IMG_7301Somedays it may seem to you, like I am a balloon, floating through the air, aloof and simply aloft, drifting aimlessly, empty and untethered with loyalty to an ever shifting breeze or scattered about unwillingly by tormenting storms. However, don’t be fooled.  My feet are planted firmly on the ground and I know what I want, where I’m headed, and live actively yet patiently to arrive. In the meantime, I am absolutely loving the journey.

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Two Thousand Something….wouldn’t even know it…

Two Thousand Something....wouldn't even know it...

Two Thousand Something….wouldn’t even know it…

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Post Happy Hour Professional

Post Happy Hour Professional

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Everyday style with extraordinary class

Everyday style with extraordinary class

Everyday Style with extraordinary personality

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18 yrs old Andrea brings a mature look to a fresh opportunity


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DJ Cordero’s Photo Shack!


I’ve been sick in be all week, but its Halloween and there’s no better cure for a “Funk” than children laughing and having fun on a really special holiday. 

So I’ll be out of bed, sniffling, coughing and sneezing behind my mask to capture the excitement on Trick or Treater’s face this Halloween. 


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The Photo Shack by Dj Cordero Photography



It never fails to amaze me how people clam up and become awkward when it comes time to create a photo of them. Yet in my Photo Shack, people let loose and let their wild, loving and fun sides come out with NO reservations!   I absolutely love it and I thank GOD every day to be able to bring smiles and laughter to so many wonderful faces!

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Saying Good Bye to Tonka.

My best friend Tonka

My heart is breaking as I struggle to see these typed words thru my teary eyes. My lil best friend Tonka is a few short steps away from the beginning of his eternal rest. I want to believe again, like I would have when I was a little boy, that Tonka’s going a head of me to find a place where his bowl is always full, the sun is always shining and he’s always got his favorite toy and me by his side.

I didnt know him as a puppy.  I rescued him from the dog pound where he stood only 9″ tall and easily a FAT 20lbs. He was just hours away from what would have been his execution.  Jerrod gave him the name “Tonka” and it seemed that it had been his name all along.  Over the last 5 years he’s led the pack and was without a doubt the smartest and most capable. He’s battled through diabetes over the last 2 years and given us more time and great memories that have enriched our lives, then we probably deserve.

He now weighs less than 10 lbs but I really don’t know that I’ll have the strength it will take to carry him these last few steps and set his tired old soul free.

It’s truly painful losing such a loyal and loving friend.

The following advice has raised my consciousness over the last 3 years and changed the way I see the gifts which are my dogs.


1.  My life is likely to last 10-15 years.  Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2.  Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3.  Place your trust in me.  It is crucial for my well-being.

4.  Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment.  You have your work, your friends, your entertainment,  but I have only you.

5.  Talk to me.  Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6.  Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7.  Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8.  Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me.  Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9.  Please take care of me when I grow old.  You too, will grow old.

10.  On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me, please.  Never say you can’t bear to watch.  Don’t make me face this alone.  Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

Its tearing my heart out to let go.

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Spring is in the Air

Mating pair of American Kestrels.

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The Dungeon Master- A Life of Chance

Jon Nason and his plethora of various multi-sided dice.

Growing up as a child of the 80’s and 90’s you would think I would have known all there is to know about role playing games, specifically Dungeon and Dragons (Which I never had the pleasure of playing, outside of the Atari version).  However more and more these games have become a part of mainstream conversation among my friends. In the last few years my partner has introduced me to some of the more interesting computer RPG’s like Oblivion, Skyrim, Elderscrolls-Morrowind, Darksouls etc. etc.  While I’m still not likely to play I am more and more intrigued at observing his methodical submersion into these imaginary worlds.

During a recent visit, our friend Jon Nason, spent sometime going over some very basic rules to D&D. Unlike the Xbox version of these fantasy worlds, I witnessed first hand the creativity which goes into verbally constructing the characters, their objectives, the culture and even the world they all get to partake in. I’m most astonished at how separate characters/players all interact within a realm born completely out of their own “Shared” imagination. With one centralized “dream master” weaving the tale from scratch each player takes their turn playing the odds, rolling the dice and leading a “life” left to chance. And it is this part of the games “existence” that has me captivated. Your success is measured not always by your skills and decisions, but by the out come of a chance roll of the dice.

And all this time my parents thought there was nothing to be learned from these games…..Whether or not you are a  success or a failure you need to keep rolling the dice and improving your skills. Eventually as skills improve no matter what you roll, the odds will be in your favor. You may never be guaranteed success, but if you keep rolling, odds are you’ll win more than you lose as you grow.

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