We’re Alive, They’re Not, But We Have This In Common.

A cemetery located in Queensbury, New York at dusk.

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

Abraham Lincoln

I went for a walk yesterday. I’ve been on a mission to try and lose some weight before winter, and it was a beautiful fall day for a walk outdoors. I wanted to check out a pond that’s located inside a local cemetery, and take the opportunity to photograph some of the ducks and geese there. As the rain is falling here in Warren County, NY and a whopper of a rainstorm is inbound for our area, I am glad I took the opportunity to get out yesterday.

I started with a short walk around. Have you ever walked around in a cemetery? It’s quiet! I mean, it doesn’t matter what time of the day you’re there, it’s quiet! Walking around on the narrow blacktop road, it was like walking around inside of a public library. You pass people but you greet them and in return are greeted with a head nod. Maybe it’s something about cemeteries that keep people quiet. Like if you smile or speak more than a couple words to those you don’t know, you’ll be perceived as disrespectful. Needless to say, I had a lot of time to think as I walked around.

Without coming across sick, morbid, sinister, or any other choice word, I want to ask a very real question. What does every person in a cemetery have in common? Other than the obvious here folks. Think a little bit outside the box on this! What does everyone inside a cemetery have in common with everyone outside a cemetery?

They all, like us, had or have one shot at this life. There’s isn’t a single person buried in a cemetery that had a redo. There isn’t one single person that had multiple chances. They had one life. From the moment they took their first breath, until the moment they took their last, each and every person (like you and I) had or has one shot to make it count!

Making it count…

For the next couple of days, I’m going to dive a little deeper into this thought. Tomorrow, in Making It Count, Part I, I’m going to talk a little further about my experience while walking through this cemetery yesterday evening around sunset. I can tell you I wasn’t alone. I’ll tell you what I heard and what I felt. On Friday, I’ll wrap it up in the second and final part with what I left the cemetery with.


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The Journey Begins

Enjoy the journey and try to get better every day. And don’t lose the passion and the love for what you do.
Nadia Comaneci

You’re reading the first of what may be many entries. What you’re reading right now is the beginning of a journey. My exodus. Although I may not be a published author or very eloquent at putting my thoughts down and expressing myself through words, writing has always been good for me. It’s allowed me to process emotion. My daughter is great at drawing, while I on the other hand, am still stuck on stick figures.

So why a blog?

Honestly, I need something to get me through the cold winter months while photography season is slow. Writing is therapeutic and I hope it is able to reach someone else.

What can you expect while you read our blog? To be quite honest with you, I don’t really know at this moment. I know, that isn’t exactly a clinching statement that makes you want to come back and read more. What I can tell you…what I can promise you, is that anything I write and that you read will be real. No hidden emotion, no hidden agenda, no ulterior motive behind the words; just real emotion from myself to you. You can expect to read about some of the veterans I come in contact with through the “Faces of Veterans” photography project. You can expect to read random thoughts to different things happening in my life and around the world. While this isn’t a blog focused on politics, it is a blog of emotions and feelings about all the madness and darkness in our world today. It’s my answers to those things; an attempt to shine a light into the dark shadows that try and envelope you and I on a daily basis. Again, I can’t guarantee much, but I can guarantee my truthfulness and the passion I put into photos, will be put into writing.

Thank you for embarking on this journey with me. I hope that my words will reach someone who is searching for answers. I hope that even just one of my entries will reach one person. Please feel free to place your comments below and I will do my best to answer any questions.

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