12 August 11 • MAV

Let’s pop the champagne!

Welcome everyone.

Stephanie and I have been talking about a new online home for 3191 Miles Apart for quite some time. We knew this would be the year and we are so happy to be here with you in our new space. It feels cozy, doesn’t it?

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Things have changed a little …
• posts are now categorized by titles in our Archives
• our diptychs have a home of their own where they can be viewed all together (Stop back this Sunday for the start of our Year of Sundays project.)
• we have chosen to let you view our posts side by side and week by week (a feature we’ve been desperate to have since the beginning of the project)
• along with weekly posts our new site will also hold info on our books and our collaborations (3191 Miles Apart will be a great place to visit not only for the posts but to find out more about us, what we’ve been up to in our work-lives and what will be coming up in those realms in the future.)

And things have remained the same …
• we will still post once a week on Fridays or on the weekends if we’re running behind
• this is still a quiet and intimate space where comments are not turned on
• you can still send us a letter in the post
• I am still on the left and Stephanie is still on the right

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As we were preparing this site I kept saying over and over again: “I can’t believe we have been doing 3191 Miles Apart for nearly 2-1/2 years.” It seems impossible to me. Didn’t we just finish A Year of Mornings??

When I think of how quickly time is moving I want to stand up and stomp my foot with a loud “NO.” But we all know there is none of that in this world. Life just doesn’t slow down; there is no pause button. And that is why I love being here every week with Stephanie. It’s far too easy to let a week go by without any sort of ritual. It’s easy to let a week go by taking very few moments of personal creative time. It’s easy to let a week go by without connecting with someone you love. I don’t take for granted that this space helps me connect not only with Stephanie but also with myself, my close friends near and far, my family, my Mom and Dad, my sweetheart. 3191 Miles Apart is a record of our lives. It’s a journal that is not private but rather lives and breathes off its interaction with you. It’s a place where I can send postcards out about my life and the things I see in a slow, mindful and thoughtful way. I am so glad to be here.

We have much exciting news to share with you as well. Next week we will tell you about our newest collaboration (which has spawned a soon-to-be-released book). And as August moves on we will start to fill you in on the new year of 3191 Quarterly of which the first issue will be out in early November (subscriptions will be opened up September 30).

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I would like to take one last moment to give three important shout outs of deep thanks. First, to my incredible creative outfit without whom this site would not have happened: guys, tonight’s going to be a good, good night. Second, to our insanely talented assistant: Chloe, you’re our angel and our door is always open to you. And last, to my creative partner: Stephanie, I refuse to imagine a time when I open a web page to find that your heartening life is not standing next to mine, propping it up, making it more full. Thank you for these 5 years of collaboration and friendship.

And of course thank you for joining us in our new space. I am happy to say that we’ll see you here next week.

These film photos were all taken this summer. They are featured on a web project launched by the previously mentioned Chloe. The project is called, appropriately, This Summer and it will be updated daily through the end of August (or so). I have much more to write about this summer, this project and the like but I can’t bring myself to think about the end of summer this week. That’s for another week.