Monthly Archives: April 2018

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Who wants to travel with me on out next @wattsoflove trip? I promise it will change your life!

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John Economou, Sean Economou and @christiedunne rejoice after packing up over 1000 solar lights heading to Uganda. We are so excited about our amazing partnership with U4Uganda. They have been an amazing partner in so many ways and we can’t wait to deliver lights with them. #PartnershipWithPurpose

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At some point in everyone’s life we all encounter loss. It’s often very painful and changes us forever. Although new life grows in the soil of loss, it is never a easy process and it’s something no one ever wants to encounter! When I was a little boy, my cousin Kurt died very suddenly of Reye’s syndrome. He was only 13. It was devastating on his dad, mom, brothers and sisters. He was the first person I ever knew that passed away.
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Just a few months ago, Kurt’s old grade school had a rededication to a memorial tree that was planted at the time of Kurt’s death. In honor of the tree rededication, I posted something on Facebook to remember my cousin Kurt. To my surprise, @orlaithcarmody saw my post and asked if I would allow my writing to be in a book she was creating about loss and grief. I agreed. The book, WITHOUT YOU LIVING WITH LOSS, was released last week and I am so please that Kurt’s story may help someone as they begin the healing process.
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Although there are some bad things about social media, I thought, today we could all be brave and gentle enough to have a special post to honor the emotion of grief and anyone you may have loss.
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As a way of remembering those that we have lost please consider leaving a comment below by put the words…. in honor of (name here) and the hashtag #withoutyou.
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If want to go deeper and share a little about that person and how losing them affect you, please feel free.
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The new book WITHOUT YOU LIVING WITH LOSS is an intimate collection of letters to loved ones who have passed away. Proceeds from the book will go directly to Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services in Harold’s Cross and Blackrock Hospice.
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The book aims to provide comfort and solace to anyone who has experienced a bereavement, or who is about to face one. By encouraging conversations about loss, Orlaith and the book’s other contributors hope their letters will provide comfort and inspiration. You can purchase a copy of the book by clicking the link in my bio.
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By sharing and remembering our common experience of loss, I believe we all can receive a small touch of additional healing, grace and peace.

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At some point in everyone’s life we all encounter loss. It’s often very painful and changes us forever. Although new life grows in the soil of loss, it is never a easy process and it’s something no one ever wants to encounter! When I was a little boy, my cousin Kurt died very suddenly of Reye’s syndrome. He was only 13. It was devastating on his dad, mom, brothers and sisters. He was the first person I ever knew that passed away.
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Just a few months ago, Kurt’s old grade school had a rededication to a memorial tree that was planted at the time of Kurt’s death. In honor of the tree rededication, I posted something on Facebook to remember my cousin Kurt. To my surprise, Orlaith Carmody saw my post and asked if I would allow my writing to be in a book she was creating about loss and grief. I agreed. The book, WITHOUT YOU LIVING WITH LOSS, was released last week and I am so please that Kurt’s story may help someone as they begin the healing process.
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Although there are some bad things about social media, I thought, today we could all be brave and gentle enough to have a special post to honor the emotion of grief and anyone you may have loss.
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As a way of remembering those that we have lost please consider leaving a comment below by put the words…. in honor of (name here) and the hashtag #withoutyou.
.
If want to go deeper and share a little about that person and how losing them affect you, please feel free.
.
The new book WITHOUT YOU LIVING WITH LOSS is an intimate collection of letters to loved ones who have passed away. Proceeds from the book will go directly to Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services in Harold’s Cross and Blackrock Hospice.
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The book aims to provide comfort and solace to anyone who has experienced a bereavement, or who is about to face one. By encouraging conversations about loss, Orlaith and the book’s other contributors hope their letters will provide comfort and inspiration. You can purchase a copy of the book by clicking the link in my bio.
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By sharing and remembering our common experience of loss, I believe we all can receive a small touch of additional healing, grace and peace.

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Today I return to speak at my old high school Montini Catholic. I have been asked to talk speak to students about a career as a photographer. Although I really don’t embrace that title or the job of being a photographer, I am honored to have been asked.
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I believe the title of photographer is antiquated and a camera is just a tool. A camera is no different then a hammer and nails. The tool is irrelevant. A guitar is silent until it is held in the hands of someone who knows how to draw the music out from the strings and frets. It’s what the creator does with the tool that matters, not the tool itself.
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I see myself as story teller. I tell stories to try and understand the world and hopefully myself better. I use photography, video, art, music, typography and words as my strings and cords to create.
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When I located my freshman yearbook and found my senior class ring, I began asking myself what would I want to tell “young Kevin” about life? If I could travel back in time and give “young Kevin” one crucial piece of advice to help him on his journey of life what would that advice be?
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Then I began to wonder, if “young Kevin” would have listened? Would he understand? Would he have cared? Would have anything in my life turned out differently?
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If you have made it to the end of this long post, I would like to ask each of you to write a comment of advice you would have liked to shared with your “young self.” Think of it as going back in time and writing something in your own personal yearbook. A fortune cookie that is 100% honest. A commencement addresses delivered to a captive audience. Profound scripture scribed on a bathroom stall. Or in today’s vernacular, a post that is more than just click bait.
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I look forward to reading your advice to your “young self” and will share a few with the students today. I can only hope and pray that they will listen to the music you will help me create today.
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And yes, that is me with a marvelous head of hair. .
#WhatIWouldTellMyYoungerSelf

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This is why some are afraid of the dark. @wattsoflove

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Would you be willing to spend $5.99 to help someone step into their life’s calling? This is my friend Patrick Mayberry. Patrick is the most talented musician, and songwriter I have ever heard.
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Throughout my life, I have had the good fortune to know and photograph a few people before they became famous for their talents and were discovered by the world. Some how I just knew they had that unexplainable “it” quality. How do you describe that “it” quality? You can’t! You can only experience “it” and hear “it” in your soul.
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Because he is so humbled, his heart is to sever others (he is the worship leader at Soul City Church) and how he doesn’t like to put any focus on himself, Patrick will most likely feel very uncomfortable with the words I just wrote. I don’t care. I am a big believer in him and his talents.
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Today, Patrick is releasing a new album called JOY and I am asking each person reading this to feel and hear what “it” sounds like. Plus, if you do buy his music, you can someday say… “I was listening to him BEFORE he made it big!”
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I promise you buying, it will allow you to hear a touch of the future and help someone step into their destiny.
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Click iTunes link in my bio

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Reflection provides direction.

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One man’s trash is another man’s art.

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As you encounter people today, remember to be kind and try to extend grace. No matter who they may be, everyone is dealing with something.