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I was transferring photos from the laptop to the desktop this evening, trying to free up space on the hard drive of the former, and came across the ones from last year's Week of Magnificence, in which we repeated the annual ritual of celebrating Skylar's birthday and her parents' wedding anniversary -- the same day, if you're keeping track -- and then següeing seamlessly into our Halloween festivities. Included in that batch are the photos from our drive up Mt. Lemmon with Sami on the 30th. We ended that excursion in Summerhaven over slices of pie, recreating the day we spent with Sami on his first visit to Tucson back in September, 2000. The light was just right for capturing faces and I got some nice shots of him and even better ones of the Bean. This one is my favorite:

It's one of those photos that seem to distill the essence of the subject's personality. When I think of Skylar, I think of that slightly mischievous smile, the curve of her cheeks, the way her astonishingly long eyelashes veil all but the middle of her eyes. She has grown up a lot since last fall, but those qualities will be with her forever.

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Current Location: 85704
Mode: wistful
Muse: Superstar - Sonic Youth - If I Were A Carpenter

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xmoonbunnyx From: xmoonbunnyx Date: July 28th, 2006 05:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


Is Skylar your daughter? I've glanced through your tagged family entries, but I don't think I've read down through enough of them. Do you call her "Bean," too? Where'd the nickname Bean come from?

If she's your daughter, you sound like a very observant and loving father.

Read through a little bit of your blog even though I should be working on an article for RedBlue. I like it -- your blog, I mean. It feels like an electronic scrapbook of sorts because you include photography. And, you write well, which is why you work in the English dept. I take it. I liked your recent entry on the bee/wasp near your desk, too, by the way.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 28th, 2006 08:37 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Bean?

Thanks for the kind words! Yes, Bean is Skylar's nickname. I'm glad you like my writing, though I suspect that at least half of what I do reasonably well is stuff I learned by not writing like someone from an English department. Even music journalism brings discipline. Well, I have to go to bed since I'm leaving for Phoenix at 7am tomorrow. Are you amenable to being befriended? Did I already ask that? :-)
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