The Other One

Yellow is the color of my true love’s hair. A song. 


For the most part, our spring color has come and gone. It came early. It left early. Luckily, the wildflowers, er weeds, started making their appearances.

Yes. Yes. Yes.

Color. Bright color.

Yesterday was a bad day. It shouldn’t have been. It was my birthday. Not my natal birthday, but my other one. I made it to 27 years of constant sobriety. It means a lot to me. Without that, I wouldn’t have the things I have today.

My neighbor gave me the best birthday present she could have. She’s been sick. She’s had every kind of sinus and lung issue you could have. I had the same, but it came and went. Her’s has been going on for at least a month, always getting worse.

She’s also a smoker.

Instead of fighting it, she took her illness as a sign. A sign for clean up time. She’s quitting smoking. She’s not a heavy drinker — a glass of wine a day — but, she’s giving that up. And, she’s going to eat better.

We’ll see how far she gets, but everybody in this house supports her fully. I even get to be the cigarette nazi, just in case. Oh boy. Oh boy. Said with a very evil grin.

The rest of the day? In a word? Sucked.

I spent a good part of the day arguing in public about the legal ramifications of copyright, a subject which I’ve been forced to know well. The person with whom I was arguing was a friend. I respected him for his work in the community and his work in his profession.

When he started getting personal, I did what I always do. I slowed down and I started digging around. He hasn’t worked in his field in a year or two. He really never had the national honors that goes with his work.

This makes me sad. I haven’t confronted him and probably never will. I’ll do the other thing I always do. I’ll stay away. Probably for good.

This entire argument taught me one more thing. A lesson in how fake news builds and is spread. The folks who believe in him starting posting things that had nothing to do with the subject at hand. They were so out of line that I became a MAGA and POTUS supporter. WTH? Y’all know my feelings about that and him.

Yes. It bothers me. And, it will for a long time.


The picture. Another experiment in how I see things. This actually took some doing. My shadow kept getting in the way. And, when I contorted myself in a way to stay out of the picture, I started falling over for no other reason than even at my healthiest, I’m not built to stand that way.

It’s always something.

Today started much better. Although the sky is dark and rain is falling in buckets, I have no computer issues — that’s how my day started yesterday — and my housekeeping tasks are going along pretty easily. Of course, it’s more quiet than usual. When it’s dark and rainy, the dogs like to sleep in. Lazy dogs.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

25 thoughts on “The Other One

      1. Ray, please. You came along at a time when I’ve gained a lot of new followers. Most of them are kind of “ghosts” as a friend of mine calls them. They follow, but that’s it. May I ask why you followed me?

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      2. Mr ray i follow you because your contain is awesome and those pictures are stunning. I just start blogging 3 days ago you can see my site its not fully customised yet. I read your contain and just follow you.


      3. Hey ray can you see my last post and tell me its good or not because i want to know where i do improvement i tell you for this favour because you are experienced and professional

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      4. Thanks for asking. I have a bias about all self help blogs. As you rightly said, there are a lot of them. Who is right? Who is wrong? I may have missed it, but if you are going to post something like this — most of which a agree with — you need to explain yourself and how you came to these conclusions.

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  1. I’m glad to hear your neighbor is taking some big steps towards reclaiming her health. I always admire people for trying! The rest of your day? You used the word and I’d say it applies, “It sucked!”

    The beautiful yellow flower is a brighter focus. People do wear me out!

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    1. Let’s see if she sticks with it. We were walking the dogs when we passed by her and her “kids”. She was having a cigarette. And, he son in law was smoking a cigar and drinking some kind of brown liquor. This, after having a serious electrical issue in his heart that required two ER trips and a “procedure” to correct. Oh yeah. He’s 32.


  2. Hi Ray! I love your focus. Your content just shows a genuine person behind it all. If you could, I’d love some feedback on a blog that I’d recently embarked on, haha. I’d want to know if it’s worth reading or if it’s even interesting! honesty is what I’m looking for.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. Mostly, I just write what I feel about pictures and wherever my thoughts take me. I’ll look at your blog in a bit. I want to give you — and it — the attention you deserve.


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