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While Ann-Kathrin Koch may not speak English every day in her hometown of Hamburg, Germany, she is here to kick the English language’s ass and then some. And if that’s not enough, she takes the kind of photographs that make you weak in the knees. This is a feast for all the senses. The heart, the tongue, the eyes, the ears. You can almost smell her photos and taste her words. Janelle and I are both so delighted to bring you this stunning entry to 10 Things.

Matinée
Outside it has been raining for days. Grey, dull skies and an endless trickle of raindrops against my window. It’s only 12 p.m. and the whole day stretches ahead of me like an empty street leading nowhere.

Matinee

I open a heavy door and the street noise mutes to a muffled hum while I walk into a dimly lit room. A dusty smell with a hint of popcorn encases me. As I slide myself into a plush red seat that embraces me like an old friend, the dark blue curtain, with little twinkling lights like the trail of a shooting star, opens.

The light fades and I get swept away into a world where everything is possible. The ultimate escape from reality for least two hours.

On the way home I think about taking a long walk in the pouring rain. It’s only 2 p.m., after all. Read the rest of this entry »

Cindy Loughridge was the first person to begin keeping a 10 Things set of her own after I started posting my little personal project to Flickr. Her photos often capture life’s little pleasures and in the month of Mother’s Day, we can’t think of a better contributor than a mom who not only celebrates her daughter as the subject of her work, but has also passed on to her a passion for photography.

Mint Chip Ice Cream at the former Thrifty’s Drug (now known as Rite-Aid)
Mmmmmmmint Chip! I remember going to Thrifty’s as a kid and getting a single scoop of Mint Chip on a cake cone for 25¢. Yes, that’s one quarter.

Well, due to inflation it is now 99¢. It is still the BEST Mint Chip ice cream in town…even better than 51 Flavors. I am so lucky that Rite-Aid decided to continue the Thrifty’s ice cream counter. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s no secret that 10 Things is kind of a girl thing. Not really a dude thing. That’s why we are pleased to present our first contribution from a boy, Teddy Wieczorek, better known to the interweb as tedfoo. Even better, Teddy is not your average Suzy Sunshine. “I am not a very thankful person,” says he. We thought we could prove him wrong.

This Red Phone
A Christmas gift. I love it because of its bright red emergency look.

This Red Phone

I feel like I’d use this phone to call a mistress or Read the rest of this entry »

We are pleased to bring you April’s guest contribution from the enchanting Liz Shuman. She is the fingers behind the Paper Crane Project, one of our very favorite photographers and an excellent companion for ice cream cones or afternoon coffees. Please step into Liz’s world and enjoy the glory of its corners, edges and textures.

A Most Delightful Yellow Chair

yellow chair

I got this chair on Craigslist for $15. The chair is old, yellow and matches our orange desk famously. Sometimes I think of replacing the desk, Read the rest of this entry »

Ladies and gentlemen, we are very proud to present our very own Miss March, Marya Figueroa… the effervescent heart and soul of the interweb, known to bajillions as Emdot. She’s the kind of gal who makes you want to make virtual friends because behind the fiber optics is someone very real and very true who sends you real mail to your real mailbox. We love her and we adore this love letter to her beloved SLO.

The Scent of SLO
San Luis Obispo County is like its own bag of potpourri. You’d be hard pressed to find a better smelling place. Now, I understand that that might sound like the strangest thing, “You love the way your town smells?” Indeed I do.

oranges and orange blossoms

It smells like orange blossoms and jasmine and eucalyptus – everywhere you go. Fresh spice from the pepper trees; salty ocean, bay leaves, and sage. And always orange blossoms, jasmine, and euc. Heaven. Read the rest of this entry »

“Featured Things” is a new monthly series dedicated to the work of some of our favorite writers and photographers. We are delighted to present our first contributor, the eloquent and sublime Meera Sethi, an editor from Cambridge, MA who really knows her way around around a Canon 10D. She also has exceptional taste in fruit.

Ross’s face
It is always kind, intelligent, handsome, full of love and good humor, and every other day it feels wonderfully soft and smells incredibly good.

Ross's Face

We will draw a veil over the days in between when it is slightly sandpapery and/or smells of salmon. Read the rest of this entry »

What is 10 Things?

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens? Sort of. Except without Julie Andrews or outfits made from curtains. 10 Things is a place for gratitude. To be thankful for all sorts of things... big, little and medium.

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10 Things features writers and photographers, exploring life's little joys through their lens. We invite you to come along for the joyride and share your lists, here, with us!
We will be accepting submissions for guest contributors in the future. In the meantime, please join our Flickr group to share your 10 Things.

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