Last week, my friend Pam came over for me to interview and photograph her for my book.  I asked her to bring over some items that were meaningful to her, and God help me, she brought her samurai sword.  Pam has been doing martial arts for decades now, and this is her favourite sword.  There was, obviously, no way in hell I wasn't going to shoot her in action.  These are a couple of the outtakes.

The main reason that I asked Pam to be a part of my book is because she is positively the most youthful person I know -- and as I told her, considering I have a 5-year-old daughter, that's really saying something.  If I told you how old she is,* you would call me a dirty, dirty liar. She's amazing.

The whole experience of speaking with Pam has put me in a very thoughtful mood about what being "youthful" really means.  So I thought I'd open the floor:  if you think of the most youthful person you know (regardless of age -- the person could be 2 or 92), what is it about them that makes them "youthful"?

* I'm not going to tell you here.  But I will tell you in the book.


Song: Say Hey (I love you) by Michael Franti & Spearhead.  Today's song brought to you by Stephanie.

Image:  Pam, photographed in my back garden, Nikon D300, 60mm lens