Bear Witness to the Lonely Lion

Bear Witness to the Lonely Lion

The lion was lonely; Said he, “There is only One way of driving this gloom from me: I must enter into society!” So he asked the beasts in a manner quite hearty, To come to his cave for a little party. On the appointed day, In a frightened way, A parrot flew over his head to say That the beasts would be happy the lion to greet, But they very…

The Ohio Cup Vintage Baseball Game

The Ohio Cup Vintage Baseball Game

Every Labor Day weekend, the Ohio Historical Society hosts a gathering of vintage baseball teams from all over the US. In this event, the Ohio Cup, teams compete without present-day equipment, playing according to rules that date back to the 1860s.     Of all the photographs I took, I found this shot of a catcher the most interesting. I like it simply for the way the mid-morning light wraps…

A Crayfish Emerges

A Crayfish Emerges

This closeup was taken in the summer 2014, after my son joined the boy scouts. On a father-son exploration of the many streams of Highland Metro Park in Columbus OH, my boy was drawn to the crayfish that darted across the muddy shallows. Grabbing my camera, he waited for one to crawl over a rocky outcrop and snapped this shot. He was eight years old. This photo never fails to…

Friendship Without Cultural Bounds

Friendship Without Cultural Bounds

At a time when cultural appropriation is a controversial issue among minorities in America, this portrait of three friends cuts through the din. Posing at the annual Asian Festival at Columbus, Ohio, a younger woman arrives wearing traditional Asian attire, flanked by her companions and cultural guides. It is a heartening group portrait, one that demonstrates the power of friendship to bridge cultural divides. ∞

A Street Vendor Earns His Daily Wages

A Street Vendor Earns His Daily Wages

The moment traffic lights turn red, the long haul trucks shouldering one another on the crowded boulevard all trundle to a halt. From somewhere along the roadside a wiry, middle-aged man squeezes through. He is a street vendor. Both his arms are laden with the meager wares he peddles: salted nuts; sweetened biscuits; ice-cold water and soda. Unmindful of the acrid fumes or the suffocating heat coming off the baking…

One-Armed Man Looks to Cross a Busy Street

One-Armed Man Looks to Cross a Busy Street

Here is a snapshot of the bustling streets of Manila during morning rush hour. With a population past sixteen million (as of 2010), the city witnesses mass movement of commuters every working day. A maddening number and variety of vehicles clog the streets, and travel by this mode is measured by the hours. There are trucks and buses, cars (some dating to the 1980s, still chugging along), two-stroke motorcycles and…

The 4th of July Parade at New Albany, OH

The 4th of July Parade at New Albany, OH

The 4th of July is coming up and once more I’m filled with anticipation for my town’s Independence Day parade. For me nothing marks the magic of summer, with it’s balmy days and mellow twilight, as does a good 4th of July parade. Of all the Independence Day celebrations I’ve seen at New Albany, Ohio, the best was the one in 2015. Sure it’s a small town event — no…

Cooling Down Chicago Style

Cooling Down Chicago Style

In the sweltering month of June, Chicago’s Millennium Park becomes a haven from the summer heat. One afternoon I came upon a delightful scene in which a group of children cavorted around the Crown Fountain, turning one of the twin monoliths into a water playground. Even more endearing were the reaction of onlookers, such as the couple observing this particular boy. Was the young boy theirs; did his carefree play…

The Pledge Made on a Wooden Bridge

The Pledge Made on a Wooden Bridge

In the summer of 2014 I visited Columbus, Indiana not long after relocating from the US Northeast. Known for its unique architecture and public art, Columbus IN is a quiet town that invites exploration on foot. I discovered this message in a covered bridge at Mill Race Park. “TTSP” — this too shall pass. I was struck by the simplicity of the poignant note, a manifesto that hope triumphs over…

The Immigrant Life In the Land of Constant Motion

The Immigrant Life In the Land of Constant Motion

America is such a mobile society, it can be a challenge to appreciate the value of having a home to call one’s own. Given the free flow of information about employment opportunities and lifestyle options, people have the incentive and the means to get up and move. According to one estimate (as of 2011), 43 million Americans relocate each year, accounting for 14 percent of the country’s population. That’s a…