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22h yomap
Normal michael petruzzi
yomap Ready to fill ~

You kind hearts. You tender souls.

We have a favorite book in our house called, "Have You Filled A Bucket Today?" It's a children's book about how our actions can affect the moods of others. The idea is that we all carry around a bucket. In that bucket is our reserve of happiness. And how we act toward others can serve to dip into another's bucket, or fill it up. We in the yofamily try to be bucket fillers. But some days. Well, yeah. Some days.

Anyhow, then there's this place. This @instagram place. Where creative people flock together. Whether it be at @joshjohnson. Or @ourcollectiveig. Or any number of other amazing communities popping up all over. And they take your breath away.

It has been just over a week since my last post, when I vented my anguish over the death of an anonymous friend. I was clumsy and desperate and confused. Still am to varying degrees. Since then I've crossed the country twice. I've grieved with loved ones and reconnected with long, lost friends. And through it all, there you were. Offering condolences and support. Offering Comfort. I cannot tell you how much it meant.

I have so many to thank. I will stop to thank each of you individually. I promise. But right now I still have some fish to run down. And then to fry. I expect I'll be working through some of my sorrow in this space. I want to, anyway. I hope it won't scare anyone away. Because until then, please know.

You fill my bucket.

Truly, thank you.
22h
  •   atsash I love your words. You are an amazing writer (and photographer). I hope you get the support you need. 19h
  •   dwazi_2 Take your time friend...I'm not going anywhere. Thinking of you 18h
  •   beingdave Nice Micheal 17h
  •   stephaniec0331 13h
  •   karlstream Sounds like you're doing better, good to hear, do you're thing don't worry about us 12h
  •   misseswray And thanks for filling mine MAP. Hope you're doing better. 10h

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2w yomap
Normal michael petruzzi
yomap only an empty heart can't break ~

I lost a very, very dear friend today.
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I know I shouldn't be posting right now. I know it's a bad idea. I haven't been posting much lately. I haven't been spending much time here in general. Certainly not as much as I'd like. Frankly, it probably isn't fair for me to retreat here now. But here I am.
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I wish I had wisdom. Some insight. An epiphany. Something of comfort. Anything. But I'm bone dry. Nothing but the usual suspects - pain, guilt, regret. Would that I could see him again. Talk to him one last time. Pick your poison. I'm chock full of lament. And I can't begin to process any it.
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So I'm posting. For anybody. For nobody.
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The picture? It's from almost exactly one year ago. My last visit to DC. The #jj_instameet_dc. That was a happy day. A special day. Even more so now than I knew then, because it was a day I got to spend precious time with a beloved friend. And even though we spoke often since, it was the last time I saw him.
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My-man. Always. Peace, love, in all directions.
2w
  •   llaff yo-k?! 6d
  •   blkdogmama So very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are never alone...we are all here for you! 22h
  •   chasread Michael, I am so sorry I missed this until today, a week later, when your most recent post alerted me to your loss. I've been challenged to keep up over the past weeks as well – like you, I've cross-crossed the country a couple of times and am feeling pretty lagged. Surprised, and saddened, to be transported back to the DC meet with your story and this striking image of remembrance, where we first met, and where I was hanging, somewhere around the edges of this shot here. Thinking of you today buddy and hoping that your bucket is re-filled, in time. 22h
  •   jpcaruso My heart breaks a little bit more. On Friday I lost a dear friend too. I didn't open my heart with my ig friends as you did... I think I should have, now that I'm reading this. Thanks for sharing. I'm a little lost still... I couldn't go to Brazil and the funeral was on the same day of her death. Sad. Death makes no sense. I make no sense. Bless you, my friend! 21h
  •   janhielan The insights and epiphany come after the numbing shock wears off. Much love to you as you grieve and heal. 21h
  •   jessepf hey Michael I just saw this from your post today... I'm not on here as much as we all used to be, but please know I am always here for you as well, be it here or kik or wherever. I know that having you to chat with during a dark chapter was so valuable in my life and I need you to know that if you need someone to chat with... you know where to in my me friend. I am so sorry for your lose and can only tell you that time comes slowly, but it comes and we have to do our best to remind ourselves that we are here now and those around us need us now... it's hard, but we will get through this 20h
  •   leighannarbor Ohh Michael, I saw your other post and had to back up. I am so so sorry for your loss. Please please please know you can vent and I will be here. I may have told you we lost the kids dad suddenly 3 yrs ago. I still cannot believe it and I often think about the very last time I saw him as well. Pls feel free to DM...no worries if not and take it easy on yourself. Hugs 20h
  •   katebuck1976 Somehow I missed this last week, but yowife let me know. I'm truly so sorry for your loss... 17h

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2w yomap
Normal michael petruzzi
yomap whatever you do,
don't smile ~

yo6 steals a moment from #ArtPrize2014 to review her camera roll; serious business

#WWIM10 #JJ_WWIM10 #WWIM10_grandrapids

Installation: "there's something happening here...".
Artist: Henry Brimmer
Venue: Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts
2w

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2w yomap
Normal michael petruzzi
yomap it's all just protons and neutrons and electrons these days ~

#ArtPrize2014
#WWIM10 #JJ_WWIM10 #WWIM10_grandrapids
2w

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2w yomap
Normal michael petruzzi
yomap all together now ~

So good to see @samanthacrew (and crew) again. In town today for #ArtPrize2014.

Installation: "The Cooperative Phonograph".
Artist: Michael Flynn.
Location: The Children's Museum.

#WWIM10_grandrapids
#JJ_WWIM10 #WWIM10
2w

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2w yomap
Normal michael petruzzi
yomap few moments measure up to those brief glimpses of forest seen through the trees ~ 2w

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2w yomap
Normal michael petruzzi
yomap Wear these sunglasses at night.
I dare you.

INSTAMEET around ArtPrize.

When: Sunday, Oct 5 - 2:00.

Where: The Blue Bridge - meet at the Walk-In Camera installation.

This week @instagram sent a box filled with stickers, pin-on buttons, name tags, and even some branded Sharpies. So, we're all set. Let's combine a Grand Rapids Instameet with a walk around #ArtPrize2014.

We'll meet next to the Walk-In Camera installation on the Blue Bridge at 2:00 pm. If you're already planning to be at @artprize on Sunday, come on by.

#WWIM10 #WWIM10_grandrapids
2w

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2w yomap
Normal michael petruzzi
yomap How do you view your city?

INSTAMEET - Grand Rapids, MI.

When: Sunday, Oct 5 - 2:00.

Where: The Blue Bridge - meet at the Walk-In Camera installation.

OK. This week @instagram sent me a box filled with stickers, pin-on buttons, name tags, and even some branded Sharpies. So, we're all set. Let's combine the Grand Rapids Instameet with a walk around #ArtPrize2014.

We'll meet next to the Walk-In Camera installation on the Blue Bridge at 2:00 pm. If you're already planning to be at @artprize on Sunday, come on by. Family friendly.

#WWIM10 #WWIM10_grandrapids
2w
  •   jpcaruso I so wish I could come too... I keep telling Benjamin about you guys and he's anxious to meet you. Have fun! Don't break the law! Not without me. @samanthacrew @yomap 2w
  •   yomap @jpcaruso we would never 2w
  •   jessepf look at you running a meet. nice work Michael. 2w
  •   yomap @jessepf ha! We'll see... ;) Thanks, Jesse. 2w
  •   yomap @jessepf I got sharpies. 2w
  •   samanthacrew @jpcaruso So wish you could come. No law breaking. We'll have to plan some outrageous criminal activity for our next meeting with the three of us 2w
  •   chasread oh! have the best time ever 2w
  •   ozcatman Bluetiful!! 2w

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3w yomap
Normal michael petruzzi
yomap salvador selfie ~

#ArtPrize2014

Any folks in Michigan up for an Instameet around ArtPrize in Grand Rapids this Sunday?
3w
  •   yomap @myficklelife how about this Sunday? 2w
  •   myficklelife I'll be up north closing down our lakehouse for the year 2w
  •   yomap @myficklelife Aw, sorry. I think it will be in town for at least one more week still, though. Let me know if plan to take a trip. 2w
  •   scwalker Greetings, Michael...S 2w
  •   yomap @scwalker Hello, Stephen welcome back! 2w
  •   scwalker Thank you Michael @yomap 2w
  •   laurentark Unable to meet tomorrow! Husband has to work all day and I'm at home with the little one :( 2w
  •   ozcatman Trippy!!! 2w

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4w yomap
Normal michael petruzzi
yomap bedtime stories ~ 4w

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4w yomap
Normal michael petruzzi
yomap how the west was won ~

Normally, I'd grit my teeth and crop this into a square. I couldn't bear the unused space in those white bars sandwiching my post. But yesterday I experimented with my iPhone's panoramic camera feature for the first time under the wise tutelage of @rafa.diaz. And today just happens to be @kevinkuster's weekly notforsquares challenge: #jj_notforsquares_54. So I figure what the heck. Let's go crazy. And besides, #cropsaresomean.
4w
  •   misseswray It's good enough to carry the #notforsquares. Not all are. Frame it, Michael 4w
  •   karlstream Great Zep album 4w
  •   crose6584 Just. Can't. Do. It.....but this is awesome!!! 4w
  •   susanblanda Gorgioso Michael 4w
  •   dwazi_2 Gorgeous view 4w
  •   dawa_lhamo This has to be in landscape, it's beautiful spaciousness would be imprisoned in that square. 4w
  •   butterfly109 So glad you did. I love me a good pano or 16x9 3w
  •   ozcatman Go crazy mate!! This is superb 2w

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4w yomap
Normal michael petruzzi
yomap just like riding a bike ~

Such a pleasure exploring my old digs with @rafa.diaz yesterday. Rafael is as gracious in person as he is on @instagram. We tried unsuccessfully to connect a few times in the past, but finally synced our schedules. Couldn't have been a better day. It was raining when we set out, so we just kept going until we were above the clouds.
In case you didn't know already, I love Colorado.

So #nicetoinstameetyou, Rafa!
4w

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1mon yomap
Normal michael petruzzi
yomap fallen angel ~

Wherein I revisit old photos with a different eye. This time with #vscocam. #yo_take2
1mon

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1mon yomap
Normal michael petruzzi
yomap remember when ~

#autumn #cropsaresomean
1mon

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1mon yomap
Normal michael petruzzi
yomap this is a job for...
little buckets of sunshine ~

#vscocam
1mon

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1mon yomap
Hudson michael petruzzi
yomap the hell'ya say ~ 1mon

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1mon yomap
Normal michael petruzzi
yomap between a rock and a hard place ~ 1mon

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1mon yomap
Normal michael petruzzi
yomap where the heart is ~

#WHPbwlandscapes
1mon

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1mon yomap
Normal michael petruzzi
yomap days like these ~

#vscocam
#WHPbwlandscapes
1mon

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1mon yomap
Normal michael petruzzi
yomap and so it goes ~ 1mon

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