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love & poetry

  Here is an essay by my friend, poet Spencer Reece, who is an Episcopal priest, currently living in Madrid. He worked at an orphanage in Honduras, the “murder capital of the world,” teaching poetry to girls who were residents of Our Little Roses, an orphanage.  Writing poetry was a daring venture, against all odds. […]

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A few months ago I sat between my mother and father on their couch in the basement of their home in Minot, North Dakota, my home town. My mom is almost 90. Dad will be 92 in a week. They wanted me to look at things I might like to keep from their lives, our […]

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sister teresa

sister teresa, a tribute

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I have photographed many people over the years. Each person has his or her own interesting story. Sometimes there are people whose stories are particularly moving. Nancy Haunty is one of those people. In 2012 I was hired by the Swedish Hospital Foundation in Seattle to photograph Nancy for a special Foundation publication about women […]

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      In the department of inspiring people, I want to note that one of my favorite poets, Galway Kinnell, passed away at the age of 87. I met him at an art retreat at a place called Menucha, east of Portland, Ore., in 1979. He was 52 at the time and seemed to […]

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Do you ever wonder why you are drawn to certain images? It’s because every painting, photograph or movie uses light to tell a story. And some stories are more beautifully told than others. Is the light source hard or soft? Is the source positioned high or low? (Light positioned at a low level creates upward […]

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I just returned from a two-week vacation with my husband, Ted McMahon, to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We sailed the Mediterranean from Barcelona to Venice on a Prairie Home Companion cruise with Garrison Keillor. Lots of music, good food and many sights to behold. I got a chance to sit down and read a book […]

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lazy days of august

What do you remember of your childhood summers? I remember orange pushups, the frozen sherbet in cardboard tubes. I can still hear the ecstatic noise of kids playing at the park pool, bombing off the high-dive and splashing all the girls in bikinis. I had a favorite sundress that my mom made for me. It […]

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Today is the last day of my exhibit in New York. Time has gone so fast. From Robin Rice Gallery it moves to the wonderful Iris Gallery in Boston and Aspen. My images will hang in the Boston Gallery this summer–perfect for an exhibit with water and sky. As I reflect on the months (and […]

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small miracles

Today I stepped out the door to go for my walk. Under the pale blue sky and with no thought in mind except to walk, I happened to look toward our pink-flowered hawthorn tree where I noticed a pile of grass that seemed unusual, like the leftovers from mowing the lawn. I turned it over. […]

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