Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My Trip Thru Ruby Falls: A Ten-Years-After Reflection

This is me, back in 2002.

In this picture I am more than ten years younger than I am now, forty pounds lighter, and have very little discernible gray in my hair or beard. Anna and I had been married only a year, and we were still five years away from having our first child. I was only thirty-five, older than many newly-married men, true, but still young by many standards.

When I look back on pictures like this, I often think, "Wow, I wish I had realized then how wonderful my life really was. I should have appreciated it more at the time. I should not have taken it so much for granted."

And then I realize: My life today contains so many moments that someday I will look back on and realize were wonderful. Among the best things I can do for my wife, for my children, for myself, then, is to try and appreciate how wonderful my life is right now, while it's actually going on, to not take it for granted but to know it for the gift that it is.

I am blessed. But then, we all are.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Fishing Man

This afternoon I went to Buford Dam Park to walk in the woods and take some pictures. Here's a photo essay of a man who was there fishing in the Chattahoochee.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Stone Mountain Park Grist Mill

This morning while my daughters were both in school, I went to Stone Mountain Park to take some pictures. Here are three pictures I made in the Grist Mill area: