Amateur Photographer

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Fun in NYC

A view from the Cloisters

Looking out over the Hudson River on a rainy day.

The Cloisters

A path to peace

The Cloisters

The cobblestones around the Cloisters

A Rainy Day at The Cloisters

Will Play for Tips

Tis the season. . . .

Say Hello to My Little Friend

I didn't actually take this shot, but I tweaked it. I loved it when I cropped it and blew it up. You can actually see his little face.
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Saturday, November 29, 2008

I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult?

- Rita Rudner

Puppy Love

We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet: and amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made alliance with us.

- Maurice Maeterlinck (1862 - 1949)
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Life is good

One of the many friends I've met along the way while hiking
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A Rose by any other name. . . .

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Signs of Summer

A perfect rose from my favorite garden
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4th of July

A firecracker mid burst
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Sunday, November 16, 2008


I heard this John Lennon song today and it made me sit back and really think:

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky

Imagine all the people living living for the day

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
and no religion too

Imagine all the people living life in peace

You may say I'm a dreamer
But, I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
and the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people sharing all the world

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will live as one

What is happening to us that we have become so divided as a people? When are we going to stop judging people by the color of their skin, their sexual preferences or the God they worship and allow everyone to just live in their own personal greatness? When will stop pushing our kids to be things they don't want to be and start encouraging their dreams and realize their dreams are their greatness? When will be stop worrying about what someone else thinks and start doing what is right for us? When will we start accepting love instead of power and realize that the real power is love? I read in someone else's blog recently a heading that said "it's so simple, it's complicated" - how true it is! Smile at a stranger today, say hi to your neighbor just because you can, encourage someone's dreams, celebrate love in all forms. You may say I'm a dreams, but I'm not the only one. . . . .

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Sometimes we have to purge our lives of people we love when their negativity gets in the way of our growth. It doesn't mean we stop caring or wishing beautiful things for them. But, if being with them isn't feeding our soul, then we need to come to the realization that they came into our lives for a season or a reason, but not a lifetime. It's a freeing feeling when one can accept this for what it is and continue to move forward.

Today, I open my heart to all that is good and live my life as an example to those who are still searching for peace. What a wonderful place to be when you are in harmony with your dreams and desires and the conflicts are gone.


Today, I decided to post a written blog instead of a picture.

It has taken me my whole life to come to the conclusion I have come to today. I've always understood that each of us is on a personal journey, and that some move ahead in their journeys faster than others. However, I've never quite understood how and why some people come into each others lives and appear to be on the same path, walking by our side, lending and receiving support from one another, only to have one of them veer off into the woods down an unmarked path of personal destruction. One would think when people find each other, find friendship in one another, find support in one another, find love in one another, share laughter, insight, love and dreams with one another - they would want to continue to share that with one another. In a world of daily destruction in so many ways, one would think when happiness comes your way, you would grasp on and take the ride for all it is worth. And yet, many, many people continue to find happiness - enjoy it for a while, and then veer off the unmarked path again, allowing their new found happiness to dissipate into thin air and reverting back to old habits that never move them ahead. It's the old, "one step forward, two steps back" routine. I realize that we are the only ones who are ever true to ourselves. I realize that if we are not happy in our own being, then no one will ever make us happy and we can't make others happy. I live my life surrounding myself with positive thoughts, energy and people. I can truly say that I am happy with me, that I love me and that I support me and that I see, feel and count my blessings daily. From the smallest of personal treasures to the fact that I can still pay my mortgage to knowing I have health and love in my life, my blessings are abundant. It saddens me to think that there are so many people out there who can't say this. Who live their lives stuck in the shadows, wanting desperately to get out into the light, but keep closing the shades every time someone tries to open a window for them. What I've learned today, is that each of us comes into the light in our own season when we are ready to bloom. My prayer today is for those who never bloomed. For those of you who choose to read this, remember to count your blessings. You have so much in which to be grateful. No matter what is happening in your life, YOU have the power to make all decisions for your happiness and which path to take.