27 Feb 2021


Did you ever return to your parked car to find a scratch or a dent? It’s awful. Your car is now damaged but it wasn’t your fault and the culprit drove off. It probably has happened to all of us at some point. It has happened to me. I wonder if there was something I could have done. Maybe parked differently or in a different spot. But by the time I’m thinking these thoughts, the damage was done. Sometime REAL […]

26 Feb 2021


No, it’s not a zombie wandering about in the daylight. It’s withdraw and push. In China people get up and out early to do tai chi together. You can always tell where people practice in the park. All the grass is worn down. Around here people usually do it inside somewhere. but not always. Parking lots are great and tai chi is done standing up so you don’t need a mat.

25 Feb 2021


I thought this was curious. A topsy-turvy, pumpkin-headed dummy. I thought maybe it was just a quirky decoration or maybe it fell over, but apparently it has a deeper meaning. As I looked closer at the photo I could see the words “TAX RETURN” on the front cover of the papers. A pumpkin headed dummy with a tax return in its grasp. I think we were being sent a message.

24 Feb 2021


Tom retired from his engineering work and decided to tackle the Appalachian trail. Being the engineering type he took a pragmatic approach and began training long before attempting the big hike. Every day he loads up his pack and heads into the hills for a multi-mile day hike, no matter how wet or foggy the weather or his glasses. Hiking is hard in many ways. It’s not just the physical part. That is easy compared to the mental part. You […]

23 Feb 2021


For several days, I arrived at the studio and saw a police car parked outside. I thought maybe it was a speed trap. It could have been a stake out, but that never occured to me (no one does a stake out in a police car). Curiosity got the best of me and I approached the car to see what was going on. I could tell from a distance there was someone inside. Well, no need to worry. Everything was […]

22 Feb 2021


Did you ever feel like someone was looking into your head and determining what you think? Last year I heard about a campaign bus tour that was scheduling a stop in Hazelton PA. I thought it would be interesting to take a road trip to get some shots. It was a lovely, cold, rainy day but that didn’t matter, my pocket camera is waterproof and I have a raincoat. There was a small crowd gathered on the corner when the […]

20 Feb 2021


Maybe clearing a sidewalk isn’t a test of character but then again, maybe it is. During the fall, I met Steve out in front of the Art Yard’s Residency clearing leaves not only from the yard and sidewalk but also from the gutter along the street. No one else does that. Come the snows of February and I find Steve applying the same level of thoroughness. Instead of just digging a narrow footpath, he clears the entire sidewalk including the […]

20 Feb 2021


Plow it, push it, heave it, and blow away. One thing about snow is that after it falls its journey isn’t done. Imagine being a flake being created high in the sky by the weather gods and given wings to gently float to earth. You float down and eventually settle gently with your snowflake buddies, resting after your journey. Then your world is upended as you are churned up and cast back up into the sky or maybe brutally smashed […]

19 Feb 2021


It is amazing what some people can do with a chainsaw and a chisel. The best I can do is make wood chips (if I can even get my chainsaw started.) Greg’s spends a lot of time outside, making wood chips, at Studio On 12 just outside of Frenchtown, NJ. The front yard is full of awesome carvings left over after the wood chips are removed. This one still has a lot of wood attached but the carving, a Samurai […]

18 Feb 2021


Here is a salute to parking lot cowboys, who chase down the strays and drive the herds. It’s 365 day-a-year job. No matter what the weather is, those carts are always on the move and need wrangling. Sometimes they get away and get lost, wandering into the retention basin or rolling out onto the street. It isn’t unusual for find a stray cart, far from herd in the woods or down by a stream. They must have an instinct to […]