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I have a photo taken at sunset in late fall that I'd like to layer an effect similar to that sky over--the photo is nice, but it was taken when there was a clear sky (& because of a number of elements in the sky & my dinosaur equipment & software, that particular photo is giving me trouble).

Very cool illustration--but the text shading throws me.


Very powerful. Especially if you've been there. You're the trip wire. The canary in the mine shaft. The warning bell. The sacrificial lamb. Do your job right. You live another day. If you don't, others live because you took the first round. The job is rotated. And you drop to your knees on the days you're not picked, and thank God you're not Walking Point.

Walking Point by Jim Northrup

With his asshole puckered up tight,
the Marine was walking light,
He was hunting men,
who were hunting him.

His rifle was in perfect order,
he wasn't - fear, fear of not feeling fear,
the heat, mud, and mosquitoes
all addled his brain housing group
as he walked and thought along.

Thou shalt not kill,
that stuff didn't work here,
God must have stayed back
in the real world.

Is any of this real?
Is this a green nightmare
I'm going to wake up from?

He sang to himself as
his senses gathered evidence
of continued existence

His eyes saw, his ears heard,
his heart felt a numb nothing,
his mind analyzed it all
as he studied the trail

He amused himself as he walked along
the old story about bullets, Ha.
Don't sweat the one that's got your
name on it, worry about the one addressed:
To Whom It May Concern.

On another level his mind churned with
Rifle, M-14, Caliber 7.62 mm, a gas operated,
magazine fed, air cooled, semi-automatic,
shoulder weapon.
Weight-12 pounds with 20 rounds
Sustained Rate of Fire-30 rounds per minute
Effective range-460 meters
or, Hand Grenade, M-26,
and so on and on and on.

Movement!, something is moving up there!
Drop to the mud, rifle pointing at the unknown,
Looks like two of them, hunting him.
They have rifles but he saw them first.
The Marine Corps takes over,
Breathe, Relax, Aim, Slack, Squeeze.

The shooting is over in five seconds,
the shakes are over in a half hour,
the memories are over, never.

John Cox:

WOW. What a great example of portraying the unimaginable for most eeveryone. Thanks for sharing that.


Really like this.

Dr. Bob:

Gee, I didn't know what I was looking at, until GF's post.

Now, I get it.

I love the expression. Everyone needs to express there own opinion and feel free to hear others. Keep it up :)

I really thought the writing in the blog was very complexed, in a good way.;)

I must know where you got your layout from im trying to start my own blog and yours is the coolest.

Interesting thoughts on your blog, can i ask where you got your colors from?

That is a super-peachy-keen post. Thanks for really blathering on like that! Seriously, I don't think I could have spent more effort wishing for something heavy to fall on me to erase that nonsense from my mind!

Amazing freakin blog here. I almost cried while reading it!

Great wordpress blog here.. It's hard to find quality writing like yours these days. I really appreciate people like you! take care :)

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Nice blog.keep up the good work.

I really like the colors here on your blog. did you make this yourself or did you have it done by a professional?

This is the best blog I've ever seen in my life! I really appreciate you taking the time out of your day to share this with everyone.

I've one problem though. The images doesn’t come up. - even the homepage has the pictures missing.


John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.

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