More Popular Than Wishing I Was A Photographer

When I saw this tree with a staircase, I had to take photographs. It’s like a portal to another world, and my fairy princess daughter ran to them without promoting. A perfect moment.


Too bad I’m a terrible photographer who used her iPhone and has no idea how to make pictures look cool. Probably because I don’t use Instagram.





When I’m not disappointing myself by pretending to be something I’m not, I’m becoming more popular by reading and writing elsewhere.

My Other Hangouts (don’t tell my blog):

Favorite posts I didn’t read, I mean, write:

  • The Magic Button: A magic button you can push to make everything okay. (cool)
  • To Cheat or Not to Cheat: From Sports Illustrated, a special report on how steroids in baseball affected those in the minor leagues in the 90s and early 00s disproportionately and how one man came to terms with how his cheating destroyed his friends’ careers. (insightful)
  • My So-Called Ex-Gay Life: From The American Prospect, a gay man recounts his therapeutic attempts to become heterosexual and how the resurgence of ex-gay therapy in the late 90s and early 00s was based on faulty data and only caused patients to become “anxious, depressed and suicidal.” (important)
  • Being Single: From Law-Momma: Spilled Milk and Other Atrocities, a courageous confession of admitting life could be easily without kids. (honest)

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

6 thoughts to “More Popular Than Wishing I Was A Photographer”

  1. For what it’s worth, I love your “overexposed” shot second from the bottom.

    And your “I miss poetry” post and the “What did we think would happen” post.

    Off to read the other ones. Because for someone who is disappointed in her photography skills, you sure are a kick-ass writer.

  2. When i got my ABC (Awesome Black Camera, Thank Abby, For the ABC thing, not the camera), I was on and getting all kinds of professional advice. It all boiled down to one sentence. “Fill the Frame”. Yeah, big landscappy pics are cool for their own sake but the really good shots have little open space. Your #3 is a good example. N is definitely the subject. The background is in back where it belongs. The steps are a geometrically interesting contrast. Good. Good. Good.

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