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Karen Russell
Oregon
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I sent this out via email today to all of my past students, but thought I should post it here as well in the off-chance that someone might still be checking in here on this ghost town of a blog... Continue reading
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I have been dreading this post. 10 years of blogging, 6,730,925 lifetime page views, 1864 posts, and 55,968 comments. Those numbers don't mean anything to me though. 10 years spent writing, 10 years spent sharing what is dearest to me... Continue reading
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23 of you went out there and Did it for Don, and I think all 23 of you should win an auditing seat in The Photographers' Workshop. So if you are one of the (wonderful) 23 who did a random... Continue reading
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I posted the winners from the Do it for Don RAK in the post below this one!!! ............................................................................................................................... The rest of our Halloween looked something like this... We go to this house every single year and no one ever answers... Continue reading
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I've got a friend named Kellie in the year-long workshop I'm currently teaching, and her dad (Don) passed away last year. Kelly wrote this about him the other day in our class forum... "Dad was president of the Easley chapter... Continue reading
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Halloween of 2015 looked a little like this... Much like Halloween of 2014, Annie wanted to be a pink superhero. Actually, she wanted to dress up in a $75 pirate costume she spied in a mail order magazine (but mama... Continue reading
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If I'm just being honest, I wasn't all that excited about Halloween this year because: 1. I had been so swamped putting the finishing touches on a 32-page lesson for the ladies in my A Year in the Making workshop... Continue reading
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Our last full day in New Hampshire started off (once again) eating breakfast at The Big Bean in New Market. And then we went to visit my dad's uncle, Richard and his wife, Carol. And then we spent the rest... Continue reading
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Tuesday in New Hampshire was a quiet one. I went for a jog. Then my dad and I went into town for breakfast and to look at records (my dad's happy place)... And then we spent a quiet evening with... Continue reading
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My dad grew up in New Market, New Hampshire, and had only returned home a handful of times since joining the military when he was 18. And other than meeting our grandparents and our Aunt Susan once or twice as... Continue reading
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As per Cole's second birthday wish, he was able to go to the movies and out to ice cream with a group of his male and female friends (and his mama as the chaperone). And (much to my surprise) when... Continue reading
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While in New Hampshire, we stayed in Rochester with my Uncle Bob and my Aunt Susan. On Monday of our trip though, we headed to New Market, where my dad grew up... The part of town where he lived (and... Continue reading
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Cole Downs turned 15 on Saturday. And like many things in this household, birthdays are looking a bit different with teenagers in the house. Cole's birthday wish this year was for two things: 1. A keyboard. This kid dedicated himself... Continue reading
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Courtney: After describing to her my new rule for when I can dine at the new In-n-Out Burger here in town (only once each time Josh Downs is working out of town - otherwise I'd eat there way too much),... Continue reading
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Next month marks ten years of blogging for me. Ten years of sharing photos, telling stories, and building friendships on this funny little thing, called the internet. Who knew? I know this blog has been a little quiet and disappointing... Continue reading
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Shared this with all of the students in the current, year-long workshop I'm leading (A Year in the Making), but with all of the recent talk about running around here lately, I kind of felt like I should share this... Continue reading
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And a few photos from our evening on the town, celebrating the half marathon we had run earlier in the day... That's Halle (Coral's daughter) and Marcus (Halle's boyfriend). They both live in Seattle and came to hang out with... Continue reading
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And a few more photos from before/after the half marathon... Getting ready for race day. Pulling up to the race (Josh rolled down the windows and locked them while blaring Eye of the Tiger loud enough that everyone in the... Continue reading
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Josh Downs and I ran our first half marathon on Saturday with our (great) friends, Jeremy and Coral in Leavenworth, Washington. We didn't run it together because we all keep different paces, but even if we did run at the... Continue reading
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While I was away in New Hampshire, this girl decided she wanted to become the Vice President of her 8th grade class. She also decided to honor God's decision over her own by not nominating herself. Congratulations, Madam Vice President. Continue reading
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My dad grew up in New Market, New Hampshire (that's him with his sister and mom). He left when he was 18, and if I remember correctly, he's only been home twice since then. My sister and I have been... Continue reading
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And the last of the Celebration of Life photos for my grandpa... After a little bandaging-up (we poured vodka on his arm and wrapped it up with duct tape because, again, that's how we roll), Roscoe-T seemed good. And after... Continue reading
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Our celebration of life continued back at my mom's house with everyone looking through stacks of old photos... I had taken a lot of photos that included my grandfather over the years, but awhile back, my mom gifted me with... Continue reading
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My family doesn't do death well. My grandma (who was the the glue of our family and totally adored in every way) died 20 years ago, yet no one ever talked about it, and we never had a funeral, a... Continue reading
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My Grandpa passed away a couple weeks ago. I'd feel like a hypocrite if I said anything other than the truth, and the truth was that he was not an easy man. He and I had a pretty big falling... Continue reading
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