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Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. – Louisa May Alcott

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Loved By The Sun

August 4, 2011

This past weekend, I took this picture: That’s Emilia, standing in Cox Lake in the Kawartha Highlands, watching the setting sun. I love this shot, because the light of the sun just scatters around her. She’s in shadow, but she’s still all, you know, glowy. I love glowy.

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Looking At The Skies

July 27, 2011

I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings. – Gustave Flaubert (Or an aching neck, but whatever. His point is still well-taken.)

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Instagrammatica #17

July 7, 2011

There is a point where in the mystery of existence contradictions meet; where movement is not all movement and stillness is not all stillness; where the idea and the form, the within and the without, are united; where infinite becomes finite, yet not. — Rabindranath Tagore And then there is the point where small children [...]

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I Have One Or Two Important Life Skills. This Is Not One Of Them.

June 17, 2011

I’m often asked how I get the action captures in the photos that I upload to Instagram and that I post here, because everyone assumes that if you’re not a professional photographer using a fancy camera, you must have a secret to getting great photos. Well, I’m not a professional photographer, and although I do [...]

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A History Of Looking; Or, Why I Post Pictures Of My Children On The Internet

June 3, 2011

A couple of years ago, I received a very sweet e-mail from a self-professed ‘dedicated lurker’ who asked the following question: I wonder if you are ever concerned that your daughter’s (beautiful) image will remain in cyberspace, with no mechanism for you — or her — to reclaim it or her privacy? She meant no [...]

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Terpsichorean Pieties

April 29, 2011

I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance. – Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra For filing under Things That You Probably Didn’t Know And Didn’t Think To Ask: all five year olds are fundamentally Nietzschean.

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In Lieu Of Deep Thoughts On The Celebration Of Easter, I Give You This

April 24, 2011

Being a parent means never having to say you’re sorry for making your children pose with giant dead-eyed Furries.

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Random Inspiration #637

March 24, 2011

Theodore Dreiser, as interpreted by Gary Sweeney (at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Well, in the parking lot.) This statement raises the question, of course: where does that leave peanut butter? It helps, though, if one completes Dreiser’s quote – “… gathered on wings of misery and travail” – and you realize, oh, he’s [...]

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Going Far Ahead Of The Road

December 30, 2010

My eyes already touch the sunny hill. going far ahead of the road I have begun. So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp; it has inner light, even from a distance- and changes us, even if we do not reach it, into something else, which, hardly sensing it, we already are; a gesture [...]

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