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The Muse Has Moved. . .

February 24, 2011

I have a new blog. Continue following my adventures at The Muse Takes Root.

Much love to you all!


2010 in review

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 21 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 383 posts. There were 258 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 289mb. That’s about 5 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 28th with 274 views. The most popular post that day was something that makes me really, really happy..

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for damask wallpaper, jenny lewis, damask, fin de siecle, and black and white damask wallpaper.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


something that makes me really, really happy. October 2008


what has come of the days. October 2008


My First Speech in Public Speaking 205: a subject that’s really important to me. May 2008


Bits and Pieces from a Rainy Weekend May 2009


fin-de-siecle adverts, and a scrappy little poem, unedited. March 2008
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Recent Work, Part III (Summer + Early Fall)

October 28, 2010

Recent Work, Part II

October 28, 2010

Recent Work, Part I

October 28, 2010

in a couple of hours my blog will be FOUR YEARS OLD. well, i never. . .

May 16, 2010

Neglect her as I often do, she is resilient, this little blog o’ mine. . .

Read the first post here.

Thanks so much to the patrons and patient readers. . . you know who you are. (A special thanks to my grandmother, who checks for new posts almost every day. I love you.)

“Samson” rough draft

May 16, 2010

It’s late and I’ve had a long & emotional day visiting old friends. On my way to the bathroom to wash up for the night, this came to my mind. Here it is, (ironically) unedited/shaped in any way. I think there’s a few interesting things at work here: hair as a metaphor, which I always like. Also, the idea of growing up, and looking “grown up.” And the necessary allusion to Samson & Delilah anytime a woman cuts a man’s hair, only this time with the opposite effect of the Biblical precedent. Needs mulling over quite a bit, still. . .


In early summer I came home to find
your shorn hair in the sink, re-foresting
the floor tiles. you asked me to clean-up
the edges, and sat on the lip of the tub.

your brown body anchoring the white porcelain,
you laughed, Samson to my Deliliah,
while the brown threads fell
with each buzz and crackle.

Your power restored
(not diminished) in the clean lines
above your white collars.


May 16, 2010

In researching a new (old) Yashica TLR (film) camera my uncle is mailing to me, I’m finding inspiration on this blog. Hope you enjoy. Hope to be blogging more again soon. Cheers.
Here is one of Richard Israel’s beautiful 120mm Twin-Lens Photographs:

Vernal II

May 11, 2010


May 11, 2010