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Letters Home is on the move! Thursday, October 08, 2009

That's right, after almost exactly three years here, Letters Home is moving to a whole new location on the web: bookmark it now, or change your RSS feed link:

With the move, it's getting a whole new look. It should be a lot better for displaying my photos (bigger too!—click on the thumbnails for a slide show), and it will also be easier to search for specific topics. Plus it just looks better.

One of the main improvements is the ability to categorize posts. I'm still working out the details on that system, and it might take a while for me to sort out the categorization on my backlog of posts, but new posts will have nice neat categories for you to browse through.

And, with the new system, I can create "pages." I'm not sure how I will use that for this blog, but it is a pretty cool feature that will eventually come in handy.

The other major announcement is a whole new "blog." Portland Band Photographer is pretty much what the name implies: the best source for bands, musicians and other performers who need photos for their websites, press kits, etc. You can already see a portfolio of my band and musician portraits (like the one of Mother Mother at right), and another portfolio of live concert photography. I'll be adding stories and examples of my music photography to the blog part over the next few days.

Stay tuned! (Just not here.)

Housewarming party Monday, October 05, 2009

Now that we've been in our house for about two months, we figured it was time for a housewarming party. It was all very prim and proper, until Sam brought out the piƱatas ...

Wheelchair curling at Evergreen Curling Club Saturday, October 03, 2009

Cathy Cummins fires a rock down the ice at a wheelchair curling event hosted by Evergreen Curling Club Sept. 27 at the Lloyd Center in Portland. The club, with the help of the Disabled American Veterans, invited wheelchair athletes to learn the sport under the guidance of U.S. Paralympian Patrick McDonald and Canadian champion Vince Miele.

Last Sunday the Evergreen Curling Club hosted a learn-to-curl event for wheelchair athletes in Portland. With the help of the Disabled American Veterans, the club brought U.S. Paralympian Patrick McDonald up from San Francisco and Canadian champion Vince Miele down from Vancouver to teach the sport to first-time curlers in wheelchairs.

I recently updated my Sportsshooter page with some wheelchair curling photos, including the one above. Here are a couple of outtakes that didn't fit on that page.

[right] U.S. Paralympian Patrick McDonald communes with the ice before teaching the sport to first-time wheelchair curlers. [below] Canadian champion Vince Miele (left) shares a laugh with another curler.