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This Week at Gatewood: Weekend Wrap-Up for March 8-14

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Photo via MorgueFile.

by K.C. Collins

Here’s your Weekend Wrap-Up for the week of March 8-14, 2015:

Monday:Lucky Fellows – Fungi Experts” by H. Koppdelaney

Tuesday:The Polar Bear Prince” by Geoff Hauser

Wednesday:Liber Tzaddi: Initiation, Balance, and the Eternal Companion” by D.V. Gray

Thursday:Three Things Thursday 2015/03/12” by Doc Nicholas

Friday:Walk the Path” by P.L. Miller

As always, we invite you to follow @docnicholas on Twitter to be updated on our daily posts. That’s it for the Weekend Wrap-Up for the week of March 8-14. Have a great week!

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This Week at Gatewood: Weekend Wrap-Up for February 9-14

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Photo courtesy of MorgueFile.com.

by K.C. Collins

Here’s your Weekend Wrap-Up for the week of February 9-14, 2015:

Monday: “9 States of Consciousness” by Eduardo Rodriguez Calzado

Tuesday: “The Monkey-Man’s Dilemma” by Geoff Hauser

Wednesday: “Some Thoughts on Love, Sex, and Relationships” by “Queen Z”

Thursday: “Three Things Thursday” by Rob Colfax

Friday: “Solitude” by P.L. Miller

Saturday: Saturday Concert Series #14: Randy Newman

Throughout the week, our Special Assistant @docnicholas posted a number of memes to his Twitter timeline. Here are our favorites:

We made a slight change in coding this week in an effort to make the links more visible in each piece. We’re also trying out a new puzzle feature (below); you should have the option to work them onsite or print out as you like.

As always, we invite you to follow @docnicholas on Twitter to be updated on our daily posts. That’s it for the Weekend Wrap-Up for the week of February 9-14. Have a great week!

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This Week at Gatewood: Tears & Drool & LOLs (Oh My)

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Photo: “Dog Tired” by Heather Bailey, licensed CC BY_NC_SA 2.0.

by Johanna Rigby

When we did our first Weekend Wrap-Up a couple of weeks ago, there was some hint of dogs in party hats to come, yet not one appeared in the first two Wrap-Ups. The reason for this is simple: Senior Editor Colfax’s dog Mazie is a stubborn bitch. Not only did she refuse to pose for a quick pic wearing a party hat, she refused to have her picture taken at all by even our most talented photographers.

Not that she doesn’t like photographers – to the contrary. One of them is still trying to find a lens-cleaning solution to remove her viscous drool from the front of a lens. Another wishes he’d had the foresight to Scotchguard his suede shoes, as she was so excited she peed on them while she tried to waltz with him. The dog you see in the photo here is not Mazie; this dog is standoffish in comparison.

And so while everyone else regroups and cleans up doggie drool, let’s have a quick look at our posts from this week.

Monday we brought you “Vortex of Sorrow” from digital artist Sean Bourke.

Tuesday’s feature was a very short poem, “Fold,” by Thomas Kent.

On Wednesday, Rob Colfax contemplated whether the universe had a sense of humor in “The Divine Joker.”

Friday’s photography feature from P.L. Miller led us to contemplate “Time and Change.”

The Saturday Concert Series this week featured a rousing show by grassrock pioneers Hayseed Dixie at the Cleveland House of Blues in 2004.

One other thing that might be of interest to you: we’ve started scheduling our daily feature to post at 2:00 a.m. EST, so if you’re in the UK, you can check it out first thing in the morning, and our West Coasters in the US can see it before heading off to bed for the night.

That’s it for the Gatewood Weekend Wrap-Up. Be sure to follow our Special Editors’ Assistant @docnicholas on Twitter to be notified when new pieces are posted.

Take care, spend some quality time with your dogs and cats, and have a great week!

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This Week at Gatewood (Weekend Wrap-Up)

photo by P.L. Miller

by Frasier MacKenzie

You may be wondering why there’s a cat wallowing all over the top of this post. I’ll get to that, but first, our weekend wrap-up.

On Sunday, Senior Editor Rob Colfax launched our Weekend Wrap-Up experiment, and since no one threw bottles at us and nothing exploded, we decided to keep doing it. Some people who are terribly busy during the week even told us that they enjoyed being able to read at their leisure on Sunday afternoon.

Monday’s featured art was some abstract mixed media entitled “Sahara Sex” from the artist known as Zengael.

Tuesday’s feature was a short fiction piece, “And Make Up Stories,” from writer Patrick Redding.

Wednesday we had some fun with “Math in Real Life,” a collaboration from Rob Colfax, Patrick Redding, and P.L. Miller.

Thursday’s poll asked for “Your Thoughts on the Super Bowl.” The vote as of Saturday evening stands at 50% for “When do I get my TV back?” and 50% for “I need my balls checked for proper inflation.” So far no one has cast a single vote for the Seattle Seahawks or the New England Patriots. The poll will remain open until the game is over, so it’s not too late to cast your vote.

Friday’s featured photography from P.L. Miller brought a breath of spring after a week of snow and blizzard threats in many parts of the northern hemisphere. Although he almost certainly wasn’t referring to snow, Herman Hesse put it very well: “And some day there will be nothing left of everything that has twisted my life and grieved it and filled me so often with such anguish.” It’s not so much the snow itself as the long, dragging, dark winter days that wear on one’s soul. At this time of year, for some of us, a green leaf or a ray of sunshine are worth a thousand antidepressants.

Our Saturday Concert Series (#12) featured the Dropkick Murphys in a kick-ass show at Hurricane Festival 2014.

That’s it for the week. We’ve got some great material coming out this week, so check in with us daily – or follow our Special Editors’ Assistant @docnicholas on Twitter to be notified as soon as new pieces are posted.

Oh, yes, that question: Why is the cat rolling all over the top of this post? Because, according to Doc Nicholas, “Cats gonna do what cats gonna do!”

Have a great week, and don’t mind the cat hair.

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The Procrastinating Photographer (or… “Dude, This Film Is OLD!”)

by K.C. Collins, P.L. Miller & Graham Ballantine

Way on the back side of the film box, so small it can hardly be read (and hence must not be terribly important, right?), is a suggestion from the manufacturer: DEVELOP PROMPTLY.

“Prompt” is, of course, a relative term. After all, when one considers the billions of years that have gone into the making of what the world is today, five or ten of those years really isn’t that long, is it? No. Not unless you’re talking about that roll of film in your camera that just might have a grainy shot of Abe Lincoln delivering his Gettysburg address. (You can bet he didn’t get those goofy looks like certain modern-day politicians – of course, he might have and you wouldn’t know, would you, because that roll of film’s still in your camera, waiting to be finished and developed. Maybe it’s better that we don’t know.)

Since several of us have worked in photo labs and darkrooms, and have had the privilege of seeing really old film on a regular basis, we’ve compiled for you some real-life examples of film left just a bit too long in the camera. (You’d never do that, of course. We know you. You always develop your film promptly.)

However…

You know your film might have been in the camera too long if…

…the kid hanging upside-down from the swing-set at his fourth birthday party in frame #2 is attending his high school graduation in frame #23.

…you’re proudly wearing your “New Kids on the Block” t-shirt, and it’s not from a reunion tour.

…the sporty new car in the pictures is the same one you had taken away to the junkyard last year because they no longer make parts for it.

…the kitchen appliances come out a sickening shade of avocado green no matter how much the lab tries to fix the color.

…in the living room shots, you can see the Watergate hearings in progress on the TV set in the background.

…your long-haired hippie brother in frame #4 is bald by frame #20.

…your house progresses through three different colors of trim during the course of the roll, and none of those are the color the trim is now.

…your size 4 girlfriend in frame #3 is your very pregnant wife by frame #22.

…the children in front of the Christmas tree are opening some large square things called “albums” instead of CDs and video games.

…as the roll progresses, you can see your husband’s entire weight-loss program: “before,” “after,” and “I swallowed a whole keg in one gulp.”

…your teenage goth-chick daughter in the Halloween shots on the end of the roll was a daffodil in the kindergarten play at the beginning of the roll.

…more than half the relatives on the roll have been dead for over five years. Some have now been dead longer than they were alive.

…at the beginning of the roll you have a two-car garage; by the end of the roll you have an SUV parked in front of an oversized storage building.

…most of the clothes you’re wearing in the pictures just sold for a quarter a piece in the neighborhood yard sale last week, and that was to a theater group who got all excited about finding “authentic period costumes.”

…the couple in the wedding pictures have divorced, are on their second marriages to other people, and you can only share these special photo-memories with them if you feel like getting slapped.

© Copyright 2005, 2007, 2011 by K.C. Collins, P.L. Miller & Graham Ballantine

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New Images from PL Miller

Stretching Toward Spring

Stretching Toward Spring

Our contributing editor PL Miller has been photoblogging lately, and you should check out the interesting new images. We haven’t had a chance to add any of them to the Gallery yet but will try to update soon.
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