Three Freshman

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My daughter had a Spring Break bonfire last night. These boys came to the party. It is interesting to me that they are still kids, but dealing with adult problems now, and understanding that they are in fact “problems.” One of the boys is on medication for behavioral issues. Another lost his mother less than a year ago. I had to deal with adult problems at this age too, so I empathize. The boys were very well behaved and I think they enjoyed the bonfire. I enjoyed talking to them.

Forecast: Mud

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We’ve had so much rain this summer that the riverbank has been made into a makeshift mud-wrestling pit for kids. The fishing camp is abandoned–the campers have been removed due to flooding (including my precious Airstream), and some of the docks have not survived the weather. I went out there and just walked around, found some remnants of the camp, saw a huge black snake, and was stalked by a herd of starving ducks. I bought a loaf of bread and made a trip back to feed the poor starving creatures. That is when I found these two boys wrestling and playing in the mud. Children have a way of finding a game in any situation.

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Also received news that one of my images is a finalist for the Julia Margaret Cameron Award. The exhibit is in Paris, which is just dreamy and very exciting. They are only choosing 12 photographers for it, though, and the competition is humbling, so I’m not getting my hopes up, but I am crossing my fingers. Even if my image does not get chosen for the exhibit, I’m utterly thrilled about the nomination. The results are posted here.

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Cuddles Rescue Anniversary

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One year ago today Cuddles was found in a ditch near my house. She was only a few weeks old. She also had a brother. Both pups were dehydrated and sick. The first week was difficult and heartbreaking. The boy became increasingly sick, and unfortunately, he did not survive.

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Cuddles loved to eat from the very beginning and over time she became stronger. A few shots of Cuddles in the first few weeks …

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And this is Cuddles now …

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It has been a fun and adventurous year with Cuddles!