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Watching the Olympics made me try Nordic skiing again after 20 years

Watching the Olympics made me try Nordic skiing again after 20 years

We woke up to snow this morning — after several 70+ degree days — so it seemed an appropriate time to finally share this post. Oy, Colorado. You missed the memo that it is now April.  Have you ever sat watching the Olympics and thought, […]

Valentine’s

Valentine’s

The thing about Valentine’s Day is, if you keep your eyes open, you’ll find love and kindred spirits among all sorts of people. Some of these people might offer you romantic love; others will give you a sustained and dedicated, familial love; still others will […]

Michelangelo tried to destroy his early drafts; it didn’t work

Michelangelo tried to destroy his early drafts; it didn’t work

Back in December, Daniel and I spent a week with his folks on the east coast. We mostly kicked it around his childhood home and sweet little hometown, catching up with his family and friends. But on one particular day of our visit, we ventured into the big city: New York. Our mission: To meet up with Michelangelo at the Met.

A few general notes:

  • Periodically throughout the day, it was very rainy in the city, and walking around the packed corridors of such a bustling metropolis with umbrellas in hand is a particular kind of exercise in sharing one’s space with the rest of humanity. The only way to survive was to imagine that as we lifted our umbrellas to ease past one another, we were offering tips of our caps in salutation and encouragement.
  • Keeping a group of eight people together through the crowded subway lines — the very crowded subway lines as it was two days before Christmas — takes courage of the heart, mind and spirit.
  • New York is a magical city around Christmas time. That’s it, that’s all for this note.

Now, to Michelangelo. The exhibit in question focused on the sketches, drafts and early processes behind his work. An achievement for the curator, as Michelangelo attempted to burn these drafts to hide the process from the public view, desiring instead for everyone to think his genius happened without much effort. Which is kind of a bummer viewpoint, isn’t it? When I was a photographer at The Denver Post, I visited a number of artist’s studios, and I loved documenting their artistic efforts. The triumphs, the grief, the scraps of previous attempts laying about and still visible, as if urging the artist further along. Witnessing the struggle and knowing how that struggle eventually transformed into something beautiful and brilliant enhances the end result, it doesn’t detract from it.

So, Michelangelo, I’m glad that despite your destructive intentions, your process wasn’t truly lost to time, and that you had friends and colleagues who recognized the genius still present in all those discarded drafts.

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I registered for my first 10K run, and then ate a donut

I registered for my first 10K run, and then ate a donut

I am sitting at my desk writing to you today, and I think I may be dying. You see, I just ran 3.5 miles around our neighborhood park. Historically, this is not a sentence I would utter. I am not a runner. Colorado, however, has […]

That which delighted me in 2017

That which delighted me in 2017

Let’s be real, my dears, 2017 often felt not unlike an epic journey such that Odysseus, with his sirens, six-headed monsters and homicidal cyclops, would not have been entirely out of place. Can I get an amen? With that said, however, if you were keen […]


Treasured Memories

Two Years: A wedding and a marriage

Two years ago we stood in a big white church, the ceiling looming high above us, our friends and family layered in rows of pews to the back doors. We promised our I-dos; it was the best day ever.

I have been remiss over the past 730 days in not sharing more of the fantastic photos that our generous and thoughtful crew of photographers shot that day. So at long last, in celebration of this two-year mark, I’ve finally put together an edit of some of my favorites.

We were extremely fortunate that so many people selflessly dedicated their time and energy to making our wedding day so wonderful, and I would like to thank them first and foremost.

❶ To our families. Our parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins…you all provided immense support and cheer during the entire preparation process and through to the conclusion of our reception. And frankly, over the course of our entire relationship. We love you and cherish you.

❷ To our wedding party. You all were heaven sent, I’m sure of it. From standing up beside us at the altar, to providing extra hands, moral support, and literal bodyguarding as we walked from the church to reception venue along one of the more colorful stretches of road in downtown Denver, we truly couldn’t have done it without you.

❸ To our photographers, our wonderful photographers and videographers. We came to you with this idea of splitting up the whole day into chunks, asking each of you to take a slice of the day to document however you saw fit, and you ran with it. You gave us this immense gift and we could not be more grateful.

❹ To our wedding planners. I found your fine company care of an assignment and was so grateful that even though I had almost nothing planned and only five more months to go before our wedding date you took up the banner and operated within our strict budget and insane schedules. You made the whole process so much easier than we thought possible and for that we thank you.

❺ And finally, to all of our guests. You came from near and far, traveling the country to come celebrate with us. You were witnesses to our vows and participants in the best dance party ever. Thank you, thank you.

We start at the beginning. This is going to be a bit of a marathon, my friends, so buckle up. Get some coffee. Grab some protein-rich sustenance. Ready? Here we go.

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WEDDING

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