Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

In between. And food.


My laptop died almost three weeks ago. Though I’m relying on my phone to stay in touch I feel a bit adrift without the laptop’s warm weight on my lap in the evenings. Luckily my husband was able to save the contents of the laptop’s brain, and the pictures and documents are now resting comfortably on a external hard drive. A new laptop has been ordered and might show up next week. Or not. I don’t know how to download the photos I have on my camera to the desktop, though I think I did that back in 2014 when I was also without a laptop for an extended period of time.

I have figured out how to download to the desktop photos I’ve taken with my phone and posted on Facebook.

There is comfort in that, because long gone are the days that I seem to be able to write without photos. Hence the lack of posts lately. The requirement for photos in a blog is kind of thought provoking. Have we lost the ability to read without pictures?

When I first began to blog, in 2006, there were only words. I took more time over what I posted back then. I chose my words more carefully, let them paint the picture. Now I just place the fingers on the keyboard and see what happens. Most of the time it’s the images that inspire the words.

Occasionally it’s the other way around.

Speaking of inspiration, it’s been more than a year now that I’ve been attempting to cook vegan or at least vegetarian for a few of our meals each week. Sometimes (OK, often) I post pictures of the dishes I make. One of my favorite things about cooking this way is the color in the food.

I post on Facebook about a lot of things. Katie the dog, family, seasons, weather, truck safety. But the pictures that get the most comments, and the most discussion among commenters are those of the food. Day before yesterday I had over 30 comments over a meal I made that my husband didn’t like. People were on both sides of the argument. I even copied the recipe and mailed it off to someone. I hope she tries it.

Why do you think that food is such a conversation starter? Why not gun control or mental health? I get that those got lots of conversation too this past week, but food seems to guarantee a comment, a conversation, a reaction from my FB friends.

So until I can come back and blog again, hopefully on my new laptop, with my archive of photos at my fingertips, here’s a picture of food to get you talking.


Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

29 thoughts on “In between. And food.

  1. Food is safe. Like the weather. Mostly. Happy trails, Dawn. 🙂


  2. Food brings people together. Food is life. Food is love 🙂


  3. Your pictures of food inspire me to make more of an effort. Cooking for one often gives me the freedom to take the easy out, although lately when I try prepared foods, I don’t like them so much. As for topics of conversation, like Maggie said, food is safe. Now maybe I’ll post a picture of the vegetarian chili I have in the crockpot.


  4. We ALL have to eat! That’s my opinion anyway. Sorry you’ve been out of touch, but at least you’ve got your phone. I’d miss a laptop, too, though!


    • I’m REALLY missing my laptop! Trying to post comments using the phone makes me nuts. I’m using my husband’s desktop now, with a full size keyboard and that’s nice. But for last few days I’ve been trying to cope with the phone. My eyes are too old to be that stressed!

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  5. Food is comforting. Guns not so much. Food is a unifier. Guns not so much. I believe the NYTimes recently had an article on famous meals that changed the course of the world, so food is epic, too.


  6. Katie must be so miffed.


  7. For me as a photographer, it’s of course natural to post photos on my blog. But I think photos is also useful to drawn readers into a deeper and more elaborated text. That’s of course why magazines and papers use imagery so extensively.

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  8. I’ve been thinking about just this subject (blogging and images, not food, but that’s interesting too!). When I started blogging, I didn’t have a digital camera so it was all words for me. When I did get a camera and I figured out how to post photos, I’d post one image and write, write, write. Now it’s mostly images, I think, with not nearly as much writing. It’s made me wonder if I could write without images. I’m tempted to challenge myself to do so.

    I have nothing new to add to the food discussion since previous comments seem to cover it all. 🙂


    • I think our evolution in blogging has been similar, yours and mine. I think we could do blogs without images…and I think many of our readers would read them. It might be a good challenge. I went back and read some of my old old old stuff and I still liked most of it. But I did take much more care then to ‘craft’ a blog v.s. now. Sometimes I still write and rewrite. But most of the time it gets posted just the way it came out of my fingers.


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  10. Food is comfort and memory. It is adventure with very little risk. Often, as you note, it is quite beautiful. Who can resist? I post all kinds of things on Fb, serious topics that get little or no response, and then pictures of my husband and/or my dog, which are always favorites with the crowd. You’ve made me think, though, that I should upload a new blog post I just wrote and not put any pictures in it….


  11. Your food pics are making me drool! I am so over fancy sauces, etc – just give me simple, wholesome food – Yum!


  12. Food is a good safe subject and most people like food. The other topics are important so usually result in someone getting ticked off because they think people that don’t hold the same opinion are somehow trampling on their rights. But if I don’t like pizza and you do, does it really matter?


  13. Food is my favourite subject!!
    Thanks so much for posting such beautiful words and photos.
    Lots of licks, your new friend Morrie 🙂


  14. Sometimes I wish I could go back to blogging without photos, so the words can make their own images. Too late now for me, my own father admitted to only looking at the pictures and deducting the story from them.


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