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Ash Craig

Musician. Photographer. Software Designer.

Ash Creative

Welcome to my site. I am a creative soul. These are my creations.

Photography

STUDIO WORK. LIVE EVENTS. CREATIVE SHOOTS.

Photography has always been a part of me. I love capturing moments and working with people who are passionate about what they do. I am available for onsite and studio projects.

Design

SOFTWARE DESIGN. CLOUD APP DEVELOPMENT.

I've been building commercial software and web applications for more than 25 years. I specialize in mobile and web technologies with a strong focus on end user experience.

Music

PLAYING. WRITING. LISTENING.

Music is a universal language. It has the unique ability to move us. As we embrace it, we get emotional currency that connects our soul to something greater than ourselves.

Creative

No Filters. No Calories. My Blog.

There are moments in the creative process where something unseen flows through you like a rushing stream. You learn to embrace these moments.

Latest Articles

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2020 is finally behind us and I can't think of one kind thing to say about it. So much has happened. I remember sitting in this chair one year ago, optimistic and hopeful. What a year it's been.

I sit here exhausted. Barely holding on. Stripped of the poetic flow that once spoke of such hopeful possibilities. Watching everything I've spent a lifetime building, crushed under a fast moving machine of corruption and dishonor. Government has turned a blind eye as tech monopolies flaunt antitrust trophies with the type of arrogance that comes with feeling completely untouchable. 

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There is something I have to get off my chest Google. I am a lifetime small business owner and entrepreneur. I have a little club management application called FirmPOS that has been on the Internet since 1998. I have been diligent to keep the website full of original, relevant content. I have tried to stay up on SEO best practices. I have always used white-hat methods in hopes of keeping my site visible to people searching the Internet for Club Management Software.

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I am so grateful for this moment.

My pain level in my lower back has been at a constant 6 with my up/down pain in the 8-9 range for weeks. Every step is a struggle. Getting seated or getting up comes with an insane amount of pain. There's a point when your mind just adjusts to the new normal and you go on.

I awoke today with a new level of pain coming from just about every joint in my tired body. And my lower back was screaming.

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It is a crisp morning here in Phoenix as I take a moment to enjoy a warm cup of coffee and reflect a little. Not on the past but on the present. Right now. The here. The now.

Big breath in... big exhale. Ahhh. I notice the sun is gently warming the mountains as it rises. This is a brand new day. A brand new year. A big, beautiful new canvas that is untouched by anyone and ready for a new masterpiece. There are no wrong answers. No wrong colors. This canvas has no expectations or requirements. There are no judgements.

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If I were asked to leave a few final words that might be found by another seeker, I would say the number one thing I have learned in this life is to be generous.

Do it big. Do it to the best of your ability. Do it quietly.

Be generous.

Be generous with your time, talents, abilities, resources, energy, forgiveness, mercy, patience and money. Don't wait to be asked for help. Focus on becoming sensitive to the needs around you and then give what you are able. Do it quietly and as anonymously as humanly possible.

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Sometimes going back isn't an option. It just depends on what happened and the condition of the relationship. Is the bridge still intact?

You: What the hell are you rambling about Ash?

Me: I have a few things on my mind today. And in the words of the great wedding singer... I have a microphone and you don't. You know the rest... lol

I remember growing up, I knew a family where the father would preemptively become abusive while placing an order at the local McFast Food place. It was the very same spot that consistently served him cold, disgusting alternatives to the hot, fresh food they promised on the commercials.

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I'm on the go and need to get something with about 50gr of protein. I don't have a ton of time, so I decide a quick protein shake will get me through until my pre-workout meal.

I stop into a popular place in Scottsdale that serves up such beverages and order the leanest shake I can possibly get in this place while still ordering off the menu. I just removed the fruit and added one extra scoop of protein. The guy at the register looks at me and with a straight face says... that's $19.

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"I'm not trying to be an asshole here but..."

Here's a phrase that is invariably followed by someone being a huge asshole. At least you know there is a 100% chance of asshole like actions to follow.

In promise form, the spoken word has completely lost it's meaning for me. It is now simply a placeholder for possible action.

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Jesus is changing his name. I know this because a friend's sister's cousin knows his mom and she said he can't even enjoy a smoothie at Nékter without people piling up to ask him for shit.

Come on. He's sick of everyone asking for everything. Lottery numbers, the good parking spot in the Walmart lot, discounts on chainsaws, a 'Greenie' with no apple, extra ginger.... and his absolute favorite; get me through this and I'll never do THAT again. lol

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Cleaning the house today and found a couple interesting photos of my late 20's. Some people wish they could go back... I NEVER wanna go back there.

At 27 years old, I was on my way out of this life. Almost 300 pounds, I worked 100 hour work weeks, ate terribly and never exercised. My eating was out of control and the 10 or more sodas per day weren't doing me any favors either.

Status Updates

Ash 22 hours ago
https://youtu.be/jr8J6oYSI_U

It's over. Fuck this greedy bullshit. Fuck you big tech. Fuck your 'vaccine'. Fuck your heavy handed treatment of the people who believed in you to lead and protect them. Peace and love everyone. Goodnight.

Ash 22 days ago

He channels such an intense creative flow. It just takes over and he becomes the vessel. Wow. Miss you brother.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckxOS38vN3g
Ash 23 days ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU4hdMwShrE

Crystal Ann... one of my favorite compositions ever. Jeff Waters is brilliant. 

Ash 23 days ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80kDn4vit_w

Wow. This kid just took mom's microwave and made a weapon. She's pissed and dad's starving.

His brain moves so quickly... it's hard to keep up. Plus, he is building a magnetron gun using a kitchen microwave - I can hardly figure out 'defrost' and this kid is doing this. Sigh

Ash 2 months ago

Autism fucking sucks. I don't do well with change and that's exactly what I have to do at the moment. Moving homes yet again. Three days in and I'm exhausted. With no energy to mask, I am doing my best to steer clear of people in general. Under a huge amount of stress at the moment and triggers abound. Can't do a meltdown right now. Stimming in a quiet room.

Ash 2 months ago

I have ASD. I guess I was the last to know.

It's become very pronounced recently and the last couple months have been eye opening.  It explains so many things I have struggled with my entire life. There's no way to convey how lost I feel. The rush of new data is overwhelming right now. My brain can't process it fast enough and trying to put this into words feels impossible. I feel more alone than ever.

I feel so insignificant. 

This world has become so dark. People are consumed with taking more. I can't compete. I have no voice. No one can help me. Faith and perseverance has exhausted my hope. I'm standing at the post-eleventh hour edge and I see no god or salvation. Just a deep, dark abyss. Faith was a lie. There is nothing. There is no one. I was a waste of breath and dust. 

I just wanted to create. I just wanted to help. My purpose has always been to help others in need. I certainly am no help to anyone like this.

I refuse to burden anyone with this. I am always alone in a large crowd. I don't belong. I can't take any more betrayal. I can't take any more pressure.

I was worth saving.

Ash 6 months ago

My new AX5 boards arrived! The factory did a phenomenal job. The black & silver finish just feel like me. I can't wait to load up the components and do some testing 🤞🙃

Ash 6 months ago

That voice. OMG. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXS52TSweKc
Ash 6 months ago

Such a brilliant interpretation. Unreal talent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJKeNOk3DTI
Ash 6 months ago

These people had no idea how lucky they were. What a killer performance. #eliseTrouw 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93cIwTZTTiI