Friday, February 29, 2008

15 minutes
in black & white
9:46 A.M

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9:54 A.M.

10:01 A.M.
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These photos were taken in the Mojave Desert town of Victorville on Thursday, February 28th.

It was time for my neighbor Cheri's doctor appointment again, so, while I was waiting for her, I took our dogs for a walk and came across these scenes within two blocks of the doctor's office.

There's so much in the world to look at, to think about, and I wonder how it is that people come to be bored.

"May You Live In Interesting Times" An old Roman curse

The pictures were shot in color and converted to black & white in Photoshop.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008


Click on image to enlarge - Logo © Obama '08
Modifications conceived by Peggy Otterstrom and rendered by Jim Otterstrom on Valentines Day, 2008.

~An Open Letter To Our Friends~

Dear Friends,
Many of you know Peggy and I don't usually get involved in political campaigns, but I believe this election is the most important of our lifetime.
As Americans, we have a clear choice in how we face the next several years. Very difficult years where we must deal creatively and constructively with huge challenges, including climate change, environmental degradation, growing anti-American sentiment, increasing resource scarcity, peak oil and a faltering economy.
We need new ideas, and a sense that America can cooperate with the rest of the world in addressing our very urgent problems, by some means other than unilateral pre-emptive perpetual war.
Right now we have the chance to choose a president who is honest, personable, intelligent, courageous, wise, and hopeful, a man of the people with fresh ideas. Or, we can continue onward with politics as usual and the failed policies of the status quo.
Barack Obama spoke eloquently against the War In Iraq from day one, while Hillary Clinton voted for it.
This is a needless and costly war where nearly 4,000 Americans have already lost their lives, along with countless thousands of innocent civilian Iraqi men, women, and children.
We have squandered nearly a half-trillion dollars of our hard-earned money on this war so far, enough to have rebuilt much of the deteriorating public infrastructure of the United States, our crumbling highways, bridges, levees, power grids, hospitals etc.!
America was once respected around the world as a Beacon Of Freedom, but now we are more often feared as self-serving war-mongers bent on world domination.
We need strong visionary leadership that also understands the struggles of the average person. Someone who believes in Democracy and will work to restore our credibility on the world stage with good will and diplomacy instead of threats and violence.
A lot of people have stopped believing that is even possible, but we support Barack Obama because we believe he can be that leader.
His grassroots funded campaign for the presidency is unparalleled in history and our need for an honest, fresh-thinking leader could not be more urgent.
Americans are hungry for change and Barack Obama will bring that change when he is elected.
If you still believe that ordinary people can make a difference please take a moment now, and click here to visit our Obama '08 fundraising page, to make a donation of any size, $5, $10, $25, whatever you can do.
It all adds up, and this is how Barack Obama has come so far, with support from average people like you and I.

Thank You,

Jim & Peggy Otterstrom

A few days ago Peggy asked me to design a T-shirt for her with the Obama Campaign Logo.
She wanted one created in rainbow colors over a sunburst with her own slogan, "Obama Gives Me Hope".
I took a picture of the sun and then spent a couple of hours playing in Photoshop to turn her idea into reality. The designs above, and on her T-shirt below are the results.



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Tuesday, February 12, 2008


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Today is Peggy's Birthday and she shares it with two other great human beings who were also ahead of their times with unconventional forward thinking ideas, Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin.
Abe & Charlie were both born on February 12th, 1809. Peggy was born a bit later.
~Happy Birthday Honey~

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Yes We Can - Barack Obama Music Video

Hope Springs Eternal...

I am always moved when people rise up in opposition to the satus quo.

Peggy and I support Obama because he has the ability to inspire people.

We're under no delusion that any one person might change our world, that's up to us.

It's the desire for change, and the longing for a new America that makes this candidacy so powerful.

One can hear the voices of America crying out for a brighter more hopeful future.


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