Friday, October 21, 2011

harvest time

This year's garden was the best ever! We harvested everything this week, just in time for the first frost. We have more habaneros than we know what to do with (about 800), so I'm trying to figure out how to preserve them (and everything else).

A rainbow of habaneros.

Aren't these the cutest little eggplants you've ever seen?

Jamie really babied the sunflowers, which are the first thing I've ever successfully grown from seed. We planted late, but once they dry, we should have a ton of sunflower seeds.

I taught myself how to can this year! From left: tomato sauce with basil and garlic, medium salsa, and mild salsa verde.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Youth

With a group of writers and editors, I've been working on a public service journalism project aimed at improving the lives of area children. Here are some teens I met through Rare Breed Youth Services.

Michael Housley feels his baby kick in the belly of his girlfriend, Sonserae Wilder, with their 9-month-old, DeShealyn, between them at Rare Breed Youth Services on Thursday, September 1, 2011. Wilder and Housley are both 19 years old and have been on their own--homeless, couch surfing, and staying in shelters--since they were 16.

Wilder said she was miserable in foster care and has been working hard to make sure her daughter's needs are met to keep the family intact.

Victoria Stokes, 19, also grew up in the foster care system. After running away at 17, she couch surfed until she found "the Breed" and got into their transitional living program. Now she has her own apartment and takes classes at Ozarks Technical Community College.

Victoria says she is happiest at home with her cat, Simba (a female, with a boy's name, she'd like me to point out.)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

coming home

A few weeks ago (Sept. 14) I had the privilege of photographing Army reservists reuniting with their loved ones after a year in Iraq and Kuwait. I'm kind of a sap, so I teared up a couple of times.

Sgt. Ronald Farrow hugs his granddaughters, Mallory Wood, 3 (left) and Mackenzie Wood, 4.

Samantha Tubbs kisses her husband, Jakeb Tubbs. Samantha's mom made the dress for their daughter, camo with peace signs.

Pedro Benitez holds his finance, Vanessa Tucker. Those two stood like that for a long time.