The Long Way Home


Summer Notes
August 29, 2014, 6:42 AM
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Route 66, Cook Forest, PA

Route 66, Cook Forest, PA

It’s funny how, for years, I lived with that “summer promise” feeling in the back of my mind: the one where, once school is over, adventure and change awaits – but it’s only another season. I worked lots of overtime, watched Veronica Mars, buried myself in books. Struggling lately to get through A Tale for the Time Being, but I’m having trouble with fiction these days. My mind wanders. I’d rather be out in the world, photographing my ordinary neighborhood, and others’ ordinary neighborhoods. I reconnected with old friends from home. Seeing them in person for the first time in almost 20 years made my heart swell with love: do they know how much their friendship helped make me the woman I am today? It’s something I feel as if I don’t have to say out loud: coming from the same place, we have an understanding. This summer has been about comforts like car trips and faded photos; accepting middle age with humor and something like grace; finding ways to regroup after years of grief. It’s nostalgia for places so tiny they have disappeared from maps.

July: A birthday selfie,

July: A birthday selfie.

An Amish man in Rogers, OH.

An Amish man in Rogers, OH.

Ohio: When I think of summer, it looks something like this.

Ohio: When I think of summer, it looks something like this.

Old-fashioned fair food.

Old-fashioned fair food.

Our new little friend, Max.

Our new little friend, Max.

A house by the side of the road in Indiana County.

A house by the side of the road in Indiana County.

The end of the road: a mountain town in northern Pennsylvania.

The end of the road: a mountain town in northern Pennsylvania.

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Poetic and lovely, your wonderful motifs (umbrellas, roads, renewed nostalgia) all coming together so perfectly. Thanks for sharing.

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Comment by Michael Williamson

thanks, michael. the motifs have become more intrinsic now. i decided this year to just keep shooting and see what emerges: allow my voice to guide me.

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Comment by Lisa

Love.

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Comment by Keep Everything

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Comment by Lisa

Don’t worry – there may be another road trip in our near future!

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Comment by Jeff

I have my cameras ready :).

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Comment by Lisa

Love both your pictures and your words

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Comment by Jane Bradbear

Aw, thank you for yuor kind words!

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Comment by Lisa

I love your summer very much!! (…smiling and smiling for your dear Lisa…)

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Comment by karijeppesen

Thanks, Kari! Very excited about what awaits in the next few months (fall/autumn – best time of year, really!).

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Comment by Lisa

…I have to say is my favorite too…

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Comment by karijeppesen

I love the Dinor photo, but then I saw the Max photo! 🙂 your photos from Rogers turned out good!

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Comment by Bill

thanks, dude! always love that dinor place. the inside looks as beautiful as the outside too. wish someone would buy it and fix it up.

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Comment by Lisa

That last sentence speaks volumes. Beautiful post.

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Comment by motherblue212

thanks, kimmy. xo

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