MY NEW YORK | spring is a total show-off

Screen Shot 2013-04-22 at 10.22.10 AMScreen Shot 2013-04-22 at 9.01.50 AM

photo-442Screen Shot 2013-04-22 at 9.04.49 AMphoto-443photo-438weeping (1 of 1)Screen Shot 2013-04-22 at 9.10.39 AM BK street (1 of 1)photo-439photo-440Screen Shot 2013-04-22 at 9.14.55 AM white against red (1 of 1) white against sky (1 of 1)mangnoliaaa (1 of 1)

with the bombings in Boston last week, the manhunt that ensued, the gun legislation that failed to pass, and all the lives lost i am both bewildered and discouraged. it was unfathomable. much of last week was unfathomable.

and yet, as all that was happening, spring erupted in her multi-colored splendor.

and there must be a lesson in that.

if you are a longtime reader you know that i am big fan of cheryl strayed and her dear sugar columns. the refrain she utters column after column, piece after piece, is as follows: every last one of us can do better than give up. 

that is my thought for this next week. i can do better than give up. i can choose love and compassion and empathy at every turn. i can practice kindness despite my anger and despite my fear. i can be better than i want to be.

i hope this week is better than last. and i hope we all might find some beauty in the changing of the seasons.

and for inquiring minds...
i write on my photos using a wacom tablet.
and edit with VSCO, afterlight, and
adobe lightroom (when editing anything not taken on my phone).