I recently read three completely random non-fiction books* in a row (okay, I cheated a little, because two were audiobooks). Each contained a chapter devoted to the seeming disconnectedness in today's culture and impact on our daily lives due to technology (specifically: our mobile devices). My first reaction (wisely, understandably) meant a quick switch to … Continue reading Campfire Tales Presents: Presence
Where were we? Oh yeah! Presents. Hold that thought for one moment. First, I went and decorated you another tree: Okay, now we can get to the good stuff. Let's break this into three parts. THE PAST - HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Today marks the 20th Anniversary of the day I moved (jobless) to Los Angeles to pursue … Continue reading Campfire Tales Presents: Presents
Phew... I finished decorating this tree for you just in time! Okay, who am I kidding? I totally cheated. I didn't decorate the lower half of the tree. I only made the top half presentable, then took a picture of that. Wait, still kidding. Sorry. Those are not my decorations, it's not a real tree, and that's not … Continue reading Merry Christmas to You!
The internet is populated by brilliant wildlife photographers. To reinforce this point, I googled "wildlife photography." Big mistake. I easily get lost for hours browsing stunning pictures of exotic places, incredible views, candid moments and gorgeous scenery, all captured in crisp and vibrant detail by dedicated amateurs and true professionals. And then there's me. My photography is comparable to the … Continue reading Peekaboo!
This series of posts started out as an allegory about the life path ahead of me reconceived as the river flowing behind my grandparent's backyard, broken down between the known and the unknown, with the blackberries found in that first, forbidden curve representing all the good things yet to come, as in, "If this is waiting just around … Continue reading Bring a Pie for Everyone
Every Sunday night for about a year, my mother and I enjoyed competing to solve Murder, She Wrote. Week after week, I emerged from my bedroom after she'd watched the very boring (to me) 60 Minutes just in time to catch the last few minutes of funny grouch Andy Rooney, then I dutifully tracked the clues Jessica … Continue reading The Things We Remember All Through Our Lives
A riddle: When you surround it, memories are created. When it surrounds you, memories are lost. What is it? FIRE! With multiple fires raging across the Los Angeles area, a friend of mine advised me to, "have a suitcase with valuables ready to go," after I sent a couple of photos of the smoke looming over my commute: While I … Continue reading The Smoke of a Distant Fire
Oceans freak me out. They are so massive; they go from here to there. (Points towards horizon.) When you get into them, they flip you over, then try to drown you. #sandfacial They are full of deadly beasts (not as scary as the sharks in swimming pools swum in alone, but I digress... some of you … Continue reading I Wish I Had a River