My Dream Reader.

If you read my Why Blogging. An Introduction you know that I might have mentioned that I “love, love, love photography.” And it’s true. I do.

I know there are others who share in my near infatuation. Others who risk being late for work by turning their car around. Those who stop along the side of the road, trudge through forests and fields to get a great photo. And of course there are those who enjoy these photos. So, for my Blogging 101 assignment I’ve chosen to include some of my favorite Instagram photos.

10615391_10203989428392799_4795825891496574477_nDuring the summer months my photo eye is on high-alert for my next great shot. If I remember correctly I had been driving home from the grocery store and saw a house for sale. After looking at the property I saw this view. Amazing, isn’t it?

I live in a rural town where this view is as typical as looking out your backyard.


My wife and I were Christmas shopping in the Dayton area one evening. We had just let Goodwill (looking for an ugly Christmas sweater for a party) when all of a sudden hundreds, if not thousands of birds were flying together. They were ascending to the wires (pictured) and descending to the field across the road. If only I could’ve caught a video of them. It was amazing.

1609956_10203116301325168_4861414913794192545_nI actually stopped my car and turned around for this one.

I had my best friend, John, with me that day. I had taken him to a private junk yard for auto parts when I spotted this beautiful setting. John was surprisingly supportive of me making my way through a fields marked Private Property where I snapped off dozens of photo at different angles with different apps and filters.

10371634_10203314782287068_4209380750436505133_nThis was taken early last spring along Second Street near the Boneyfiddle District in Portsmouth. My wife and I were antiquing and this warm little setting was screaming for me to take its picture. In my opinion, the only thing that would’ve made this photo better would be if there was few elderly men and woman occupying those chairs. They could have sunglasses on. Sun hats.

579058_10201557982888181_1493659576_nA type of photography I don’t normally do is portrait, for this little guy… I had to. This is Gavin. He was about 5 in this shot. He is so photogenic it’s ridiculous. All you have to do is snap it and the little guy makes it perfect.

1545151_10202938380077248_5197576097833947901_nThis one is an example of being late and still taking the time to get the shot. I was heading north for class. The road I normally travel had delays I couldn’t afford to be slowed down by, so I drove beside the Scioto River. While not normally delightful looking river a water it was gorgeous that morning. I passed this area and wanted to stop, but I made myself drive on, but 2 miles was too much time for my mind to think and I turned around. I didn’t care if was late. I needed a picture.

549882_10200435414024661_435929908_nThis one holds special meaning for some.

My best friend lost his father unexpectedly a few years ago. After the funeral we visited his parent’s house. I thought the view from there was one of the most absolutely gorgeous I’d ever seen.

Seen here is a ray of light. When I posted this photo to Facebook others noticed it. I hadn’t until it was posted. I didn’t even see it on my iPhone. We believe the light his father shining down upon the great land he loved, West Virginia.

The last two are very special to me because my boys are in them.

The first was shot along Old Tampa Bay. After an awesome dinner at Whisky Joe’s, we stoled along Ben T. Davis Beach.


And finally… what is better than your children crawling into bed with you? Nothing.


I take many type of photos. These are only a small taste of my photo library. I appreciate the time you took to look at a few of my favorite, Dream Reader. I expect that I will post more in the near future.



Why Blogging. An Introduction.

I realize that an “introduction” is a little late with three posts already preceding it, but there are some new people joining us who may want to know a little about me.

616455_4577538633260_1620940743_oDarren is what my Edna Mae Maynard named me, 3 decades ago, so Darren is what I go by. I have twins. Identical boys. I’m a student at Ohio University, studying for my Bachelor’s (Nursing). In the summer I’m all about going to amusement parks and riding coasters. I’m hands up all the way! I love to travel, even if it’s to places I’ve already visited. It’s the traveling that I love. I sing in the shower and I am a really good singer. When I’m home alone I hook my iPhone up, find my “jam,” hit replay and “perform.” Tickets are on sale now. I read on an Amazon kindle, avidly. I’m doing my part to save a tree or two and that’s good, right? My favorite past time is snapping pictures. I love, love, love photography. I have an SLR camera that I don’t use much. It’s iPhone only here. I take many pictures — I can fill 16 GB in no time — but only a small fraction of them are ever good enough to be seen my others. My secret passion (shhh) is commercial aviation. I know much about types of aircraft and airlines. I even collect model aircraft. Most of all I love being a dad!

For years I’ve wanted to maintain a blog. The problem was I didn’t know what I wanted to blog about. I have so many interests, as you can tell. So, what I did, I wrote down everything above and decided that I would write about . . . being a dad. How much simpler can it be?

I told my wife the other day that I started the blog. When she asked me what it would be about I told her I was going to use it as a sort of personal diary, in a public way. She said it better not be too personal. I said it wouldn’t.

With my busy college life I’m hoping to be able to keep up with the blog, at least weekly. I think I will gain a sense of personal fulfillment with this blog by providing some insight to new dads (with singles and multiples). I’m also hoping that others will gain interest in my experience as a dad, raising twins, going to college, and all with the help of an extremely supportive wife.

Sending Them Back to School.

Good Morning.

Today is the last day of the boys’ winter break. Some parents can’t wait for their kids to go back to school when they’re home for this long, but my wife and I actually dread it. We enjoy having them here at home, being rowdy, laughing, playing, whatever. Waking up for school is one of the hardest things when they’re in school. Luckily, I set my iPhone across the room and have the alarm set with the most annoying tone. Let me tell you, I get up, but I still hate it.


We were pretty good at getting the boys to bed at a decent time when school let out in December. That didn’t last long. Their bedtime slowly crept up to the wee hours of 1 and sometimes 2 a.m. I stay up late myself reading and I tend to let them stay up, too. So, tonight when the bedtime story is read and the nights are out we’ll no doubt hear two little boys’ whispering and giggling for hours. And they’ll have a hard time waking up tomorrow morning. And they’ll have to suffer through the day with their tiredness. I’m already feeling for them. My suggestion to myself, and to my wife, is to stay with a strict bedtime routine during school breaks. Darren, it’ll save a lot of unnecessary sleepiness. Sorry boys, it’s dad’s fault. I think we can get back into the old routine in no time.

New Year’s What?


Year after year I find myself making the all-not-too-forgotten “New Year’s Resolution.” I either aim to hit the gym more often. Maybe eat better. Or keep my house more clean. The problems with making these resolutions is that I never follow through with them or they aren’t really all that important to me. In fact I have other resolutions I could make, instead.

I do want to get in better shape, lose weight, and be healthier. Realistically, it is doable, but with the workload I’m faced with next semester my time will be spread extremely thin. I’m in three nursing class and two clinicals. My wife recently took on a second job. Although it’s only part time, she will be working it five days of the week and still working her regular 9-5. Her time is even thinner than mine which means my spare time will be devoted to helping the twins’ with homework. Can you feel my stress, yet? It’s already building for me. Using the gym as a means for relieving stress seems more of a good idea. I may be using that already non-exististant spare time to hit the gym.


I’ve thought about what my true resolution would be for 2015. My conclusion is more a meaningful, thoughtful resolution: giving more of my time to family. I’m already at a loss with this because I must devote so much time to school until April. After that my time is nearly completely free. Until then my free time is probably going to be limited to one or two days of the month. I hate this, but what else can I do?

Tell me, please, what is your resolution for the new year?

Starting Anew

Over the years I’ve thought about other ways I could use a blog to gain some sort of exposure. My conclusion was to blog about my life as a father of twins and going to college to build a career. It’s the only thing that made sense to me because it is what I am. So, I signed on to my WordPress account and explored the site. Some about me: You already know I have twins. They’re identical boys, 10 years old. I’m a student at Ohio University, studying for my BSN (Nursing). In the summer I’m all about going to amusement parks and riding roller coasters. I love to travel, when I have the chance, even if it’s to places I’ve already visited. It’s the traveling that I love. I enjoy singing in the shower. When I’m home alone I hook my iPhone up and hit “replay” and “perform.” Tickets, anyone? I read on an Amazon kindle. I’m doing my part to save a tree and that’s good, right? My secret passion is commercial aviation. I know much about aircraft and airlines. My favorite interest is snapping pictures. I love, love, love photography. I have an SLR camera that I don’t use. It’s iPhone only here. I take many pictures, but only a small fraction of them are ever seen my others. I’m hoping to be able to keep up with this blog, post fun and interesting things that explain what it feels like to be a father with twins who’s in college. I’m also hoping that a few of you will tag along with me and maybe find something interesting in my family’s life. Please, stay tuned for what’s to come.