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Khalil Gibran - On Children

Maybe it’s the leaves dropping from the trees and the weather cooling down, or maybe it’s the fact that I’ve been listening to a lot of Buddhist philosophy talks, but I’ve been contemplating my mortality a lot lately and the legacy that I’m going to leave with my children.

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I was listening to an interview on the Longform Podcast with Lisa Brennan-Jobs and she recalled a moment from her teenage years where her mom was screaming at a young Lisa in the car while slamming her hands on the dashboard. After reading Lisa’s book, and specifically the passage where Lisa recalled that event, her mom remembered that as she was yelling, crying, and punching the car, thinking that she knew Lisa would remember that moment forever.

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At the baby shower for Hank, the namesake for this site, a close friend read the poem below and from then on it has struck me as truly prophetic. We may give our children our love, but not our thoughts. Our actions are our only possessions.

On Children
 Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts, 
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, 
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, 
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, 
and He bends you with His might 
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, 
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

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Humans of SXSW

The Wolf Man's brother

The Wolf Man's brother

I had the good fortune of being an official SXSW photographer earlier this year, and I was struck by the fantastic number of awesome people that attended the event. I know that's silly to say. It's a major international event drawing hundreds of thousands of folks from all over the world, but, seeing the people and styles on display was a thing of beauty and it gave me a fair-bit of hope and excitement for our future.

DJ Top Spin AKA Blendiana Jones  (my favorite DJ name)

DJ Top Spin AKA Blendiana Jones (my favorite DJ name)

Right on the nose

Right on the nose

I have been finding myself on the wrong side of crotchety lately mostly due to the state of American politics and the cowardice and the lack of humanity on display by politicians and those seeking to influence politics through big-money donations.

Seeing the next generation of kids and young adults of all races, genders, interests, and musical tastes co-mingling and making beautiful things made me feel like there's hope in our shared future.

Their energy, their humanity, their desire to improve on the world that's been thrust at them is palpable.

Though my primary task for SXSW was photographing various commercial events, I was drawn to capturing the people at these events and the people as I was moving between venues.

Where I was able to remember folks I have their info linked below their picture... Mostly though, it was a blur. 

Temporary airbrush tattoos being applied at the Fox Sports Bar

Temporary airbrush tattoos being applied at the Fox Sports Bar

URB-E product innovator crushing it on his URB-E electric scooter

URB-E product innovator crushing it on his URB-E electric scooter

The Groovy 1  and  It's Jose Will  making money moves

The Groovy 1 and It's Jose Will making money moves

I know it's a bit out of focus but I love all the action in the background and I love the slight blur on these folks

I know it's a bit out of focus but I love all the action in the background and I love the slight blur on these folks

This is the  wonderful trombonist , Denzel Mendoza, for Haley Heynderickx

This is the wonderful trombonist, Denzel Mendoza, for Haley Heynderickx

So much attitude

So much attitude

Photoshoots can happen anywhere

Photoshoots can happen anywhere

I love him so much

I love him so much

That skyline

That skyline

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Three of the amazing things that you see at SXSW

Three of the amazing things that you see at SXSW

Interrupting a photoshoot

Interrupting a photoshoot

The world's a stage.  Freetown Multimedia  and  Real Dirty Blonde

The world's a stage. Freetown Multimedia and Real Dirty Blonde