today: the effort of present tense living

“When I am out there, in time, I am inverted, changed into a desperate version of myself. I become a thief, a vagrant, an animal who runs and hides. I startle old women and amaze children. I am a trick, an illusion of the highest order, so incredible that I am actually true.

“Is there a logic, a rule to all this coming and going, all this dislocation? Is there a way to stay put, to embrace the present with every cell? I don’t know…”
-Henry, protagonist and time-traveler in Audrey Niffenegger’s exquisite The Time Traveler’s Wife

“You are where you are. Let’s start with that.”

Jesh de Rox, photographer

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Sunday afternoon was, for reasons unknown to me (busyness, weariness, wanting-ness?) one of those days that everything messy that swirls around inside surfaced. Life happens that way sometimes. And so I tried to hold my empty hands up and hear God. I thought I should go for a walk. It was too hot for a run, and I thought I should bring my camera. Everything that seemed and seems so messy and so broken made me want to see. So I did.

May we who are broken find hope in the beautiful rising and falling of our chests as our lungs fill with air. May we see and know life alive.

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This one is my favorite:

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