The Arboretum Bench

The Arboretum Bench

  … the nose picking first graders, for the primadonnas, the narcoleptics, and the Elvis impersonators. Come, sit on this bench with me and speak up. This is for the jet-lagged pilots, those nose-ringed girlfriends, the perfectionist florists, the singing choir boys, the aluminum food truck drivers      and their daughters, the bulimic power-lifters, the scarfed cat ladies, and the Presidential bodyguards. Come, sit on this bench with me and speak…

Window Display and Verses

Window Display and Verses

The View Outside My Window Poem by David Harris The view outside my window Never stays the same The picture is always changing From dawn to dusk And as each season comes to call Winter, spring, summer and fall Winter with its blanket of white That covers every living thing Icicles sparkle like jewels under a cold days sun Spring sees a sea of green And with it new life…

New Albany Yuletide Concerts

New Albany Yuletide Concerts

Towards the end of the year, our local school puts on several musical performances for the community. Its a pleasure photographing these events, not just because of the startling images to be found but also because of the pride and the elation I experience — some of these kids are my neighbors! In the shot above, you can’t help but hear the joy these boys and girls express as they…

The Young Relax Beside Replicas of the Black Nazarene

The Young Relax Beside Replicas of the Black Nazarene

A gaggle of young Filipinos take a break and huddle at the plaza of the Basilica of the National Shrine Immaculate Conception in Antipolo, Rizal Province of the Philippines. I took this photograph after the festival of the visitation of the Black Nazarene to the Virgin of Antipolo. Both the Black Nazarene and the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage are important Catholic icons, with origins tracing back to…

The 2017 New Albany High School Marching Band Festival

The 2017 New Albany High School Marching Band Festival

Raising a son who is enthusiastic about brass instruments means taking him to live band performances. One such opportunity came up on a chilly October night not long ago when we attended the annual New Albany High School Marching Band Festival. I’ve always enjoyed live music, mostly small acts playing in pubs and music lounges. I find the intimacy of these productions riveting. It was altogether a different experience to…

The Lady in the Reading Chair

The Lady in the Reading Chair

  … I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring, I’ve swallowed the magic potion. I’ve fought with a dragon, dined with a king And dived in a bottomless ocean. I opened a book and made some friends. I shared their tears and laughter And followed their road with its bumps and bends To the happily ever after. I finished my book and out I came. The cloak can…

Where the Frog King Holds His Whimsical Court

Where the Frog King Holds His Whimsical Court

King Frog Poem by Lisbon Let it be known throughout the land From highest peak to wettest sand With sharpened tongue and steady hand The talking frog is in command With belly white and skin of lime A hero for the modern time He uppered fun and lowered crime His skillset includes pantomime Of all the kings he is the best A chiseled jaw and manly chest We even put…

The Last Sunflower of an Urban Wasteland

The Last Sunflower of an Urban Wasteland

This scene is by a parking lot in a light industrial district not far from the John Glenn International Airport of Columbus, Ohio. I was driving my car, looking for parking space, when I spotted this lone  sunflower standing behind the rusted fences. Its radiant beauty, indefatigable amidst the decrepit urban landscape, caught my imagination. Heedless of the hot summer sun, I got down and took this shot with the…

Perspectives on the 2017 Asian Festival of Columbus Ohio

Perspectives on the 2017 Asian Festival of Columbus Ohio

Every year towards the end of May the city of Columbus, Ohio hosts the Asian Festival, one of the largest Asian arts and cultural celebration in the US. A two-day weekend event, the Festival caps the month-long Asian Pacific American Heritage month, a national observance with seminal origin in the House Joint Resolution 540 introduced in 1977 by Rep. Frank Norton (R-NY-34). The month of May commemorates a few important…

Remembering a Feverish Moment From the Distant Past

Remembering a Feverish Moment From the Distant Past

I have a clear recollection from my childhood of a time before I started kindergarten. It’s a fragment of memory, one of the many times when I came down with a high fever, maybe even the tropical flu. I’ll be upfront: it wasn’t exactly a pleasant experience for everyone in the family. As my mother explained years later, my febrile imagination had me seeing invisible friends, little people who squatted…