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A perfectly perfect imperfect eye


My eyes are off. They’re not symmetrical; one seems larger than the other. Or maybe one eyelid is lazy, or heavier and hangs lower. It’s not a huge difference. Maybe you wouldn’t even notice, certainly nothing to give a child nightmares. I don’t see it when I look in the mirror. I only notice in photographs of myself, and only in recent photos. Maybe it’s like the Buddhists say: life is change. But that’s not the point. Continue reading

3 DOORS OF PERCEPTION: Procrastination, Patience, Decisions

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I SHOULD NOT BE WRITING THIS, mostly because of one of my more formidable faults—I’m a procrastinator, world-class. If there were an Olympic event for procrastination, and a gambler wanted to place a thousand-dollar bet, every bookie in the book would list me as the favorite. I shouldn’t be writing because writing this is a passive-aggressive form of resistance: I have other things I need to do. I’m leaving the country in just a few days, and I’m not even close to getting packed and tying loose ends, and I need to find someone to water my plants and feed Duncan, my hermit crab. And because I recently procrastinated doing other things, I’ve morphed into a sluggish blogger: I haven’t written a post in almost two weeks; I haven’t kept up with comments; I haven’t been reading new posts by others; I’ve taken only a few photographs; I’ve been offline, scurrying down the space-time continuum, and procrastinating on everything along the way. Continue reading

3 Rooms with a View: Part One

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Writing 101:   Day 2

I’m not going to tell you these were the happiest days of my life. I’m not going to tell you this story has a happy ending. I don’t think I’ll tell you much at all about myself. I will tell you one thing: while I attended grad school in Texas, way back in the days before personal computers adorned everyone’s laps and mobile phones adorned everyone’s hands, I lived in a one-car garage that had been nicely renovated into a studio apartment (read: elegant hovel…a one-car garage is a little wider on each side than your car). The front door led into a kitchen designed by a woman: larger than needed in such a small place. A hallway led to the master bedroom/living room/office. A bathroom harboring a shower with exquisitely hot water and powerful spray sat on the other side of the hall.

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Condors of Peru: Ephemeral

DP Weekly Photo Challenge

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Look up at your ceiling. It’s probably 8 feet high. Imagine another two feet. That’s a 10-foot-high ceiling. Now spread your arms out to your side. Imagine you are a bird, and your arms are wings. Imagine you are a Peruvian Condor. You are one big-ass bird, with the largest wingspan in the world. Your wingspan is longer than your imagined 10-foot-high ceiling. And you are hungry when you wake up in the morning. But whoever designed life here on this planet may have been a little miffed at you when you were created because

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One Word Photo Challenge: SEAFOAM

Sea lion escaping the sea foam drama

Sea lion escaping the sea foam drama

This is my entry for the One Word Photo Challenge, this week’s theme is SEAFOAM. Check out Jennifer Nicole Wells site to view other entries for this theme, which is actually based on the color, seafoam. I’ve interpreted it slightly differently. This seal lives in the Galapagos Islands. Let me correct myself here. I always mistakenly call it a seal; this is a sea lion, not a seal, and lives and breeds exclusively in Galapagos. What–you may wonder–is the difference between a seal and a sea lion?  Well, according to the National Ocean Service, this:  “Sea lions are brown, bark loudly, “walk” on land using their large flippers and have visible ear flaps. Seals have small flippers, wriggle on their bellies on land, and lack visible ear flaps.”

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Phoneography Photo Challenge: Animals


Today’s Blogging 101 assignment is to look up blog “events” and enter an event. The one I’ve chosen, after looking at oodles, was the Phoneography Photo Challenge, where you take a photo (that matches their theme for the week) with your phone, or other non-SLR digital device. I’m not quite embarrassed to say that I do not own a smart phone. And rarely use my 10-year-old cell phone. So I used my iPad to photograph Duncan, my hermit crab.

Also, the Challenge prefers you publish on Monday. But I just found it, because of the 101 assignment, so I’m a little late. Also, I’m supposed to place their icon on my homepage, but I don’t know how to do that, and I’m also having problems figuring out how to add (and delete) pages on my menu. They call them learning curves for a reason.

You can find the rules, and links to other participants, for the Challenge here: