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Our year in photos – 2017

Browns at the Christmas Day Dinner

As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, I continue my tradition of posting family photographs from the past year on More to Come… We have much for which to be thankful in 2017.

This has been another difficult year in our country, as we break into tribes and as the growing income inequality pushes us farther apart. We forget that the American experiment is built around ideas, not tribal groups, and that a sharing of common opportunities and challenges is important to being a citizen.  That experiment survives only if we celebrate all our fellow citizens and embrace the full American story.  We have not always succeeded, but we must keep trying in the year ahead.

Candice and I were thankful that Andrew and Claire were home for the Christmas break late in 2016. Some of the errands and visits were more mundane than others—such as shopping for new glasses—but this one made for a good opportunity to take a picture of our two favorite children!

New glasses
Clarity is a pair of new glasses: Andrew and Claire, December 2016

In January, Candice and I were fortunate to spend the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend in New York City, where we saw the amazing musical Hamilton. It truly lived up to the hype.  (Our selfie-taking abilities…on the other hand…leave much to be desired.)  Andrew was also “on stage” in January as one of the three kings at St. John’s Lafayette Square’s traditional Epiphany celebration.

Hamilton Selfie
In line to see Hamilton in New York City
The Three Kings
Andrew (left) as one of the Magi during St. John’s Epiphany celebration

We were back in New York State not too many weeks later.  Thirty-five years ago in March, Candice and I began our life journey together.  To celebrate, we had a relaxing and restorative long weekend at Mohonk Mountain House, one of our favorite places.

35th anniversary dinner
Celebrating our 35th Anniversary at a snowy Mohonk Mountain House in March 2017

While we were in the snowy northeast, Claire was enjoying California, her home for the past six years. She has always been our lover of the great outdoors, and during the first half of the year she went hiking and camping in the beautiful Joshua Tree National Park, visited the Grand Canyon with Southern California friends, hosted Andrew during her last couple of months in Los Angeles, and gathered together for a reunion with her Episcopal Urban Intern Program housemates.

Joshua Tree at sunset
Joshua Tree at sunset (photo by Claire)
Claire at the Grand Canyon
Hiking the Grand Canyon
EUIP Housemates Reunion
Claire’s reunion with EUIP Housemates

Baseball season began in April, and that can only mean one thing:  Let’s Go Nats!  David made it to Opening Day for the first time in his life, and Andrew went along to help kick off the new season.  (Andrew ended up going to five games on both coasts, perhaps joining Dad and Claire as true-blue baseball fans.)

Old Glory at Opening Day
Old Glory at Opening Day

Celebration was in the air in May and June for all types of special family events:  Mother’s Day, weddings, Andrew and Claire’s exploration of LA, and Father’s Day.

Mother's Day
Celebrating Mother’s Day
The family gathers to celebrate life and love
The family gathers to celebrate life and love with Erin and Jonathan
Claire and Andrew in LA
Claire and Andrew explore LA
Father's Day at Jack Rose
Drinking whiskey at Jack Rose on Father’s Day
Andrew and Claire in Sarasota
Andrew and Claire look very stylish in celebrating a dear friend’s wedding in Sarasota

Claire was home for a month between July and August, as she transitioned from living in Southern California to attending graduate school at Berkeley. She took time to hang with Andrew, Mom, and Dad and attend a beach weekend with close friends from Pomona College.

DJB with ABB and CHB at Nats Park
Dad does his best to make baseball fans of the next generation
Pomona Friends reunion
Pomona College friends reunion at the beach in Maryland

The entire family was able to come together in August for a week in Wellfleet, Massachusetts on Cape Cod.  It was a nice time of relaxation, exploration, and—of course—eating well.

Puzzle masters
Finishing up a puzzle – a Brown vacation tradition
ABB with Alison Bechdel
Andrew meeting author Alison Bechdel during a book tour event in Wellfleet

Fall has been a busy season, with another family wedding, Claire beginning her new adventure in graduate school, Andrew’s singing career stepping up to a new level, celebration of holidays, and traveling across the country.

Ghattas wedding cousins
David and Emily Ghattas celebrate with their cousins from around the world
The Browns and Crockers
Candice and DJB enjoy Chicago with David’s sister Debbie and her husband Mark
First days for Claire
Claire – on the first day of kindergarten and the first day of graduate school. Time goes by much too fast.
DJB at Pink Martini
David at Pink Martini Headquarters in Portland, OR
Claire's new haircut
Claire – new glasses, new haircut, ready for a new home in the Bay Area
Andrew summer 2017
Andrew ready for the next move in his singing career (© 2017 | Kristina Sherk Photography |
Pumpkin carving time
Pumpkin carving time with Andrew and Candice
Andrew for the Mozart Requiem
Andrew sings the Mozart Requiem at the Mexican Cultural Institute for El Día de los Muertos
Dinner at Chez Panisse
Dinner with Claire at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse
Hammock view
Claire’s view from her back porch hammock in Oakland…life is good
Wine tasting in Sonoma
Wine tasting in Sonoma

As you can see, it has been a busy and fulfilling year. During this Thanksgiving season, we give thanks for you, our wonderful friends.

Meal at Wellfleet
Enjoying one of many wonderful meals on Cape Cod

Have a terrific Thanksgiving holiday with friends and families.

More to come…


Image: The Browns at the St. Alban’s Parish Christmas Day Dinner 2016


I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.


  1. Lolo Kable says

    Happy Thanksgiving, Candice, David, Andrew, and Claire! Such fun to see your wonderful photos. Fondly, Lolo

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