February 10, 2013
The 1990s were a time of forward thinking expression, independence, and culture.
I have a lengthy personal list of memorable iconic tokens from the decade. The bold and classic off-centered racing stripe on an 8 passenger mini van however, may or may not be included in my catalogue.
January 31, 2013
My morning hours were decorated with signs of all kinds.
From breakfast sandwich special offers, to signs of direction, faith, sales, political banter, and even a bumper sticker on the car in front of me announcing, “I pooped today.” America loves signs. With all of the continual flow of economic and safety headlines, the signs from the moment I captured this image were telling: Gun Show, Firewood For Sale, and Nascar.
The only sign that appeared to be missing was a welcome mat.
January 29, 2013
The girls kept an eye on me while I kept an eye on them.
January 28, 2013
While testing my new old school Gossen Luna Pro light meter for the first time yesterday, I was greeted by two highlights.
First were the rich and deliciously true light readings for my camera’s exposure settings. The second came with one of the test shots, unveiling a haunting resemblance of my father through my reflection.
January 27, 2013
My life is a record album. I have no top 40 radio singles, but the liner notes are extensive. An ever-growing list of thank-yous and special guests continue to make appearances in my unending swansong.
January 26, 2013
I have a list of favorite things that wrap themself around my life. Even after deleting a few of those faves from my youthful years, my list still stretches longer than I can reach.
Following last night’s wintery weather, I spent today’s lovely Saturday morning with a few of my listed items. Each of these faves played a big part in preparing my breakfast feast of egg, bacon, and mozzarella on thick cut fresh baked whole wheat bread; arugula, spinach, and avocado salad with balsamic and parmesan; navel oranges; and steaming pot of freshly ground java all accompanied by a soundtrack of Grover Washington, jr. arrangements.
It’s important to note that these are in no particular order of preference since each carries about the same weight of goodness in winter survival… or for any day.
- cameras of various kinds
- a spinning turntable
- aromas from the kitchen
- hot coffee
- warm socks
- deli cheese
- fresh produce
- obedient pups (who also scored breakfast eggs for their good behavior)
- more coffee
- a record collection of 43 years
- a flickering fireplace
- me time
- love of life
January 25, 2013
Along with a handwritten note, a gift awaited me at my office yesterday. It was a morning of timely lost arts.
January 24, 2013
Days from the last week were not for memorializing the bitters of the past, but rather a celebration of the forward motion of peace.
January 23, 2013
Over the past several weeks, I’ve spent a good amount of time working with our latest family addition. Without detailing the lists of new things that he’s learning, it seems the best word to describe them all would be respect. Happiness, pride, dedication, and love each follow that “R” word pretty darn closely. Although he’s not quite mastered all of his new skills yet, he’s one happy boy who gets so excited with himself and absolutely loves doing the right thing. He also has a fond appreciation for peanut butter dog biscuits.
I think these past few weeks have been obedience training for myself as well. Perhaps I walk on two legs instead of four, but aside from those peanut butter treats, my list of things that make me the happiest aren’t much different than Zero’s. Good Boy.
January 22, 2013
The start of the spring semester began last week in our VCU Master of Product Innovation program. We spent several days focusing on team building. Let’s just say it worked.