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Caturday: 6/15/19

“Gray Tabby with Green Moss”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2019

Model: Clark

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Friday Photo: 6/14/19

“Traveling Shoes, Part 7”

Nashville, Tennessee – 2019

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Wednesday Photo: 6/12/19

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.
— Diane Arbus

“For Wes, Part 18” (2017)
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Monday Photo: 5/20/19

“Under Construction, No. 1”

Heard County, Georgia – 2014

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Caturday: 5/18/19

“Play Hard, Sleep Hard”

Heard County, Georgia – 2019

Model: Dagger (9 weeks old)

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Friday Photo: 5/17/19

“A Blessing at Sunset, Part 2”
Troup County, Georgia – 2015

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Wednesday Photo: 5/15/19

“Poultry on Patrol”

Carrollton, Georgia – 2015

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Monday Photo: 5/13/19

“Hello, Tiny Friend”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2015

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Caturday: 5/11/19

“Catnap with Freshly-Made Biscuits”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2019

Models: Zora (charcoal gray) and Buddy (gray tabby)

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Friday Photo: 5/10/19

“Gardenia Ghost”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2016

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Wednesday Photo: 5/8/19

“Paper Plate with Acrylics”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2019

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Monday Photo: 5/6/19

“Places to Go, Things to Do”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2015

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Caturday: 5/4/19

“Disdain with Cardboard Box”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2015

Model: Ella

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Friday Photo: 5/3/19

“I Can’t Be a Pessimist, Because I’m Alive”
Denver, Colorado – 2017

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Wednesday Photo: 5/1/19

“Yellow and Gray with Window”
Wedowee, Alabama – 2014

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Monday Photo: 4/29/19

“Waiting on a Train, Part 9”

Denver, Colorado – 2017

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Caturday: 4/27/19

“Black Cat on Counter”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2016
Model: Miller

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Friday Photo: 4/26/19


“Blue Fountain”

Carrollton, Georgia – 2014

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Wednesday Photo: 4/24/19

“Waiting on a Train, Part 8”

Denver, Colorado – 2017

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Monday Photo: 4/22/19

“Shadow Rabbit”

Denver, Colorado – 2017

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Caturday: 4/20/19

“Ghost of the Cat I Could Have Been”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2016
Model: Hank

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Friday Photo: 4/19/19

“Lily Pads with Black Pond”

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver, Colorado – 2014

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Wednesday Photo: 4/17/19

“Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Azaleas—Oops, Too Late”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2015

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Monday Photo: 4/15/19

“Black, White, Blue, & Yellow”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2014

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Caturday: 4/13/19

“Saint Buddy of the Clothes Dryer”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2015

Model: Buddy

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Friday Photo: 4/12/19

“After Work”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2014

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Wednesday Photo: 4/10/19

“Easter Hat with Methodist Clubhouse Door”

Heard County, Georgia – 2015

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Monday Photo: 4/8/19

“Nettle Tea and Oak Tree”

Heard County, Georgia – 2019

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Caturday: 4/6/19

“Best Friends in the Azaleas”

LaGrange, Georgia (2019)

Models: Clark (gray tabby) and Moo (black/white)

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Friday Photo: 4/5/19

“Pink Piedmont Azalea”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2019

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Wednesday Photo: 4/3/19

“Pear Tree, Age 90”

Heard County, Georgia – 2019

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Monday Photo: 4/1/19

“Last Year’s Turnips Got Your Goat”

Heard County, Georgia – 2019

Model: Sid

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Caturday: 3/30/19

“Naps Creep in on Little Cat Feet”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2019

Model: Davy

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Friday Photo: 3/29/19

“Champagne and Crystal, 1:39pm”

Heard County, Georgia – 2019

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Wednesday Photo: 3/27/19

Blue sky above a bright gray/silver corrugated steel exterior wall (ridges in the steel are vertical) behind a streetlamp post and above three portable toilets (one tan and two pink).

“Saturday in the Park”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2019

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Monday Photo: 3/25/19

“Traveling Shoes, Part 6”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2019

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Caturday: 3/23/19

“Two Old Tabbies on the Porch”

LaGrange, Georgia – 19 June 2018

Models: Clark (gray tabby) and Davy (lilac Siamese-tabby mix)

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Friday Photo: 3/22/19

“Waiting on a Train, Part 6”
Denver, Colorado – 2017

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Wednesday Photo: 3/20/19

“Sawmill Still Life”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2019

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Hillside Monday: 3/18/19

“I Don’t Know What Happened Here, but I Kinda Like It”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2015

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Caturday: 3/16/19

White terrycloth towel background and a large, tubby gray tabby cat is curled up in the right half of the frame, in profile. The cat's left front leg, left front paw, and tail are snugly wrapped around its face in a mid-nap "hug" to hide kitty's face from the world.

“Gray Tabby, White Towel”
LaGrange, Georgia (2019)
Model: Buddy

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Friday Photo: 3/15/19

Image of a large fluffy white cumulonimbus cloud against a brilliant blue sky. Sky ranges from baby blue at bottom right to cadet/royal blue in the middle to a deep near-indigo at top left. In the left bottom corner, black electric service lines cross the image at a 45-degree angle. In the middle of the heaviest electric service line sits a lone mockingbird.

My heart has followed, all my days, something I cannot name.
— Don Marquis

“For Wes, Part 21”
Pine Mountain, Georgia (2019)

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Wednesday Photo: 3/13/19

“Waiting on a Train, Part 5”
Denver, Colorado – 2017

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Hillside Monday: 3/11/19

Image looking up through a glass storm door onto the porch of a house, at the corner of the roof, where two drip-edges come together. Raindrops pour off of the aluminum drip edges and down into the shot like liquid diamonds.

“Another Storm in Hillside”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2015

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Caturday: 3/9/19

“Disapproval at Breakfast”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2017
Model: Lucinda

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Friday Photo: 3/8/19

Stark black & white photograph of a large piece of red velvet, folded back over onto itself multiple times. The folds in the fabric make a mirror image in the upper and lower halves of the photo, with the tops of each velvet ridge appearing to have a silver line running across the top (a photo effect).

“Red Velvet in Black and White”
LaGrange, Georgia (2019)

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Wednesday Photo: 3/6/19

“Waiting on a Train, Part 4”
Denver, Colorado – 2017

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Happy birthday, Steve!

Today is my stepfather’s birthday. Steve has been a part of our family for nearly a quarter-century, and I don’t know what we’d do without his witty humor, his genius handyman skills, and his kind heart. He also has a knack for rescuing baby animals in need.

In this 2014 photo, Steve’s holding my solid-black cat Miller, still a kitten here, whom I’d adopted a couple days before from the Walmart parking lot. Steve is the reason there are so many pets at his and Mom’s house: “Awwwww, look! That poor little abused kitty [puppy/piglet/calf/foal/donkey] needs a home!” Ten cats and five dogs later—yep, you know the drill.

I also don’t know what we’d do without Steve’s obscure Southern vocabulary words. This considerable vocabulary includes exceptional profanity skills for emergency situations. While my favorite Steve phrase is “shining like a diamond in a goat’s ass,” he’s at his verbal peak when danger is near.

One summer afternoon in 2007, Mom, Steve, and I were grilling out at their house when a large hornet flew up out of nowhere. Close to three inches long from antennae to stinger and wearing angry-looking yellow and maroon stripes, it made the kind of noise that lets you know an insect means business. Sure enough, the hornet made a few dive-bombs at Steve and me. We panicked.

“Goddamighty, Gina!” Steve shouted at Mom, who’d gone back indoors for a minute. “There’s a big-ass wawst out here!” [Wawst = Southern pronunciation of “wasp”]

The hornet kept circling the porch, probably looking for its nest entrance. Each orbit brought it closer and closer to us. When it disappeared into a small crack between the eaves of the house, we could still hear its hostile buzzing. This did not bode well.

“This thing is huge, Mom,” I called. “You better bring the big guns.”

“Just a minute,” we heard Mom yell back from inside the house. She’d been through this before and was in no big hurry to get back outside. The hornet had probably been there for weeks. It would no doubt still be there when she got onto the porch.

Despite my stepfather’s being a formidable-sized guy at 6’2” and 240 pounds, there are two things that rattle him: any kind of thorn-bearing plant, and any kind of stinging insect. I have seen him jump off of more ladders than I care to count when one of these bugs comes buzzing by, just minding its own business.

As such, Steve’s plan of action upon seeing a wawst takes one of three directions:

  1. Drown the wawst (hornet, wasp, yellow jacket, carpenter bee, horsefly, etc.—whatever insect it really is, he still calls it wawst) in half a can of Raid,
  2. Whack at it with a 22-ounce hammer until it’s dead, muttering the whole time that “this thang don’t know who it’s fuckin’ with,” or
  3. Take off across the yard like a shot, yelling his fool head off.

So there was no doubt in my mind Steve was going to put into effect one of his usual three modus operandi this time, too.

“Brang the wawst spray!” he shouted back into the house. “I can’t grill with this damn thang flyin’ around my head! I’ll burn the steaks!”

“I’ll be out there in a minute,” Mom shouted back from inside the house. “Let me find the ‘wawst’ spray.” Originally from Michigan but having lived in the South for almost 50 years, Mom still pokes fun at a few Southern-accented words—including wawst.

“Hurry!” Steve shouted. “You don’t know how big this thang is!”

“I’m sure it’s the biggest wawst ever,” Mom replied, without affect.

“HURRY! This thang’s as big as my left nut!”

At which point I collapsed on the ground, laughing too hard to move, speak, or breathe.

Mom finally emerged from the house, the can of Extra-Strength Wasp and Hornet Killer in her hand. “Mom! MOM!” I gasped between belly-laughs. “It’s as big as Seeben’s left nut!”

“Yes,” Mom said. “And you’ll also notice that it’s always ‘as big as his left nut,’ never the right nut.”

Happy birthday, Seeben! I love you!

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Caturday: 3/2/19

It’s a bonkers-busy deadline #Caturday, so Buddy’s giving Flannery a bath while I work and drink coffee.

Friday Photo: 3/1/19

Closeup, vivid color photo of a clear glass sugar dispenser next to a cream-colored ceramic Waffle House logo mug. Both sit on a laminated Waffle House menu, the Hashbrowns section of which is included in the lower middle portion of the image (

“Sugar and Coffee with Menu”
Waffle House # 646
LaGrange, Georgia (2018)

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