💻 For the record, I am politically center right. I want liberals to win right now, however, because I think the Republican Party is willing to crush democracy to retain power. I think Democrats are squandering their opportunity to win, however, and Kevin Drum does a great job explaining why. Read Progressives are “grim and joyless”
📷 Astrid Robertson reviews Adox HR-50 film, an emulsion I enjoyed very much when I tried it. Read Film review: ADOX HR-50, a high-resolution film with a boost
📷 Andy made some stunning photos of a grand cathedral on chromogenic Ilford XP2 film. Check them out. Read Exeter Cathedral on XP2
📷Even a modest camera can often make a lifetime of wonderful photographs. Jordi Fradera shares images a colleague and friend made over a lifetime with a Dacora Dignette. Read Dacora Dignette – The Story of an Old Camera
I’ve been thinking this week about the sheer amount of grief I’ve had over the last five years. Dad died, and our daughter-in-law Mariah died, and Margaret’s mother died. My kids grew up, moved out, and started their adult lives — a thing that brings me happiness and pride, but my gosh, I’d give my right arm to have just one more high-school year with each of them. Their teenage years were my favorite time to be their dad.
Another thing I am realizing I’ve not grieved properly was the life I had before I married. I love Margaret and have no regrets that I chose her. But I left a home I loved and a stable and predictable life, for a house I frankly hate and a very messy and challenging life. I moved into Margaret’s house as a practical matter after we married — she still had one kid in high school, and we didn’t want him to have to change schools. Neither of us anticipated we’d still be here after this many years. We’ve had one crushing blow after another. We’re just exhausted.
I think Rana’s death was the last straw. I’m crying Uncle. I need to pause to grieve all of this.
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