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Pleasant Sensations

3 Jun

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To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world.  You are surrounded by adventure.

Freya Stark

Photo by Sid Grossman  San Gennaro Festival, New York City, 1948

Keep Moving

8 Apr

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“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

― Albert Einstein

Somebody Up There Likes Me

14 Jan


Iman posted this to her Instagram account on January 10, the one-year anniversary of David Bowie’s passing. What a fantastic double rainbow shot, and love the dramatic lighting. Good capture. Wonder if she shot it herself, from the balcony of where they live in Soho? It’s a feel-good, hopeful photo.

Somebody Up There Likes Me lyrics by David Bowie

He’s so divine, his soul shines.
Breaks the night, sleep tight.
His ever loving face smiles on the whole human race.
He says, “I’m somebody.”
He’s got his eye on your soul, his hand on your heart.

Somebody up there (somebody) likes me.
Nothing left his eye unmoved. He
Had the plan, he had to use (somebody).
He’s so divine, his soul shines (somebody).
Breaks the night, sleep tight (somebody out there, somebody).
His ever loving face smiles on the whole human race (somebody, somebody, somebody, somebody out there).

I’m That Tired

7 Dec

Locals walk the streets of Madison Square near the Flatiron Building.

The Flatiron by WW Rock, 1918

Somebody People

13 Mar
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Prince Street, NYC, 1900. Near the neighborhood where David Bowie lived.

All the fat-skinny people, and all the tall-short people
And all the nobody people, and all the somebody people
I never thought I’d need so many people

Song Five Years by David Bowie

Natalie Cole—RIP

2 Jan

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My new boyfriend (and future husband) took me to see Natalie Cole in concert at Radio City Music Hall in 1991. When she sang the rich lyrics of the song Autumn Leaves, my boyfriend took my hand. It was so romantic. What an honor to hear her sing in person. I will never forget.

Autumn Leaves

The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sun-burned hands I used to hold
Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall.
C’est une chanson, qui nous ressemble
Toi tu m’aimais et je t’aimais
Nous vivions tous, les deux ensemble
Toi que m’aimais moi qui t’aimais
Mais la vie sépare ceux qui s’aiment
Tout doucement sans faire de bruit
Et la mer efface sur le sable les pas des amants désunis





Anything Can Happen In Life

8 Nov

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Gone Blank

12 Jan


“I could do what I had to. I’d done it before: gone blank, push forward.”

–Donna Tartt The Goldfinch

  • Title: Diana in the snow
  • Jessie Tarbox Beals creator and photographer.
  • Date Created/Published: [ca. 1915]
  • Medium: 1 photographic print : gelatin silver
  • Public domain photograph from the Library of Congress

One Open Manhattan Window #manhattan

14 Oct

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Tomoe Sushi in Manhattan, New York

14 Sep

Tomoe Sushi is one of our favorite Japanese restaurants we used to frequent when we lived in Manhattan.

tomoe_9103 blogYears ago when we went there as regulars, there was always a line to get in.  Recently when my husband and I were walking toward Soho to have dinner at Raul’s, we walked by Tomoe Sushi and

there was not a line!

I said, “For old time’s sake (not the drink), let’s go in and have one roll each!”  So, we did.

tomoe_9101 blogWe were so happy to be eating there again and the food was delicious!  Not much in the interior had changed.

Here is their “Closed” sign:

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Tomoe Sushi
172 Thompson St
New York, NY  10012


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Billboard in Manhattan #parking

11 Sep

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Ghost Bikes #ghostbikes

1 Sep

My sister Ellis told me about white bikes – Ghost Bikes – that are all over Prospect Park.  They represent a person who was hit or killed in that vicinity by (most likely) a vehicle.  When we went to Manhattan, we saw this one:

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It was sombering.

Here is more info about Ghost Bikes.

Brownstone in the West Village – Manhattan #brownstone #manhattan

20 Aug

brownstone_9095 ch blogWas walking around in the West Village in Manhattan with my husband.  Love this brownstone.  Even prettier in person!

Lilly Pulitzer 1931-2013 #lillypulitzer #corricopb

7 Apr

When I was younger I became aware of Lilly Pulitzer shifts (dresses) when looking at fashion magazines.  I loved her bright floral prints.  If you don’t know who Lilly was, read about her here.

After my son was born in Manhattan, my mom and I would take my son in his stroller and walk to Bloomingdale’s from Chelsea.  My mom would watch over my son as I tried on Lilly Pulitzer dresses.  I bought a couple – one I got on sale for $30!

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My son and I in Truro, Massachusetts. My Lilly dress is from Bloomingdale’s in Manhattan.

I was hooked and bought more dresses from the store C. Orrico in Florida.  They would ship me dresses in my size, I would try them on, keeping the ones I wanted to buy and return the rest!  Those were the days!

I don't remember where I bought this Lilly but it was my favorite because it was like a housewife dress from the 1950's. I still own it!

I don’t remember where I bought this Lilly but it was my favorite because it was like a housewife dress from the 1950’s. I still own it!

I also bought vintage Lilly Pulitzer dresses on ebay.  I have sold most of my Lilly dresses, but I loved wearing them when I worked in Manhattan.  The Lilly dresses were perfect to wear on those hot, muggy, humid East Coast days.

Lilly Pulitzer, I honor you for the business you created!  Thank you for the joy and memories your dresses brought me.


14 Feb

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Stalzy’s Delicatessen in Madison, Wisconsin #stalzysdeli

6 Jan

I’m glad I don’t live near Stalzy’s Deli because I would go there every day and gain a bunch of weight.  I read about it this weekend in The Ithsmus (have not memorized how to spell this newspaper’s name yet but after five years of living here I know how to pronounce it).  The article was “What is Madison’s #1 Reuben?”

What is Madison’s #1 Reuben?  I didn’t even know there WAS such a thing! 

My son and I LOVE pastrami sandwiches.  The best ones are in New York at Katz’s Delicatessen and other places in Manhattan.

I read through the article and the writer said the best Reuben in Madison was at Stalzy’s.

So, lucky for me and my son – my husband wanted to go there and we went there for lunch before visiting the Chazen Museum of Art.

I split The Rachel sandwich with my son.  “Your choice of pastrami or turkey pastrami, swiss, creamy slaw, Russian dressing on rye.”  The meat is cured there, and the bread is also made there.  Here is my half of my pastrami sandwich before I chomped into it:

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I wish them many, many years of success!  I will be contributing to it!

Stalzy’s Deli

2701 Atwood Ave

Madison, WI  53704



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Tea Anyone?

27 May

Meret Oppenheim, Object (Le Déjeuner en fourrure), 1936

Happy Sunday!

I am drinking my tea, trying to wake up.  Then I will go outside and continue to plant my veggie garden.  That is what I was doing yesterday and why I didn’t post.

I shot this photo at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.  Isn’t it hilarious? I got such a kick out of it.  That Meret Oppenheim had a great sense of humor!

There is a similar “situation” to this art piece in the movie The Five Year Engagement with Jason Segel and Emily Blunt.

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