The train has left the station and there are a few faces peeking out of the coach car windows. Welcome aboard, and I trust the destination will be worth the view along the way. Many thanks to the first readers who now (or will shortly) have one of the nine chapters of What We Hold In Our Hands: a Slow Road Reader …. Dennis, Becky, Stephanie, Gretchen, Larry, Jim, Judy, Kay, Georgia, Carrie, and Jeff. So I feel less like a hobo alone in …

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Blue Ridge Counry Morning I won’t try to finesse this. I’ll just tell it straight out: Given a continuance of what passes for good health and wellness of joint and limb and a smiling-on by the muse and the nymphs and elves who I trust to save me from my general lack of creativity and drive, I’ll have a second book in print by summer. Maybe by mid-spring. Who can tell. I share this here because, even though there are several orders of removal …

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I know this from my photographer’s experience: any image I take is one of a kind. Each composition–in light or in words–is unique. The light will never be that color from that angle on that exact configuration of barn, tree or wildflower ever again. And this: that we too often take for granted the extraordinary senses of vision and hearing, touch and smell that are our gifts–opportunities given us by which we could know the familiar beauties too often missed or dismissed in our …

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  I’m pleased to learn that my friend Jim Minick has had a most productive visitation of the Muse, most recently evidenced by the release of his second book of poetry this year, Burning Heaven. I was priviledged some months back to read the manuscript of this very satisfying book of accessible poetry (there is much of the other kind out there) towards the goal of helping Jim find from my image archives a suitable cover that would best represent the title. The shot …

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  Question: what kind of bear is best? No, that’s not it–been watching too much of The Office. Here’s the question: When wife comes home from work and asks “what did you get done today?” does writing two blog posts count as getting anything done? Do I feel better about it if I tell her I generated two “multimedia journal entries”? BLOG sounds so juvenile and trivial. So does the validity of the answer to my question (not the one about the bears) depend …

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