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Sasha is my fotomodella, Canon Digital Rebel

The crush stories are in!

A huge thank you for everyone who participated. We will announce the winners on Valentine’s Day.

The best thing that happened to me yesterday was chatting with my UPS man. Now, I don’t know how many of you have a crush on your UPS driver (come one, admit it!) but I can safely say, my entire neighborhood is totally crushed out on ours. Rodney. We all talk about him.

He told me an incredible story about recently driving in the Oakland hills very late at night, swerving to miss a deer and driving off a cliff. The car was smashed to bits, totalled, but he was fine. He climbed out with literally one tiny scratch. He called his wife to pick him up and went home to sleep.

The next day at the accident site, the police were incredulous. “You were in there?” they asked, “That’s not possible!” As I looked at Rodney’s kind face, I could only imagine that angels were holding onto him, one on each arm, carrying him safely down the hill and placing him gently back in the car.

When I asked him if the experience had changed him, he paused for a minute and replied with a smile, “Things taste better now.”

….

As I walked away, I tried to borrow a little bit of this perspective. To feel the weight of my feet on the pavement, to taste my earl grey tea as it went down, the warmth, the orange-iness. Why do we only get these glimpses, these little windows into our real experience, when something really horrible happens to us? or when someone we know gets hurt? Somehow through pain we gain access to the truth about our lives.

So I offer that to you today. The taste of sweet toffee on your lips, the coolness of the air in your lungs, the feeling of being alive and having everything taste a little bit better.

Some great pieces of writing:
Coming Clean a poem from my friend Maya on her new wonderful blog.
– And a piece that brought me to tears: Fag by Catelin {via Jen in Ohio}

“How often have you been willing to look at your face in the mirror, without being embarrassed? How many times have you tried to shield yourself by reading the newspaper, watching television, or just spacing out? That is the sixty-four-thousand-dollar question: how much have you connected with yourself at all in your whole life?”
– Chogyam Trungpa

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27 Comments

  1. mati

    is rodney super handsome w/ slicked back black hair? i crush the ups guy, too. i never knew his name. i love your writing & introspection!

  2. Kate

    Looking at your photos of all your friends and all the things you see, it has come to my attention that I do not take enough pictures. I minored in Photography in college. I love taking pictures. The ones I’ve taken people remark on how talented I am, what a good eye I have. But still I am shy I guess. Or lazy. Or I don’t know what. But something in me has to change. I need to take more pictures.

  3. Leonie

    Ah, bugger.
    That quote by Chogyam really caught me out you know. I’ve had so much on my mind the last few days… thinking through how I could have handled things differently, why I can be so damn prickly… that I have found myself reading much more. Just so I didn’t have to listen to the singsongs of regret in my head. And it wasn’t even good reading to connect myself with myself… I tried reading an old favourite sark book last night but couldn’t… so i find myself reading the backs of cereal boxes and reading through again a TIME magazine just to escape for a few minutes into other world oblivion.
    What am I hiding from?
    That’s the one hundred and twenty five thousand dollar question, me thinks 😉
    Thank you for a gorgeous entry, A.
    V thought provoking 🙂
    love and laughter,
    Leonie

  4. wn

    Thank you so much for your blog. Your pictures, stories and little thoughts brighten my day. I think you’ve achieved a good balance of putting yourself out there for the world without self-deprecation and without hiding behind conventions.
    Thanks, seriously

  5. stef

    I love that you have Sasha to photograph so often…my friends get so tired of me taking their photos. Sasha rocks and your photos always do too..
    We have a fed ex guy here at work that we covet! 🙂
    Love the stories…

  6. emily

    thank you for sharing the beauty.

  7. Darcie

    Every place I’ve worked, the UPS dude was a major cutie, and all the women had crushes. They must be flirted with an awful lot in the course of a workday.
    I enjoyed this post, Andrea. You seem so sensitive to and aware of God’s speaking to you–in the story of the UPS man, whatever. You look for evidence of Spirit all around you. It’s inspiring.
    And regarding the self-portrait below, you are so lovely!

  8. Anonymous

    We have a mailman. His name is Rory. I think he’s embarassed because there are five of us girls living in this house…he always smirks and looks at the porch.

  9. Anonymous

    We have a mailman. His name is Rory. I think he’s embarassed because there are five of us girls living in this house…he always smirks and looks at the porch.

  10. Anonymous

    We have a mailman. His name is Rory. I think he’s embarassed because there are five of us girls living in this house…he always smirks and looks at the porch.

  11. Anonymous

    We have a mailman. His name is Rory. I think he’s embarassed because there are five of us girls living in this house…he always smirks and looks at the porch.

  12. Anonymous

    We have a mailman. His name is Rory. I think he’s embarassed because there are five of us girls living in this house…he always smirks and looks at the porch.

  13. Anonymous

    We have a mailman. His name is Rory. I think he’s embarassed because there are five of us girls living in this house…he always smirks and looks at the porch.

  14. Anonymous

    We have a mailman. His name is Rory. I think he’s embarassed because there are five of us girls living in this house…he always smirks and looks at the porch.

  15. Anonymous

    We have a mailman. His name is Rory. I think he’s embarassed because there are five of us girls living in this house…he always smirks and looks at the porch.

  16. Anonymous

    We have a mailman. His name is Rory. I think he’s embarassed because there are five of us girls living in this house…he always smirks and looks at the porch.

  17. girlonaglide

    A: I always enjoy your photos… thanks so much for sharing your view. This Ansel Adams comment comes to mind when I see your photography:
    “A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense.”
    I think it’s clearly time you get a pic of one particularly photogenic UPS guy. 🙂

  18. Anja

    “without being embarrassed.” I can’t avoid the force of this.

  19. Mabelle

    As always…so refreshing and inspiring! I always learn something from you! Thank you!

  20. jenn

    andrea,
    what a wonderful post…. i too was so moved by the fag piece. as a leabian who was and still is not accepted by her family i wonder what it would be like to have the support of being who one really is from parents. great piece, really great piece.
    your Chogyam Trungpa quote really touched home. as i had said in another email to you i just finally bought my first digital camera. i was at home playing with the setting and taking pictures of me in my bathroom full legnth mirror to send to you because i had my passion necklace and earings on. after each picture i would look at what i had taken and then immediatly delete it! of course i blamed it on lighting, focus and lack of experience but when i put the camera away what i knew inside what that i was judging myself. too fat, hair too flat, wrong sweater etc. this is really why i didn’t keep any of the pictures i had taken. i guess my challenge for today is go to that mirror look and accept.
    thanks for the quote, it’s toched home.
    jenn
    ps. i have a secret crush on maya. i think she’s dreamy.

  21. mipmup

    yesterday, my neighbor told me hat her caretaker lost two of her brothers in two days: one due to illness and one due to a gunshot wound to the head. perspective exploded right there on the corner for me.

  22. Donavan

    Chogyam Trungpa Rocks.
    So does your post.
    So do Angels.
    So do you.
    Angel.
    😉
    –D

  23. ella

    i really enjoy your posts. this one struck home today because just this morning i was thinking of an old hometown friend who lost his mother and little sister in a freak car accident last fall. you really have to grab life by the horns and live each day for those little things you love.
    by the way – are you going to post some crush stories on your website? i’m very curious to read some.
    thanks so much for your views – you make me smile, you make me think.

  24. Beastmomma

    I liked the story “fag” and the quotes. There have been times during these past few months when I have been so happy that I thought I would spill over. Instead, I just say with all my might “Thank you for this.”

  25. kat

    I got hit by an SUV last week while walking to work, and it had that kind of effect on me. I walked away from it, and every minute, I am appreciating people and moments and things in my life more and more. There is so much we allow ourselves to miss.
    Fag is such an amazing piece of writing. So moving and beautiful.

  26. mr. andrea lewis

    “Why do we only get these glimpses, these little windows into our real experience, when something really horrible happens to us? or when someone we know gets hurt? Somehow through pain we gain access to the truth about our lives.”
    something about man comes alive when he is broken (dead, humbled). it’s a built in process which points man-cogniant man, that it-in the direction of something ultimate.
    i know you asked that in rhetoric. i had to slice something off.
    i am a man who has come from being abused physically and sexually (people went to prison behind it) to become a beautiful (inside and outside) adult. suffering makes one noble (or ignoble, depending on what one is made of). one should treasure that which fosters character.

  27. Kayla Johnson

    Hey, it is so unfair i just cant get used to the fact that im single and all my friends have got husbands or boyfriends. I feel all alone

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