aileenreilly Evenings filled with little league bats cracking, gnats buzzing, sweat dripping, sun sinking. #nofilter 1w

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aileenreilly If you are older than 12 and younger than 18, you might wish you were here. #youtube #sampottorff #IM5 #parentsreallydoanythingfortheirkids #jamminjava #iwoulddoitagain 3w

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aileenreilly Prom. Her, not me. I love this photo and I am so incredibly happy to have it. Thank you @alecsouders, her boyfriend and great photographer himself. 3w

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aileenreilly Front yard views like this make me happy. #now #nofilter 2mon

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aileenreilly Dying eggs seems so "traditional." Cleaning bones is the "new" Easter. 2mon

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aileenreilly Buckets of bones. Sure we did an Easter egg hunt earlier. But then we sent the boys into the woods for a few hours and they came back with buckets of bones. I think they had more fun on the bone hunt (and dig). We're pretty sure it's a dinosaur. Or a deer. 2mon

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aileenreilly My own personal Sasquatch. Not pictured: book in my lap. Not heard: my 4 kids and their 3 cousins playing games together in the next room. Yes, we woke up to snow this morning, but spring break in Ohio is still pretty fine. 2mon

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aileenreilly You know you're a photographer when you're more fascinated with the tree branch shadows and how the people interact with them than you are with the actual egg hunt itself. 2mon

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aileenreilly Quiet friend who has come so far,
feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,
what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.

In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the cross roads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.

And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am. ~ Rainier Maria Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus II, 29

translation by Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows
2mon

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aileenreilly GOODTIME I and GOODTIME II were booked. 2mon

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aileenreilly Daughter meets Lake Erie. 2mon
  •   raykellett The clarity is amazing...feels like I'm there 2mon
  •   aileenreilly Thank you @raykellett! Shot on an iPhone! The fog rolled in about 2 hours later. I'll post those later. I love me a good fog. 2mon
  •   raykellett Shot with a great photographer's eye more like 2mon

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aileenreilly Spring break scootering. In Cleveland. The spring break destination of the East. Those 4 little boys are heading out to see LeBron James tonight (playing the Heat) and the girls are heading to the mall. 'Cause only 5 tickets you know. 2mon

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aileenreilly Sometimes all the information is there in the first five minutes, laid out for inspection. Then it goes away, gets suppressed as a matter of pragmatism. It's too much to know a lot about strangers. But some don't end up strangers. They end up closer, and you had your five minutes to see what they were really like and you missed it. ~ Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers. 2mon

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aileenreilly I swear I recognize your breath. Memories like fingerprints are slowly raising. 2mon

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aileenreilly It's only 10:30am on Sunday. I've already become an attorney, bought a house, sold a house, bought another house, lost a job, become a salesperson with a maximum $50K annual income, had six children -- all boys -- including two sets of twins. I'm exhausted. Meanwhile my eight year old opponent is an entertainer living in a mansion. #life 2mon

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aileenreilly Late night rush hour at the bath tub. Traffic jammed. Delays expected. 2mon

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aileenreilly Early mornings with bright sun and last night's dinner crumbs still in the spot where the eight year old ate. Birds calling for mates and arguing over the nesting box. Bluebirds or wrens, who will win this season? Hot coffee passing through my mouth and warming my insides. A whole day ahead of things to do and things to prepare. But for now, stillness and peace. The dog at my feet. 2mon

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aileenreilly Sometimes you just want to stroll and dream. Or follow behind your daughter who is strolling and dreaming. #rockandrollhalloffame #cleveland #springbreak 2mon

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aileenreilly Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could. ~ Louise Erdrich 2mon

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aileenreilly You who are 12 today. 12 years of having your spirit in my life, your silly faces, your art, your I’ll-be-me, your doing your own thing, your determination, your all-in, your logic and figure your way out of anything, your courage, your colorful outfits, your silly faces, your funny videos, your sense of humor, your being a nudge, your athleticism, your devotion, your loyalty, your good sense, your intelligence, your silly faces, your YOU. Did I mention your silly faces? I love how many gigabytes in this family have been devoted to not only capturing but sharing all your funny faces and videos. I love you Keelin @88keke88, your whole heart and spirit. Thank you for coming into my life and bringing many more laughs and much love with you. 2mon

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