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Donna Raagas
I'm Ohio born and raised, but 15 years in Las Vegas made me realize that slow-paced, small-town familiarity and interdependency is what neighborhoods lack in that city. Forest Grove, Oregon is where my husband, Craig and I enjoy simple comforts.
I'm a creative and vibrant wife, mother, grandma, friend and Heritage Maker with lots of p + s!
Interests: The Office, The Mentalist, 30 Rock, reading blogs, Bon Jovi, reading my Bible, playing tennis, Guitar Hero, 7-card stud, going to movies, reading, sewing, crafts, tv series on dvd, family, Amtrak travel, authors Anita Shreve, Stephen King, Jon Krakauer, Donald Miller, and Ann Rule, creating season-long film festivals with Blockbuster Online, date nights with my husband, bragging about my kids and granddaughters, Mary Kay Basic skin care set, primer gel and foundation/ Lush Skin Shangri-la moisture/ Maybelline Superstay lipcolor/ MAC eye primer, shadows, and gel eyeliner/ local community events, Air1 and all the musical artists featured there, our cat Bob, Friends of Historic Forest Grove, True Hope Christian Fellowship, Tusa Excavation, Zip Realty and Knipe Realty Pacific Northwest Partners, Supercuts--especially Libby in Beaverton and Christina in Cornelius, and renewed interest: blogging. I am passionate about teaching people to use Heritage Makers Studio 3.0 and looking at their creative projects, picturetelling my pictures + stories in Heritage Makers storybooks/ posters/ playing cards/ journals/ canvases/ and cards. I am also passionate about the personal messages that I receive from God every time I open my Bible! I want to know what others learn when they reach out toThe Word, so I started the Christian Chalkboard blog.
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Christian Chalkboard: "...even after you saw this, you did not..." Leave your note on the chalkboard by posting a comment on the blog. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2011 at Christian Chalkboard
Thanks, Belstaff, for noticing, but this game was played January 1st, 2010! That being said, it is time to get my Ohio State sweatshirt out again--the annual rivalry with the University of Michigan is probably this Saturday. Go Buckeyes!
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2011 on P + S: Rose Bowl Allegiance at Picturetelling!
Christian Chalkboard: "What do you think?...Which of the two did what his father wanted?" I'll scribble your comment on the chalkboard after you post it to the blog. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2011 at Christian Chalkboard
Christian Chalkboard: "Praise the LORD...For great is his love toward us,... Scribble your thoughts on the board by commenting on the blog. Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2011 at Christian Chalkboard
Christian Chalkboard: "Who can separate us from the love of Christ?" Write on the chalkboard by leaving a comment. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2011 at Christian Chalkboard
Christian Chalkboard--...Even though I was once a...I was shown mercy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2011 at Christian Chalkboard
Christian Chalkboard--" the face of an angel." Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2011 at Christian Chalkboard
Christian Chalkboard: "I do not understand what I do..." Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2011 at Christian Chalkboard
Christian Chalkboard: "...I will give you rest..." Please scrawl your thoughts on the chalkboard to join the discussion (by posting a comment on the blog). Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2011 at Christian Chalkboard
Christian Chalkboard: "...and we also thank God continually..." Please scrawl your thoughts on the chalkboard to join the discussion (by posting a comment on the blog). Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2011 at Christian Chalkboard
"...The earth is full of his unfailing love." Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2011 at Christian Chalkboard
In this post I used Jeanine Buckles' advice from the impact of a well-cropped photo. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at Picturetelling!
WOW! How'd I let this get away from me again? Heidi Dillon of has already posted 3 more steps to getting your pictures organized, and I've left you hanging! Now that you're importing your pictures into your dated folders it's time to start giving your photos tags to identify them by a keyword. After you do that, they will be easier to retrieve from all the folders they're in, when you want to use them. Heidi explains the concept and the process so well in Part 3 of her series. If you're taking the next step and uploading the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2011 at Picturetelling!
So you've set up your organization for your digital photos the way Heidi told us to in the first part of her series for You're ready for the pictures. It's time to import them into your new system. Yea! Organized photo storage is underway! Check out this musing by Heidi Dillon of as she explains the second part of her series. And while you're importing your pictures to your computer, don't forget that all of your pictures can, and should be, backed up with online photo storage. There are many companies who offer this; I use Heritage Makers... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at Picturetelling!
Have you ever known the disappointment of a lost memory card or camera? It's heartbreaking! But if we transfer our pictures to the computer as soon as possible after an event or excursion, we can feel confident that they won't be lost. Now finding the picture that you want from your saved photos--that's a different animal altogether! When I read this article I was elated! Heidi Dillon, columnist at shares her system for photo organization with us. It makes incredible sense, and it's so simple! And what makes me happy is that she's already worked the bugs out. Check... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at Picturetelling!
Thanks, Tracy, for your comment. I agree--if photos aren't an accurate "snapshot in time", then what is? That's why candids are so much fun for me, even though they're not always high-quality. I like celebrating the unpredictability of life, and altered photos usually fit a preconceived image of an ideal. If everybody understands that about magazine covers, Then no harm done--covers are just a marketing tool. But who wants to see predictable photos of people you know? Surprises are much more fun! In the case of the sports program, I can't believe that pro team owners who are willing to pay unearthly salaries to the players wouldn't just order up a new team photo. They must have wanted the background, specifically, St. Basil's cathedral in Russia. The altered New York Nets picture probably cost more to create!
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2011 on P + S: Is it Dishonest? at Picturetelling!
Hi Tracy! I'm sorry to read that you've been sick. I've been away from blogging for months, but now I'm ready to sneak back into it. I feel it's an appropriate forum for some of the commenting I want to do in the world of pictures and their stories. Seems that you are getting back into an outlet that you took a break from, too. I wish you success with your new Etsy venture, and your commitment to slow down and let wellness rule. I admire the sequence of your priorities. And I adore that love flag! I've seen flags linked that have spiritual messages and symbols, but I like the way you instantly communicate the simple message of love that everybody recognizes in hearts! My husband used to give me a flower every time we went on a date, when we first went out, and now he gives me roses every Valentine's Day--sometimes just a single stem. They're beautiful and mean that he's spent the time to sneak them home to me. You see, since we're both at home, it's more challenging for him to surreptitiously buy me flowers!
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2011 on VALENTINE GIVEAWAY & News at Pink Purl
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I read the story of the New York Nets game program with interest. In case you don't follow pro basketball or celebrity travel to Russia, apparently the picture of the team was altered to erase players no longer with the team, and to include new guard Sasha Vujacic--by pasting his head on the body of former Net, Terrence Williams. What do you think about that? It brought to my mind the current commercial where the mom of kids roughhousing during a family photo decides to paste smiling faces on each child before distributing the picture to friends and family. That... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2011 at Picturetelling!
Have you ever made a family tree for a scrapbook? Pictures are fun, but who are these people? Check out this musing by Rozanne Paxman of Of course, I agree, P + S is best! ~Donna Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2010 at Picturetelling!
Thanks for understanding!
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2010 on P+S: Obsession is bad at Picturetelling!
Sorry I've been absent. I haven't been blogging lately. I still believe in spreading my passion about the power of telling your pictures--that stories enhance your pictures and preserve your history. However, I was spending a disproportionate amount of time on the computer, and I needed to step back. But I read this post today, and I think it's worth sharing: Yeah, that's what I'm talkin' about! P+S is Best ~Donna Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2010 at Picturetelling!
I couldn't find the "comment" link over at Vision and Verb, so I hope it's OK to add it here...(do you hear the plea in my words? and the uncertain pause?) I do think you've hit on one way expressive people have found to emote--with punctuation and pauses. I know this is the opposite of what you asked for, but I just have to say that I have horribly revealing body language! I give myself away all the time! I LIKE being able to 'hide behind' carefully crafted sentences with just the right descriptors so that I can be absolutely clear, when that's necessary. I often cannot say what's really on my mind to particular people, or in groups, and I'm often tongue tied when I mean to be assertive and confident. I once shot off an angry email on purpose, because I knew I could not be confrontational in person. I don't regret that one bit. The attitude was carefully built into that communication, as well.
Toggle Commented May 7, 2010 on reading between the lines at a year of happy
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Thank you! Likewise! Every time I go to your website I realize I have to make time to do some sewing--I do it so sporadically anymore!
That is what I love about A Certain Slant of Light--images that draw you in and evoke feelings from the reader, with a tight caption that puts the reader in your kitchen, or local bakery, or at the window with Charlie, or seaside, walking with you and Dear Husband. The clarity of your photos and the daylight that brightens the images always makes me feel lighthearted and eager to enjoy MY day!