Do the Bunny (Basket) Hop...for Children's Miracle Network

Are you familiar with the Children's Miracle Network? I was not, until I read DS's post here at Third-Story Window, she told me about how both JoAnn at Lakeside Musing and Sandy at You've GOTTA Read This! presented this adorable, charitable Easter basket to any of their readers who wished to participate. I, too, wanted to help because anything having to do with children and their health is important, I know I am not alone in that.

Founded in 1983 the Children's Miracle Network raises funds for more than 170 children's hospitals. The following information is from their website, and explains their mission much better than I could:

Children’s Miracle Network is a non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals. Countless individuals, organizations and media partners unite with Children’s Miracle Network hospitals to help sick and injured kids in local communities. Donations to Children’s Miracle Network create miracles by funding medical care, research and education that saves and improves the lives of 17 million children each year.
Every child deserves the hope and healing of children’s hospitals. With the help of a Children’s Miracle Network hospital in their community, children of all ages and backgrounds can receive treatment for every imaginable disease and injury—from asthma and broken bones to cancer and heart defects. Children’s hospitals are also on the front lines of research, education and outreach programs that keep millions of kids out of the hospital each year.

This particular "hop" is sponsored by Hershey's and it works as follows:

Hershey’s is donating $10 per each blog participating in the Better Basket Blog Hop for Children’s Miracle Network up to a total of $5,000.

The Rules:
Copy and paste these rules to your blog post.

Create a blog post giving a virtual Easter Basket to another blogger – you can give as many Virtual Baskets as you want.

Link back to person who gave you an Easter Basket.

Let each person you are giving a Virtual Easter Basket know you have given them a Basket.

Leave your link at comment section. You can also find the official rules of this better basket blog hop, and more information about Better Basket with Hershey’s there.

Hershey’s is donating $10 per each blog participating to the Better Basket Blog Hop to Children’s Miracle Network (up to total of $5,000 by blog posts written by April 4th, 2010).
Please note that only one blog post by each blog url will count towards the donation.

I offer this basket to anyone who wishes to take it. Hop on over to Better Basket and play Easter Bunny for some most deserving children. For they are what this is all about.

Thank you.

sign posts

Hanging in a window
West 79th Street

my sky

An Upper Westside Water Tower

For more skies, visit hosts/hostesses Sandy Carlson, Louise, Sylvia, Klaus, Wren, & Fishing Guy at the Sky Command Center!

thursday in the hood

Lets look more closely at this bike

It was parked outside the Bank of America Tower 
W. 42nd St/Sixth Avenue
Those are
to gain entry to the city's
subways & buses

 Edited to add: Apparently this is an urban legend .. check this out

wordless and wordy wednesday combo

The Secret Lives of Birds

Do not love the oriole.
She will flutter and charm in a charismatic display;
Then, when all of your dreams have turned to orange,
She will do the same over an old bit of string.

The water pipit favors the stark beauty of rocky beach or tundra.
She is plain but hardy, and will find a way through and say nothing
When you fuck up the way you do;
She sometimes lays her eggs on golf courses--
Do not stupidly try to drive them or sink them, because then you will discover
They are the thing she loves, more than you.

You can't count on a cedar waxwing.
She will include you and also several of her friends,
Passing a ripe cherry from beak to beak, down the branch, until every face is sweet and red.
You'll forget yourself with happiness and the summer will be one long delicious picnic of plenty;
Did you think the red markings at her wing tips were simple accents?
They are her album, of you, and another, and another,

All abandoned, like dreams upon waking--
Suddenly and entirely,
When all the fruit is gone.

The jay can scatter smaller birds from the feeder
By mimicking the cry of the red tailed hawk.
She takes what she will, burying--and forgetting--a great many prizes;
Entire forests spring from her bold thievery.
Yet, she always seems to be moving on.

Despite her beauty, brass, and moxie,
Tranquility is never hers, and if you love her,
It will elude you, too.

And me?
I am fascinated with them all.

I am the song they did not know they knew,
And I am the rapt and admiring listener;
I am the silent sky in love with their wing beats and the music that cannot be expressed
Without them.

and the winner is...

Sandy who blogs at Curly's Corner wins The Lovely Bones, if you email me your snailmail address, I'll send it out forthwith.

A while back I won a give-away from BritGalintheUSA aka Sarah ... the complications of a very bad cold and a misaddressed package slowed down my receiving my prizes ... and wonderful things they are .. meant to pamper a lass.

Well part of the loot, er, winnings is The Lovely Bones, as luck would have it I already own a copy so with Sarah's blessing I offered to one my readers.

Today when the box arrived I asked ToonMan to pick a number between 1-25 and he chose 13.

Sandy was the 13th commenter on that post.

So she wins.

Ta da.

sign posts

Back in early January 
on a very unseasonably warm day 
I headed south to lower Manhattan 
with my then brand new Nikon.  
Got my bearings here Battery Park

my sky

Terracotta bas-relief trim and the gutters painted pale green 
pay lovely compliment 
to the blue sky 
above this old building 
Amsterdam Avenue in the West 80s.

For more skies, visit hosts/hostesses Sandy Carlson, Louise, Sylvia, Klaus, Wren, & Fishing Guy at the Sky Command Center!

thursday in the hood

309 West 76th Street
West End and Riverside Drive

sunday in the park

These happy hippos live in one of the playgrounds that make Riverside Park very child friendly
read about the other themes here

waiting, impatiently

This sweet pup lives in Franklin, TN
he helps out in this little shop there.
I took this photo a few years ago 
when I was visiting my dear friend, Mar.

sign posts

Yes, I believe you can get there from here.
This is the intersection of
West 79th Street and Riverside Drive

waiting, impatiently

Everyone always wonders 
about what happens 
when the pup I have snapped waiting, impatiently 
is reunited with their person.  
Well, here's a shot I took 
(and posted back in June 2008) 
of a pup and his person 

sign posts

Its my favorite 'sign' to date, snapped it in
Ricky's on West 72nd Street

Email received just now said:
Go fix 'It my sign...' on your site - it looks (the R word)
thanks ToonMan!

my sky

Another view of the Brooklyn Bridge 
the lovely early January skies above it

For more skies, visit hosts/hostesses Sandy Carlson, Louise, Sylvia, Klaus, Wren, & Fishing Guy at the Sky Command Center!

thursday in the hood

Apparently a lot of people came to see about buying this bridge
No they didnt.
That's an old joke.
The Brooklyn Bridge, however, is not a joke.
Read all about it here

miscellaneous monday - city daily photo theme - passageway

 Just beyond these gates is  
in addition to being home to many celebrities
its also where John Lennon was shot
it 'starred' in Jack Finney's wonderful Time and Again
as well as its sequel From Time to Time

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