January 4, 2008

A New Year, a New Blog



For the last few months, 2008 seemed like nothing more than a hazy object in the rear view mirror -- then suddenly it overtook the Lawrence family with a vengeance. For various reasons we've had to stay home more than usual, and a bout of stir-craziness finally pushed me to launch this blog idea. So here I am, writing the first post while one of Central California's biggest rainstorms in years pounds outside. Hopefully the power won't go out before I finish!

Yes, a new blog. The idea has been simmering in my mind for many months, but most of 2007 was devoted to completing my first coffee table book, Route 66 Railway. I've been keeping a blog at the book's official site, 66rails.com, and that will continue as the book moves through design and production to a late spring/early summer release.

But I've been eager for a broader canvas, so it's time to take the plunge. New blogs by friends Dave Styffe and Martin Burwash spurred me to action, as did the journal of photographer and storm-chaser Blair Kooistra.

Photography is at the heart of this journal, but my goal is to cover much more ground, and have some fun too. Trains, movies, music, baseball and roadtrips are all fair game; occasionally I'll post the latest happenings with the Lawrences for our family and friends who we can't see as often as we'd like. It's also a place where I can unleash some observations about life, faith and culture. I guess that's a long way of saying that you'll find plenty of pictures, but anything goes. Feel free to drop in anytime.

4 comments:

El said...

Oh yeah, and thanks to that guy Rattenne, whose silver truck is attached to the mirror seen above. Happy now, Ken?? :-)

Martin Burwash said...

Nice entry into the dark portal of blogging, EL. It'll be fun to read what goes through your twisted mind from time to time.

DS said...

If I can figure out the word verification puzzle, (they're showing me the word "gnbmkwpe," I'll say welcome to the blogosphere and best wishes for all that you've got going on.

Justin Franz said...

Thanks for the kind words and the link. As for balancing all the western railfans blogging, well I head back to Montana in a week.....
-Justin