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Six pictures of my grandmother.

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Just got back from spending several days in Galveston for my grandfather’s 90th birthday. While there, I shot several pics of my grandmother. Thought I would share them with you!

My grandmother is the person who has inspired me the most. She has always been there to give me the emotional support and courage I’ve needed on my many voyages throughout life. A truly classy lady, she taught me to respect people regardless of their race, religion, social status or sexual orientation. She’s also extremely compassionate, which is why she was a superstar nurse before she retired.

A few years ago, she and my grandfather moved from their home in Dallas to an assisted living center in Galveston. Before the move, she had a very active life: personal trainer, book club, shopping at Central Market and eating healthy food.  Her life is completely different now. Not sure whether it was leaving her friends, downsizing from a house into an apartment or the stress of watching my grandfather suffer through Parkinson’s disease, but she’s been off-and-on depressed since the move.

When I was living in Berlin, she used to call me every day to chat. Those calls got me through the severe depression I suffered after having everything stolen. Now I call her almost every night with the hopes that I can lift her spirits.

While depressed, she had gained a lot of weight. A couple of months ago, she decided she needed to lose the weight so that she could regain a little esteem. Over this last visit, she looked like the granny I grew up with: active and fit. For a woman in her late 80’s, she looks amazing. I couldn’t stop taking pictures!

This one is probably my favorite of all the photos I took. We were in the elevator heading out to grab dinner. Surprisingly, the light was amazing. She looked strong.

This is obviously not the best quality picture–but the situation was so beautiful. We were walking to her car. It was sunset, and the sky was flushed with pinks and purples. We stopped to admire the splendor. When I turned to look back at her, she was bathed in the pink light reflecting off the sky, as if she was glowing. Behind her, a bush with pink flowers was blowing in the breeze. I snapped this picture to remember the moment.

This is a picture of my grandmother dressed to go to dinner. She loves pink and purple, and this outfit looked great on her!

This was her outfit for my grandfather’s birthday dinner. She reminded me of a Spanish Catalan woman.

This is my grandmother with Tennille, a family friend. I love this picture because this is her natural smile. It’s so peaceful and happy. It was the only time I captured it during the trip. The joy of having everyone there for my gfather’s b-day kinda shines through. And she loves Tennille.

This is my grandfather. He is also one of my heros. He taught me that I can create my own world.

Even though he’s 90, I think he still looks very handsome. I snapped this picture before we headed to the Lone Star Flight Museum. Because of the Parkinson’s, it was tough to take a picture of him. For this one, I hopped in front of him and said “Smile, Bobby!” He smiled, and I snapped the pic!

My grandfather is the love of my grandmother’s life. They’ve been together for 65 years. The compassion she has for this man is amazing. I can’t imagine what it’s like to watch as your loved one slowly deteriorates in front of you. But they have each other. And their love is so beautiful.

This is the best picture I think I’ve ever taken of them. My grandmother looks devoted and strong. <3

Written by Chris Apollo Lynn

June 29, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Posted in Personal, Photographs

Bunny Wabbit!

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Giant Rabbit

Saw this on  chicagotribune.com and couldn’t stop smiling.

We had a couple of bunnies when i was a kid.  They were always so timid and scared.  Not really sure if I ever felt a connection to them like you do or dog or a cat, but they sure were cute.

It’s  such a big bunny! I wonder if he gets scared.  Do you think he’s mean? Or just slow and dumb? BUNNY!

Written by Chris Apollo Lynn

March 20, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Posted in Humor, Photographs

Facebook Upgrade More Twitter-like; Social Web Eats Bird Whole

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Many cultures look to nature to predict the future.  Perhaps these soothsayers might interpret this article from last October as an omen foreshadowing the latest victim of Facebook’s increasing expansion.

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The photo [right], believed to have been taken earlier this week, shows the spider clenching its legs around a lifeless bird trapped in a web at a property near Atherton, west of Cairns.

via Giant spider snapped eating bird in backyard near Cairns | Environment | News.com.au.

Written by Chris Apollo Lynn

March 18, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Posted in Photographs, Technology

My New Home in Austin

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Check out a few pics of the outside of my new house in Austin.  It was built in the 1930’s and is located in Austin’s Travis Heights neighborhood, the oldest residential neighborhood south of the river.  Because it’s so peaceful, I feel like I’m going to be getting a lot of writing done while I’m here. 

The backyard has a couple of gardens already stoned off. I can’t wait to start planting. Maybe next week?

I’ll post pictures of the interior soon!

Front of the new house.

Front of the new house.

Back of the new house

Back of the new house.

Back patio of new house.

Back patio of new house.

Carriage house in the backyard.  The tenant living there is nice and has a dog!

Carriage house in the backyard. The tenant living there is nice and has a dog!

Check out the slide and boat.  They're in a small sand box.  THeres also a fire pit in the way back!

Check out the slide and boat. They're in a small sand box. THere's also a fire pit in the way back!

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March 4, 2009 at 1:45 PM

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My San Francisco Home Office Remembered

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I love my house in Austin, but I really miss my home office in San Fran.  Once I get a desk, I’ll be able to work more effectively.  It will be a while before I can fill a room with plants again.

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March 4, 2009 at 1:27 PM

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Speaking of Hipsterian Violence

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The fracas over American Apparel reminded me of a sticker I saw in New York last fall:

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Written by Chris Apollo Lynn

January 23, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Posted in Humor, Photographs

Bush Street Now Obama Street in San Francisco

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This photo on Flickr totes made me LOL.  This street in downtown San Francisco is normally called “Bush Street.”  Looks like change has come to SF.

Hat tip to Mager for pointing this out.

Written by Chris Apollo Lynn

January 20, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Posted in Humor, Photographs, Politics, San Francisco

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