Posts Tagged 'time keeps on ticking'

Places That Aren’t

Street-signs-in-Ellicott-CityIt’s an odd thing when you look through your photos from 8 years back, and realize that several of the places you photographed (because of beautiful light, or a wonderful moment) don’t exist anymore. But the decimation that hits areas after floods or tornados reshuffles memory.

Was something really there, or was it a pleasant memory that you misplaced … and it really wasn’t on the street you remembered?  Photos I have of Ellicott City, MD are dimmed by this odd out-of-body sense that what I photographed has become a faint memory for everyone.

Places I have loved have been changed by construction: McMansions built where a Century Farm was, or the removal of several city blocks to make way for a thruway. I have been turned around in my home town because 275 year old landmarks have been removed for “progress”.

Losing people, the historical narrative of your family, friends or beloved pets is worse, at least from my limited experience.  Even though the loss of place seems small potatoes in today’s news cycle, the places that aren’t still tug at my heartstrings and haunt my dreams.



Back to school, 2014

This morning began the ritual of kids going back to school. Young children in blue shirts and blue slacks or plaid skirts walked hand-in-hand with Dad or Mom, their backpacks looking too large for them to carry. There may have been a sale on purple backpacks with polka dots –> Hard to tell, but it was a theme at the little grade school down the block.

Along with the parents and children, a very tall man strode up the street towards the grade school, with a small corgi slung over the back of his neck. The corgi seemed to be having a lovely time.

Wouldn’t it be marvelous if the local news would alternate between the suburban kids getting off their yellow school buses, and instead document the small parades of parents and kids (and corgis), and tiny buses I get to watch in the city? Possibly more entertaining…. [Dear news media: stop pitching stories like the only people who watch the morning news are suburban moms.]

Time like an ever-rolling stream


I’m sure that the newscasters have had multiple countdowns on the last day of the year of the newsworthy events of 2012. You won’t get that here — just pictures from a ramble in November.

2012 is almost over, time trickling along like the water in a stream. It’s been a year of challenges for many, and some people will be glad to see it go. Me, I’m hoping 2013 brings you happiness, health, and prosperity. Now go on out there and “party like it’s 1999”.

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