beachcomb with me

For years and years… and years and years making videos is something I’ve wanted to do. I quickly figured out that photography and videography are two very different things though. I feel confident in my photos but video? Nope! I’ve wanted to learn but its just so overwhelming. Finally, this year I’ve begun experimenting. It’s

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doolan family school bus – part 6

Its been four whole months since my last bus update aaaand holy cow, a lot has changed since then! I really don’t even know where to start. I kind of got out of the habit of shooting photos and video because it felt like not too much was happening. The work that was getting done

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six months / things I want to tell you

Yesterday marked six months since my mom suddenly passed away. I don’t blog about grief as much as I want to. Well, I mean, I don’t want to but I do feel like it’s healthy and… important, honestly. Having conversations about loss is essential. As a society, we suck at talking about death. Sure, everyone

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10 things making me smile

Finding little creatures around my neighborhood. For a while it’s just been dinosaurs and other animals but recently there was an alien invasion! Bending down to pick up a kind of boring piece of clear beach glass only to spot what is easily the nicest red piece I’ve ever seen. Family time. Working on the

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dump digging treasures

Since my first little foray into dump digging, it’s basically all I’ve thought about. There’s just something really spectacular about digging in the dirt and unearthing old things. That coupled with the fact that my nieces and nephew are also super into it makes it the most fun ever. Our Sundays are essentially reserved for

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my first time dump diggin’

Shortly after moving to Cleveland, on one of my found on beach posts, an anonymous commenter said something along the lines of “Is trash all you blog about anymore!?” In that moment, it hurt my feelings. I couldn’t see how someone would look at my colorful photos and not think they were even the tiniest

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my mother’s plants

Grief for me has been cycling through the polar opposites of ‘save everything!’ and ‘throw it all away!’ Sorting through her storage room in my dad’s garage a few weekends back with my sister-in-law, I found myself when asked what to do with something, more often than not, answering “Goodwill pile!” Guess it was just

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grief & road trips

Before I lost my mom, I didn’t realize how messy grief was. I knew people were sad after they lost a loved one but I didn’t understand the extent of it. I honestly feel really guilty about that. I think as a culture we could do better about talking about death and helping the grieving

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