I'm feeling tender today.

I'm feeling tender today.

My good friend's father passed away this week, world news is unbearable, it's a sunny spring day, and I just had lunch with my aunt and uncle who were passing through Madison on their way to the Twin Cities. 

At lunch we talked about family and children and they told me some stories that I hadn't heard before. Stories that brought tears and made my heart ache. 

They also let me photograph them. I hadn't warned them ahead of time, so they had no chance to prepare or primp or get dressed up. I photographed them as they were in that moment. After 43 years of marriage, 5 children and 13 grandchildren, they are still best friends.  One of the things I love about them is how kind they are to each other.

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Celebrating the Winter Solstice

Celebrating the Winter Solstice

Today is the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. After this, the days will begin to lengthen, minute by minute, until we reach the longest day of the year, next June. For cultures throughout history, the winter solstice is a turning point, representing rebirth and new beginnings.

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Natalie Wright's Midwestern Landscapes

Natalie Wright's Midwestern Landscapes

Earlier this summer, at Firefly Coffeehouse in Oregon, Wisconsin, I discovered a small wicker basket of 5-inch square landscape photographs by Natalie Jo Wright.  What struck me about Natalie's images was that many of them are of cloudy skies, fog, and snow-covered earth.  I reached out to Natalie and was thrilled when, a few weeks later, we were drinking coffee at her kitchen table on a humid, cloudy day and talking about life in a small town, love, and art.  We talked about the qualities that she looks for in all of her art, from her landscape images to her portrait painting.

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