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it's the small blessings.

every day, even on the worst days, we witness tiny blessings.


i’ve especially noticed this lately.


if bad things happen in threes, then good things happen in the hundreds.


3 weeks ago, my laptop’s harddrive was moments from flatlining. i found a repair man who replaced it within hours so i would be able to edit for my Time shoot the next day. then, iTunes and a gaggle of friends with good music tastes replaced my missing tunes and gave me more than i’d even lost.


2 weeks ago, i was about to drive from atlanta to augusta and noticed a soontobe flat tire. several metal spikes were embedded in the rubber. i noticed before i got on the 6 lane I-20 and it was replaced in an hour.


last week, i was laid off from my job at the newspaper. within hours, after the tears and pacing and shock, i was completely, and i mean completely, happily overwhelmed with texts, emails, phone calls from family, coworkers, friends and members of my photojournalism family from A Photo A Day. i received advice about unemployment, encouragement from photographers who know my work, i was even offered some unused gear.


i’ve received $1,000 in the mail in three days by people who believe in me and my future.






and here’s a scene from one of my last assignments for The Augusta Chronicle. a group of students saying I love you to an absent classmate with leukemia. more than 80 of the students shaved their heads in his honor and 450 students raised money to donate to the local children’s hospital. i took a photo as the assistant principal did for the same for the school yearbook and to surprise the ailing classmate and his family.

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Taken on February 24, 2009