Monthly Archives: October 2016

As the sun sets on south Dublin, I am very sad to be leaving Ireland and hope I can return again soon. I can honesty say that Ireland truly is my favorite place in the world to visit! The people that inhabit this beautiful island make it such a truly special place.
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On my last night, I had the great opportunity to stay in the Chaplin room at @royalmarinehotel. Although they surely will not kick up any dust over me staying at the hotel, they have hosted all kinds for famous people, Laurel & Hardy, Michael Collins, Queen Victoria and even old blues Frank Sinatra made full use of the hotel bar.
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As I looked out over south Dublin peering out perhaps the same window that Charlie Chaplin look out upon, I thought how much Ireland has changed but yet, its heart and souls still still remain the same!

Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral this morning was truly incredible. The sounds and voice of the Cathedral men and boys choir was so spectacular. #jjindublin

Today’s challenge thrown at me at our photographers workshop. “How would you photograph a model in a high haute couture dress in the middle of a stale and bland hotel conference room, with ugly overhead fluorescent lights illuminating the room using only your iPhone and nothing else?” Challenge accepted. #jj_indublin

Dublin from my view. #jj_indublin

Compassion is the greatest expression of love there is in life. To choose a life that is completely focused on helping, serving and loving others is a definite calling. I do not have that type of calling. I am too selfish.
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This is a photo I captured of Joel DeBortoli one week ago today right before we left Dhanda Gaun, Nepal. Although I have only worked with Joel two times, I can honestly say I have learned a great deal by merely observing Joel and how he loves those around him through service. His desire and calling to serve others has truly inspired me. Although Joel will most likely be uncomfortable with me writing about him and would prefer I “put the focus on Jesus,” I do believe honoring Joel and his wife Tammy and the work they do in Nepal is honoring Jesus.
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I see it very much like when one goes to an art gallery and admires a painting or piece of art. The artist or creator would never be offended hearing someone talk about how that particular piece of art moves and touches them. Honoring the creation also gives honor to the creator.
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Several years ago Joel, left a NBA career to serve others. Both he, Tammy and their family have dedicated their entire lives to serving and helping others. Although I have only seen a small portion of all that they do and how they help, it is obvious to me that without a “real calling” they could not do all that they do for the people of Nepal. It is not their strength, but it is His strength, through them that gives so much to so many. However, it is equally true that it was their “yes” that allows the Creator to use them as such powerful tools for His creations. Thank you for saying “yes” Joel and Tammy and for teaching me so much.
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The harvest is great but, the workers are few. Luke 10:2

For all the challenges I faced getting to Dhanda Gaun, the views to get there are really spectacular. #wolnepal2016