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27 November 2014

30 Words :: Give Thanks


For bright blue sky, solid earth, air to breathe.
For family, friends (old and not-yet-met),
creativity.
Never let me be un-amazed
At the gifts you give
I give thanks, God

P.S. Feel free to share the image above! I give thanks for YOU!

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20 November 2014

30 Words :: One is Fun!


CELEBRATING
Max’s first trip around the sun.
Learning something new 
every second, everyday.
Take frosting.
First bites are 
oh-so-sweet
but it’s way more fun
to chew on your own arm. 


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Take an image (preferably one you shot, or have permission to use).
Write 30 Words about it. No more. No less.
Post it each Thursday.
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13 November 2014

30 Words :: Ready or Not


 I wasn't ready for the
cold blast
slapping 
my face.
Forgot to bring gloves.
Or a coat.
I wasn't even wearing socks.
Yet
Winter comes once again.

Ready or not.




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So I finally did it.

I finished the 30 Words :: 2014 book!

I am pretty excited to offer it to everyone as I think you will be pleased. This will make a great gift for friends, family members, neighbors, teachers...really anyone with whom you would like to share a little inspiration.

I published this book - technically it is a digest (which just means that it is a perfect bound, soft cover book that is a perfectly giftable 8.5x5.5" size with 58 pages) - on MagCloud.


This service recently became part of Blurb. I have used Blurb in the past for making very professional books. What I like about it is they have a lot of tools to help you create your own book, plus they have a distribution component so that I don't have to order a million copies or bother with shipping. Both services are print on demand. Takes about a week to get processed.  I am sure that this will be no exception to the quality I have come to trust from Blurb. Just to be sure I placed an order for one inaugural copy due to be delivered in about a week. I can't wait to hold it in my hands!

When I started the 30 Words it was with the intention of documenting my life. I wanted to get out from the studio and connect myself to the world. I vowed that I would not use photos of my jewelry (although I did break that rule twice) but rather point and shoot what I saw around me every week. The concise 30 words have become a sort of poem, an homage to the life that I am living. And I always thought it would be great to document my year with a book.

Of course, that was before my online friends started playing along. I have been deeply touched by the images and words that you have submitted each week. I don't care if you have played along sporadically or faithfully almost every single week, I am honored that you would join me on this journey. So this book is as much about you as it is about me.

I have made no secret that my mother has Alzheimer's. Several times throughout the year I have featured parts of this journey, like here and here and here. I decided that I would make this book about helping raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association and what better way than to do that with friends! What I have found out is that many of the participants have personal stories connected to Alzheimer's as well. Thank you to the 14 friends who have embraced this project and contributed their verse and vision to this book. It wouldn't be possible without you!

If you are interested in taking a peek and hopefully ordering a copy (or two!), you can do so by following the link below:


Since this is an online ordering system, you can feel free to share this link with anyone you think who might be interested. My goal is to raise $1000-2000 through the sales and 40% of the purchase price will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association. I appreciate your help in getting the word out....blog about it, shout it out on social media, share with everyone you meet. My hope is that this book of inspirational photos and words will raise money for a cause that is so close to my heart.

Thank you for your continued support!

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The premise of 30 Words Thursdays is simple...

Take an image (preferably one you shot, or have permission to use).

Write 30 Words about it. No more. No less.

Post it each Thursday.

Add your link to the InLinkz on my 30 Words Thursday post.
(InLinkz code will be open for one week.)
Enjoy seeing what others have captured by visiting them and leaving a comment.

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30 October 2014

30 Words :: 5th Quarter



I came to see the band,
we said when the team sucked.
Now we come to see 
Bucky Badger
beat up opponents.
AND
I-Spy the tubas
glistening in the sun.


Last weekend was our annual trek as a family to Madison, Wisconsin to cheer on our alma mater in the homecoming game. My dad has 49 yard line seats and I got to sit with my son in the 24th row behind the Badger bench. We trounced the Maryland Terrapins, 52-7. The highlight of the day is always the UW Marching band. They are truly one of the best in the land. During the second half, the band members break up and pop-up in the stands and play little riffs of the school song, etc. You never know where they will be! And we have a tradition called The 5th Quarter where the band stays and plays and runs around like crazy on the field for about a half hour after the game.
You have to stay until the very end if you are a true Badger!
I bleed red and white!

 
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30 Words :: 2014 

by Erin Prais-Hintz

Update:

  I have been working on the book and it is coming along! I have been pulling my favorites from this year of my own, but I am finding that I am far more interested in what others have done. 
If you have participating in the 30 Words Thursdays this year, I am going to try to include at least one, and I will email you when I have selected it to be sure that I have your permission. All contributors will be listed in the book. You are not obligated to participate in this project, and you are not obligated to buy the book, but keep in mind that this is solely for charity with proceeds benefiting the Alzheimer's Association.

Thank you for joining me on this rambling journey to document our world and our lives, 
one photo and 30 words at a time!










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The premise of 30 Words Thursdays is simple...

Take an image (preferably one you shot, or have permission to use).

Write 30 Words about it. No more. No less.

Post it each Thursday.

Add your link to the InLinkz on my 30 Words Thursday post.
(InLinkz code will be open for one week.)
Enjoy seeing what others have captured by visiting them and leaving a comment.

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23 October 2014

30 Words :: Golden Glow



misty morning sunrise over McDill Pond
I bask in the golden glow
letting the fleeting warmth
envelop me
as the encroaching chill
creeps up my soles
and into
my
heart


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30 Words :: 2014 
by Erin Prais-Hintz


Okay... so I have been doing a little research and I think I came up with some options for the 30 Words :: 2014 book. I will do a little book with as many pages as I can get, but I am also thinking of putting this into an optional calendar, either a desk calendar or a wall calendar. I would love to hear what you think about those three options. I am trying to keep the cost down but the value high so that it would make a great gift for your friends and family while also being able to help out a great cause. 

If you have a particularly lovely image and 30 words caption that you posted this year, I would love for you to send me an email with the exact URL links you would like me to consider. [Please tag your email: 30 Words Book] 

I will be going back over the year and finding ones that speak to me and so I might contact you directly, but if you have some images with 30 Words that you think would be a good option, it would be a big help! I have already heard from a few - thank you! I would love to include as many contributors from the year as possible. Ideally, I would like to have this ready by the first week in December for holiday presents.


I have decided that a % of the purchase price will go to the Alzheimer's Association. If you have been following along, you know that I am personally and deeply touched by this disease. I want to help support this cause so that my own children will have a cure.

Thank you for joining me on this rambling journey to document our world and our lives, one photo and 30 words at a time!


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The premise of 30 Words Thursdays is simple...

Take an image (preferably one you shot, or have permission to use).

Write 30 Words about it. No more. No less.

Post it each Thursday.



Add your link to the InLinkz on my 30 Words Thursday post.
(InLinkz code will be open for one week.)
Enjoy seeing what others have captured by visiting them and leaving a comment.

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16 October 2014

30 Words :: Feathered Friend


Swooping, diving among treetops,
tempted by the last crabapples of the season.
You break
to catch your breath,
watching me watch you.
Take flight, feathered friend!
Winter's icy grasp impends.














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The premise of 30 Words Thursdays is simple...
Take an image (preferably one you shot, or have permission to use).
Write 30 Words about it. No more. No less.
Post it each Thursday.



Add your link to the InLinkz on my 30 Words Thursday post.
(InLinkz code will be open for one week.)
Enjoy seeing what others have captured by visiting them and leaving a comment.
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