December 2015: Winners


We...
opened fitting gifts after cheese fondue,
barely avoided a highway crash--phew.
Learned 'Die Hard' is a good holiday flick,
achieved chimney fires sans matches or candlewick.

Ate fried okra, delicious tempeh & a hundred potatoes.
Tried our best to handle parents as friends not foes.
In 70 mm, saw 'The Hateful Eight'
& met the mountains in a frozen state.

Had lunch on a snowy lake,
bought edibles, a belt buckle, patches, pins, liquor & beer for all our sake--
then met a husky puppy who made our hearts ache.

Completed just one puzzle but attempted two more,
saw a seven-dog bobsled as never before!
Slept bad & then better, wiped to the core.

Sat in hot tubs for night sky & sunset sights,
awoke to -17 & a world in white.  
Even saw fireworks & strolled through blossoms of light.

The adventure for now is done,
but all in all, I think we won.



(Photo Taken By JK, Bierstadt Lake, Rocky Mtn. National Park, Colorado) -Cell Phone Image-



(Photo Taken By CR, Bierstadt Lake, Rocky Mtn. National Park, Colorado) -Cell Phone Image-



(Photo Taken By JKBierstadt Lake, Rocky Mtn. National Park, Colorado) -Cell Phone Image-



(Photo Taken By JKBierstadt Lake Trail, Rocky Mtn. National Park, Colorado) -Cell Phone Image-



(Photo Taken By JKBierstadt Lake Trailhead, Rocky Mtn. National Park, Colorado) 
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(Photo Taken By CR, Estes Park, Colorado) 
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(Photo Taken By CR, Estes Park, Colorado) 
-Cell Phone Image-



(Photo Taken By CR, Estes Park, Colorado) 
-Cell Phone Image-



(Photo Taken By JK, Estes Park, Colorado) 
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(Photo Taken By CR, Fraser, Colorado)
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(Fraser Experimental Forest, Fraser, Colorado) 
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(Fraser Experimental Forest, Fraser, Colorado) 
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(Fraser Experimental Forest, Fraser, Colorado) 
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(Fraser Experimental Forest, Fraser, Colorado) 
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(Photo Taken By CR, Winter Park, Colorado) -Cell Phone Image-



(Photo Taken By JK, Top Of Berthoud Pass, Colorado) -Cell Phone Image-



(Top Of Berthoud Pass, Colorado) -Digital File-



(Denver) -Digital File-



(Photo Taken By CR, Denver) -Digital File-

December 2015: Without


This is dedicated to a woman I admire for so many reasons.  The only way I can say it here is that she liked me from the get-go & trusted me in a way a woman & a mother trusts another woman.  She completely included me in the family she had made.  I'll never know what she thought entirely, or what it was like to be her, but I know she grew to love me & I loved her because she didn't hide.  She let people in.  And that, I think, is what will resonate.



(Photo Taken In 2004, Wells' House, Mt. Tabor)
-Kodak 400 TX-

November 2015: Straight To The Line


This perfect vertical line (15-20 feet high) caught my eye, feet, heart & brain in a parking lot that divides two restaurants.  Did human hands paint it?  If so, bravo.


   
(NE Fremont St & 47th) -Cell Phone Image-



(NE Fremont St & 47th) -Cell Phone Image-

September 2015: Substituting, Not Subtracting


Film camera + film + darkroom =



(SW Portland) -Kentmere 400-



(SW Portland) -Kentmere 400-



(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, SW Portland) 
-Kentmere 400-



(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, SW Portland) 
-Kentmere 400-



(SW Portland) -Kentmere 400-



(PAM, SW Portland) -Kentmere 400-



(SW Portland) -Kentmere 400-



(Number 12 Bus, NE Portland) -Kentmere 400-

August 2015: Wild


I met Neeley & Doug in 2001 after I responded to an ad in The Oregonian seeking a nanny for their two-year-old daughter.  At first, I reminded Neeley of her cousin, then later, like I could have been her step-child from a previous marriage.  For almost three years, I cared for Dillon two days a week from 8 am-6 pm & she was rambunctious but so daring & I loved her for her untethered ways.  She was a boisterous kid but never fussy & rarely cried cause she was tough as nails.  She liked all sorts of food & hot-Mama drinks, playing hide & seek, walking Lobo to the park & running around like a banshee busting through doors singing & yelling.  I used to make her run laps around the tennis court as I clapped & shouted her on so that afterward she would take a blessed two-hour nap.  She loved me back & called me TT.  After that, everybody did.

As time forces us to think new thoughts & look reality in the face, to take our odysseys & return home, I see that caring for people comes in many forms.  It's straight-forward but so challenging, concrete yet totally abstract, familiar, comfortable & also strange, scary.  Just like a wonderfully wild child.

I love you Dill, Neeley & Doug!  Thanks also, for taking care of me.

Yours,
TT



(Wells' House, Mt. Tabor) -Digital File-



(Wells' House, Mt. Tabor) -Digital File-



(Wells' House, Mt. Tabor) -Digital File-



(Wells' House, Mt. Tabor) -Digital File-



(Wells' House, Mt. Tabor) -Digital File-



(Wells' House, Mt. Tabor) -Digital File-



(Wells' House, Mt. Tabor) -Digital File-



(Wells' House, Mt. Tabor) -Digital File-



(Wells' House, Mt. Tabor) -Digital File-



(Wells' House, Mt. Tabor) -Digital File-



(Photo Taken By Neeley, Wells' House, Mt. Tabor) 
-Digital File-

July 2015: Treats & Retreats


3430-PDX (foot, bus, MAX)
PDX-SFO (plane)
SFO-Lake Merritt station (BART)
Lake Merritt station-Bowles Pl. (Uber)
Bowles Pl.-throughout Oakland (Nissan car)
Bowles Pl.-Napa, St. Helena, Calistoga (Mazda car)
Bowles Pl.-Lake Merritt station (? car)
Lake Merritt station-24th & Mission station (BART)
24th & Mission station-Noe Valley (Mercedes car)
Noe Valley-Muir Lake (Mercedes car)
Noe Valley-24th & Mission station (foot)
24th & Mission station-SFO (BART)
SFO-PDX (plane)
PDX-3430 (MAX, bus, foot)

Thanks Steff, Bobby, Delilah & Marc for opening your homes, hearts & cars so completely!  

Yours, 
SK & CR



 
(Bowles Pl., Oakland) -Cell Phone Image-



(Photo Taken By CR, Oakland Athletics Stadium, Seattle Mariners vs A's) -Cell Phone Image-



(Mazda car, Calistoga) -Cell Phone Image-



(1 Corpse Reviver, 1 Cucumber Collins, Goose & Gander, St. Helena) -Cell Phone Image-



(Archetype, St. Helena) -Cell Phone Image-



(Indian Springs, Calistoga) -Cell Phone Image-



(Indian Springs, Calistoga) -Cell Phone Image-



(Indian Springs, Calistoga) -Cell Phone Image-



(Sullivan Winery, Napa) -Cell Phone Image-



(Sullivan Winery, Napa) -Cell Phone Image-



(Noe Valley, San Francisco) -Cell Phone Image-



(Muir Beach) -Cell Phone Image-