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Finally, Some Notes From IAM, 3/15/11, Memphis, TN

Highlights Form IAM notes and imaginings The mission statement of IAM is: Gathering artists and creative catalysts to wrestle with the deep questions of art, faith, and humanity in order to inspire the creative community to engage the culture that is and create the world that “ought to be.” What impressed me was the intentional [...]

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Cars are Fun (Memphis Crazy), 3/16/11, Memphis, TN

At morning coffee in the Kenny kitchen, Philip helps me prep for my church mission by plugging in the Google found addresses into his Garmin GPS– Savannah goes to the gym. I take their Honda and drive into the heart of Memphis, a formally dark place with crack housing and crime (now being gentrified especially [...]

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Six Churches So Far Documented in the City of a 1000 Churches, 3/17/11, Memphis, TN

The goal is not documenting “churches” per say, but emphasizing the essential value imbued to a space via the visual arts. Always asking the question of why the lack in so many ‘low’ churches of visual beauty exemplified by the visual arts (rhetorical). Low church is a term protested for the slight it suggests, but [...]

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It’s A People Day, 3/18/11, Memphis, TN

Coffee (it’s a staple) for breakfast and out the door to St. John’s Episcopal church. This will be a quick day of shooting. I stop at the Church of the Annunciation on the way to be sure I can shoot later in the day – Talk with Eileen and I am good until 4 pm. [...]

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Lazy Day and Edits, 3/19/11, Memphis, TN

Wake, back up image files of Memphis Church shots from my laptop to two external hard drives… check news and see that The European Court of Human Rights held that the crucifixes can stay on the walls of European classrooms. http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=40760 Apple Fritter and Coffee. Log Phillip and Savannah run errands. I edit images (won’t [...]

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Chill, 3/20/11, Memphis, TN

A Saturday Memphis mid afternoon, How Savannah ‘Rolls’.

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Sunday is Church, 3/21/11, Memphis, TN

It is Sunday morning. Philip is already at Belvue Baptist playing guitar. Instead of going to see Belvue at 11am I have persuaded Savannah (the night before) that I really want a taste of the South  and she has found a taste for me in WORLD OVERCOMERS OUTREACH MINISTRIES CHURCH. We are headed to 11 [...]

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Last Day In Memphis, 3/21/11, Memphis, TN

Coffee and chat with Philip. The fate of journalism is considered and Kendal and Nook are discussed as a reader…vs iPad. Savannah is ready for the gym and has made an appointment for the future pulling of her wisdom teeth. I pack for tomorrow’s departure, and make a stack for a postal box to ship [...]

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California Bound, 3/22/11, Memphis, TN/Houston TX/Orange, CA

Early morning to finish packing, clean the room. Meet Philip downstairs. When Savannah is ready and after saying my goodbye to Amydog, we all head out to Brother Juniper’s for breakfast. Brother Juniper’s is owned by Greek Orthodox… the coffee is the best I have had on this trip: organic and specially made for them [...]

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RECAP, May 11, Airplane Above U.S. Enroute to Paris:

One Week Ago… May 4th, Brian picks me up at Albuquerque International. It is afternoon. Early dinner with the Nixon family, then, early evening photos shoot at Calvary Chapel Albuquerque: backstage Skip Heitzig and evening teaching. Back to the Nixon home to edit evening’s photos. Late night/ little sleep – altitude is making me head-fuzzed [...]

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Catch-up & Brief Update:Today is 11/22/11

Eggs and Sausage and a Side of Toast…Friday Nov. 11/11 Krakow – I could live here! Catch up on blog working from an all you can eat breakfast buffet. Life is good in Krakow. Evening I run out from the hotel to see what I can find – grabbing photos of night life in Old [...]

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Grace – Today is Wednesday Nov. 24/11

Edit more images… it never ends. Coffee Rice Chex from the box – gluten free. Leave to photograph the Episcopal Church of the Ascension. Red Line to Clark and Division. Ascension is locked. I ring the bell. Disgruntled man opens the door. I explain what I am doing, “…documenting the churches of Chicago, may I [...]

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Thanks – Today is Thursday Nov. 25/11

Gary Drives me to the Loop so I can photograph St Peters but it is closed (as J.D. mentioned early he thought it might be on Thanksgiving) . Gary gives me a brief driving tour of Chicago –beautiful homes and drops me off in Boys town so I can walk to Wrigley field – how [...]

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Night Shooting the Loop – Today is Friday Nov. 25/11

Blog morning, coffee, bacon egg cheese sandwiches. I am off to St Peters taking the Red Line to Lake. St. Peter’s is open and restful. Photos on the EL Shoot some evening window shots inside the loop. Passing a street bum he insists I buy him a coke – he is a vet, “buy me [...]

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Satisfaction – Today is Saturday 11/26/11

Gary and I take Robert next door to Atonement and make Robert a start for his Atonement Robert Facebook Page (not really his page – the churches FB page, called Atonement Robert) Atonement Robert photos are a hit. I Blue line to church – Holy Trinity Polish Catholic church. Memories of Krakow and Chestohowa flash [...]

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Majesty: This is Sunday, Nov. 27/11

High Mass at Church of the Atonement. No cameras – I am here to participate in the mass. The organ and choir powerfully announce the procession, and it is majestic – incense and all. I almost weep – it is powerful and reverent and suggests that we are here to honor and worship and partake [...]

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FBA: This is Monday, Nov. 28/11

Train to Lake Forest for to meet with Pastor Brad Coleman and a few others working with the visual arts and worship. Good seeing Brad. He gives me a brief tour of Lake Forest – great place – no missing Laguna Beach ( I would imagine). Brad and Margie like it here. Meeting goes well. [...]

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Cali-bound: This is Tuesday, Nov. 29/11

Return to California after five weeks away – of the 5000 plus non deleted images, I bring home 2400 usable images from 61 new churches, a cemetery, and Auscwitz-Birkenau. Job well done.

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Last Day in California. Today is 02/08/10 in Laguna Hills

Coffee, computer – the two “C’”s – take care of email. Finish packing for the month away, documenting domestically, New York City, York PA, Chicago, Denver Colorado, Springboat Colorado. Leave for Laguna Beach to meet Donna G. at Lumberyard for lunch. I get the time mixed up and arrive an hour early. Drink lot’s of [...]

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My Birthday / First Night in New York. Today is 02/09/10 in Laguna Hills

Up at 5 taking care of final things and get ready for the airport. Jack and I leave for John Wayne in the FJ. I am a bit worried I may have to check one of my carry-ons as I had to in Tel Aviv Arrive at Delta and precede to security. Man asks if [...]

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Snow and Morningside. Today is 02/10/10 in New York City

Awake to the classical Radio. It is 7AM in New York. Look out the window. The snow has started. There is a Chinese cleaner across the street. Tony pours Orange Juice for each of us. It takes me a while to figure out what I will need and what route to take to get to [...]

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Ground Zero. Today is 02/11/10 in New York City

Awake to the classical Radio again. It is 7AM in New York. Get started on Log for yesterday at 7:30 AM Get a late start – having trouble getting direction this time in N.Y. Get to St Bartholomew. Then St. Thomas. Then I spend a lot of time trying to find the subway station that [...]

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On My Own and Bad News. Today is 02/12/10 in New York City

Chez Antoine sleeps in: it is 9A.M. I am making my plans and notes for the day and trying to route it all, while Tony continues to take advantage of not going to work – he leave for Florida tonight for a week at Disney World with friends – Uncle Tony. It is time to [...]

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Victoria Called. Today is 02/13/10 in New York City

I hear from Victoria; Mom is home. The reason for her perceived anemia was malnutrition. She had not been eating from worry while I was in Jerusalem and hasn’t regained her appetite in the month I had been back in California. If she eats, she will be all right. No word on Steve and his [...]

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MOMA. Today is 02/14/10 in New York City

The City is full of long stem roses – people are carrying flowers to and fro – its Valentine’s Day, and the Museum of Modern Art is packed with people. There is a line out the building and the Tim Burton Show is sold out for the day, not that I wanted to see it, [...]

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Guggenheim. Today is 02/15/10 in New York City

Walking to the Subway, I turn on my phone. There is a message from Victoria. I call my sister back and enter a conversation over our Mom’s physical/mental condition. Because of being awakened at 3 in the morning by a phone call and trying conversation, Victoria is tired, I can tell her life is like [...]

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The Met (Again) and Out&About NYC One Last Time. Today is 02/16/10 in New York City

It is snowing again: another opportunity for snow photos. Do my Daily Log, drink coffee, put on the pack and head uptown to 86 and Lexington, and walk to the Met for information on setting up group tours. After talking with several people via courtesy phone (apparently I did not need a face to face [...]

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Adrienne and Chelsea. Today is 02/17/10 in New York City

Clean up Tony’s apartment and put away the computer – wait to hear from Adrienne about her arrival. Adrienne is driving from York, PA. to a wholesale plaster cast shop  in New Jersey, where she is going to buy some castings for a art class that she teaches. Her GPS freezes and that hiccup puts [...]

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I Am On A Vacation. Today is 02/18/10 in York, PA

There is a knock on the door to invite me upstairs for breakfast; scrambles eggs embellished, fruit and French toast. I have planned to do no work today but just hang out with the Steins. We go to John’s to see his new photography studio. He and Judy are starting a photo business and I [...]

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Philidelphia. Today is 02/19/10 in Philidelphia, PA

A gentle door rapping lets me know the day is to start, Adrienne is there in striped pajamas looking to me like she could wear that to an art opening. Coffee and a small slice of chocolate cake and Judy and I spend much of the morning talking about her business and looking at Rankin’s [...]

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Plans and Change of Plans – Flexibility. Today is 02/20/10 in York, PA / Chicago IL

I am first one up at the Stein household. Pack. Today I leave for Chicago. I talk with Brad in the kitchen, Judy enters and makes a wonderful breakfast for everyone of blueberry pancakes and bacon and cheese scrambles eggs. I have been spoiled on this mini-vacation in the middle of my domestic work tour, [...]

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Chicago Day 1. Today is 02/21/10 in Chicago IL

A lot happened today. Over 500 shots were taken and the bulk of the churches were covered. Lot’s of thoughts today too. Ordered a deep dish pizza from Lou Malnatis, a Corona, a salad (taking Mike T’s advice and treating myself: enjoying my last night at Hotel Blake, pretending I have money and a job [...]

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Chicago Day 2. Today is 02/22/10 in Chicago IL

Wake an hour before the alarm – it snowed last night. Pack. Leave roller bag with the bellhop and take off for the Red Line to St. Joseph’s trying to arrive for the end of Mass. All goes well, only a nun and a woman are at St Joseph’s, the doors are open, I am [...]

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Chicago Day 3. Today is 02/23/10 in Chicago IL

John David knocked on my bedroom door so I could be up in time for 7:30 mass. After a good night’s sleep, I have my fill of coffee and cereal (sans-milk, granola style) and grapefruit in a cup. I clean up, dress, get my gear and descend the stairs from the 4th floor of the [...]

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Chicago Day 4. Today is 02/24/10 in Chicago IL

Awake early and start work. Today is an easy shoot list. Rockefeller Chapel http://rockefeller.uchicago.edu/ Bond Chapel http://maps.uchicago.edu/mainquad/bond.html Old St. Pats  http://www.oldstpats.org/index.html St. John Cantius http://www.cantius.org/home I am getting a late start  from writing the blog, editing photos,  planning transportation for today’s shoot – I want to get to Rockefeller by noon to hear their bells [...]

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Last Day in Chicago (For This Time). Today is 02/25/10 in Colorado Springs.

John David let’s me know it is a bit after 7 am so I can wake and prepare for a 9 am departure. The news is on in the kitchen and the coffee is ready to be made. J.D. and Gary made me feel completely a part of their home. There is an email form [...]

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A Barry Day. Today is 02/26/10 in Colorado Springs.

I wake and finish the web gallery of photos from Church of the Atonement and send the link to J.D. and Gary to preview. Julia is off to work. Barry and I talk most the morning before heading out to Colorado University Colorado Springs for a class Barry is giving on Film and Creativity. It [...]

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Apple, Fudge, Chili & Gloves – Fun With Barry and Julia. Today is 02/27/10 in Colorado Springs.

Edit more of the Chicago photos (still need to edit the one’s from New York…). iPhone is acting up more regularly this morning and getting to be a bother. An error message continues to pop up and disappear claiming an incompatible device is plugged in (when there is nothing plugged in to the phone). Barry [...]

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Sunday is a Denver Day. Today is 02/28/10 in Colorado Springs.

Edit more of the Chicago photos (still need to edit the one’s from New York…). I already see the better work came out of Chicago. Barry and Julia are up. I make tea and enter my Daily Log. Barry and I leave for the Air Force Cadet Chapel (where long ago he had a Dominoes [...]

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Steamboat. Today is 03/01/10 in Steamboat Colorado.

Barry and I leave for Silverthorne early this morning to meet Dale F. at the Silverthorne Target. Julia stays in bed: she is feeling under the weather. I don’t get to say goodbye. Barry and I drive the distance listening to the best of Talking Heads and the Smile album by Brian Wilson stopping once [...]

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Hello Birdie! Today is 03/02/10 in Steamboat Colorado.

Wake at the Fincher Condo, have breakfast while watching 24 on Hulu, edit photos from snow walk, upload Daily Log and check my email: About 8a.m., Jonalyn’s water broke and they are on their way to the hospital! Work on Foundation for the Biblical Arts website text – praying, and keeping an eye out for [...]

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Work. Today is 03/03/10 in Steamboat Colorado.

Stomach is out of sorts; oatmeal from yesterday, the almond milk? Have coffee and start work – spend day editing photos – launch three Chicago church web galleries and email pastors for preview. Laundry. Buy fresh baked sour dough at a local market and Jiffy Chunky Peanut Butter. Make a salad. Edit more photos and [...]

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Videos, Podcasts, Cellular Plans, Work Pop, and Theology. Today is 03/04/10 in Steamboat Colorado.

I woke up thinking I was at home (my own)… but I am not. Peanut butter and coffee for breakfast. An email from Gil (Gutman Locks) yesterday directed my attention yesterday to his videos  – I watch them. Today continues a work begun in me in Jerusalem. Start off with coffee and reading The God [...]

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First Draft FBA Done. Today is 03/05/10 in Steamboat Colorado.

It is snowing outside. I finish typing the written changes to the FBA website content. Coffee, eggs, and hash browns: I am thinking better food combining may be a thought for the future. Print out the new FBA changes and arrange it on the table. Send selected choices of Finn photos to Dale and Jonalyn. [...]

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No Moore Saturday. Today is 03/06/10 in Steamboat Colorado.

Dry eyes, hard to open, dip my head in water and look around. Make coffee, answer emails, read more of the book Dale gave me and begin to edit more of the church photos from Chicago. Bill and Robin Moore were suppose to be here with me this weekend at the Steamboat condo but are [...]

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Sunday, Last Night in Steamboat. Today is 03/07/10 in Steamboat Colorado.

Domestic morning: laundry, clean up the condo, even iron pants, the one pair left on this trip. I put some time into more edits – the Chicago edits are almost finished. So time consuming. Read more of The God of Israel and Christian Theology by R. Kendall Soulen I am a slow reader and I [...]

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Hospital and Planes. Today is 03/08/10 in Laguna Hills, CA.

Wake, coffee, do all the final packing to leave Steamboat and end my “domestic tour”. Had a diverse month and made new friends, discovered new places in the heartland of America. It was a good trip gaining some great discoveries of churches in Chicago specifically, and an introduction to Suppersessionism in Steamboat – the intellectual [...]

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Off to New Mexico. Today is Thursday Morning, 04/01/10 Albuquerque, NM

It has been three weeks since i was back from Colorado, and I have shut down the Daily Log. This trip to New Mexico and then to Santa Barbara, California will conclude the USA Documentia, Quarter One. I was hoping that the Sponsor Prints would have been printed, mounted and delivered by now but the [...]

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Maundy Thursday. Today is Thursday Still, 04/01/10 Albuquerque, NM

Rider on the storm – turmoil and turbulence seem to go together. The woman in front of me on the plane assumed the crash position sure we were not going to make it into Albuquerque alive. The plane drops, shimmies and drops some more – worse than a roller coaster. A lot of prayers are [...]

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Good Friday. 04/02/10 in Albuquerque, NM.

It is dark and crisp outside at 5am as Isaiah and I leave the house for Chimayo. The city lights of Albuquerque glitter in the clear pre-dawn air: the city sleeps but for those on the road to pilgrimage. Signs past Santa Fe read, “Caution, watch out for walkers”, but we have not seen many [...]

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