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Jim Kempster
Design, Marketing & Communications professional, writer, artist, photographer, epicurean, recently relocated from NYC to Providence RI
Design, Marketing & Communications professional, writer, artist, photographer, epicurean, recently relocated from NYC to Providence RI
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Yesterday, one week before I leave NYC after 26 years and move to Providence to start a new job, my iPhone has died completely, leaving me with no way to record my final week or stay connected.
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missed connections: losing my iphone as i leave new york
“How is that phone even working?” The fourteen-year-old son of our friend in Paris asked, staring across the bistro table at my iPhone with the kind of casual disdain that French teenagers have perfected. He was right, of course (as all those French teenage...
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quiet sadness on the pope's visit
As a person who cares deeply about ending poverty and its systemic causes, as well as reversing the disastrous consequences of climate change, I know I should remain silent. I should tuck my personal feelings into my vest pocket, keep a low-profile, and rou...
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this is what you get: life after plasma tv
Our 12-year-old 52" Fujitsu plasma TV would still be displaying beautifully and brightly had our movers not killed it. After a decade of walking into Best Buy's home theater departments and backing right out again, horrified by how bad the LED HD displays l...
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this is what you get: life after plasma tv
Our 12-year-old 52" Fujitsu plasma TV would still be displaying beautifully and brightly had our movers not killed it. After a decade of walking into Best Buy's home theater departments and backing right out again, horrified by how bad the LED HD displays l...
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reading my skin
redheads know better now to guard against the dangerous sun, but our skin tells cavalier stories of childhoods cycling through burn, peel, freckle, repeat... scars learned from can be badges of endurance and resilience, and freckles, like the stars, gorgeou...
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où est la guerre?
We arrived in France for the first time on Bastille Day. After three weeks in Italy, where I had been in charge of the map and the language, Bob emerged from the train station in Nice suddenly totally responsible for our well being. As he spoke first to the...
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time capsule to my teenaged self
Dear Jim, Welcome to 2015. I know that sounds downright Jetsonian to you as a 17 year old in 1975, so let me settle one big question at the outset. We do not have flying cars.  There is, come to think of it, something called a personal computer that I know ...
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love saves the day
Since yesterday's explosion on Second Avenue at Seventh Street in the East Village, I've been thinking about this photograph.  I took it about a month ago while sitting at a window table in San Marzano restaurant, looking up Second, during one of our Februa...
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