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.

July 27, 2017

TIME WITH THE KIDS

... chad had the week off, i'm healed up enough to be almost back to "retired" status, which is to say that i've a lot of time to do with as i wish ... obviously, things that're either free or low-cost always draw my attention, so i was quite excited to afford ma & pa some time off while i watched the kids ...

... emily, grant and walker colored with markers containing ink that's clear until it dries ... magic, as far as i'm concerned ...

... "any disagreements over the playstation and you not only lose it for the day, it's gone for any future time i might be in charge, too" ... they were perfect ... lots of dead storm troopers ...

... walker colors at a furious pace ...

... danny doing his michael jordan routine ...

... tom, probably thinkin' up some obscure fact he knows about bubbles ...

... megan, who, i'm proud to say, allows me her smile ...

... liz joined us ... here she's teaching grant to stick out his tongue ...

... grant, stylin' in the plaid shirt i bought for him ...
PHOTO BY EM TRACY 

... truth be told, it isn't all that much effort to be with these kids ... megan and emily do most of the work taking care of grant, and the rest of the time for me is just an occasional bit of dispute arbitration ("settle this or you both lose") and peace keeping ("settle this or you both lose") ...

... i'm healing, storm cloud's gone by and the sun's coming out ... what a beautiful day ...