When art is your identity and identity is your art

Every community has some kind of identity. Many times, the identity comes from a moment in history, like my hometown being the first unofficial territorial capitol of Arizona. When I was working for a newspaper at Lake Powell, the community identified itself as the “Gateway to Canyon Country.” Of course, regular readers of this blog…

No better way to spend an afternoon than with authors

Have you ever spent an afternoon with the authors? I realize this might conjure up images of Mark Twain, Agatha Christie, Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King getting together to play a game of poker, but such a concept exists. Since 2015, the Shawano City-County Library has hosted its Afternoon With the Authors, giving the…

Cute puppy photos? I’ll show you cute puppy photos!

It’s fairly easy to take photos of people. Lump them together and snap the shutter, and you’ll easily capture an image of friends and/or family for all to see. You might have an occasional grump who doesn’t want a photo taken, but otherwise, there’s not a huge challenge. That’s not the case with puppies. Oh,…

County fairs are shooting galleries for photographers

I was excited to read in the newspapers back home that the Yavapai County Fair was returning to the original fairgrounds in Prescott, Ariz. After the fair had been moved out to a new site in Prescott Valley and later run into bankruptcy, it was resurrected with the help of dedicated volunteers who have now…

The beauty of fireworks changes with every shot

Independence Day brings fireworks. With the fireworks comes the obsessive perfectionist in me. Because of the sudden appearance and disappearance, along with the various colors and shapes, no two photographs are alike. While most other people are looking up at the sky with their own two eyes, I’ve got a camera lens aimed at whatever…

Boobs get their nipples in a twist over cleavage

The human body. It comes in all shapes and sizes, although some shapes tend to get people more hot and bothered than others. I don’t mean the hot and bothered you’re thinking of. I’m talking about the prudes that wig out if someone shows skin in just the wrong place. The wigs then catch fire…

Warm weather for Wisconsin welcome

When I first moved to Wisconsin, folks both here and back home thought I was completely insane, especially since I had arrived in the dead of winter. After all, why would any rational person want to leave the “warmth” of Arizona and move to a place where they have lots of snow and the temperature…

Walking the fine line between public art and public outrage

Public art can create all kinds of response. You might find it to be an amazing accentuation of the building, hallway or plaza it is in, or you might see it as so tacky that it shouldn’t be decorating a landfill, much less a public thoroughfare. Where I grew up in Arizona, there were not…