Here’s another view of an old house, which includes the new double-wide behind it.
It is not unusual to see an abandoned old house or barn being taken over by nature on the back roads of Smith County. Things grow really fast in middle Tennessee.

I have learned how to do lots of things over the years, and have hobbies that come and go. It’s possible that I am a bit ADD. I get distracted by some cool new thing to try, then learn all that I can learn till the next thing comes along. I do come back to old skills and hobbies, though, so I like to save instructions and memories.

I will be redesigning this website over the next few months, and will convert it to WordPress from Drupal. It will take a while, but I am practicing consistency so you will see progress over time.

I want to live in an RV while traveling around the United States, while publishing more books and photos so that I can support myself. I have been working on this goal for about 7 years, but I keep getting waylaid by obstacles. I used to think it would be great to do it full time and year round.

It’s fun to mess around in Photoshop to make things look a bit weird. This is a close-up of a door from an abandoned house. It might have been interesting to see what was still left inside the house, or to find out why they needed two front doors.

I haven’t been posting to this blog at all for over a year. This is why posting doesn’t happen: I am a freelancer with several different things to focus on each day.


The Butler Cemetery is a peaceful place in the rolling hills of Smith County, Tennessee. Grave from the Givens, Butler, Waller, Kemp, Sircy, and other families are located here. I took the photo in 2009. My great-grandparents, Luther and Hettie Waller, are buried here.

This could be sap from the tree, or it could be something that the lichen produces. At any rate, the tree’s bark does not look healthy.

Clifton's Peach Tree #3


Close up of the flat, hairy  parts of the lichen on my cousin Clifton’s peach tree.

A veritable forest of lichen on my cousin Clifton’s peach tree. There are flat, hairy, scalloped “leaves” and fern-like “trees” that seem like they should come from two different types of plants.


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