Sunrise from NOAA Station MCGM4, Marquette, MI

Sunrise No. 357 of 1,600+

  • Sunrise time: 8:31
  • Azimuth: 124°
  • Did the sun rise: Yes
  • Was the sun visible: Technically, no


  • Felt like: 33 ºF
  • Air Temp: 38 ºF
  • Humidity: 62%
  • Wind: 6 mph
  • Wind gust: 13 mph


  • 17mm
  • f/8.0
  • 1/50 sec
  • 640


NOAA Station MCGM4, Marquette, MI

0.9 mile commute

📍 46° 32' 45" N, -87° 22' 41" W

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Musings [500 words]

: "You seem to have a system to your madness though."

Me: “Madness IS the system.”

Christmas is in two days, for anyone counting. I’m counting the days until the 26th when things get back to normal, when the stock market opens back up, businesses are open and bustling. And when coffee shops and restuarants are open so I have a place to hang out that’s not my apartment.

The most beauitul sunrises result in the most overcast days. At least sometimes, like today.

I’m plauged with the conclusion of this so-called Year of the Sunrise. What do I do for the final sunrise? What do or don’t I do on Jaunary 1? The hardest decision is what in the world do I do on January 2?

I believe it was 2013 when my New Year’s resolution was to give up alcohol for a year. As that year reached an end I began to think… “If I go right out and have a drink whent he year is over, what will I have really gained?” So I went another four months, until it felt right, and that year changed me forever. In a good way or bad, who knows, but I’m certain it did. Ok, it was probably in a good way. Ok, it was most certainly in a good way.

If January 1st or 2nd come and I just go back to sleeping in and skipping time outside, will I have really gained anything?

Additionally, I still fantasize about a book. But how is that even possible?

Additionally, I’d like to focus on my prints and products. But will interest in this project die as soon as 2020 comes, and 2019 is no longer relevant?

Additionally, I’d like to do it all over again.

Additionally, I’d like to start a new project, maybe focused on writing.

Additionally, gosh, I’m still looking for answers to make a living as an indepdent creator.

After this is all said and done in eight more sunrises, I’ll have learned that I’m as passionate as every to keep creating. There are more ideas I want to put into the world. More projects. More websites. More comminity happenings.

Alas, the last time I remember feeling this was as I drove back to Michigan for the first time after visiting all other 49 states. It was on the exact same date I left Michigan (September 8), one year later. That feeling was surreal. It was the only time I drove to another state with company, Kevin and Amanda. Maybe that was a good thing too. Several days later I crossed back into the Upper Peninsula, and another day later was back home in Baraga. Then, I was plauged with the thought of, What’s next?

I didn’t know that it would inspire over a decade of being an ambassador to the Upper Peninsula. So it’s possible, just maybe, that something will just appear to me after a few months.

Until then, I’ll be plauged by What’s next?


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