Sunday, April 24, 2011


My brother passed away this past week.  He was my older brother who was known as Bubba.  I will really miss him!

RALPH DAVID STEKIN, JR., born in Houston, Texas, on April 29, 1950, to Betty Mae (Cohen) and Ralph Stekin, passed away on April 19, 2011. Ralph graduated from Bellaire Senior High School, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Houston Law Center. He proudly served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Ralph was predeceased by his father, Ralph Stekin. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Betty Mae and Selwyn Dante, his sisters and brothers-in-law, Susan and Dr. Ed Septimus, and Kathy and Perry Zieben, his nephews and their spouses, Dr. Joshua and Ali Septimus and Rabbi Daniel and Amanda Septimus, and by his nephews and niece, Brent Sacks, Lane Zieben, and Avery Zieben. He is also survived by his great nephews and nieces, Mia and Noah Septimus and Talia and Jonah Septimus.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


I have been working really hard on capturing meaningful shots with my photograpy.  Finally one of them paid off.  My photo was picked for the front page of  It was quite a surprise to be chosen, too!  It was a photo of a flamingo that I took on a class photo shoot a few weeks ago.  Normally I am really into street photography because it allows us to freeze one of those moments and study all of the small dramas that were taking place. But this was taken at the zoo without any people in the shot.