11-17-14 Ballad Of A Thin Man


I have been listening to a lot of Bob Dylan in the car recently. iTunes shuffles and up it comes, mine is not to question why. The gentleman does have a way with words and is definitely underrated as a musician.  One line of his particularly sticks with me these days and today I decided to write about it after a little unintentional push from Andra Watkins (have I suggested recently that you should buy her book, To Live Forever An Afterlife Journey Of Meriwether Lewis? No, well you should. It is excellent. You can find out how to get an autographed copy if you click here.)

Anyway, her husband, the redoubtable MTM is an avid bicyclist. Unfortunately, as of a few days ago, he is also an avid patient after a young woman, wearing headphones, walked into the bike path and in avoiding her MTM broke his collarbone.

Okay, that is too bad, dude, but what the heck does that have to do with Dylan?

Well – once upon a time, Dylan wrote a song, the one I stole my headline from. It is a great song. The most familiar lyric is:

“Because something is happening here
But you don’t know what it is
Do you, Mister Jones ?”

However, today we are talking about earbuds and headphones and all the ways we cut ourselves off from the world around us. Once this was regarded as a bad thing as can be seen in the last two lines of the last verse…

“Well, you walk into the room
Like a camel and then you frown
You put your eyes in your pocket
And your nose on the ground
There ought to be a law
Against you comin’ around
You should be made
To wear earphones.”

He says it like wearing earphones is a bad thing, a punishment.

Imagine that.

11-15-14 Afternoon Delight

As part of my birthday week celebration Katherine took me to “A Private Wine Tasting” at the Italian Wine Merchants. Topic was the Killer Bs of Italy (Barolo, Brunello, Barbaresco and the newcomer to the group, Bolgheri.)

A very enjoyable two hours filled with information, great cheese, speck, prosciutto and, oh yeah, a few wines.

As you can tell from the high quality of these shots…a good time was had by all.




11-14-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement

Achievement -

When I think about achievements I try to avoid sports. Ripken and The Iron Horse, Hank and The Babe, Roger Bannister, Martina and Chris, Serena, Russell and Chamberlain, Magic and Bird, Michael, etc. all did remarkable things but others have achieved so much more.

Salk, Sabin, Newton, Einstein, Ptomely, Pythagoras, and so many more whose names I don’t know.

However, for me, the most remarkable achievement in my lifetime is one we, the USA, threw away, as we became the nasty, cramped, and fearful country we are today. We came, we saw, we ran home and hid.

I don’t get it and never will.

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11-13-14 Should I Stay Or Should I Go

A few weeks ago I posted about the reasons why I didn’t have favorite pictures of the Hudson. The favorites come and go depending on the whims of the time and the tides.

This image is a perfect example. When I first showed it to my various critical circles it received a very positive response: I had really drawn out the meaning and focus of the image. That mirrored my own feelings but there was a significant minority that felt it was desperately overworked and crying for attention.

About a year later that view became mine.

Now…I’m torn. I think I will go back to the basic raw image and see what develops. In the meantime, any thoughts are welcome!

Hawk over Pollepel Island, Fishkill, NY

11-9-14 Weekly Photo Challenge – Minimalist 3.0

The Challenge

Attempt 2

Attempt 1

Attempt 3

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11-8-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist (2)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

My first pass


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