Record Breaking 1st Weekend at NWSS

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The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, CO saw record-breaking crowds show up over its first weekend of January 07-08, 2023. I was able to sit down with NWSS President & CEO Paul Andrews on that first weekend’s Sunday afternoon to get his thoughts on the record turnout. Hint: America and even the tv show Yellowstone might be involved in those record numbers…

You can find my interview with Paul Andrews, along with a number of photos from the first weekend, on the website for the Fence Post magazine – https://www.thefencepost.com/news/celebrating-america-breaks-records/

The world famous Westernaires are a staple of the national Western Stock Show and 2023 was no different as big rodeo crowds on the opening Saturday were treated to patriotic displays from the trick riders of the youth riding organization. Image by Lincoln Rogers, 2023 – All rights reserved.
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You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32

Devin Warren Wins NWSS Freestyle Reining

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Congratulations to Franktown, CO horse trainer Devin Warren on winning the prestigious $25,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining competition at the historic national Western Stock Show in Denver, CO. Warren’s 226.5-point score riding Lil Joes Cash N Gold put him atop the field for the sold-out competition held inside the National Western Events Center’s Cinch Arena. It was a great competition. I will be putting together a story and more photos in the near future.

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You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32

Life Is Short…

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Less than two weeks ago, the young fiancé of a neighbor’s son was found unresponsive in the morning and had to be rushed to the hospital to recover. They had just become engaged the night before.

Yesterday, an extremely close friend that is older nearly passed away from a serious kidney infection before responding well to treatment in the hospital. She was doing great just a few days earlier.

And now tonight, my wife and I watched a 24-year-old NFL football player collapse and become lifeless on the field on live tv. He is in peak physical condition in the prime of his life.

Lincoln Rogers’ stock image of an antique pocket watch on LightStock.com

My wife and I talked while the medical efforts were being performed on football player Damar Hamlin, who we are praying for, along with his family and friends. We hope he will be all right. These reminders of the frailty of life in such close succession brought to our minds a passage in the bible that is as relevant now as it was when it was written thousands of years ago.

“Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near.” ~ Isaiah 55:6

Life is short — None of us are guaranteed any extra days on this world — We are all born for a purpose — There is a God who loves us and cares about us.

My prayer for 2023 is that people realize those truths.

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You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32

What I Want In 2023

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I guess this could be termed a “resolution” in that I am resolute in my determination.

Resolutions image by Lincoln Rogers, LLC – All rights reserved.

In 2023 I want to be more active in protecting the innocent.

I want to be active in protecting the elderly.

I want to be active in protecting children.

I want to be active in showing what it means to have freedom and liberty in Christ.

Freedom in Christ is biblical: “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” ~ John 8:36

Liberty in Christ is biblical: “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” ~ 2 Corinthians 3:17

If it is the right thing to do, do it.

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You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32

Life Should Be Fun, Too!

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There are all sorts of things to make you go “Hmmmm…” these days. While it is appropriate to look at those, explore them, and be vigilant against the harm occurring in our world, life is also meant to be enjoyed. God created us to have peace and joy in a faith-filled relationship with Him. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” ~ John 10:10

In the spirit of enjoying life, I thought I would share this extremely fun music video from a South African musician who calls himself The Kiffness. Time to sit back and smile for a few minutes…

Hope you enjoyed this amusing song as much as I did!

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You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32

Protect the Vulnerable…

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There is no sitting on the fence for this one. It is too important.

In my opinion, the open promotion of, and the attempt to normalize, child trafficking and pedophilia have no place in a civilized society. Exploiting the most vulnerable among us for sexual gratification is a hideous evil that has no defense. That is a chained and locked no-go zone for anyone who desires to live in a world that hasn’t gone crazy.

I worked for years as a therapist for physically and sexually abused children. It is why the near-total silence from media, celebrities and politicians on the horrific child trafficking/pedophilia in the spheres of societal power and influence is utterly heartbreaking. The Balenciaga photoshoot scandal is just the tip of the iceberg. The fact that the child sexualization of the ad campaign was so open is a sad commentary on our culture. Sadder still is that most of those involved (including the “celebrities” that are paid to model and promote the brand) have not denounced the brand. Some have even openly promoted the brand after the scandal broke.

Let me be blunt. Sexualizing children only leads to one thing. Sex with children. It is the end goal, and Balenciaga seems to be promoting that very thing. That brand is not alone on this, either. Adidas was also involved with Balenciaga’s ad campaign. It does not appear to be rare or isolated, which makes this all even worse.

In my experience, keeping children safe is not only a normal human response, but it is also a deeply rooted Christian principle. Jesus Christ is quoted in the bible in THREE separate passages issuing a warning to those who involve children in sin (Matthew 18:6, Mark 9:42, Luke 17:2). Matthew’s verse states, “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depths of the sea.” The other passages are very similar in their phrasing.

Protecting the vulnerable among us is the right and moral thing to do. It always has been. There is nothing “progressive” or “enlightened” or “loving” about sexualizing children.

Please… be a light in this dark world. Protect the vulnerable.

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You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32

A Slowsky in the Fast Lane…

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I call myself a “Slowsky.” If you recall the old (and very funny) commercials with the turtles talking about internet speeds, that kind of describes my approach to new technology. I just don’t feel any need to have the latest and greatest anything related to technology. Me and Bill & Karolyn Slowsky, we think alike in that department.

As a result, I take my time and research. I read (and read some more) and compare and think about and pray about business decisions and purchases I need to make for my writing and photography LLC. I try to be a good steward of the blessings God has put in our lives and squeeze everything I can out of what I purchase and what I use. Heck, I squeezed 14 years out of my last pro DSLR camera before finally upgrading last year to the latest Canon DSLR (which I love, by the way).

But computer technology, hardware, software and peripherals all seem to warp-speed into the market, these days. My photography and video editing workflow with my current 4-5 year-old business laptop used to be quick and seamless. Now, the workflow can be glacial and frustrating to the point where it seems a legitimate option to just throw the thing out the window. I think I would likely get the same amount of work done that day!

Stock image by Lincoln Rogers of time moving fast on a clock — You can find this image on Shutterstock.com

So the time has come to pull into the fast lane and upgrade the business laptop. As a Slowsky, you can bet I have researched like crazy and this time the product will be a laptop that will (hopefully) handle a longer period of time and will certainly be upgradeable to keep using as technology keeps trying its best to make the thing obsolete. To me, that is part of being a good steward of the blessings God has put in our lives.

I will give it a whirl in the near future and let you know the make and model if it works great. I like to pass along information on things that work! In the meantime, I will make sure I steer back into the slow lane as soon as I can. Right behind Bill and Karolyn…

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“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32

King of the Mountain

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A trio of rodeos were named 2022’s best rodeos of the year for their respective categories in the Mountain States Circuit (Colorado & Wyoming). I was able to talk with two of them about their reactions to earning the titles — Cheyenne Frontier Days for Large Rodeo of the Year and the Elizabeth Stampede for Medium Rodeo of the year. The article with some of my photography has been published on the website of The Fence Post magazine. https://www.thefencepost.com/news/king-of-the-mountain/

The cowboy and western spirit thrives in the two-state region (Colorado and Wyoming) that comprises the Mountain States rodeo circuit. In this image from 2022’s Cheyenne Frontier Days, untamed horses are let loose to run throughout the arena before each performance at the world-famous venue. Image by Lincoln Rogers – All rights reserved.
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“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32

The Blessing of Business…

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I had the blessing of a company approaching me this week about using one of my images for promotional and marketing purposes. It won’t be earth-shaking usage, but it is a nice-sized company and having them approach me out of the blue is pretty cool. One of the best parts about it is that I know it doesn’t happen without God sending them my way.

Why do I say that?

There is a passage in the book of Matthew, chapter 6, where Jesus is talking to people about their worries in life. You know, the universal items that can consume our thoughts. Will we have enough to eat? Will we have enough to drink? Will we have clothes to wear? Jesus told the crowd listening to Him that “… your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.(Matt. 6:32) But then He gave them the reason He was telling them not to worry.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

Married man and woman studying the Holy Bible together at a table. Christian and faith-based stock image by Lincoln Rogers – All rights reserved.

That is why I know beyond a doubt that the people, companies, organizations, etc. that approach me out of the blue to do business have been sent my way by God. And it is one more reason I can keep working on applying another passage in the bible that says, “… for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (Philippians 4:11)

Not easy to do these days, but it is not something I have to worry about!

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“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32

So Far, So Good…

So far, all is quiet on the “hacker threat” front regarding my LLC’s business website and related accounts. It was likely a case of hoping to con me into paying them a ransom in Bitcoin.

Quiet as well regarding the report I made about the ransomware type threat to the federal CISA agency. Not surprising on that front, at all. I don’t expect much help from the government.

As I mentioned before, God has my back. No matter what happens, He has promised He will  “cause all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28

My own technology-related internet and web surfing stock image on BigStock.com – Image by Lincoln Rogers

You can find the above stock image on BigStock.com. https://www.bigstockphoto.com/image-239364/stock-photo-mouse-binary-code

Hope you all had a great weekend.

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“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32