Vuelos

I don’t write and take pictures anymore, other than the small pieces that fit through the screen of a smartphone. So it’s March and I am just now looking through the photos I took in December, when we went back to Michigan for the holidays. Winter in Michigan is probably what I miss the least, but I do miss the people there, and the colors that are so bright and surprising in the middle of gray days.

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

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Postcards from the Mitten State

I often lug my camera around, but I am really bad at sifting through the results in a timely manner.

I have also neglected this personal blog in favor of a new teaching blog. (Knowing my tendencies to neglect my personal life, this should not be a surprise.)

Spring and Summer were both chaotic and emotional, navigating preparations to move and goodbyes to students, coworkers, friends, and family. (And even while looking for jobs in warmer climates I was aware that other states might not have the same magic of a Michigan Spring.) Here are some snapshots.

Spring Planting Day Read more of this post

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Wrapping presents.

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Family Christmas party today, in the community room at the new senior apartments where my grandparents are moving in.

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We went to celebrate my birthday and my dad’s birthday with my family (and this delicious cake that my little sister made for me.)

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I spent Thanksgiving with a combined group of parents, siblings, future in-laws, and distant voices on the phone.

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The renovated IHM motherhouse in Monroe, where my grandmother is currently recovering from hip surgery. Especially with the year away, the decline in their health seems more dramatic. For the first time in my life, my grandparents actually seem old.

Magnolias, Graves, Elusive Ducks

Belated snapshots, Part Two: We visited our brother in Memphis, where he has spent the summer doing sciencey things, and having adventures.

Road trip Read more of this post

A city of fountains

Belated snapshots of our adventure, Part One: My sister and I visited my other sister and her husband in Kansas City, MO.

Kansas City Trip Read more of this post

Far away from home.

I am writing this from the couch of a pretty rad hostel in Memphis. Tomorrow my sister and I drive back to Michigan. It’s been an incredibly full trip – a 12 hour drive to spend two days with my sister and her husband in Kansas City, an 8 hour drive to see my brother for two days here in Memphis, and back North tomorrow.

Things I could tell you about this trip:

  • time with family
  • blueberries
  • humidity!
  • old, old graves
  • cruising across state lines
  • coffeeshops
  • nostalgia
  • religious musings
  • sharing space
  • book-smell/page-turn
  • trollies & buggies
  • the magic of air conditioning
  • poetry under my skin
  • talking to strangers
  • ducks on a red carpet (almost)
  • romantic sunset light
  • the wrong side of the tracks
  • southern draaaawls
  • interactive art
  • urban decay
  • the background noise of my camera

More will be forthcoming, but for now I’ll leave you with a favorite out of the (many) fotos I’ve taken in the past few days:

(My sister and I, leaping into the sunset.)

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