Archive for category: Fairly Odd Parents-Past

Observant on Day One

17 Jul 2015
July 17, 2015 [raw] Observant at a very young age, I was particularly interested in my toes.[/raw] I am nothing if not observant. I had to be, growing up in an irrational house, where, at any moment, the sublime could morph into the profane —and where a loved one could literally change overnight. (Sadly, I don't mean figuratively.) It's no mistake I became a photographer, always looking for the inconsistencies in human behavior, ready for any turn of events, no matter how unlikely they may be. Irony Read more [...]

Midsummer and the Hitchhiking Ain’t Easy

21 Jun 2015
June 21, 2015 [raw] Not me (I never pretended to be a superhero when I hitchhiked). But close enough. In reality, I was alone and my flag was about a foot wide: big enough to see but small enough to avoid causing an international incident.[/raw] Today is Midsummer. Here in the States we think of it as just the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer. But people who live much nearer the Arctic Circle celebrate this day with gusto. After all, on the opposite side of the calendar they have to Read more [...]

I’m Movin Out!

25 May 2015
May 25, 2015 [raw] My "portable" Sony Sterecorder 230[/raw] As my wife and I drove the nine miles from our house to my daughter's dorm I said, "I hope that rug is gone. It's not even ours." I was in my organizing mode: how to pack up my daughter's things as efficiently as possible and get them home in our car, including a small refrigerator. The rug belonged to my daughter's roommate. She had moved out the night before and had offered the well-used industrial gray carpet to my daughter as a parting gift. Read more [...]

It Came From the National Enquirer

28 Dec 2014
December 28, 2014 [raw] John Carpenter and Adrienne Barbeau at the Playboy Mansion, early 1980s. © Jeff Gates[/raw] Read more [...]

A Family Photograph

08 Jun 2014
June 8, 2014 [raw] My great uncles and aunts in Russia.[/raw] Like many Eastern European Jews, my paternal grandparents emigrated from the Russia in the early 20th century. But not all of my family left for the States. And, I suppose you could say they were saved from the atrocities of the Nazis because they lived under the atrocities of Stalin. But, interestingly, my great Uncle Louie ("Unkie") went back for a visit around 1931, when this photo of him and some of his brothers and his sister was taken Read more [...]

A Homecoming Back to Me

19 Jan 2014
January 19, 2014 [raw] The 2014 Rose Bowl Game[/raw] I'm not a sports junky. In fact, I'm worse. I'm a fair-weather sports fan filed under the subcategory "College Sports/Only Schools I Went To." And that means just football and basketball. So, I follow two schools, both my alma maters: Michigan State, where I got my undergraduate degree and UCLA where I got my MFA. Oh, and as a fallback, I will sometimes follow the University of Maryland just because I live in Maryland (I may follow it more in the coming Read more [...]
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