling inspired, but never finishing what I've started. I resolve to one day read, read, read, and finish reading. Some of us don't spend enough time reading. Other things in life take precedence of our time but exercising your brain should be a priority. Today resolve to read more. Knowledge is power.

Peace and love.
365 Days Photo Journey: Day 12

365 Days Photo Journey: Day 12


Fish Eye Fun. G showing off his wooden sword and some acting skills. He is obsessed with swords, animations, and over dramatizations of every thing. There are worst things that a teenager can be doing at his age. So Kudos to his dramatics, obsessions with swords and animations. Today, parents encourage your child to express their individuality. Support the positive things that your child may be doing. Your child may not become the doctor or lawyer that you want them to become but be proud in their achievements and most importantly support them in their passion.

Peace and Love.
365 Days Photo Journey: Day 11

365 Days Photo Journey: Day 11


Self Portrait equals Self Evaluation. In this photo, I am showing off how uncomfortable I am in front of a camera. My smile is phony and I was slouching. There were a dozen more of these terrible shots of myself either looking bored, mean, dead, ugly, or other. This is the winner. Yes, I am my own worse critic. I evaluate myself daily. I am hard on myself because I know I have the potential to be better or do better. I am aware of my flaws and I have many. But not many people evaluate themselves honestly. They pacify their egos and feed their lies. For those of you out there that are aware and are constantly self evaluating yourselves for a better you, KUDOS. Others please resolve to make positive changes within, tear yourself apart, list your good qualities, list your bad qualities, but be brutally honest. Some times you are your own worst enemy so learn and strategize on ways to beat YOU and start building a better you.

Peace and Love
365 Days Photo Journey: Day 10

365 Days Photo Journey: Day 10

Note: Due to technical difficulties I was not able to take my photo a day. But now I am back up and running. Hopefully this will not be the case in the near future. My 365 Days Photo Journey continues where I left off and I will have 365 days worth of photos. I will not cheat. Cheating is not allowed. Enjoy!



I was out shopping and I saw the sun setting in the horizons. The orange, yellowish hues cascading off of the clouds created a beautiful view. It reminded me of an earlier moment in the day in which I sat staring off into space. The cool breeze blew in an air of nostalgia and I started to reminisce on the good and the bad that I've experienced in my life. I was appreciating life, the journey, and the future. I am grateful as I sat and self reflected on all of the accomplishments I have made throughout the years. I am thankful because I know that my journey has no limit and the Sky is my stomping grounds. So today resolve to self reflect and set limits beyond the sky.

Peace and love.
365 Days Photo Journey: Day 9

365 Days Photo Journey: Day 9


In my shoes. No one can feel the comfort or pain in each step I take. No one can walk my foot steps in nine inch heels or my Nike Classics. In my shoes. It is my journey, and mines alone. The miles that I have to travel in nine inch heels or my Nike Classics I will take with great strides. You can stand beside me and journey along side with me in your own nine inch heels or Nike Classics but let it be understood, in my shoes, it is my travel, and mines alone.

Written by yours truly. Peace and Love.
365 Days Photo Journey: Day 8

365 Days Photo Journey: Day 8



I was riding on the elevator back to the office wondering what my next photo journey would highlight and there it was a light fixture. Would I have ever looked at this thing twice if I wasn't searching for an image? This photo journey has definitely made me view things differently. Today resolve to view things, life, and people as if you have never seen or touched them, it, him, or her before. Resolve to find the next bright idea or light bulb to make your life a success. Change your views, resolve for good changes. Do it now, do it today.

Peace and Love.
365 Days Photo Journey: Day 7

365 Days Photo Journey: Day 7




As a child, growing up I used to wonder why time goes by so slow? As an adult I wondered where the time went? There doesn't seem to be enough time in the day and at times I wished for those child hood days again. So time is of the essence. It is the only thing in life that you can't rewind, take back, or fix but you can make things right, right now, in real time. Resolve today to think back in time and try to mend broken relationships, realize lost dreams and passion, apologize to those you've hurt, and most importantly forgive. The more time you let go the harder it is to try and fix things.

Peace and Love.
365 Days Photo Journey: Day 6

365 Days Photo Journey: Day 6



It was a scorcher out today. The high was 110 degrees in Philly. I found these beauties under some bushes, fragile, yet beautiful. The bushes did a great job of protecting the flowers against the scorching sun. We often forget to stop and smell the roses, in this case the flowers. We neglect the natural beauty that surrounds us daily, over shadowed by sky scrapers, bustling bodies, and traffic. Taken for granted they sit there waiting to be admired. Today resolve to stop and relax because you can be taking something or someone for granted and before you know it, seasons change and that beauty will disappear.

Peace and love.
365 Days Photo Journey: Day 5

365 Days Photo Journey: Day 5


Yes, what you are seeing is correct. Cleaning products. I have mindlessly cleaned the entire house. Well almost the entire house anyways. I have put aside writing, socializing, and photography to keep a clean and tidy house. Oh the joys of being a responsible adult. Do you see me doing the happy dance? Happy Monday!
365 Days Photo Journey: Day 4

365 Days Photo Journey: Day 4



Philadelphia residences from all over the city decided July 4th would be a great day to express their independence by parking all over the highways and main roads causing traffic congestion and accidents all over the city. The Pennsylvania highway patrol had a hard time moving traffic, it was a lost cause, they were outnumbered by thousands today. The residence of Philadelphia won this freedom to park where ever they want to. I however found a better spot without the congestion near the Philadelphia Zoo, within the neighborhoods where no tourists or outsiders dare step foot in. Happy Fourth of July! Independence Day Baby!
365 Days Photo Journey: Day 3

365 Days Photo Journey: Day 3



The wine glass symbolizes celebration. Today there were several celebrations. Everyone seemed to be celebrating. Roads were blocked off for several different block parties, my son celebrated his 9th Birthday and my sister from another mother, brother's reception took place. This image was shot during that event.
Bragging Moment: Legend Billy Paul

Bragging Moment: Legend Billy Paul

"Sophie, I really wish you much success with your Photography. I really do." Billy Paul said to me. He is truly inspirational. The Indikator interviewed him for Enter the Zone TV and guess where it was at? My studio and I got back stag passes! I won't spoil anything else before it airs, so check out Enter the Zone TV for air time.

I can say however that Billy Paul was a very down to earth man. He spoke of how to make it in the music industries, the new artists, advice on marriage and the road that lead to him being legend Billy Paul.




Personal Development: Black Male Development Symposium

Personal Development: Black Male Development Symposium

"You said all teachers care about us but I had a teacher tell me that they get paid regardless if we learn or not." A young man addressed his concerns.
"Yup," Several others chimed in.
"That's their favorite line." Another young man said.
"That's why we are telling you don't make excuses. If the teacher is saying that, your response should be, 'Well we'll learn weather or not you teach.'" Hassan Freeman pointed out. "Take responsibility and take charge of your own education. If they are not teaching you, you need to teach yourself. That's why the text books are there. Read it."

The session on personal development allowed for the young men of Martin Luther King High School to 'Keep it real' with members of Men United for a Better Philadelphia and Reuben Jones. They kept it 100 with each other and the young men were digging it. One raised his hands and ask that they come speak at their school.

Incarceration, 2nd chances and steps to personal development was the main topic. The men engaged each other on real life issues that they faced in school and society.



The panel engaging the audience.



They stuck around long after the workshop ended to speak freely to each of the presenters.





Flow Wit  It: Spoken Word & Hip Hop As a Means of Expression

Flow Wit It: Spoken Word & Hip Hop As a Means of Expression

Poets for Peace: The Spoken Soul 215 along with Philly Youth Slam provided a workshop for High School students at the Black Male Development Symposium at Arcadia University.



Greg Corbin AKA Just Greg expressing himself through spoken words. Help support this man and his efforts to providing a positive outlet through spoken words poetry as a means of expression and as a positive alternative to violence.
Spoken Soul 215



Perry DiVirgilio AKA Vision deep in performance as he spits out lyrics for the young adults.
Spoken Soul 215: Vision



More members free styling to the audience's request. These two poets are really dope. Unfortunately I couldn't get video clips of their performance but don't sleep on them. Find out for yourself and attend one of their events.
Angels

Angels

I was covering my wedding on City Line Ave when I discovered that I have lost my flash unit. Panic sets in as I trace my steps and realizing that I was in Philly, despair sets in. If I did indeed dropped it someone would have picked it up and it will be forever gone. A good chunk of my Photography career investment, gone.

Luckily the front desk told me to check with the two officers that were standing around in the lobby. They were there to find the owner of a missing flash unit. It sure was my flash unit! We were united and they saved my night.

Being the investigative person that I am, I asked them what happened. Fortunately for me a family saw that I had dropped the unit during my mad dash to the reception and someone picked it up and pocketed it. They informed the two officers that he had something that did not belong to him and they reunited the item to the rightful owner. KUDOS to the City Line Ave Police Officers. Thank you Angels.

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