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 [...]

Jeff’s Top 10 Photos for 2013 (+ 6)

26 Dec 2013
December 26, 2013 Photographically, this was a wonderful year for me. I found myself in all sorts of interesting places and situations. And the best souvenir of an experience is either a story or a photograph. The best is when I get both. Yesterday, I began to contemplate the end of 2013. And I started to grimace at all the end-of-year lists of which we were about to be inundated. Suddenly, I thought the best way to combat the nostalgia those lists always bring out in me would be to put together one of my own. Read more [...]

What Becomes a Legend Most? Wait, Let Me Tweet That.

27 Oct 2013
October 27, 2013 What becomes a legend most? I have no idea. I'm not the legend type. But, earlier this week I received my first fan letter. I have had a few brushes with fame—by now, perhaps an hour's worth. But, as always these strange encounters come in fits and spurts and without fanfare I quickly recede back with the rest of humanity. [raw] My Swiss Media Debut: Il Caffè (Click image for larger picture and, if you can read Italian, see how this government shutdown played in Europe.)[/raw] Recently, Read more [...]

Furlough Sonata in 24 Tweets

20 Oct 2013
October 20, 2013 For over two weeks the GOP closed the government in an effort to derail the Affordable Care Act. Except for the Republicans' radical Right (yes, Ted Cruz, I'm talking to you and your lemmings), no one disputes how destructive this was to American's confidence in our government. If you listen carefully, even George Will is moaning. What we could have done with the $24,000,000,000 of taxpayers' money they wasted just to make their ideological point. In the end, the citizens and more moderate legislators Read more [...]

China: A Cultural Mishap

05 Oct 2013
October 5, 2013 During June and July 2013 my wife and I took our children, both born in China, back to see where they came from. It was an incredible trip for all of us. For my children it made a very abstract part of their lives real. For my wife and I it completed a circle we began in 1997. This is the fifth post in a series of stories about our trip. But if you know me, you'll know I'm attracted to the fringes of any narrative. That's where the memories are. I won't be giving any interminably long and boring Read more [...]

Furlough: Day 4

04 Oct
October 4, 2013 On Day 4 of my forced time off I woke up to our local Fox affiliate's morning news program. First, a disclaimer. Fox 5 here in DC is not Fox News. Their connection is in name only. And our local Fox station has a much more professional approach to the news. A crew interviewed me last year when I had my ads in the DC Metro and that was one of the first questions I asked. It's clear the people on the Channel 5 morning news like each other and that makes watching them a pleasure, especially when Read more [...]
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