Friday, July 25, 2008


Happy Birthday to those I missed yesterday. You were in my thoughts.

My niece, Ashley, is a very, very good dancer. A couple of weeks ago she joined hundreds of other young women in Boston to try out for the Boston Celtics Dancers; one of the elite dance teams in professional sports. Hundreds tried out for 17 positions. She made the first cut and had to go back this week. We found out last night that Ashley was chosen for the team. She is now one of the Boston Celtics Dancers. What a great accomplishment for Ashley. A dream come true. Congratulations!! You can see her on the left edge of the photo above (the right edge of the group).

We had some bad new yesterday as well. Angie's Aunt Rose passed away yesterday. Rose had a long fight with cancer. She was wonderful and will be missed terribly. As you know, we are taking a trip to England in a couple of weeks. There are many reasons we are going, but one of the big ones is to attend the wedding of Angie's cousin Lisa. Rose is Lisa's mom. What a hard time this must be for the family. For those that don't know, our Madeline got her middle name from Angie's Aunt Rose.


Saturday, July 19, 2008


I got a text message from brother in law today. He's on vacation in Colorado with my sister, my nephew, and my mother. He told me via text that they were heading into Estes Park. I am so jealous.

I was in Colorado about eight years ago for work. I was there a couple of days early. One morning I got up about 4am and drove up to Rocky Mountain National Park for sunrise. I remember having to stop on the highway where hundreds of elk were crossing the road. I drove slowly into the herd. They were all around the car. It was surreal. I made it to one of the lakes for sunrise and took some photos. One of the coolest days I've had. I miss Colorado.


(PS - Don't forget, you can click on the photos to make them bigger. Some, like the one above, need to be seen bigger. Some don't )


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Mammalian Protruberances

We moved to Cambridge when Alex was in Kindergarten. It'll be 10 years in November, so she was 5 when we moved here; Abby was 2. I have known a lot of their friends since they were very young. I see my girls every day (more or less). When you see someone every day, you don't really notice the changes as much. It's different with their friends. When girls hit 11 and onward, their bodies change. It's weird seeing these girls I've know since kindergarten for the first time with breasts. How quickly they change. No wonder puberty is a bitch.

Angie took Abby (who will be 12 on Sept 27) to get a new bra today. Angie says she's a C cup. I don't really understand the female undergarment lingo, but she says that's big for a 12 year old. Great.

The photo above is a 2 minute exposure of ice melting. I had to get out of the house.


Monday, July 07, 2008


The air was thick when I woke up this morning. The muggiest day we've had this summer; oppressive really. The van said 95 degrees on my way home.

It rained tonight. It felt good.

Good corn growing weather.


Sunday, July 06, 2008


We picked Abby up from camp on Friday. She had a fantastic time, thank goodness. She was telling us camp stories all day Friday.

Alex is off with a friend to the Wisconsin Dells area. Her friend's mom (a local kindergarten teacher) and little brother are along for the trip as well. I admit it's nice being short a kid for another week.

Happy Birthday Maureen. I hear it's a big one.

I spent a few hours today taking photos in the sheet metal shop where I work. I've wanted to bring my camera there for quite some time. There are so many photos everywhere. It's a goldmine, at least in the way that I see. I shot only film. 5x7 sheet film. I might bring the digital someday, but film feels so right for this project. I can't wait to get back there for more.

I don't take a lot of photos with people in them. Everytime I do, I feel very uncomfortable and inadequate with it. I was unhappy with every single photo I took for the church directory. I have a serious problem connecting with people and I feel it shows in my photos of them. I don't know what to do about it. I get a few requests now and then to take photos for/of people. I get so nervous and anxious doing it. The results show this. The artificial light/flash, the posing, the communication & connection; I'm just no good at any of it. The more I do it, the better it will get, I know. It's something I really need to work on, but just don't want to.

Do you ever get tired of being tired?


Thursday, July 03, 2008


We go pick Abby up tomorrow. I'm anxious to hear about her week at camp. Last year she hated it. I really hope it's a different story this time.

Happy Birthday Vince.