sweet dreams

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Screenshot from the animated short “Sweet Dreams,” by Kristen Lepore.

I’m feeling burnt out after an especially busy week (I commuted into Boston 4 times, which meant probably about 12 hours on the road, given how bad traffic has been.) After poking through my photos, I couldn’t find any that felt like they followed much from what I’ve been posting. And all the things I’ve been meaning to post will take too long. So, instead I’ll share a video that came to mind after posting yesterday’s images of buildings made out of candies. So, here is “Sweet Dreams,” a stop-motion short by Kristen Lepore. (And I wish I could say I was heading to bed now, but I still have my work to do…My own sweet dreams will have to wait. But maybe I’ll eat some candy.)

minty miniature metropolis (friday foto finder: mint)

This week’s friday foto finder theme is “mint.” Seeing as we are heading towards Christmas, mint made me think of candy canes. I haven’t taken many photos of candy canes, it turns out. And I didn’t much in the way of time to take a new photos this week. (Have I mentioned how busy I’ve been?) But I did remember this impressive candy display in the lobby of the Empire State Building when we visited there a few Decembers ago. There are quite a few candy canes to be found in the scene, as well as plenty of other minty candies.

Want to share some mints of your own, or partake of the other mints on display? Pay a visit to the fff blog. (Don’t worry, not all mints there will be as bad for the teeth as these.)

the flawed scales of justice

I have been spending a lot of time thinking and reading about the imbalances in the way that justice is served in this country, the US, especially those imbalances based on race. I hope to make the time soon to write more about this, because my conscience is chiding me for my apparent silence over the recent egregious examples of racial injustice and glaring evidence of systemic racism in the US. Far from being unconcerned, I am trying not to be overwhelmed. There is too much to say. I find myself so grateful that I have friends who are outspoken in their anger over recent current events and who have shared their words and links to the words of others. There is so very much to be angry about, and so much work to be done.

3 plant silhouettes

This set is somewhat unsatisfying to me, in that the first two photos were taken a few weeks apart, in the same geographical location (in 2011, in New York state). The third photo was taken this May outside of Dublin. I somehow want there to be a wider spread of time and space, but I do like the images together.

6 unrelated photos

Here are 6 photos I took at different times and in different places in recent(ish) years.


Exeter, New Hampshire. 2008.


Sevilla, Spain. 2009.


MIT. Cambridge, Massachusetts. 2009.


Forbidden City, Beijing, China, 2012.


New York City, NY. 2012.


UMass Amherst, MA. 2014.

3 unrelated photos

Here are 3 (largely) unrelated photos that I have taken at different times in recent years.


Botanical gardens in Paris, France in 2007.


Park on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago, IL. 2010.


Forbidden City, Beijing, China. 2012.

through the woods

It’s true that I just really wanted to use that post title, following yesterday’s “over the river.” When I thought of what images to go along with those, it occurred to me that I had just used bunches of them for my post “tunnels through trees.” Happily, I do tend to collect a lot of images, which means that I always seem to have more photos that I haven’t yet posted here. (At least, I don’t think I’ve posted this one here. But I believe I did on Instagram.) In any case, I do quite like this photo, with its various contrasting and criss-crossing lines: curving tire tracks in the light snow and the crisp straight-line shadows of the morning sun streaming through the trees. This photo was from February of 2013, but the trees look about the same now at the end of November, with only a few stubborn leaves hanging on the trees.

So here we are at the end of November. I more-or-less participated in NaBloPoMo, in that I posted every day and left a link to my blog on the official NaBloPoMo site (I’m number 870 out of the 1427 blogs listed there.) But I didn’t much have time to check out any of the other blogs listed. And given that I had been posting daily the previous 2 months, it didn’t feel much different. Not like in 2007, when I created the now-defunct Ministry of Silly Blogs, and otherwise connected with quite a few bloggers who became friends.

And now that I am through the woods of November, I need to decide whether I want to continue to post daily. In these 3 months, I have actually not written very much. There still remain the backlog of posts running through my head, including some on important topics that I feel compelled to address. But even though I have not quite written what I had hoped, I have appreciated having this creative outlet, and making myself use it regularly. I have enjoyed posting many of the varied collections of photos that have been accumulating in my photo library.