Photos, Love, Loss

My cousin Carolynn’s husband Steve Lenhoff passed away unexpectedly, last night.

I’m so sad – for Steve, his wonderful family, and that we’ve lost someone I considered a true cousin since I was a little girl.

I captured this moment at the Belleville Chorus Christmas concert in December.

Turned out to be one of those “didn’t know it was the last time we’d see him” moments.

But of course, you never know that then. My dad (the white-haired gentleman on the right, looking at Steve) was so happy to meet him.

Hug those you love.

Spend time with them.

Take pictures.



English Teacher’s Anthem


THE disco hit of 1978.

Once I was afraid, I was petrified
Thinking I could make a living
And then just abide
But then I spent so many nights
Thinking how jobs did me wrong
And I grew strong,
And I learned how to get along
And now they’re back,
From outer space
How’s a teacher to get by
Without good work time and a place?
I should have gone to med school
I could have played professional pool
But no, those books …
Reading and Lit just haunted me

Go on now go, walk out the door
Just turn around now
I’m not your smart fool anymore
Weren’t you the one who laid me off then begged for more?
Did you know I’d move on?
Did you know that Lit folks too can roar?
And yeah, I’d fly –
I will survive
Oh as long as I can read and write
I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got some new jobs to do
I’ll grade these things ’til face turns blue
And I’ll survive
I will survive (hey-hey)