As most of you know, I’m an anti-Apple kind of person. It isn’t the products themselves I’m against, it is just that Apple people drive me up the wall. However, there is one instance where I actually do have a small amount of envy for Apple people. That is that they have Instagram and I don’t.

While Instagram is allegedly coming to Droid in the near future, I didn’t want to wait for it, so I’ve been experimenting with Lightbox the last week or so as my primary phone camera app.

Here are some of my Lightbox camera phone pictures:

All Lightbox pictures are posted on Twitter and eventually the occasional picture may be posted on Facebook.

The Archives: Edition Fifty-Eight

The images below come from the following folder:

Backup/My Pictures/New Folder

The majority of these pictures come from a concert my friend Mike’s band (Lesser Known Saint) had at the M Shop.

I remember telling Mike after the show how much I loved watching him “dance” on stage. He got mad and told me he wasn’t “dancing”, he was “thrashing”.

Lesser Known Saint was still patrolling the Twin Cities area until recently. I understand that they have broken up now and are pursuing separate projects.

Next week’s folder will be:

Backup/My Pictures/People/Display Pictures

Self-Portrait Project: Week 2

I continued this project for one full week, until January 15th.

On that night, my Mom’s health took a very drastic change for the worse. Enough you know at least some of the details of where we were and where we are now, that I won’t go into them here. Maybe at some point in the future I will write about everything we have been through since her diagnosis with lymphoma two days before Thanksgiving through the three miracles we have seen through the process up until where we stand now: no cancer.

However, I think that story belongs as a book, but I’m not sure who would publish the story because nobody would believe it any way.

If you want a good resource for following my Mom’s health, here is a good resource. It is a CaringBridge blog set up by Carla. It isn’t updated daily, but it is updated every couple of days.

Charlotte Bennett’s CaringBridge

She will most likely be at Methodist Medical Center for at least another week. While the cancer is gone, her stomach is still pretty messed up. She is getting her nourishment through an IV and they will have to do a procedure so that she would be able to continue to get nourishment at home before she is dismissed. I would say that nobody knows at this time, what the treatment will ultimately be for her stomach, but while she is in the hospital, you can send her a card through this website, free and easy:

Send Charlotte a Card

Also, Mom has shown some interest in learning about the internet and therefore I have setup an email account for her. She won’t be able to read any of your emails until she gets home from the hospital and I won’t pretend that her emails will be private (so if you send her an email just gushing about how she raised the most awesome young man, I will read it) until she grasps the concept fully, but she will read them at some point.

Here is her email address:

Now back to my own self-absorption.

I have restarted the Self-Portrait Project. I can’t say that I will continue this project, but I would like to think that we are in a good place with my Mom right now.

I may try to go back and fill in some of the backdates of blogs that I haven’t filled out over the last couple months. But I make no promises. I haven’t done a Personal Photo Project in weeks. In fact, since Mom was diagnosed, I’ve taken maybe 200 pictures total. 190 of those pictures are of Naima.

However, I have bought a new camera and I hope that it will jumpstart some creative juices. So maybe I’ll pretend like I took pictures for a Personal Photo Project back in December, when in reality, I took those pictures in March.

I also started posting pictures I take with my phone through an Instagram knockoff known as Lightbox on Twitter. I would provide you a link to see the pictures on Lightbox’s website, but you should really be on Twitter, shouldn’t you?

Here are the self-portraits I took through January 15th:

01/09/12 11:12 PM

01/10/12 11:56 PM

01/11/12 7:43 PM

01/12/12 10:14 PM

01/13/12 3:01 PM

01/14/12 11:35 AM

01/15/12 8:31 PM

We’ll see how consistently I’m able to post in the future. We’ll see…

Even More Naima

I have had an army of people take care of Naima while my Mom has been in an out of the hospital the last few months. I am in the debt of all those people:

  • Jay
  • Jason
  • Gary
  • Logan
  • Alexis
  • Johnathan
  • Amy Herrick
  • Carla
  • Teresa
  • Jim Jordan
  • Jesse

Plus, I’m sure there are at least a couple of others that I am forgetting. Thank you and keep up the good work!

More pictures of my golden beast:

I’m sure there will be a ton more Naima pictures as the days, months, and years go by!

Personal Photo Project of the Week #105

Valentine’s Day 2012

If I were in the frame of mind to send out Valentines this year, it would have involved this picture. Of course, I wasn’t in such a state of mind, so you get to see it late, but as they say, that is life.

I also played with trying to set a heart shaped sucker on fire, but it turns out that it is really hard to set a sucker on fire AND the sucker didn’t really look like a heart.

This more abstract image of a heart is the other image I played with before I packed up all the conversation hearts and gave them to Jen. She actually enjoys these bits of nastiness.

On a sidenote, Jen says that if you put a piece of bread in the container with conversation hearts that have gotten too hard, they return to being “edible”. Derrick did not comment while she explained this to me.

United Way Wall

Shannon contacted me about contributing some photos to the wall near her desk at the United Way of Story County office a couple months back.

I was able to get those pictures ordered for her and she got them on the wall a couple weeks back. I don’t have a picture of the wall at this time as I haven’t had a chance to go see it, but here is a general idea of what it looks like:

To see those pictures a tad bit larger:


Cry Gratitude

When I get a chance to see the new Photography 139 Gallery, I will post a photo.