The Villages Florida Rec Softball Division 4 Captured Moments ... On and Off Field
This is a new chapter in my photographic collection featuring a very unique group of men residing in The Villages, Florida. It is the 55+, Division 4 recreational softball league. These guys range in age from the mid fifties to ninety- really! Over the past few years I have captured them in action, close ups of all the teams playing their hearts out, having a great time of sport and friendship!
Included are moments captured from the annual Veterans Tournaments, 2020, and 2021. This was the beginning of my personal project for this amazing group of souls who have never given up regardless if it was on the battlefield or now, thankfully, on the softball field.
As I got to know this special group of people, the players and their significant others, I discovered the D4 league is more than just about playing ball. They are individuals that acknowledge the needs of others donating their time and money to charities. Articles I have written about the D4 group are included in these special pages within my site...
I hope you enjoy these moments and stay forever young!
.... JD Art&Design Jewelry. One of a Kind Signature Collections ....
Over the years my photographic passion has been challenged by
my love of creating handcrafted jewelry.
The "Earth.Sea.Collection" has been offered since 1989.
It was first offered in The Butler Institute of American Art gift shop in Youngstown Ohio. This is a timeless collection that continues to evolve, mainly featuring sculptural elements of shells. Additional collections of my jewelry from button bracelets to brooches are included.Most pieces are one of a kind.
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Hand Knits Begin As Straight Knit Pieces Then The Embellishments Begin- Knit & Crocheted Ruffles, Edging, Buttons, Beads & Ribbons.
Many one-of-a-kind statements- who needs to be like everyone else after all???
The Accessories, etc display limited collections... felted visors, "ipad" holders embellished with shells & minerals... you just never know what you will find here:)
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In between production of my hand crafted jewelry I produce a line of hand crafted home and office decor. Selections include shell topiary trees, Led lights and candles, baskets and more! All are embellished with ocean finds and beads that fit any decor, landlocked or coastal. Decorate your space for you with these one of a kind pieces!
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Shell Topiary Trees . Shell Ornaments etc.
Embellished Baskets . Led Candles & Lights
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. . . A Collection Of Stories, Life Events . My Life Path, Perhaps Yours Too . . .
My graphic design career included writing articles for a diverse portfolio of accounts.
Marketing trends were featured over the years in different publications- men's fashions,
high end jewelry and home decor, audio and video, mobile xray technology, prosthetics . . .
I invite you to read articles and stories I began writing six years ago featuring military history
and interviews with our veterans- heroes past and present!
If you would like to be included in the series please, contact me.
In 2019 I had an unfortunate accident. Down for the count with a broken ankle,
I found my way back from a dark place writing stories from my life path.
You may not agree with some of my views on some subjects and that is great!
We all make choices through our lives good, bad, and indifferent. I just hope
that we may learn from each other's thoughts and perhaps
understand the "other" side of this path called life.
If there is no communication, nothing to learn or consider,
there is nothing but fear and untruths.
I have been fortunate to have experienced a fast paced life. It began at a young age
and never slowed down. I have begun writing about my adventures, chapters from my life path
that many would not have had the opportunity to experience.
Some stories are short, some are long, touching on childhood, competition, siblings, happiness, sadness, even Woodstock! Collectively, they are stories to read and
reflect upon my life path, and my life's lessons that have influenced my core.
In addition to the stories, the site includes my poetic phrases, thoughts, and inspirational
messages you will see within my art and photography.
.... Smile . Think . Live In My Moment and Keep Moving Forward! ....
Through my research I have written and posted articles on military history which includes a series of interviews with veterans from past conflicts. Within the interviews are time lines of events intrinsic to their path of that time period.
All of the articles and interviews will soon be placed on this site. Until I get them posted on this site, please visit the link above to read about these brave souls that openly gave me a moment in time and a glimpse into their past. Or, open the pdf at left to begin reading about Jimmy Carter, Tybee Island GA, US Marine, who was part of the first combat troops stationed at the Da Nang Airstrip in Vietnam.
I graciously thank them, and all veterans and their families, for their service and scarifices.