The Long Way Home


Island Escape
February 5, 2012, 9:55 AM
Filed under: Florida | Tags: , ,

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It takes some convincing for Jeff to travel. He is more cautious than I am about money, and taking time away from his artwork for a gift of escapism. But once he’s  there, he’s fully there, the man with three cameras swinging from his neck, wearing out the treads in his shoes from walking for hours to dig through residents’ trash. That’s what we love most: stealing away into quiet side streets, never knowing what we’ll find. It’s difficult though to find a quiet moment in Key West during high tourist season, but somehow we managed at South Beach, one of the most crowded places at sunset. It helps to arrive a few minutes late to your destination.

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90 Miles to Cuba
January 29, 2012, 8:19 AM
Filed under: Florida | Tags: , , , ,

staring at the sea

It is exhilarating and terrifying to stand at water’s edge, wind kicking at your back, knowing that you are at the southernmost point of the States. This is where borders melt into the ocean, no land for miles, a definitive endpoint. Jeff and I spent a beautiful week in the Keys with Sheryl and Rebby and Sheryl’s sister, Amanda, and sister-in-law Allison. We celebrated Sheryl and Rebby’s 10 year anniversary and a birthday with many rum drinks, a drag show, waking to rooster calls, breakfasts of tropical fruits with sweet pink Florida shrimps, lazing in the hot tub, finding pirate-eyed kitties and marveling that the icy, snowy world we left for a week had turned to days filled with sunshine.

tropic cinema

caroline street

a mysterious yellow house

saint mary star of the sea

an abandoned bible school

rooster



A Day at the Fair
July 12, 2011, 6:43 AM
Filed under: Pennsylvania | Tags: , , , ,

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Things I learned at the Butler County fair: Hot waffle ice cream sandwiches are an amazing invention. Alpacas are addictive. Sword swallowing produces a white foam that coats the edge of a blade. Rastafarian bananas are a popular children’s toy in rural Pennsylvania. It takes at least 500 ring tosses to win a pocket knife. Jeff is pretty sexy in a pink cowboy hat. Corn dogs are best topped with sriracha. Dark rides do not scare children. An eye is a mirror.

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