One of my favorite neighborhoods in Lodi is the one where I work, on the outskirts of downtown and right against rows of homes with big porches and fruit trees growing in the front yards.
Some days, when the clock in the newsroom hovers somewhere around 3 and the hint of sunlight coming through the room’s ceiling-lined windows is too tempting, Maggie and I sneak outside to get fresh air, give our eyes a break from the computer and explore the personality in the street blocks around us.
Instead of smoke breaks, we try to take photo breaks. And instead of cameras, we use our phones, glorious phones.
This is something we don’t do enough, sometimes saying we’re too busy or we’ll go when we finish something. Which can turn into never. But I think everyone in every profession should take those 15 minutes to step away and change the scenery. We always come back in a better mood, refreshed and with a new perspective of whatever it is we’re working on.
So here are a few snaps I took during a couple of our afternoon walks. Enjoy, friends.