Sneaky Pets

As a writer who spends a great deal of time in my home office, I often don’t realize what my office mate is doing. That’s primarily because he’s usually snoozing while I’m attacking the keyboard with the latest manuscript, etc.

But every now and then, he will sneak by and do something completely unexpected, then return back to his “dormant” state. One of those things is to steal a snack from the table while I’m not watching.

“Who, Kangadog?” You might say, “Nawww!”

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Yesterday, a set of photos taken of President Obama at the Mandela memorial service showed him taking “selfies” with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and First Lady Michelle Obama looking somewhat perturbed at their antics. While many are quick to draw instant conclusions based on the appearance of those photos (because come one, it’s too hard to resist, right?) we sometimes forget that photos, like words (sound bytes) and even written phrases, taken out of context can be misleading.

Does a photo always tell the truth? Can the camera lie?

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