Wednesday, June 21, 2006
This day, June 21st, has been a significant date for me for several years but it wasn't until recently that I realized that it's also the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.
I guess I could have tried to spend the day doing something deep or symbolic, but things are busy at work, and that would have been kind of silly anyway. I did have about an hour around dusk, though, between work and heading out for an improv meeting to go out and walk around the neighborhood with my camera, hoping something poignant would happen to me.
And nothing did. But it was nice. I nodded to people walking their dogs. I saw rabbits run back and forth across yards. I watched at least seven planes move slowly through the sky and thought about how nice it can feel to come home.
I tried to take pictures of what I could, but rabbits are fast, planes are far away, and some moments aren't easily captured or translated.
Occasionally, if it didn't seem like anyone was looking, I would hold my arm out as far as I could and take a couple candid photos of myself. Those came out pretty alright.
a year following the breakup,
Best Wishes, Arnie (or break a leg?) I'm sure that your life will be filled with good things.
You seem to be doing so well these days. I like this Arnie and I'm happy to have him in Chicago. I'll take this moment to say I'm happy to have you back in Chicago this past year. Thanks for the entertainment - on and off the computer screen.
And see ya around! I feel sorry for your readers who aren't lucky enough to know you and to be able to say that.
I came to your blog by accident back in October and have been enjoying it ever since. Thanks so much for sharing!
this blog has been a treat to read! you are an amazing writer, and i hope you come back to the blogging world sometime soon.
Good luck to you, and thanks.
P.S. You probably hear it often, but you are a talented writer. I have enjoyed your words.
Happy New Year.
I don't know what your aspirations are for yourself creatively. I don't know how you view yourself or what you've done in this blog.
But I consider you to be one of the most naturally, gifted poets that I have had the pleasure of knowing.
Your picture compositions are effortlessly concise. (Honestly, I would buy several of them and frame them in my home.)
The neat, short text entries that accompany them, either make me laugh or make me think. They never fail to connect with me, emotionally.
Each entry really is the perfect blend of text and visual. You're an exceptionally talented artist.
It's a life. Or a to be more specific, a year of a life. Of one human being, no greater or lesser than any other.
And yet it's fascinating. A tangible reminder that a human life is, without embellishment, worthy of celebration. It is a very humane thing that you've done here.
Thank you for undertaking this project. Thank you for your consistency. Thank you for graciously giving so much of yourself to us.
You've got a fan.
Chris O. Biddle
i read the blog pretty consistently and it never failed to hold my attention... if i missed four or five days, i was really happy to see those four or five days had been captured and i could catch up
there were a number of gem moments
Great blog. Enjoyed it very much. Gonna miss getting updates of photos of Young.
Hope improv, writing, and love and life are great for you this next year.
To a year without breakups.