Saturday, December 29, 2007

DCJCC Jewish Volunteers D25 2007







Each year the DC Jewish Community Center organizes a massive community-wide volunteer effort at Christmas to reach out to the city's neediest citizens.
I have been covering it (pro-bono) since at least 1994.

These photos are from the Community For Creative Non-Violence (CCNV), Change Inc, DC Central Kitchen, Miriam's Kitchen, and the DCJCC's blood drive.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Healing Clowns (Serious Silliness)

















I had the happy occasion to photograph a marvelous troupe of clowns who are dedicated to healing sick children... a merry minyan of dazzling foolishness.

A smile does indeed lift some of life's dark glooms.

Merry merry to all

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Autumn observed closely











A selection of the thirty-five interesting fallen leaves that I collected recently on my walks in Glencarlyn Park.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Healing the world; one life at a time


I was privileged to document a surgery team, working to repair the birth defect of an infant.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Dead baby snake and 'Hippie Cheerleader'



Two recent images. The mortal coil of the serpent was discovered in Ruth's yard, the other being was observed alive and well, spreading cheer and harmless minor confusion at the Takoma Park (MD) Folk Festival.

Holy Holy Holy/Kadosh Kadosh Kadosh, Adonai tziva'ot, melo kol ha'aretz k'vodo/Lord, the whole world is filled with your glory

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

DeOnte' Rawlings's Shrine






This one got to me.

DeOnte' Rawlings, 14 years old, was shot and killed last week by an off-duty Washington, DC police officer, James Haskel. DeOnte' allegedly had stolen Mr. Haskel's personal minibike, and fired a gun at the officer's car when confronted. Haskel repeatedly returned fire, killing the boy. Witnesses gave a variety of contradictory reports. There is a bullet hole in Officer Haskel's vehicle, but DeOnte's alleged weapon has not been found as of yet.

To say the least, the neighborhood was upset. The officer is on leave, and DC Mayor Fenty and Police Chief Lanier are promising a thorough investigation.

Fourteen...

This shrine, in the alley where DeOnte' was killed, is no more than fifty yards from the shrine for little Destiny Walker. Condon Terrace is a very rough place to live... or die.

After a quiet conversation about the recent sad events, I wished peace to the women whose home is next to the shrine.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Zion Destiny Walker, and two more Washington Monuments








Zion Destiny Walker, not yet three years old, was beaten to death last month by her mother's boyfriend. I met her uncle by the shrine. He explained the terrible facts gently, with quiet grief in his voice. We spoke of the horrible mistake, the tear in the soul, the pitiful waste, that such violence brings about.

I ran into my old friend Marcus next to the dumpster graffiti memorial for two young men. He told me in his neigborhood, about one guy a year still gets killed. Thank goodness Marcus is doing well, positive, working, and rapping with his hip-hop and go-go crew, The Committee. We had a very meaningful conversation.

The headless and choked teddy bears at the other shrine...

All three of these shrines to slaying victims are in the Anacostia section of Washington, DC.

May we all be destined to walk in a better place...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

By any other name


Bon Air Rose Garden, Arlington, Virginia
For Arlington County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department...

and for the sake of beauty

Monday, September 10, 2007

RIP Lil Bo + (two more Washington Monuments)







The monument to Lil Bo, in an alley behind the Chateau nightclub in Anacostia, is three years old. A neighbor passing by informed me that his friends gather on anniversaries of his death to drink and celebrate his memory. They maintain and carefully arrange the bottles in formation, and keep the vacant lot reasonably clean and free of trash. I made a rough estimate of more than 700 bottles in this shrine, mostly pretty pricey liquors.

The shape and the purpose of the site reminded me of circular neolithic stone tombs I visited in Ireland. Dromberg, Sligo, Loughcrew. An echo of Stonehenge...

Lil Bo's girlfriend was pregnant with his child at the time of his murder.

The other site was on Adams St NE. I know nothing else. Another sad mystery. An eyeless clown on a pole.