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When It Rains

Day 340_18 BWebDay 340 (December 6, 2014) – New York, NY

It’s been raining nonstop all day. My heart is still heavy with all that is going on..but I know that there is so much more to do. I see this scene every day in a city filled with the haves and the have nots. His sign says he is an out of work plumber and a war veteran. His face in his hands says more. It speaks of the troubles of years passed and the countless questions without answers. I want to believe that tomorrow can be better……better for all of us. I want to hope for something different. It’s why I get up each day with resolve and determination despite the rain and dark clouds.


F-stop blues

Day 327_25Day 327 (November 23, 2014) – Chicago, IL

This song kinda sums up the day for me.

“F-Stop Blues” by Jack Johnson

Hermit crabs and cowry shells
Crush beneath his feet as he comes towards you
He’s waving at you

Lift him up to see what you can see
He begins his focusing
He’s aiming at you

And now he has cutaways from memories
And close-ups of anything that
He has seen or even dreamed
And now he’s finished focusing

He’s imagining lightning
Striking sea sickness
Away from here

Look who’s laughing now that you’ve wasted
How many years and you’ve barely even tasted
Anything remotely close to
Everything you’ve boasted about
Look who’s crying now

Driftwood floats, after years of erosion
Incoming tide touches roots to expose them,
Quicksand steals my shoe,
Clouds bring the f-stop blues

Look who’s laughing now that you’ve wasted
How many years and you’ve barely even tasted
Anything remotely close to
Everything you’ve boasted about
Look who’s crying now



Obasan in the Rain

Day 322 BW webDay 322 (November 19, 2014) – Oakland, CA

It’s raining in the bay. Everyone tells me that they really needed it. Apparently they haven’t seen a drop of rain for months. California is in a drought…..still. I think it’s been going on for at least 3 years now. Global warming? Maybe. Climate change? Probably. Just another rainy day in Oakland. To me… definitely. I’m hiding under awnings because you know I didn’t bring an umbrella with me to sunny California. Oh well…. guess I’m getting wet today.

Rain Drops and Puddles

Day 267Day 267 (September 25, 2014) – New York, NY

I’m not a big fan of rain….but I love how the city is reflected in puddles and slick surfaces. There is a soft beauty in the usually rigid lines of monolithic architecture. Streets already busy with busy people move at new pace…as if if everyone is afraid of the rain. The overcast sky adds a somber mood to life in a vibrant city. I’m not a big fan of rainy days…..


DAY 88 WEB_-22pDay 88 (March 29, 2014) Portland, OR

They say when life gives you lemons…you should make lemonade – or something like that. Well, it’s raining…again..and I’m in Portland Oregon. Home of Portlandia, hipster central. The place where you can get a vegan double cheeseburger on gluten free bread made from local ingredients grown in the backyard.  I swear this place is just like the TV show. Seriously…..and I’m not saying that’s a bad thing….it’s just…a thing.

So, today on this rainy day in hipster land I’m chasing puddles trying to find my image of the day.  Whenever it rains I find myself looking at the reflections in puddles.  A puddle makes for an interesting canvas that can change at any moment – the wind causes a ripple in a calm surface or a falling leaf brings texture to a seemingly flat surface. Walking past a row of cherry blossom trees with their pedals absent because of the rain fall I find my puddle. It’s a beautiful water color of falling pedals and rain clouds. I guess it’s time to make lemonade.

On another note: Today I also spent a few hours with D’Wayne Edwards (www.pensole.com), a former Nike shoe designer who left the company and started a design program aimed at increasing diversity in the multibillion dollar industry. I think I remember him telling me that out of about 7,000 people in the industry there were only about 77 African American designers! He is trying to change that! If you get a chance… google D’Wayne he is truly impressive and has created an incredible program that is really making a difference in the design world.