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Archive for 'Death'

Remembrance of A Roman Holiday Past

roman street, originally uploaded by coolfonzies. Once upon a time I lost all of my luggage in Rome. Through sheer stupidity, through force of habit. Because I behaved as an accidental tourist instead of a seasoned traveler. But that would come later, honed carefully after years of globe-trotting. Fresh out of a semester abroad in […]

So Long Old Friend

So Long Old Friend, originally uploaded by elefanterosado. Our pet goat Walter, a five year old Nubian, lost his brave battle with life yesterday after being unable to recover from a choking episode on February 23rd. On that occasion, the vet came out to and tubed him to relieve the obstruction (possibly a piece of […]

Vermont Winter

Vermont Winter, originally uploaded by elefanterosado. This was taken last winter with my point and shoot. But this is about what it looks like outside right now. Winter in Vermont. Gotta love it. Or not. As an acquaintance of mine who winters in San Diego put it: “We scurry away at the end of Fall […]

In Memory

In Memory, originally uploaded by elefanterosado. This photo was taken by my grandfather in Princeton, New Jersey (circa 1968) when I was three and my brother was five. I adored and idolized my brother then, just as I would for his remaining 19 years. My grandfather was a tall and imposing presence; a taciturn classics […]

Quarai Ruins

Quarai Ruins, originally uploaded by elefanterosado (away in New Mexico). On the edge of the plains stands the abandoned Tiwa Pueblo Indian village of Quarai (ca. 1200-1670’s), the southern-most of the Tiwa villages, located along the eastern flanks of the Manzano Mountains. The Spanish Franciscan Mission Church of La Purisima Concepción (1630) is the most […]

Death on The Farm

Whinny Looks For Her Mama, originally uploaded by elefanterosado. The backhoe arrives early, just after the garbage truck. The neighbor’s dogs let out a cacophony of barking, and are soon joined in howling unison by my own two dogs. The cock crows, sounding a sinister wake-up to the neighborhood. Opening the massive sliding barn door, […]

Breakfast on Death Row

Death Row, originally uploaded by dominicmercier. “The sound of the chow cart rolling onto death row at 4 a.m. is the most effective alarm clock I have ever heard…[it] arrives at my cell, and I accept my meal through the slot in the door, which is then slammed shut. I pour my coffee and sit […]

The Mountain

Fetal Heart Monitor & Tiare’s Contractions, originally uploaded by tiarescott. (*Photo courtesy of tiarescott under the creative commons license.) The Vicadon makes me doze. My dreams are short, freeze-frozen vignettes. Sound bites. Truncated sleep through a haze of narcotics. I’m borne backwards through time and space to this: the gap in space in which there […]

Ode to J.H.

Ode to J.H., originally uploaded by elefanterosado. J.H. was, by all descriptions, a sweet young man of 17. A senior in highschool enrolled in AP classes. A soccer star. A lover of animals, particularly a Blue Tick Coonhound Lab cross named Otto, who was his constant companion. He was also good neighbor. And he was […]