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Sailing & Failing

I am not a proficient sailor, but I sail, nevertheless.   I sail with my husband, taking turns as sailor and passenger.

My husband sails no better than I, and so he is fair and patient as I learn.  Our little 16′ Hobie-Cat is likewise forgiving.
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Bugs & bones

I take a lot of photos of disturbing subjects, but I do not mean to horrify.  I would like to unhinge my viewers just a bit, but mostly I hope my pictures convey respect and delight.  I love skulls and vertebrae, spiders and caterpillars–the same way people dig the blues or cherish paintings by Van Gogh.  Continue reading


Welcome to my blog.

I am Jen and also Westerfolk.

Westerfolk was my first email handle, and it has endured 23 years.  It started as a twist on my married name, Westerman, and it offered a solution to the perennial irritation of “man” overshadowing “woman.”  Over time, Westerfolk became a reference to the little family of four that my husband and I formed and raised. Continue reading