It’s been thirty-one years…

…since my first trip to Italy, and thought many of my new followers (201, now!) might enjoy sharing that marvelous experience.

Two summers ago, I scanned all the 35mm slides, Photoshopped each and every one, and produced the following video.

To all of you…

…who still have a Mother:  Please treat her well and kindly; she is the only Mother you will ever have.

My own, Anastasia (a name she hated), has been gone for over thirty years.  If I could have her here, for only one moment, I would tell her again, “I love you.”

Yellow roses were her favorite, the color of hope…those I placed upon her casket so very long ago….

Yellowed Roses  Copyright 2012

May all Mothers enjoy their happiest Mothers’ Day EVER!

I went to the Loop today…

…to the Harold Washington Library, and took along my camera, intending to spend the entire afternoon roaming and shooting.

ALAS!  The wind that hit me on Van Buren Street, westward from Michigan Avenue to State Street, nearly knocked me over several times.

Today’s weather stated SSW winds 25-40 miles per hours, but between highrises is quite a different story.  I am neither small nor light…and I must use a cane.  I was bent into the wind at least 25-30 degrees, and sought shelter a few times in pilasters along the way.  Exhausted, I entered the Popular Library on the first floor, chose three new books, and stood in a line of 25 or so people (UNUSUAL!) before checking out.  I then walked across State Street and waited for my bus, stopping along the way to shop a bit, and finally came home to a totally-aired out apartment.

In lieu of nothing new today, I’ll treat you to these (from 1982) three canals of Venice.



All photos copyright 2012