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Ten years ago in an empty room.

Ten years ago, just before midnight on December 31, I sat alone in my living room wondering what I was going to do with my life. It was a little more than a year after my first wife had died, and I was completely lost.

I put on an album, Aerial, by Kate Bush. As I listened, I realized I could do anything I wanted to. It was an epiphany. I took a pen and a piece of paper and started writing down the things I might want to do. Go to grad school, travel to a foreign country, take a photography class, consider taking the part-time teaching job I was recently offered. Take a picture every day for a year.

I didn't do it all in 2006, but I did do it all. I love that I have the entire year documented. Not only pictures, but words as well, and memories. It was such a transitional year for me--the year I started to build the life I have now.

now
The room is much the same, although no longer empty. I have a wife, and a couple of cats, and a big Hello Kitty. I traveled to a foreign country, got a graduate degree, took a bunch of photography classes, took that part-time teaching job, and took a picture every day for a year.

That's what I'm thinking about in the new year.

Happy New Year to all of you!
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