essays

  • essays grief and death

    What means grief?

    March 10, 2016

    Grief never really goes away. It lessens over time, receding into the shadows of your consciousness, but it will always be present. You can never let it go completely. You might think that it can be…

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    departures and explorations

    January 29, 2016

    January 2016 marks a big change for me: I am jobless for the first time in more than a decade, but I am not looking for work. Instead, I am preparing for a voyage of uncertain exploration, and I’m…

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    a leaving

    May 14, 2014

    Ten months ago, almost to the day, my wife passed away peacefully at home. This morning, I walked out of that home for the last time. This was the place that Lee and I always dreamed…

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    love and fearlessness

    January 13, 2014

    Amidst the tumult of my new life, I have encountered a number of heartfelt moments that have brought me inordinate pleasure and great hope for the future. I have professed surprise at the constancy with which…

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    grace and kindness

    October 12, 2013

    For the past few weeks, I have been unbelievably happy. I went through a particularly bad stretch of sadness and grief in late August, which lingered into early September. But on a pretty autumn day mid-month,…

  • essays grief and death

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    August 25, 2013

    Twenty-nine years ago today, Lee and I were married. I remember waking up at that morning about 5, in a panic. Lee was sleeping soundly, so I got on my motorcycle and took a long, bracing…

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    life, photographed

    August 1, 2011

    We inhabit a life that dwells near the marshes of mortality, but we rarely have to wander into the darkness of the fens. Sadly, this past week, I had to cross one such bridge, with the…

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    268 miles and the ‘revisit’ tag

    July 24, 2011

    Got out on an all-day ride on the motorcycle for the first time in a long while yesterday, and ended up completing a very satisfying 268 miles through Southern Washington.1 Over the past couple of years,…

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    missing photography

    July 11, 2011

    I haven’t felt much like a photographer lately–for various reasons, and despite my best intentions–but I have been looking at a lot of other folks’ work. That’s been good. I love to look at photographs; I…

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