Love and Mercy

Dancing and celebrating.

It was the first song I heard this morning.

It stunned me. It’s an old Brian Wilson song called “Love and Mercy.” He more or less gave it to the Miraculous Love Kids/Girl with a Guitar. Not only did he approve it, but he reworked it by singing with the girls. They were in Afghanistan. He was in Los Angeles.

The project came to be when two young Afghani girls were killed by an IED that was meant for U.S soldiers.  Innocents killed. Again.

Note. I tried to give you a link to it. I’m not very good at that, which is why I normally don’t share the music I sometimes talk about. Even when I manage to do it, I have no idea how to do what many of you do and attach the link to words on your page without showing the link. You click on a word and takes you to wherever. Not for me.

Today it got worse.

I did what I was told. I pasted the link to my clipboard. I couldn’t transfer it. I typed it in by hand. When I tested the link, Google got involved and said it was a suspicious site and blocked it. I am so damn tired of technology trying to run my life. I’m not very smart about this stuff. Nor, am I any good. But, when I follow written directions I expect it to work.

Isn’t it funny how technology can spoil a wonderful moment? A moment of giving?

If you want to actually hear the song, it’s on YouTube. Type in Brian Wilson — Love and Mercy — you will see a number of versions of the song. Just scroll down about six or seven versions and you’ll see it. I hope it moves you as it did me.

A little housekeeping.

This picture is a couple of years old. I liked it a lot then. I like it a lot now. That’s Julie Jones, “The Dancing Woman of New Orleans.” She makes most of her living dancing and busking in the French Quarter. But, she always turns out for important events like a jazz funeral, where this was made. She’s about my age. I don’t know how she does it. She wears dancing shoes and performs on broken streets. I wear running or hiking shoes and can barely walk on those same streets.

That brings me to a couple of choices.

I maintain two separate sites. Storyteller and my more commercial site; I don’t want to keep both in 2019. As you know I started to move Storyteller to the commercial website. But, unless I can figure out how to transfer all of you, I lose my community. That matters. A lot.

So, maybe I stay here, and create a static website page with Storyteller inside of that, like many people do. Once again I run into technology problems. I really don’t know how to do that. I’m just not that smart. I tried building portfolio pages and that was a disaster. It confused you and it made my page look poorly designed.

There’s another issue.

I’m pretty toasty. I was invited to partake in another gallery show. I’m suppose to hang the work on Sunday. I haven’t even printed it or started framing it yet. I suspect part of this is my pain meds which really don’t make me high or anything like that. But, my motivation is in the dumper. Or, I’m just done with spending money with little or no return. I don’t know.

This week was hell week. It all has to do with retirement, benefits and my little local drugstore closing overnight and transferring everything to Walgreens. Without going into any detail, if you ever have to go to Walgreens, run — don’t walk — as fast as you can to someplace else. But, not CVS.

Having said that, I also haven’t really been motivated to make new work. Most of the images you’ve seen in November were made with my new phone — which is also too technologically advanced for me — on dog walks or while running errands.

Maybe I should take a break for the last month of the year and regroup. My yearly numbers are down, way down. Down in the basement. In theory, the more subscribers you have, the more you should grow. Wrongo. A lot of my friends have been discussing that. Also a lot of my old WordPress friends are missing in action.

On the other hand, a lot of people sort of sweat out a blog post. I don’t. I usually have a new picture in mind. I read a lot during the day, sleep on it, let it spin around in my brain and out it comes the next morning. The doesn’t work for writing books. But, for doing this, it is just fine.

I don’t know.

Maybe, you should tell me.


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  1. Some weeks are the pitts! I understand the technology situation. I have the free site for life but when the 3 gb of space is used up I have to buy in … go figure! I had to dump about fifty or sixty photos, which dumped them off of my older posts as well! GRRRR! Hope your next week is better!

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  2. Howdy.

    I really liked the color version of your umbrella woman in the rain, unloading her grocery cart.  What made it was that she was not only in a sea of rain, but also in a sea of white cars.  So when first looking at the picture, your eye immediately goes to her.  Very cool.

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    • I do too. But, I experiment sometimes. Funny thing about those cars. At least one or two of them are silver, but lighting and exposing through the windshield changed things a little. Glad you commented here. Maybe you should come on over.😜


  3. Ms. Julie Jones seems a beautiful, strong woman! It must be really something to see her “live.”
    Like many others, I painfully relate to some of the technology pains. The irony is, it’s “supposed” to make lives easier. But most haven’t really learned how to utilise it properly (with all the updates and tweaks, it’s really impossible to catch up on educating ourselves on all the tech) and therefore we often wind up doing “more” work. The irony.

    If you were to move your site, I would definitely make the effort to follow. “Effort” that also seems to be a dying art form. Everyone wants the best, but without the effort. But, without the effort…

    Happy December, and wishing you and your family a happy holiday season in advance.

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    • She’s great at the special events. Seeing her work on Bourbon Street is kind of sad. It’s hard work and she does it for pennies.

      Technology. Steve Jobs had it right. He said Apple technology should be transparent and that we should be able to do whatever it is we do without thinking about it. Unfortunately, Apple is so behind and paranoid that their products may be as hard to use as anybody’s.

      I don’t think I’m going to move to Squarespace. I just have to learn to use WordPress better. Besides, Squarespace did something I consider unforgivable. They partnered with Upsplash for free pictures. That directly competes with me in a way that I can’t counter. I can do one thing. Close my wallet. Maybe if a large group of us does it, they might listen.

      Thank you. December is suppose to be our month off. Heh. We’ve got so many things to complete… What do you do in Japan for Christmas? Once, when I was in Thailand around Christmas I was surprised to see that they celebrate it, being a mostly Buddhist country.

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      • Yes, I remember reading about the travesty with Squarespace 😦 How can anyone try to make a half-way decent living by using their creativity in this day and age…? “Close my wallet” – I will remember this expression! I agree, sometimes, money talks…if enough people do it – as you say.

        To answer your question, Christmas is commercialised here, although there is a very small Japanese Christian population who celebrate it in the religious sense. Christmas is also considered a “date” holiday – you will see many couples (young & old) having a special dinner with Roasted Chicken as one of the main dishes. And “Christmas Cake” is also popular… (New Year is the “family holiday” here – everything is closed from Dec 29 – Jan 3!)


      • Older clients, like me. Or, a big solid audience. That pretty much sounds like most of Asia. I lived for six years in Hong Kong and Christmas was very commercialized. I used to try to come home during the holidays. May I ask, why roasted chicken? Do you eat anything special for New Year?

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  4. Well, in the 90s, there was a bird flu scare in Hong Kong. Chicken eaters went to KFC because the chicken was imported for the US. Living in New Orleans, I wouldn’t touch the stuff. We have really good fried chicken made locally. Or, if we wanted a brand name we go to Popeyes which originated here.


  5. Technology helper is what you could use maybe? How about a photo intern to get u going technically while you give them your experience and knowledge? Just a suggestion. Let your followers know if you move please?


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