Tuesday, January 31, 2012

366 Project - Day 31 - "Self Portrait in Colors"



January 31, 2012 - "Self Portrait in Colors"

Playing around... pointing the camera at myself.

Playing around... pointing the camera at my self.

Playing around... pointing the camera at my SELF.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

366 Project - Day 30 - "Leica"



January 30, 2012 - "Leica"

I'm exhausted. Trying to unwind on the couch... but realized I hadn't taken a shot yet for today.

So I reach into my Tenba and pull out two cameras... one digital... one film... one Canon... one Leica... one new... one old...

... and I use the new digital Canon to take this shot of the old film Leica.

Perhaps later in the week I'll do the reverse. We'll see!

(lifeisgood!)

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Thankful... 01/29/12

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Today I am thankful for...

... another amazing weekend...

... another amazing week...

... another amazing month...

... and what is shaping up to be another amazing year.


Today I am thankful for...

... my dancing daughter...

... her excitement at winning a Platinum trophy for her Lyrical-dance solo...

... my extremely imaginative and creative son...

... the sound of his giggles while he watched "Robots" during last night's long car ride home...

... and knowing that I am blessed.


Today I am thankful for...

... unexpected encounters with very dear friends...

... plans for "Movie Nights"...

... "Dry the Rain" by The Beta Band...

... and Zooey Deschanel's "cuteness".


Today I am thankful for...

... Record stores that still sell actual "records"...

... early Madonna albums...

... thrift stores...

... zipping my wife into vintage black dresses...

... and looking forward to helping her unzip from them again.


Today I am thankful for...

... Phở...

... Oxtail Dumplings...

... chopsticks...

... slurping...

... and delicious dinners with wonderful friends.


Today I am thankful for...

... being able to find beauty in places others can't see it...

... being able to capture moments that others don't notice...

... being able to see things others can't see...

... being able to create things others have yet to create...

... and being able to dream things and give life to those dreams.

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366 Project - Day 29 - "Wurlitzer"



January 29, 2012 - "Wurlitzer"

Another day of shooting film.

A visit to the Goodwill Superstore... where I ran into a very dear friend and had a nice chat amidst the aisles overflowing with cheap metal nicknacks that no one wanted...

A visit to my favorite record store - Gerosa Records in Brookfield... where I snapped this shot - a close-up of the rotary mechanism of one of their vintage jukeboxes...

And a visit to Costco for film processing, and - while waiting... even more photo-taking.

A good... calm... quiet... peaceful day - filled with many shutter clicks.

(lifeisgood)

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

366 Project - Day 28 - "Self Portrait in the Sunlight"



January 28, 2012 - "Self Portrait in the Sunlight"

Today has been a long day. A very, VERY long day!

Up and out-of-bed waaaaay before 6AM.

On the road heading to Rhode Island well before the sun woke up.

Three hour drive.

Ten hours of dance competition for my daughter.

Amazing dancing... and she did a wonderful job! Her jazz-dance solo earned a High Gold... her lyrical-dance solo earned a Platinum. She was also First-Runner-Up/Second-Place in the Overall Competition for her age group. Two of her five group dances earned High Gold... Two earned Platinum... and one earned a High Platinum.

Amazing dances!

A bit of shopping... then an incredible dinner.

Long drive home while listening to 80s tunes.

Sleepy-eyed arrival so late at night that it was early the following morning.

Hard-hitting-collapse-on-the-bed = end of a wonderful day.

And the photo? Taken in the Men's Room at East Providence High School... where the sunlight coming through the window was so bright, I just couldn't let the moment slip by without capturing it!

(lifeisgood!)

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Friday, January 27, 2012

366 Project - Day 27 - "Frozen"



January 27, 2012 - "Frozen"

Today, when I turned on the lights of my freezers, I was greeted by the shimmering beauty of ice crystals clinging to the glass doors.

And while such an occurrence was also the subject of a photo from my "365 Project" in 2010... I just couldn't let the scene go by un-captured!

Simple.

Beautiful.

Simply beautiful!

(lifeisgood!)

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

366 Project - Day 26 - "Chicken Feet"



January 26, 2012 - "Chicken Feet"

I just got a delivery of 12-lbs of fresh chicken feet from a local farm.

How fresh? Well... just this morning these birds were walking.

So... what do I do with a 12-lb bag of fresh chicken feet?

I take pictures.

Then I use take said bag of chicken feet and use it to taunt the vegetarians I work with.

(lifeisgood!)

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

366 Project - Day 25 - "Udon and Phở"



January 25, 2012 - "Udon and Phở"

Today was a very tasty day!

A lunch of Udon Noodles in a super-spicy hell-broth...

A quick stop for fat-free frozen coconut yogurt at Peachwave...

To top it all off - an abso-freakin'-lutely AMAZING dinner with my good friend Lenny at "Phở Vietnam" - where I had incredible Oxtail Dumplings... and a big bowl of traditional Phở which was pure heaven!

And the photo? A bundle of Udon Noodles resting in a bowl, waiting for the broth to come to a boil so I could finish making my lunch.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

366 Project - Day 24 - "Seeds"



January 24, 2012 - "Seeds"

I find myself sitting in the break room at work, playing with half of a red bell pepper... completely in awe of it's abstract beauty.

(lifeisgood!)

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Monday, January 23, 2012

366 Project - Day 23 - "Red Velvet"



January 23, 2012 - "Red Velvet"

A co-workers birthday = RED VELVET CAKE!!!

(Don't worry... I only had a 1/4" slice!)

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Thankful... 01/22/12

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Today I am thankful for...

... a wonderful evening spent with wonderful friends...

... coffee mugs with Great White Sharks hiding inside them...

... zombie mermaids...

... hugs...

... and finally being able to finish Christmas.


Today I am thankful for...

... A.S. Roma destroying A.C. Cesena - 5 to 1...

... Il Capitano, Francesco Totti...

... the New York Giants going to the Super Bowl...

... and another weekend of great games.


Today I am thankful for...

... back-to-back episodes of "Oddities" featuring the wonderfully beautiful Laura Flook...

... Real Burlesque...

... glittery, sparkly fabrics...

... the original RENT broadway soundtrack blasting on my stereo...

... and not giving a damn what anyone thinks about any of that!


Today I am thankful for...

... the loud click of my Canon F-1's shutter, scaring people...

... a stack of Kodak film waiting to be shot...

... standing in snowy fields, pressing icy cold shutter release buttons with freezing fingers...

... having three cameras in my bag at all times...

... and the knowledge of a Leica M3 coming my way in the near future.


Today I am thankful for...

... a dancing daughter...

... an incredibly imaginative son...

... a dumbass cat who falls off of his perches...

... and my wife's butt shaking while she's on her hands and knees looking for a tiny Swarovski crystal she dropped on the floor.


Today I am thankful for...

... having an amazing coffee house so close by...

... Mr. Happy Cloud's cover of the entire Lucinda Williams' album "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" being sooooooooooo much better than the original...

... coffee...

... more coffee...

... and... even more coffee.


Today I am thankful for...

... miles and miles and miles on the treadmill...

... rediscovering muscles I had forgotten existed within my body...

... music helping to push me further...

... having goals...

... and the feeling of stepping out of the gym - hot and exhausted - into the wonderful, icy January air.


Today I am thankful for...

... knowing that today was wonderful...

... knowing that tomorrow has the potential to be even more wonderful...

... and knowing that the "wonderfulness" of all of my tomorrows is completely up to me.

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366 Project - Day 22 - "Finishing Christmas"



January 22, 2012 - "Finishing Christmas"

Tonight we're finally finishing Christmas.

Sure, the tree... the lights... the decorations have been down for quite some time...

... but we still hadn't been able to get together with two wonderful friends to exchange gifts...

... until tonight, that is!

So - after having a very filling dinner...

... and lots of conversation...

... and exchanging gifts...

... Christmas is finally and completely finished!

The only remnants are a box full of torn wrapping paper...

... and many wonderful memories!

(lifeisgood!)

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

366 Project - Day 21 - "Kodak"



January 21, 2012 - "Kodak"

It was a very sad day when - earlier this week - Kodak announced that they have filed for bankruptcy.

I, like so many others, sincerely hope that they are able to pull out of this!

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Friday, January 20, 2012

366 Project - Day 20 - "Molten Java"



January 20, 2012 - "Molten Java"

Our first visit to the new home of Molten Java coffeehouse in Bethel, CT.

Wonderful new location...

Wonderful show by the even more wonderful Mr. Happy Cloud...

Wonderful friends and wonderful conversation...

Wonderful happy-goodness...

I guess you could say that the entire night was... well... "wonderful"!

(lifeisgood!)

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

366 Project - Day 19 - "Blood Orange"



January 19, 2012 - "Blood Orange"

I'm doing my weekly "Produce Photo Shoot" at work: Every week I take photos of the fresh produce we get delivered, so I can post it to our store's Facebook page.

I get distracted by the intense beauty of a sliced organic Blood Orange.

It poses for me for five or ten minutes...

... then it's "back-to-work" time.

(lifeisgood!)

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

366 Project - Day 18 - "Chocolate Cravings"



January 18, 2012 - "Chocolate Cravings"

I'd practically kill for a chocolate bar right now...

but I'm being "good"...

no chocolate for me tonight!

So instead I'm just taking photos of a stack of chocolate bars on a drugstore shelf...

... and trying to convince myself that THAT will be enough to help the craving.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

366 Project - Day 17 - "Jelly"



January 17, 2012 - "Jelly"

Hard workout today.

My legs feel like jelly.

My arms feel like jelly.

My whole body feels like jelly.

But I like jelly!

Especially canned jellied cranberry sauce!

(Which just happens to be part of tonight's dinner... and a fitting subject for today's photo!)

Life is good!

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Thankful... 01/17/12

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Today I am thankful for...

... Noodles...

... Spicy Broth...

... Chopsticks...

... and Slurping.


Today I am thankful for...

... my new Asics gym shoes...

... improving endurance...

... ice-cold Penta water...

... and hot, sweaty women in yoga pants.


Today I am thankful for...

... a (relatively) clean house...

... San Lorenzo by the stove...

... cats who hide in boxes...

... and white porcelain Espresso and Cappuccino cups, hanging in rows... waiting for me.


Today I am thankful for...

... days off...

... rejuvenation...

... getting things done...

... and feeling "complete".


Today I am thankful for...

... free music...

... amazing headphones...

... body movements...

... within and without.


Today I am thankful for...

... the smell of a roll of 35mm film...

... the sound of the film advancing in my Canon...

... the feel of the lens as I focus...

... the mystery that comes with not always knowing what was actually captured.


Today I am thankful for...

... planning trips...

... dreaming of Cadillacs...

... Sunroofs open to the night sky...

... and jazz-filled nights.


Today I am thankful for...

... Roads that go ever, ever on...

... re-taking old journeys...

... the pitter-patter of raindrops on my roof...

... and the ability to be carried away.


Today I am thankful for...

... all that I have...

... all that I am...

... all that I know...

... and all that I have yet to become.

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BEST ALBUMS OF 2011 (In my not-so-humble opinion, that is!)

Was “2011” as good as “2010” in terms of music? Well… not quite.

Sure, there were some super-hits such as Adele’s “21” and “Watch the Throne” by Jay-Z and Kanye West. Those made Rolling Stone’s “Best of 2011” list at Numbers 1 & 2 respectively. But they did not make MY list.

And there were popular releases by Foo Fighters… Fleet Foxes… The Decemberists… Wilco… The Black Keys… P.J. Harvey… Florence + The Machine, and the final album from R.E.M. - all of which seem to have landed somewhere in the “Top 20” on just about every “Best of 2011” list I’ve seen. But they did not make MY list.

No… this year it was much tougher to come up with my “Top 10”. Too many albums to choose from… and too many of which just didn’t seem up-to-par. A lot of it just seemed to be the same. Still, somehow I did manage to purchase/download over 110 albums from iTunes during the course of 2011 - and there had to be something in there worth writing about… right?

Right!

So, here are MY picks for the “Top Ten Albums of 2011”… and once again I will not play favorites. I will not be starting with a “No. 10” and working my way down to a “No. 1” choice. The albums are just so different from one another… yet all are amazing in their own way. They are listed in the order in which they were released.

And here they are...

“The King of Limbs” by Radiohead (February 18, 2011)

Is it as good as, say “OK Computer” or “Kid A”? No. But “The King of Limbs” is very much a Radiohead album. Haunting. Almost “sacred” sounding. The more you listen to it, the more you find… and the more it grows on you. Highlights include: “Lotus Flower” and “Codex”


“Wounded Rhymes” by Lykke Li (February 25, 2011)

Bolder than her 2008 debut… “Wounded Rhymes” gives us a more confident Lykke Li. This album still has a bit of that classic-y, vintage sound to it… yet it’s completely current and modern at the same time. Does that make sense? Who cares! Just listen to it! Highlights include: “I Follow Rivers” and “Get Some”


“Holy Ghost!” by Holy Ghost! (April 04, 2011)

Who is going to fill the void left after LCD Soundsystem called it quits in early 2011? Well, it just might be Holy Ghost! - which happens to be on the DFA Records label founded by LCD’s James Murphy. This album is phenomenal… one that you can’t help but move to. If I had to choose one favorite amongst these ten - this just might be it! Highlights include: “Do It Again” and “Wait and See”


“WhoKill” by Tune-Yards (April 15, 2011)

OK… this album is NOT for everyone! Some might describe it simply as “weird”. At times it’s sort of “Björk plays ukelele to an African drum beat”… which just makes it even more wonderful! Merrill Garbus’ voice is powerful… and the music is… well… there’s a reason why this album is making so many “Top 10 of 2011” lists. Just give it a try! Highlights include: “Gangsta” and “Bizness”


“Burst Apart” by The Antlers (May 10, 2011)

This is a simple, yet complex… sad, yet beautiful album. There’s a hint of Radiohead influence here… but there’s also so much more. It’s soulful… emotional… wonderful. Highlights include: “I Don’t Want Love” and “Parentheses”


“Past Life Martyred Saints” by EMA (May 10, 2011)

In my opinion you just have to love an album with a song that opens with the line “Fu@# California… You made me boring”! This album is powerful… confrontational… poetic… and, well… yeah - there’s a heavy Patti Smith influence here! It’s a bright spot in a world of “same-ness”. Highlights include: “California” and “Milkman”


“Destroyed” by Moby (May 17, 2011)

Some loved this album. Some hated it. I think it’s amazing. It’s dream-music. Moby composed and recorded the album while on tour… often recording songs in his hotel room while suffering from insomnia. He described the album as “Broken down melodic electronic music for empty cities at 2 am”. That description is perfect! This is the music in my head when I’m sitting on the windowsill of my room at the Hotel Chelsea, looking out at the city while my wife sleeps and my head races with thoughts. Highlights include: “Be The One” and “Victoria Lucas”


“Il Volo” by Il Volo (May 17, 2011)

Completely different than anything else on the list… Il Volo is the self-titled debut album from the Italian classical pop trio. What makes this album so amazing is the pure talent - especially when you consider that the oldest member of Il Volo is a mere 18 years old! This album took the rest of the world by storm… while the U.S. was obsessed with Rebecca Black’s “Friday”. What does that say about us? Highlights include: “O Sole Mio” and “E Piu’ Ti Penso”


“Born This Way” by Lady GaGa (May 23, 2011)

OK… OK… I know what you’re thinking! I don’t care though! Yes… this album was a mega-hit. Yes… the title song has been played, and played, and played some more. Yes… some of it sounds a bit too influenced by Madonna. Yes… it’s Lady GaGa. All of that being said - I love this album! It’s powerful… and I don’t think there’s another album released in 2011 which has influenced pop-culture more. Say what you want about Lady GaGa… but this album deserves to be in the Top 10. Highlights include: “Born This Way” and “Edge of Glory”


“Strange Mercy” by St. Vincent (September 09, 2011)

Sorry, I know I already used a Björk reference here once… but I have to again: Annie Clark’s voice IS Björk-like at times… especially on the opening track, “Chloe in the Afternoon”. I also hear hints of “Shakespeare’s Sister” here. The similarities end there though. This is very much it’s own album. Personal. Wonderful. Highlights include: “Cruel” and “Cheerleader”


HONORABLE MENTION:

“Into the Woods” by Of Monsters and Men (December 20, 2011)

I’ve heard them referred to as “Iceland’s Mumford and Sons”. I don’t know about that. I can’t stand “Mumford and Sons”… but I’m loving “Of Monsters and Men”! This short EP was released to build up the U.S. audience prior to the groups full-album debut release in 2012. All I can say is I can’t wait to hear more! This EP only has four tracks… so I won’t choose two as “Highlights”. They’re ALL highlights!


WORST ALBUM OF 2011:

“Lulu” by Lou Reed & Metallica (November 01, 2011)

I listen to this album, and all I can say is “Why?” - while shaking my head. I had doubts from the moment I heard of it’s possibility… yet I clung to the hope that somehow this might work. Well… it didn’t. This was not only the worst album of 2011… it just might go down as being one of the worst albums EVER!

BEST METAL ALBUM:

“Beyond Magnetic” by Metallica (December 13, 2011)

I wasn’t impressed by much in the way of Heavy Metal offerings in 2011. I was, however, happy to see the release of this little EP by Metallica late in the year. It’s actually comprised of songs recorded during the “Death Magnetic” sessions… which never made it to that 2008 album. So it’s not exactly “new”. Still, it does make up for the atrocity that was/is “Lulu”. Well… maybe not completely… but it does help! Again, this EP only has four tracks… so I won’t choose two as “Highlights”.

BEST POSTHUMOUS RELEASE:

“Lioness: Hidden Treasures” by Amy Winehouse (December 05, 2011)

Some loved Amy Winehouse. Some hated her. Others didn’t quite hate her… but didn’t quite understand why she was such a big deal, either. I was among those who loved her music… thought her to be talented… thought her voice to be powerful and soulful… and thought it sad that she was not able to pull herself together in time. This album is a fitting tribute. Highlights include: “Tears Dry” and “Valerie”

BEST RE-ISSUE:

“Nevermind: Super Deluxe Edition” by Nirvana (Originally released September 24, 1991)

Re-Issued in celebration of the 20th anniversary of it’s release - (Has it REALLY been 20 years!?!) - this album is still as powerful, awesome and relevant now as it was then. The “Super Deluxe Edition” has 70 tracks… (almost five dozen more than the original) - including alternate takes, B-sides, rehearsal takes and some live recordings. Highlights include: Well… THE WHOLE DAMN ALBUM!!!

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Monday, January 16, 2012

366 Project - Day 16 - "Asics"



January 16, 2011 - "Asics"

I'm a little bored... and completely exhausted - so it's a "quick shot" tonight...

... my new pair of Asics... which I bought just for gym use.

These things are so light and comfortable... I'm in love with them!

I've only had them for a few days, yet they already have at least a dozen treadmill miles on them.

In fact, today we had quite a work out together: An hour and-a-half on the Tread... plus time on the strength machines...

... and it felt so good!

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

366 Project - Day 15 - "Waiting To Be Watched"



January 15, 2012 - "Waiting To Be Watched"

The Golden Globes are tonight.

So many movies I haven't seen yet!

In fact, I've got a whole stack of BluRays...

... sitting on my TV stand...

... just waiting to be watched.

Someday!

(lifeisgood!)

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

366 Project - Day 14 - "Self Portrait (Post-Workout)"



January 14, 2012 - "Self Portrait (Post-Workout)"

Long day.

Shot a roll of film at the closed/abandoned Fairfield Hill's State Hospital in Newtown...

Ran errands...

Came home to watch the A.S. Roma game, which ended in a draw after rain shortened it to only an hour...

Hit the gym...

Walked...

Walked faster...

Walked even faster...

... then even faster than that.

Soaked in sweat... came home to shoot some more...

... including this shot as I cooled down and prepared to make dinner.

Cooling down.

(lifeisgood)

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Friday, January 13, 2012

366 Project - Day 13 - "Lightwave"



January 13, 2012 - "Lightwave"

A wonderful night spent with even more wonderful friends!

A very tasty (and healthy!) dinner at a favorite local diner...

Followed by a very tasty (and healthy!) dessert at a (new) favorite local frozen yogurt shop...

... which is where I came across a wonderful white plastic lamp, a small portion of which found it's way through the lens of my camera, to become today's image.

A wonderful night spent with even more wonderful friends!

(lifeisgood!)

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

366 Project - Day 12 - "The Underside"



January 12, 2012 - "The Underside"

Changing perspective...

Looking at the underside of life...

And finding it to be just as beautiful!

(lifeisgood!)

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

366 Project - Day 11 - "Waiting for the Music"



January 11, 2012 - "Waiting for the Music"

One-hundred blank CDs...

Sitting in a stack...

Waiting for my call...

To hold the music...

Music to be shared...

Music to be enjoyed...

Music to be danced to.

But for now they sit in silence...

... where they meet the macro lens of my camera.

(lifeisgood)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

366 Project - Day 10 - "Burn"



January 10, 2012 - "Burn"

Another night at the gym...

Another high-intensity burn.

Sweating like a pig...

My legs feel like jelly...

I'm out of breath...

And I couldn't be happier!

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Thankful... 01/09/12

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Today I am thankful for...

... improving health...

... twelve lost pounds (so far)...

... a gym I love going to...

... and a great friend to go with! (Thanks Lenny!)


Today I am thankful for...

... Lacuna Coil on my iPod...

... Hot tea in the evening...

... blank Moleskine journals, waiting to be filled...

... and a Kindle full of journeys.


Today I am thankful for...

... knowing farmers...

... being able to easily get Heirloom Berkshire Pork...

... and Heritage Breed Chicken...

... and Lamb...

... and grass-fed Beef...

... all of them raised without hormones or antibiotics...

... all of them raised locally.


Today I am thankful for...

... "A Bit of Fry & Laurie"...

... Laughter...

... Smiles...

... and a "YO, BITCH - I DIDN'T ASK FOR NO SPRINKLES!".


Today I am thankful for...

... "now"...

... the possibility of "tomorrow"...

... "tomorrow" becoming nothing more than "now"...

... and "now" always being "good enough".


Today I am thankful for...

... "you"...

... "this"...

... and, for "life"...

... which is good!


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366 Project - Day 09 - "Walk... Hydrate... Color..."



January 09, 2012 - "Walk... Hydrate... Color..."

Gym-time...

Hit the treadmill...

Set the incline...

Turn on the iPod...

"Seven Nation Army"...

Go.

Walk...

Faster...

Harder...

Increase incline...

Walk...

Faster...

Increase incline...

Sweat...

Hydrate...

Wonderful... Cold... Water.

Close my eyes...

Tilt back my head...

Visions of colors.

Walk...

Increase incline.

Burn...

Iron Maiden... Metallica... SlipKnot... Otep... Lacuna Coil...

Walk...

Faster...

Increase incline.

Go...

Go...

Go...

Hydrate...

Feel the burn...

Go...

Go...

Go...

Hydrate...

Feels good!

Cool down...

Slow...

Slower...

Slow...

Slowdown...

Smile.

(lifeisgood!)

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

366 Project - Day 08 - "Coloring the Night"



January 08, 2012 - "Coloring the Night"

The night is kind of "ordinary".

I'm wandering the aisles of the supermarket, with camera in-hand...

... surrounded by "ordinary".

Nothing is jumping out at me....

Nothing exciting...

... that is, until I happen upon a package of brightly-colored plastic straws hanging on an end-cap at the final aisle.

Color!

Beautiful color!

Beautiful color... coloring the night!

(lifeisgood!)

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

366 Project - Day 07 - "Caught on Film"



January 07, 2012 - "Caught on Film"

One of my personal projects for 2012 is to shoot (at least) one roll of film per week. Whether it's Black & White... or Color... Whether it's 35mm... or 120/Medium Format... or Pack-film in one of my vintage Polaroid land cameras... At least one roll of film per week... every week... for one full year.

So, today I did just that!

I loaded up my Canon "New F-1" with a 36-exposure roll of Kodak Professional Black & White film (ISO 400) - and went out "exploring".

First stop - an abandoned greenhouse, formerly part of a flower shop.

Snap... Snap... Click... Click.

Second stop - an abandoned factory and warehouse.

Snap... Snap... Click... Click.

And to finish it off - a stop by the natural foods store where I work...

Snap... Snap... Click... Click...

The last stop including taking this photo of my daughter, while standing in front of the store.

Roll finished... head to the photo lab where they were surprised to see someone coming in with "film".

An intense workout at the gym while the lab worked on the records of my day... then swing by to pick up the photos.

In my opinion, "Film" = "Magic"!!!

And "Life" = "Good"!!!

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Friday, January 6, 2012

366 Project - Day 06 - "Eating Healthy"



January 06, 2012 - "Eating Healthy"

OK... I'm eating healthy.

Fruits...

Vegetables...

Nuts and Seeds...

Good protein...

Lots of water...

Organic food...

No hormones...

No antibiotics...

No "nasty-ness"...

Eating healthy.

So all of that is good... and good for me too. But no matter how "healthy" I get... I just can't bring myself to do the whole "Wheatgrass" thing!

To me, it's much better for "photos" than it is for "drinking"!

And that is that!

(Healthy) Life is Good!

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

366 Project - Day 05 - "Powering Down"



January 05, 2012 - "Powering Down"

Wake up...

Shower...

Dress...

Organize...

Eat...

Work...

Deliveries...

Meetings...

More deliveries...

Organize...

Work...

Head to gym...

Walk...

Walk...

Walk...

Walk...

Sweat...

Breathe...

Home...

Shower...

Cook dinner...

Eat...

Bring daughter to dance class...

Visit mom...

Do more laundry...

Try to stay awake...

Falling...

Falling...

Falling...

Powering down...

So I'll have the energy...

... to do it all again... tomorrow.

(lifeisgood)

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

366 Project - Day 04 - "Laundromat - Wednesday Night"



January 04, 2012 - "Laundromat - Wednesday Night"

Standing in the laundromat on a very cold Wednesday night.

Some washers swish...

Some washers spin...

Dryers tumble and hum...

Women chat while folding clothes...

A Spanish soap opera plays on the TV...

Children play with the rolling baskets...

And my son waits, patiently, through the boredom.

Everyday life...

... which is good!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

366 Project - Day 03 - "Dinner and a Movie"



January 03, 2012 - "Dinner and a Movie"

I'm out-and-about... spending time with my best-friend, Lenny.

A viewing of "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"...

Popcorn...

Coca-Cola...

Robert Downey Jr....

Jude Law...

Stephen Fry...

Noomi Rapace...

Laughter...

Awesomeness!

Sharing an "Original Tomato Pie with Mozzarella and Sausage" at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana...

Iced Tea...

Conversation...

Laughter...

Friendship...

Awesomeness!

A wonderful night... spent with an even more wonderful friend!

Thank you, Lenny!

Life IS Good!

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Monday, January 2, 2012

366 Project - Day 02 - "Treasure"



January 02, 2012 - "Treasure"

My son has a bit of a hoarding problem.

Paper...

Broken balls...

Bits of metal...

Broken toys...

All sorts of things kept with the plan to create some sort of dragon, or robot or magical invention that will change the world.

He's incredibly creative and wonderful...

... even if it's not always fun for us to have to clean his "collections".

This small mountain of mayhem is just a portion of the contents of his backpack - which we cleaned out tonight in preparation for tomorrow's return to school after the Holiday Break.

The treasure of a 10-year old boy... isn't it wonderful!?!

(lifeisgood!)

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Thankful... 01/01/12

There was a little "project" which I started doing in a spirituality group on MySpace - WOW - Remember MySpace!?! - way-back-when.

I believe it was 2006... but that doesn't really matter now, does it?

Anyway - there was this little project which I started doing on MySpace way-back-when. Every day I'd post a list of things that I was thankful for. At first it was a straightforward list of 3 to 5 things - like "Family"... "Friends"... "Health". Then it became a little more specific to the day - like "A wonderful lunch with wonderful friends at the Holiday Diner today". Then it expanded even more... expanding and evolving to become an abstract - and often quirky - list of random thoughts, items and feelings - sometimes posted daily... sometimes weekly - which often brought about enthusiastic responses and comments from friends and family members and even people I didn't know.

It has been a while since I've done that little project. Eventually I left MySpace (didn't we all?)... and went to Facebook. I started this blog... and for a time I posted some "Thankful" lists here - but a few years ago it just sort of fizzled out... and the last one I did was in January of 2009.

Well... now it's time to change that!

So - using that post from January 2009 as a bit of a base to expand upon... here's the first of what I hope will become many "Thankful" lists for 2012!

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Today I am thankful for...

... a new year...

... a blank slate...

... and a world of possibilities.


Today I am thankful for...

... having a job that I actually love.

... with awesome co-workers who have become even more awesome friends...

... and amazing, understanding, and supportive bosses.


Today I am thankful for...

... my amazingly wonderful and beautiful wife.


Today I am thankful for...

... my amazingly wonderful and beautiful children.


Today I am thankful for...

... my iPhone and Mac - and the moments of "connectedness" they bring.

... my iPod - and the moments of "sanity" it brings.

... my camera - and the side of me it brings out.


Today I am thankful for...

... giant pots of "Sunday Gravy" bubbling away on the stove...

... and the wonderful memories the aroma brings.


Today I am thankful for...

... Molly Wringwald's lips...

... and "Jake Ryan's" too!


Today I am thankful for...

... rolls of Kodak professional Black & White film waiting in my fridge.


Today I am thankful for...

... "Felice Anno Nuovo!"...

... being able to say "arrivederci!" to 2011...

... and bringing in 2012 with a bang!


Today I am thankful for...

... a sense of Self.

... confidence.

... creativity.

... inspiration.

... desire.

... passion.

... dreams.

... music.

... and an intense "need" to express myself.


Today I am thankful for...

... now...

... this moment...

... and the possibility of the next.

(and the immense beauty inherent in that).


Today I am thankful for...

... Walt's words (Whitman... not Disney)

... and the fact that, yes - even I, get to contribute a verse.


Today I am thankful...

Today...

... I AM...

... thankful.

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366 Project - Day 01 - "Saying Goodbye"



January 01, 2012 - "Saying Goodbye"

Today I am saying goodbye to 2011... and welcoming 2012 with open arms!

Tossing out the last remnants of what proved to be a VERY challenging year for me... with far more "downs" than "ups"... and very much looking forward to all of the wonderful possibilities that 2012 brings!

I have quite a few projects planned for this year...

* To complete my third consecutive year of the "365 Project" (now the "366 Project", since 2012 is a Leap Year) - without missing a single day.

* To shoot at least one roll of film per week... using a different camera each month.

* To complete my first "52 Weeks" project: One self portrait per week, every week for one year.

* To complete several specific photo projects/themes I've had in mind for quite a while now, and have been putting off.

* To have another solo show/exhibition.

Those are just a few of the photography-based plans I have for 2012... and I have quite a few others as well.

I have a feeling that 2012 is going to be a phenomenal year... filled with blessings... and much creativity!

I hope that yours will be as well!

(lifeisgood!)

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