Bloody Cold

“I’ve lived in good climate, and it bores the hell out of me. I like weather rather than climate.”
(John Steinbeck)

One of the reasons I love living in the upper Midwest is that we have four proper seasons; it is an ever-changing environment rich in diversity and therefore satisfying to my ever-curious photographer’s eye and sometimes restless soul. But as beautiful as our winter often is, to be honest, there are times it can Continue reading

Every Breath You Drew Was “Hallelujah”

“My sins would drive the nails in You,
That rugged cross was my cross, too.
Still every breath You drew was Hallelujah.”
(Cloverton, “A Hallelujah Christmas”)

Holidays are truly a bittersweet time for many of us. The joy of hustling and bustling in preparation for the annual ritual with head bowed to its immense symbolism is juxtaposed with keeping a shoulder pressed hard against a figurative closed door behind which needs be stashed all the painful, breath-taking Continue reading

Shifting Fates

“Relax,” said the nightman, “We are programmed to receive.
You can check out any time you like but you can never leave.”
(the Eagles, Hotel California)

The little face peers up from deep inside the fleece blankets and appears to give a squirrely grin. That odd little voice begins to “talk” and one front leg is lifted high as gentle scritches under her chin and across the top of her collarbone are happily accepted. With the carrier Continue reading