This is a tiny piece of my life story which has been often shaped by innocence, tears, extreme joys, awe, growth, tutoring, awkward stumbles and often, compassion. Come take my hand and share these tiny segments of this grand adventure with me. The words come from deep places within me - often poorly remembered, perhaps even wishfully remembered, but no less genuine.
My words and photographs sing the song-story of my life, a cacophony of whippoorwill and loon songs, of tears caused and shared, of breezes gentle and less so, voices heard or imagined, dreams sung and dreamed. Yes, these words are my attempt to share thoughts and feelings beyond limiting words of description. Feel joy with me. Love with me. Cry with me. Indeed journey with me through this collection of decades of wondering about self, and about interactions in life, both real and imagined. My musings have been spawned by a restlessness to learn, reach inward and outward, and to share thoughts and questions raised along the way. There are many more questions herein than answers.
The words and images that follow are a sharing of my thoughts, my questions and experiences that have all merged into my psyche today. I share them with no pretense or promises of insight. No apologies are offered here. You can pick and choose as you wish. Some are silly or overly simplified. Others may seem crude or inappropriate. Some may touch a place within you that stirs inspiration, or memories, or even anger. Be with it. Taste it. Feel it. Whatever thoughts they may stir within you, the reader, they are for you to evaluate for yourself. I share these thoughts with you to perhaps inspire your own journals and writings, and also to word-paint my own song for anyone ready to hear and to venture within. Living is indeed metaphor.
The experience of gathering and sorting these materials has been rich in itself. Imagine a constant stirring of memories from past decades of one's life including journal entries both joyful and sad, letters, photographs of families, friends and adventures. All have been streaming through my mind during this exquisite writing-gathering process. Some memories have awakened in almost full bloom. Others are old dusty memories totally lost over the years until now.
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About the Author
David John Mackey was born in Potsdam, NY, and raised beside the Racquette River in Saint Lawrence County. Those early years instilled reverence for nature and art that continues to this day. Cameras and pencils became tools of choice for his photography, art, and writing. David lived in the Adirondack region for most of his first forty-five years. He later moved to New England and then the San Francisco area where his writing, photography, and outdoor adventures broadened. He is now living with his wife on the southern end of Puget Sound in Washington State. He continues his photography and writing from this Olympia, Washington home.
"It's all Rough Draft until you die" is David's latest book. Earl, the protagonist, and his experiences of aging. Journal writings and narrative tell the story of the various physical and mental health aspects combined with the challenges of selling their home and downsizing into a smaller apartment in Olympia, Washington. Perhaps you will find inspiration to do your own journal writing as your life continues.
This writer has published his third eBook entitled "Reflections, Do you see what you think you see?" about reflected light giving us visual experiences and also about our reflecting emotionally from image experiences. Reflections offers a mix of the science of light demonstrated in photographs, often mixed with the psychologies of our reactions. Reflections published July 1, 2017.
David published his second eBook entitled "The Sixth Vortex" on March 29, 2016. This fictional story story is about discovering a new energy vortex near Sedona, AZ. (A quick and entertaining read at 10,840 words.)
David's first eBook is entitled "Ponder This" which is an invitation to share his poems, essays and photographs taken over decades of his life. This is an invitation into many of his private thoughts and images collected as his life unfolded in the north east and north west. 2015