Photo: My grandpa, Cecil, whose life was a succession of hard times punctuated with the births of 11 children, glorious rabbit hunts, the love of a round woman, coon dogs and beagles, faith in God, and a daily dose of strong coffee, hot biscuits, and nicotine.

Tis the song, the sigh of the weary,
Hard Times, hard times, come again no more
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;
Oh hard times come again no more.

(Chorus “Hard Times Come Again No More” by Stephen Foster)

Photo: My grandpa, Cecil, whose life was a succession of hard times punctuated with the births of 11 children, glorious rabbit hunts, the love of a round woman, coon dogs and beagles, faith in God, and a daily dose of strong coffee, hot biscuits, and nicotine.


Tis the song, the sigh of the weary,
Hard Times, hard times, come again no more
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;
Oh hard times come again no more.

(Chorus “Hard Times Come Again No More” by Stephen Foster)

"I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions."
Augusten Burroughs

(Abandoned rails; iphone 5)

"I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions."
Augusten Burroughs

(Abandoned rails; iphone 5)

"If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity."
John F. Kennedy

(Crayola Crayons fresh from the factory; iphone5)

"If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity."
John F. Kennedy

(Crayola Crayons fresh from the factory; iphone5)

May I get you something to drink?

(Pierpont Bar; Union Station, Kansas City, MO; iphone 5)

May I get you something to drink?

(Pierpont Bar; Union Station, Kansas City, MO; iphone 5)

“You are not an observer, you are a participant.” 
― Thích Nhất Hạnh, Being Peace


(Street sculptures; Kansas City, MO; iPhone 5)

“You are not an observer, you are a participant.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh, Being Peace


(Street sculptures; Kansas City, MO; iPhone 5)

First Frühstück in the new digs. Loved walking out into my yard and picking flowers to grace the table. 

(About the only spot organized enough for photographing^^)

First Frühstück in the new digs. Loved walking out into my yard and picking flowers to grace the table.

(About the only spot organized enough for photographing^^)