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We Celebrated My Father's 100th Birthday.
Daddy tries some Birthday Cupcake
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all 116 photographs by J R Compton & Anna Palmer at http://www.jrcompton.com/family/Daddy_is_100/papa-hundred.html.
My New Cat Without A Name
My new cat was given to me as "a female about four months old." The first vet says it's a seven-to-nine-year-old male. It's small for any age. The very nice people who gave it to me called it "Tinkerbell," because "she" came with a little bell, so somebody would know where she was. That's a great idea. He disappears sometimes within seconds and stays gone for hours. Then he reappears right where I last saw him, or I trip over him when he's sauntering toward food.
But I wouldn't want a bell on me, and he somehow rid himself of it, so I'm not going to do that to him. He's endured enough indignities already. I'd rather have a cat who disappears. In fact I'm liking it. I have a cat who disappears. As if I were the only one.
The first vet, after setting me up to sit in a short, but slightly padded metal chair with a back, considerably lower than the stool he sat on not looking down on me, but the implication was clear. I stood up to talk with him, but he never once established eye contact.
Not sure I could ever trust somebody running games like that on his clients. He told me it would cost $800 to do the dental work my cat needs, and that cats with toothaches tend to hide it.
I'd gleaned that info from the internet, so I believed him on that one. But I'm hoping to find a nice, human veterinarian that somebody could trust, to tell me what's really ailing my cat. I don't think I've even bought a vowel yet. He promised me the results from No-Name's blood work yester, but that didn't happen.
I'd thought about calling it Tink or Tinker, except every time I say either of those, somebody adds to it, so it become Tinkerbell again. He's pretty — beautiful even, in a darkish, tiger-like way with dark, symmetrical stripes, light orange areas and bright white whiskers and ear feathers, but not really cute.
Despite all that name silliness, I usually call him Mr.Tink or Tinker Taylor, which came to mind before I realized that came with "Soldier Spy." when I or he really needs to be called by some name. Although he responds equally to "kitty-kitty" and "hey, you."
His kind — not species — of cat is usually called a Mackerel Tabby. He's darker than what I thought when I learned it was a tabby, and he has five less-than-more parallel black stripes along his back from neck to tail that mimic the dark lines on his wrists.
I'm already very fond of him, and I'm treating him better than he treats me, and am not even surprised he's never made effort to get to, let alone through a door to the outside. I even filter his cat box every other day, after getting him a covered one, because Anna told me female cats would appreciate the privacy.
I'd hoped to have him a couple decades, so I was disheartened to hear he was already half that. But with cats, you get what you get, and it's never really what you expected, but it's almost always better.
During my early, intense online feline research, I learned that cats who get their toothaches fixed often radically change cat personalities, if that's what he has, the transition should be fun. I'll let you know what happens.
Visit my Amateur
Birder's Journal for my most recent Bird
and annotated map of White Rock Lake birds.
Great Egrets Dancing in Thin Air Over the White Rock Lake Spillway - Thursday November 7 2013
My favorite thing to do is photograph birds. Usually, I do that alone, but sometimes I photograph birds with Anna or others. As I type these words, on September 29 2013, I've been photographing birds at less than once a day for the month, because mean, biting bugs have left me an itching mass of bug terror.
My other most favorite thing to do is stand on the pier in Sunset Bay on White Rock Lake, fully inside the City Limits of Dallas, Texas, USA and look out or in or over. Nice if there's a cool breeze. Nicer if there are interesting birds. Best of all when fellow birders or bird photographers join me in conversation about our favorite topic
Falling slowly down the list is writing about
art. But maybe once or twice a month, I add another story
to DallasArtsRevue.com usually to
a pile of stories called Art
Here Lately, which name pretty much explains what it's all about.
One of my other most popular bird pages is The Birds of the Rio Grande II. I'm a good teacher, but I have issues with authority figures and bureaucracy. Teaching via web pages just makes more sense.
I have been a professional photographer since 1964, with a couple of sites and many photo pages [linked below]. Some here on my personal site, others on DallasArtsRevue.com. But of all those, my favorite photo pages are about my family. Those are linked below.
In autumn 2012, I spent an inordinate amount of time documenting the State Fair of Texas.
Inside the Freight Elevator
at the Fort Worth Community Art Center in Fort Worth, Texas:
I think it's art, but only in this photo. In the elevator it was just a piece of sheet metal.
The best, most often updated, most popular and informative of my photography pages is How to Photograph Art or Pretty Much Anything Else, which is one of my most popular pages, and I've got feedback from all over the world about it. It's also the most fun, and I almost always have new ideas for things to teach with it, if I can figure out how to say and show it.
A Patient Turkey Vulture Waits Patiently to Get Into a Dead Skunk by the Side of the Road
A page that may never be popular is my Birding Galveston page. Although another much less recent page called Birds of the Rio Grande continues to be enormously so.
Other photo info pages include some of my blogs listed below.
One of my favorite ongoing photographic series is of dead flowers. Because there are several pages on my various sites of those, I now have a Dead Flowers Index, although I have not yet tracked down all my dead flower pix there.
Photographs are everywhere.
It's not one of my official photo series, but over the years I have photographed a lot of people's houses. Some in the guise of studio visits, some just because that place fascinated me. Here's Somebody's House in East Dallas. And here's a whole other way of showing where my mother and father used to live — Maravilla for Mom.
Poemagraphics combined poetry and photographs many years ago when websites with pictures loaded much more slowly than they do now, so the pictures were smaller.
Who I Am
Kate and Me — See Daddy's 100th Birthday
I am a photographer, writer, editor and art critic, exhibition organizer, poet, curator, promoter and website producer. Among other things. I have been a Staff Photographer for The Dallas Times Herald, Dallas NOTES from The Underground, HOOKA, The Austin Sun, The Edinburg Daily Review and had photos published in dozens of other publications around the world, including Life Magazine, The Texas Observer and the Dallas Observer.
In March 2009 I began a page of Austin Sun Photographs I shot in 1975 and 76. Forty years later on Halloween 2009 I extensively photographed our 40th Anniversary Reunion party. I love photographing parties, but no one ever hires me to do that. I also enjoy photographing art, and from time to time someone will hire me to do more of that.
I've also been a photojournalist, typesetter, community radio and TV producer, milkman, Secret Film Courier in Viet Nam, Instructor of Photography and Publication Design for honors college classes, Yellow Cab Driver, Publisher of Underground Newspapers and a Night Watchman at a Massage Parlor. I have curated exhibitions and am a published and self-published art critic — writing about art longer than anyone else in Dallas.
I used to collect jobs. Check out my resume for most of them. But in the last ten years plus, I've kept the same ones. Never know how long that will last.
My photographs have been published in dozens of publications around the world, including LIfe, Jet and Texas Monthly, and they've been exhibited in more than 90 art exhibitions.
I don't like to do the same any thing for very long, so I don't. I'm easily bored but never without something interesting to do. And I keep coming back to making photographs — especially of birds and art, and writing, editing, designing and publishing — community-based publications (including this one), although the medium keeps changing.
The Green & Yellow Express Was Flying Blind,
So They Had to Put Her in Mothballs
Sometimes my favorite blog is my ThEdBlog (spelled and pronounced thed blog), which is me blogging about me publishing DallasArtsRevue and living life as I have come to understand it, if I even approximate that task. Those pages are illustrated with often enigmatic photographs from my personal existence.
Every time I get a new camera, I start a new Learning My New Camera blog, and the collection now includes my continuing Nikon D800E journal and my(Panasonic Lumix) G5 Journal and other cameras including my Nidon d7000 journal; the Canon S90 and Canon S90 Tips & Accessories and Canon S90 Accessory Nikon D200 journal that are mostly completed.
Shadows On The Bathroom Floor
Bloggish in a photographic way is my DallasArtsRevue members page of usually very recent photographs — usually new every three to six months. Often they are personal images, like this one I shot after getting bored with a gallery show, then walking out into the setting sun.
I also cover Dallas area exhibitions blog style in an ongoing art criticism series called Art Here Lately. These are huge, all in one, web pages that include photographs and criticism of art.
In my Bird Journal I photograph birds — like these Great Egrets, Who Are Engaging in
Symbolic, Mock Battle where scores get settled without physically injuring either bird.
The Amateur Birder's Journal — more info below, takes up most of my time and effort online. About three times a week I show bird photographs from White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas, USA and as far as Montana, Colorado and The Lower Rio Grande Valley and other places we wander. The six years of my Birder Journal is indexed here. There's also a bibliography of useful books, a links page to other lake and bird and other sites and a Feedback page and dozens of others linked from the index.
DallasArtsRevue includes — in its more than five hundred web pages — art, art stories and news, views and reviews of, by and for the artists of Dallas, Texas, USA. I'm the editor, publisher and writer. It's the main reason I'm still here.
Ideas + Spirituality
Me Meditating in Casa Rinconada at Chaco Canyon 2006
Spiritual — The Meta Index includes links to my photographic pages of SolstiCelebrations and other bits of magic.
The Magic of Color
Images of personal and public magic
My metaphysical and philosophical writings about intimacy and prayer and some other stuff.
A Meditation of the Five Ancient Elements
J R Compton's Cosmic Coping Kit of Metaphysical & Other Knowledge
1,735 Movies Reviewed.
The best of My Poetry
I used to do websites. Well, I still do my own websites — JRCompton.com here and that big other one, DallasArtsRevue.com. I just don't do them for other people anymore. Just as well. These two keep me busy.
Mom (93) Counting, Dad (100) Watching Intently and Smiling
My 2012 Clare Family Reunion page and my 2008 Pictures from a Reunion.
My Mother's 90th Birthday in early 2011
My Father's 97th Birthday in late 2010 was a great excuse for a family gathering.
Maravilla for Mom is of, in and around my family's home of 40 in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
The Clare Family Story - my mother, Mary Clare Compton's family story
Back Home in Indiana - my father, John T. Compton's Story
The Ballad of Harold & Emily - my mother's parents' story
The Fire - How my father's mother died in a fire saving his life, and what happened after that.
My full resume
The shows my photographs have been in so far
Exhibitions I've produced and/or curated.
My logo designs
And all those employments that have filled in the betweens.
I've got a new email address, and it's where my latest email address always is — on this site's Contact page, which is not anywhere near as entertaining as the Contact page for DallasArtsRevue.