October Topic: Thrills and Chills

October is Halloween.  Halloween brings ghosts, goblins, vampires, werewolves, and all sorts of spooky tihings that go bump in the night.  October is dedicated to thrills and chills.


Previous Monthly Topics

September:Reenactors/Living History

September is the ending of summer and the beginning of the school year.  I was fortunate enough to have a couple of teachers who made history interesting and accessible.  By studying history we not only learn about the past but we learn about ourselves too.  September is dedicated to those individuals who not only bring history to life but also refuse to let it die.  September is for reenactors and those dedicated to living history.


August: Comic Books

Comic books have always been in my life in one way or another. I remember my Moms telling a teacher that I read at a young age because I wanted to know the stories in the comics she and my Pops bought me. I credit my love of books and art to those early years spent with comic books. Wizard World is coming to Chicago this month. So August is dedicated to comic books and all things comic book related.


July: Baseball

July is the heart of summer.  July is BBQ, fireworks, cold beer, and baseball.  Baseball is a game, a science, a philosophy, and a metaphor.  July is dedicated to all things that baseball is and all the things it can be.


June: Patriotism

June finds itself between Memorial Day in May and the Fourth of July.  It’s between the somber sacrifice of one and the celebration of the other that I find myself thinking about patriotism.  What does it mean and who gets to define it?  Do we, the people, get to define patriotism, or do the talking heads and politicians get to tell us what it means?  June is dedicated to the idea of patriotism and what it means.


May: Rain

No May flowers tis month.  I’m a fan of the rain, always have been.  Rain is and can be many things, and storms provide an opportunity to define ourselves.  May is dedicated to rain and all that comes with it.


April: Nocturne

Night is more than he absence of day.  Night is a world in and of itself.  Many tourists, few natives.  April is dedicated to all things nocturnal, the world of the night and its inhabitants


March: Being Watched

Whether it’s governments, businesses, or individuals it seems everybody is watching and/or being watched.  March is dedicated to the watchers, the watching, and being watched.


February: Lonely Places

No hugs.  No hearts.  No kisses.  No Valentines here.  February is a month of lonely places.  Some of those lonely places are physical and some we carry in our hearts.


January: On Drinking

I’m starting 2019 with a  new look and a new direction.  Photography is still the center of this blog, but I’ve decided to go in some new directions too.  I’m not certain where these new directions will take me, but I’ve always enjoyed the trip as much as the destination.  I ended 2018 with the Champagne of Beers and a few rolls Ilford Plus 125 so it’s fitting that I start 2019 with the topic of drinking.

Here’s to an interesting and productive 2019.


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