Monday, August 13, 2018

Monday's Musings (8/13/2018)

My sister snd her son were in NYC for a few days last week and he wanted to see The Plaza Hotel, so at my suggestion, we walked through a portion of Central Park and headed towards the Gapstow Bridge to give him a scenic route of getting there.

An image of this famous bridge (which was taken from a web-page) can be seen atop this entry. The text accompanying states the following:

"Curving gracefully over the neck of the Pond at 59th Street, Gapstow is one of the iconic bridges of Central Park. It is the second bridge on the site. The first, a much more elaborate wood and iron bridge, designed by Jacob Wrey Mould, deteriorated and was replaced in 1896. The bridge offers postcard views of the surrounding cityscape. Facing south, you can see the famed Plaza Hotel and distinctive New York skyscrapers rising from above the Park's trees. Look southward in the winter and you'll see Wollman Rink's twirling skaters; in the warmer months you'll see the colorful amusements of Victorian Gardens."

Sunday, August 12, 2018

A Seagull's Work Around to a Cooling Center

When the heat index is predicted to be dangerously high, New York City opens cooling centers in air-conditioned facilities to offer people relief from the heat, but since seagulls don't have access to such places, they have their own methods of getting relief from the heat, which is something I learned on a recent trip (this past Thursday) to Long Beach.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

It's Book Lovers Day!

August 9 is Book Lovers Day, an unofficial holiday that encourages people to pick up a book (or two) and spend the day reading. ... If you are a book lover yourself, then treat yourself to some quality reading time.

Book Lovers Day is also known as National Book Lovers Day in the United States. Re this date, one web-page states this is a time to "honor all the bookworms and book lovers in your life."

And they go on to say, "If you are a book lover yourself, then treat yourself to some quality reading time."

On this day Cam, a prolific female cardinal (whose stories can be found in our current book series, Words In Our Beak) and I hope you will take this opportunity to spend time with her (and her friends) through volumes one and two her stories (volume three is being formatted) which mostly take place in my rooftop garden.
Here's the purchase info for volumes one and two.
Volume One: ISBN: 9780996378529:
Book Seller Info:
Barnes & Noble On-Line:
book culture On Columbus (a bookstore on the UWS in NYC):

Volume Two: ISBN: 9780996378536
Book Seller Info:
Barnes & Noble On-Line:

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Wednesday's Wisdom: "Summer-izing" Books!

Love this cartoon by Mark Parisi! And for Wednesday's Wisdom, I'd like to offer you a way to "summer-ize" (not summarize) your books, dear reader: Take them with you to the ocean to read during these hot summer days, but do so by putting them in my kaleidoscopic-themed beach bags (seen in the image below) that are available from Fine America (FAA).

Please click here to view them in hi-res images, and to see the details re fabric used in their construction, as well as the pricing info. And while you are visiting FAA, check out my line of beach towels (seen below), also kaleidoscopic-themed which truly compliment these beach bags/totes!

Since, I'm on the subject of reading at the beach, please let me remind you that while both volumes of Cam's book series, Words In Our Beak,

are great for reading there (or anywhere), part of volume two refers to Cam's (the female cardinal who narrates these stories) trip to Long Beach (on Long Island) where she and her children came upon the bird type known as American Oystercatchers.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Tuesday's Truths WK 88: My Update

It has been a little over two months (June 3 2018) since I announced (in an entry) some posting schedule changes related to this blog. At that time I informed readers "... this is just a heads up to let you know that in the coming week and until further notice (due to some medical issues and deadlines related to my Words In Our Beak book series), I will not be publishing so frequently."

As regular readers of this blog probably know, I have had a long running series within this blog called Tuesday's Truths, where I discussed interesting facts concerning fauna, flora and related topics.

I may return to this series after my work related to my books, as well as to my endeavors re my photographic pieces on Fine Art America, become less demanding.

But at the moment, my time needs to be devoted to these projects, so please allow me to use this "segment" (week eighty-eight) of my Tuesday's Truths series as a shout out to one of NYC's UWS bookstores, book culture On Columbus.

This shop is the first brick-'n-mortar store to carry volume one of my now two part series (with volume three in the process of being formatted) and I'm honored to say that one of their store managers asked me to autograph it. I did this yesterday and the store's seal can be seen in the images atop this entry.

I'm very hopeful that this will draw attention to Words In Our Beak, and so I ask you, dear reader to please stay tuned.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

A Remedy for Back to School Panic

Maybe if Sally had a back-to-school notebook with one of my kaleidoscopic designs (seen in the "group" image below), she wouldn't be as inclined to panic in the streets re the upcoming start of a new school year!

For details re these notebooks, please visit my page on Fine Art America.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Remembering Ellen's birthdate...

Normally on this day of August 3rd, I would be calling Ellen Rachel McConnell Blakeman to wish her a happy birthday. However, she died earlier this year and is missed very much by Cam and yours truly.

As some of you may know, volume two of the Words In Our Beak book series is dedicated to her.

I think of Ellen often, but especially today and my thoughts are also with her family (including her mother, her sister Martha, Douglas McConnell, Susan McConnell and Bennett Paul) as well as her friends, especially Loris Damerow, whom Ellen often spoke about whenever we discussed various topics.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Turtle Pond

In my blog post this past Friday (July 27), I stated that I had made an announcement in an entry here on Blogger that "Chris Deatherage, the man who edited and formatted my Words In Our Beak* book series uploaded some of my photographs, including a few of my kaleidoscopic images (that are also within one of The Color Gallery pages on my web-site, which he also designed) to the web-site for Fine Art America (FAA). He has now recently uploaded more of my kaleidoscopic works to FAA..."

In today's entry I'd like to talk about one of the prints, Turtle Pond, which is one of my kaleidoscopic images that he recently uploaded to FAA. It can be seen in the photographs atop this entry, which should give you a sense of how my photo looks when it is rendered on metal, canvas and wood (respectively).

Friday, July 27, 2018

Friday's Follow-up to a Follow-up

This past Friday I made this announcement in my entry here on Blogger:"Chris Deatherage, the man who edited and formatted my 'Words In Our Beak" book series uploaded some of my photographs, including a few of my kaleidoscopic images (that are also within one of The Color Gallery pages on my web-site, which he also designed) to the web-site for Fine Art America (FAA). He has now recently uploaded more of my kaleidoscopic works to FAA..."

In today's entry I'd like to talk about one of the prints, Sunset In Riverside Park, which is one of my images that he recently uploaded to FAA. It can be seen in the photograph atop this entry, which I also included in the aforementioned blog post. This picture shows one view of how Sunset In Riverside Park looked in an exhibition that I had at the Manhattan Borough President's office.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Yoga is not just for the birds...

This lone Mallard duck who I came upon when I was walking in Central Park seemed to be doing a Salut to the Sun, which prompted me to think of the fact that Fine Art America is able to print a few of my kaleidoscopic photographs (that have ben featured in exhibitions here in NYC) on mats for doing yoga.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Friday Follow-Up

This past May, Chris Deatherage, the man who edited and formatted my Words In Our Beak* book series uploaded some of my photographs, including a few of my kaleidoscopic images (that are also within one of The Color Gallery pages on my web-site, which he also designed) to the web-site for Fine Art America (FAA). He has now recently uploaded more of my kaleidoscopic works to FAA and those images can be seen in the screen-shot atop this entry. If you want to view them on FAA, please click here.

Large photographic prints of all of these images were featured in two different art exhibitions in NYC, one of those exhibitions earned me a radio interview with John Montone of 1010 WINS.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Fourth of July in the Year 2018 (ETC)

In honor of the 2018 July 4th holiday, I've posted a copy of a comic strip (that I received in my In Box) atop this entry. As any reader of this blog must surely know, I am a big Mutts fan (the name of this strip). Over the years (nearly nine) that I've been on Blogger, I've included them within my entries. Additionally, I've written about the Fourth of July holiday on many occasions. However today, I cannot offer any new musings on the subject, I can only refer you those posts from bygone years, as I must put all my efforts into finishing volume three of my book series, Words In Our Beak.*

The deadline for me getting materials (images and text) to my editor, Chris Deatherage (who is also the book's formatter) is approaching, and as it does, I will be blogging less frequently until my third volume is complete (I have a heads-up re this matter in a previous entry, June 3rd 2018).

In any event, however you celebrate this holiday, dear reader, I hope it's safe, relaxing and happy.
*Here's the  purchase info for WIOB:
Volume One: ISBN: 9780996378529:
Book Seller Info:
Barnes & Noble On-Line:
book culture On Columbus:

Volume Two: ISBN: 9780996378536
Book Seller Info:
Barnes & Noble On-Line:

Sunday, July 1, 2018

July 1, 2018

We're halfway into 2018, dear reader! Here's to health, happiness, peace of mind and prosperity for all in the remaining second half (and beyond).

[I should mention that the 1/2 "symbol" seen in this image is from this web-page, only the "concept" was created by your truly.]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Attention MUST Be Paid to Google Alerts! (More Wisdom for Wednesday)

Earlier today I posted some wisdom for Wednesday which came from two PEANUTS comic strips, but, I've subsequently received words of wisdom re a scammer posting fake new re volume two of my book series, Words In Our Beak.

I am now sharing it here as a warning to anyone who might come across certain info regarding this book. I received a notification (via email) from Google Alerts stating "[kMf.ebook] Words-Our-Beak-Patricia-Youngquist Free Download.pdf. [kMf.ebook] Words-Our-Beak-Patricia-Youngquist Free Download.pdf. Open."

Since I have not authorized a free downloadable version of this book (or any of my books) I was surprised to see this alert which included this link to a "source" that is claiming I have such a book available. Within that link is a copy of the picture that can be seen atop this entry and I have added an image of a warning sign (from an Epilepsy foundation), to catch your attention, dear reader, for if you come across this info, I am warning you that it is totally fraudulent.

Wednesday's Wisdom is from PEANUTS

It's National Sunglasses Day which celebrates the importance of wearing shades to protect your eyes from the sun’s harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Therefore, this Wednesday's Wisdom "episode" for my blog, is a good time to remind readers of the necessity of wearing sunglasses. Woodstock already heeds the memo, as evidenced in the comic strip atop this blog post.

And Woodstock is not the only PEANUTS character to offer wisdom, Charlie Brown's experience (as seen below) is a reminder of one reason a person needs heed the wisdom to BEWARE Of THE DOG.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tuesday's Truths WK 87: Thanks to some great souls, progress is being made (S-L-O-W-L-Y)

This "segment" (week eighty-seven) of my Tuesday's Truths series is a shout out which is dedicated to Morgan M, Ruth F, Fr Rudy, Robert W, Joan B; as well as Mr. D and his wife.

They are all emotionally supportive of my taking the next step in trying to secure bookings for my presentation (Who Am I?) regarding wildbirds that have been included in my Words In Our Beak book series.

You may recall, dear reader, it is a presentation that I initially made at Iona Preparatory School this past Tuesday.

As of this Blogger posting, I've now sent queries (re my being a presenter) to a children's museum on the UWS, to a Jewish Community Center which is also on the UWS, to a "higher" prep school in my hood, to a nature center in Ossining, to nature centers in Connecticut, to nature centers in New Jersey; and to a few bookstores.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Monday's Memory: What a friend I had in DD*! (*Donna DeSolis)

My friend, DD (Donna De Solis) passed from this life three years ago today. I have written about her a number of times here on Blogger and a video that I made (soon after she passed) honoring her life can be viewed within my channel on Vimeo.

Donna can be seen in the photograph atop this entry, she has a yellow sweater over her shoulders and yours truly is standing behind her. We are at an opening for a 2002 art exhibition that I was featured in (with two other artists) at The New York Gallery Building (on West Fifty-Seventh Street in NYC).

The image above us is of a photographic print from my Kaleidoscopic Photograph Collection (which can be found in the Kaleidoscopic Prints Gallery within my website, ) and is called, Rocks by Strawberry Fields.

In the coming days (hopefully this Thursday), I will be meeting with Chris Deatherage (who is the one that designed my website and formatted the Words In Our Beak book series) to see if we can add this image to the Kaleidoscopic Collections within my Fine Art America Pages.

Chris met Donna at a gathering that I had at my apartment on Halloween (a number of years ago) and I am sure that he will agree that DD would truly be thrilled to know I now have some of my work up on Fine America's site.

I miss seeing Donna and my heart aches for her husband, son, sister and cousins who will surely be thinking of her on this mournful day; but I do realize that she is someone who would be very pleased that I'm doing all I can to move forward.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

This Sunday's (and beyond) Sermon to Self: "Let all the voodoos of ambition sleep."

I came across these images atop this entry (that I took this past April) of a bee taking refreshment from crocus flowers in Central Park. Upon viewing them, I thought of a few lines from a poem ("Today") by Mary Oliver. Here they are:

"...The world goes on as it must,
the bees in the garden rumbling a little..."

In my case, the bees were not rumbling in my rooftop garden,* rather, they were "rumbling" (as I just said) in Central Park. I had gone to the park that day in an effort to take the day off from my busy mind, which at times (many times) is hard to silence.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

It's National Pink Day!

Here's a piece of trivia for this next to the last Saturday in June:

"National Pink Day is observed annually on June 23rd. This day is set aside for the color pink and all it represents."*

As for my rooftop garden, the pink trimmed leaves on my Smoke Bush represent protection for my Mouse Ears! AND The Mouse Ears (mini hostas) are in bloom again!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday Follow-Up

At the presentation that I made at Iona Prep (Lower) School this past Tuesday, I included a total of two hundred and three slides. These slides featured a number of views of nineteen different bird types who have visited my rooftop garden, as well as a few slides that showed a Red-Tailed Hawk.

She is one who kept her eyes on the comings and goings of creatures visiting my place from either the vantage point of an Ailanthus Tree in a nearby courtyard or from atop an air-conditioner that is in the window of a building which is across that courtyard (as seen in the images of my slides that are posted atop this entry).

As you can see in the first slide above, I included the common and scientific name of the hawk, which is something I did for each bird type (along with giving the students interesting facts re a given bird variety within the featured birds).

There was a student in the audience who was very good at pronouncing the Latin (scientific) names of the birds and there was also a staff member who had an interesting point upon seeing the image (below) on my slide,

of a lone Northern mockingbird in my garden.