by Eric Alan

September 16, 2012

The air announces autumn with a chill morning breeze. It curls its first leaves, draws a trace of yellow across them, just a hint of the palette to come. Some of the dry maple leaves have already fallen, and drift into the pools of summer’s shrunken creeks. There’s a rustle in the stirring branches, whispering wisdom to anyone quiet enough to listen. This is what the concert of breeze and leaves whispers of, to me: balance… READ MORE


by Lynette Sheppard

September 09, 2012

This is the third time I’ve gone with best bud Theresa to see and photograph the Reno Hot Air Balloon Race. But this may be the first time I’ve actually experienced the full spirit of it.

The sight of colorful balloons rising in the high desert air, gliding gracefully on the breezes, and floating free cause my little photographer’s heart to go pitty pat and my shutter button to reach overdrive. It is truly awe… READ MORE


by Dewitt Jones

September 04, 2012

Many years ago I had to put down my dog and best friend, Strider. He’d been hit by a car and had broken his back. The vet said there was nothing he could do. “You can take him up to UC Davis,” he said, “ but even if the save him, he’ll never be able to walk again.” I couldn’t bear the thought of that (nor, I thought, could he) and made the decision. He died in my arms.

Over the years, I’ve often thought about that… READ MORE