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  1. Savannah and Lucas

    On a recent Thursday night, Savannah Lintz of Bay City sits at a table in front of her living room window, sewing face masks. Her partner Andrew plays behind her with their boys Max, 2, and Lucas, 1, and the family dog. A pair of thin oxygen tubes snakes across…

  2. Jeremy Strobel

    Pictured is Jeremy Strobel, a mechanic for the Saginaw Transit Authority and Regional Services (STARS), our local bus service. I photographed him disinfecting a bus several days ago for a story in the newspaper As I was working, Glenn Steffens, STARS’s executive director, stood right next my shoulder, rattling off…

  3. Normality

    Under any other circumstances, images of ordinary, domestic life like these might have given context for some other idea or issue. In a typical feature story, these photos might have set the scene in which some more central or unique experience would have played out Graisen (left) and Liam study…

  4. Holy Communion Gospel Center

    At the end of last Sunday’s service, Deacon Clayton pulled me aside to tell me that I would always be welcome back and received with open arms at Holy Communion Gospel Church. I thanked him warmly and felt a little bit of the tension I’d been carrying in my shoulders…

  5. Editing in Bars

    Recently, I’ve been editing in bars after my evening assignments. They’re almost always high school basketball games, so I’ll easily have a thousand or more frames and will need anywhere from an hour and a half to three hours to cull, caption, tone, crop, and file, depending on how tired…

  6. Covering Politics

    Usually when I’m in the car for more than twenty minutes at a time, I listen to music or a podcast. But yesterday, on the way down to Ann Arbor from Saginaw, I drove in silence. I wanted to think. This would be my first time covering a major political…

  7. Getting to Know a Place

    I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve said or written the phrase, “I just want to get to know this place” in the past few weeks. I tack it onto the end of every self-introduction. I put some variant of it in every cover letter. It’s how I justify…

  8. Sticking it to the Man

    Yesterday, in the name of balance, I read an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. Its thesis was its headline and subheading: “Wealthy Americans Already Pay Their Fair Share: Arguments to the contrary spurn or wildly distort statistics and cherry-pick anecdotal examples.” When I finished reading the article (along…

  9. Cornhole

    Yes, this is like backyard cornhole, except the pros have rules—boards 27 feet apart, bags six inches square and 16 ounces apiece—and are good at it. Chas Tower told me that the best practice 10-20 hours per week and can sink 20-30 bags in a row, without distractions ACL pro…

  10. Flying

    I took these two months and a week ago, on the first and last legs of my trip back home to the US from Indonesia. The first frame I took on the red-eye from San Francisco to Boston, the second (next post) at the end of the flight from Kupang…

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