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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Craneflies pay a high price for their often mistaken identity. (Tuesday's Truths WK 148)


The Cranefly (seen in the photograph directly above where he/she is on the baseboard of a door in my apartment) is often mistaken for a mosquito, and unfortunately for the insect because "he/she resembles one of humanity's most annoying insects pays the price..."  

Please click here to read info about this creature, which I'm offering for my one hundred and forty eighth segment of Tuesday's Truths.

Monday, October 21, 2019

It's Reptile Awareness Day! (Monday's Memo)


Every October 21 is National Reptile Awareness Day and this year I'm honoring the event by sharing a few facts that I recently learned about turtles regulating their body temperatures.

Though turtles live in or around water bodies, they are not amphibians but reptiles.

A reptile is a terrestrial vertebrate covered by a scaly hard shell and the creature (a Red-eared slider) seen in the photograph directly above is catching some rays from a top a rock near Hernshead's Cove, one of six boat landings along the shoreline of the Lake within Central Park.


According to a blog posting within Hints Of Life, "Heat absorption is more effective when their limbs are stretched outwards. Red-eared sliders are almost entirely aquatic, but as they are cold-blooded, they leave the water to sunbathe to regulate their temperature."

The aforementioned entry goes on to explain, "turtles are poikilotherms, meaning they are unable to regulate their body temperatures independently; they are completely dependent on the temperature of their environment. For this reason, they need to sunbathe frequently to warm themselves and maintain their body temperatures."

I've mentioned before, every time I see a turtle in the park, I am introduced to a habit of theirs, and am in awe. This should not come as a surprise to you, dear reader, for as many of you know, their shells are the inspiration for my kaleidoscopic photographic print titled Turtle Pond, which is pictured below...


... and is available in many sizes through Fine Art America (or FAA) who have the ability to print wall art on an array of surfaces (wood, canvas acrylic, metal and more) as well as on items for the home and/or personal use.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Saturday in the PARKS

IMAGE CREDIT

On a number of occasions when I've spent part of my Saturday in the park, be it Central Park or Riverside Park, the song, Saturday in the Park, by the band, Chicago comes to my mind, and I referenced this fact in prior posts here on Blogger.

Today, October 19, 2019, I will be spending part of my morning in Brooklyn's Prospect Park and part of my afternoon in Manhattan's Central Park; hence my title for this entry, Saturday in the PARKS.

My plan is to publish an entry re any findings in both places within the coming days, most likely on this coming Friday, October 25th.

Meanwhile in terms of reading material that might peak your interest, dear reader, please allow me  leave for today with a referral (see info directly below) to two of my articles that have recently been published by author and editor, Mike Mishkin, for his on-line newsletter/magazine, IlovetheUpperWestside.com

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 18 2019


PUBLISHED OCOBER 11 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Thursday's Testimony: "The New York Look"


Indeed, the photograph atop this entry of THE NEW YORK LOOK, is sadly the New York look throughout all five boroughs of NYC — not just this once posh shop on the UWS. Stores closing due to being unable to pay the high rent is the norm.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

A Mini Update


Today's entry is not part of the regular posting schedule, a schedule that I announced in a recent entry here on Blogger, rather it is an extra posting which I mentioned might be something I will do from time to time.

Happy to say that The Moth (NPR radio program) just received my submission and has let me know the audio I included (at their request) has been accepted.

NOW, it's a question of time (three-six months) before I will know if they will air my story.

MEANWHILE, still waiting on the decision re a potential book publisher of Imperfect Strangers, a few more weeks to go!

Thanks for your support, dear reader, and please stay tuned!