The closing of Macy’s downtown

Friday, January 19, 2018

It might be hard to parse, but there’s a man carrying Macy’s “Everything Now 40% Off” sign.

Macy’s is closing our downtown department store in the shadow of their headquarters just a few blocks north.

I feel like it’s a missed opportunity.

It’s a lovely location in the heart of a city that continues to reinvent itself.

With HQ so close, this could have been a place to experiment.

To ask, what does the future of retail look like?

Is it about making somewhere comfortable to hang out and shop from your phone?

To have a limited selection of items to understand fit, finish and materials?

Is it a place to eat and drink? (I remember the cafeteria at McAlpin’s and Pogue’s fondly.)

Heck, is it co-working?

I don’t know, I’m reaching. But I’m pretty sure shopping is not racks and racks of items.

I’m just lamenting that location would be great place to explore such questions.

The Mockbee

Thursday, January 18, 2018

View of The Mockbee from Central Parkway.

I’ve never been in this building and I have terrible shame about this fact because they host some great events.

It’s on my local bucket list.

Unrelated cherry picker:

Edie, by fire. Also? I need a new website

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

I’ve taken this photo many times before.

But it’s cold out. I’m nesting and doing work and whatnot.

Never enough whatnot.

But I’d love to know: How many times have I taken this photo?

I’ve had an idea for a new design in mind for this photoblog for about 8 years. But I don’t code. (Yet)

There doesn’t seem to be a nice, clean, simple, life/photoblogging template out there.

Nothing fancy.

No heavily scripted galleries.

Mobile friendly.

A search that presents results visually.

So if I typed in “Edie” I’d see all of the posts I tagged (or mentioned ?) Edie.

Like this:

It’d be awesome if there was some intelligence built in to scrape data from the images and allow for stuff like this, a search for “red”:

Are you, or do you know, a WordPress* developer that might feel like this could be a thing to do?

I’d love to chat. (Email or hit me up on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram)

*Or tell me what other templates or systems might do the trick. Very open minded.



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Enjoying what we have

Monday, January 15, 2018

My love for snow is no secret. So whenever we get any (never enough) I try and get out in it.

Spring Grove is always a good place to hear it crunch underfoot.

Related to above, a different season:

Spring Grove

In the moment

Things have regressed.

There’s denial coming from the very top of our country about racism.

But it’s rearing it’s ugly head in So Very Many Ways.

Watching the march from the Freedom Center to Music Hall on Martin Luther King Day, I felt like the streets should have been packed with supporters.

But this was not a parade.

It was a march.

Next year? I vow not to be simply present, but to be in step.

No more watching from the sidelines.

It’s not enough to capture a moment.

I need to be in the moment.

Clearance Sale

Sunday, January 14, 2018

I wanted the shirts that weren’t for sale.

In other news I’m not ashamed to admit, I’ve started to play some Destiny 2. It’s much like the first one but maybe more confusing to navigate menus. Once you’re in? It’s a solid way to connect and do something mindless for a few.

I think the challenge is to minimize time invested in that universe, then jump back into something more meaningful.

Like making dinner.

Random dip back into the archives: The second photo I ever posted on my journal was of Zelda Wind Walker on the Game Cube. April 2003.

Unfiltered soup

Saturday, January 13, 2018

I struggled with this photo because it’s frankly not that interesting.

I tried to make it better, even cropping some things out in an edit but realized it lost some sense of the moment.

The Coke Zero Sugar on the counter that I needed to eliminate from my fridge.

The hint of the cutting board my niece made me for Christmas.

The temporarily placed computer that was getting set-up, but I’m finding I LIKE IT THERE, right in the heart of the kitchen.

The tension of the counter’s edge and the floor along the bottom of the photo.

The realization that no filter is going to make this image better.

It’s just me making my mom’s soup, again and again, on a cold wintry day.

And that’s just dandy.

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