Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Serious about the books.

Today I am grateful for how Sowashee taught me a new word.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

days like this

Anatomy of the Human Body authored by Henry Gray. Illustrated by Henry Vandyke Carter.

Today we study Plate 733 and what music education does for a brain. It's brilliant how over a century of research just beams back at us from a screen and I can't seem to help but think there must be something wrong with the parts responsible for filtering all the information I see.

On days like this the gratitude becomes much more personal and selfish because one child found relief.

Monday, March 28, 2016




"It is the place a friend tries to tell you about after emerging wide-eyed from the desert one early morning - the place far from the skylines, past the mountain, beyond the edge of the pavement, up the dried river, surrounded by spent shells and shivering sand."

"Don't tell all your friends. Just tell the cool ones."
Builder Bob

Music tonight is by that dude on the couch with a guitar and here is his wife.

Today I am grateful to understand freedom, how for the lucky ones we can consider it a choice we made.


with a little

some lighting equipment
an old barn
and people who are all, "What do you want now?"


I was a teenager the last time I saw a movie in 3D. It's been years since I walked into a movie theater. His creative work was not intended for me, but there are lessons I learned yesterday from the battle on the big screen.

Story is important.
When it's too big, rely on your core audience. Forget me.
Your strength is what got you here. Don't use it as if it will all be gone tomorrow.

Today I am grateful for an Easter movie.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

accomplishment (for me)

I completed the Barkley Marathon.

(on Netflix)

Today I am grateful to accomplish some spring cleaning.

(reason for celebration)

Friday, March 25, 2016

the chicken or egg question

Will the gift of lighting equipment develop strategic thinking in photography?
Is a strategic mind naturally interested in using lighting equipment in photography?

Have I had too much time on my hands today?

Today I am grateful for lighting equipment and some extra time.

what David says


love story

I don't know if we'll ever make money doing it but I can for sure say that como sessions has been one of the coolest things that has ever happened. I sit down and think of all the things that I have participated in and I can only see two other things that I am equally amazed/proud of. Sipsey and that 50 mile bike ride. All three are awesome in their own way. Sipsey for the beauty of the place, the 50 mile ride for being able to push myself and the como sessions because I feel like I get to witness humans that are often overlooked at their best each time in a magical little hidden nook that is also overlooked. It just feels like we found something right each time. I don't know if any of the rest will be as memorable as this last one but I have had an amazing time with them. I don't know if this email has an actual point other than thanks for finding the real good stuff. Love you

You know I am grateful for the adventure of you.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

n'ere do well

It's what she calls him.

"Don't be judgy," he tells me.



"I think I'm judgy."

"Is this some new revelation?"

"I was accused of it."


"I think he's right."


"The guy who said I was being judgy."

"I mean you have to, right?"

"What do you mean?"

"You can't get to know someone without asking questions and listening to their answers and stories and not bring some type of formed opinion to the conversation. Right?"

"I guess."

"You guess?"


"I challenge you to try."

She called him a n'ere do well. Someone else described him as an old drunk.
But I never knew he was drinking and I had seen him do well in his life.
Of course thinking he had done well meant I was being judgy.

Today I am grateful for insight.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Dear Almost Twelve,

It's been a good year, a good life, a good month, and when we go to bed tonight we'll be thankful for how the day ended. Because if there was one thing we had to admit to each other today, it was that sometimes our heads can blow up a day. Sometimes we rush as if we'll never get to everything.

And what is everything? We wonder. When we ruin our only memory card, watch our charms hit the ground, apologize over and over for not getting there in time, and feel like we could be losing our minds.

We are and we're not. We are just normal human beings walking, running, spazzing, fighting with time and sometimes feeling we're not qualified for the job.

"Would you hire you?" she asks.



"Yes. I think I'm too emotional for the job."

She smiles. She understands. She's the one that asked the question.
She knows how good the question is.

Today I asked a champ of calm, cool, collected. You know, the things we said we'll be known for tomorrow. Can you imagine what advice he gave? You will never come anywhere close. You'll never guess it.


Not it.

Give up.

You'll never get it.

He said, "Don't care."

See, Almost Twelve. It's okay, and at least it ended with a party.

Today I am grateful that our frustration, though something we're not proud of, means we do care to do a good job. So we'll have a good year, a good life, a good month, and when we go to bed tonight we'll be thankful for how the day ended.


P.S. Remind me to show you this.


It's a message of gratitude, a call from the kid, a high five because we're old school like that, a t-shirt that asks the question I like to ask myself, candy from the woman across the hall who makes me laugh, sunshine, encouragement, hearing that they are okay, meeting someone new, and a message from someone who cares enough to set me straight.

It was a good day. Of course I am grateful.

Monday, March 21, 2016

'tis the season

for backpacks and blankets and backyards.

Today I am grateful for festivals of music.

Sunday, March 20, 2016


Screwed Again from ScrewedArts on Vimeo.

I want to be that videographer when I grow up.
And I want to grow up in the next six months.

Study and practice is all I know to do.

Today I am grateful for inspiration.

Saturday, March 19, 2016


You're invited.

Today I am grateful to be invited.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Dear Como,

Thank you for the invite. I'll be back soon.

Today I am grateful for the generosity of a place and it's people.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

the furniture of luxury


The one at Como Courtyard is second only to the one at home.

Today I am grateful for couches and back porches.


Como Courtyard

It was this that I needed to remember.

Today I am grateful for the quiet, the stillness.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Como Courtyard

Today I am grateful for walls. (that one especially)

Monday, March 14, 2016


Today I am grateful for these guys.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

the forest, the trees

Como Courtyard

I believe that Como Sessions is something that will become much more than I could have imagined.
It seems that grace has led others to believe the same thing.
And I have faith that the most recent video will be uploaded before I have to take my computer to work tomorrow morning.

Today I am grateful to work with my son on this project.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016


We're grateful.

Friday, March 4, 2016

brink break

Chapter six is titled field trip. It is the perfect first three sentences.

I was still packing my suitcase when Savanna barked and Martha walked through the front door of her daddy's former house. Our long-awaited tour of the Delta was finally happening. She handed me an oat bran muffin, and said, "Here, this is the last roughage you're going to see for a while."

There's just something about Martha. We all seem to have Marthas in this world.

Today I am grateful for that.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

there is always a panic button

There is always something else you could have said. Like, I think what you are doing is perfect. I think the questions you asked were brilliant. I think whatever you do is going to be amazing. I think you are going to be okay. I'm not fearful at all of big decisions you make in your life. Risk looks different at your age in comparison to mine.

There is a always a beach we can run to.

Today I am grateful for how you seem to understand that I sometimes reach for the panic button. Though that doesn't help you at all, it is good to know you are good without me saying all those things I could have said.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016


"Did you see that?"


"How fast time went when we talked."

She smiles.

It's fantastic contraption and a perfect ending to a two hour conversation on everything when as a parent you feel it all over again. Like that first time you watched him play it in that little, red room off the kitchen. It was and continues to be relief that he is better than you ever even imagined he could be and somehow that will be good for the world out there or at the very least, him.

Today I am grateful for reoccurring relief.

Valentine card

It could say,

"Gone to work."


Selfishly I want to linger and talk though our conversations are typically just awful in the way we talk way. The keep your distance. And I do consider to tell you I got the book today.

You say, "What book?"

"Not your book and I'm so sorry but remember I told you about this one. Dispatches from Pluto. Two of my friends who are readers recommended it. On the front cover it reads, lost and found in the Mississippi Delta."

"I don't remember you saying that."

"If only we had a recording."

You laugh.

"I missed you today."

"Tell me more."

"It's just a million people. Maybe more. Everywhere. You've seen them."

"Yeah. Yeah. I get it."

"It's just if you're around that many people then what you feel afterwards is completely alone. And though we both admit alone is absolutely crucial sometimes, coming down from a million people is you may need one to just decipher what happened."


"I thought of you."

Today I am grateful for that guy on the other end of the phone in the morning.