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Friday, December 24, 2021

Christmas Eve 2021

Today, in the wee hours of Christmas Eve morning in NYC we probably had the most snow we will get for this year's holiday.

Glad I got a glimpse of how it looked in my garden, which as you may know, is the setting for all my books that have Words In Our Beak in their title.

Friday, December 10, 2021

With Thanks to "B THE DIFFERENCE"...

It has been a number of weeks since I've posted content other than "news" re additions to my collections on FAA (Fine Art America) which is not typical for me.

I truly detest promotion-based blog posts, yet recognize that it is a very necessary part of being a freelance writer and artist.

Having said this, please allow me to bring you up to speed, which I’ve had on my to do list since mid November 2021, as I wanted to let my readers know I've had another life disruption... but thankfully one of the consequences has led to a true blessing bestowed on me by the B THE DIFFERENCE foundation.

B THE DIFFERENCE's logo (seen directly above) is a turtle, which is a creature with whom I've identified (featuring these animals here on Blogger and in my book, IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS).

The foundation, B THE DIFFERENCE is back from the holidays and I am most grateful to be a recipient of their generosity.

So, dear reader, upon reading this, you may be asking, what is B THE DIFFERENCE?

It is an organization which was founded in October 2011 by Stephanie and Jessica Merritt to honor the memory of their brother, Brandon, and they have shared the fact that Brandon was 8 months old he was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis (NF), a disease targeting the nervous system by developing tumors on nerve endings. 

As readers of this blog undoubtedly know, NF, is a disease that I was born with (which is discussed in one of my first blog posts as well as in many posts thereafter); and my having it, has impacted my life on many levels, some of which is described in my book project Imperfect Strangers.

It can be viewed on Vimeo and/or You Tube.

Evidently Brandon never asked "Why me?" when NF compromised his ability to play sports and interact with children his age—if anything (according to his family), Brandon's physical disabilities allowed his personality to become incredibly nurturing and sensitive.

I must confess that there were times I did allow NF to restrict me, perhaps that's because I grew up in a different era, or maybe I'm just a complainer at heart.

BUT I digress...from my "explanation" re my uncharacteristic absence here on Blogger:

The following photos of me were taken at an Emergency Room in NYC (Mount Sinai, 59th Street) on Saturday, November 13th, 2021.

At the urging of CITY MD, I had gone to the emergency room on that day because I had fallen the evening prior and my symptoms were worsening. 

Here is the situation:

As I said, I had an accident on Friday, November 12th, and sustained an injury.

Turns out I had a proximal humeral fracture, which, as you may know refers to a break involving the area surrounding the humeral head, commonly known as the ball of the shoulder’s ball-and-socket joint. 

Brittle bones are a symptom of Neurofibromatosis and I've broken many bones in my lifetime, including the first month of 2020 when I broke my Greater tuberosity! So it was not all that surprising for me to learn the extent of my recent injury to my arm.

In any event, the following day, after a brief visit to CITY MD, I received advice to go to the emergency room where I spent 4-5 hours undergoing X-rays which determined the type of injury I now have. 

The upshot is I saw an orthopedist that following Monday who is associated with Mount Sinai hospital and he confirmed the severity of my fracture and the need for me to have Open Reduction Internal Fixation Surgery (ORIF)

BUT this surgery could not be done until 11-22-2021 as I needed to go to appointments for medical and COVID clearances which I did, and I’ve now had that procedure!

One of the after surgery “needs” that the doctor and anesthesiologist recommended for me was to wear a pump for a period of five-six days to release opioids in increments in a safe manner, but ultimately my pump (unbeknowest to me) was cutting off my oxygen leaving me nearly unable to speak and cutting off air circulation.

The pump was originally set to be removed permanently on Thanksgiving morning and I had made arrangements for someone to help me with this, but due to the potential danger I was experiencing (inability to speak and inability to breathe) its immediate removal was mandated.

Because the pump was on my back I could not get to it easily and the doctor warned me I could rip a  “proper” catheter if I did not to it exactly right.

But be that as it may, I was able to pull the device off which gave me much needed relief.

Then on 12-1-2021, two weeks after my surgery, my bandages were removed.

During one of the days following surgery (I've lost tract of specifics), and, out of the blue, I received a phone call from Aisling Rice (Director of Operations at B The Difference), who had heard about my plight with Neurofibromatosis through someone who actively reads my blog posts and whom I am in touch with by phone and/or email but have never met.

The fact that I had suffered an injury involving my arm had nothing to do with why I was contacted... it was just serendipity, or evidence that perhaps my guardian angel is working after all... for I've now been informed that I am the recipent of a generous grant (from B The Difference) to cover part of a medical need.

I am so grateful for this and I've applied their monies towards an outstanding balance of a dental procedure. 

Hopefully one day when I'm in better shape, I will be able to make contributions to others as B the Differnce has done for so many. To learn more about B the Difference, please click here.

Meanwhile, since my arm's movement is compromised, a turtle in Central Park is the one giving B the Difference a HIGH 5!

Monday, November 29, 2021

Monday's (11/29/2021) Memo

On this Monday after Thanksgiving, I am pleased to announce that, for a limited time, APPLE is offering a 50% discount on all of my books that are in their on-line bookstore.


Saturday, November 20, 2021

Special Offer from FAA

For today, 11-20 and tomorrow, 11-21, Fine Art America (FAA), the place that reproduces my photographs on to an array of surfaces for wall art and also on to an array of surfaces for personal use as well as household products is offering free shipping!

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Thursday's (11-18-2021) Testimony

Fine Art America (FAA), the place which reproduces my works of art on to an array of surfaces for wall art as well as on to surfaces for various other items, now has the capacity to create jigsaw puzzles from my photographs.

The pictures included here are only a fraction of my collection that is available.

In any event, today, November 18, 2021 is the one day only discount. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Wednesday's (11/17/2021) Words

Fine Art America (FAA), the place which reproduces my works of art on to an array of surfaces for wall art as well as on to surfaces for various other items, now has the capacity to print my kaleidoscopic works of art on to a material that can be used as a Christmas ornament, which can also be used as a magnet.

The pictures included here (directly above) are only a fraction of my collection that is available. In any event, today, November 17, 2021, FAA is offering a 25% discount off these holiday items. 

Additionally on this day, FAA is also offering a 25% discount on my collection of throw pillows and coffee mugs!

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Short Notice Tuesday's Truths WK 229

I've been a bit preoccupied with logistics re my upcoming surgery and didn't realize that Fine Art America was offering a 25% off discount on my cards but for today only!

The artist is always the last to know!

Friday, November 12, 2021

Bulb Planting 2021

This past Wednesday was unseasonably warm for November which was a perfect time to plant tulip bulbs. Nearly every November for a number of years (and often under nasty weather situations),  Juan V has planted an array of tulip bulbs in my garden (a partial view of it can be seen in the image atop this entry).

In any event over the years the bulbs he has planted have produced extraordinary and unusual tulips, many of which are included in volume one of my book series, Words In Our Beak as well as in posts within this blog.

On occasion, once my tulips have had a blooming period, certain varieties have come back the following year or even years; but for the most part, in spite of them growing in awesome containers, filled with rich soil, they have a short duration in my place.

We were not able to plant bulbs in 2019, and then, because of the long lasting lockdowns in 2020 due to consequences of the coronavirus pandemic; nothing was planted.

Therefore, this year's bulb planting was quite special. The bulbs we chose  — if all goes well — will produce tulips at different times so the activity in my garden should be on going.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

You might NEVER have an understanding of life's secret! (Tuesday's Truths WK 228)

Have you ever walked along the shoreline and felt as if you were really approaching an understanding of life’s secret, when suddenly you spot shorebirds using their long orange beaks to search for food and are immediately humbled into an understanding that you might never know life’s secret?

This question is posed in IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS, my newest book which is available in Apple's Bookstore.

On another note, the bird type I'm referring to and who can be seen in the photo directly above is an American oystercatcher and is featured in volume three of my hardcover book series, Words In Our Beak, which is available on Amazon or wherever books are sold.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Tidbits re Turtles

Have you ever taken a walk in the park and been so lost in your thoughts about the lack of compassion in our world that you nearly miss seeing that a turtle has crawled up on top of a rock to catch some rays?

This question is posed in IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS, my newest book which is available in Apple's Bookstore.

On another note, turtles's 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 (including woodcanvas, acrylicmetal and more).

FAA can also print this photo on to an array of items/products for the household and/or for personal use. Visit my kaliedoscopic collection within FAA and click on the category in the side bar at the left of a product that interests you to get specific information.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Sunday's Sentiment (11-7-2021 Q.O.T.D.

 "Have you ever found yourself spending time in a garden but so preoccupied with your own worries and your ongoing concerns for those you love; that you almost miss noticing a bird watching you?" 

This question is posed in IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS, my newest book which is available in Apple's Bookstore.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

"IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS" is now available!

My new book, IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS is now available in Apple's Bookstore

I first made an annoucement about it on October 1, 2021, then published a follow up re this endeavor on October 30 2021, and, as of yesterday, the book is live!

This book with a light hearted tone and stunning photography, takes nature lovers of all ages on a delightful journey and includes photos which capture the detail and awesome wonder of various birds; assorted insects; a reptile; a fish; and an array of flowers as well as foliage; all found within New York. 

The narrative provides insights regarding nuances found in these aspects of Mother Nature. Read IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS and add a bit of joy to your day.

Monday, November 1, 2021

Monday's (11-1-2021) Memo: Attention! The Month of No's is here again!

As I've mentioned in prior posts here on Blogger, the poet, Thomas Hood has this to say (in the poem posted atop this entry) regarding the month of November. And now it's here again!

Dear reader, what are your thoughts about this month?

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Another reader gives "BIRD TALES" five stars!

 I hadn't noticed this review for BIRD TALES (seen in the image directly above) was posted on 10-28-2021!

Very grateful, honored and humbled that reader MK took the time to write such a heartfelt piece!

She purchased the iBook version of BIRD TALES, but for those of you who don't use Apple products, this interactive digital book is also available on Amazon.

Saturday, October 30, 2021


 "Who me?," this squirrel remarked upon learning he will be on the cover of my soon to be released book, It's The Little Things. 

I first announced info re TLT here on Blogger (in the beginning of October) and now this book is due out next week!

Stay tuned!

Friday, October 29, 2021

Yet another chance to test your powers of observation!

Both photos atop this entry features the table in my garden where pumpkins and squashes are the centerpiece. The first image was featured in a prior blog post. The picture directly below it shows some changes that were made (this past Wednesday) to the centerpiece. 

Can you spot them?

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Another chance to test out your powers of observation!

Two weeks and one day ago, in my blog entry for October 15th 2021, I posted a copy of the image which is atop this entry and I stated:

A few weeks ago, Juan V was here and arranged pumpkins and squashes which I received from a program at the Greenmarket

They are included in the photo on the left (which features one of my urban hedges aka garden shelving).

However, this past Wednesday he added something to the "installation."

Check out the photo at the right. Can you tell what's new?

By the way my garden is the setting for all versions of my books that have "Words In Our Beak" in their title.

Juan was here again today and made an "adjustment" to what is on the bottom shelf. 

Check out the photo directly below and see if you notice the chsange that was made. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Wednesday's (10-27-2021) Widsom: American Robins probably don't make good outfielders.

An American robin (the bird type featured in the photo atop this entry) might not be the best outfielder.... 

Good thing this bird variety has other attributes which you can read about in my interactive digital book, BIRD TALES, as well as in volume three of my hardcover book series, Words In Our Beak.

BIRD TALES is available in the Apple Bookstore and it is alao available on Amazon.

Words In Our Beak Volume Three is available on Amazon or you can get it wherever hardcover books are sold by giving the bookseller the ISBN number which is 0996378545.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Mourning doves concur with Thoreau's sentiment! (Tuesday's Truth WK 226)

It's National Pumpkin Day and my visiting Mourning doves concur with Thoreau's sentiment (being quoted in the image atop this entry). 

As you may know, dear reader, National Pumpkin Day, Mourning doves and Thoreau are all topics I've covered on this blog.

Monday, October 25, 2021

House Sparrows Eavesdrop! (Monday's Memo)

I am always humbled, honored, thrilled, entertained and educated when birds visit my garden (which is atop a roof extension in NYC). 

One dreary cold day (this past winter) I caught a glimpse of a lone Mourning dove having a conversation with a male House sparrow while they perched on the edge of a bird bath which was mostly filled water.

Another male House sparrow cocked his head to eavesdrop.

[Both of these bird types are included in all of my books which have Words In Our Beak in their  title and they are also featured in BIRD TALES. Info re all of these books can be found by clicking here.]

According to a page within Wikipedia, "The verb eavesdrop is a back-formation from the noun eavesdropper ("a person who eavesdrops"), which was formed from the related noun eavesdrop ("the dripping of water from the eaves of a house; the ground on which such water falls")."

This source goes on to say,  in bygone years, "an eavesdropper was someone who would hang from the eve of a building so as to hear what is said within. The PBS documentaries Inside the Court of Henry VIII (April 8, 2015) and Secrets of Henry VIII’s Palace (June 30, 2013) include segments that display and discuss "eavedrops," carved wooden figures Henry VIII had built into the eaves (overhanging edges of the beams in the ceiling) of Hampton Court to discourage unwanted gossip or dissension from the King's wishes and rule, to foment paranoia and fear, and demonstrate that everything said there was being overheard; literally, that the walls had ears."

Not to be outdone by the House sparow who was listening intently to the chirping of the Mourning dove and the other House Sparrow, I cocked my head to eavesdrop, for whenever I hear what birds have to say, I learn something!

Sunday, October 24, 2021

In Remembrance of Donna De Solis

This post is in honor of what would be the seventy-fourth birthday of my dearly departed friend, Donna De Solis, who passed away on June 25th, 2015. In the picture directly above she can be seen at the bottom of image and I am standing directly behind her. It was taken in 2014 and we were on a pier at the Hudson River, celebrating my birthday. 

Little did we know it would be the last time I celebrated mine with her, for she died the following June two months before my birthday in the year 2015.

Donna was the office manager at The Church of the Blessed Sacrament (my parish).

Over the many years I knew her, I was honored and privledged to be a guest at a number of the Christmas parties she held in her home and to go with her to various events happening in NYC

Moreover, she came to a couple of exhibitions that featured my photography. In the next picture, Donna can be seen with 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 who are not in this photograph) at The New York Gallery Building (on West Fifty-Seventh Street in NYC). The art piece which is behind us is one of my kaliedoscopic images titled Rocks By Strawberry Fields. 

At the time our picture was taken, my kaliedoscopic photographs could only be printed on photographic papers as wall art or rendred on to note-cards.

Howeover, over the years, with advancement in printing processes, my kaliedoscopic works (as well as all of my other photographs) can be rendered (by Fine Art America AKA FAA) in an aray of sizes on to various surfaces for wall art including, acrylic, art paper, canvas, metal, poster-paper and wood. FAA also has framed options available and they can render the images on to note-cards.

I think Donna might've found it cool that FAA can print my kaliedoscopic images (and my other ones) on to items for personal use such as totes, week-ender bags, pouches, note-books, stickers, cell-phone cases and jigsaw puzzles; as well as face-masks.

In any event, I'm certainly thinking of Donna as well as those family members who survived her including her husband Tony as well as her son, Bryan, who shortly after her death, requsted that I create a video in honor of memory, which I did and it can be viewed on Vimeo as well as You Tube.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Sunday's (10-17-2021) Sentiment: Here's another chance to test your powers of observation!

As mentioned in a recent entry here on Blogger,  few weeks ago, Juan V was here and arranged pumpkins and squashes which I received from a program at the Greenmarket

However, this past Wednesday we discovered my autumn anemones are in bloom again. 

Some of them grow in a container that is on the ledge surrounding my garden and we altered the pumpkin/squash arrangement that is on my table (see photo at the bottom).

Can you tell what's new?

By the way, my rooftop garden is the setting for all versions of my books that have Words In Our Beak in their title.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Breaking News Re FAA

I'm happy to announce that FAA (Fine Art America) can now render some of my photographs (including selections from my kaliedoscopic images as well as selections from photos featured in my latest book, BIRD TALES and  a photo from my hardcover book, Words In Our Beak Volume Two) on to phone cases for various versions of the iPhone (including the iPhone 13) and they can render them on to Galaxy (android) phone cases. 

Check out this short video (posted directly above) to view my selections.

Friday, October 15, 2021


A few weeks ago, Juan V was here and arranged pumpkins and squashes which I received from a program at the Greenmarket

They are included in the photo on the left (which features one of my urban hedges aka garden shelving).

However, this past Wednesday he added something to the "installation."

Check out the photo at the right. Can you tell what's new?

By the way my garden is the setting for all versions of my books that have Words In Our Beak in their title.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

It's on the bag!

The design for my pigeon-themed week-ender bag (featured in the image directly above and produced by Fine Art America) was inspired by Mother Pigeon

Moreover, this bird type as well as a copy his particular photograph is featured in my latest book, BIRD TALES.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Thank you, Mr. Amsterdam!

Wow and Wow! I did not realize until it was brought to my attention last night, that Mr. Amsterdam who posted a gem of a review for my latest book BIRD TALES (which I shared on FB on 10/2 @ had also posted a review for my very first version of Words In Our BeakThe iBook Version, which was published by Apple in 2015.

Evidently it during the time that Mr. Amsterdam was reading BIRD TALES, that he discovered the existence of my 2015 book Words In Our Beak Volume One, the iBook Version and bought it!

I love his heart felt review (directly above)!

Friday, October 8, 2021

Take Note (of my note-books)!

FAA (Fine Art America) can render my images on to spiral notebooks! This one's cover is a copy of a photograph featured in volume two of my hardcover book series, Words In Our Beak, but I have several note-book varieties to choose from on FAA. Please check out the selections by clicking here.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Here's what readers are saying about "BIRD TALES"...

Very thankful to be able to say I've received two more reviews for BIRD TALES.

It features a number of birds participating in a variety of activities and is dedicated to all birds and everyone who loves them. BIRD TALES is an interactive book for people of all ages to enjoy together.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Wednesday's Words (10/6/2021): New selections are in my Fine Art America Shop!

I've added some new selections to my cards that are produced by FAA (Fine Art America) and one of my recent additions is titled Pumpkins Dress Up for Halloween, a copy of its image is featured atop this entry. To learn more about the specifics of this card as well as get info re my other greeting cards, please visit me on FAA by clicking here.

FAA can also render this (and a number of my other images) selection into a jigsaw puzzle  (a copy of an image of its box can be found directly below). For more details re this puzzle and to see my other selections, please visit me on FAA by clicking here.

This particular one is fun for families to work on together as each member could work on adding the pieces that belong to a particular pumpkin. 

The image, Pumpkins Dress Up for Halloween, is featured in volume two of my Words In Our Beak hardcover book series.

It's available on Amazon or by giving the ISBN number 0996378537 to a clerk wherever books are sold. This book makes a great gift at anytime, especially Halloween!

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Tuesday's Truths WK 224

Here is Tuesday's Truth for segement 224: My web article (that includes a few of my photos), titled Guess the Pumpkin's Weight — A Halloween Tradition, was published by iLovetheUpperWestSide yesterday morning. Howevever, I was unable to share the link to it because of the lengthy outages on Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp that occured throughoout most of the day... so here it is now and I hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Update on "BIRD TALES"

Last Sunday here on Blogger, I posted a copy of my flyer that describes how to find my latest book BIRD TALES... 

This image is of the cover for my book, "BIRD TALES." It has three views of the Mandarin duck who visited NYC. Info for the book is @

... within Apple's Bookstore

A copy of this flyer can be seen directly below.

I thought I'd been clear in pointing out that one had to be on an Apple device to find BIRD TALES, but I guess not, for I received an e-mail from someone stating this:

"I went to Amazon and punched in your name and book title, but Bird Tales did not appear."

I'm not clear on how someone thought I referenced Amazon but because the sender of this e-mail interpetted my flyer in such a way, I was motivated to create a short video that is a tutorial on how to find BIRD TALES. A  copy of it is posted directly above and it can also be viewed on You Tube and/or Vimeo.

Meanwhile, I have now received a third review from someone who identifies himself as Scott Amsterdam. It can be read below along with the two reviews I received prior to Mr. Amsterdam's one.

If the reviews are too pixalated to read in this image, please click here to read them as they appear within Apple's Book Store.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux's Feast Day 2021

I don’t want this day to pass without honoring Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, whose feast day is today, October the first. The first of October is also the day I moved into my apartment in 1992 and I have an image of her on my key chain as well as a framed photo of her above my desk. 

She is known for many reasons, including for her “little way” and her appreciation of little things. This fact has prompted me to announce that I’ve been hard at work on another digital book for the Apple Bookstore. 

The title is It's The Little Things. Stay tuned for info!

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Sunday's (9-26-2021) Sentiment

Someone mentioned to me that he had a snafu when he clicked on the link to where my new book BIRD TALES...

This image is of the cover for my book, "BIRD TALES." It has three views of the Mandarin duck who visited NYC. Info for the book is @

can be found. 

The last thing I want is for people to have difficulty getting my book so I've created a how-to-purchase guide (a copy of it is featured image in the image directly above). The link looks pixalated in the image of my guide that is posted atop this entry, (but it looks good in the print-out version) so here I've taken the liberty of posting it here:

Friday, September 24, 2021

Friday's Fact: It may be too early for some boo-shit but not all....

There are six more days left in September and then Halloween will not be celebrated until the thirty-first of October… So, yes, on many levels, it’s too early for boo-shit!

BUT if you want to send cards for the occasion and/or give a gift such as a Halloween-themed tote, now might be the time to start thinking about this because while it’s too early for boo-shit, it’s not too late to order products since shipping tends to take time (unless you have Amazon prime).

I have created items (totes and greeting cards) for celebrating Halloween and they can be purchased from FAA (Fine Art America). Samples can be seen here (in the collage posted directly above). To see details my Halloween card, click here, and to see details re my Halloween tote, click here.

To see more of my Halloween selections visit me on FAA by clicking here.

Moreover, some of my Halloween-Themed products are based on images included in volume two of my book series, Words In Our Beak.

Its is available on Amazon or by giving the ISBN number 0996378537 to wherever books are sold; it makes a great gift at anytime, including Halloween!

All versions of Words In Our Beak have a goal which is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. The setting for my books is my rooftop urban garden in New York City, my stories are told in the voice of Cam, a female cardinal, who visits it. 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.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

People-ing on the UWS!

This picture features a European starling perched on a street sign that reads Columbus (which is an avenue on the Upper Westside in NYC).

This picture features a European starling perched on a street sign that reads Columbus (which is an avenue on the Upper Westside in NYC).

This picture features a European starling perched on a street sign that reads Columbus (which is an avenue on the Upper Westside in NYC).

This picture features a European starling perched on a street sign that reads Columbus (which is an avenue on the Upper Westside in NYC).

Check out a European starling doing some people watching (or people-ing) on the UWS of Manhattan.

This bird type is featured in my new book, BIRD TALES and has a story within the third volume of Words In Our Beak.

This image is of the cover for my book, "BIRD TALES." It has three views of the Mandarin duck who visited NYC. Info for the book is @

This image is of the cover for my book, “Words In Our Beak Volume Three.” It is available on Amazon 9 as well as wherever books are sold.