It’s Friday

April 18, 2014 by  
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Today’s the day.

It’s unique.

It’s Friday.

We call it “Good”. But in the moment, it was anything but good. A mother weeping for her son. Friends weeping over their friend. Fear filling them all.

The sacrifice was real. It hurt. It was costly.


The King is caught.

The King is crucified.

The King is dead.

The Enemy has won.

Hasn’t he?


Weekend Flyer Dump

April 17, 2014 by  
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Title: The Godfather.Portrait of Brooklyn photographer/filmmaker…

April 17, 2014 by  
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Title: The Godfather.

Portrait of Brooklyn photographer/filmmaker JD Urban. Shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a EF 50mm f/1.2L lens.

Maker’s Mart This Saturday in Toledo

April 17, 2014 by  
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Hosted by Handmade Toledo, Maker’s Mart is this Saturday (April 19th) and will have 45+ handmade sellers from all over the Midwest to shop. Local food trucks, coffee and crafty make & takes will all be there to help you celebrate 419 day in Toledo, with just $1 admission. To see everything going on on Toledo’s 419 day, check out Read more about Maker’s Mart on their Facebook event page or on the Handmade Toledo website.

Title: Autoerotic.I love this depth of field and play on…

April 17, 2014 by  
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Title: Autoerotic.

I love this depth of field and play on reflections/lines in this vintage car shot. So instead of me talking about Depth of Field today I thought I’d share an article by DIY Photography that covers all the bases. Enjoy.

Back to Basics - Depth of Field

Shot in Red Hook, Brooklyn / NYC with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a EF 50mm f/1.2L lens.

NHL playoffs 2014: No. 8 Red Wings face off vs. Boston Bruins

April 17, 2014 by  
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Here is the full schedule for the first-round series between the two Original Six teams who last met in the playoffs 57 years ago:

Game 1: Friday, April 18 at 7:30 pm | TD Garden | NBC Sports
Game 2: Sunday, April 20 at 3 pm | TD Garden | NBC
Game 3: Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30 pm | Joe Louis Arena | NBC Sports
Game 4: Thursday, April 24 at 8 pm | Joe Louis Arena | NBC Sports
*Game 5: Saturday, April 26 at 3 pm | TD Garden | NBC Sports
*Game 6: Monday, April 28 at TBD | Joe Louis Arena | TBD
*Game 7: Wednesday, April 30 at TBD | TD Garden | TBD

* if necessary

Dan Dierdorf to join Jim Brandstatter in Michigan football booth

April 17, 2014 by  
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Teammates at Michigan in 1969 and 1970 will again be teaming up in the Michigan football press box:

NFL Hall of Fame player and broadcaster Dan Dierdorf will be joining Jim Brandstatter in the radio booth for Wolverines football broadcasts on the Michigan IMG Radio Network beginning this fall.

Brandstatter, who has served as the team’s color commentator on the flagship radio broadcast for the past 34 years, will handle play-by-play duties, and Dierdorf will provide color commentary for the flagship broadcast of Michigan football, heard on WWJ-AM (950) in Detroit.

“Jim and Dan are hall of fame broadcasters and great Michigan men,” said Brady Hoke, the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach. “They will provide a unique perspective to the broadcasting booth that I’m sure our fans will enjoy on football Saturdays, and you can guarantee they will have a keen analysis of Michigan Football on each broadcast.”



April 17, 2014 by  
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The futility of resisting new realities

April 17, 2014 by  
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Policy makers on a bi-partisan basis continue to try to recreate the economy of the past.

Lets start with the basic facts from our latest report: The New Path to Prosperity: Lessons for Michigan From Two Decades of Economic Change. The chart below summarizes job growth in America from 1990 – 2011. As you can see over more than two decades job growth in America has overwhelmingly occurred in private sector services. While manufacturing has shed almost six million jobs. (Other goods producing includes construction, farming, fishing, mining (including oil and natural gas) and forestry.)

And yet policy makers––from both parties––continue to make restoring manufacturing jobs the lynchpin of their jobs and economic development strategy. It won’t work! The reasons why are laid out in a terrific Reuters article entitled: Obama manufacturing hubs face uphill struggle to create jobs. Reuters writes:

But after more than a year of operation, the Youngstown hub underscores the challenges facing Obama’s goal of ensuring “a steady stream of good jobs into the 21st century,” as he put it in remarks at a White House event last month. … The Youngstown hub is still in its very early stages but so far, at least, there are no obvious signs of a wider impact. About 29,600 people held factory jobs in the Youngstown metro area in January, the latest month for which data are available. That’s actually slightly lower than the number of manufacturing jobs there when the administration awarded the hub to Youngstown in August 2012 and when it opened its doors that October.

… One of the biggest challenges is the nature of factory innovation itself, which often reduces, rather than bolsters, the need for workers who aren’t very skilled. That means the manufacturing initiative could help create jobs for people with highly specialized skills, such as engineers, but it may do far less to help people struggling to find work after the shuttering of local steel mills.

Increasingly smart machines are doing more and more of the work that used to be done by factory workers. And that trend is almost certain to accelerate. The simple fact is that technology trumps government programs. Yes it is likely that American manufacturing output will increase, but no that increase will not be accompanied by many good paying factory jobs.

What can and should increase as pointed out in the Reuters article are jobs in pre and post production––in fields like engineering; design; supply chain and logistics; and sales and marketing. These are all part of private sector knowledge-based services that have been growing the past two decades and almost certainly will continue to grow. And unlike the remainder of the service sector are the high wage sectors of the American economy.



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Shopbop Friends & Family Sale

April 16, 2014 by  
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If you’re shopping for Spring, hurry over to one of our absolute favorite shopping sites for women, Shopbop.  Through Thursday, you can save 25% sitewide with “INTHEFAMILY14″ at checkout.  Trust us, it takes a bit of the guilt out of some of the splurges you’ll want to make once you see this well-stocked site.  Here are just a few of our favorites for spring:

Nandani Top1 Shopbop Friends & Family SaleTibi Layered Halter Dress Shopbop Friends & Family SaleJoes Jeans Skinny Ankle Jeans Shopbop Friends & Family Sale

From L to R. Club Monaco Nandani Top, Tibi Layered Halter Dress, Joe’s Jeans Skinny Ankle Jeans

Ancient Greek Sandals Shopbop Friends & Family SaleJuicy Couture Pave Feather Bangle Shopbop Friends & Family SaleClare Vivier Maison Flat Clutch Shopbop Friends & Family Sale

From L to R, Ancient Greek Sandals Clio Platform Sandals, Juicy Couture Pave Feather Bangle Bracelet, Clare V Masison Flat Clutch


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