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America the (mostly) Beautiful: chronicling my great Amtrak adventure

America the (mostly) Beautiful: chronicling my great Amtrak adventure
Back on July 1st I announced my intent to share a photo essay a day for the month of July to chronicle my great Amtrak adventure of 2017: a round-trip journey with my 8 year old son aboard the magestic Texas Eagle from Chicago to Austin…and back! But on July 2nd I lost access to the internet for... Read more »

Oh Amtrak.... You had me at "All Aboard!"

Oh Amtrak.... You had me at "All Aboard!"
My dad hasn’t been doing so well in the past few months, so I knew that after my son’s last day of third grade we needed to get to Austin, Texas ASAP. There were several factors in my decision to take a two-day Amtrak train ride instead of a 3 hour flight, but the biggest... Read more »

The fate of the furious political post I'm always composing but may never write

The fate of the furious political post I'm always composing but may never write
The fate of the furious political post I’m always composing (it’s called, “How do I protect my young son from all of this Trump Bullshit?”) but may never write: grim. For if I actually wrote it and published it, a couple of things would probably happen. 1. Some friends, old and new, would probably hide me, unsubscribe,... Read more »
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"...persistence, effort, commitment, sportsmanship, frustration, strength, heartbreak..."

"...persistence, effort, commitment, sportsmanship, frustration, strength, heartbreak..."
I’ve been MIA from my daily posts lately because any and all free time has gone to my alter ego: photographer by night. I’ve been practicing the art/craft of sports photography in a highly competitive men’s baseball league here in the Chicagoland area, and it’s been super fun, y’all. Like way, way fun. In addition to... Read more »

Whose asshole cat is making all that noise? (Wait...where's MY cat?)

Whose asshole cat is making all that noise? (Wait...where's MY cat?)
I got home from work at 2:30 AM last night, but didn’t go straight to bed. I needed to wind down a little so I watched Season 1 Episode 3 of Cheers, then collapsed into a deep sleep around 3AM. So when I was woken up only three hours later to the howls of a... Read more »

I have no idea why I'm so into taking pictures of baseball, lately. I just am.

I have no idea why I'm so into taking pictures of baseball, lately. I just am.
That’s not an entirely accurate title, but it’s the essence of a text I sent to a friend, today. The reason it’s NOT entirely accurate is because technically speaking I do know why I’ve been enjoying baseball photography so much: it’s like a meditation. I’m in the moment. I mean, if you aren’t in the moment with a camera... Read more »
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Surviving The Great Fever of 2017: the highlights

Surviving The Great Fever of 2017: the highlights
Today is Day 5 of the Great Fever of 2017. I don’t generally panic when the kiddo gets a cold/barfs/has a temp, but after his fever spiked upwards of 104 over the weekend, we were not gonna mess with this one.  So we’ve had a record five days of couch time/kid talk, and I’m actually... Read more »

Could it be that Magic Mike is both a male dancer AND a time traveler?

Could it be that Magic Mike is both a male dancer AND a time traveler?
I’ve lived in my north side condo for over a decade – the longest I’ve ever lived in one place. But for all the days I’ve slumbered and chilled in those 950 square feet of space, I’ve not ventured out much to meet my neighbors – not since the real estate bubble ejected desperate family after... Read more »

Hey, Internet, it's time to put these two phrases to rest

Hey, Internet, it's time to put these two phrases to rest
I know we all have a weekend to get to but real quick: I’d like to nominate two phrases that should be retired from the popular vernacular until further notice. These two phrases have served the web culture well, and should now step down so as to allow fresh, less played-out phrases to take the... Read more »
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Wonder Valley isn't looking for your approval #RespectTheWonder

Wonder Valley isn't looking for your approval #RespectTheWonder
(cont’d from yesterday’s post) The Mojave Desert’s ‘Wonder Valley’ is a tribal, earthy ride: don’t expect to leave with clean hands. For best results, arrive having lived long and/or hard enough to recognize that life is not always lived in a straight line, ‘cuz the Valley doesn’t think it’s the world’s responsibility to make you... Read more »