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Full of Promise

01 Mar 2016, Posted by P.J. Oswald in People, Places

There are many feelings that I wish I could bottle, only to save away for some other time that I’m feeling thirsty for that sentiment. This moment of promise was precisely one of those times. Had it been bottled, I believe it would have aged quite nicely. (more…)

In-between Springs in Napa

22 Feb 2016, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

Midwesterners reckon that out here in California, we don’t know the meaning of the word “cold”. And shucks, they’re right. In nearly thirty years of living here, I’ve never dealt with a frozen pipe. I’ve hardly ever had to scrape the morning frost from my windshield. I have to travel a ways up into the mountains before I can find enough winter snow to make a snowball.

And no day would better exemplify the strange warmth of California than that day in Napa. (more…)

Bobbing Seagull

17 Feb 2016, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Things

;Maybe the little mermaid was wrong. Perhaps life on dry land is overrated in the end, despite all the whosits and whatsits galore. Just ask our friend the bobbing seagull here… (more…)

Winter Nocturne

04 Feb 2016, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

The unthinkable had happened.

It was 8:00 p.m. on the 23rd of December. All three kids were asleep, all presents were wrapped, and the house was clean and ready for guests. I could have puttered around the house with a fool’s errand of further cleaning, but instead, I asked my wife if I could head out for some nighttime photography. I didn’t quite know what response to expect in light of our usual stressful rush to the Christmas Day finish line. She might tell me to scrub the toilet — again. I held my breath.

She said “yes”, with her own sigh of relief. She was secretly hoping to kick back, watch a show and do her nails.

It was 8:05 p.m. on the 23rd of December, and I was on the road.

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