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Smartphone Saturday: Homeland

15 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

Nope. No 500-word post for you today. No photo taken by my hefty Nikon DSLR. Just a simple unedited photo from my smartphone that shows you a tiny slice of my life.

Most summers, my wife and I visit my homeland of Oregon to celebrate our wedding anniversary. This means driving for a few hours through a beautiful patch of the country to reach the town of Ashland where I was born.  This year, we spotted a fancy-schmancy sign at the border letting us know that we were welcome in Oregon. I looked over to the other side of the highway after taking a picture to see how the California sign compared:


We’ve got to work on our Californian hospitality.

Light Breaking Through the Redwood Canopy

13 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

Your environment has incredible power over your experience of life. A place can set you at ease, or it can fill you with excitement or anxiety. Step into your office or job site and you’ll likely be influenced to think about your work life and responsibilities. Walk in your front door and you’ll be sucked into your family, your bills, or that leaky faucet that needs to be fixed. Visit the downtown heart of a city and feel your pulse race along with the rush hour traffic.

On this day, I walked into a little slice of heaven there in the shadows of the redwood trees. I was home.


Spider On The Night Shift

11 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Things

Spiders get no love at my house. Not normally.

If my wife wakes up screaming in the middle of the night you can bet that the gigantic spider haunting her dreams is the one to blame. Things aren’t much better in the daylight. When an actual spider ventures into our house she is likely to be accused of being a Black Widow regardless of what color she is — like some sort of arachnid profiling. But who am I to argue when my little girl is screaming in fear of a spider a few feet above her head? I’m the one my family calls to dispatch spiders, you know, because I’m the tallest.

One evening not so long ago, I encountered a spider when nobody was around to scream …


Smartphone Saturday: Next Best Thing

08 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in People

Saturday is a day of little toil or labor at Fits and Stops. Nothing more than posting a simple, unedited photo from my smartphone for you to get a glimpse into my life.

Mommy had left town for a few days to care for an ailing grandma in another state. When you’re little like my kids are, it does not compute that mommy is not going to be back to tuck you in at night. This made for a particularly tearful tuck-in session with my daughter who was counting down the days to mommy’s return with like the days until Christmas. When it finally sunk in that mommy wouldn’t be back that night, she asked — through sobs — for a picture of mommy to sleep with. When I found one, my daughter’s tears subsided and within a few minutes, she was sound asleep. It seems she had happened upon the next best thing to mommy.