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In October, we had at least thirty group writing related posts: 10/1 Arahant—The Magician More

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I’ve been taking photos for years, starting in middle school and continuing to today. I spent years working on black-and-white photos in the darkroom and really loved the control one has over your photos’ look. The birth of digital photography has brought that joy back. With great tools like Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, I can crop, adjust contrast, and tweak however I’d like. I can even “cheat” by removing unwanted items from a photo (although I do that sparingly: One must protect the integrity of the image unless one just calls it “art”).

At this point, I have about 9,500 pictures in my Lightroom catalog, going back about three years. I find there are some I really like. So I thought, which one of these would I want to publish as postcards or in a calendar? That is the subject of this post: To share some of my photographs that I particularly like. Selecting the photos was difficult. Even with excluding people pictures (mostly family and friends, so not internet-eligible), my original culling left me with over 30 photos. The standard I learned in the 1980s was that a National Geographic photographer would take 20,000 photos to print 15, so quantity enables quality. So, I had to get below 30.

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I’ll bet I’ll lose the fellas before I hit “publish” :) This is sentimental. I’m sorting through the greeting cards from family and friends and the enclosed photographs of people and pets that are no longer with us. You’re looking at maybe 1/10 of my stash. I can’t bear the thought of family having to […]

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“Grandpa, I want to learn how to play poker” – this came out of my 4 year old grandson last week. My monthly poker game had come around to the O’Shea residence two weeks ago, and he sat on my lap for the first few hands. I would have him declare the raises, or call […]

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Rosemary and I have been together for most of 43 years, and yet ours is a mixed marriage. She comes from a big, loud, boisterous family. Every Sunday they would all get together at her parents’ for dinner, watching ball games, and bragging about which daughter paid the least for her outfit. Once the nieces and nephews started coming along (she is youngest of six) there was a birthday to celebrate almost every week.

I am the younger of two, and by the time Rosemary and I started dating, my older sister was already away at college. So dinner was a quieter and more refined affair at the Erickson’s. My dad, extrovert and classical music and nature lover, was always trying to get Rosemary to sit and listen to his newest recording. Some were … an acquired taste. We will forever laugh about the Easter dinner when he insisted on playing his recording of rare bird calls.

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Someone I know works in the library of a graduate studio arts school. Yesterday a student came in holding a plastic-reinforced binder divider with the tab removed. More

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I haven’t been shopping in downtown Jerusalem for awhile, but it used to be that before Rosh Hashana venders would set up tables in the plaza by the historic Mashbir department store, displaying an array of greeting cards and calendars, sometimes along with items like challah covers or fancy tablecloths. My favorite item was the […]

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Have smartphones and instant communication made postcards entirely obsolete? When was the last time you received a handwritten postcard or sent one? My last one arrived in the mail a little over ten years ago, posted from Moscow by my father. The first postcards I ever saw were of Tallinn in winter. Stone fortresses and […]

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My nana and grandpa lived a short bus ride away for most of my childhood. The two of them loved to play cards, and taught us to play poker at an early age. We mostly used pennies as our chips, so it was low-stakes play but still fun. My nana also loved gin rummy, a […]

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I heard Tommy arguing with Dad in the den. Tommy was shouting. Dad’s voice was flat and sad.

“It’s not fair,” blurted Tommy. “Everyone else has Whack-o-Man cards. If I don’t have some all the kids will think I am a nerd.”

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The recollections are slightly hazy. It has been nigh unto five decades, and I was quite young. Was I three? Was I five? I’m not really sure. Cindy was the eldest daughter of a woman my mother worked with. Perhaps she was baby-sitting us for the evening. All that I remember having been there were […]

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I got into collectible card games (CCG’s) in middle school. The deal with CCG’s (or Trading CG, or whatever else a company can come up with to stand out) is this: you buy a pack of random cards, generally with 8-20 cards per pack, and hope you get something useful. A deck is built with […]

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Have you ever been a card-carrying member of the Communist Party? It’s something you may have heard if you went before House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s. Vladimir Putin was and he says that he still has his card, at least according to this news report. Had no idea he was so sentimental. I […]

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My dad was a great raconteur. He told stories well, entertainingly, and usually with a purpose. And the best thing about his stories was that, although they often sounded highly improbable, they were almost all completely true. I know, because I was there for many of them. (Not for the one about the prisoner who […]

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“Wanna buy some greeting cards?” With sales technique like that, how could I possibly fail? Turns out… thoroughly. Didn’t sell a single card. Or a single seed. Or a single anything else I ever tried selling door to door, after reading about how much money I could make in the back of Boy’s Life. And I tried them all. Well, except Grit. I had never actually seen a copy of Grit, and I had the idea that it might be tough to sell.

I was a kid-sized Ralph Kramden, always pursuing one get-rich-quick scheme after another. But unlike Ralph, I was occasionally successful, which is one of the reasons that I tried selling so many things door to door. Because my first time out had been such a success.

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@grosseteste is going to be busy for awhile, so I offered to coördinate Group Writing for whatever period is needed. Since I cannot edit his post, I am starting a new one here. The next bit is just copied from his October thread. In Group Writing, Ricochet members claim one day of the coming month […]

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