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“Peace and an hour’s time — given these, one creates. Emotional heights are easily attained; peace and time are not.”

Edward Weston

From approximately 1920 until 1934, Edward Weston rose early in the morning and wrote down his thoughts in what he called his “day book.” I have been doing something similar for the past six or seven years, capturing a stream of consciousness in words and images. My daily practice is to rise between 4 and 5 AM, review news articles, photography articles, write, process images. Between 6 and 7 AM, if the weather is not foul, I head out to make pictures of what catches my attention as I walk around town. I then stop at a local coffee shop and write in my journal.

I have been posting my writings and the fruit of my daily photo walks daily for the past year. I plan to continue for as long as the effort makes sense to me. This website is the latest iteration of that online posting effort. Dip in and out as you feel compelled, leave a note if you are inspired to. I will be here for the foreseeable future.

Week 35

I live in a culture that values individualism and the “exceptional” individual above all others. A culture that deplores the average, the “lives of quiet desperation” that most of us supposedly live. Alright, during the administration of 45, and especially during the pandemic, I am living a life of desperation, and because I am who I am, it is quiet desperation. But that is another story. … Week 35

Week 29

As I look back on the week I am wondering when this pervasive sense of gloom will end. The news that 45 has deployed the Border Patrol to Portland, that he has established a secret police force to infiltrate so called "anarchic" groups and that he is installing his cronies at the Pentagon, bypassing congress in the process, all disturbs. … Week 29

Week 26

In which I continue to read Susan Sontag, On Photography, and ponder the nature of photography now, which seems little changed from when the book was written; read about the life of Frederick Douglass and make an internal commitment to learn more about Black History in honor of Black Lives Matter; discover that a friend has been undergoing cancer treatment since May; overhear one old men telling other old man about an old man with balls hanging down to his feet; conduct an internal debate about using the iPhone camera exclusively on my walks; AG Barr attempts to get rid of the lead attorney of the Southern District of NY and replace him with a crony, the move is not completely successful; the Cheeto-In-Chief holds a rally that is sparsely attended much to the delight of Liberal Media. … Week 26