Author Archives: Tom Schultz

About Tom Schultz

Was there ever a time that I did not love writing? If so, I can’t remember back that far. A decade or so ago, along with other life changes, I started exploring fiction, memoirs, and creative nonfiction to complement my essays. For me, writing is always about the melody and the rhythm, as well as the light and the image. Around the same time, I went to law school as a “nontraditional” (read middle-aged) student. After a couple stressful days in an auditorium at Michigan State University, packed with 1,000 other folks taking a bar exam, I survived and joined the Michigan bar as a newbie lawyer. I have the opportunity to write a lot at the day job, but felt the need for a place to express more creativity than is allowed within the four corners of a legal brief, and to share my feelings with others. Voila! Blogging. When I began, I thought my posts would be all about writing. Serendipity is a gentle goddess, though, and I soon rediscovered my passion for photography. With the aid of my fellow bloggers, I have worked on presenting a vision and, hopefully, conveying a sense of spirit through pictures as well as words. Politics has always been my passion, but not what passes for politics in our time, poisoned as it is with partisan rancor. No thanks, not interested in that scene. Only as we as a society can reintroduce spirituality, in all its emanations and wonder, into the political process (in the broadest sense) can we really extricate ourselves from the swamp and find a path forward. And it would surely help if we could in our journey find faith between men and women, too. The arts suggest to us the hidden potential for change in society. In the distemper of these times, beauty can be subversive. In my writing and photos, I hope to evoke some of the spirit in my favorite art, of all forms.

Beauty’s Intoxicating Feeling

The enjoyment of beauty has a peculiar, mildly intoxicating quality of feeling. Beauty has no obvious use; nor is there any clear cultural necessity for it. Yet civilization could not do without it.

–Sigmund Freud

So, as winter sets in and the trees rest in their dormant shade of gray,  memories of summers past and summers to come beguile the time.

Kensington Park, Michigan

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Photo Challenge: “Awf’y” Cheeky Critter

My Scottish grandmother  sprinkled her conversation with the word cheeky, often modified by “awf’y.”  She would have liked this guy.  I ran into this cheeky critter along the trail last summer.  Needless to say, I gave him a wide berth and captured his “fighting stance” with my telephoto lens.

Photo Challenge:  Cheeky 

 

Photo Challenge, Serene: Seeing into the Life of Things

While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.
–William Wordsworth

What a treasure to have such a serene place only a short distance away.

Photo Challenge:  Serene 

camus invincible summer

Fleming Creek, Michigan

WPC: A Serenity More Profound and Emotions without Words

Forthwith a change came over the waters, and the serenity became less brilliant but more profound.
—-Joseph Conrad

The Au Sable River in northern Michigan always brings to mind memories of boyhood vacations, now viewed from the serenity of distance, but on a summer’s day still calling up emotions without words.

Photo Challenge:  Serene 

au sable river, michigan

Au Sable River, Michigan