The Hidden Photo

DoubleU = W

our smiling faces snapped at exactly the right time

sitting there among our favorite holiday toys

placed in a simple, cheap frame

my grandfather perched in his rocker at our entry

his requisite greeting meets us, a simple, “Hey!”

my grandma, her normal glum self, said little if anything

but we, the willing tweens, persisted on our mission

to present the frame

to our silent grandma seated in her own rocker

her reaction one of unwilling acceptance.


our mother, behind us,

watching this exchange with our paternal matriarch

speaks up with, “They wanted you to have this.”

grandma replies simply, “Okay.”


conversation drags while grandma holds the new photo

loosely on her lap


when she finally stirred to rise from her chair

we knew it was time for our photo to find

its rightful place

displayed among the dozens filled with grandchildren

her choice – a bookcase…

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Back on Facebook, Yeah I Caved

The Tony Burgess Blog

I am back on Facebook as of tonight. I caved. I am ashamed a little. Really it’s hard to have a modern online life without it. Much of what I do relies upon it for work and that sort of thing. I need to be more disciplined and not get sucked into the negative stuff there. So if you are on Facebook friend me there at tonyburgess1969 .

Blogging is still my prefered platform for expression and communication with the masses. Blogger til I die!

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Day 1077: By Degrees

The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

Yesterday, I heard a song that was new to me: “By Degrees.”

By degrees, what might you guess that song would be about?

  • Temperature (which was unseasonable warm in Boston yesterday)?
  • Certificates of college education (which my 17-year-old son will probably start receiving in less than five years)?
  • Small increments of measurement?

Here’s “By Degrees,”  performed by its composer, Mark Erelli of Reading, Massachusetts, USA.

Aaron, my son — who is, by degrees, getting very close to 18 years old — asked me yesterday, “Do you think you’ll lose any of your readers because of your blog post tomorrow?”  I said, “I don’t think so.”

Maybe I will win some and lose some, by degrees.

Here are all the pictures I took yesterday, in weather that was unseasonably warm by more than 20 degrees.

By degrees, you might be able to see that I took photos of yesterday’s march in…

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Be Thankful Challenge


First of all, my sincere apologies to Matt because I took a long time in completing this post. But I am extremely honoured that the WordPress blogosphere have so many talented writers like himself who will remember a new writer like me. If you are looking for a smart writer who is witty and writes entertaining interesting reads, Matt is the one for you!

The Rules

– Share this image in your blog post
– Write about 5 people in your life you are thankful for
– Write about 5 things in 2015 that you are thankful for
– Spread the love and challenge 5 other blogs to take part 

5 (*group of) People I am Thankful for
Although I have given career advises in MiddleMe, I do have many people that I am super thankful for in my life. Without the constant encouragement and guidance, I may be…

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Click! Click! Snap!

Through Open Lens

cartoon photography

F/16.0, 1/60, ISO 160.

Day 350 / 365

Top ten reasons to date a photographer:

  1. They work well in the dark
  2. They’re used to funny smells
  3. They make things develop
  4. They work well on many settings
  5. They know how to focus
  6. They can make big things look small and small things look big
  7. They work well from many different angles
  8. They zoom in and out. And in and out and in and out and in and out…
  9. They shoot in many different locations
  10. They can find the beauty in anything

Interesting Fact: Color photography is almost as old as black-and-white, with early experiments including John Herschel‘s Anthotype prints in 1842, the pioneering work of Louis Ducos du Hauron in the 1860s, and the Lippmann process unveiled in 1891, but for many years color photography remained little more than a laboratory curiosity. It first became a widespread commercial reality with the…

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Why Travel: Why not!?

Wanderlust: Becoming a Traveler

I’m not saying, I’ve traveled much because taking the number of the world’s countries into perspective, I really haven’t. However, I’ve traveled parts of Europe – I’ve even lived in various foreign countries. Furthermore, I plan to travel the world – bit by bit – and settle in various other countries.


I count myself lucky to have been given or developed an interest in and curiosity about foreign countries: An interest in acquiring insight into and understanding for foreign cultures and their ways of living – for people different from me, not just culture-wise. My eager in getting to know foreign norms and ways of living has changed my life in more than one way and it continues to do so. In this sense, some people don’t understand my interest, curiosity and eager for foreign cultures – for traveling… …definitely not for wanting to settle in foreign countries. In…

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Thirst (2009)


Love does not condone nor condemn our thirsts’ but rather it is how we quench it for our own redemption!


Universal Pictures in association with Moho Films, CJ Entertainment and Focus Features present…

Based on Emile Zola’s novel Therese Raquin, a tale that has been told a thousand times over but with the subtlety, simplicity and yet nothing pleases the voracious lust for blood and flesh!

A man of God learning and yearning to discover a cure for the patients’ seemingly incurable disease, wants to be a part of an experiment that will either leave him dead or forever walk in the land of the living! He volunteered for this missionary work that will make him as one with the community of Lepers. Unknowingly, he doesn’t realize the horror this will bring upon him! As months passed by, his condition worsened and on a fateful day he was declared dead…

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