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August 2017

A Chinatown Story

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Chinatown in NYC is a place of color and shadow…the shadow is intentional…. the shadows are a subtle but clear reminder to those who are not Chinese that you do not belong here; this is not your place and that you are being watched….and yes, if you are not Chinese, eyes are upon you as the stranger while you are in Chinatown. This is Doyers Street.  The Street curves and…

Vacation Series

Vacation Series

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Misadventures in Snorkeling Quality waterproof camera in hand I wade into the water near the dock where the fish gather. I fully charged the camera before leaving for the trip. Eagerly, I turn on the camera and dive under. BLUR – uh. No mask. Too salty. I get a mask and snorkel. Ok! Fully prepared, I dive in. Start taking photos. Dang. Too dark. Not light enough under water to…

Super Star Moment – Yes, I Got Butterflies!!!!

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On 8th Ave just a few feet north of the northeast corner of 57th St. I was waiting to hail a cab to Penn Station. It’s rush hour. Waiting. There’s a small, old infamous music studio building where I’m standing … I know this trivia but pay it no mind then only remember this because Keith Richards walks out of the hinged, heavy gold door. Keith Richards. Oh geez. Now,…

The John Lennon Memorial – Central Park, New York City

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The John Lennon Memorial is located at 71st/72nd Street off Central Park West in New York City.  It was purchased through multiple donations following Mr. Lennon’s death by private donors, Yoko Ono and many, many nations of the UN.  You will see a plaque here naming the countries that participated in purchasing this parcel of land to create “Strawberry Fields”; of interesting note is that Afghanistan and mentioned countries no…

Welcome to the Hotel White House

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Welcome to the Hotel California Such a lovely place  Such a lovely place Such a lovely face Plenty of room at the Hotel California Any time of year  You can find it here Her mind is Tiffany-twisted She got the Mercedes bends She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys she calls friends How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat. Some dance to remember, some dance to forget…

Chester Bennington of Linkin Park….Rest In Peace….We Love You

Chester Bennington of Linkin Park….Rest In Peace….We Love You

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Castle of Glass – Written By Chester Bennington This song is performed by Linkin Park; the music video is about war.  War is a “hot button” for me.   I was consumed with the message the song brought to the poignant video, but now that I know the tortured life Chester Bennington lived from age 7-13 at the hands of a male rapist, I see the song so very differently……my…

A Story From Yesterday

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A story from yesterday…my friend’s story: I have a dear friend whom I’ve never met.  He and I both wake at 3:30-4am, and we exchange morning texts of greetings and good wishes. Sometimes we chat and share stories. My friend lives in Florida where he retired. He is originally from New York.   Friend shared this one story with me .. and I encouraged him to start to write the stories down…