Recommended reading / Weekend update

💻 It takes a ton of work to be truly anonymous on the Internet. On the other hand, there are people like me who are soooooooo not anonymous. The fellow behind the site kg.dev has managed to obscure his identity. It’s probably too late for me. Read Be anonymous

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Pentax Spotmatic F, 55mm f/1.8 SMC Takumar, Foma Fomapan 400, L110 B, 2021

📰 I hope you haven’t used up all of your free-article credits with The New York Times this month, because their story about how books are made features some terrific photography I hope you can see. Read How a Book Is Made

📷 Alex Luyckx reviews Fomapan 400 black-and-white film. I have some in a camera right now! Read How I learned to stop worrying and love Fomapan 400

📷 I love to find out about cameras I’ve never heard of before. Theo Panagopoulos found one: the Konica Pearl II, a compact medium-format folder that makes 6×4.5 cm negatives. Read Konica Pearl II – The queen of gems


Work has been a mixed blessing. On the one hand, I’m glad for a day full of purposeful distraction. On the other, some days I’m just so sad that it’s hard to put my mind into my duties. Fortunately, I had more good days than bad this week.

I am working through a book called Life after Loss. It gave me an exercise to consider all of the loss I’ve experienced over the last two years. It was sobering to think about it. I haven’t had other losses in that time as shocking and deep as Rana, but there has been a steady stream of loss in that time. If I go back five years, I see an even wider stream. In that time we lost my dad, our daughter-in-law Mariah, and Margaret’s mom. But there are other losses that perhaps we haven’t counted. Both Margaret and I were fired from jobs. And I’ve started to noticeably age, which has brought a lot of physical changes and losses. The most obvious of them is that my hair is falling out, but there are others that nobody can see but I sure feel. So I’m experiencing the loss of my former vigor. It’s all been a lot to bear.

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6 responses to “Recommended reading / Weekend update”

  1. DougD Avatar
    DougD

    Yup, staring down middle age is harder than it looks. I’ve had some developments as well this past year. My golden years aren’t going to be as golden as I’d hoped, but my new thing is “do what you can, while you still can”.

    Stay strong, trust God, cling to those who love you!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      The 50s aren’t for sissies, that’s for sure.

  2. fishyfisharcade Avatar

    My hair started to fall out in my twenties, so I got that one out of the way early… Otherwise, I know how you feel. It happens to all of us though, so there’s some comfort in community I suppose. :-)

    Hope you continue to have more better days than bad.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I do realize that I had an excellent run, keeping my hair until my 50s. I wish there were more prep for what happens to us in middle age.

  3. Rick Bell Avatar
    Rick Bell

    Reading your post reminded me of one scripture that reminds us of what life will be like in the new world God has promised us. Job 33:25 I’ve been told aging in this system isn’t for wimps.🙂 I’m so looking forward to that day! Have a good day.
    Regards
    Rick

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Rick!

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