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 fifth 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.

February 23, 2016

SIGNING THE PAPERS

... while chad and em (and baby grant) were off signing papers for their new house the rest of the gang and i made a little holiday in waterville ... at first little walker didn't want to step onto the 2¢ bridge, but once we'd crossed he kept asking, "can we go again" ...

... while were strolling along the rail roadbed i told the kids, "fill up your pockets with stones" ... we stopped in the middle of the memorial bridge to see if anyone could hit the edge of the falls below ... now that i think about it, all probably violations of a couple of dozen state laws, railroad rules, and environmental protection agency regulations ... (sigh) ... nevertheless, great fun ...

... after a long stroll around town, pizza, and delicious italian desserts, walker and his batman bud crashed on my bed ... what can i say, i got an "a" in babysitting 101 ...

... dan didn't need a nap, but he relaxed by trying out every program and game on my ipad mini ...

... after rest time, our second outing took us down to the south end, where we explored the "kentucky fried chicken hill" ... the serpentine sidewalk was a hit ...

... winter ending, or, at least, in welcomed abeyance, tom had to make the most with a minimum amount of snow and ice ...

... shot with my "new" thirty-year old tamron 70-200mm zoom, a classic manual focus lens that isn't really suited for this sort of photography ... but, for $12 i think it did a pretty good job of recording emily doing her one-woman non-luge run ...

... our second park, megan had already suffered a cut finger and was still feeling the pain of hitting a rather solid bump on the hill, so she took a break with dan ...

... what a fun day ... not just because of the kids, but also in that i found i haven't lost the skill of sneaking 30-second naps while nobody's looking ...

TIDBITS

... adrien took me to a lunch and a movie in portland ... between the two we took a little stroll around the old port ...

... in dover-foxcroft, out for a walk while john presented galaxies in the library ...

... i counted the rings, there's a possibility, not one that can be stated with statistics or the mathematics of wagering, but, still, 101 years ago it could've been that on their immigration from quebec to rhode island in 1915 my uncle and my grandfather walked by this tree when it was still a tiny sapling ... that i stopped, counted the rings, and had that thought made me feel good ...

... sometimes i know it's the viewers of a picture must determine what i saw ...

... snow and cold still to come, i'm sure, but this is clearly an "in like a lion" sky ...