Against the Odds 2: Books and City Councils

An unexpected victory? A snapshot of an unlikely moment? This week, show us something that defies the odds. 

— Michelle W., The Daily Post

How about books to help you achieve your dreams?

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Books to Straighten Your Thinking in 2017

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Daly City Vice Mayor Juslyn Manalo: Filipinos make up a sizable portion of the Daly City population. They struggle against many odds.

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At the Most Recent Daly City Council Meeting, Feb. 13, these signs were held by members of the audience.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Against the Odds: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 15 February 2017

An unexpected victory? A snapshot of an unlikely moment? This week, show us something that defines the odds.

— Michelle W., The Daily Post

Last year, on the 2nd day of self’s trip to the UK, her camera shutter stopped opening all the way. Rather than buy a new camera, self decided to see how far she could push that old thing. And it lasted till the very end of her trip.

One of the last places she visited before returning home was Bletchley Park, about an hour train ride from London. Bletchley Park is where the World War II codebreakers did their work. According to the visitors’ brochure, “the Codebreakers’ efforts helped to shorten the war by up to two years, saving countless lives.” The codebreakers worked year-round in unheated wooden huts. “The first Enigma ciphers were broken in early 1940.”

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Bletchley Park: June 2016

Self took the picture below in Chinatown. She forgets which street it was on. It was either on Grant or on Stockton. Look closer at the words, and it turns out to be about Filipino immigration: the first immigrants faced discrimination. Caucasian women were not allowed to marry Asian immigrants, most of whom were single men. Yet, those early immigrants endured. Their descendants are all over California.

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Wall Mural, Chinatown, San Francisco

Anne-Adele Wight coordinates a monthly reading series at Head House Books in Philadelphia. She is a published poet. Just before June’s event, she hurt her knee and had to wear a brace. But — the show must go on!

She is fantastic.

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Anne-Adele Wight introducing speakers at the Head House reading series, which she coordinates: Philadelphia, June 2016

So there are self’s examples of “Against the Odds,” which is a very, very interesting photo challenge.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

More Shadows: 3rd Street, San Francisco and Mendocino

Whether you’re taking a selfie silhouette on the ground, capturing the lines and patterns on the walls while walking your city’s streets, or recording the subtle ways the light hits your subject’s face as she sits next to a window, these different types of shadows you see can add a complex, unexpected layer to your shot.

— Cheri Lucas Rowlands, The Daily Post

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In Situ, SF Museum of Modern Art, 3rd St.

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Umbrella Passing In Situ

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Mendocino: January 2017

 

 

Shadow: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 8 February 2017

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is SHADOW.

Self loves shadows. Shadows add so much mystery. Here’s what self means:

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Man Leaving a Train

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Morning, Fog, Mendocino: January 2017

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Night, San Francisco: While Riding a Cab

Through a Gauze, Darkly: Washington DC, February 2017

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H Street NW, Washington DC: Night After the Reading at Sixth Engine

Solitude 2 at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore

  • “Solitude is the place of purification” — Martin Buber, quoted in The Daily Post
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Anonymous, C. 1960: figure carved from a single apple tree trunk. The artist was a British mental patient who had a distinctive, concaved chest.

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Isadore Waber: CanCan 1990 (Made out of coffee cans and a bicycle), seen at the American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore

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Sailing Away In a Beautiful Balloon, at the Jim Rouse Visionary Center in Baltimore: the space is cavernous and crammed with all kinds of grown-up whirligigs.

Solitude: The Daily Post Photo Challenge

“Show us what being alone means to you.”
— Jen H., The Daily Post

Self never feels more alone than when she’s on the train, surrounded by people listening to iPods:

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And there is something incredibly solitary about these people on a train platform:

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Cats are solitary creatures: Agree/disagree? The cat’s name is Chester. He lives in Calgary:

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Apple Mother Ship, Downtown San Francisco: Repurpose 3

The Apple Store in Union Square, downtown San Francisco, is like a sleek gray spaceship in the middle of a city whose frayed and raucous streets are becoming more Blade Runner in feeling, every day.

Here’s the courtyard behind the store: There’s a wall of moss. It’s a very conscious attempt to create a space of tranquility in the middle of chaos.

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Apple’s Flagship Store, Union Square, San Francisco

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Next to the Wall of Moss, a 60s-Reminiscent Sign

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Repurpose 2: London and Rostrevor, Northern Ireland

For this challenge, show us something . . .  put to new use.

— Krista, The Daily Post

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Shoreditch, London: Jack the Ripper was here!

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Welcome to Narnia: Rostrevor, Northern Ireland

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Twigs Am I: On the Narnia Trail in Rostrevor, Northern Ireland

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Repurpose: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 27 January 2017

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is REPURPOSE.

“I’m fascinated by birds and their nests. Imagine being able to craft the perfect home for your family with just a beak and twiggy feet?” — Krista, The Daily Post

Self’s friend Mary Ellen Campbell used twigs to represent a forest in a book about wild swans (The book’s language is either Finnish or Icelandic):

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Wild Swans: A Book by Artist Mary-Ellen Campbell

Self saw the artwork below while walking New York City’s High Line, December 2016. Every time she looks at this photo, she thinks of the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland.

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3-D Graffiti made of iron re-bar by Artist Damien Ortega: High Line, New York City

Finally, just for fun:

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Christmas Party, Queens, December 2016

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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