Wednesday, December 12, 2018

More News Re 12/12/2018

Earlier today, I published an entry here on Blogger re the fact that today is Connie Francis's eightieth birthday and in it I discussed my association with one of her songs.

Now I'm "reporting" some other news re today's date. As many of followers of this blog might recall, I have four separate eye conditions: Keratoconus, Monocular vision, Optic atrophy, and Staphyloma.

This means I only have "counting fingers vision" in my left eye and only see out of my right with corrective eye glasses, adaptive computer equipment, and long camera lenses.

Today, 12/12/2018, I have an appointment (noted in the screen shot atop this post) to check on the status of my situation and am anticipating a good prognosis, but it's been a very hard year, enduring eye procedures from January-September.

Still, with Chris Deatherage's (CD) encouragement as well as his editing/formatting skills, I was able to complete and publish my book series, Words In Our Beak.

In the first volume of the series, I reference the fact that the entire population of both male and female house finches (the bird type pictured below respectively) was nearly wiped out due to a type of eye trauma that impacted them.

These birds are also featured on a couple of my greeting cards...

In Honor of Connie Francis's Birthday ETC

In honor of Connie Francis's birthday, who was born on this day in 1938, I'm re-posting this video of her singing, Baby's First Christmas, a song that was initially introduced to me by my beloved friend, the late Donna DeSolis.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Interesting Facts re Female Wood Ducks ETC Tuesday's Truths WK 105

Welcome to my 105th "episode" of Tuesday's Truths, dear reader!

A few weeks ago when I was in Central Park to catch another glimpse of the now famous Mandarin duck, I was successful in my endeavor to have another look at him, and he seemed to be doing the same thing as evidenced in the photo atop this entry...

Monday, December 10, 2018

It's Christmas Time in The City...

In two weeks time, it will be Christmas Eve and NYC is ready.

Here are a few examples: The Met's tree, a 20-foot-high blue spruce is hung with ornate Neapolitan angels, and the base of the tree is the setting for an elaborate Italian Nativity scene; the tree in close proximity (Dante Park) to Lincoln Center was lit on the Monday after Thanksgiving, November twenty-sixth (the same night as my presentation at NYSEC aka New York Society for Ethical Culture); and the in the evening of the Wednesday after Thanksgiving the tree at Rockefeller Center was lit (more of NYC's Christmas decor can be found on a web page for trip savvy).

Inside the AMNH (The American Museum of Natural History) a nondenominational holiday tree decorated with origami animals (800-plus folded-paper critters) is up and outside, at the building's entrance across from Central Park, is a topiary of two dinosaurs, facing each other as they hold a wreath; prompting my caption, "With this wreath, I thee wed."

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Christmas Card Day 2018

One of my figurines who is depicted in the likeness of a "Christmas Card Lady" is here for the season with a reminder that today, December 9th is Christmas Card Day, which is a holiday I've discussed in a few of my prior entries here on Blogger, including one that you may reference by clicking here.

A site called Fun Holiday, claims "if you haven’t sent out your greeting cards, make sure you do it on December 9 because it is Christmas Card Day."

But if you haven't bought your cards, I have a couple of selections that can be found within my collections on Fine Art America (FAA) @

Saturday, December 8, 2018

"Strawberry Fields Forever"

If John Lennon had not not died today as a result of having been shot outside his home on the UWS, he would be seventy-eight years old. Over my years here on Blogger, I've written about this tragedy when commemorating it's anniversary and if you'd like to reference my posts, please click here.

When Lennon lived in NYC, he and his wife (Yoko Ono) spent a great deal of time in Central Park.

There is an area in the park known as Strawberry Fields, which is designed by the landscape architect Bruce Kelly, that is dedicated to the memory of former the Beatles member. The area is 2.5-acre landscaped section and inspired my kaleidoscopic photograph, Rocks by Strawberry Fields, which can be seen in the photo atop this entry.

The picture was taken in 2002 when I had an art exhibition in The Nexus Gallery which was located in The New York Gallery Building. When I created this image, I intended for it to be printed on silk for women's scarves as well as men's ties.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Friday Follow Up: "Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree ...."

The nearly one year old photo atop this entry features Christmas tree sellers from Gaspé, Quebec, Canada; and it is one I featured in my Christmas Day post for 2017.

I'm including it again within this entry because I've reconnected with JM, the woman in the middle of this image.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Throwback Thursday: On this day 12-6-1930...

THE NEW YORK GARBAGEMAN, by E.B. White was published 88 years ago today. White, as many of you undoubtedly know is the author of a number of works, including Charolette's Web. Over the years I've published a number of entries here in Blogger re White and if you'd like to read them; here's the link:

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Wednesday's Wisdom: "There is no place like home for the holidays..."

As I've been saying here on Blogger, Fine Art America (FAA) has the capability of producing my kaleidoscopic photographs as well as my pictures of the now famous Mandridan duck (who has been visiting Central Park in NYC) on an array of surfaces for wall art as well as on life-style items such as tote-bags, spiral notebooks and greeting cards.

FAA  can also print my photographs on an array of surfaces for house-hold items  (including throw pillows, duvet covers and shower curtains).

And for today only, they are offering my selections at a 25% discount.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

It's Santa's List Day! Tuesday's Truths WK 104

According to a number of sources, today, December 4th, is Santa's List Day and in recognition of this fact, I'm featuring it in this one hundred and fourth segment of my Tuesday's Truths series.

One of the aforementioned sources ( has this to say re today's holiday:

"Santa's List Day is the day each year when Santa makes his list of children that have been naughty or nice, so he knows what to bring them for Christmas. Santa learns who has been naughty or nice after hearing from his elves. The Elf on the Shelf, a children's book published in 2005, talks about elves that visit people's houses from just after Thanksgiving, until Christmas Eve, and report back to Santa each night about who has been naughty or nice. It seems odd that Santa's List Day is celebrated so early if his elves are still keeping a watchful eye on children... It has always been observed annually on December 4th."

Because checkiday mentions The Elf on The Shelf, I'm giving this fictional story-book character a nod by including photos of a Macy's Ballon which is rendered in his likeness. The images were taken by yours truly a couple of years ago at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

At the parade, I observed that The Elf on The shelf seemed to have something in common with the wild bird known as a male Northern cardinal. They both appear to be voyeurs!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Monday's Second Memo is JUST A REMINDER: FAA's 25% Discount Expires at Midnight EST

Earlier today on Blogger, I mentioned that Fine Art America (FAA) is offering a 25% discount on all wall art which includes my kaleidoscopic pics of Turtle Pond and of a sunset in Riverside Park; the latter image is one that was discussed on a NYC based radio station (1010 WINS).

As I've stated, FAA can print my image on an array of surfaces (acrylic, canvas, metal, poster-paper, standard-print paper as well as wood and rendered into a variety of sizes).

More info @

Monday's Memo: DECK THE WALLS!

We are in the season (or will be soon ) of a number of holidays (including Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanza) where gift giving is involved. Photographs that I have taken of the Mandarin duck who has been spending his time in Central Park as well as my kaleidoscopic images when printed on surfaces for wall art make the perfect gift.

Fine Art America (FAA) has the capacity of producing my pictures on an array of surfaces which are perfect for hanging on one's wall. These surfaces include acrylic, canvas, metal, poster-paper, standard-print paper (which is available framed or unframed) as well as wood.

My Mandarin duck collection consists of sixteen different photographs and there are twelve separate images within my kaleidoscopic collection is made; each one comes in an array of sizes to best suit one's wall space.

Today is the perfect time to pick up a few pieces for those near and dear to you because FAA is offering them at a 25% discount up until midnight (EST) tonight, December 3, 2018.

A few samples can be seen in the collage atop this entry, and for more selections as well as pricing info; please visit my FAA pages. Here's the link:

Sunday, December 2, 2018

56 Yr Old Peanuts Strip Speaks to me Today!

CONFESSION: I'm a hunt and peck typist which slowed me down in writing my three volume book series, Words In Our Beak.  If only I'd known Snoopy could type (as evidenced by the PEANUTS comic strip which is included with this posting and was published on this day of December 2nd in 1962); I might've asked him!

The Beginning of Advent + Chanukah for 2018


It's the first Sunday of Advent, a season that I've written about in a number of entries throughout my years of having this blog. Wikipedia defines this time period as a "season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas and the return of Jesus at the Second Coming. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning 'coming."

I'm most thankful to have been given a wreath, which can be seen in the photo that is atop this entry (you can read about the significance of the wreath on another Wikipedia page by clicking here) and I will be lighting the first candle today.

Moreover, the celebration of Chanukah AKA The Festival Lights (which is a holiday that I've also discussed here on Blogger for over several years ) also begins today.

Wikipedia describes this time period as the"Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire."

Saturday, December 1, 2018

December is here. Time has flewn again.

The Dr. Seuss quotation that is superimposed over views of my rooftop garden pretty much says it all regarding today's date! I've referenced the quote a number of times within my entries here on Blogger, including one that I published seven years ago today, where I included the same image which is atop this posting.

Talk about time flewing! In any event, within the aforementioned post, I discussed how it seems that on one given day, Juan V and I are winterizing my garden and before we know it, on another given day, we are de-winterizing  it!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Remembering Albert Loth Youngquist

I don't want this day to pass without mentioning my father, Albert Loth Youngquist, who died on this day of November 30th in 1995.

In the photo atop this entry, he can be seen holding me up when we were on a Florida beach. His parents are standing there with us.  I was two or three years old at the time.

It still saddens me that he left our family when I was in elementary school and that I had so little time with him growing up because he was a wonderful man!

May he be resting in peace.

Friday Follow Up: My Event at NYSEC

Just a quick follow-up for my well wishers re the speaking engagement (about birds and related issues) that I had this past Monday (11-26) at the New York Society for Ethical  Culture (NYSEC):

JG, the man who has been rehearsing my presentation with me for several weeks made himself available for a quick run through of my talk with slide show and to help me schlep some volumes of my Words In Our Beak series to the event, which was beyond helpful, since torrents of rain happened to be falling and I already had to carry my computer and other equipment.

Moreover,  he surprised me with a "bouquet" of Paper Whites, which can be seen in the photo atop this entry.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Monday, November 26, 2018

Tonight's THE night!

Tonight's the night of my talk at the New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC) located at 2 West 64th Street. It will start at 6:30 PM and is scheduled until 8:00 PM.

Please see press release for details.

Btw, the photo atop this posting is a very partial of The Adler Study, the room where my event is to take place.

I hope the seats are filled to the max and that audience members will enjoy the presentation, which is mostly based on the birds featured in my book series, Words In Our Beak.

But I will also include info re the now celeb Mandarin duck as he spends a lot of his time in the pond  that is located in the area of Central Park that is not too far from NYSEC...

... as seen here in my photo that NYSEC used to promote the venue.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Sunday's Suggestion: Mark your Calendars!

As I've been saying for the past three days (Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, and yesterday) here on Blogger, FAA (Fine Art America), the place who renders my photographs on to greeting cards as seen in the examples below, including one of my many images of the now world famous Mandarin duck ... 

... as well as two of my many kaleidoscopic images ...

and one from the number of images within my Words In Our Beak book series ...

is offering free shipping on all merchandise through tomorrow, Monday, 11-26-2018 .*** (at midnight EST), so please mark your calendars. My cards are perfect for the many upcoming holidays as well as for any occasion; and people seem to always enjoy receiving a card through the mail.