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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July 6, 2013

LUNCH WITH MIKE AND BETH

... drove over the new hampshire this morning, making a slight detour through oxford to deliver some maine antiquarian booksellers association brochures to the maine bookhouse ... when i got to freedom mike and beth took me out to lunch ... while we were waiting for our meals to be served i snapped this picture of my brother, michael ...

... mike asked me about my olympus, and while explaining why i've enjoyed using such a "back to basics" camera i asked him to snuggle up to beth ...


... beth is beth, of course, a natural in front of the lens, but as for my dear brother ... well, i'm thinking that all of you who know him might agree that in his entire life this is perhaps the most relaxed looking he has ever appeared in a photograph ... what a handsome couple ...

EVENING SKY

... a nice way to beat the heat, i went for a little ride along the west river road ... when i got to sydney i headed west towards oakland, stopping to snap a picture of this exploding thunderhead ... i'm always fascinated when i notice that as i'm standing in the early evening a distant cloud or mountain top is still bathed in daylight ...

AMERICA'S BIRTHDAY

... my motorcycle and i wandered down mt. vernon way, where jane and carl kindly invited me to supper ... despite a rather intense thunder squall we enjoyed a nice barbecue, after which alex and dale entertained us with a fireworks show ... first part of the display was a bit rocky, especially when one of the giant rocket things exploded on the launch pad, but after that it was noisy great fun ...

... even francis scott key would've been appreciative of their efforts ...