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Here I am in 1996 standing by a creek in Missoula, Montana.  At the time I worked with a Boston-based nonprofit conducting sustainability-themed workshops for universities.  For a number of years, I was able to travel around the country interacting with people of all ages and cultures.  I was able to view landscapes like this that I’d read about but wasn’t sure I’d ever see in person.  Few photographs did I take but I loved to tell stories of the places I’d visited with family and friends, in letters and by phone.  In 2014, I hope to do more writing and storytelling about people and places and be more strategic with my photography.  Meanwhile, as the year wraps up, here is a link to one of the most moving sets of images on the web —  The New York Times 2013 Year in Pictures — and a page of wonderfully orchestrated New York Times Op-Docs.

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That has been my refrain of late when friends ask what they can bring me back from their travels.  Since many of the locales included beaches, I figured it would be okay to ask for shells.  Just reach down and stick a shell in your pocket.  I am quite honored that my friend D. engaged friends and family in the task.  After she showed me pictures of the black beaches of Puerto Rico, I thought it would be fun to photograph some of her shells against fields of black.

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Part of the genesis of the story referenced in the previous post, about The Long Walk, was an accidental 26 mile walk I took a few months ago.  Now, people keep asking me, “How do you accidentally walk a marathon?”  Well, let me tell you, it is possible, if you keep wondering what’s around the bend.

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