Small Town Blues (Clarksdale, MS)

In all my travels, I haven’t spent a ton of time investigating small towns. Growing up, my family trips consisted of resorts and cruises, metropolitan areas and islands. We focused on major tourist spots, and amenities that were family-friendly. I should mention, I completely understand this approach, now that I have to juggle my wanderlustContinue reading “Small Town Blues (Clarksdale, MS)”

The Man Who Would Be King (Tupelo, MS)

“I don’t like the looks of it,” said the King: “however, it may kiss my hand, if it likes.” “I’d rather not,” the Cat remarked.  Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass We stumbled on this exit somewhat serendipitously. I wasn’t really thinking about it, when I saw a sign on the right:Continue reading “The Man Who Would Be King (Tupelo, MS)”

The City That Never Woke Up (Birmingham, AL)

You win some, you lose some. It’s always a bit of a crap shoot when you do a road trip with very little itinerary, and extremely light research. You hope that the towns you pick will open themselves up to you, and steer you toward more interesting encounters than you ever would have thought ofContinue reading “The City That Never Woke Up (Birmingham, AL)”

Waterfront Wandering (Elizabeth City, NC)

This was taken on the first day of my last extensive road trip. We called it our Super Summer Southern Sizzler Tour (inspired by our local musician friends — they named their tours, and doggonit, so could we). After spending a relaxing week at a beach house with several other couples in the Outer Banks,Continue reading “Waterfront Wandering (Elizabeth City, NC)”

Rashomon Series: Mother and Daughter Remember Great Britain

It’s that time again – time for “something a little different”! Inspired by one of my favorite stories, Rashomon, I solicit the thoughts and opinions of others who have tread the same path as me, but (inevitably) they bring a different perspective. End result: you get twice the story. This time, my mother (known hereContinue reading “Rashomon Series: Mother and Daughter Remember Great Britain”

Light Here, Shadow There (Chelsea, MI)

I struggle a bit with the whole selfie thing. A desire to get myself “in the shot” conflicting with a desire to avoid being overly self-absorbed, or worse, ruining the shot with my weird-looking mug. There was a time in my life when I was unapologetic about taking pictures of myself everywhere I went, largelyContinue reading “Light Here, Shadow There (Chelsea, MI)”

Beyond Tombstones (Chelsea, MI)

We might as well get it out in the open: Death, and the many ways sentient beings coexist with it, is one of my very favorite topics. Right up there with faith, sex, and cognitive biases, these are conversation gifts that keep on giving. How do I love this topic? Let me count the ways!Continue reading “Beyond Tombstones (Chelsea, MI)”

Trivial Things: Okoto Tsume

I’d forgotten I still had these. Then during the ordinary course of packing and purging for a move to a new, smaller, better-located home, my mother brought over a box of my stuff from my year of teaching in the JET Programme. A box that she’d found that had been moved in their last move,Continue reading “Trivial Things: Okoto Tsume”

Photography Growing Pains (Chelsea, MI)

I’ve been told that my photography isn’t for everyone. That, in fact, nobody’s photography is for everyone. In general, I typically have a lot going on in my frame. This “busy” nature of my photos does not necessarily have a wide appeal, but it appeals to me, and a handful of other folks who dropContinue reading “Photography Growing Pains (Chelsea, MI)”

The Chair (Chelsea, MI)

One of my favorite aspects of street photography in the suburbs is the neighborhoods themselves are full of character. You can usually count on at least a few houses where the residents see their front yard as a place to express themselves: their beliefs, their ideas about beauty, and — well, their oddness. It’s theContinue reading “The Chair (Chelsea, MI)”