•Yes, I did go to a gem show. Photos aren't allowed in there for security reasons.
After the show I took a walk around downtown Springfield. It's bombed out and desolate. They've been trying to revive it at least since 1986. It used to be more vibrant in it's deterioration then. I wasn't completely out of place pushing a baby stroller around there in those days.
Perhaps I'm more out of place there now since it's only become more bombed out. I guess having lived there provides me with a sense of place and belonging. I'm not afraid and the men who pass me by just give me a nod.
Off to the studio with my beads. If I get any macros shot I'll let you know. Happy Monday morning into Monday afternoon and evening. oxo jo