friends


back at the end of september
 i asked that lady
 if i could take a photo of her pups

 i had seen her walking them 
several mornings that week
 as i walked to the office
 from the subway

she said sure

tower


i am sure there is
a word
that you use 
when a name 
evokes 
a thing

like this

it looks like a tower

you know
like a
synonym

resemble
take after
blend in
favor

none of those work for me
you?

apple picking


here in nyc
on the upper westside
apple picking 
is
done
 at 
the farmers markets


this one is legendary
every sunday
rain or shine
it spans columbus avenue
behind the museum
(of natural history)
from 77th to 82nd 

this and that


this is one of my favorite spots to photograph
over the years
 i bet 
i have taken this photo
 in
 various seasons 
a hundred times


it was a nice weekend
did some necessary beautification saturday

sunday
was follow up day at the vet for harry
whose fungal infection is improving slowly



i dont know
 if you know
 harry
 is 
fiv+ 
that means his immune system is compromised
 if/when he gets sick 
it takes a lot longer than 'normal' to get well

he doesnt seem to mind
the meds hidden in his kibble
 every day 
or 
having his ears and paws 
wiped
 with special solution 
twice a day

he's good natured
 and 
doesnt fuss overly much 
but 
i think
 he's over going to the vet every 2 weeks

getting out of his carrier is a lot tougher than getting him in

mornings


once upon a time
i was a night person
i took the sunrise as a personal affront
i could stay up til all hours every night of the week
i would spend sundays sleeping the day away

that was a long time ago
it feels like it was in another life
in a way it was

i love my life
 i have no regrets
well
maybe one or two 
very minor ones

yesterday was the highest most holy day if you are a jew
i am tho most of the time i am not observant

when i was much younger 
my mother said
 i should never ever work 
on rosh hashanah or yom kippur 
or
the gentiles who employed me 
would not respect me

i think her feelings 
belonged to another time
but
 i listened 
i obeyed

so yesterday i was home
i slept in
i unplugged
i fasted
i didnt make it to sundown 

around 5ish i had a headache 
i went for a walk
i ended up outside starbucks
i broke fast with a venti latte
hey what can i say

i survived being unplugged
it didnt feel bad at all

this morning i was up at 5
tho really
 the cats
specifically jack 
wake me around 4

fed the cats
watched
 the news
the weather report
dressed
walked in the dark to the subway

i like the quiet

i like morning

i never thought
 i would say that
 but 
i like the morning




the holiest of holy

beginning
sundown tuesday
ending
sundown wednesday
is 
the highest of the high holy days
yom kippur

jews
 fast
 pray
 atone

beginning the new year afresh

to all my friends of all faiths:

may your prayers be heard
and
may you be blessed with all that is good
may you be inscribed for a 
wonderful year


windows


one of my many fixations
these happen to be in a small midwestern city 
they could very well be anywhere
thats one of the many things i love about windows

matthew-esque weekend

i sincerely
 hope
everyone who was
in matthew's path is okay

for those who lost
homes
businesses
 i
wish
swift recovery

here in the big apple
we experienced
 a relatively matthew-free weekend

sure 
it rained on sunday
reminding me
 why
cats
are better
for me
 than
 a 
dog




there were no brunches
outdoors



the biggest bag of wind
 wasnt
hurricane aka tropical storm matthew
but the
ahem
republican presidential nominee




jenga?



yes,
they really do
 refer to
 it 
as
 the jenga building

its on leonard street
in 
soho

google it

tis the season


for
silly painted pumpkin faces
of
all
kinds




this was photographed by a friend
at the tulsa state fair

oxymoron?



ilove that term
oxymoron
no i do not mean trump

i mean that sign
is it an oxymoron
 or 
simply 
an expression of work ethic



it was a nice long weekend
i did
 thanks to toonman 
a lot 
of
 sleeping in

he fed the ever vocal ravenous cat horde

i slept past 5

ahhhhh

watched some tv
avoided the computer
took a few short walks
did a lot of errands
some beautification
and finally
celebrated
the jewish new year

a fairly full weekend

now its back to work

l'shana tovah


wishing
everyone
a
sweet
new year


traditionally its apples and honey
hard to believe
but true
of the thousands of photos 
i have taken 
there's not
 a single photo of honey!

morning light


i love the early morning this time of year
its quiet
its dark

snapped that dog walker and his dogs the other morning
my shadow seems more in focus than the man
oh well

hello october!