Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Stuart

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This is Stuart, the neighborhood cat. He technically lives (i.e. gets food) a couple of houses down, but really, he lives where he, himself, lives; does his thing where he gets it done; and sleeps where he sleeps – in this case, my porch, which happens to be in his territorial patrol. He always has a friendly word and is amenable to a quick head scratching. And then he’s on his way again – sometimes back on patrol, sometimes to cat dream land.


I think he sets a good example: do your own thing, in harmony with your environment and community, in a non-overbearing way that’s confident and content yet friendly. That’s something we all can aspire toward.


What do you think? Ever learned or observed a broader concept from an animal or pet of your own? Let us hear from you in the comments.


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Rob Zombie – The National – Richmond, VA

I recently had the pleasure of enjoying a performance by Mr. Rob Zombie and band at The National in Richmond, Virginia. I would describe it as a solid metal show: much headbanging, heavy grooves, loudness, and general badassery. Here are some photos and a crude video I shot about three rows back from the stage.



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What do you think? Have you attended any good concerts lately? Are there any music acts you’ve been into for years but only seen recently? Let us hear from you in the comments.




Saturday, February 8, 2014

Photo Synthesis – Jerry Uelsmann Review

Jerry Uelsmann: Photo Synthesis Photo Synthesis by Jerry Uelsmann


This is a great introduction to the world of Uelsmann’s photo magic. I saw this book 20 years ago in a creative writing class, of all places, and made the effort some years later (after Amazon.com was invented) to seek it out and am glad I did. Looking back on my career and life since then, I can say unequivocally that it changed my thinking and helped set me on a creative path I’m still having fun exploring.


I copied & pasted this review via Goodreads.com, a site I’m only now getting into, since – although I love good writing – I’m always hard-pressed to find works that I can really sink my teeth into. How fitting that my first review there is for a book of photography… but whatever. It really is a fantastic collection, and if you’re at all interested in perusing some mind-blowing images, I highly recommend it.


What do you think? Are you on Goodreads? How do you find the next book you’d like to read? Let us hear from you in the comments.