L' Shana Tovah!

L' Shana Tovah!
Wishing you and yours all of life's blessings this Rosh Hashana and always.
Have a sweet and happy New Year!
(apples grown in NY State!)

odd shot/monochrome monday

for more odd shots visit originator & host Katney at her Kaboodle!

for more wonderful monochrome photos visit Loose Ends the blog home of host/creator Aileni

This is a 'living statue' its the N'awlins version
of a street mime or panhandler or perhaps a brusker
(just out of camera range was a bucket for 'tips')
This particular gentleman and his faux pup were 'striding'
(I mean how do you describe someone who isnt moving but seems to be?)
across Royale Street in March, 2005

beignets, anyone?

you can have these, I got them at Madeleine Mae's on Columbus at 83rd, with some coffee as you discuss the debate ... me? I am off to beautify™

pimping for prizes

Country Girl Kate is hosting a Halloween (and you thought the card companies started early) Give-Away over at Chronicles of a Country Girl

AND she said if it was 'pimped' on commentor's blogs, there was a better chance to win ... I am all for pimping to win .. go see Kate and enter her contest ... you can thank me later (and if you win you know I will come collect half of what she gives you ....)

my sky

February 12, 2008 6:53 a.m. looking north at Broadway/W 80 St

for more skies visit the new sky watch blog, created by Dot, now hosted by SandyCarlson, IMac, Klaus and Tom

thursday in the hood

check it out

HEY all you scrappy people ... a friend's daughter just opened an eStore ... called appropriately enough: Scrappy Things ....

We're Scrappy Things. We have an unbeatable collection of hard-to-find
scrapbooking supplies such as embellishments, ribbon, patterned paper,
cardstock, brads ... you name it. We also specialize in custom designed scrapbooks
for every occasion

and to make it all the more enticing there's a $10 off on all orders over $50 between now and September 30.

So go on ... check it out .. you know you'll thank me later!

monochrome and odd shot monday

for more odd shots visit Katney's Kaboodle
for more monochromes, visit Aileni at Loose Ends

"Invitation to Prayer" is a sculpture of Jeremiah Lanphier, created by renowned artist Lincoln Fox, sits outside the Museum of Biblical Art on Broadway @ 61 Street

my sky

May 19, 2008, 6:52 a.m. standing at the bus stop

for more skies visit the new sky watch blog, created by Dot, now hosted by SandyCarlson, IMac, Klaus and Tom

blog rolls vs following

I really am confused ... apologies to anyone I was following ... it struck me that my followed blogs are almost identical to my blog roll.

Since I try hard to visit everyone on my blog roll I am deleting the duplications.

Anyone whose feelings are hurt ... pull up your socks and get over it.

That is all.

thursdays in the hood

walking east on West 77th Street
between Amsterdam & Columbus Avenues
on a Sunday afternoon in early September 2008

cheap psychoanalysis!

I saw this taped to the bus shelter this morning and my ususally cranky Monday morning headset immediately turned sunny.

How totally funny is this?

If one needed a shrink would they actually want someone who proclaimed themselves: Cheap?

And would someone in need of therapy seek help from someone whose claim to expertise is their own 15 years of seeing a shrink?

Me? Not so much. You?

odd shot monday

for more odd shots visit Katney's Kaboodle

Botero nudes
in the main lobby, Time Warner Center@ Columbus Circle.
What's odd?
Well, look closely at the male sculpture, see that shiny spot?
That's his penis.
Everyone has to take a photo touching it.
They wore off the finish.

monochrome monday

for more wonderful monochrome photos visit Loose Ends the blog home of host/creator Aileni

This is a bit of a cheat.
I took a 35mm photo of these swans and their cygnets in Central Park's lake a few years ago.
Recently I joined Paintbox Pictures and learned a bit about Photoshop Elements (#6 for Mac)
I applied the Posterize Effect and this is what I got.

my sky

November 30, 2007 6:52 a.m. walking east on West 79 St.

if you want to see more skies, visit sky watch blog, created by dot, hosted by sandycarlson, imac, klaus and tom

in memory

From the 104th Floor

by Leda Rodis (age 14 in 2001)

When the plane hit the building
rocked first
to the right
to the left,
and outside all the skyscrapers
of New York
seemed to tremble.

The alarms screamed louder
than we did, and I knew
it was time to get away. It's funny
what you notice:
a pen rolling across the floor
my screen saver flicker and go off
a picture of you
and me
at Coney Island.

So much to leave behind. And yet so little.

Running down the hall I remembered
my mother
taking me to the top
of the Empire
State Building when I was just
a little girl,
telling me that a plane
had crashed there a long
time ago. So I thought that maybe
what happened. Just
an accident. And accidents
happen everyday.

Under the blown-out exit sign
a crowd
is screaming,
on the door.
I know:


You have to believe that I tried. I'm not the one
to give up.
Back at my desk, I rescue
the rolling pen,
at the blank screen, and
my picture
of you.
I look out
at the blue morning.
I expect
to see God there.
But what I really see is
another plane.
And I know what it means.
But I don't know why...

I always thought that life was full of choices.
It always has been.
What to wear
Where to eat
Who to love
(and you know who I chose).

Now my choices have been taken away from me.
The men in the planes have narrowed my choices
Death by fire, or death by fall.

I see the smoke
filling the room
It's hard to breathe

I look towards the open window.
would falling feel like?

I remember the roller coaster at Coney Island.

The wind tugging at my hair
How good it felt to scream.
The feeling in my stomach.

And how all the way down

I was with you.

many of you have asked who Leda Rodis is ...

ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, 14-year-old Leda Rodis was in her high school library in Vermont, researching a freshman English assignment, when the announcement came over the loudspeaker: airplanes had been flown into both towers of the World Trade Center in New York. Like people everywhere that day, Leda watched the unreal images on television as the mammoth structures burned, then collapsed, killing thousands. The image that stuck with Leda most was that of two very brave people jumping from the towers, holding hands. Rather than die in the fire the terrorists had created, they chose to jump. And they chose to do it together.

More than any other event in history, images from 9/11 are forever seared onto humanity’s collective consciousness. Every person has tried in some way to come to terms with that day. Leda decided to write a poem. “From the 104th Floor” flowed through her as if a voice had come up out of the rubble. Though it memorializes the events and feelings of that day, “From the 104th Floor” is in the end a love poem. An inspiration. Love is bigger than terror.

Leda’s mother shared the poem with a friend in Brooklyn, Serguei Bassine, a young filmmaker. The poem’s images dug so deeply into him that in the weeks following 9/11 he would stand up and recite it on his subway commute from Brooklyn into Manhattan. Each time he read he saw horror turn to grief and then to hope in the eyes of his rapt listeners. For a long time he wrestled with how to bring the poem’s images to film without violating the integrity of the poem, or the enormity of the experiences of the people who were lost. In the end he made a short film usingblack-and-white animation as a way of honoring both the writer’s vision and the courage of the people who perished.

widget ... you decide

Check it out ...

Over there on the right .... scroll down .. keep going .. THERE ...

Okay ... its a new toy, a way to waste time and meet new blogs and bloggers .. try it out ..

Go ahead ..

Be brave ... it won't bite ....

Apparently from the comments I am reading my post isnt clear ... you are supposed to click on the center of the black box .. either this one here in the post or the one on my side bar. You will be presented with options .. pick one or the other... then after several of those you will get a screen which asks if you want to visit a 'mystery blog' or .. I forget the other choice .. no matter which you choose you will end up at another blog that is participating in this 'game'.

Did that help?

wordless wednesday

catch up sunday, part 1


First .. 

Tagged again.

Brit Gal in the USA aka Sarah tagged me.

These are the rules:
1) Link to the person who tagged you.  
2) Mention the rules.
3) Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about myself.
4) Tag six other bloggers by linking to them.
5) Go to each person’s blog and leave a comment that lets them know they’ve been tagged.

Okay ... Six Quirky.... don't you love that word?  Being able to use it in Scrabble is quite a couuuuu.... well there's #1 .. I digress.  I don't just tell long stories, I. Digress.  In the midst of one thought I have been known to detour into the backstory, fill in all the geneology and occasionally lose track of what the point was. 
#2   I am left handed.  I know Quirrrrky ... but what you may not know is that I wear my watch on my left wrist .. now THAT is quirky and some might even say weird or uncomfortable ...

#3  Here's another one.  I love to travel ... sure you are thinking what is so quirky about traveling?  Well I never do it with Husband.  Pretty quirky for a woman married as long as I am, eh?  But there's more .. yes, more ... I will only take the first flight of the day even if its at 6 a.m.  AND even before Homeland Security turned travel into a bigger nightmare than it was I insisted on being at the airport 2 hrs ahead of time.  Because .. watch this segue ...

#4  I am a freak about being late.  I am so concerned about being late that I am always early .. early to the extreme.  Quirky. I hear you nodding and agreeing .. that is quirky perhaps bordering on nutzy

#5  I keep my yellow gold and my silver (or white gold) jewelry separate.  There's no fraternizing between them unless I choose to flaunt tradition and mix them together on me but never ever do they get put in the same jewelry boxes.

#6  This is a stretch and I am not sure its quirky per se but I wake every morning at 6 a.m. without an alarm (or rooster).  Every single morning.  On weekends I look at the clock and turn over and go back to sleep.  Not quirky enough?  Well, Rosie gets fed when I get up and she knows this .. so if I am not up out of that bed by 7 a.m. she is fussing and licking and doing all sorts of WAKE UP stuff ... except she doesnt do it on weekends ... she knows the difference .. now that's Quirky .. but I am not tagging her .. she can't type.........

And I am not tagging anyone else but if you think you'd like to do this MEME please do ...

Moving along here on Catch Up  Sunday, by the way I never eat ketchup I use hot sauce, I suppose that's quirky ... 

catch up sunday, part 2

Moving along here to the rest of Catch Up Sunday ... 

The Thank You part.

If you scroll down on the right WAAAAY down below my blog roll to where it says "I am so honored" you will see some new awards or badges that are from:

Willow ... who loves my blog .. I love her's too and so will you .. check it out. Its like dropping into her home, Willow Manor, and spending time visiting.

CountryGirlKate ... gave me the Photo Award and let me tell you SHE is the photographer. I met her at two  photo MEMEs I participate in and her work is top notch .. if you havent met Kate, go check her out.

BearNaked ... gave me the Bear Bouquet badge .. her blog is sweet and cleverly illustrated with bears .. and insightful posts .. 

Giggles .. an Aussie lass I met through her Auntie Trixie gave me the Pico d'Arte award.  SHE has two blogs .. one is about her life as a young CRAZY married gal who is about to have a baby and the other is her alter ego RatGirl .. you must visit her... 

Sandy at Curley's Corner ... a blog that always has a funny joke or a clever cartoon gave me the Commenter patch ... if you need to lighten up, Sandy's your cup of tea

TSAnnie ... an almost neighbor, actually she lives in CT, but its close enough so we could if we got ourselves organized actually meet ... I'm just sayin' .. anyway she gave me a Photo Award too ... a few more of those and I might actually think I have talent and not just luck.

AND ... Dragonstar, who is pretty quirky herself, just presented me with a new blog badge, Kick Ass Blogger, created by MamaDawg, I love the idea of being an ass kicker .. kick ass'er

Anyway .. if you haven't met and enjoyed these women's blogs you are missing out on good reading and excellent photography .. and most importantly .. friendship and camaraderie!

Go ahead click over and see ... you will thank me later .. but not now... these Thank You posts are not open to comment because they aren't written to fish for more praise but to say:

 Thank you.

From inside Time Warner Center
Looking out thorugh the grided panes of the glass front
and past Columbus Circle down Central Park South
for more skies with all sorts of views visit hosts Tom, SandyCarlson & IMac ...