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.



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.









12-16-14 Morgan O’kane

I had a few minutes to play (I hate killing time, rather have playtime) between appointments this morning so thought I would see what was up in Union Square, other than the “pop-up” Christmas market.

Heard some excellent banjo music coming from the north end of the square and headed that way. I found Morgan O’kane siting near the subway entrance playing.



I stood and listened for awhile and then did something I simply don’t do on the street. I bought one of his CDs. When I got home, I popped it into the CD player and have been listening to it, over real speakers for the past hour.

Check him out if you have the chance.

2-27-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: The Third Three

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life.

It goes on.”

Robert Frost

The challenge this week was: three.  This is my third shot at it. Attempt 1 is here, and attempt 2 is here.

For today I thought I would be flexible and go back in time to June to Union Square.

Boro Walk

Boro Walk

Boro Walk

“I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three.”
Elayne Boosler

Some other threes:




Wilhelm the Wonder Bird….(wp weekly photo challenge) | Daily Observations

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Ruth E Hendricks Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | techMinimalist

Trompie meeting a new cat friend: Three picture story | Scrapydodog

Back to the roots | Flickr Comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Sun Setting on Lake Abert, Oregon, USA | undefined by design

John Henry – about job losses | Flickr Comments

The ‘Three-Picture story’ idea. | Helen Ross writes

1-17-14 Travel Theme: Silver

You got my heart, you got my soul
You got the silver, you got the gold
You got the diamonds from the mine
Well that’s all right, it’ll buy some time


Pat: “This is what I believe to be true. This is what I learned in the hospital. You have to do everything you can, you have to work your hardest, and if you do, if you stay positive, you have a shot at a silver lining.”

Several scenes later:

Tiffany: “What? You’re not gonna read that shit on my time. I can tell you all about the “Lord of the Flies.” It’s a bunch of boys on an island and they have a conch — they have a shell — and whoever has the conch has the power and they can talk. And if you don’t have the conch, then you don’t have the power. And then there’s a little chubby boy, and they call him Piggy and they’re really mean, and then there’s a murder. I mean, humanity is just nasty and there’s no silver lining.”

 Silver Linings Playbook

Ailsa is looking for a silver lining this week. I immediately thought of this statue that appeared in Union Square in February 2012.


Some other lights of the silvery moon:









6-24-13 Union Square – Last Day Of Spring: Blast From The Past; Look At The Future

As I mentioned a few days ago I was in Union Square recently (6/20/13 to be precise) and the joint was jumping. The Union Square Partnership had a stah=ge up at the south end and the Peridance Capezio Center were performing.  The musicians were out in full force all around the Square and park, the vendors, the lost boys and girls, the Yoga Society. It just went on and on.

My two favorites, for very different reasons were the following. The first group introduced themselves simply as Eastern European massage therapists and proceeded to put on a demonstration of their work. These two pictures don’t show the most exciting aspect of what they do but I like them the most.

Boro Walk

Boro Walk

My other favorites were because they were such a trip in time. And I loved the gentleman who was working with them.

Boro Walk

Boro Walk

Real 70’s deja vu…sometimes the past is best left there…

9-27-12 Not In My Food!

Yesterday, Consumer’s Union delivered a petition with over 500,000 signatures to Trader Joe’s asking them to: “to carry only meat raised without antibiotics.”

A friend of mine alerted me to this event.  I did not have a lot of time, but I did grab a few minutes to buzz by as Consumer’s Union set up and do my “Ninja Photographer” thing. Unfortunately I could not stay for the press conference itself.

the signed petition

reporter at work

Drugged Pig