The Time Before

The beginning.

Starting somewhere.

It came to me last night.

I’ve known all along that the pandemic was going to change a lot of things forever.

Small businesses will close. Shopping centers too. Restaurants operate on a razor thin margin. Many will close. New ones may replace them. They will be created for the new world before they open.

Airlines and airports will have to rethink what they are doing today. In fact, we won’t be able to travel like we used to do. In my other world, the concert business won’t be back until October 2021, if then.

Schools? That’s a topic for a big argument. K – 12 schooling is in flux as we speak. Small, private colleges probably won’t survive. Big universities will survive, but nobody knows what they will look like.

Universities are already cutting sports. Stanford ended 12 fall sports forever. The Big Ten with schools like Michigan State and Ohio State are not playing football this year. Nor, are the Ivy League schools.

And, so it goes.

I’ve been saying that we have the opportunity for positive change.

We have to be smart about it. We have to talk to each other even if our philosophies are opposing each other.

We can’t run around willy nilly.

In New Orleans, some people took down statues of people who helped many people. They destroyed two statues of John McDonogh. He was a businessman and slave owner. After his death his will specified that schools be built to serve everybody. He funded freed slaves if they wanted to go to Liberia.

Redemption. That’s a big word. Apparently in our cancel culture, nobody is allowed to atone for their mistakes.

Except for one person.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. He spoke out against the action of kneeling on a football sideline. He said the American flag comes first. Within hours he walked that back and apologized after he spoke with many of his Black teammates. He apologized again. Then, his wife apologized.

All is apparently good. My friends don’t trust him. They say the apologies came to fast. That they didn’t feel right.

I don’t know.

These are the thoughts that have been running around in my head.

I’m pretty good at logistics and making things right. I know one thing about every issue I’ve raised. Well, two things.

We are going to have to work very hard at whatever we do. I think that we need the wisdom that comes with age not to correct, but to consult.

And, money.

This is going to cost a lot of money. Money that only the federal government can provide. Money that comes from good leadership, not some babbling nabob of negativity.

The picture

It’s about time that I talk about that, yes? It’s a layered picture, made to show the richness of a summer forest floor. In posting it, I have finally found my direction. At least for this hour.

I’m following a lot of artists on Instagram. There a couple whose work excites me. They also understand that they have to earn a living. I’ve talked with them via private messaging. I’m trying to pick their brain about modern marketing and seo.

For the record, I think maybe 85% of the photography on Instagram is derivative. One photographer makes a kinda cool picture and 1,000 more follow him. Sorta like masks. Everybody is making and advertising masks. Derivative. That’s why I follow artists. Their work is mostly original.

Stay safe. Stay mighty. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Keep your distance. Enjoy all the M&Ms.



16 responses to “The Time Before”

  1. kkessler833 Avatar

    Like it very much!

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  2. Lia Storm Avatar

    I think your picture captured the forest floor nicely. Makes me want to take a walk in the forest , but not many forests in this part of Florida, just something akin to a jungle 🙂

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  3. Judi Castille Avatar

    I find Instagram can be stale due to this copying trend. I agree and do search out artists too. ‘re the statues…absolutely against destroying the past. All the modern dud and continues to have slavery in many guises. It’s very short sighted. Better to educate early and be a responsible adult who explains why slavery occurs and how it can be avoided. Managing the logistics of the virus should be simple and honestly we will gain from it. Mask wearing, washing, cubicles for staff serving and less pushing your back in queues is good. It is common sense. We might just save millions from a reduction in the common cold virus. That money from lost hours at work can go into the protective environment budget. No excuses really. All as you say is down to be organized.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      I don’t follow those photographers but I do follow my friends and my heroes. 🤦‍♂️One that you might like is Todd Hido. Most of the statues that are coming down have very little to do with real history. Most Confederate statues were not erected after the Civil War, but many years later as Black people were finally gaining real equality as a method of putting them in their place. Today, our governor closed the bars in the state and mandated masks wearing. Meanwhile, my revenue streams are in the tank. Sheesh.

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  4. rothpoetry Avatar

    I think you are right on this one… We need to learn to talk with those who disagree with us rather than writing them off or shouting them down. Seems to be a lesson we still have not learned individually or in government!
    The light in you photo makes the ferns look like fossils on a rock! Very nice!

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Somebody posted presidents getting along. Michelle Obama hugging W. Barrack Obama hanging the Medal of Freedom on Bush senior. I thought to myself that it wasn’t so long ago. We were starting to polarize when 45 took office. We must ignore his words and move on.

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  5. rothpoetry Avatar

    I like your new blog format! Haven’t seen your around for awhile … are you doing OK??


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you, but there is a long way to go. I’m converting it to my main website that contains Storyteller. I am good. I took the holidays off. I’ll start writing again in a couple of days. I have been making a huge amount of pictures.

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      1. rothpoetry Avatar

        Great! Keep posting… Happy New Year!

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      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        It’s only been 12 years of almost constant posting. Heh.

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      3. rothpoetry Avatar

        Wow! that is a long time. So, are you burned out yet!

        Liked by 1 person

      4. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        That’s why I took a break. If we can’t travel again, I’m going to get toasty again real soon.

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