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 sixth 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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February 24, 2018

TAKIN' THE KIDS FOR A BEANTOWN WANDERABOUT


... em asked, "chad has to work, would you like to help me take the kids to boston for a visit to the aquarium and science museum" ... winter doldrums, i haven't been to the aquarium for a long, long time, and, most of all, these kids names are permantently inscribed on my "all time favorite kids" list, "sure, it'll be great fun" ...


... danny was mesmerized by the huge fish in the giant tank ... 
  

... as was his brother, grant ...
  

... megan liked the massive turtles ...
  

... at times grant seemed hypnotized by the fish ...
  

... i think if he could've he'd have gone right through the thick glass ...
  

... i'm always amazed at the sense of peace there is along a coral reef, apparently even a synthetic one can bring that same feeling ...
  

... sister helps brothers spot things ...
  

... grant, transfixed ...
  

... family, sharing, which is how it should be ...
  

... a little note about these images ... knowing how photographically terrible the light was in the aquarium, the last time i took my children for a visit i left my nikon film camera in the car ... now, with a modern sony a7ii digital camera and an ancient 50mm f/1.4 nikkor, photographing the kids this day was an added joy for me ...
  

... walker was fascinated by—well, everything ...
  

... everything in the science museum, too ...
  

... tom investigates induced currents ...
  

... emily helps a little girl understand an exhibit ...
  

... grant wanted to "hands on" every single one of the hands-on displays ...
  

... emily working to understand a complex mathematical equation ...
  

... megan found a neat scientific cartoon story ...
  

... tom gets electrified ...
  

... emily tested a principle of magnetism ...
  

... walker watches as megan and danny collaborate  ...
  

... megan helps her brother with an optical illusion ...
  

... "walker—walker—walker" ... "yes, master" ...
  

... we enjoyed the butterfly farm ...
  

... my favorite picture of the entire day ...
  

... danny explains a big bug to grant ...
  

... em points out the foot-long millipede to grant ...
  

... danny, pausing for but a second to catch his breath ...
  

... we had good seats for the lightning show ...
  

... and, as have been countless generations of kids, we were fascinated when the "electricity man" locked himself in his little cage and cranked up the current ...
  

... danny loves models ...
  

... this—this is what the entire wanderabout was about ...
  

"teaching is bringing kids to learning and then getting out of their way"
J.DEAN


... what fun, what absolutely great fun ...