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Summers by the Lake: Remembering John Margolies

Last week, I saw an innocent little item Mod Betty had put on her Facebook page concerning the John Margolies collection that the Library of Congress put out recently. John Margolies passed away last year, and the LOC was providing those interested with a look at over 11,000 images he had taken over the years … Continue reading “Summers by the Lake: Remembering John Margolies”



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No Good Story Starts in the Suburbs

Laura and I both grew up in the country. I was in upstate New York and she was in central Pennsylvania. We both went to Tennessee for college and ended up in Chattanooga. We got married, and moved to Pennsylvania. Short version. In all of that time, we never lived “in the city.” Outside the … Continue reading “No Good Story Starts in the Suburbs”



Death of a Flower: Protea

For this series, I’ve been trying to find flowers that stay upright as long as possible. The idea of a drooping, wilted flower is really appealing at first, until you realize that, for the most part, wilted flowers pretty much look the same. I went with sunflowers, and loved the result. I started to look … Continue reading “Death of a Flower: Protea”



Found: Seriously? Another Couch

“There’s another one around the corner,” Laura said. Every smart answer I could think of flooded into my head. In this case, though, I knew what she was talking about. As you know, Allentown has been littered with old couches waiting to be picked up for the morning trash. This was the third in a … Continue reading “Found: Seriously? Another Couch”



From Japan to Sweden without Leaving New Jersey

I kid New Jersey. We all kid New Jersey. After all, it’s hard not to kid New Jersey when they present you with things like this: (Those of you not from New Jersey, this is the Cannonball Loop from Action Park, a ride so unsafe they shut it down after a month. Reportedly they sent … Continue reading “From Japan to Sweden without Leaving New Jersey”



Lost: Corner of a Sectional Couch

The conversation reads in my head like this: Woman: We’ve got to get rid of this old couch. It’s so old and… Man: I like it fine in the basement where it is. Woman: It’s not even good enough for the basement. Honestly, I’m embarrassed to have it in the house. We’ve got to take … Continue reading “Lost: Corner of a Sectional Couch”



The Path Walker Evans Took

Walker Evans and I were not formally introduced. It had something to do with the fact that I was four years old when he died and we didn’t run in the same circles, something like that. He was a photographer who is most known for documenting the south during the height of the Depression. I … Continue reading “The Path Walker Evans Took”



Death of a Flower: Gerber Daisy

After several different subjects, and finding that the flowers with the hardiest stems seemed to produce the best results for this “Death of a Flower” series I’ve been working on, you would think I would continue on this path, wouldn’t you? I couldn’t resist. The sunflowers showed me how vibrant colors showed up in the … Continue reading “Death of a Flower: Gerber Daisy”



Found: One Can of Whipped Cream

Things get left behind on trash day. It happens. And that’s what might have happened here, but upon closer inspection, I don’t think so. All that was left on this area between the sidewalk and the road was a) the can of whipped cream, and b) the pink cap for the can of whipped cream. … Continue reading “Found: One Can of Whipped Cream”