Your Pit Bull

The Dad Letters

Dear River,

I want to tell you a story about your dog, Zoe. We found her cowering at the pound. She wasn’t barking like the other dogs. She was simply laying there, looking up at us. The tag said, “lab mix” and she was slated to be killed in a week. We fell for it, thinking we were buying a lab.

She is not a lab. She is a pit bull.

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As Zoe grew, we came to realize the pound had lied. I was scared. I felt irresponsible for letting this type of dog into my home. All of the stereotypes, preconceptions and worries filled my mind. Should I take her back? What would people think of us?

She is the definition of disenfranchised. When first time guests visit we lock her in her cage, not because she is dangerous, but because of unspoken fears. She receives wary glances from strangers as…

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Why Every Kid Should Collect Stamps

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I admit it: I feel a bit nerdy confessing I collect stamps.

I’m not sure how it all started, but I think it’s my father’s fault. He used to travel a lot for work, so he had friends all over the planet. And occasionally these friends would send us a letter, like this one:

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Within a few years I’d amassed maybe a dozen such first-day covers, and I’d saved several hundred stamps from my father’s correspondence. (I especially looked forward to Christmas each year.)

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Before long I was saving my allowance for the local stamp-swaps and mail-order offers. I’m sure I got swindled a few times (I was only eight or nine). But still, it was fun.

Then my collection sat idle for a few years, largely forgotten while I attended college and married and started a career. It wasn’t until last year, in the aftermath of The Great Flood

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Walking on Water

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

Photo taken by contributor Ty Fitzgerald, a man who has been diagnosed with Bipolar II. Ty has a fondness for Lo-fi and Lux filters because they intensify shadows, highlights and colors. Such photos visually represent the way he sees the world, a little brighter and darker than he imagines those without bipolar disorder see the world.

About this photo: “This photo was taken in New Smyrna Beach, FL at sunset. A father and son were fishing and I managed to get a shot with just the son in it. The tide was coming in and there was water pooling all around him. When I dropped to the sand to take the shot, it looked like he was walking on water. I like this shot a lot because it has that “decisive moment” that Henri Cartier-Bresson described, where just a split second sooner or later, it would not have worked. I like to take photos of people when…

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In Which the Kids are Fine, Shut Up

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A note, before I start: I had to do research and learn what the hell the difference is between Holland, the Netherlands and Denmark before writing this post.  So obviously I am supposed to be writing right now.

Anyway.  This picture’s making the rounds:

tumblr_ngp1r0FJEa1qz6f9yo1_1280Here’s what you’re supposed to do: you’re supposed to look at this picture and go arr wharglebargle kids these days yarr, and be all mad.  In case you don’t recognize it, that painting on the wall back there is Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, which isn’t actually called that officially but whatever.  The idea is that these kids– who look, to my eyes, to be maybe eighth- or ninth-graders, are in the presence of Priceless! Artwork! and instead of reverently gazing upon it they are daring to look at their phones.  Horror!  Terror! Decline of society!  Wharrgarbl!  Facebook is so angry about this, guys.

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2014 in Pictures

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Here are the very best images I have to offer you, from the 5,000+ that I captured during the course of the past twelve months.  They include both digital and film photographs — all from high-end rangefinder cameras, various film-based point-and-shoots, and iPhones (the specifics are in the captions of each image).

For those that are interested in how my photography has grown since last year, here are my best images from 2013.

Enjoy!


January

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Why I Am Not Charlie

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imagesThere is no “but” about what happened at Charlie Hebdo yesterday. Some people published some cartoons, and some other people killed them for it.  Words and pictures can be beautiful or vile, pleasing or enraging, inspiring or offensive; but they exist on a different plane from physical violence, whether you want to call that plane spirit or imagination or culture, and to meet them with violence is an offense against the spirit and imagination and culture that distinguish humans. Nothing mitigates this monstrosity. There will be time to analyze why the killers did it, time to parse their backgrounds, their ideologies, their beliefs, time for sociologists and psychologists to add to understanding. There will be explanations, and the explanations will be important, but explanations aren’t the same as excuses. Words don’t kill, they must not be met by killing, and they will not make the killers’ culpability go away.

To abhor what was done to the victims, though, is not…

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New Themes: Boardwalk and Sela

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We’re celebrating the New Year with two free themes: Boardwalk and Sela.

Boardwalk

Boardwalk: Homepage

Designed by yours truly, Boardwalk is a clean, simple, and responsive theme.

Boardwalk: Responsive Design

Powered with horizontal scrolling and built around large featured images, Boardwalk is the perfect choice for photobloggers and those of you looking for an unconventional — yet elegant and creative — theme.

Learn more about Boardwalk at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes.

Sela

Sela
Sela isn’t your typical business theme. It’s a vibrant, bold, clean theme with lots of space for large images, designed by WordPress.com’s own Ola Laczek.

Sela puts the focus on your business with a bold front page template, a grid page template to showcase your products or services, and integrated testimonials. To make your website truly unique, you can upload a logo, customize the background, and choose a color scheme from…

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ქალები – ადამიანის უფლებებისათვის

ადამიანის უფლებათა დაცვის დღესთან დაკავშირებით თბილისის  ადამიანის უფლებათა სახლის საკონფერენციო დარბაზში გაიხსნა ფოტოგამოფენა, სახელწოდებით – „ქალები ადამიანის უფლებებისათვის“.

გამოფენაზე წარმოდგენილია 2014 წელს ადამიანის უფლებათა სახლის ფონდის მიერ ორგანიზებული ქალი უფლებადამცველების ფოტოკონკურსის მასალები. ფოტოები ასახავს სხვადასხვა ქვეყნის უფლებადამცველი  ქალის საქმიანობას. ფოტოკონკურსში გამარჯვება ხვდა წილად ქართველ ფოტოგრაფს დარო სულაკაურს. მის    ფოტოზე აღბეჭდილია თბილისის ადამიანის უფლებათა სახლის წევრი, უფლებდამცველი ლელა ცისკარიშვილი მე–8 დაწესებულების ფონზე. ქალბატონი ლელა ცისკარიშვილის აზრით ადამიანის უფლებების დაცვისათვის ბრძოლა მნიშვნელოვანია თუ გვინდა ადამიანის სულისა და ღირსების დაცვა რეალური გახდეს.

გამოფენას ესწრებოდა სახალხო დამცველი უჩა ანუაშვილი. მისი აზრით ფოტოს საშუალებით კარგად ფიქსირდება უფლებადაცვით სფეროში ქალის როლი. თვითეული ფოტო გამოხატავს ადამიანის უფლებათა პოპულარიზაციას.  მისი აზრით  ქალთა უფლებათა დაცვის საკითხებში ძირითადად ქალები არიან დაკავებულნი და რომ საჭიროა   პროექტებში ჩაერთონ მამაკაცებიც, ხოლო რაც შეეხება მას, როგორც სახალხო დამცველი იგი მომავალშიც გააგრძელებს   თბილისის ადამიანის უფლებათა სახლის წევრ ორგანიზაციებთან თანამშრომლობას და დაეხმარება მათ შესაბამისი რეკომენდაციების ჩამოყალიბებაში.

გამოფენაზე წარმოდგენილი პორტრეტები მკაფიოდ გამოხატავენ ქალის განსაკუთრებულ როლს ადგილობრივ, ეროვნულ და საერთაშორისო დონეზე ადამიანის უფლებების დაცვასა და ხელშეწყობაში, რომ ადამიანის უფლებების დაცვა საუკეთესო საშუალებაა აჩვენო საზოგადოებას, თუ რამდენად ღირსეულია ცხოვრება.

იყო ქალი და  ქალთა უფლებების დამცველი ნიშნავს აქტიურად იბრძოლო ადამიანის უფლებებისათვის და მიუხედევად გადატანილი სიძნელეებისა უკან არ უნდა დაიხიო, რომ  შეიქმნას სამართლიანი სამყარო.

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Be Merry with This Year’s Holiday Theme and Wallpapers

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It’s hard to believe the year is already coming to a close. As 2014 ends, it’s time to celebrate the holiday season with our WordPress.com tradition of teaming up with talented artists to create a cheerful WordPress illustration. This year, Mads Berg has dreamed up a scene of togetherness to capture the spirit of the season.

Holiday theme

As in previous years, we’ve created a new seasonal theme for you based on the beautiful artwork. Automattic’s David Kennedy has adapted Mads’ illustration into a theme called Together. It is now available on WordPress.com, and will continue to be available even after the holidays.

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The theme showcases the beautiful illustration in the header. Elements from the artwork are pulled in throughout the theme, like the sparkles glittering on sticky posts.

Together is the perfect theme if you want to spread a little holiday cheer. Gather with your friends and family this season, and share the moments on…

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