When sorting out some old paperwork…

…I ran across this quote I had written down some thirty-odd years ago.

Epictetus Quote

This blog, lately, has become more like a fig which has yet to ripen, hasn’t it?

Each day, I make an effort to post…and at the end of the day, my energy level is nil, because the day has been spent sorting, straightening, hanging artwork, shopping, baking, cooking…doing everything that must come first before I can sit and gather thoughts and images to put up a decent post.

Getting older “ain’t what it’s cracked up to be!”, and I’ll admit I’ve been pushing myself the last several months to that terrible point of exhaustion.

Yet, I look around my apartment and revel in what I’ve achieved–a great change, a comforting ‘togetherness’, a fresh look!

Though I still must deal with the studio (washing walls, then painting), I’ve had to let that go for a bit–perhaps even until Spring!–as tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day (and Hannukah has already begun this evening for my Jewish friends!).

This is a particularly poignant Thanksgiving Day for me, as it is the 17th anniversary of my younger son’s passing…and I have spent the previous holidays in thoughts and memories of that horrific time, which still seems like it was just yesterday.

Enough of that for now, as I hope all of you, old and new followers, are in good health and somewhat happy to be alive!

Even if you do not live in the United States, please take a moment to look around you and be very thankful for all you have!

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Happy Thanksgiving Day

and Happy Hannukah

to all!

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P. S.:  I’m almost finished hanging artwork, and have one more large wreath to decorate and hang, which means I’ll be able to spend more time posting…as soon as I get that Pumpkin Pie baked tomorrow–probably the only ‘traditional’ part of the meal!

I’m NOT having a ‘Turkey Dinner’ though, just steamed salmon, fresh green beans, some sweet potato (no butter or marshmallows!)…and a bit of Brie on water crackers…it’s far more healthy, though I sure do want to gorge myself on stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy and cranberries–but I’d gain ten pounds overnight!

I met some wonderful people today…

…whom I’ll call “H” (he’s about 7 or 8 years old), his Dad and his Mom, whom I’ll call “M”.

They live in a building a few blocks away with a gorgeous side garden, where I have photographed many times before.

While trying to work off some back pain today, I walked over, took a look into the garden and spotted a few Lilies toward the back end.

I think you’ll agree their color is quite gorgeous!

M and H's Peachy Lily, the first

M and H’s Peachy Lily, the first

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M and H's Peachy Lily, the second

M and H’s Peachy Lily, the second

As there are many buds, I’m certain “M” and “H” and his Dad will get much enjoyment from these particular Lilies in the days to come!

On this day…

…I’d like to wish all fathers a very Happy Father’s Day!

Father's Day 2013

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The little guy on the left is my own Dad, who passed just before Father’s Day in 1994.

The photograph was taken in the summer of 1919 and was originally hand-tinted.

My Dad had a copy negative made back in 1980, from which I printed a number of  8×10 black and whites, then sepia-toned.

Copies were given to his two brothers and four sisters.

My grandparents were immigrants from what was then Czechoslovakia, who came to America in 1912.

I’m pleased they revered the art of photography, so that I am able to present this image today, ninety-four years later!

I came upon a bed of tulips…

...some veined with magenta, and others the deepest red...almost black...

…some veined with magenta, and others the deepest red…almost black…

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...so naturally, I had to photograph them and 'play' a bit...

…so naturally, I had to photograph them and ‘play’ a bit…

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...while looking deep inside...

…while looking deep inside…

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...to search the wonders I knew I would find.

…to search the wonders I knew I would find.

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A day early, I dedicate these images to all Mothers…past, present and future.

May you and children experience the greatest of all…LOVE!

The Lowly Dandelion

Yes, most people consider the "Daisy-dine" (as my youngest son called them so may years ago) a pesky weed...

Yes, most people consider the “Daisy-dine” (as my youngest son called them so many years ago) a pesky weed…

...any loving mother, whose toddler has presented her with even just one...

…any loving mother, whose toddler has presented her with even just one…

...will feel she's received the most beautiful flower in the world!

…will feel she’s received the most beautiful flower in the world!

I know I did!!!

I know I did!!!

In light of today’s most terrible tragedy…

…at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, it would be tasteless to post any Christmas photos.

Instead, I ask you all to take a moment and pray (whether you do that normally or not) for all the families who, through no fault of their own, are having to experience the loss of loved ones…especially those who have lost children, the most horrific ordeal any parent must face.

My sadness is nothing when compared to theirs.

Abandoned