Right now is the five year anniversary of something bad that happened to me. But I’ve been working overtime to make something good out of it. And I’ve learned a few things over time. If you’re facing some adversity, maybe you’ll find these words helpful. Hang in there. You got this.
The bear appeared one day, without warning or fanfare or purpose. It sat there through rain and sleet and snow. A whole year, in fact. She never touched it or moved it or even really looked at it. But she knew it was there. And that was more than she could say for her parents. (See more Street Shorts here.)
A body in motion stays in motion. Just sayin’. Now is not the time to stop.
So I barreled through my street photography album and chose these photos to represent 2016. They are moments in time — our time, our here and now — but they are each part of a bigger picture of our society at a crossroads as we look to the future. I’ll tell you a little true story (not to be confused with my fictional Street Shorts or book) about each of them in the coming days to close out the year.
This isn’t that hard, folks. We can work together. We can do this. We can make our cities safe for all. (I can help.)
I like transportation. All kinds (except maybe cars. I’m not big on cars). In fact, I think diverse forms of transportation are fun. Or, in this case, funicular.
Good prevails. After today, I have reason to believe that yet again. The more good we can put in the pipeline of society, the better. FYI, here are some street photography shots I took a little while back here in Atlanta. I try to bear witness where I can. I think it does some good, even if it’s just a small contribution. I think we all add up.
You need a Breeze card in Atlanta to ride the train, bus, or streetcar. Well, you can pay with cash for the bus or streetcar but it’s a pain (and you get no transfers from the bus with cash). The Breeze card itself costs a buck or two just for the card, and then add the fare on top of that. It’s reloadable, so you only need to buy the card once. However, every person in your family has to have his or her own card when traveling. I meet a lot of folks while out and about on my bike for whom transportation is a huge hardship because they simply do not have the means to afford it. A lot of folks travel through Atlanta (or from the ‘burbs to sporting events or concerts) and have a Breeze card or two (or more) with a few bucks on each just rotting in their kitchen drawers (or they’re trashing them). Why not make it easy for them to unload them in an environmentally-sound way while doing some good at the same time? The cards could be given to organizations serving those in need. Drop boxes at city hotels and at the airport (where the train goes directly) seem like no-brainers. But then why hasn’t it been done yet? Or has it? I’m checking. P.S. And while we’re talking about this, why not do this in every city? (Note: David Mortlock at FareShare in Maryland seems to have figured it out. Maybe I’ll touch base with him.)
Midtown Atlanta is rockin’ it, and I’m not just talking about around the Christmas tree (although I love the local-artist-painted creations). There is an energy here (and I’m not just talking the walking and the bikeshare bikes). There is a pride here (and I’m not just talking about the great signage all over the place). There is a pull here (and I’m not just talking about the fact that every other day another major company moves its headquarters here). Someone’s doing their branding homework here, and others are delivering on the promises. Bravo.
You can never tell what’s inside someone.