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Linke’s Links 21-4-7

The last two days have been super busy. I’m sitting here eating a cup of lime yogurt and running through my list of things to get done today before I start work, which will cary me through until nine pm. Jordan Peterson is a fascinating and frustrating individual. His core ideas of work hard, do […]

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Linke’s Links 21-4-4

This is not the time to become lax about quarantine. I’ve attended a few small gatherings when essential (lining up for my shot, a few vaccinated people gathering for a memorial service), but otherwise I’m going to keep being safe and avoiding gatherings for a good while.  I’m really excited about electric vehicles. If all […]

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21-4-3

Today was Boychild’s birthday… and the seventh day since Rich’s death… and the first full day of James being home. In short: Madness.  I started the day laying on the floor, casually installing a bidet on the upstairs toilet. Just a few cranks on the plastic pipe fittings, throw a T-joint into the line, and […]

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hugs and tears

Sometimes people fall out of sync, and that’s ok. Friendships, family, partnerships, all need to be built on trust and grace… trust that we will make it through the hard times together. Grace for the frustration we all feel during those bad days. This has been a really hard week. Allison has been supporting everyone […]

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breath & impact

It’s been a helluva week. A man I cared about a lot died from ALS on Sunday morning. I wrote about it as best I could over on the family blog, but even as I share this story I know that I’m edging around parts of the experience. I’m not afraid of telling my part […]

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The Red Mud

We recently spent two days at Douglas Headwaters Dam in Tennessee. I took several great photos, but the highlight of the visit was Walker getting to spend hours upon hours playing in the mud. Douglas Lake is part of the Tennessee Valley Authority flood control network. Nestled among the western fringes of the Great Smokey […]

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Captive Line

Along the same road where I photographed the power lines and spiderwebs, Walker pointed out a spot where a large limb (or small tree) has been cut down after growing around a line. The tree lay in a ditch, surrounded by poison ivy, so photographing it was a challenge. I ended up aligning the camera […]

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Dark Lines of Power

There’s nothing like a blank and white photo to really how off the shape and texture of a subject. Sure, color can be beautiful, but when you’re looking to really focus on shape, it’s black and white that forces you to really focus. And sometimes you take a color photo and the universe decrees that […]

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The Watery Orbs of Mars

Three weeks ago I left Maryland on a family vacation which would take us to West Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. I spent half an hour before we left Maryland wandering the street, taking photos of spider webs and trees weighed down by a heavy mist that verged on rain. That photo expedition is probably […]

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month one

About a month ago I quit my job and decided to try and make a living entirely on the internet. Here’s a quick update on how that project is going. Stress: Mostly nonexistent.  Well, you know, other than the constant background radiation of COVID and Trump and the sort of anxieties about how to find […]