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2017 MLK Jr Day - A day of reflection

Today we remember the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. At my current age of 38, it's hard for me to fathom the impact he had on the world as one person with only 39 years of his own existence. Think about that, he was only 39 years old. We should all begin acting like we can change the world at a much earlier age."Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase" My favorite quote from Dr Martin Luther King Jr. is the one above about faith. It was this quote repeated in my mind, that nudged me towards starting this venture and helps me take leaps of faith every day. Take that first...

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SmithFly HQ basement plays staring role in a new music video by JT Woodruff of Hawthorne Heights

JT Woodruff, lead singer of the band Hawthorne Heights is about to embark on a solo tour to support his new solo album "Lonesome" due out on 1/27/17. You can pre-order your copy at this link - https://store.invoguerecords.com/Take a look at the video below and enjoy the creepy basement of SmithFly Headquarters!  We plan on using the basement space for more photography work in partnership with Tall James from http://www.photosatsix.com/  and maybe even some small social gatherings to celebrate the grand opening of the new shop space, eventually.  The history of the space is interesting. For most of it's life the building belonged to the Hobart family who at turn of the century allegedly owned a number of farms around the city of Troy and used...

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Scofield's A Go-Go: One of the greatest genre benders in the history of music.

One of my new year's resolutions is to actually make good on my commitment to original content in this space, The Study Blog. In the hustle and flow of business activity and just trying to stay ahead of the jackals this blog endeavor has been sadly lacking in content. That shall change 2017. And I shall steer away from nagging complaints about the way other people do business, and focus on the beauty I see in the world and the things that inspire me and make the world a better place through art music literature and of course fishing. Today, I needed a blast from the past. An uplifting, keep on keeping on, groove for focus and getting shit done. I needed...

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8 Reasons Patagonia's Black Friday charity is BS and you should return everything you bought.

You might have heard that Patagonia has donated all of their Black Friday sales to the Planet. 100% for the planet! Yay! Aren't they wonderful? Not so fast, it's basically BS here's why: 1. Rather than donating their money to charities they should be using those funds to develop production facilities in places (like the USA) where there ARE ACTUAL ENVIRONMENTAL AND LABOR REGULATIONS and accountability for those issues. Their pricing structure is such that there is margin in there to produce their products at a fair living wage and in facilities with stricter environmental regulations, but they refuse to participate.  2. Their donation is all tax deductible. They are going to write it all off and it lowers their tax...

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SmithFly In Arizona

We spent a nice couple of days in Arizona this past week. It was our first time in the area and we certainly want to head back and spend more time. It is an amazing place with so much to see and do. We took a quick side trip to the grand Canyon. Though we weren't fishing I used the Darby Creek Sling as a day pack / man purse. Super awesome pack for that. We stayed at the Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. The above photo was the view from the balcony of our room. Not a bad view to wake up to. After a long day trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon we took in a Dodgers v....

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