Gossagesque seeing, maybe

I received the Gossage and Cole books about a week before Hana and I left on vacation, and I spent a good part of that trip trying to see like they would see, maybe, though I’m not at all sure I really “get” their way of seeing at all.

This is my most successful attempt.

Anyone out there that understand’s Gossage’s work, his project, his… seeing: how did I do?

James and Hana’s Summer Vacation

For our annual late-summer vacation,* my darling, adorable wife and I took a 1000 mile driving tour of central and south Texas. We had a great time, Alhamdulillah. I didn’t shoot much, for once, just 4 full rolls and 2 partials, so rather than whacking this up by day or film stock or city or something, and with apologies, here’s the whole 5 day, 4 night trip in one long post.**

Many of the places we visited were hit by Hurricane Harvey and intense rainfall, and are underwater as I write this. May God grant mercy and ease to the people and communities effected, and may He bring us all together to rebuild and to take clear, concrete steps to mitigate our impact on the environment, ameen.

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Today, I’m thankful for my neighbors: invisible and wonderfully generous; young and fun, old and curmudgeonly; Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Jew, Sikh, Buddhist, Atheist, and whatever. May Allah make the trial of having me for a neighbor easy on them all, Ameen.


Today, I’m grateful for recycling, for our recognition that Allah’s creation (here on Earth, anyway) is finite and worth reusing, for the understanding that old things can be given new life. Continue reading “Recycling”


Today, I’m thankful for Caroline, for the ingenuity and ability Allah blessed humanity with that allowed us to create such machines, for the gift of His sustenance, which allowed us to purchase her, and for His infinite, uncountable, unfathomable blessings, Alhamdulillah! Continue reading “Caroline”