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  • Where I live the towns are usually at least 4-10 miles apart and there aren't many streetlights, if any.

    Also, because of my job, I get home later and drive in the dark. On my normal commute I drive through four towns: Mission, Rosebud, Two Strike and St. Francis.

    When I first moved out here several years ago I noticed two things: first, that the lights in the nighttime distance looked like birthday candles. Second, because there were more stars in the sky that I had ever seen before, I couldn't really tell one part of the sky from another - it looked like one massive tessellation.

    I'm new to this whole photography thing so when I pulled over on the side of the road about 45 minutes ago, I couldn't get the focus to work. Dismayed, I gave up because it is not safe being in a car on the side of a rural road without lights on.a

    I got home and saw the pictures and they look more like birthday candles than I could have hoped.

    This is another one of the things I appreciate about my life and my drive - the time and space to find out how things are connected. I often think that my life is like a set of chapters, there is elementary school, middle/high, college, study abroad and South Dakota. But in driving like I do and seeing the things that I do, I realize that without my childhood, my elementary school or even prior, I wouldn't see the candles on the birthday cake four times a day on my drive home.

    I am able to make meaning and find comfort in the present because of my past.
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