A Stony Gaze

Many of the photos I have posted recently have been resurrected from a fairly large collection of old digital files that have been languishing in a virtual closet. They are a little like old, worn t-shirts that have great sentimental value but should really be turned into rags. My wife even tells me that if…

Old Stone Faces

There is a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne entitled “The Great Stone Face” which I remember being assigned by a teacher who scared me more than any teacher I ever had. As I remember her, she generally wore an expression of menace and she never smiled. In my mind, she was the real “Stone Face,”…

08-28-10 Open Shutters

When I say, “Venetian,” do you think of Las Vegas or of Italy? In the case of these open shutters, you should think of Venice, Italy. One clue is the benign decay you see in the masonry around the windows. Though I’ve never been to the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, I’m guessing it’s not…

06-30-09 Back Street – Venice, Italy

There are too many tourists in Venice, which is an irony I think I’ve expressed before – since I’m a tourist, too, when I visit the amazing city. The crowds and summer heat will wear you out but one of the particular charms of this place is that if you wander aimlessly away from the…