The Life in My Years

An anthology of life

Taking a breath of viral free air to offer something pleasing and to try to relieve some of the angst if only for a few moments.  The San Francisco Bay Area is rich in street art; some of it sanctioned and some not. Below is a small sampling of images of a few of the …

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I’m up before dawn on a 50° F. morning; chilly for the Bay Area, balmy for those struggling with a side order of snow to go with their pandemic.  Wife, daughter and grandchildren are enjoying the warmth of bed.  Lexi bounces up, all tail wagging, rolling on the floor, butt in the air doggy excitement. …

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Then we set out the lines. Next we slid into the river and had a swim, so as to freshed up and cool off; then we set down on the sandy bottom where the water was about knee deep, and watched the daylight come. Not a sound anywheres – perfectly still – just like the …

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I think there’s some value in putting down our own stories of this unprecedented moment in history, be they narratives, works of fiction, poetry, art, songs or any other record of the experience of 2020.  Years from now, decades from now, historians and students will look for stories, particularly first person, of this singular event.  …

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It isn’t the end of days but, as the bard Robert Zimmerman (aka Bob Dylan) wrote, The Times They Are a-Changin. I’ve published one piece about the coronavirus and have begun another but I can’t seem to keep up with the a-changin’ times. What was relevant two weeks ago is ancient history.  Hell what was …

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This week’s Lens-Artists Challenge posed to us by Ann-Christine is ironically appropriate for our current times.  Presenting – CHAOS.  To see Ann-Christine’s take, follow the link. chaos[ key-os ] noun a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order. any confused, disorderly mass: A walk-off is the chaotic moment in …

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panic pan-ik noun a sudden overwhelming fear, with or without cause, that produces hysterical or irrational behavior, and that often spreads quickly through a group of persons or animals. The daughter called while I was at the dog park.  Lexi circling a big eucalyptus tree and barking at a squirrel chattering at her, rodent trash …

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(Featured photo – Reflections in a puddle of rainwater.) This week we have a guest host for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.  Miriam’s site The Showers of Blessings challenges us to offer some photographic reflections on reflections. Grand Teton National Park draws photographers from around the world to photograph images of her majestic beauty. One of …

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While the shock is mostly over, for some the dust will never settle. For some January 26, 2020 will be with them forever, a lifelong remembering of where they were when they heard the news. 

This week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge presented by Patti is “Change your perspective,” in other words look at an image or shot from a different point of view.  Take a break from the tried, true and sometimes trite perspective of straight on from your standing eye level. “Look up and down and round about you.”  ~ John …

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