Archive for February, 2009

Atlantic Ocean photographs

Posted in photography, Photos on February 28, 2009 by maryrestaino



These photos were taken off Smith’s Point bridge, a Fire Island barrier beach. This is the first time I’m using my new digital camera.

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Blogging and job searching

Posted in blogging, photography, Photos, Thoughts, writing on February 26, 2009 by maryrestaino


Blogging gives me the chance to post my writing and photographs daily, which I enjoy. I have been searching for a job that will utilize my skills as a writer and amateur photographer.

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Just before sunset on Fire Island, NY

Posted in photography, Photos on February 25, 2009 by maryrestaino


That is my daughter walking in the distance. You can also see the sand that’s piled up to try to protect against beach erosion.


These photos were taken about a half hour or so before sunset.

How to effectively cope with change in your life

Posted in Personal, Thoughts, writing on February 24, 2009 by maryrestaino


If it’s one thing we know about life, it’s that nothing stays the same. Situations in our outer environment change, people change, and we ourselves change.
Most likely, you are powerless over most or all of the changes in your life if they are occurring outside of yourself.
The first thing that must be done to effectively deal with a change in your life is simply to accept it. This strategy will greatly reduce your stress level. To cope effectively, you must accept that change is occurring. If the change is to occur in the future, take advantage of that notice and begin preparing – develop a plan. Pretending the change isn’t occurring will only make the situation worse. For example, if you know you are losing or may lose your job, begin looking for a new one, and take steps every day towards that goal.
It is normal to feel frightened, angry or overwhelmed at prospective change or changes in your life, whether they are big or small. Seek out the support of friends, support groups and a therapist during this time in your life if necessary. Writing in a journal will also allow you to express your feelings in a safe way. Looking back later at what you wrote may help you see things from a new perspective.
Much of the quality of our life depends on our attitudes. Some philosophers argue that challenges are of no consequence, it is how we face them that defines our true character. Almost every situation has a positive side and can teach us important lessons if we are willing to learn. Approach your life with a positive attitude, set realistic goals and work toward them, and you will be okay. Don’t let anger and resentment carry you down a river of despair.
It is also important that you stay calm while making decisions about your future. Expect that change and frustration is a normal part of life and you will not be surprised or disappointed.


Posted in Personal, photography, Photos, religion, Thoughts on February 21, 2009 by maryrestaino

Lately, I find myself worrying about my life. What will I do about this situation or that. What came to mind is this quote from the Bible.
“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”
The new testament, Matthew|6:24–33

Live your dreams

Posted in Personal, Poetry, Thoughts, writing on February 21, 2009 by maryrestaino


Use your imagination
Dare to live your dreams
Surround yourself with those
Who believe in you
Don’t listen to those that don’t
When you have fallen on your path
Lift yourself up and walk again
Consider trying something new
Look at someone you don’t like
In a new way
Reach out to someone
Who has no one
Listen more, talk less
And when you need to
Don’t be afraid
To go it alone

Are you a landlord? Easy ways to protect your investment.

Posted in Family, Personal, Thoughts on February 20, 2009 by maryrestaino

My mother is in an assisted living facility. To help pay for her care, we rent out her home. Recently, we experienced damage in the home, as a result of frozen pipes (we live in New York). Without going into details, I realized there is more to being a landlord than just receiving a rent check every month.

A few precautions can save you a lot of heartache:

1. Make sure you or your real estate agent completes a employment, rental, credit and criminal history check on prospective tenants. Ask for a picture identification for each adult who will be living on the property.

2. Address the issue of appropriate behavior on the property in the lease, including any illegal activity.

3. Visit the property regularly.

4. Make sure neighbors have your phone number to contact you in case of an emergency or other concerns they may have.

5. If there is more than one owner, make sure tenants have contact information for each owner.

Take the time to research information on how to properly select a tenant. Even if you are an experienced landlord, you might learn something that will save you aggravation, money and time.