15-09-10 Blossom – Just A Little Fun

The things Google+ gets up to with your photographs when you are not looking!


15-07-18 Weekly Photo Challenge 1/2 and 1/2

The challenge is Half and Half, preferably not the tasty dairy beverage. “This week, share an image that has two clear halves, literally or figuratively.”

Of course for those of us of a certain mindset the first image that comes to mind is the old Star Trek episode, “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield.


Here is my first view of this challenge. Perhaps a bit more subtle.



Other 1/2s from around the blog world.








New York City – Remember to Attend on April 1

Andra at Book Culture 7PM – April 

Andra Watkins
Andra at Book Culture NYC

April 1 @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm

nitobe_logo2_1Join Andra for the official Manhattan launch of Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace.

Andra’s bookstore appearances are more than book signings. She challenges audiences to evaluate their relationships. She gives attendees concrete ideas and strategies to leave inspired to Make a Memory of their own. Andra will have tools available to help each person create a specific invite for a loved one. Everyone will leave charged to Make a Memory.

To find out more about Book Culture, click HERE.


April 1
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Book Culture
536 W 112th Street, New York, NY

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12-25-14 That’s The Way I Like It (Merry Christmas)

12-24: Wake up at 8am. Go to bed on 12/25 at 4:15am. I haven’t done that in at least a year. Great time though.

Started with the cookie decorating. Abigail and her three friends, Eva, Caroline and Edy have been doing this on 12/24 for at least 10 years now.

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The young women finished up about 4:30 and then it was time to finish setting up for the party.  Guests started arriving around 7:30. We ate around 9:30: smoked goose, short ribs, cauliflower, mashed, turnips and greens, huge fresh salad, some fish dish (I don’t eat fish so I don’t focus on that) and a whole lot of other stuff, Dessert was the cookies, of course, baklava sent from Boston by my mom (always a large hit) pies, cakes and so on. The last guest left about 1am and I sent everyone to bed at 3 so I could finish the clean up. Went out at 4 (we were out of coffee! – can’t have christmas morning without joe!)

I’m sorry we couldn’t invite you all. Maybe next year?

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.




3-17-14 See Huck See Pippi

The Main Library on 42nd Street is currently running an exhibit on children’s literature called “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter”.  There are a lot of memories on view there. If you are of a certain age and grew up in much of the US, perhaps this will ring a bell…


Of course beyond simply exhibiting artifacts they deal with controversies around children’s lit.  There are way too many. Here are a few representative quotes from the exhibit.


It is very well designed and laid out.  If you are in or near the city you should check it out. This person enjoyed it.