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Why Trees? —

The tree, like each one of us, has a mystery all its own. It starts as a baby, has its own ethnic background, and genetics determine trunk girth and reach – sound familiar. If it is lucky enough to weather the storms along the way, it spreads its seed drawn …

The Thicket —

Within the thicket find your heart Neither trail nor sign points the way Or compass true to make one smart Just feelings and fate to choose the day There eyes by chance glimpse flowing fair At forests edge glistening form did stand Gentle eyes the light beneath branches stir Did …

It’s Hard —

Oft times it’s unfortunate that we social beings have to be so careful when communication in the simplest situations could be productive or even just nice. The expression “you never know” has become essential to survival. Wondering if there is a bear behind every rock causes us to circumvent, to …

Photographing the Music —

Some time ago I came to the conclusion that photographing the music has little to do with the notes on paper, the instruments or musicians, or even the actual sound produced during a symphony’s performance. The music refers to something that can only be recorded in the feeling of the …

Decisions —

Best decisions often result in inner tug of wars between many factors instilled in us long before we were able to understand the process. The real challenge is acknowledging and learning to overcome biases that lay hidden deep inside that in time surface to become strong parts of the equation …

On The Square —

Inherent with any artist is the willingness to open the mind to possibility. When I walk with my camera, I allow my eye to lead me with no preconceived direction. Having learned to pay attention to where I am directed, I shift into the moment and capture what is seen and …

Coincidence —

“Just a coincidence” is a reference used often by a man who for years was my teacher and friend. He was a learned architect who gave and never asked anything in return. He helped me understand the deeper meaning of coincidence. Wednesday night is meeting night at the Arts Center …

Upside Down —

Sometimes our world seems upside-down. No matter what we do, even if we just want to turn right, we wind up having to turn left. Gravity feels like our enemy, we forget the keys left upstairs, the mail we were going to drop off still sits on the kitchen table, we didn’t …

Old Lessons —

Old lessons reemerge as we progress through life. I am a retired military guy and learned early on that though I had the authority, except for operational decisions, the men and women I was responsible for came first. What was instilled in me by respected mentors was that in those …

I Heard Olga May Be Sick —

A friend told me the doctor confirmed a small lump in her breast. Early 60’s, a Latino woman loved by all whose broken English and wonderful smile projected the materialism of this caring, beautiful grandmother.  A practiced, true professional tailor. Always focused on the task at hand – fingers moving …

The Wealthy Pauper —

Jewels adorn, fine raiment embrace, supple leathers wrap Unworn, Grand library built, master volumes set, mankind’s finest thoughts Unread, Better china none, purest crystal gleam, gold and silver the table set For one, Day’s slandered dawn, gentle breeze makes fresh, garden’s color magnificent Curtains drawn, Lavish all, possessions safe, within …

Matthew 18:20 —

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” I choose to believe this passage means: When like minds join in a common goal for good, the perfection that already exists within them is strengthened. Not only do we see …

God —

Even if you gave me a clue, a hint, I don’t know if I would recognize you. At times I think I have found you, perhaps momentarily I have. I think of you often and at times I feel you are near. I thought I saw you once, but I …

“The Bad Guy” —

Sometimes to maintain standards and discipline you must accept the burden of wearing the mantel of “The Bad Guy.” We live in a world where fear of unpopularity or being the focus of blame trumps honesty and integrity. The need for acceptance in the name of harmony when better judgment …

Flying Things —

There was a fly buzzing back and forth in the house tonight and not being able to catch it was a real annoyance. I remembered purchasing some fly strips months ago and put one inside a lampshade. After a while I noticed the fly no longer flew back and forth …

Train Whistle —

We live about a mile and a half west of Marietta Square, north of Atlanta. At night we can hear the whistles of north and southbound trains as they journey through the city. It is actually a very soothing and lonely sound that does not disturb and in a sense …

Letting Go —

Sometimes the most difficult thing yet the most essential thing when trying to solve a problem is intentionally letting go. When fierce concentration does not work, relaxing by opening the mind will often introduce the simplest solution. We have all experienced working on something and in the middle realize our mind has …

Lunch Root —

The lunch tree and its lunch root sit on a gradual climb about three miles into a fairly technical ride. You’ll know it because it’s about 40 yards past the split log and sharp 90-degree turn. The angled root protrudes up through the dirt path right at a small ledge …

Taking a New Path —

I’ll try a new path tomorrow. The entry is a short slope upward that leads to a drastic drop over a dry streambed to some bottomland deep in the wood. Sharp twists and turns, exposed roots, periodic mud holes, rises and lumps – let the bike roll as you float …

Bicycle and the Airplane —

Bicycling, like flying, is an extension of our mind. In dreams we fly through forests passing swiftly between trees down gullies and over rises. We never touch the branches, wings never hit the trees, faster and faster, the senses are keen, the judgment analytical at first, then natural. The right …