The Year 2016 Thus Far: Favorite Places

Philadelphia: So glad that she was in the City of Brotherly love when Orlando happened. Because there is something comforting about being in the city where her older sister went to Biz School:

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City of Brotherly Love: June 2016

New York:  Chris, William, Mandy, Carmen, Judy, Luis

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Living Room of Brother-in-Law’s Apartment, Manhattan, June 2016

The British Museum, because, because. Just because.

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Classical Elegance: The British Museum, early June 2016

Dodo and Helen came from different parts: Cambridge and York, respectively. We met in London:

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Everything is easier with friends: On the No. 10 bus, June 2016

And Bletchley Park:

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Swan, Bletchley Park, June 2016

Bloomsbury Square and environs:

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The Duke of Bedford’s Private Garden in Bloomsbury, June 2016

This is the first of a series of posts where self will keep looking back to 2016 Thus Far.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Trying To Think of the Good In Life (Pure 3)

Just two days ago, the sun was shining, all felt right with the world.

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Central Park, New York, Friday 10 June 2016

And this was a picture self took in Bletchley Park, outside London, just a week ago:

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Bletchley Park, Where World War II Codebreakers worked to turn the tide.

And another from Bletchley Park. The swans are exceedingly tame and are so used to people that they let children go right up to them and pet them.

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The tamest swan self has ever encountered: Bletchley Park, June 2016

In solidarity with the people of Orlando, Florida.

Stay tuned.


BLUE Again: Sylvain Landry – Week 47 Challenge

This is the first time self has ever posted twice to a Sylvain Landry weekly prompt.

YAY! Things must be looking up!

The theme this week is BLUE.

Self stayed in brother-in-law’s apartment in New York. She ordered out for food and spent a lot of time looking out the windows. Her nephew, Chris, was in and out. It was nice to know she was not alone.

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One night, from one of brother-in-law’s living room windows, self peeked out and saw a sliver of moon. She thought: That might make a nice picture.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Pure 2: New York and London

  • “I love finding beauty in the mundane, and purity in the midst of our chaotic, over-connected world.”

— Jen H., Daily Post Photo Challenge (Theme: PURE)

Examples: a city-scape; a museum

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New York skyline, June 2016: The “purity” of early morning, the day not yet begun

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Classical Elegance: The British Museum, early June 2016

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Classical Elegance, The British Museum, June 2016

New York looks peaceful in the early morning light.

The venerable British Museum opened up its interior with classically simple lines.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Pure: Daily Post Photo Challenge, 10 June 2016

The sky is clear, the air is clean, and a small girl plucks dandelions from a field to make a tiny bouquet. The purity of the afternoon is absolute: from the crystalline blue of the sky, down to the cottony, sunlit curls upon the child’s head. Nothing exists outside of this overgrown meadow, where wildlife thrives, and red thistle and dandelions flourish.

— Jen H., The Daily Post (Theme: PURE)

Below, three examples of what self considers PURE.

She’s currently in New York City, where all of these pictures were taken.

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Evening, Peace, New York City: June 2016

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Let’s Play! Central Park, New York City, Friday Afternoon

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Moon Over Manhattan, June 2016

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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

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Building Wall: Soho, New York City, November 2015

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

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

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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:

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

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Still Near the Start of the Highline

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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.

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Late Afternoon, Heading Into Manhattan By Train, September 2015

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Manhattan, November 2015

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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)

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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.

 

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