Category Archives: Brandon

10-27-08

The pictures in the folder called 10-27-08 are from Brandon’s Senior Night playing football for dear old Boone High.

Attending that football match against the worst town in Iowa (Ballard)* was the first time I had attended a Boone High football game since I graduated from the jewel of Iowa’s High School education system many years before.

I have in recent years worked the concession stand at a few Boone High sporting events to help a brother (or sister) out, but I still think I have actually only witnessed Boone High athletes competing maybe 3 times since my own graduation.

Here are some pictures from that night:


Brandon Kahler - Senior Night

Brandon Kahler - Senior Night

Brandon Kahler - Senior Night

Brandon Kahler - Senior Night

Brandon Kahler - Senior Night

Brandon Kahler - Senior Night

Brandon Kahler - Senior Night

Brandon Kahler - Senior Night

Brandon Kahler - Senior Night

Brandon Kahler - Senior Night

Brandon Kahler - Senior Night

Brandon Kahler - Senior Night

Brandon Kahler - Senior Night

It was such a big event that Sara even came to town. I have to imagine it might have been the last football game she has attended!

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entry to its original glory:

Last Home Game

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve a trip to Ottumwa to work on a house.

*Ballard isn’t even a town and it still sucks!

10-26-08

There are 2 types of pictures in the folder called 10-26-08. Some are from Iowa State’s game with Texas A&M. The second type are pictures from a Suffrage Parade re-enactment that took place in Boone in 2008.

Perhaps you don’t know that Boone was (possibly) the site of the first Woman’s Suffrage Parade in the United States. That’s right, sometimes this backward hick town can be darn right progressive.

Here is some information on the event taken from a “Des Moines Register” article printed around the time of the re-enactment:

Boone Lead the Way

If you haven’t heard of this milestone event in women’s rights, you’re not alone.

Suzanne Caswell, who helped organize the re-enactment as a way to celebrate the parade’s 100th anniversary, says for the most part Boone’s marching suffragists have vanished from public consciousness.

Caswell hopes the re-enactment – which will include the dedication of a memorial – changes that.

“I think people need to realize that a small town was able to be in the vanguard of an important movement in American history,” she said.

The gathering
It was just before lunch hour on a windy October day in 1908 when the women gathered in front of the Universalist Church in downtown Boone.

Some were eager; others, afraid.

All were growing impatient with a struggle that showed no sign of ending, especially their leader, the Rev. Eleanor Gordon, a “relief minister” at First Unitarian Church in Des Moines and president of the Iowa Equal Suffrage Association.

“Perhaps the dreariest of all the dreary meetings of the summer were the monthly meetings of the Des Moines Political Equality Club,” Gordon recalled later in a first-person account compiled by the Iowa Suffrage Memorial Commission. “We listened to an earnest paper written by an earnest woman, read in an earnest manner, giving good and sufficient reasons why women were entitled to vote. … As I walked slowly home over the hot and dusty pavement, I said to myself, ‘Something must be done and done quickly or we shall learn to hate the whole business.’ ”

Less aggressive mood
Gordon was in the mood for more aggressive action, similar to the stories she was hearing from England, where a group of suffragists had led a march through the rain and mud that drew 3,000 participants.

Although Gordon didn’t want to take things quite as far as some of the more militant English leaders, who were waging hunger strikes from their jail cells, she thought it was time to take the movement to the masses.

With Iowa suffragists’ annual convention coming up in late October in Boone, Gordon enlisted the help of Rowena Edson Stevens, president of the Boone Equality Club, in planning a parade for the convention’s last day on Oct. 29.

The only thing not in the women’s control was the blustering wind that October day, which whipped dust into the faces of the marching women – some accounts say there were 30, others 100 – as they followed the band down Seventh Street, the hems of their long skirts brushing the dirt roads.

Accompanied by a few high-profile guests, including the Rev. Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, they carried banners that read “We have knocked on Iowa’s door for 37 years, is it not time it opened” and “Like the daughters of Zelophehad, we ask for our inheritance.”

Many of the marchers were the wives of leading community professionals and Caswell, who has a doctorate in history and has done extensive research on the parade, said accounts written at the time clearly show they were worried about the possible ramifications of their involvement.

What if the townspeople disapproved and stopped going to their husbands’ businesses?

What if their daring cost their husbands their jobs?

“It took a lot of courage to do this,” Caswell said.

The women needn’t have worried. By all accounts, the town of Boone gave them a warm welcome. A large crowd quickly formed, politely cheering the speakers rather than jeering them, as had happened other places.

News of the event made the New York Times (which erroneously reported 600 participants) and the Boston Daily Globe.

First of its kind?

Some historians — mostly Iowans — maintain the Boone event was the first official suffrage parade in the nation but Caswell says you have to define the word “parade” pretty narrowly for that to be true. Female suffragists had marched through the streets that same year in New York City and Oakland, Calif., she said, although without bands or speeches.

After Boone, parades and open-air meetings became staples of the suffrage movement across America. Among the Iowa women who led the way, there was a strong feeling of satisfaction, as if they’d struck a powerful enemy a mortal blow.

One successful parade, though, didn’t change the law.

In the 1923 book “Women Suffrage and Politics,” authors Carrie Chapman Catt and Nettie Rogers Shuler recounted how every two years, a contingent of women would go before the Iowa Legislature to ask for suffrage only to be steamrolled by liquor lobbyists who feared – correctly, as it turned out – that a prohibition on liquor sales would follow if women earned the right to vote.

It wasn’t until the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1919, 50 years after Iowa suffragists first took up the fight, that they finally were able to celebrate victory. Some of those who marched in Boone that October day, like Mary Jane Coggeshall, a charter member of the Polk County Woman Suffrage Society, died before they were able to cast a ballot.

Here are some pictures from that folder:


Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Women's Suffrage March Re-enactment

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

By adding these images to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

Suffrage March

An Explosion of Catastrophe

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve a Senior Night.

Brandon Day and Day 2

The pictures from the folders Brandon Day 1 and Brandon Day 2 are pictures from Brandon’s Senior Pictures Photo Shoot.

Brandon was the 2nd person I ever did senior photos for.

Here are some of my favorites from the photo shoots:


Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

Brandon Kahler Senior Pictures

As you can tell, when you get me for your Senior Pictures, you get a fair degree of weird.

One thing I have struggled with in the past is “poses”. I recently invested in several pose books via the self-directed training budget at the day job. This isn’t to imply that I’m going to start taking more portraits, but it might lead to some future photo projects. But not until I finish THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT. I really need to knock that one out!

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve the Ames Party Bus and flowers!!

09-21-08

The images in the folder 09-21-08 run the gamut.

There are pictures from Steve’s garden, pictures of my Aunt Linda, pictures of Brandon from his Senior Pictures Photo Shoot, and a picture of the table that became my kitchen table, eventually.


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Majors Family Reunion - 2008

Majors Family Reunion - 2008

Majors Family Reunion - 2008

Frog

Frog

Frog

Frog

Frog

Frog

The group pictures are from a Majors Family Reunion. Those don’t happen any longer. Although I can’t say that I particularly enjoyed going to them, I can say that I am kind of sad that they are gone. I guess I am part of the problem.

By adding these images to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to add the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

Dear, Beloved, Precious

Senior Pictures

Majors Family Reunion

Next weekends walk down memory lane will involve Little White Lye Soap and it will also involve Alexis.

Blessings – 2018

I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving! It is the time of year where we are supposed to count our blessings.

I thought I would share a few of my current blessings:


I am blessed with a great family!

























Sympathy - Brandon Kahler

NATE - SYMPATHY

SURPRISE - LAURA MILLER

Bethany - Boredom

Elainie - Boredom

Fear - Alexis

Anger - Johnathan

Sadness - Logan

I have plenty of friends that share my love for the Cyclones!



Iowa State 30 #6 West Virginia 14

Liberty Bowl Road Trip



I have a job I don’t hate going to, where I work with several people I don’t want to punch in the face.





Iowa State vs. Texas Tech

Iowa State vs. Texas Tech





I have an amazing church family!

Houston Mission Trip - 2018

Houston Mission Trip - 2018

Houston Mission Trip - 2018

Pufferbilly Days Float - 2018

Critter Sunday - 2018

Easter - 2018 - Boone FUMC



I have an amazing friends family!



Anders - Fear









Shannon with her

Iowa State Fair - 2018

Maquoketa Caves Road Trip

2009 - Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Nominee

I’m blessed to share my life with Naima!







August 23, 2017

This is really just a handful of the blessings in my life! But I’m already getting this out late, so I’ll cut if off here. I’ll just end with a passage from a Rob Bell NOOMA video that really spoke to me:

“So the verse in First Timothy, it says command those that are rich to not put their hope in wealth… and then it goes on and it continues… and it says, but to put their hope in God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

That phrase, a God that richly provides us with everything. All that we have is a gift.

Food. It is a gift.

Clothes. Gift.

Roof. Gift.

That breath you just took. It’s a gift.

Now there are some that will say: No, you don’t understand. I’ve worked for what I have. I deserve it. It is mine. But like it says in the book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 8: You may say to yourself, my power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me. But remember the Lord your God, because it is God that gives you the ability to produce wealth.”

I thank God for the embarrassment of riches in my life!

Iowa State 26 Akron 13

Yesterday, Iowa State had an emotional football game.

Before the game, there was a moment of silence for Celia Barquin Arozamena. They placed her picture in the endzone where she would have stood to be honored as the Female Athlete of the Year. Both the Iowa State and Akron football teams wore CBA decals on their helmets. They played a video tribute to her on the video board. The team came out with a Spanish flag. At least 70% of the fans wore yellow/gold to honor her memory. The Iowa State University Cyclone Varsity Marching Band spelled out her initials on the field.

The game was almost an afterthought and it played kind of like one. Iowa Sate beat Akron 26-13 in a somewhat lackluster game.

Here are some pictures from the day.


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Iowa State vs. Akron


Next Saturday Iowa State is on the road against TCU. Kickoff is at 6 PM. As always, you are welcome to come watch the game with me in the Union Street Theater.

05-12-08

There are 3 sets of images to be found in the collection of pictures in the folder 05-12-08.

The first set are pictures from a Mother’s Day celebration at my Mom’s house.

The second set are a collection of pictures of flowers at my Mom’s house. A Mother’s Day Peony and a tulip.

The final set of pictures is from the first part of making a batch of Little White Lye Soap.


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Making Soap

Making Soap

Making Soap

Making Soap

Making Soap

Making Soap

Making Soap

Making Soap

Making Soap

Making Soap

Making Soap

Making Soap

Making Soap

Making Soap


Making Soap

Making Soap

Making Soap

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Photography Gallery I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

The Most Fun You Can Have with Caustics

Mother’s Day Barcecue

Mother’s Day

On our next walk down the lane of memories, we will look at the first Jaycees activity I participated in. All the signs were there, I wasn’t paying attention.

Tomorrow Belongs to the People Who Prepare for it Today

Every day is a good day to start a post with a quote from Malcolm X.

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.

I start with this quote because yesterday, Logan graduated from the finest university in all the lands. On flat earth and on globe earth. Iowa State University. To celebrate Logan I’m releasing some photos from a head shot photo session that has been in the back log for almost a year.


Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

Logan Kahler - Heads Shot

This is probably exhibit 45 as to why I’ll never get heavily into the portrait business. I like to take 5 times more pictures than necessary. Half of them strange. Then half of the other half I like to edit in what I’ll call a non-standard style.

Now that Logan has a degree from the finest university, he will be looking for a job in his field. He has also started his own photography business called Third Generation Thumbnail. He is currently specializing in real estate photography and videography. Although, we are shooting a wedding together at some point in the near future.

These photos were taken for his professional pursuits.

If you have any real estate photography needs, I can hook you and him up!

Here are a few cruddy cell phone pictures from the Graduation Ceremony:


Logan Graduation

Logan Graduation

Logan Graduation

Logan Graduation

Logan Graduation

Logan Graduation

Logan Graduation

Maybe someday, you’ll be lucky enough to be related to somebody that graduated from Iowa State University!

One of Nature’s Masterpieces

Time to hit the backlog again. Here are some family pictures we took when Elainie was in town… back in March… 2017.


Bennett Family Photo Shoot - 2017

Bennett Family Photo Shoot - 2017

Bennett Family Photo Shoot - 2017

Bennett Family Photo Shoot - 2017

Bennett Family Photo Shoot - 2017

Bennett Family Photo Shoot - 2017

Bennett Family Photo Shoot - 2017

Bennett Family Photo Shoot - 2017

Bennett Family Photo Shoot - 2017

Bennett Family Photo Shoot - 2017

Bennett Family Photo Shoot - 2017

Bennett Family Photo Shoot - 2017

Bennett Family Photo Shoot - 2017

Unfortunately, the weather was terrible that day, so we were trapped inside. Hopefully, next time we do a family portrait, the weather will be more cooperative.

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A Minor Announcement

Just wanted to let everybody know, as we are now less than one month from my birthday, that I will not be having the birthday party this year. Time just escaped from me and I don’t have the time to plan such a shindig. Better luck next year.

Roundball Oracles – Year 14

I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that’s real
The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
But I remember everything
What have I become
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end
And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt
I wear this crown of thorns
Upon my liars chair
Full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair
Beneath the stains of time
The feelings disappear
You are someone else
I am still right here

It is done. College basketball is over for another season.

In 11 days Iowa State football will hold their Spring Game. After that, the only sports worth watching until college football kicks off in 5 months is the NBA Playoffs. I’m not sure what I’ll do with my spare time. Maybe I’ll clean my house. Now I’m really depressed.

Who isn’t depressed?

Paul Golden, that is who! For the second straight year, he is cutting down the nets for the Roundball Oracles. His name had been added to the List of Immortals:

The List of Immortals

2018 – Paul Golden
2017 – Paul Golden
2016 – Michelle Haupt
2015 – Derek Dohrman
2014 – Brandon Kahler
2013 – William McAlpine
2012 – Lowell Davis
2011 – Carrie Baier
2010 – Mark Wolfram
2009 – Mark Wolfram
2008 – Mark Wolfram
2007 – Tim Peterson
2006 – William McAlpine
2005 – William McAlpine

One more trophy and he will tie Willy and Mark for the most crowns ever!

I held onto Paul’s trophy from last year, when in became apparent he might win again, so I don’t have a picture of Paul with his trophy yet. But when I do, I’ll share it here.

I do however have a picture of last year’s The Sara winner:


Shannon with her
Shannon with The Sara

However, Shannon did not have the guts to come back and defend her The Sara Title. Therefore, there is a new The Sara “Winner” this year.

“Congrats” to Robert Henning for being the last place adult, that tried to win. I have went over his bracket with a fine tooth comb and even though he picked Kansas to win it all, it would seem he was trying to win in good faith. He joins the List of Mortals:

The List of Mortals

2018 – Robert Henning
2017 – Shannon Bardole
2016 – Laura Priest
2015 – Derrick Gorshe
2015 – Sara Lockner

There were 35 entrants this year. A slight dip from past years, but that was to be expected with the lack of any local teams in the tournament. Most of us adopted Loyola as our team, since they were powered by former Cyclone Clayton Custer.

However, it was a clean, close competition. Michigan’s defeat of Loyola in the Final Four left it down to just Rachel and Paul battling it out for the trophy. Villanova’s complete shellacking of Kansas gave Paul the repeat.

But you didn’t come here to listen to any of that tommyrot. You want to see the final standings:

1 Paul Golden 248
2 Dawn Krause 243
3 Yours Truly 243
4 tim peterson 232
5 Michelle Haupt 232
6 Nate Miller 230
7 Jordan Toot 224
8 Corey Faust 223
9 Angie DeWaard 221
10 Rachel Johnson 219
11 Lowell Davis 215
12 Benjamin Baier 213
13 Derek Dohrman 205
14 Cathie Raley 204
15 Bill Wentworth 200
16 Sean G. 198
17 Linda Bennett 195
18 Jesse Howard 195
19 Olivia Baier 188
20 Toby Sebring 185
21 Russ Kennerly 184
22 Jackson Faust 182
23 Sean Clubine 173
24 Jason Baier 173
25 Micky Augustin 167
26 Brandon Kahler 166
27 Nader Parsaei 166
28 Andree Jauhari 165
29 Liz Nordeen 165
30 Carrie Baier 162
31 Laura Priest 158
32 FHMeiners 156
33 Becky Perky 152
34 Will Baier 148
35 Robert Henning 141

The good news is that next year is that the state of Iowa won’t be shutout of the NCAA Tournament. If nothing else, the first two “real” rounds will be held in Des Moines. Plus Iowa has a lot of young talent that will be back next year. Admittedly, they still have the same sub-par coach, but they should be good enough to go dancing for a short while.

Iowa State on the other hand will be one of the most interesting teams in the country. This year’s team was very young and was decimated by injuries. The only major loss from last year’s team is Donovan Jackson, which Kansas fans know, is a major loss. However, assuming Lindell Wigginton comes back (and almost everybody assumes he will), they return a future first round pick in Wigginton and fellow freshman stud Cam Lard. Plus you bring Babb and Solomon back from injuries. Bring back a big time contributor down the stretch in Zoran Talley. A much improved Terrence Lewis will fight for playing time with super impact transfer Marial Shayok and impact transfer Michael Jacobson. Then add stud freshman Talen Horton-Tucker to the mix. One guy you don’t want to sleep on is Zion Griffin. Plus they are adding Tyrese Halliburton and George Conditt. I don’t expect those 2 to contribute next year, but they will be huge in the coming years.

This will be the most talented roster since Iowa State had 5 NBA players on the roster a few years back. That team lost in the first round of the tourney. I expect much bigger things from the Cyclones next year. The future is bright in the Cyclone State!