(Painted) Line of Demarcation, Beacon Hill, Boston

We lawyers are fond of what is known in the business as the “bright line distinction.”  We like the assurance of knowing what falls on each side, though the adversarial battle in a given case tends to focus on pinpoint holes in the line–which after all ultimately may be as porous as the rainbow’s edge.

I aspire to be a half-full glass type of person, but founder on that line.  I still tend to focus on the downturn, the mask’s saddened side.  Flags at half staff.  Storm clouds arrayed in equal measure with gathering blue.  Half finished.  Done and undone. The half-life of love and of grief.  The missing pieces.

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Half-Transparent Half-View

Half-and-half is far easier to capture in pictorial form: half cloudy, semi-submerged, partially in focus.  Divided into land or sky or sea; demi-sentient; half-revealed, as with a wink, a mid-cycle moon, or a tree’s split fallen fruits; a vista of one side of the color spectrum at dawn, by halves bitter and sweet.  Somehow both part of and alone in this dazzling world.

About Stephanie

In her spare time, Stephanie works full-time, and then some, as an attorney. She has published articles and delivered talks in arcane fields like forensic evidentiary issues, jury instructions, and expert scientific witness preparation. She also is an adjunct professor at a law school on the banks of the Charles and loves that dirty water, as she will always think of Boston as her home. You are welcome to take a look at her Facebook author page, or follow @SMartinGlennon on Twitter and @schnitzelpond on Instagram. Bonus points for anyone who understands the Instagram handle. All content on this blog, unless otherwise attributed, is (c) 2012-2021 by Stephanie M. Glennon and should not be reproduced (in any form other than re-blogging in accordance with the wee Wordpress buttons at the bottom of each post) without the express permission of the domain holder.
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12 Responses to Half-Full

  1. Wonderful photography. I love the last shot with all the purples, oranges and pinks, and the dog is so cute!

  2. Stephanie, that last shot is particularly beautiful.

    From another “half full” person,


  3. Leya says:

    Wonderful gallery!

  4. Tom Schultz says:

    Nice captures here, especially the bottom pic. True that we lawyers are always in search of the elusive bright line, but we wouldn’t want too many–else, what would lawyers do? 🙂

  5. Amy says:

    Beautiful gallery! 🙂

  6. Cee Neuner says:

    Wonderful selection! 😀

  7. Tastyniblets says:

    Some lovely examples 🙂

  8. scillagrace says:

    My favorite is the transparent butterfly….so exotic!

  9. Ann says:

    the pics and thoughts are all so beautiful — thanks for making my day!!!!

  10. Tina Schell says:

    Lovely shots but I especially enjoyed your text. I too focus on the half full/empty attitude and always find it a challenge but so far I’m feeling ahead of the game! Thanks for sharing – love the pups 🙂

  11. noelleg44 says:

    Fantastic photos – spectacular! What a treat! Thanks for stopping my my blog. Hope you enjoyed it.

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