Father – Son Tradition

On Christmas Eve each year, Hogan and I always plan a visit to the Mary Lou Cemetery where Dewana’s dad Jess Mullins is buried.  I don’t think we’ve made a photo each year, but we have at least 4 or 5 years.  I need to go back through the files and find some of the others.  I looked back to last year, and we did make a photo, but for some reason I didn’t put it in a blog post.  However, I did make a post in 2008, and here’s the LINK to that.  You really need to go and look at that to see the difference in Hogan over just 3 years (from age 11 to age 14).

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Hogan Altizer – Writer

My son, Hogan, is gifted with words…always has been.  He was quite the conversationalist at 18 months, and very understandable.  That amazed me.  Developing alongside his early grasp of spoken words was his love of the written word as well.  Whether he was being read to at an early age, or pretending to read the words on a page that he didn’t yet understand, his fascination with books and stories has been a constant.  And that has amazed me as well.

Hogan - December 24, 2011

Now, after having been a voracious reader for years, he has yet again come up with something to amaze me…writing.  He’s been writing short stories and “long” stories for several years, but his decision over Christmas break to start writing a fantasy novel has piqued my curiosity into his imagination, and his ability to convey it to others.  Below is a brief excerpt from his story:

The inn by now had gotten very noisy with the laughing of the men surrounding me. One group in the corner of the inn was stuck in fits of laughter.
That’s when the door swung open with a bang. Cold night air rushed in and all the laughing men suddenly sobered up and became silent. A stranger, dressed in black robes down to his feet stepped in the door. His face was concealed by a large hood, which left his mouth as the only visible feature. An elegant sword hung at his side.
His armored metal boots clanged on the oak floor as he took a seat beside me at the bar.
Tolbi’s eyes were shrouded with a deep fear that I had never seen in any Grivvon’s eyes before.
“One ale please. Pint sized.” the stranger said.
Wait a second! I recognized that voice! The problem was that I’d never met anyone like this before. Tolbi handed him a pint and he took a long drink and sighed. He picked up the cup and walked over to sit in the corner.
“Who is that?” I asked Tolbi.
“I don’t rightly know. I’ve never seen him before.”
“You’ve traveled a lot. Do you have any clue where he might be from?”
A silly, drunk grin crossed his face. “I would guess that he’s from the northern half of Galanor, up around Toraq I’d suppose.”
I pondered this for a moment before asking Tolbi how much I owed him for the ale.
“Think of it as a gift. It’s on the house.” he said.
“Thanks, goodbye.” I got up and headed towards the door.
“Oh, and since I don’t know if I’ll see you tomorrow I’ll go ahead and say ‘Happy Birthday’ now. Good night.”
I thanked him, took one last look at the strange man sitting in the corner, and walked out of the inn.
Using the light of the moon. I found my way back home. Although it was late, I found that Hazel was still up.
“Where’s Auden?” I asked.
“He’s out on the raid.” she replied.
“But they’re usually back by this hour.” I said.
“I know. They left late, so they’ll be back soon.”
Fear broke into my mind as the realization that Auden could be dead splashed into reality.
I guess Hazel could see the worry written on my face because she said, “Don’t worry Nick, I’m sure he’ll be fine. You should go to bed and he’ll be here in the morning.”
I pretended to give a happy smile and said, “Alright, I will.”
I gave Hazel a hug and then walked upstairs to my room.
As I lay in my bed, I realized just how hard it would be to go to sleep. So many thoughts and questions were racing through my mind. Who was the stranger? Where is Auden? And most important of all was my past life. The life I had once had and yet knew nothing about.

Hogan - December 24, 2011

So, what do you think?  I have already loved being able to be used as a sounding board for him, and I’m looking forward to see what develops next.  Now we’re hoping that he will make the book as family-friendly as possible, perhaps even by replacing the “ale” with some new beverage never before heard of.  (Above are a couple of photos taken on December 24, 2011 – Age 14)

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His first book photo?  Maybe.

Horse (I can’t think of a title)

This horse was more than willing to have its portrait made yesterday, and it was over with a quick click.  We were travelling home from visiting family for Christmas, and decided to take a detour through Burkes Garden in Tazewell County, Virginia.  Driving by the pasture, we slowed down to see one of the horses close to the roadside fence, and all of the horses trotted over to see US.  The low angle of the sun enhanced the horse’s color, and the light snow in the background probably helped too.

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The River Company Restaurant

This is The River Company Restaurant and Brewery located in Fairlawn, Virginia.  I drive by this almost daily, and even though I’ve provided photos for them quite a few times, I can’t help but to keep capturing more images.  The building overlooks the New River and the City of Radford.  This was taken on December 19, 2011.

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Full Moon Cloudy Night

This full moon was impressive as it peeked through the clouds on December 12, 2011.

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Family Portrait – Christmas 2011

We finally had made enough time to stop and make a family portrait for this year.  Why is that so hard to do?  Even photographers need to stop during all the busyness of life and have their family portraits made too.  My family waited so patiently while I tried out a couple of ideas that didn’t work also.  Now we just need to order prints…Merry Christmas from the Altizer family.

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Our House – Wishing All a Merry Christmas

On this Christmas day of 2011, the Altizer family extends a very Merry Christmas to each one of you.  May you search out the true reason for the season and find the best gift of Christmas.

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Merry Christmas, from our house to your house.