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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Reminder: 30 (Thirty) days hath November

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store @

Tonight is the last Saturday in October. October, the tenth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, every year ends on the same day of the week as the month of February. 

This fact has no bearing on this particular posting except that while endings are inevitable, they don't have to be rushed. 

Tonight's eve of Octobers end is also called Corn Night, and with the promise of tomorrow's celebration of Halloween, reminds me, that although with next week's clock (November 7th) change back to standard time, the days will not be getting longer: they are in danger of becoming increasingly shorter. 

Rather a pumpkin is smashed to smithereens on this mischievous Corn Night, or lovingly taken down on Halloween tomorrow, or within the next few days to come, we will have to be vigilant to hang on to all traces of living each of Autumn's moments - or any moments in time for that matter.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Lesson Learned from C. Michael Curtis

Once upon a time, I wrote an article about a reconciliation of sorts that had happened with my father (he even sent me a card years later which I wrote about in a previous post). 

Our reconciliation was the result of what I'd learned when preparing for an audition that I had been selected to do by Dustin Hoffman, after I had met him in a chance encounter.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

It's still very much October: Rites of Autumn, Moon-Lit Skies and soon All Hallow's Eve

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store @

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store @

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store @

Halloween is a week and a day from the date of this posting. I have honored it by placing orange candles and pumpkin decorations in various places in my garden as seen in the photographs above. 

My decorations are subtle, I find the orange colors to be a way of celebrating the hues offered by the Cheerful Cherry Farm's Sweet Autumn Clematis, discussed in previous posts. The orange also compliments the hues of my Strawberry Plants, Thom-Thumb Shrub, Contorted Hazelnut, and English Lavender

Fall is a lovely season for gathering in the garden with friends to enjoy rosemary-infused cocktails  and conversation. Or just to simply be alone and sip on a Hot Chocolate (made with Chauo's special blend swirled into Ronny Brook Farm milk -- a find at the Greenmarket in Union Square) while gazing at the stars.

Friday, October 22, 2010

My Speaking Engagement and Presentation (Web Site Tour) at Apple in The Big Apple

I indicated in an early "unofficial" post that in addition to my weekly Saturday morning postings, I would post when an occasion presented itself. This post is to serve as my personal "press-release" to tell you that I am one of four people to have been selected by Apple to give a presentation and site tour of my "web-site," (an extensive on-line brochure) which I created in iWeb (a program on Mac Book Pro). I did this with the assistance of extraordinary trainers at the one-to-one program offered by the Apple Store on  67th and Broadway (which is located in the Upper Westside of Manhattan). This will take place on Wednesday October 27th 2010. The event begins at 6:00 PM and there is no admission fee. Please visit the link and once you are there, scroll to October 27th 2010 for details (it is next to a blue star).

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

As Promised: My Review of The Vermont Stage's "Glass Menagerie" Production: BRAVO, BRAVO!

As promised, I have written a review of The Vermont Stage's Production of The Glass Menagerie.  Please click here to see it on their web-site.

ADENMENDUM: It's been nearly seven years since this posting it appears the links posted above are no longer active! Sorry for any inconvenience!

I would not have known this, had I not I returned to this entry today. I came back to this post because this past Wednesday I saw a Broadway matinee production of "The Glass Menagerie," (with Sally Field in the role of Amanda),

and I wanted take a peak at what I'd said the last time I saw a production of this play! I was disappointed to see my links are now broken!

In any event, my enjoyment at the Sally Field matinee was curtailed by a woman sitting next to me who had a phone in her bag that was playing a radio. It was very distracting! I could not do anything about it as I would be disrupting those behind me. Besides I wasn't quite sure where the infuriating sound was coming from.Then, this woman hissed at me and said, "your phone is on!"

I am not a cell phone user and I just shook my head, causing her to realize, the noise we were hearing was her phone; which was on — in radio mode! GRRRR

I've just read a strange review of this play's production by Chris Jones (Chicago Tribune) and part of it states this: "Even if he (Tennessee Williams) did not recognize his sister, Rose. But, you know, the author of this memory play, should he have returned from the bourn from which no traveler returns and showed up at the theater, really would not have recognized what his able-bodied self had come to think, and write, was his sister's experience. Gold and Ferris may well have shown him he was wrong all along."

I don't understand Jones's saying this production "shows Williams that he was wrong"

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Reminder:No Posting Today: Autumn Travel

As I indicated in my first entry, an "unofficial" post, before the regularity of this blog there will be no posting today, October 16th 2010. At the time I posted this information, I knew I'd be making a trip to see the fall foliage, but had no way of knowing it would be to Vermont Stage in Burlington Vermont to see Donna Wandrey, a client who purchased wrap-around cards, whom I wrote about in an earlier post. She is playing Amanda in Tennessee William's play, The Glass Menagerie. I referred to this play in a previous post relating to memories and note-cards. That was back in the winter - long before Donna's accepting the role of Amanda. I will be back to my regularly scheduled posting on October 23rd, 2010 but will post a review before then.


I no longer actively produce event program covers, invitations and the types of greeting cards described here or on my website but arrangements might be able to be made under certain circumstances. My focus is on the Words In Our Beak book series, pictured below...


...whose stories are told from the point of view of Cam, a female cardinal, whose photo is on the cover of each book. Words In Our Beak’s goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in my rooftop garden in NYC Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. The books include hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author.

Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books.

Additionally, I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White CollectionKaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.

"Never say never," the saying goes, and I suppose that applies to saying, "I no longer....," which I did in my 2018 addendum and now I'm here to announce at the advice of Chris Deatherage, my book series formatter, who is also my web-master (for I now have some versions of the greeting cards that are referenced in this blog post available via FAA, please click here to view them.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Reminder: No Posting Today: Solemn Observance: Anniversary of Michael Buckley's Death and Talented Life

As I indicated in my first entry, an "unofficial" post, before the regularity of this blog that there will be no posting today, October 9th 2010 nor October 16th, 2010. I will return to posting on October 23rd, 2010. Today friends are remembering Michael Buckley  who died nearly a year ago today. (The actual anniversary is next Saturday when his family will have their time together, today is for his wife, a friend, and myself who will remember him with laughter and tears.)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Children's Hour Reprised

Today is homecoming at Rutger's University, and although the weather is one of Autumn's best, a somber spirit looms over the football field where this afternoon, spectators will pause for a moment of silence before the Rutger's team takes on the team from Tulane. The somber spirit is because one of the students from Rutgers, Tyler Clementi, an eighteen year old freshman has died from what was apparently suicide. He allegedly jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge, a bridge that goes over the Hudson River, and connects New York City to New Jersey.