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Our Gold Fixation (a political rant)

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We live fairly near the Massachusetts State House. It’s a lovely historic building with a golden dome. Yes GOLD! (shillings, notes, duckets, loot, bones, coin, folding stuff, honk, lolly, lucre, moolah) 

The current Washington political climate seems almost totally fixated on moving money around mostly to benefit big corporations and very wealthy people. Forget better health care, foul the environment, make it easy to buy automatic weapons, pardon the guilty and encourage racism but, for goodness sake move that gold around to benefit your friends.

I so damn tired of this heartless approach to everything!

This Hurting Land

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Believe it or not, my wife Sarah and I have driven across America a total of 20 times. The trip, no matter route we choose, is always fascinating. Every night brings a new feeling with it. Different landscape, different accents, different cultures. This country is vast, strikingly beautiful and very diverse.

Our leaders in Washington are probably at least vaguely familiar with the above. Maybe if they listen carefully they could also hear the cries of pain and bind up people’s wounds instead of inflicting more hurt.

 

The iPhone Quandary

 

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Shot With An iPhone 7+

I now own an iPhone 7+. It sports a 12 megapixel camera, has optical image stabilization, a ƒ/1.8 aperture and can shoot good looking videos very easily.  In short, the damn thing is is a powerhouse! 

An interesting writer, Craig Mod, just wrote a terrific article about the changing nature of cameras and the evolution of photography. See It Here

His point is that our phones now capture much more digital data than just the light falling on their sensors. He puts it this way:

“Once you start thinking of a photograph in those holistic terms, the data quality of stand-alone cameras, no matter how vast their bounty of pixels, seems strangely impoverished. They no longer capture the whole picture.”

Frankly I’m not sure how this digital evolution will all play out, but I do know that the thing I always have in my pocket is well on its way to transforming the photographic industry.

And probably me

Explaining Twitter To Abraham Lincoln

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I sat next to Abraham Lincoln at dinner two nights ago. He was fascinated by all the modern communication devices we have nowadays. I tried to explain to him that our current president was using only 140 characters to speak directly to the people of this country. Mr. Lincoln was baffled. He said, “I never liked to give long speeches but I can’t understand how anyone can be that brief and be properly understood.”

Margaret Sanger…Banned in Boston

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She was not allowed to speak at a public forum here in Boston by Mayor James Michael Curley.

FYI this kind of thing is still possible the way we are currently going in this country.

A Father’s Day Meditation

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The Good…..The Bad…..The Ugly

New Leaders In Training

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I’ve grown pretty disgusted with the leadership qualities of males. They (spoiler alert: we) seem hard wired for conflict and in general tend to listen badly. It’s way past time for the pendulum to swing in the the other direction.

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