buffalo on my lawn

“i looked outside my window and what do you think i saw?
the strangest sight i’ve ever did see, i bet you don’t know just quite what i mean,
still can’t believe it myself

i saw one buffalo, one buffalo,
buffalo on my lawn,
romping all around and stomping on the ground
and all of my grass was gone.

then i began to worry, about what to do?
the strangest sight i ever did see, i guess you’ve guessed just what i mean.
still can’t believe it myself
i saw 2 buffalos, 2 buffalos,
buffalos on my lawn
romping all around and stomping on the ground and
and all of my grass was gone.”

today my dad visited and brought the buffalo with him.
above is a song that i will always remember my dad singing to me as a kid.
i have a goofy dad, and he fed me with goofy things.
and as a result, i turned up a bit goofy as well…still can’t believe it myself.

love you dad.


a letter to my cousin heather.

remember how we grew up living next to each other?
and to get to your house you’d go down a big hill and up another big hill?
and remember how i gave you my scooter that had a flat tire?
and you crashed at the bottom of the hill?
and we yelled at you and made you walk home with the scooter alone?
and then remember how we later found out that you broke your arm?
yeah, that was funny.

(love you cuz.)

and heather’s unexpected reply minutes later…
“Oh I rememeber far more than that!! I remember the scooter with not one but TWO flat tires! I also remember the scooter with NO brakes and when I informed you I couldn’t stop you told me to put my foot down to slow it down, which I did!! Do you remember how sparks flew off my shoe, cuz I was traveling at the speed of light? I remember you and David yelling at me for crashing your and possibly scratching your scooter and walking it up all by myself with a “hurt” arm… but what I really remember, and you don’t, because you weren’t there is how your mom freaked out when she saw my arm and rushed me to the Hospital. She ran a lot of red lights and swore A LOT!! She yelled at the staff for not getting me in fast enough and probably swore a lot again. Then I remember her holding my hand while I got a REALLY painful shot and wiping away my tear and telling me how brave I was. Then I remember her telling me how painful the splint was going to be, I appreciated, yet hated her honesty at that point, but she held my hand the entire time and kept telling me how brave I was and how proud of me she was… 25 years later and your moms still looks after me !!
Please excuse the typos, my vision was blurred by tears recounting your mothers love!”

…lesson to be learned?
watch out for digging up past memories. they can smack you upside the head and humble you real quick.
(love you mom and miss you terribly.)

a sword by itself rules nothing

beautiful artwork by jungshan ink

‎a sword by itself rules nothing. it only comes alive in skilled hands.
– crouching tiger hidden dragon

we do not take photos with our cameras but with our hearts and our minds.
– arnold newman

with so much talk swirling around us of the latest releases from Canon and Nikon, and with my own enthusiastic shift and transition as i enter the digital photography world, acquiring new equipment and tools… i am thankful and humbled to remember it is the mind and heart behind that camera that truly matter.


new friend

i blink with my eye
burning after images
a box is on fire

i found a new friend today.
he hasn’t told me his name.
he’s rather square in shape and in his belly lie objects that look like glossy eyeballs.
he blinks a lot.
mechanical blinks.
electronic blinks.
sexy blinks.


keep it simple

cold war :: janelle manoe

this video of Janelle Manoe is a beautiful example of simplicity screaming volumes.
no matter how many firework explosions, and guitarists hanging from red rock cliffs…nothing will ever compare to the subtle and intoxicating power of the soul.
this video, how it was shot, the perfect simple concept, the beauty and emotion, the flaws, the honesty and authenticity…one of the best i have ever seen.

also, some of my favorite videos along the same theme:

andy warhol :: Ann, the girl who cried a tear

new order :: round and round

lesson: keep it simple.