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Noah Starr Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010


I crave silence... I want the thoughts in my head to go away. I have things I'd like to get done and a lot of other things distracting me. Sometimes, when I watch my son Noah at work I wonder what he is experiencing while he sorts through his digital photographs. He is a cute little brooder and I love watching him quietly thinking his private thoughts. He has very expressive eyes when he's lost in a memory. It can be fun to watch his expressions if you do not disturb him and he remains unaware that he's being spied upon.

Noah took this shot and a host of others that I really need to post soon. I think his coffee book is going to be full of some very lovely eye candy.

I was spoofing on the shorties earlier, having a bit of blog post therapy, but I deleted the post because I found myself thinking it would be so much nicer to publish a quiet, simple little post while I curl up on the futon and pray for silence...

Stephen really, really needs to nap.

My left eye is twitching. I was on the phone with Sprint for 43 minutes. That's all I am going to say about it. Feel free to fill in the blanks (LOL). :-)



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Comment balloon 18 commentsC Tann-Starr • February 19 2010 01:19PM


Waht a beautiful photo! Have a great weekend~jen

Posted by Jen Anderson (Exit By the Bay Realty) over 10 years ago

Silence is golden. it gives you time to reflect and ponder. Great picture.

Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic (www.mrbrownsellsgr.com) over 10 years ago

"c" ---- please tell Noah that his photo is beautiful -- so peaceful.


Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) over 10 years ago


Great picture to gaze at during the quest for silence.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

The little guy took a really nice picture C. As for silence, I long for it until I get it, then I miss the noise in my head.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 10 years ago

Stephen definitely captured the perfect picture for your moment of meditation.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 10 years ago

C, How old is Noah? What a talent!

Posted by Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!" (Rulnick Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

I hope you find the peace and silence that you need...........and look forward to more of Noah's work!

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) over 10 years ago

Noah may well wind up being another Ansel Adams.  Hopefully you will find a quiet place in your head so you can decompress.  :)

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 10 years ago

I love silence. Long before working from home was "stylish", I was doing it. I work twice as fast, and with greater accuracy when all is quiet =)

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 10 years ago

WOW, that is gorgeous. Looks like young Stephen inherited MamaKitty's talent for artsyness...


It takes practice and work, but unruly thoughts can be quieted. Taking in a pic like that is a good way...so fresh and pristine...

Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) over 10 years ago

Thank you, Jen. Noah is in tree mode (LOL).

Robert, we have a lot to reflect on. It's been a crazy week with the shorties home from school. :-)

Liz, I let my sweetie pie know you guys enjoyed his photo. He's all smiles. :-)

Richard, I am with you. I've been shopping digital press businesses to make limited edition posters for him. I'm thinking it would be nice to put up some of his work. He takes such interesting pictures. I like being able to see what he's interested in and this one is very soothing. :-)

JL, I would pay to have a quiet moment. My kids are noise makers (LOL). Noah is pretty cool because he can play simple computer games and entertain himself with YouTube. Stephen is crazy. He's diving off the furniture, flipping the rugs, dumping yogurt, messing with the tubes of acrylic. Dude crayoned his new sheets this morning. He's obsessing about drawing circles (LOL).

Jane, Step had very little to do with this one (LOL). Noah is the mastermind behind this shot. I'm still working on Stephen. He likes the camera but loves video because he can run with the video camera and still see what he shot. Noah takes blurry shots too, but he's getting really good at it so I am seeing less of them. :-)

Wendy, Noah turned 8 at the end of January and Stephen will be 4 at the end of April. I am trying to get them both into music classes and have been handling the art angle myself. We have been painting together all week. May have something very interesting to show you guys on Sunday if Stephen doesn't destoy it first. Little dude has been driving me absolutely crazy this week (LOL).

Ann, I've been stealing a quiet moment every chance I get. I am looking forward to sharing more of the wee people's art. Noah is going to make a stellar photographer. :-)

Carol, I hope Noah becomes very successful at it. He really enjoys taking pictures. He makes me laugh because every time we get in the car his first shot is always the keys in the ignition. :-)

Lisa, I know what you mean. I get so much done in the wee hours of the morning while they are sleeping. :-)

Candice, fresh and pristine is such a cool way of looking at it. That sums up Noah's innocent approach quite nicely. Everything interests him. I love seeing life from his perspective.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago


Really a nice picture. You still have that much snow where you are?

Posted by Terry Chenier (Homelife Glenayre Realty) over 10 years ago

Terry, we are enjoying the snow. It's melting very slowly. Temps have stayed in the thirties so the kids are thrilled because there are still a lot of cool spots to throw snow balls. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

I, too, relish the sounds of silence. Like Simon and Garfunkel. Or maybe like Frankie Valli: silence is golden. Although, sometimes when I'm in the midst of silence, tinnitus kicks in, and I get that low hum of a garage door opening. One of the disadvantages about getting older. But I move my lower jaw around, and the humming goes away. There is rarely total silence, though. You'll hear a clock ticking, a refrigerator running, a bird chirping in the distance.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 10 years ago
C - what a beautiful photo - very talented young photographer you have there! What does this say about all of us - we crave silence till we get it and then we miss the noise. I must say though that there is so much noise everywhere that it is rare to have the opportunity to miss the noise. Love the photo! thanks for sharing.
Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 10 years ago

C -  love the caption, and it looks like you have a budding photographer.

 I too apprecate silence and cherishes the moments it happens.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 10 years ago

Elizabeth, I know what you mean. I've been known to stick my fingers in my ears just to try and get a moment to clear my thoughts. My kids think it's a hoot and follow behind (making noise of course - LOL).

Thank you, Lise. Noah had a great photography session today. I may have to post some in the morning. I can't keep them in their beds. My kids know how to be quite a distraction. :-)

Thank you, Jennifer. He is really taking to digital photography. I love watching him work. He is such a Curious George kinda guy. I think I may have to make a run up to Pawling so I can walk in the woods and have a quiet moment. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

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