DEEP SOUTH: Still Another Great Travel Quote

“New York City’s vast Port Authority terminal is a terrifying place in which suddenly to find oneself coping on one’s own . . . It is important to resist the temptation to sit down and weep.”

—  Ethel Mannin, author of American Journey

Abstract: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 22 April 2016

# 1: Wall, Soho, New York City, November 2015


Building Wall: Soho, New York City, November 2015

# 2: Fire Escape, Valencia Street, San Francisco, October 2015


#3: Taxi Ride from Newark Int’l Airport to Manhattan, September 2015


This week’s Photo Challenge from The Daily Post is:

  • Turn the concrete and familiar into something new and mysterious.

Self’s always had a commitment to the abstract, lol. She has thousands of pictures in this vein.

Here are just three.

Stay tuned.

New York: Highline and Chelsea

Still looking for landscapes.

Here are pictures self took during a memorable walk on New York City’s Highline, December 2015:


Near the Start of the Highline, on a cold December Day


Still Near the Start of the Highline


Near the Start of the Highline, on a cold December Day

And here are things she loved about New York during her Fall 2015 sojourn:

  • The Asian American Writers Workshop
  • The Whitney
  • The Highline
  • Therese Raquin with Keira Knightley
  • Seeing Penny
  • Seeing Luis and Midori
  • Seeing the Picasso exhibit in the MOMA
  • Catching a concert of Trio Solisti at Carnegie Hall
  • Watching Mamie Gummer’s scorching performan in Ugly to the Bone
  • Seeing nephew Chris Blackett and watching movies with him and reading his novel-in-progress
  • Eating Cuban in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • Walking around Central Park
  • Mockingjay 2 in the Lincoln Center Cinema
  • Losing self’s wallet twice and having it returned to her twice — nothing missing.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Landscape: Memories of New York City and Venice

The Daily Post Photo Challenge this week:  LANDSCAPE.

  • “Show us your best establishing shot, out in nature or in an urban setting.”

Here are shots of two of self’s favorite cities: New York and Venice.


Late Afternoon, Heading Into Manhattan By Train, September 2015


Manhattan, November 2015


San Marco Square, Venice, November 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

WOMEN: Sylvain LandryW-36 Challenge

The Sylvain Landry Week 36 Photo Challenge is WOMEN.

In New York last fall, self met a member of her on-line writing group, who teaches memoir writing in a New Jersey college.

She invited self to a reading of her students (Title of the event: “Jersey Girls”) taking place in Sidewalk Café, Avenue A, the East Village.

Here are pictures of two of the readers (Self knows the first one is VERY blurred. That’s what happens when you don’t use flash in low-light conditions. She likes the picture anyway)



And here are some of their words:

About a girlfriend: “Vic surrounded me. I lived in her atmosphere.”

About a boyfriend:  “I had a Polish boyfriend whose golden hair was more beautiful than mine; people referred to us as The Lesbian Couple.”

About a conversation:  “I’m proud of you, my little sissy.”

About Bayonne, New Jersey: “If you go to Bayonne, it’s because you live there, or know someone who does. It’s all dollar stores, banks, and pizzerias.”

Thank you again to Sylvain Landry, whose prompts continue to inspire!

Stay tuned.


TREES: Sylvain Landry Week 34 Photo Challenge

Here’s my prompt for SL-34, TREES:

One sunny day in December, self went for a walk in New York’s Central Park. It was surprisingly warm — what they call shirt-sleeve weather.


New York, Central Park, December 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Sylvain Landry Week 33 Photo Challenge: STAIRS

Another very interesting theme this week from Sylvain Landry: STAIRS.

Self has taken many pictures of stairs. But she passed over quite a few of them and selected this one, from a trip she took to New York in March 2015.

This particular subway stop (53rd and Lexington) has sentimental value for self. For one year, when she was 22, she worked in New York City. Her office was at the very top floor of the Citicorp Building (the Wedge). Every day she took the No. 7 train from Flushing and switched at Grand Central to go to 53rd and Lexington. And walked up this very same set of stairs.


Stairs to Street Level from 53rd and Lexington Subway Station, New York City

Seasons: 2016 Daily Post Photo Challenge # 8

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is SEASONS.

“Share an image evocative of the weather . . . “

Here are a couple of picture self took while she was in New York City, December 2015:


The High Line, New York City: December 2015

The outdoor seating for the restaurant Terroir (on the High Line) is empty because it is December, therefore cold:


Outdoor Seating for Terroir, on New York’s High Line: December 2015


Rainy and Wet, Just Outside Carnegie Hall, December 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Life Imitates Art: Rothko and Sunset, Mendocino Village


Every painting by Rothko is about boundaries. Self forgets where she heard that.

Below, sunset in Mendocino Village: orange sky and dark horizon, earth and sky. It did remind self of a Rothko:


Sunset, Mendocino, February 2016

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Life Imitates (Modern) Art at the Zurich Airport

Still working off the Daily Post Photo Challenge this week: LIFE IMITATES ART.


On the 6th Floor of the New Whitney Museum, Gansevoort Street, New York City (Didn’t take down the name of the artist, boo)

Self thinks the above fits with the below, which she took during a stop-over in Zurich on her way home from Florence, Italy:


Sunset: Zurich International Airport, early November 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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