The Long Way Home

Three by Three

For better or worse, it was never boring living in a matriarchal household. 

my mother, 1960s

It was always the three of us from the time my parents divorced when I was 7 and my sister 4. And it’s difficult for me to put into words the roads we have traveled together and apart – too personal, possibly, for the Internet. I’ve had my differences with my mother over the years and now that I’m an adult, we’ve reached a quiet understanding, a way of sharing through the beauty of the everyday — flowers she has planted, a vintage dress I just bought, boxes of old photos she is letting me scan for my collection.  Small ways of sharing.

My sister and I are so different (I still call her Crayon, a last name we christened our pretend-family when we played house). She’s a practical, no-nonsense mother of three, and I’m a creative dreamer. But we share a strange, dark sense of humor that we inherited from our mother, shaped by childhood experiences. Our odd way of looking at the world that made us who we are today. 

mennonite women, 1890s


norwegian women, north dakota


the ladies who lunch




christmas 1977


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Little T-bone, Christmas ’77.


Comment by Allegheny Eats

Look at my crossed eyes – this was before my second surgery.


Comment by Lisa

i love the 1920s ghost-heads! yes, keep scanning


Comment by sarah

I tried so hard to salvage the heads via photoshop. But I think they work better as ghost-heads.


Comment by Lisa

Keep scanning the photos! So many interesting ones!


Comment by jeff

Scanning– my least favorite part of photography. But I’ll keep going for posterity’s sake.


Comment by Lisa

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