Wednesday, December 28, 2011

sunrise reflection

I was so excited to see the sunrise in front of me and reflected behind me at the same time. This truck driver probably thought I was crazy because I was driving as close to him as possible to get the full effect. Wait, that does sound crazy...

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Some kids went to town on the building, the shipping containers in the parking lot, and even the abandoned furniture. Ah, home sweet home.

Monday, December 19, 2011

christmas cactus

Every year I think this cactus is going to die and every year it comes back to life to bloom for us.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

locksmith since 1913

this is on North Main St in Providence

(this sign looks like it might be 98 yrs old)

Monday, December 12, 2011

a family church

I drive past this place on my way to work (notice the darkness). It often has amazingly distasteful marquees but this one took the cake, especially in combination with the speed limit sign.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


All of these family pictures are a byproduct of spending 5 days with my family, something that doesn't happen often enough for any of us, scattered as we are around the country. Angela had the fortitude to rent us a house on beautiful Oak Island, NC for a week. We got there when we could, left when we had to, and had Thanksgiving on Wednesday instead of Thursday. (It didn't make us any less thankful.) My siblings are my best friends and I admire them all. Add our incredible Mom, Dad, and Grandfather, then a bunch of fearless lovable kids into the mix and you have a rollicking, emotional, charade-playing, ocean-skipping, shell seeking good time. I wish everyone was as lucky as I feel.

Sabina and Grandpa

Sabina looooves Grandpa.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


This is where the ferry took us.

ferry ride

Sabina the adorable.

Sebastian's first whole banana.

A triumph!

family time

Maddalena is a tree.

Paloma has a dollar burning a hole in her pocket.

Vince catches up on sleep while crammed into the back of Angela's station wagon.


Maddalena on the left, Paloma on the right. 
Both 8 years old and awesome.

Monday, November 7, 2011

3D art cake

For Paloma's 8th birthday. A girl uses cupcake palettes to paint a butterfly.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

leaving Rochester

The sun sets on a lovely adventure.

deviation from plan

While in Syracuse at SPE's conference, I got a little stir-crazy and decided to run off to Rochester, about 80 miles away, to see the Eastman House Museum. Kodak's ground zero. I saw a great show, The Unseen Eye, and made a new friend while wandering around the gift shop. Ed lives in Rochester and since Saturday was his art-hopping day, he offered to bring me along. Two galleries, a museum, and a strange art warehouse later, Ed led me to the interstate, waved goodbye, and I headed home, a smile on my face. Here's to not always having a plan.

This is Ed. My guide extraordinaire in Rochester.

This is a crazy place in Rochester called Artisan Works. Great fun.