Oh, it’s been far too long. Isn’t that what everyone says when they post after being gone for months? Anyway, it’s true. It has been too long. It’s amazing how quickly time passes when you’re working a full-time job and interning in a different capacity at the same time in the same place where you work that full-time job. In my case, I was finishing up yet another graduate program. This time I went ahead and completed my Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership, which means that at some point in my professional future I may be able to move from the passenger seat into the driver’s seat. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the passenger seat. I am pretty comfortable with my current professional role. I’m a decent navigator, and I know how to find the good music on the radio. Also, I’m not solely responsible for everyone’s safety while on the road, so if I have to stay here a bit longer I am A-OK with that. However, there comes a time in life when some are just ready to get our license, and finally hop behind that steering wheel. Here I am, rear view mirror adjusted, and seat belts plugged in. It’s a scary and exciting thought, but right now I’m simply enjoying having no homework for the first time in three years. It’s tough working full-time and going to school, so don’t be surprised if there happens to be a lot of laying-in-hammock time this summer.
In other news I’ve taken over as host of the monthly Front Parlor Series storytelling night at the Olde English Pub at Quackenbush Square in Albany. Apparently Abby Lublin, the founder of the FPS in Troy, felt I had the goods to fill her shoes on the west side of the Hudson, and I am so psyched that she did. I’ve hosted two evenings so far, one in both April and May, and I’ve really been enjoying myself. The folks at OEP have been very welcoming, and they are committed to growing this monthly community event. The next one is happening on June 18th (it’s always the third Monday), and our theme is “Oops!” I hope to see you there. Don’t worry, telling a story isn’t mandatory. It’s only highly encouraged! For more information on how storytelling works, check this out.
Photography-wise, I’ve been focusing most of my efforts on instant film from those wonderfully inventive folks at The Impossible Project. I really can’t stop from continually pushing myself via this medium. My digital SLR is getting little play these days and may be thinking about leaving me. Unfortunately, until I run out of money (which may be sooner rather than later because digital is definitely cheaper than film), I am wandering with my SX-70 stuck to my face. You can check out all of my shots in this set on Flickr, if you feel so inclined. Meanwhile, I’m always looking for new photographic opportunities, so if you’d like to have your picture taken and watch it instantly appear before your very eyes, let me know. Or, even better yet, come to storytelling on June 18th, and we can do it then!