Monthly Archives: April 2017

Happy Easter


May your Easter Day be filled with God’s love. And may all your days shine with eternal light.

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Goodbye to an Italian Legend–the last person from the 1800s…

Emma Morano passed away on Saturday April 15, 2017. She was born November 29, 1899, making her 117 when she died and the last person from the 1800s. 117 years is 1,404 months, or 42,705 days, or 1,024,920 hours…

Think about all that she had seen in her life time, the birth of planes, cars, radios, TVs, phones, computers, internet, cell phones, etc…  She lived through both world wars, saw the rise and fall of countless governments, witnessed a man walk on the moon, and a thousand other events to numerous to name.

Goodbye Emma Morano. Every century must in time pass the torch.


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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 100 of 100

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This is it! The final day of the 100 day stretch to test out a dream. Today I received a little surprise in my inbox: 2 opt-ins for a email list I’m trying to create to provide consulting advice for those seeking dreams of their own. It’s a project I’ve been working very hard to create. I’ve spent many weeks learning about the software needed to provide the marketing and auto-responses that are required in order run an effective career consulting business, and I’ve have many hiccups along the way (a lot of them technical glitches).

But today some positive results came in the form of those opt-ins. It doesn’t mean instant success, of course. I have many more weeks of testing ahead to see if I can get the system up and running to the point where I can have a paying customer base that will provide enough sales to justify the new business. But it’s a much needed positive start. I will work as hard as I can in the remaining time I’ve allotted to carry forward my own dreams.

It’s important to note that the work done on career consulting will pay dividends for the writing and photography dream because the software system can be easily converted to book or print sales. In other words, the opt-in emails of tomorrow will serve as a form of cross marketing, providing separate streams of income from customers that are treated well. I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me to make this possible, but I know it can be accomplished if I remain open to new ideas and I continue to learn new techniques.

One thing is for certain: The decision to spend time and money on dream is the best decision one can make. Too often people only think of their dreams and never take the steps required to making them a reality. The dream remains just that–a dream. If I could give one piece of career advice to anyone it would be to stop making excuses for not going after their true goals. You can find the money. You can find the time. You can learn anything you need to learn to make that dream a success. It won’t be easy, perhaps, but it can be done if you commit yourself to it 100%.

And that, above all, is what these 100 days taught me.

Best to you and your dreams,

-Vincent Lowry

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 99 of 100

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Nature is truly beautiful. It’s a joy using my camera to capture so many wonderful sites that are just a short drive away. Sometimes is the wide-angle landscape that catches my eye, with colors so rich I can almost feel the view as I stare at the sky and the endless horizon. Other times, it’s the single flower that speaks to me. The picture above sums up that shot perfectly well. I love the detail of the small things that often go unnoticed. It’s like an entire universe to itself–one of beauty of wonder.

Tomorrow will be the last day of my 100 day stretch to pursue my dream of become self sufficient financially through my writing and photography. While I’m going to extend this time frame–3 to 4 weeks were taken up with consulting–I’m a long way off I’m afraid from doing this fulltime. I still have hope, but something must happen soon to convince me that art is going to pay the bills. If it doesn’t, it’s back to finance and accounting.

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard)

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 98 of 100

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I had to spend a good part of today rebuilding some landing pages I had set up for business purposes, completely redoing work that had taken me a few days. I wasn’t pleased about doing the work over again, but I was fortunate that it took less time because I’ve become more familiar with the software I’m using.

Today’s picture was taken at Joshua Tree in March 2017.

-Vincent Lowry

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 97 of 100

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If you find peace in the work, that’s all you really need. Dedication can flow through that love, easing many of frustrations you are bound to experience with dealing with difficulties.  A friend of mine brought over The Shawshank Redemption not long ago. We watched it, and I commented to him how Andy was really Stephen King when you consider what Stephen went through to become a published author. The part of Andy mailing the letters to the state to receive more funds for the library project was, in a symbolic form, the same thing as Stephen sending in all his short stories to the magazine editors in the hope he’d receive a publication credit. Rejection was the norm. Week after week, month after month, both Andy and Stephen mailed without pause or hesitation. “They can’t ignore me forever,” said Andy in the film. And he was right. But it took 6 years for Andy to prove it, about the same amount to time it took Stephen King to make traction on his end for the stories.

It’s a perfect example of dedication. Had it taken 8 years, Andy and Stephen would have done it. 10, 20 years? Yup, likely so. Why? Because they were committed to their goal. For Andy, it was the love of creating a new library for the prison. For Stephen it was the love of writing and telling stories.

Yesterday I read an article that the Oak used in Shawshank Redemption had to be cut down because it had significant weather damage. That almighty Oak was truly beautiful. It’s the same tree where Red discovered Andy’s letter (and money), and Andy proved to Red that hope was a good thing…sometimes the best of things, and no good thing ever days.

You remember the name of the town, don’t you?

-Vincent Lowry  (Author of American Vineyard)

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 96 of 100

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Today’s picture is a shot of Antelope Valley in California, which I took a few days ago. The poppies were amazing this year. The wet winter really paid off in terms of blooms, as can be seen in the photo above.


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