Saturday, June 17, 2017

Happy Anniversary To The Statute of Liberty! (She arrived in NYC 1885)


"On this day (June the seventeenth) in 1885, the dismantled Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of America, arrives in New York Harbor after being shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in 350 individual pieces packed in more than 200 cases," proclaims a page in a web-site titled THIS DAY IN HISTORY. The Statue of Liberty is often called Lady Liberty.

A number of years ago, I came upon a driftwood sculpture (at Long Beach), that was rendered in her likeness by an anonymous artist. This work of art is featured in  the image atop this entry.

Over my years of living in Manhattan, I have seen The Statue of Liberty countless times. Most of my vantage points have been from my this borough, as I have lived here for over thirty-five years.

However, I've seen her several times when I've been on from various boat trips. I've also seen her from other places. The photographs directly below show how looks from a vantage point of Red Hook (in Brooklyn) as well as from a vantage point on Governors Island (respectively).



Moreover, in my home, I have a figurine depicting Lady Liberty. She can be seen in the next image.


I got her at More & More Antiques (M&M), a shop located on NYC's Upper Westside.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thursday's Tandem-Cycling Tale: A NYC Sunset (Ride 4 for 2017)




The last time I tandem cycled with my captain, ZW, was this past Thursday evening, June 8th. We rode up the greenway from an entrance in the West Village area, to The Little Red Lighthouse and surrounding picnic area. We usually do longer rides, but the air quality was very poor that evening, so we kept it short.

In any event, one of he sightings from our picnic spot was a lone kayaker, making her way south down the Hudson River. She is featured in the images atop this entry.

Because the distance to and from The Little Red Lighthouse, when starting out from the West Village, is a rather short ride for us (see map by clicking here), we finished early enough to park the tandem,


and watch the sunset from the vantage point near to where we began that evening's ride. The following is a set of images of what we saw while the sunset on June 8th, 2017.

Looking southwest (a view that includes The Freedom Tower):


Looking southeast (a view that includes a lone boat on the river and some Jersey buildings):


Looking north (a view that includes a docked-until-an-alarn-rings  FDNY "boat-style fire engine):


Looking west: (a view that included a helicopter making numerous circles and loops around a specific area in New Jersey):





And yet another westward view:


And, just incase you in doubt that we were looking westward, a prominent glaring W, acts as a compass:



That's it, dear reader, re my coverage of tandem tales for ride four. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

More INFORMATION Re Wednesday's Wisdom: Observing the Little Things


A few days ago (June 9th 2017), I posted a clip of Connie Chung interviewing Marlon Brando (in 1989) on my personal FB Page. During the interview, Ms. Chung asked Marlon Brando what he had been doing since he "left" the acting profession.

His answer? "I've spent hours and hours watching ants going up and down my sink, picking up the crumbs, finding where they come in from - they come in to get away from the cold weather..."

I can't say I've spent hours and hours watching ants in my home, but, I have observed them interacting with flowers which grow in my rooftop garden.

An example of this can be seen in the first photograph atop this blog entry. This particular image is included in both the digital,


and softcover,


version of Words In Our Beak Volume One.

The book makes a great Fathers Day gift, and that holiday, will occur in just a few days from now (Sunday, June 18th)!

In any event, while Brando has confessed to spending hours and hours watching ants, I admit that I've spent hour and hours watching a fledging (who is a European starling) making discoveries in my garden (as seen in pictures directly below).




European starlings are merely introduced in Words In Our Beak Volume One, however, much detail re them will be discussed in a subsequent volume. Stay tuned.

Wednesday's Wisdom: Honor The U.S.A.'s Flag


Yesterday, June the 13th, I had hoped to make a day trip to The Fire Island Lighthouse. It is can be seen within the image atop this entry, where an American flag is flying to the lighthouse's left; and, where seagulls, are flying to that flag's left.

I've been to this lighthouse (located within the town of Kismet, on Fire Island), on a number of occasions. And yesterday seemed to be a good time to visit it, as real feel temperatures were in the low hundred degree range. Before nine o'clock in the morning, the actual temperature had reached ninety-six degrees in Central Park!

There are a number of ways to get to The Fire Island Lighthouse. One of them is to take a train (subway) to Penn Station and connect with an LIRR (Long Island Railroad) train to Bayshore, then from there take a taxi to a ferry, which drops passengers off at various towns on Fire Island.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Yet Another Tuesday's Truth for Week NO. 47! (It's Saint Anthony's Feast Day!)


I don't want this Tuesday to pass, without my giving much thanks to Saint Anthony, on his feast day of June 13th. I have a small statue of him on a shelf above my desk, which can be seen in close-up format, in the first image accompanying this entry.

Another Tuesday's Truth for Week Forty-Seven (Eudora's debut & exit from PEANUTS)


Earlier today, in an entry for my Tuesday's Truths series here on Blogger, I posted an entry which included a You Tube Clip dedicated to the memory of Matthew Garber. He died exactly forty years ago today: June 13, 1977.

Eudora first appeared in PEANUTS in a strip published thirty-nine years ago today on June 13, 1978 (a copy of the strip is posted atop this entry).

You never know when this might come up in conversation, and, now, in the event that it does, you'll know the non-fake news re this beloved PEANUTS character. Btw, Eudora's last appearance was exactly nine years after her debut on June 13, 1987.

Tuesday's Truths Week Forty-Seven: Anniversary (40th) of Matthew Garber's Death


Welcome to week forty-six of my Tuesday's Truths series, with a post dedicated to Matthew Garber who died forty years ago today. Garber had major roles in three films as child: The Three Lives of ThomasinaThe Gnome-Mobile, and, Mary Poppins. All three times he appeared alongside actress Karen Dotrice.

They can be seen together in the image atop this entry, which you may recognize, dear reader, as I featured it within an entry here on Blogger, published in 2012.

For today's post, I'm including a tribute to Matthew Garber that I found on You Tube

Monday, June 12, 2017

This BUD's for YOU! (It's Red Rose Day)


Today is Red Rose Day (according to Holiday Insights AKA HI). HI states that Red Rose Day is always celebrated on June 12th. Furthermore, HI proclaims this day is the "time to enjoy and appreciate America's favorite flower.....the red rose."

In bygone years, I've had red roses in my urban garden, which is where I took the photograph (that is now part of My Fauna-Flora-Insect-Themed Cards) that is atop this blog entry. This series of cards is comprised of images which can be found in Cam's book, Words In Our Beak Volume One.


The book, and/or the postcards make a great Fathers Day (which, is this coming Sunday) gift! As of this posting, the only way to purchase my book is via the publisher; MagCloud.

My postcards are available at More & More Antiques on the UWS of New York City.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Soon It Will Be Father's Day!




The photographs atop this entry are of Peanut, a fledging who is a girl, bonding with her father, Mac.

She was named Peanut, because she loves eating peanuts! Moreover, she is featured (as are her siblings) in her mother's (Cam, pictured below),


book, Words In Our Beak, Volume One.


Peanut certainly appreciates spending time with her father! Therefore, when she learned, that in one week's time, on the eighteenth of June, humans will be honoring Father's Day, she asked me to suggest to those who still have their fathers, or their grandfathers, that they give them Cam's book as a gift! (Purchase info can be found by clicking here.)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Here's Some More of Thursday's Testimony (Not Comey's; It's Still The Little Things)


Earlier today, I published a post here on Blogger that's titled Wednesday's Wisdom + Thursday's Testimony (It's The Little Things)

My reasoning for giving it this title is that I started writing the aforementioned post on Wednesday, which is the day I do my Wednesday's Wisdom series, but, I didn't publish it until today. Now, before the day's out, I'd like to share with you another testimony, which has nothing to do with the testimony James Comey gave today.

The additional testimony that I'm offering here (as part of my Thursday's Testimony series) is for the birds, and, the bird type which I'm dedicating this entry to is known as a Canadian Goose, seen in the image atop this entry.

I took the photograph last night when I was in Central Park, having a picnic with a few acquaintances. What a joy it was to see the adult Canadian Geese spending quality time with their goslings.

Neither of the goslings' parents were on their cell phone talking or texting; rather, their entire focus was on their young ones, as they made their way down a path that is near to the lake in Central Park.

Both parents just kept their eye on the birdie, as evidenced in the next set of photos.




They seemed like such a happy family out for a late spring evening stroll! And the parents took such pride in showing their off-spring out to the public as they strutted down the path!

Wednesday's Wisdom + Thursday's Testimony (It's The Little Things)


This past Friday, June 2nd 2017, I came upon some people who were hanging out upon a stoop  of a one family brownstone that is located on the UWS of NYC. They were engaged in conversation; while enjoying pizza. Seeing them take such pleasure in the activity of eating pizza, while hanging out on a stoop during a Friday evening in NYC, gave me pleasure;  and, I told them so

I rarely take photos of people, but regretted not having my camera with me. Upon my telling them this, one of the stoop sitters, who referred to himself as Josiah Kargbo, took a picture with his cell phone, and emailed it to me. Kargbo's image is featured atop this blog entry.

The couple (N&J) who owns the brownstone are folks who I know on a little above the hi-how-you-fine-thanks status; and in all the years I've passed their building, I've never seen them sitting on their stoop to watch passersby. However, I have seen a number of persons of all shapes and sizes, of all genders, of all races, and, of all ages, hanging out on this stoop.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Another Tuesday's Truth for Week Forty-Six (It's N'tl Gardening Exercise Day)


Earlier today in an entry for my Tuesday's Truths series, I posted a poem in honor of D-Day, which occurred on June 6th, 1944. And, now, before I let this Tuesday pass, I want to state another truth:

Today (according to Holiday Insights AKA HI), is National Gardening Exercise Day. Re this event, HI states: "Everyone knows gardening is therapeutic.  It's good for the mind, body, and soul. Gardening Exercise Day gives us an opportunity to go out and burn off calories and have fun doing it. National Gardening Exercise Day is intended to recognize the important physical health benefits of gardening.

In reality, gardening is exercise. Experts say the various activities and tasks of gardening ultimately uses all of the major muscle groups. In addition, strenuous gardening activities such as raking, hoeing, and digging is both aerobic and muscle strengthening."

Furthermore, HI suggests that on this particular holiday, one "go out and exercise with, and among, (their) plants." 

Going out into my urban garden (which is on a rooftop), to exercise with, and among my plants may not be an option for me today as it is raining heavily in NYC. However, rainfall, is not a deterrent for doing some exercising in my indoor succulent garden. Humpty Dumpty, seen in the photo atop this entry, is exercising in it by climbing the wall adjacent to my succulent garden.