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Smartphone Saturday: Selfie at Trail’s End

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

Saturday is full of things other than blogging for me. Nevertheless, I carve out a bit of time to post a simple, unedited photo from my smartphone for a glimpse into my life.

I hear the kids these days calling them “selfies”. Why, in my day, we called them “self-portraits”! A more dignified title, don’t you think? And we were content with natural smiles. No need for these duck faces. Selfie? Bah.

All jokes aside, this selfie comes from the south end of the Sacramento River Parkway trail. With every day that passes, my children get a bit larger and weigh down the bike trailer that much more. My wife and braved the growing girth and took our bikes out for a ride along this trail that we had never before seen. Turns out, it’s a fun one — especially when you ride it with the right people.


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

For most folks, a camping trip leaves a thin layer of dust over just about everything you take along. The same is true for the Oswald family, only we come home from the campsite with a second and third layer of dirt.



18 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in People, Places

One of the most delightful things about kids is the sense of purpose that they bring to their play. While adults are busy with their boring and grown-up concerns, kids can afford to pour all of their being into, well, every single thing they do. Just watch a kid pumping on the swings, or dancing when nobody is watching, or re-enacting their favorite cartoon with friends. The look on their faces shows that these things aren’t just play. This stuff is life itself!

I saw that look on this little girl’s face as she dragged her prey across the sand. (more…)

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.