15-01-23 Weekly Photo Challenge – Express Yourself –

The challenge this week is Express Yourself

Since a blog is nothing but a person expressing themselves I thought I would start with moments I have caught of others expressing themselves. I may have posted these before during 2013 but I don’t think so. Even if I have I think it is a good way to kick off express yourself weekend.

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As you know I always highlight a few of my fellow bloggers who take the challenge – see below. I frequently add a video. With this theme…only one choice.

https://paypackandfollow.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/express-yourself/https://thoughtsandentanglements.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/10385/

https://acoffeebreakwithmike.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/the-red-mist/

http://dewetswild.com/2015/01/23/express-yourself/

http://mittenedhands.com/2015/01/23/monochrome-woodland/

https://sophiesophrosyne.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/tuscan-twilight/

https://femvestige.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/feminine-expression-2/

https://janeluriephotography.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/moonset-at-sunrise-golden-gate/

https://hikingmadness.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/weekly-photo-challenge-express-yourself/

12-14-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle

 The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Twinkle.”

We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.
Marilyn Monroe

In response to this week’s challenge, I thought the back cover was appropriate.

Nothing twinkles like sunlight hitting petroleum floating on water!

Boro Walk

 Other twinkles:

https://hereandthere5.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/twinkle/

http://smkelly8.com/2014/12/13/weekly-photo-challenge-twinkle/

http://szeweylee.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/grand-canal-at-midnight/

http://thirdeyemom.com/2014/12/12/bolivian-street-photography-the-twinkle-in-her-eye/

http://compostingwords.net/2014/12/13/twinkle-weekly-photo-challenge/

http://laraelkhoury.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/weekly-photo-challenge-twinkle/

http://basicallybeyondbasic.com/2014/12/12/weekly-photo-challenge-twinkle/

http://schelleycassidy.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/weekly-photo-challenge-twinkle/

http://michealdebarra.com/2014/12/12/weekly-photo-challenge-twinkle/

11-17-14 Ballad Of A Thin Man

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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.

9-11-14 Dichotomy

Katherine and I went to the The New Museum on Sunday to see the “Here and Elsewhere, a major exhibition of contemporary art from and about the Arab world.”

It is an extraordinary exhibit especially for anyone who believes that there is anything resembling a monolithic view in the culture of the Arab world in the 21st Century. On first view I particularly appreciated the work of  Hashem El MadaniFouad ElkouryTanya Habjouqa; and Ziad Antar but it is a massive exhibit and I intend to return before it closes on September 28th.

That has nothing to do with dichotomy. The exterior of the New Museum on the other hand…

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What brought this all to my mind however is something that happened last night. As many of you know I am a big supporter of Andra Watkins, the bad ass Accidental Cootchie Mama and her first book, To Live Forever An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis

Andra did a reading last night at The New England Mobile Book Fair. If you know Andra at all, you know she is a quintessential, if twisted, SG (Southern Girl). Who showed up but my parents, who while not being Northern WASPS, exemplify the Yankee spirit.

As nearly as I can tell, a wonderful time was had by all. My parents tell me Andra is a born performer and gives great book tour.  They bought a book, they posed for pictures and then all went home for a good night sleep.

If Andra comes to your town, my parents say: “Two thumbs up! Check her out!”

9-10-14 Hey, You, Boston Metro Area Folk!!!

You can still make it to this event at the New England Mobile Book Fair

My friend Andra Watkins says:” If you’ve convinced any members of your Boston area family/friends to read To Live Forever, I’m having an event at New England Mobile Book Fair tonight, September 10, at 7pm. I’ll talk about my Natchez Trace walk and show photos, and we’ll have drinks and nibbles, plus I can sign books for anyone who has one (or for anyone who wants to buy one at the event.) Please tell them I will make my Southern accent extra special.”
If you can, go see her and say hi for me.

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

 

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/