Monday, December 17, 2018

The Inspiration of Saint Francis


Saint Francis of Assisi's works are the inspiration for the cartoon created by Patrick McDonnell that can be seen in the image posted atop this entry.

The caption of McDonnell's (creator of the Mutts comic strip) cartoon comes from a hymn about this saint which you can hear @ https://bit.ly/1OyEDyX

As many of you probably know, Saint Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals; particularly birds.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Gaudete Sunday (Third Sunday of Advent)


According to Wiki, on this third Sunday of Advent, "In churches that have an Advent wreath, the rose colored candle is lit in addition to two of the violet (or blue) colored candles, which represent the first two Sundays of Advent. Despite the otherwise somber readings of the season of Advent, which has as a secondary theme the need for penitence, the readings on the third Sunday emphasize the joyous anticipation of the Lord’s coming.” 

In honor of this, I lit the rose-colored candle within the Advent wreath that I have in my home (as seen above). I've written about Gaudete Sunday in bygone years and if you'd like to reference the post, please click here.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

90 YRS AGO Today (12-15-1928)...


....the essay atop this blog post was published in The New Yorker. It is by E.B. White and is one that I've referenced in prior posts here on Blogger. Please forgive me for duplicating content, I just admire White's work so very much and welcome any opportunity to share it.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Up on the Roof! (Another Friday Follow-Up)



While it's true that I'm beyond grateful to say — as this year winds down — to have completed volume three of my book series, Words In Our Beak, the year has been very hard finically and health wise. But last night, I heeded the wisdom found in the following first stanza of a James Taylor song...

(When this old world starts a getting me down
And people are just too much for me to face
I'll climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space
On the roof, it's peaceful as can be)

... and went up on the roof of my building. For indeed it was peaceful "up on roof" the last night, which is something you might surmise from seeing the pictures atop this entry of yours truly dressed in many layers.

Follow-Up Friday (Re 1-12-2018 APPT)



The photos of a male and female house finch (respectively) which are included in the images directly above were taken in 2012, a time that it looked as if this bird variety was being susceptible to a type of conjunctivitis that had nearly wiped out their entire population (on the Eastern Seaboard) in the 1990's.

This is something I've included in volume one of my book series, Words In Our Beak.

THANKFULLY these birds seem to no longer be affected by this eye disease and if they are, it can be treated easily.

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) @ https://bit.ly/2PZzVnO

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: https://bit.ly/2Umfks4.

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 (checkiday.com) 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 @  https://bit.ly/2PZzVnO

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: https://bit.ly/2PZzVnO

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!