about

I started my first blog back in the summer of 2006. It went through several incarnations over the years, and I spun off a few other side blogs from it, but last fall I decided I’d had enough and killed them off. I’m starting another one and here’s why…

I’ve been on twitter for a long time. I’ve enjoyed it – I’ve gotten to know some fine art and photography and the artists that make it. It’s been very fulfilling and enriching. But… over the past couple of years it’s become a pit of political teeth-gnashing and hand-wringing and finger-pointing. Try as I might, I can’t mute or block enough of it to keep it out of my feed. The good stuff is still there, and I enjoy and appreciate it, but it’s only a matter of minutes, when scrolling through my feed, that I see enough depressing and infuriating shit to color my mood for hours. I have better things to do with my day than waste my energy being depressed and/or angry. I know what’s going on in our world… I know who I need to support… I know who has their boots on the ground and are working for the things I believe in and I contribute what I can to help keep them in the fight. What I don’t need, and won’t put up with anymore, is to be beat over the head with the negativity every time I check in to twitter. Ignoring the bullshit doesn’t work, at least not for me. It’s still there and I see it and I’m affected by it.

I’m starting this blog as my alternative to twitter should I decide I need to deactivate my account. It will probably be much like what I post on twitter – snapshots of what I see on my daily wanderings out here in the desert, maybe a quote here and there that catches my attention or a link to interesting things I come across and want to pass along. Maybe. Maybe it’ll be just pictures. We’ll see…

What I don’t expect to do is write very much. I’m not a writer and I don’t aspire to be one. I might post a thought now and then on those rare occasions that I actually have one, but not regularly. Mostly just snapshots. That’s what I do.

To those of you who have been following me on twitter and want to keep in touch you can subscribe to my posts with the form below and you’ll be updated by e-mail when a new one is posted. If you don’t care to follow me here, I’ll just say thanks for being there on twitter. And should I suddenly disappear one day you’ll know where to find me…