Enjoy Midwest scenery year-round

October 27, 2016

Update: the pictorial calendar is no longer for sale. Two printings of the calendar sold out before the new year began.

For me, photography has always been a fun hobby. For years, I’ve enjoyed taking pictures and sharing them with family and friends on Facebook and Instagram.

Over time, people began suggesting that I publish my photos, perhaps in a coffee table book, on note cards or in a pictorial calendar. Though flattered, I didn’t know how to respond. Never had I considered growing my hobby into a business.

The magic of the Midwest is captured on every page of the 2017 calendar.

The magic of the Midwest is captured on every page of the 2017 calendar.

Never was that my aspiration, so I deflected the early suggestions to publish my pictures. For starters, I had no idea where to begin. Besides, I was already busy working full-time at a job that I love.

Continued promptings, though, aroused my curiosity. After talking with a few trusted friends, I created a website to respond to people requesting to use my pictures in magazine, on corporate websites or as home décor.

Eventually, I began exploring options to self-publish, and that led me to discover a specialty publishing company that would allow me to print high-quality products at a very reasonable price.

To test the waters, I recently ordered a limited supply of 2017 calendars. Though I won’t be promoting them heavily, I am offering them for sale to family and friends. For anyone who might be interested, here is information on 1) the calendars, 2) the purchasing process and 3) my online gallery of favorite photos.

2017 Photo Calendar

The large space allows you to plan and to mark important events.

The large space allows you to mark important events.

Printed on sturdy, high-quality paper, the 11” x 8.5” landscape calendars are spiral-bound and hole-punched, making them ideal for hanging in your home or office.

Each month features a vibrant, colorful photo of scenic landscapes, historic buildings or seasonal colors around the Kansas City area. The format of the large, monthly calendar allows you to mark birthdays, remember anniversaries, plan vacations and schedule other important events.

As the new year approaches, I can envision the calendars making great gifts for family members, college students away from home, business contacts, friends and others who would enjoy the Midwest scenery year-round.

Purchasing Information

Reasonably priced at $19.95, each calendar can be shipped (for an additional $3.50 in postage costs) anywhere within the United States.

Orders may be placed using this two-step process:

1. Click on this PayPal link to make a purchase: paypal.me/DuaneHallock/23.45.

2. Send your postal address to me at duane@duanehallock.com.

You may also make a purchase via Facebook Messenger if you would prefer not to use PayPal.

My Online Photo Gallery

You may browse through a few of my favorite photos at duanehallockphotography.com. There you will find my photos available in a variety of formats – digital downloads, prints and even framed and mounted pictures. I especially like the look of the home décor products where the pictures are printed on canvas, metal or professional-quality photo paper.

I’m grateful for the many friends who have encouraged me to take this journey. And I’m thankful for the photographers, both amateur and professional, who continue to inspire me with their works on Instagram and other places.

Speaking of Instagram, I’d be happy to connect with you there if we’re not already following each other. You may find my profile at instagram.com/duanehallock. Thank you..

The colorful calendars will brighten your kitchen, hallway or work place.

Year-round the colorful calendars will brighten your family room, kitchen, hallway or work place.

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The Essence of the Red Cross – In Three Words

January 18, 2010

Soon after I began working at the American Red Cross, I realized how deceptively complex the organization actually is. In the context of that complexity, I struggled to succinctly describe the important work we do.

In a previous post, I outlined the creative process we undertook to develop key messages that would be 1) conversational, 2) memorable and 3) differentiating. At the American Red Cross of Greater Kansas City, we came up with key messages that focused on our role during times of disaster. We finalized on these three words:

W e   a r e   t h e r e.

That’s it—three deceptively simple words. They sit at the apex of our communications pyramid. In one sentence, the American Red Cross can say that during a disaster, “We are there.”

To add dimension and depth to that phrase, we added three bullet points that expanded the “we are there” theme. They are:

  1. We prepare. Before you need us, we are there, anticipating the unexpected. We set the standard for life-saving CPR, first aid and water training skills. We prepare the community with disaster education and preparedness programs. We support blood banks to ensure a safe and adequate supply for all of us.
  2. We respond. During emergencies, we are there, providing immediate relief and reassurance. Ever day, we serve people affected by disasters, at home and around the world. We can immediately activate a trained team of committed volunteers who are always ready to help. During tragedies, we give people ways to come together and assist those in need.
  3. We restore. After disasters, we are there, rebuilding lives and communities. We find answers, information and contacts so people can re-establish their lives. Our global network and extensive partnerships empower us to provide tangible solutions. All disaster assistance is provided free of charge, thanks to donations of time and money from the generous American people. Read the rest of this entry »

Things I Love about My Wife

December 29, 2009

Today is my 35th wedding anniversary. Carol and I were married on a cold winter night in her hometown of Cincinnati.

We met in college and then continued dating when separated by hundreds of miles. Geography couldn’t keep us apart. I remember telling a man next to me on an airplane, “I’m flying home to Colorado from Tennessee where I attend college. My fiancée is from Ohio but she’s a university student in California and currently working as an intern in Florida.”

Now, 35 years later, we live in Kansas City and I’ve taken time to reflect on some of the reasons I love my wife more and more with each passing day.

  1. We are so much alike. We share the same priorities—family, faith, friends, finances, etc., etc.
  2. We are so different. I’m a marketing guy and she’s an accountant. Need I say more? The fact that I’m from Mars and she’s from Venus makes life much more interesting.
  3. We share so many memories. We’ve experienced so much together that I can hardly remember my life B.C. (Before Carol). We’ve lived our lives together “for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer.” Read the rest of this entry »

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