To My Dream Reader

halloween-fiveHey, you. Yeah, you!

But no pressure, right? As I browse through the postings from Blogging 101 — and with that, all the other delicious postings the Reader tells me about — I begin to think: my dream reader would be somebody who has the time to read. Or the patience. What a lot of words there are already in the world! So, Dream Reader, here’s what I’m thinking:

I won’t expect you to understand my life choices. Wow. When I read that possible prompt (“maybe your dad, so he’ll finally understand your life choices”), I had a moment’s almost dizziness. Imagine what it would be like to have someone — Dad, anybody — who understood your life choices. Imagine — for just a precious moment, say — what it would be like, being able to understand your life choices yourself. Oh, that would be something.  Reader, I don’t expect to understand your life choices either. That’s okay with me. Life choices are very confusing.

I am curious about them. Really, deeply so. And I hope you’re curious about mine. Even if just a little. In a kindly way. WithIMG_1082_edited-1 willingness, if not identification. With interest and not aversion. With, well, patience. There might be something there.

I like new ideas. Hope you do too. Even better, I like new corroboration of my old ideas. Bet you do, too. And the old viewed from new angles, reader. I want you to like that too, because I do. And I send out my pictures and perceptions with some hope they might tickle some sense of recognition, of mirth, or compassion, or just  plain interest.

stop-sign-holder-twoReader, you and I, we face each other, in a kind of blindness, getting glimpses of this and that. When I read something, I hope it will add to my day — maybe my life — and if I only could, I’d be that for you too.

 

 

Who Am I and Why Am I Here?

First Post for Blogging 101/ January 2015


angel-in-pressed-tinWho am I, etc. It’s a fair question. The About page of this blog gives a lot of the basic “facts.” Retired from a bunch of things, I’m looking to see what I can do with this medium. So far, I’ve been posting mainly photography. I’d like to expand that a little and I’m using this course as a jumping-off point. I hope to do memoir, essays, things like that.

I do keep a personal journal and it’s just that: personal. With the blog i’d like to be in touch with others. Maybe the real question is: why not Facebook or something like that?  That’s harder to answer. I see a lot of people doing interesting things on Facebook. I think the answer to that is I’m looking for a little room to turn around in.

The first topic that comes to mind is memoir, probably because I already edit a memoir section in an online magazine, so it’s a subject that interests me. Also, I think writing about the past can lead to insights about the present.

Well, of course I’d love to connect with anyone who’s interested in hearing what I have to say — and who will have things to say back to me. I’d really love to get some conversations going. I suspect most of my readers will come from my age cohort, but I don’t assume it. When I was younger, I was interested in what some of the oldies had to say. I’m guessing there may be younger people out there who may connect with me in the same way.

If I blog successfully throughout the next year, I would hope to have written at least a handful of repeatable essays and

AKA: Shazrek
AKA: Shazrek

connected with some interesting people. Oh yes, and not least, I hope to learn more about how to use WordPress.

Hallowed E’en

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My schedule this semester is putting me behind the eight ball, but I didn’t want to miss Halloween. I have some neighbors who really do justice to the season and so most of this is from their display.

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This is what happens when you don’t brush  your teeth, right?

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I guess this is her sister, bad orthodontistry.

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And these guys — not from anybody’s seasonal display. But don’t they look as if they’re saying trick or treat?

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Hope yours is full of fun.

Alternate Forms of Transportation

trikes-at-restCars and trucks are mighty fine. So are airplanes and buses. This is just a mediation on how many ways there are of getting around.

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Even getting to work (this was taken in the employee parking lot of a local hospital).

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And there’s getting around just for the fun of it

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and in the imagination

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and by train (Yonkers, New York, taken from the train)

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Or on foot

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or just catching a ride.