The latest scandal for Apple, over at Medium

I have a new post up at Medium.com, on the scandal at Apple and what “immoral and unethical” business practices really are. Please have a read if you’re so inclined. I also welcome your thoughts and comments.

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Gorgeous photography by Tamas Dezso

Just came across this wonderfully haunting photography by Tamas Dezso on Twitter (originally shared by Rabih Alemmadine) and it was too gorgeous not to save and want to share forward.  Please check out his extensive bio here, and this terrific article on his work from TIME.

Sending each of you love and clarity and magic this holiday season.

May your days be merry and bright. – m.

 

Tamas Dezso photography

Tamas Dezso, Forest with Mistletoe, near Oradea, Romania, 2014

Tamas Dezso photography

Tamas Dezso, Romania, 2011


 
Photography by Tamas Dezso

Tamas Dezso, Cart Horse (near Silvasu de Sus, West Romania), 2011

Tamas Dezso photography

Tamas Dezso, Sheep farm (Silvasu de Sus, West Romania), 2011, from Notes for an Epilogue

Photography by Tamas Dezso

Tamas Dezso, Sitting Bear (near Zărnești), 2013

before the rain | Owl’s Roost Trail

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” — Aristotle

I set out to check out the Owl’s Roost Trail north of town at Bur-Mil Park. It was grey and chilly, perfect match to my mood and I had a new lens to try. Owl’s Roost is a hiking trail but also allows mountain bikes (I found someone’s fun bike-cam video here that follows the trail.). A couple of times I had to pause and wait for the bikes to pass in fairly large numbers. Pretty cool.

Mid-November and by now the trees have shed half of their leaves. The lake was the color of the sky, a shade of flint or gunmetal, still and sheet-like. (I already miss the lush, warm summer hikes and will until next season. “The green in my eyes.”)

After a little while, a mist began to fall through the thinning tree canopies, down onto the well-worn path. I’d stopped so often to look that I hadn’t gone as far as I thought. With what felt like imminent downpour, and me in just a sweater and jeans and without rain gear, I picked my way back to the car.

Sharing some of the photos here.

Found elsewhere, but related: the Buddha belly tree at Bur-Mil

 

#TBT Reading “At the End” at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities

I just happened across this video and hadn’t realized it was up. Back in April of 2014, I was invited to read “At the End,” which won an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition and was first published by ONE, by Jacar Press out at the beautiful Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities.

I was honored to be included with the other winners in 2014:

First Place: Alan Michael Parker, Davidson, NC
First Runner-Up: Maureen A. Sherbondy, Raleigh, NC
Honorable Mention: Melissa Hassard, Triad, NC
Honorable Mention: Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Vilas, NC

It was fun to think back on 2014. I have dear memories of time spent at Weymouth, and cherish those days.

 

sunflowers at arapahoe | photography

The sunflower is mine, in a way.

— Vincent Van Gogh

I was a little early that morning, picking up the girls from camp, so I found my way driving along the Neuse River and happened upon a field of sunflowers.  It was alternately sunny and raining, which was a really lovely layer to the mood and hues and brightness to the day.

Fun to spend time with these sunny faces.

 

“What Catches the Light” | poem publication

I am thrilled and honored to have “What Catches the Light” up on Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal this month. Love and gratitude to founder and managing editor Stephanie Bryant Anderson, along with editors and staff E. Kristin Anderson, Deidre Sloss, and KB Ballantine, for including this poem alongside fine work by poets Avra Elliot, Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jill Khoury, and Nicole Rollender. Read it here.

Publishing just five poems a month, check out this beautifully artful microjournal. Red Paint Hill also publishes chapbooks as well as full-length collections. Check them out.