4-7-14 A Sunday Journey

Yesterday I showed the threshold of a New York spring.  As several people noticed I stopped by the Lighthouse on my walk.

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It is a charming place. From there you have several choices. I decided to go under the northbound off ramp…

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but soon enough I was up on the bridge looking back on the way I had come and the way I would return home and wondering what kind of idiot would possibly ruin their political career by ordering the shutdown of three lanes leading on to a bridge that carried 102 million (102,000,000) vehicles in 2013.

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4-6-14 Weekly Photo Challenge # 2 -Threshold

Saturday

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
Robert Frost

Sunday

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”

Shakespeare

Threshold

 

I was not going to do this again so soon (vision #1- here) but I spent the afternoon out and about uptown on the river from 155th Street to the bridge. The world was out there. Despite it only being in the low 50′s something in the air has changed and we are clearly, finally, on the threshold of spring here in NYC. So many snuggling couples out and about. Kisses filled the street. The tennis courts were full. The fishermen were out and the barbecues (a few) were going. The boarders were on the river. Yes we are on the threshold of spring and the relief was palpable.

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I hope they realize this is “my” tree (long story)

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 Soon enough to bloom

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Those crazy days when half of us are in summer and half still in winter

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Now really you didn’t think my threshold wouldn’t end anywhere but here…

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Of course, soon enough the whining about the summer heat will start but for now…

It has been a Mary Black kind of weekend for me so here is one of her uptempo spring songs.

Other thresholdian visions:

http://korasunil15.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/httpbrokenlightcollective-files-wordpress-com201404dsc01729-jpgw547h410/

http://canadiantravelbugs.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/misty-threshold-of-inspiration/

http://mochilisreloaded.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/weekly-photo-challenge-threshold/

http://squareonenotes.com/2014/04/06/weekly-photo-challenge-threshold/

http://myphotolanguage.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/weekly-photo-challenge-threshold/

http://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/its-raining-in-paradise/

http://itsallaboutabitofthisandthat.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/weekly-photo-challenge-threshold-along-the-wall-then/

http://aditinature11.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/weekly-photo-challenge-threshold/

http://thetemenosjournal.com/2014/04/06/weekly-photo-challenge-threshold/

http://ivymosquito.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/sunrise-sunrise-looks-like-morning-in-your-eyes-weekly-photo-challenge/

and speaking of someone on the threshold…

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/#inbox/1453705326f94e15

 

 


4-5-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is threshold…described as: “A threshold is a point of entering; that point just before a new beginning — that split-second moment in time, full of anticipation. All the hard work is over; relief is palpable.” I disagree with all the hard work is over; relief is palpable.

Not the first time I have shown a photograph of this. It used to be the biggest threshold in the USA and perhaps the world. Sadly I do not believe it carries the same resonance anymore.

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Some other views of threshold…

I think this fits…

http://andrawatkins.com/2014/04/05/roy-lees-big-adventure/

http://alwayswasarebel.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/your-wave-is-waiting/

http://lifeandink.com/2014/04/05/weekly-photo-challenge-threshold/

http://yobynos.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/weekly-photo-challenge-threshold/

http://alicethroughthemacrolens.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/weekly-photo-challenge-threshold/

http://likeacircleinaspiral.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/weekly-photo-challenge-threshold-cloud-with-a-rainbow-lining/

http://alifemoment.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/weekly-photo-challenge-threshold/

http://summerpineapples.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/weekly-photo-challenge-threshold-japans-four-seaons/

http://jobryantnz.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/weekly-photo-challenge-threshold/

http://emiliabrasierphotography.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/weekly-photo-challenge-threshold/

http://vernetteoutloud.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/weekly-photo-challenge-threshold/


4-4-14 Travel Theme: Misty

Ailsa’s travel theme this week isMisty.

Dusk at the river on January 11th, 2014.

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Back on February 1, 2011 a mile or so up the river was pretty misty as well:

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Yesterday Andra finished the Natchez Trace walk!  Read about her journey to the finish here.

Some other views of mist:

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/travel-theme-misty/

http://annarashbrook.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/travel-theme-misty/

http://nowathome.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/travel-theme-misty/

http://bambangpriantono.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/travel-theme-misty-kabut-mystical-morning-at-dieng/

http://road-tripping-europe.com/blog/2014/04/travel-theme-misty/

http://windagainstcurrent.com/2014/04/04/travel-theme-misty/

http://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/misty-dawn-in-avebury/

http://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/misty-in-the-long-term/

http://vackrare.com/2014/04/04/misty/

http://froghopper.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/travel-theme-misty/

http://rjbailey.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/travel-theme-misty-2/

 


4-3-14 Dawning Of A New Day

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She did it! She damn well did it! Andra hit Nashville today on schedule and on target. 444 miles. This now lands in my really impressed category along with  Todd Jennings running the Hudson River and Vlad and Johna’s kayaking the Everglades.  I take nothing away from the others because damn, I couldn’t get close to anything like that but Todd is an ultra marathoner and Vlad and Johna are hard-core kayakers, Andra is not a hard-core walker. She is an extraordinarily nice woman who wrote a damn good book and figured out a genius way to promote it and then sacrificed her body to do so.  Think about your next door neighbor, you know, that nice lady down the hall or across the street. Now think about her taking a few months to train and then walking from New York City to Bangor Maine…

Last post before finish

Pics from the last day

Really, check out her book, y’all!   To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis

 


The End of the Walk Contest

Robert S Johnson:

Today’s the day! She did it! 444 miles by foot Natchez Trace (Mississippi) to Nashville.

Originally posted on The Accidental Cootchie Mama:

Sometime today (maybe by the time you read this post), I’ll walk up to milepost 444 on the Natchez Trace and end my 444-mile trek from Natchez, Mississippi. I don’t know how I’m going to feel, but I’m sure I’ll be crying.

Not because my feet hurt. Or my joints ache. Or I’ve walked for more than a month straight and managed to GAIN weight.

I’ll cry because I’ll miss it. The solitude. The time with my thoughts. The perfect peace that can only come from a trial by pain.

And I’ll miss my parents. This trip with me is Dad’s Last Grand Adventure. It may be Mom’s as well, but it is surely Dad’s. I may spend a lot more time with my parents, but I will never, ever have this time again.

In the midst of my tears, though, I’m going to stop at milepost 444, and I’m…

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4-2-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life Dawn NYC

One last visit to street life. Dawn looking from the heights over the Hudson River towards the East River.

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Take 3

Take 2

Take 1

The Accidental Cootchie Mama is less than 15 miles from completing her 444 mile walk of The Natchez Trace. If I haven’t mentioned it before… :) … you should read her book: To Live Forever An After Life Journey of Meriwether Lewis.

A few other viewpoints:

http://saigonlens.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/weekly-photo-challenge-street-life/

http://mynuttydubai.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/weekly-photo-challenge-street-life/

http://kerlundphoto.se/2014/04/02/weekly-photo-challenge-street-life/

http://deistfromtexas.com/2014/04/02/weekly-photo-challenge-street-life/

http://brain.queenkv.org/2014/04/02/weekly-photo-challenge-street-life/

http://chilchile.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/weekly-photo-challenge-street-life/

http://silverleafjournal.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/weekly-photo-challenge-street-life/

http://lenzexperiments.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/weekly-photo-challengestreet-life/

http://neverclipmywings.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/weekly-photo-challenge-street-life/

http://basil-1.com/2014/04/02/street-scene-sunny-sunday-in-los-angeles/


4-1-14 Weekly Photo Challenge- Street Life – Manhasset NY

This weeks challenge: Street Life - Manhasset New York edition.

Friday I spent the morning in Manhasset New York. I had several hours to kill so I wandered around for about an hour. My favorite piece of the street was right here.

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Some other views :

First the true wanderer: http://andrawatkins.com/2014/04/01/to-live-forever-tour-stop-meriwether-lewis/

http://jfb57.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/weekly-photo-challenge-street-life/

http://theurgetowander.com/2014/04/01/les-rues-de-paris/

http://mondasiregar.com/2014/04/01/weekly-photo-challenge-street-life/

http://williamsdavid.me/2014/04/01/weekly-photo-challenge-street-life-reflections-of/

http://quotidianhudsonriver.com/2014/03/28/3-28-14-weekly-travel-theme-street-life/

http://gideonquick.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/weekly-photo-challenge-street-life/

http://maulzxxx.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/indonesian-weekly-photo-challenge-street-life/

http://quotidianhudsonriver.com/2014/03/29/3-29-14-weekly-photo-challenge-street-life-a-water-view/

http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/2014/04/01/wpc-the-streets-of-old-city-dubrovnik-croatia/

http://rjbailey.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/weekly-photo-challenge-street-life-and-some-excitement/

http://greetingsfromengland.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/weekly-photo-challenge-street-life/

http://mk17design.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/weekly-photo-challenge-street-life/


To Live Forever Tour Stop: Meriwether Lewis

Robert S Johnson:

The countdown is in ernest now. By the close of today Andra will have walked 420 miles of the 444 mile Natchez Trace and will be within 48 hours of the finish line. Bloody impressive if you ask me.

Originally posted on The Accidental Cootchie Mama:

Dear Meriwether Lewis:

You gave me a gift.

Maybe several.

Inspiration. You lent me your voice. Your story. You let me imagine what you might do if you had more time. Your men looked to you as a father, but you let me imagine how you might father a lost little girl. You didn’t disappoint me.

Fortitude. You gave me the strength to not give up, even when I stood on the side of the road and screamed, “I quit! I quit! I quit!” into a Mississippi swamp. When I couldn’t feel my fingers, when I wished I could cut off my toes.

Connection. You led some of Clark’s descendants to find me, as I stumbled through an open field. “Lewis was murdered!” We found connection in that thought, common ground in that idea. The wind roared in unison with our shared belief in you. Maybe that…

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3-31-14 Made It 25% Around The Sun, Again

Yes, indeed we did.

I needed to prepare a portfolio for the last class with Amy Arbus tomorrow, 50% work from the class and 50% work of our own. While putting it together I fell back in love with this picture. This image and I have a very dysfunctional relationship. I love it then I hate it and refuse to even look at it. I printed it out today and fell in love again.

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If you were eligible and needed it, I hope you signed up for the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance and didn’t let the negative Nellies and people of bad faith scare you off. Before you blow up at me, what exactly are they offering you in its place? The old system we all agree is awful? What is the definition of insanity again?

Will The ACA work? Damned if I know but I am sure it won’t if people insist on sitting in the corner, kicking their heels and holding their breath.


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