Last year Erica and I moved from Ypsi to Los Angeles - we put everything we owned in a uHaul trailer and towed it behind the ranger across the country. We took as many backroads and historical routes as we could - taking a lot of photos and videos along the way; all this time though, the footage has just been hiding away on my hard-drives and I wanted to put it together and post it, as it’s long overdue.
via Fire in a Bottle
How to get from Ypsilanti, MI to Berkeley, CA in five fun filled days:
Monday: drive to Omaha, NE (ok, this day is not fun filled)
Tuesday: stop in Boulder, CO for dinner- sleep in Kremmling, CO
Wednesday: visit Dinosaur Monument, UT- Goblin Valley, UT- Glen Canyon, UT- sleep in Hanksville, UT
Thursday: visit Grand Canyon, AZ- sleep in Barstow, CA
Friday: arrive in Berkeley, CA at 3:30pm- sleep in our adorable cottage.
Ruth and James are amazing people - and I’m so happy to find they were taking lots of photos of their road trip from Ypsi to the West Coast!
via unsolved mysteries : mark & ben
I don’t think I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Ben, pictured on the right, but, I have been fortunate enough to spend quite a bit of time Mark, pictured on the left, and I know him well enough to say that he is an awesome, awesome individual. As far as I am concerned, he is the glue that holds much of what’s worth saving in Ypsi together.
I was running last night after a fresh snow, and a patch of perfectly shoveled sidewalk in front of a small, humble church struck me as significant. Suddenly I knew why this particular stretch of concrete was so meticulously maintained. It wasn’t shoveled for neighbors or public safety. At the heart of it, this sidewalk was shoveled for God.
So I thought I’d start a church without a deity called the Universal Goodness of Humanity, based on my faith that the human race will ultimately achieve ubiquitous compassion. Its since been brought to my attention that the initials would be UGH, which makes the entire concept hilarious and cynical. This church of mine will need a new name.
via weak stare
There wasn’t any info on the site about where this photo came from - I asked Genevieve in a comment if she created these miniatures or just shared them. Either way, I love them. I want to create a whole room like this and film little adventures inside it.
These 2x a month Time Capsules are probably my most favorite inbox surprise - I really wish I had something similar for Vimeo. Also, this photo makes me miss Leon, and no, he’s not gone-gone, he’s just been happily spending his days with Erica’s brother, JD.
via Mike Ambs on Vimeo
Recently I was asked by the wonderful and talented Ruth Marks, the creator and person behind the Ypsilanti based FLY Children’s Art Center, to create a video that helped share what FLY is and why it’s a unique experience for children.
Ypsilanti’s FLY Children’s Art Center founder Ruth Marks has long wanted to bring art to low-income and at-risk children. To help her do that, she’s taking a page from the playbook of TOMS Shoes… In that spirit, Marks is using proceeds from FLY’s art kit sales and a recent fundraiser to provide 40 kits and free classes to kids from a low-income neighborhood on the south side of Ypsilanti.
The kits will be distributed at a Parkridge Community Center holiday party on Dec. 18 to children who have also been participating in free weekly classes Marks offers there.
Marks says the kids at Parkridge have been among the more enthusiastic to participate in the programs, which are now held daily throughout the region. “The kids are so sweet and ready to do something, so ready to be active and to participate,” Marks said.
When I was reading this article on Ruth - I couldn’t help but think that in a few years I’ll be watching her give a talk at TED about the importance of art at a young age :)