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Preservation Jazz Hall is a place where history has piled up and I think photography is a kind of a pile of history, too. Everyone has their own version of a place so each history may seem a little different but if you put them all in the pile, it blends into itself and comes down to us of a piece.

Someday soon, Opera Boy and I are going to travel to New Orleans for a visit. It’s been 40 some-odd years since I lived in the French Quarter but parts of it rush up behind my eyes with such clarity that it is hard to ignore. When he decided that it was our next destination, I got the scanner out and pulled some of my favorite images of the Quarter from the early ’70’s.

This one was from a hot October night at Preservation Hall… it was crammed with steamy people and nobody cared because the music was so fine!

Of course there will be a camera in my hand when we go… hoping against hope that it hasn’t become it’s own little theme park… hoping to catch a glimpse of my younger self on the avenue or looking out a window. Someday can’t come soon enough. ;0)

I added this and a handful of others to my website… now that I have a Personal Work section, even I get to visit them more often. Maybe I’ll see you there? ;0)

A Little More

25 Random Things….

1. I always wish upon a star ….starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight….

2. Born in Alameda at the Naval Station, 8 years in Santa Rosa, California, 13 years in Salem, Virginia, 3 years in New Orleans’ French Quarter, 1 really, really long year in Atlanta, 3 years in Boston’s Back Bay, 36 years in Portland and still in love with this town!

3. Dad and I ran road rallies and auto-crosses as members of the Old Dominion Sports Car Club in Virginia.

4. I have owned my MBGT for 36 years and it was my only car until 2013 ….. it was 7 when I bought it.

5. I have a healthy green thumb and I’m not afraid to use it.

6. I miss film.

7. I chose to skip college so that I could make pictures in different places so I went to work behind a bar… 15 years later, I was the first woman to wait tables at Jake’s Famous Crawfish….my glass ceiling work is done.

8. I love learning new things…..lucky for me Digital keeps changing.

9. Glass half full to a fault……very Pollyanna!

10. I expect people to be real and true and I am always surprised if they aren’t.

11. There were peacocks up the hill from our house in Santa Rosa.

12. I love and miss unstructured time.

13. I had a cool german camera with a folding bellows when I was 12….back when my parents picked up the tab for film.

14. Heaven is a shady spot on a summer day with a book and a breeze.

15. Me and my sweetie like to play hooky and drive to the beach to fly kites…..very zen for me….I have one of those two string stunt kites. I don’t crash it much anymore.

16. One life goal is to learn to cook more wonderful things….my repertoire is small.

17. I will never be confused with Martha Stewart…..entertaining freaks me out.

18. I have a younger and very talented sister….she cooks and paints.

19. I love yard work if there’s no pressure…….again with the not Martha Stewartness.

20. I used to have a much better gym ethic but I am working on it again.

21. Hot Flashes R Us

22. I love to look at people in hats…..good hats, not every hat.

23. Dark chocolate is the only real chocolate.

24. If I were rich, I’d still be a photographer.

25. I am very rich in friends. Lucky.