Summer days pass me slowly. They come on quick, like the weight of our thick air; they make for long goodbyes. Slow, dramatic sunsets and humid, heavy nights. Southern summers are like a good friend. Southern summers stick. The heat suffocates you, but almost in a good and loving way. As if to say, “I’m here” or “I’m with you”. My friend Chase tells me that he’s “with me”, and I can’t help but wonder what he’d think about a Louisiana summer. Because down here, nothing’s as close as the thick hot air. You breathe it in and there’s no getting rid of it, even if you’d like a quick break. Outdoors, it sticks. Indoors, it sticks. Because, like a good friend, it knows you need it. Because you’ve lived here your whole life and if you get away from it you’re just gonna come back. That’s how life is. You run away from the familiar stuff, thinking you’ll find comfort in something new. But you’re really just finding comfort in the familiar stuff, maybe just in a new place. Home is always home. 

Written in Summer 2013

“Do not judge men by mere appearances; for the light laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy.”
— Edward Chapin  (via thatkindofwoman)

(via thatkindofwoman)

Don’t you love the names for groups of creatures?

A shrewdness of apes
A battery of barracuda
A bellowing of bullfinches
A kaleidoscope of butterflies
An army of caterpillars
A coalition of cheetahs
A charm of finches
A tower of giraffes
A troubling of goldfish
A bloat of hippopotamuses
A party of jays
A smack of jellyfish
A mischief of mice
A parliament of owls
A company of parrots
A prickle of porcupines
An unkindness of ravens
A crash of rhinoceroses
A shiver of sharks
A murmuration of starlings
A wisdom of wombats

Going on a sweet trip next weekend!

Commissioned editorial/lifestyle work for CUT Fine Jewelers Commissioned editorial/lifestyle work for CUT Fine Jewelers

Commissioned editorial/lifestyle work for CUT Fine Jewelers

Ruthie and Tiffanyby mchltckr.com Ruthie and Tiffanyby mchltckr.com

I was interviewed by Liz Griffin of Lark and Bloom - click through to see my take on art, photo, social, and some other things.

Q

Anonymous asked:

Michael, I'm a big fan of your work, and I wanted to ask you for a little advice. I receive a fair amount of appreciation for my work, whether it be friends or colleagues. What I feel is a problem, however, is that I have a hard time seeing what they claim to see in my work. Some days I'll feel proud of my work, and other days I'll feel that I'm not good enough, and I lose my drive to create more. What is it that I can do to better appreciate my work, and feel confident enough to continue?

A

My friend, you’re not alone - I have felt the same things. Watch this video my buddy Christian made for The Music Bed.

Learning your weakness whilst not giving in to it - that is where the true reward lies. 

There’s often much temptation to throw in the towel when at one’s weakest. But if you’re smart, and you know your weakness, you will seek community. The right friend should remind you of the strength in not succumbing to your flesh - and the strength to be sought after in something greater than yourself.

I’m in a pruning season. Chicago’s urban atmosphere swording my weakest appendages.

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