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Family Trip, Provincetown, Cape Cod, September 2019

Provincetown Public Library

“When it was built in 1860 as the Center Methodist Episcopal Church it was reputed to be the largest church of Methodist denomination anywhere in the United States. It cost $22,000 to complete and could seat 900 people in its 128 pews.” Courtesy of provincetownlibrary.org.

Thank you Kate and Peter (and Raven, Aunt Judy, Roxie, and Roly Poly) for a week of family, fun and sun!

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Whales and Baby Whales at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Kate, Peter, Raven and I embarked from Provincetown on the Dolphin fleet whale watch boat piloted by the amazing Captain John to the waters of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary teeming with humpback whales, baby whales, and dolphins, all of which were feeding before sunset (the golden hour), a few days before the equinox, September 2019. This trip made me really feel how awesome it is we have protected parts of the ocean, a trend I hope will grow exponentially, big thank you to everybody whose work contributes to the noble cause of protecting the oceans, and our friends the whales therein.

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Bravo, Vegan Pesto!



OMG this Cali produce. I visited in the middle of winter, for bread and vegetables. The growing climate is a thing of beauty. There is nothing like this possible in Chicago or NYC. Freshly baked rye bread, freshly picked fruits and veggies, just-prepared sauces. Everything needed to execute cooking an amazing dinner, in a single storefront. Bravo, Cookbook!

The Homegrown Lemon

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Ashes in the Fall

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I have the best sister in the universe. Kate flew from LA to take care of me during the brutal extraction of my wisdom teeth. Thank you universe for the most amazing cat squeezing sister who I love so much. In this time of change I am focused on my teeth. The apprehension and pain of fixing them are like heat and smoke from a controlled burn across the landscape of my body.

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“To witness a controlled burn is to place oneself in the presence of a certain ‘terrible beauty’…the ephemeral moment when life and death are not opposed, but are harmonized as a single process — to be embraced as one. Controlling burns is arduous and potentially dangerous…I try to stay ahead of the smoke, but often, because of the angle of the sun, or the way the wind is blowing, I need to push myself into it.”

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“Fire and smoke are my equivalents; abstract manifestations of an inner state where the unknowable resides. Reference points and orientation are intentionally obscured. I have no interest in realistically rendering the landscape. Rather, I look for visual references of a place that my mind cannot grasp, a place in which the sublime resides.”

-Chicago photographer Jane Fulton Alt, on her recent book of photos titled “The Burn,” interviewed by The Week

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Non-Polar Non-Vortex

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My chef who grew up in NYC on Jamaica Avenue which runs like a seam between the burroughs of Queens and the other one asked if I wanted to go shooting.

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Chef Wil had styled food for the restaurant photo shoots and had often brought his own camera to take some alternates, and also brought his camera on a recent staff trip to Mexico.

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Chef takes some badass photos. I wanted to take him to one of the best nature spots in Chicago, and it happened to be the same day Kate was visiting.

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Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary is a top notch photography spot in the city.

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I call it the “Magic Hedge,” because I imagine that’s truer to the real name of the place in the many strange languages of birds.

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The Magic Hedge is the expanse of wild nature, emphasis wild nature, in an otherwise rolling sea of concrete industry.

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The birds see it, and the human photographers flock to it as well.

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My favorite time to visit is in the fall, after daylight savings time ends, when its still possible to catch an odd ray of sunlight or reaching sprout, amidst the browning ruins of warmer seasons.

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These too will be snuffed out, except inside the camera where there is the potential, perhaps, for some sort of immortality.

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Loving Heart

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My amazing vegan sister Kate visited from vegan LA, the mecca of US veganism. I had to impress, but also make it look like I wasn’t trying that hard. Loving Heart was an amazing choice.

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This is vegan food as made by true believers. One of the chefs was also manning the tablet POS, and she practically sang a vegan song that only my sister could hear when our food was ready. It my sister, me and my chef from NYC, who had joked about sneaking in a little jerky and hiding it for me in the bathroom.

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For a non-vegan, I found the vegan nachos delicious, and the vegan Happy Burger also delicious. The happy burger was juiced up with vegannaise, a kind of vegan special sauce that really appealed to me. The homemade potato side was well seasoned and crisp.

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The artwork here is also amazing. I felt like the abstract subtly spiritual nature of some of the artwork rekindled mystical journeys I have taken in the past (this is called a “flashback”) and my own (almost) year of veganism. In particular, I had a trippy thought that meat eaters would probably have more bad trips, because of the superior karma of animallessness.

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This vegan food was very tasty, in an underground cafe near the bird sanctuary, it was a treat to visit with my sister and chef, during this actual Chicago fall aka “the non-polar non-vortex.”

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Halloween 1988

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It’s time for a throwback to Halloween 1988: I was the Devil. Here I am getting ready with Happy.

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Kindergarten Halloween party, Mrs. Foster’s classroom. Whoever is wearing the California raisin costume wins…

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My sister Kate’s make-up was done by Ippy. Maybe too much candy?

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Definitely too much candy!

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Crag Cat

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Getting to the top of your first climb is exciting and it’s wonderful and just the joy of motion. It doesn’t have to be difficult but just figuring out how to move up a wall efficiently is a joy. I find climbing very clarifying.

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You’re not really thinking that much about everything going on in your life. Especially as you are kind of pushing your limits, you’re working on the movement and you may be thinking about gear, or making the next clip, but your certainly not thinking about your homework or your job or anything else. I find that to be really refreshing.

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You’re forced to almost enter into like a zone of calm and peace. It’s something you can do without having a lot of ego about doing a hard route. There’s all kinds of climbers. There’s not one personality, or one gender, or one body type.

-Kate in the LA Times video accompanying the article on the Stronghold Climbing Gym

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THE by CoreyFeldman

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Etta and I signed up for a produce share through our local green grocery store. In addition to a huge kale salad (that Aunty would say helped me go poopies) Etta has also made me a brown smoothie.

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Kate and Peter took Aunty up to the wilderness of New Hampshire, so they could hiking (and Aunty could go shopping.) At least it wasn’t Mt. Washington in December!

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The most dangerous part of climbing Mt. Washington at the beginning of winter, other than falling off the lion’s head in 100+ MPH winds, was when Kate fed the wild fox.

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Kate’s 33

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Kate, having been at one time a government scientist, and her husband Peter, opened the largest climbing gym in the country’s second largest market. She turned 33.

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Kate’s friend from all the way back in the days of Bard College, Rafi Rom, finished med school. In celebration of becoming a doctor, he is traveling across the country by rail this summer.

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On the day of Kate’s 33rd birthday, Rafi stopped by Xoco in Chicago. He ate a lot.

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Rafi followed behind three strangers while I gave a behind the scenes chocolate tour.

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