Tarmac ribbons criss-crossing the landscape, dusty back roads twisting between the cool shadows of ancient pines, and less traveled pathways connecting present to past, all I wander, seeking, seeing, with my keyboard and camera capturing scenes and stories to share with you.

Now in its seventh year, this venue has become an important part of my life, a place where I can express my thoughts and feelings about the things I see and do, hoping the process brings me a bit closer to friends and family who enjoy sharing my sometimes chaotic and often nonlinear observations and ideas. A journal, I suppose, but one with which I find pleasure in thinking others are alongside me on my journey.

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August 18, 2012

A WALK AROUND TOWN

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... returning home from a nice swim in east pond, i decided to take the long way around through winslow, crossing the kennebec on the carter bridge south of town ... above is a merged panorama of the scene ... in the distance you can barely discern fort halifax park, up until the mid-1700s a location that marked the frontier edge of the english empire ... in the lower right of the photograph is the shadow of the bridge, but not visible is the bald eagle i enjoyed watching for almost a half-hour ...

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... i walked around town in the evening, playing with light ... i'll spot an ice cream sandwich for the first person to figure what this is ...

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... alison invited me out for supper, treating me because i know how to open up a computer and swap out the hard drive ... i like this picture, it seems almost one of those 1960s touristy scenes snapped on a street in some musically named french town ... using the fixed lens on my little olympus, this photograph is the result of a "tracking follow shot," meaning as we were walking i kept the distance between us constant while i framed the picture ... that this was taken in a situation so dark out that i could barely see her face is further proof of the excellent low-light capability of the camera ...

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... we encountered a former student, who commented, "you were my favorite teacher, mr. g." ... i know the kid, so i sensed what was coming next, "but, miss veilleux, i just hated you" ... he was immediately apologetic, "i'm sorry, i was a real jerk back then" ... alison was absolutely gracious, "don't worry about it," but, later while we were eating supper, i could see that it had hurt her ... i tried, but it was difficult for me to explain to her that she was, and remains, a great teacher, that the reason he'd felt as he did had little to do with her, other than that she had stood her ground, and had been mostly a function of the fact that he had been a kid ever so desperately trying to figure his place in a place that not-so-subtily was trying to redefine him ... i hope she understands that his apology was the proof that deep down he respects her ...

... to continue teaching and also to continue caring, what great courage that takes ...

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... soooo ... so, alison topped off the evening by taking me for a treat ... it would appear that a summer ride with the windows down, two little dogs hanging out enjoying the breeze, and a gifford's ice cream, all somehow magically combine to erase the sting of even the worst of boo-boos ...