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Testing Out the iPhone 4S … Sunday Morning Pics, and One of Life’s Unfortunate Lessons

Posted Oct 17 2011 9:40am

When I was contemplating topics and methodologies for my dissertation, I really wanted to do a photo novella…but everyone (in academia) to whom I mentioned that idea…well, they laughed (not at me…I don’t think).

I ended up going with a narrative inquiry (story telling) methodology, but I think there’s a lot of overlap between that and photo novella—I had really wanted people to tell stories with pictures. So, I’m an expert in narrative inquiry (apparently), but I’d like to add the picture angle for depth. Don’t you think that’s why/how people get wrapped up in blog-reading? Maybe it’s informative, but people return for the stories (via words and pics).

On Sunday morning, I went to breakfast at 7am with Joe (his idea).

Diner Food: So far, the Lafayette is better, but Patty's Place is closer (and the Wagner in Penn Yan wins over both---McJohn anyone?)

After breakfast, Joe was going running, and I wanted to walk with my mom—but she has this annoying habit of sleeping in on Sundays (well, at least till 8am). So I took my shiny new iPhone and walked for a couple hours.

My neighborhood.


Camouflage style trees line this street---next to the Army Reserve Center...maybe this is on purpose?


Any guesses as to what is behind this door? It reminds me of when I first read Bridge to Terabithia when I was a kid.

There are so many trains in my neighborhood...I was doing a webinar recently, and my students could hear the train whistles (I had my windows open, but still)

Do you ever walk or run in the cemetery? This one is really hilly (and there are a lot of rules---no pets, restricted decorations---it makes my childhood neighborhood cemetery look like a scruffy yard full of trashy lawn ornaments)

Chess Pieces?

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

After the cemetery, I decided to walk down Main St (to get coffee). This building is part of the YMCA (formerly known as the Post Office and Courthouse)--the building has additions, but the former back outside wall of this building adds interior character to the current lobby.

My new favorite coffee---locally roasted (in a yurt), organic, fair trade coffee...with chinese herbs. More on this later...


Later in the evening, Joe wanted pumpkin seeds...neither one of us wanted to actually carve the pumpkin, but he gave in and did it. He says it was worth the $3.50 and the mess!

Fall isn’t so bad…so far. I did spend all of yesterday afternoon watching 7 year-olds play lacrosse in the monsoon-like weather. That wasn’t so great.

Matthew has called me three times this morning to talk, the first time sobbing—he’s taking the day off school to mourn. His dog, Camo, was hit and killed by a car early this morning. He had hoped his best friend Camo would make it to old age like Maddie (his mom’s dog, who is 15 and still alive), but now that won’t happen. He also said that he wishes people would drive slower.

Me too :(

Have you ever had a pet die? Matthew knows about death because of what he knows about his mom dying when he was born and a couple great grandparents have passed a few years ago…but he hasn’t lost anyone who was such a big part of his life till now. I guess it’s all about life lessons—blah. I wish we could have avoided this one for a while.

Do you ever visit people in the cemetery? I don’t “visit” my sister’s grave very often (I don’t really feel like she’s actually there), but I do walk through the cemetery in my neighborhood a lot. I like that it’s off the path of cars and people, and it just feels really peaceful there.

What is your neighborhood like? Do you notice its style on a daily basis? I get used to things and forget to notice them—but once I started snapping pics (mostly b/c I wanted to use my iPhone!), I noticed things again.

The iPhone camera is 8MP, and I have it connected to my iMac, MacBook, and iPad through iCloud…my life just got a whole lot more convenient!  Have you tried the new iPhone or used iCloud? My opinion so far: It’s easier and better (for my unskilled photog-self) than the pics I get from my Nikon D40X. For a point and shoot…it wins for sure.

Have you tried herbal coffees? I’m going to post about it soon–it’s really interesting, and I bought Mexican coffee with longevity herbs…Joe, Mom and I all thought it was awesome!

Happy Monday…I’m off to get my hair chopped off!

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