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Friday, January 15th 2020

“Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” – David McCullough Jr.

“It’s fall.”
“No, it’s winter.”
“NO, It’s fall!”
And so it went, on and on and…

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler

Thanks for adding the chest hair.”
Beam him up!
Little lower, a little lower…
Hit it, Maestro!
You’ve got this. Hang in there!
Just 3-4 months to go or…
Oooooh. He’s gone.
…And he was never seen again.
Outerwear.
This year’s trend, on the side.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
Ok, a baby, a student driver and the Pope get into a car and…
Ah!! And yours are MINE!
Sure, I’ll try anything once.
So close…

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” – David Bowie

A song to kickstart the weekend: Ophelia by The Lumineers on Spotify/YouTube.

Perfect love casts out all fear…
Street artist #HHNY
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Roots

Monday, January 11th 2021

“Storms make trees take deeper roots.” – Dolly Parton

“Maybe you are searching among the branches for what only appears in the roots.” – Rumi

Root words.

The Roman people were very busy in the beginning.

“So you want us to create all the root words? …Sure, sure.” (Pause). “Wait, what are you guys going to do?”

Did you know that Latin is Latin for Latinus?

What about Esperanto, The Universal Language?

I think more people know Pig Latin.

Would be way more fun if everybody spoke that.

Except for in emergencies…

A an-ma as-ha a un-ga ointed-pa ight-ra t-aa e-ma!

Eart-ha ttack-aa!

“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.” – Dalai Lama

A song to start the week: You Got Me by The Roots on Spotify/YouTube.

If you were worried ’bout where
I been or who I saw or
What club I went to with my homies
Baby don’t worry you know that you got me

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Friday, January 8th 2021

”Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Accessorize
Everyone gone?
It’s……………..Limbo time!
Photo: Limbo Champion of Central Park 2018

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” – J.P. Morgan

Ah…Geese Out.
Yes, yes, of course…You’ll have an office with a window.
Just remember what it lacks in size, we believe you’ll find, it makes up for in location.

“Inspiration is God making contact with itself.” – Ram Dass

It was on a night, just like tonight. Yay, the trees shown bright. Yay, the ground broke with light. And a sort of circular area on the ground became warm, making it very muddy. The end.
The sequel to the above: Later, that circular ground area, that was very muddy and warm, became frozen and covered in snow. The End.
The lesser known, for many reasons, fairy tale…
The Three Little Spotty-Firred Trees.
Caution: Spinach may cause overgrowth – especially in the elbow areas.
Rare, but can happen.
Sound Shore Farmer’s Market Long Island, NY.

“Every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all of our lives.” – Steven Spielberg

Drop the bread. Drop the bread!!
Just breathe.

“If you think you’re enlightened go spend a week with your family.” – Ram Dass

My brother, Keith, asked that I post this on the blog and pose the question,
“Can you tell the difference between the store bought cherry tomatoes and the home grown cherry tomatoes?”
Keith, I’d like to be the first to answer this… the tiny two tomatoes at about 9 o’clock and the large one on the right at roughly 4 o’clock were store-bought. What do I win?
All you need is…
…is all you need.

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coehlo

A song to kickstart the weekend: Wild Stare by Giant Rooks on Spotify/YouTube.

From the movie Jack
“We start to worry, thinking, “What am I gonna do? Where am I gonna be in ten years?” But I say to you, “Hey, look at me!” Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting.”


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Wednesday’s Words

Wednesday, January 6th 2021

“To change the world is not your mission. To change yourself is not your duty. To awaken to your true nature is your opportunity.” – Mooji

First

Putting myself first
Releasing
Appeasing
No longer quiet
Without a riot
Not small
Room to grow
Expanding
Becoming aware of it all
Kindness in giving
Not depleting
Stronger
I am
On my track that I run
It’s my turn
As it is yours too
There’s no war
We’ve all won
Waste no time worrying
So many scurrying
All else
Fall to the side
Never follow
What is mine
Find your strength
Allow the wallow
Nothing to hide
I take back my mind
Starting over
Everything new
Beginning again
For me and for you
But this time
For the good of all
I’m
Putting myself
First

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Bathroom Fresheners Need More Freshener

Monday, January 4th 2021

“You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.” – Marianne Williamson

Sustain a Modified State of Mind…

Walking out the door saying goodbye to everyone, making eye contact, giving well wishes for the night or weekend, getting out of the elevator, heading outside and then remembering – your keys at your desk.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

Who answers ‘no’ to the interview question “Do you work well alone?”

“Nope, I’m a mess! Don’t ever leave me be.”

“I need constant supervision, keep me in sight at all times.”

“I actually prefer to share a cubicle.”

“Also, I shouldn’t handle any sharp objects.”

“When can I start?”

This week’s song: Easy Way Out by Dylan LeBlanc on Spotify/YouTube.

The easy way out
It’s a dangerous path
And no one knows it like I do
Beat the door down
And shatter the glass
But you better be sure what it leads to
What it leads to

The dangerous path…
A League of Their Own
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Friday, January 1st 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
“You’ll never get bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do.” – Dr. Seuss

Wait, what year is this?
Whoa, how many have I had?
I’m feeling a little fluffy.
I bet Fat Cat Chunkers won’t mind if I hide his tuna.
I’m just gonna place it over here…
Kramer was right!

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

Whale, that’s what I saw…
The neighborhood is definitely changing.
I like it this way. Sounds so stately.

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

I most certainly did! I looked both ways!
Eeny Meeny Miny Moe…
A seat nearest the wing, please.

“The best is yet to come.” – Frank Sinatra

A song to kickstart the new year: I Just Wanna Shine by Fitz and The Tantrums on Spotify/Youtube.

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Friday, December 18th 2020

“What if, today, we were grateful for everything?” – Charlie Brown

You can look now, just remember we ran out stuff to make your arms.
Jaume Plensa sculpture at Rockefeller Center
Part of the Frieze Sculpture display of June 2019
Hey, where is everyone?!
Home for the holidays?
I should probably plug this in.
Sure, of course. You can count on me. 😇
And the Survey says, “Gurgle, gurgle, gurgle gurgle gurgle.”
Dear God, I’d like to say thank you for all you’ve done for me lately. And if possible, could I please have a new mattress? I’d really appreciate it. Thank you.
(Turning the corner)
WOW, that was fast, thank you!
…Oh, man, I forgot to ask for the box spring.
God, could I have that, too, please? If it’s not too much!
Dang, that was easy!
(On the phone)
“You want me to bring a dish?”
(Walking slowly, looking up)
“Oh yeah, no problem. I’ll bring some fresh, seasonal fruit.”
Norm is not gonna be happy about this.
…It was supposed to say ‘Woof’, you guys. Woof.
Go on, find another wall.
It’s almost over…hang on.
I pity the fool who dumps in this.
Junior T

“Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.” – Dr. Seuss

Hey, have you guys noticed that Karl is a bit of a close walker? Maybe it’s just me!

A song for my Dad: Crambone on Tom and Jerry via YouTube. Happy Birthday (tomorrow) this one goes out to you, pops. I love you!!

Here’s an amusing article in Rolling Stone magazine about National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – the movie that lasts the whole year in my world. If anyone’s a fan and hasn’t read this yet, it highlights details about the making of the movie with many insightful comments from the cast and crew. I’ve watched Christmas Vacation countless times. I usually put the movie in at the end of the day. From the moment the theme song begins, I’m pacified. It’s like a baby’s mobile for me.

This is my last post for 2020. Sending out love, thankfulness, and good cheer.
I’m wishing everyone all the best. Be safe, have fun and Happy New Year!!

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness.” – Helen Keller

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Wednesday’s Words

Wednesday, December 16th 2020

Photo: City Within

Whole

Fill it up

Adjust internal vision

Feel for precision

Overflowing cup

Be the light, it’s all life

No repair

All is right

Enjoy the air

You, me, we

The same yet unique

Becoming and complete

We are entwined

Forever and awhile

We go again

And again

Don’t give up

Look anew

It’s been given

We are whole

But we just grew

Photo by Tori LeMond in Fishers, IN.

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If I Had Restless Leg Syndrome In Both Legs, Would I Be A Better Runner?

Monday, December 14th 2020

“How art thou out of breath when thou hast breath to say to me that thou art out of breath?” – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Gatorade’s lightning bolt – electrifying!

Temporarily sewn pockets…

I love finding out when a fake pocket is real.

Thought it was for show, but it’s real – look at me, I have so many pockets. Never thought I’d have so many. This whole time it was just a sham sewing job – it looked sewn in, but it wasn’t. It’s a real life pocket and it’s mine!

It sucks when I tear it open and it’s just the other side of my garment…not a real pocket. Then I have to get it sewn. Not fake sewn, but real sewn – not just appearing as such.

Why have a pretend pocket?

And why have a real pocket that’s disguised as being sealed shut? What’s the purpose of that?

Too many people in dressing rooms putting stuff in their pockets while trying clothes on – “So this is how I look with stuff in the pockets?” Then the clothes were discarded with the pockets overflowing and the employees were left emptying them out every night.

“I’m not staying here late one more night unloading these pockets. Fake sew ’em up!”

How in the heck do they ‘sort of’ sew it like that anyway?

“Can you make something look sewn?”

“You mean temporary sewn? Yeah, I can do that.”

What if you were a surgeon and that’s how you stitched people back together again?

“Ok, you have your arm back, but you don’t. It’s just there for looks. Don’t use it as an arm. Just let people look at it as if it is an arm.”

“What pleasure is there in seeing new lands? Or in surveying cities and spots of interest? All your bustle is useless. Do you ask why such flight does not help you? It is because you flee along with yourself. You must lay aside the burdens of the mind; until you do this, no place will satisfy you. […] The person you are matters more than the place to which you go.” – Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

Everybody’s getting Erin’s goat today.
Meet Dale.
Photo by Erin Blackford in Austin,TX.

A song to start the week: Superwoman by Alicia Keys on Spotify/YouTube.

When I’m breaking down
And I can’t be found
And I start to get weak
Cause no one knows
Me underneath these clothes
But I can fly
We can fly, ooh…

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Friday, December 11th 2020

“Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find?” – Samuel Johnson

Umbrellas…
How much for this one?
Greg’s Trees
Back by their demand…
Ducks on Ice!
Ear Mask Syndrome.
Things are a little hectic with the roof repair and all.
I’m just going lay myself, and the tree, down for a bit. Just a short nap…
Disney’s next film:
Snow Web
Why didn’t you tell me you’d be wearing foil today?
No, I’ll change.
I’ll fly home – be right back.
Fencing.
Fencing.
I said no calls!
I didn’t say anything…
I am picking something nice for you. I am picking something sticky like glue…
Big Bird’s understudy.
Makes me hungry just reading it.
Makes me thirsty just reading it.
Road cutlery is on the side.

“The whole world loves American movies, blue jeans, jazz and rock and roll. It is probably a better way to get to know our country than by what politicians or airline commercials represent.” – Billy Joel

A song to kickstart the weekend: Better Way by Andrew Combs on Spotify/YouTube.

The Marlboro Man in person.
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Wednesday’s Words

Wednesday, December 9th 2020

Canceling

Scheduling then canceling
Adding now overflowing
Desiring then dreading
Canceling
Too much too fast
Soar high then crash
Handle the candle
Small flame little burn
Wind gusts fire spreads
Chatter imbeds
Keep it light
By natural design not by might
Flowing with a feeling
Of pleasure and interest
Energy that’s freeing
Embracing the new
Without the need to be the one who
Did it all
All alone
Came and gone
Threw a phone
Canceled one by one, then a few
Just had too much to do
All or none
Canceling
Excite or Stress
Success or Excess
Finding the rhythm
Playing the guitar
One chord
A simple strum
Allowing some fun
Don’t want to pencil in a stroll
Or count the calories of a roll
Want to flex my muscles
Designed by joy
Fit in my jeans
Living my dreams
With ease and flow
Nowhere I need to be
Letting myself naturally grow

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Why Does My Déjà Vu Occur When I’m Not Doing Anything?

Monday, December 7th 2020

“A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.” – Steven Wright

Going to bed at night takes forever.

My memory foam pillow forgets everything.

Every night we go through the same conversation.

Yes, you’re a pillow.
Yes, I’m going to put my head on you.
Yes, all night.
Yes, this is normal.
No, you’re not supposed to talk.
Yes, you’re supposed to remember all of this.

“So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.” – Helen Keller

A song to remember: Remember When by Alan Jackson Spotify/YouTube.

Douglas Kenny
Mid-1970s portrait by Pedar Ness
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Friday, December 4th 2020

“He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.” – Lao Tzu

Oceanic Mind
Locals Surf School
Snow!
News Update: Acorn Olympics Finalists
Team Central Park – disqualified due to one fatality.
Category: Tree Climbing
Better luck next Olympics!
The multi-faceted tree.
Known mostly for mocking and surprising humans.
Check your shoes!
Did that hand…
Skiing partners are slim this year.
Santa says to try him on Zoom.
Who’s next?
Pick a season, any season…
GO NUTS!
My youngest brother, Aaron, visited me in NYC and saw these beautiful chestnuts glistening under the bright lights sold by a street vendor.
Aaron thought that these were buckeyes (dark chocolate/peanut butter balls) and put one – the whole piping hot thing – into his mouth. It was crunchy and funny.
I love you, Spud!!
An inside job.
Love seat.
We all need a couch sometimes.
The Pope was here.

A song to start the weekend: Hazy Shade of Winter by The Bangles on Spotify/YouTube.

Hang on to your hopes my friend…

Have a great weekend!
Photo: Quickmeme.com


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I Like Young Coconuts

Monday, November 30th 2020

“Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.” – Alan Watts

Why is the guy climbing the food pyramid missing his hands and feet? Past dietary decisions? Let this be an example, count those categories or else.

He’s still moving though.

Make it comfortable for him, draw him an escalator or some toes!

Make life easy.

Let it be sweet, let it be fun.

What are you passionate about?

“It’s better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way.” – Alan Watts

A song to start the week: My Sweet Lord by George Harrison on Spotify/Youtube.

What’s in your closet?
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Friday, November 27th 2020

“Give thanks for a little, and you will find a lot.” – Hausa Proverb

BLACK FRIDAY IS HERE.
Remember, Cyber Monday is coming up so get ready to shop online!
Safe flying (traveling) to all during the holidays.
You too, pig!
And you as well, Steve!
ONLY WITH EVEN NUMBERS THOUGH
One here, one there, and one…
So busy during the holidays.
So, that’s what I want for Christmas.
Will you tell him?
Get those turkey legs moving – you’ll be thankful.
Just shower after, please.
Thank Youuuuuuuu.
It’s so nice to have someone to talk to.
I see what you’re saying.
Sure.
Sacrifice, this tree?
What? Use, what?
SPELL IT OUT!
What do I use??
That’s very generous.
But, I’ve got one at home. Thank you.
I’m thinking outside the bun.
Time to knock off that Holiday shopping list.
It’s a sign.


“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson

Bye, Steve! See you next… What the?
Did you forget something?

“There are only two ways to live your live. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other as is though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

A song to kickstart the weekend: Go Where You Wanna Go by The Mamas and Papas on Spotify/YouTube from an album (tape) I played on repeat growing up: If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears, one of my favorites. SO this weekend’s song is the whole album, if you can believe it.

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Overthinking

Monday, November 23rd 2020

“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.” – Dale Carnegie

“A scholar tries to learn something everyday; a student of Buddhism tries to unlearn something daily.” – Alan Watts

Overthinking.

I can overthink anything, like triple washed lettuce.
Sounds great at first – then I start thinking,
3 times…
What happened?
Why are they cleaning it so much?

Overthinking.

It’s why I’ve been a vegetarian for most of my life. I don’t label myself as one. I eat whatever I’m in the mood for, but I never know when I’m going to get the visuals. When food comes to life in my mind.

So if I had to label myself, I’d say I’m an Active Imagination eater. Stamp an AIF food label on it and I’ll eat it. Active Imagination Free. This will NOT remind you of anything that previously breathed.

I stay clear of anything that still looks like it did when it was alive. Or even anything identifiable as a body part such as a leg, wing, or claw, etc. Especially if there’s an eyeball bulging out, or a divot where an eyeball once sat. If there’s even a fish tank in the room – I’m out.

Without a doubt, I steer clear of ribs. Whenever I watch people tearing off the flesh and sucking on the bones, I always feel like I’m watching a horrific nature show – up close – like an animal attack. Then they toss the skeleton remains on the plate next to me.

I don’t even try to talk my stomach into being hungry – it’s like – nope, we’re done here.

“Stop thinking, and end your problems.” – Lao Tzu

Yeah, I’m saying that to me.

Clear skies with a chance of branches.


“The turkey. The sweet potatoes. The stuffing. The pumpkin pie. Is there anything else we all can agree so vehemently about? I don’t think so.” – Nora Ephron

How many did I bring?

“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” – Tina Fey

That’s what I did when I started this blog. Not that I thought the world needed one more stream of info coming in or another voice calling out. I just had an impulse and went with it. I’ve enjoyed it so far. I hope those who are reading this have, too. I’m thankful to have a place to put together my thoughts and share them. I’m thankful for all of you. I hope everyone follows their impulses this week, next year and forevermore.

Don’t think, just go for it. It could be amazing. Or at least fun.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey, knock it off!
That’s fine, mope all you want.
Ya know, you’ve had quite an attitude lately.

A song to start the week: Family by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors on Spotify/YouTube.

Family, all four seasons
Family, well bless your heart
You don’t choose ’em, you can’t lose ’em
We all have a song to sing
Some are crazy, some are amazing
All got a little bit of everything…

So nice!

Bonus ending…

My friend, Jay, forwarded this to me today. Pretty cool to consider…

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Photo Friday

Friday, November 20th 2020

“Escape from the black cloud that surrounds you. Then you will see your own light
as radiant as the full moon.” – Rumi

Mr. Black Cloud
“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” – Victor Hugo
I was having one of those days.
Went out for a walk to clear my head.
Started to feel better and then I looked up.
To balance out the birds above.
Can’t wait to read it after all the revisions are in!

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

I said I saw you last night.
It’s real.
Well, what do you do with your leftovers?
As God intended.
A napkin designed to disintegrate as shown.
Ah…

“Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.” – David Letterman

There’s always something to be thankful for.
Check out at my chins.
Looks like I’m about to eat the camera man.
I’m thankful for you this season and always, mom.
I miss you! I hope to see you sometime soon.
I love you!
It’s me.
Kim.

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” – Plato

A song to kickstart the weekend: Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, to keep it chill, on Spotify/YouTube.

Remember this during the holidays. Mmmkay?

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Hey, Goodbye

Monday, November 16th 2020

“Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.”
Richard Bach

Either way…

“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” – Charles Dickens (Nicholas Nickleby)

It’s more acceptable to say ‘Hello’ to strangers and passersby than it is to say ‘Goodbye’.

But, goodbye seems just as accurate though. You’re coming and going at the same rate. There’s more of a goodbye essence to it all anyway.

Could you imagine it that way? To everyone you see…”Goodbye, Goodbye, Ohhh, hey goodbye.”

Greetings – Salutations – Textings…

Do you ever apologize when you call someone instead of texting them?

“I’m so sorry, normally I wouldn’t call, but I’d like to make a hair appointment.”

Calls are for emergencies, only!

When my phone rings, I brace myself…”Who died?”

When someone asks if I’ve talked to so and so – I say…”Oh yeah, we talk.”

That’s my way of saying – we text. Sometimes.

Then they ask, “Have you talked to him recently?”

“YES!”

Means – I’ve texted him recently enough. Step off.

Hey, goodbye!

To repeat…

A song to start the week: Shine by Stick Figure on Spotify/YouTube.

Had a dream I was flying
That’s where I go when I want to be free
All this time I’ve been trying
To escape to the place where I belong
Shine on like the sun
Holding on to a feeling
Shine on everyone
Find love to believe in

“Well, I’m not one usually for speeches. So, goodbye.” – Ron Swanson, P&R

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Friday, November 13th 2020

“If a black cat crosses your path, it signifies that the animal is going somewhere.” – Groucho Marx

It’s Friday the 13th!!!
And this is my sewing room…
Mom and Dad will enjoy this.
I love you, Willie!
(He’s a musician and a pill.)

“Superstition is the poetry of life.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

He’s been peed on one too many times.
We have to save the ice!
Barely saw it there. But somewhere, someone’s face is bare! :()
(Exhaling deeply)
Recycling is getting a little too specific.
YES!
It’s my favorite time of the year.
Special Peanuts are back!
Namaste.
A respectful greeting in a respectful way.
(Sidenote: I do smile every time I run by it.)

“Oh, my dear, if you only knew how strange is the matter regarding which I am here, it is you who would laugh. I have learned not to think little of any one’s belief, no matter how strange it may be. I have tried to keep an open mind, and it is not the ordinary things of life that could close it, but the strange things, the extraordinary things, the things that make one doubt if they be mad or sane.” – Bram Stoker, Dracula

Have a great weekend!
Photo from: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

“Men are probably nearer the essential truth in their superstitions than in their science.” – Henry Thoreau

A few movies I’ve streamed this month that I’d recommend:

  • Man of the Year Robin Williams – Perfect timing to rewatch this (Amazon)
  • I Am Woman Empowering/Interesting movie about the life and career of Helen Reddy (Netflix)
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople Funny/Quirky/Cute flick based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump (Netflix)

A book to read in under an hour and feel glad after: Just Be Glad by Christian D. Larson

A song to kickstart Friday the 13th weekend: Help Me by Macy Gray on Spotify/YouTube.

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Wednesday’s Words

Wednesday, November 11th 2020

Let it Come

No more gathering
Let it come
I’ve cried
I’m dried
Done
Let it come

Time spent
Everything went
My mind fried
Hands were tied

No more gathering
Picking up
What didn’t fit
Putting back
Too tired to sit
I’ve said it all
Let it fall
Crash down around me
Done gathering
Don’t need it all

Let it come
No reason to stall
We’ve tried it all
Done
I’ve cried
I’m dried
No more gathering
Let it come
I’m done

Puzzle pieces
Too few
Missing pages
The rest remaining
All askew
How it looked
Through that view
Now I see
Even better
Without the noise
The excess decoys
Done gathering
I’m done
Let it come

Was a tear
Felt it all
I was bare
It’s unraveled
I’m ok
Even better
I feel new
Let it come
I’m ready
Let it come
I’m not done
Let it come

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Find The River

Monday, November 9th 2020

Fall into the Ocean…

“Hark, now hear the sailors cry – smell the sea, and feel the sky – let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic.” –Van Morrison

The Rockaways

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Have you ever met someone who complains a lot – about everything – no matter what?

They’re just always upset – nothing’s satisfying?

There’s not one moment of satisfaction…

“That was a terrible bath.”

Bath? Who can complain about a bath?

(Moaning) “Ugh, all I did was sit there – it was too hot then too cold, then I didn’t have enough water so I had to add more water. I was slipping all over the place. Terrible. Terrible bath.”

That’s when you say, “You took a bath? Doesn’t smell like it.” Mic drop.

Use your energy wisely. You can only do so much, you can’t please everyone. It reminds me of the quote below, from one of my favorite comedians who left us way too soon, but made such a great impact on many. He always made me laugh, still does.

“Y’know, you can’t please all the people all the time… and last night, all those people were at my show.” – Mitch Hedberg

The Rockaways

I once read somewhere, if I recall correctly, that Jerry Seinfeld – while writing Seinfeld with Larry David – had a poster of the universe on the wall next to his desk. I believe this was to keep things in perspective.

I love being outside at night. Everything looks and feels different – the world is quieter, and calmer, so it seems. I look up and out and admire it all. It’s a reset button, and a pause, a moment for me to get out of ‘my world’ and to focus on something so much bigger or nothing at all.

This week’s song: Find The River by R.E.M. on Spotify/YouTube. I have got to leave to find my way

He’s probably making fun of my coffee drink.
Variety Coffee in Brooklyn.

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Friday, November 6th 2020


“A photographer went to a socialite party in New York. As he entered the front door, the host said ‘I love your pictures-they’re wonderful; you must have a fantastic camera. ‘ He said nothing until dinner was finished, then: ‘That was a wonderful dinner; you must have a terrific stove.” – Sam Haskins, Photographer

Fall!
Not yet though – stay put so I can enjoy.
And The Garden of The Year goes to…
When teachers graffiti.
It’s a little redundant.
I think the picture says it all.
Dang, I always thought it Bob.
Someone had some spare time – I love it.
Yeah! Exactly!
Now, if we can get everyone to take just a few minutes out of their day and spray paint this on their corner…
I found it!
I knew there was another egg.
Persistence.

This weekend’s song: Ready Let’s Roll by Bob Schneider on Spotify/YouTube.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Let’s roll.

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Wednesday’s Words

Wednesday, November 4th 2020

Deeper

Surface fake face
Layered preserved Italian cake
No use
Saying it true so blue
I’m good too
Not my case
I’ve come
Home in head
Clouds break
My part
Plunge
Feel
Become
Deeper
Heart breaks for all that’s been done
Soul shouts of what can still become
Doesn’t matter
Breathing deeper underway
Forgive the past
Take it back
Focus
Listen clearly
Stop the buzz
I want to hear
It’s all ok
I’m good too
It’s been so long
Feeling right turning wrong
Circling on a track
This time not coming back
Heading south
Off the map
Internal compass has no rest
I’m good too
Heed the voice
Signs at feet
Saying
Live life
Get off of repeat
Skipping in the mines
Flying through the feathers
Not sure if it’s a mask
All who speak
Those whom I meet
Keep peeling
Go deeper
Not asking anymore
Questions undercover
Swaying with the glances
Teetering at the surface
Unsettled
Settling
Underdressed
Not giving my best
Which is yet to be found
Not unlike
A diamond buried under the ground
Searching in the dark
Hiding, lurking like a shark
Anger pulsing from within
Explosion – little erupts
Never flowing far
Holding it in
Wearing a grin
Enamel coming apart
Reaching down
My hands alone
Fending off help with dues
It’s my turn to drop some clues
Always
Sensing more
Diving deeper

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Trust Me

Monday, November 2nd 2020

“I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” – Albert Einstein

Playing catch with the moon.

Trust me…

When a dog is barking viciously at me and the owner is saying, “Oh, he doesn’t bite. Trust me, he just likes you. Trust me.”

I see two opposing opinions on that. The smiling human vs. the irrational animal.

…Yeah, I’m going to need more than that to go on.

It’s like, have you two discussed this recently? I think you may need to revisit this topic.

So scrappy…

Have you seen those feisty little dogs with permanent mean faces? You know, the tiny ones with their teeth sticking out and it looks like their faces are frozen in anger? It’s like when you made a funny face when you were little and a parent told you if you kept it up, it would stay that way.

These miniature dogs look like they’re so upset all of the time. It’s like they’re constantly annoyed, always seething, and dare I say condescending. I could never live with a dog like that. I’m too sensitive.

Could you imagine that sneering face as the first thing you see when you wake up? Or the last thing before you go to bed at night, always staring you down?

“What? What now? What did I do now?”

Hey, your little dog may not bite me – but it’s making me feel really bad about myself. The dog is snarling at me in public, relentlessly, and giving me the look. It’s like I took something from him and now everyone’s gotta know about it.

Just bite me, man – don’t embarrass me.

Yes, I said, you’re a GUNE!
No, not you, the other guy in the chimney!

My appreciation for music was greatly fostered by older brother, Eric. We’d listen to many tapes, records, and CDs together, often he’d give me the lyrics to read, as we’d sit quietly and appreciate each song.

The song for this week is from one of my favorite albums, Raising Sand by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, I feel each song in me bones. (Said with an Irish lilt.)

This song/album reminds me of the fall, with Eric at Shady Side Park, after one of our 3 mile runs in the morning. We’d sit in the car, embracing the cooldown effects, usually laughing at something silly, and feeling so alive. I love you, EE!

Killing the Blues by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss on Spotify/YouTube.

Is this where you put the key?

Hope you all have a wonderful wonderful week. Now, back to getting this car started…

“Heard Melodies Are Sweet, but Those Unheard Are Sweeter.” – Keats

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Friday, October 30th 2020

“WHERE THERE IS NO IMAGINATION, THERE IS NO HORROR.” – ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

Happy Halloween Eve.
I hear The Wicked Witch of The West theme song when I look at this.
He’s got his backpack, his butterfly and not a care in the world.
I have an idea.
So adorable when Lucifer dots his I’s with hearts.
He’s on the fence about being a ghost.
I says to him, I says…now’s your time. Go for it!
Happy Meal.
Breakfast on the go.
You decorate how you want to decorate and I’ll decorate how I want to decorate.
Gateway to Nirvana. Pick a Buddha’s nose.
Storm King Art Center
He’ll haunt me, he’ll haunt me not…
Happy Halloween!

“BELIEVE NOTHING YOU HEAR AND ONLY ONE HALF THAT YOU SEE.” – EDGAR ALLEN POE

Don’t be scared…it’s only HAAALLLOOOWEEEENNNN!

Happy Birthday (tomorrow) Jesse!
You still look the same. You’re amazing. Everybody loves Jesse.

Happy Birthday by Lenny Kravitz on Spotify/YouTube. This goes out to you, Jesse, and to everyone else who’s celebrating a birthday this year. HBDTY!

Let Love Rule.

Mmappy Mammomeen!
Muffled mask talk for –
Happy Halloween!

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True Freedom

Thursday, October 29th 2020

“To find yourself, think for yourself.” – Socrates

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson

It’s important to remember how unique we all are and how valuable our individual freedom is. Our freedom doesn’t come from words written on paper, it comes from living authentically, being true to oneself. When we honor ourselves and one another, when we appreciate our differences, and when we work together, that’s what makes the world go ’round. That’s when we see the change we’re all looking for. To control anyone or anything hinders growth. We need each other.

True freedom comes from within. True change is an inside job.

Maybe we start today by honoring our connection with what’s real. Don’t let anyone tell you how to live or what to think – think for yourself. Choose your path – no else has been through exactly what you’ve been through.  No one knows you more than you know yourself. You’re doing just fine.


I’ve spent years holding in my feelings.  It’s cost me so much.  I’ve held myself back in many ways. Now, I’m trying to open up more.  I realize how important it is to show my true self and to be outwardly loving and kind. Now I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve instead of burying it deep within.  It’s not something I’m comfortable with yet, but I’m sticking with it. 

I’ve always felt odd, different, etc., etc., but now I’m starting to appreciate that side of me.  When I read The Far Side by Gary Larson, I thank God he’s freakin’ weird and wonderful.  His comic strip is my gold.


We all have our past, present, and (hopefully) future to deal with, but understand that no one is perfect.  We’re all doing the best we can.  There are reasons for the decisions we make and showing love vs. criticizing or condemning is crucial for a positive outcome.  I know things are heated right now with all that’s going on in our world, but remember love fosters more love. 

This is a rare edition from me. I promise. I hope that any of you who may be reading this know that you are loved. You are unique and your life truly matters to our world. If you honor yourself, all is right.

Namaste – go with love.

“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.” – Jim Morrison

Photo by: Andy Gotts
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Running to and fro…

Monday, October 26th 2020

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” – Fred Devito

I walk these streets.
And these streets. And these streets.
And these…

I got my wings today.

Feminine pads, with wings.

Super powers in my undies. In case my underwear needs to be somewhere, really fast.

We’re looking to leave tonight Kim – we need wings!

I called in an order at the health store for food and pads. Had to ask a teenage boy to pick out the box for light days with wings. Yes with wings. Wings!

He’ll never erase that from his memory – any mention of wings could remind him of my pads. At any time it could ring a reference to our call.

Wednesday night out with Friends.
Ronnie, want to go for wings?
FLASH BACK.
Ugh.

Or his mom asks him if he wants wings for dinner.
She’s going to the store, she can grab him some wings on her way home…if he wants.
FLASH BACK.
No!!!

Wings.

Moving along…

In reflecting upon any day, it’s the unexpected and interactive moments that make me feel alive. Like when I’m running without thinking like I’m floating down the street. It’s when I’m lost in the moment and I’m seeing things differently.

I’m alive…

It’s the glancing at another runner and smiling for second, a fleeting friend, that keeps me going. I run for my mind. I benefit from my fitness. I continue for my soul. I thrive on the connection from it all.

I met E.T.
So not what I expected.

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift.” – Steve Prefontaine

Trust in your true self and persist in all your endeavors with joy – results will follow.

No need to race, your power is great. You can start anything now, it’s never too late.

It’s always within, just let some of it out. It gets better. Use your wings.

This week’s song: Don’t You Worry by R. City on Spotify/YouTube. Play on repeat – I do.

Bonus song for this month, so beautiful, just feel it – notice how your body has to move: Gamble for a Rose by King Charles on Spotify/YouTube.

Sunday.
When everything else is at the cleaners.
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Friday, October 23rd 2020

“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.” — Elliott Erwitt

But…

Ok.
Wait a second…
Ahhh. Breathe it in.
I love this city-country air.
“Good Mornin Fellas!”
I said, “GOOD MORNING! ”
Never mind.
The moon is out..of…the…park! HOME RUN!
Woah, Wooaah, Woaaaahhhh…
Yes, I did! I used the “normal” amount of detergent.
The cover of my next album. “I used to have an umbrella, but now I have a cane.”
Susan takes up graffiti.
Butternut Squashed.
Ah, so this is it.

“There are no bad photographs. That’s just how your face looks sometimes.” – Abraham Lincoln

I didn’t say it, Abraham did.

Have a wonderful weekend – let loose.

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Turn the other cheek. Depends on what you did to the first one.

Monday, October 19th 2020

“I don’t deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it.” – Flannery O’Connor

Local Brooklyn Street Artist – Paul Richard

I’m going to legally change my name to ‘Academy Award Winner Kim Considine’.

Or ‘Three Time Academy Award Winner Kim Considine’.

I’ll have to decide when I’m at the counter.

It’ll depend on my mood.

Who are you going to be today? Take your pick. The world is wide open.

Local Sun and Clouds

“If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.” – Steven Wright

Song for this week: Beauty in the World by Macy Gray on Spotify or YouTube.

Look for it – beauty/love – it’s everywhere – in all things and all beings. You just have to tune to it. Now “shake your booty boys and girls.”

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Photo Friday

Friday, October 16th 2020

“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”
— Ralph Hattersley

Where were you?
I said meet me at BAR.
We drove around and around and finally found parking. I love checking out new sections of Brooklyn. Yay! Let’s explore. I got out of the car, grabbed my purse, closed the door and…
Freedom Tower or Best Mirror Ever?
Yes, I can still see you.
Now, where shall I put my sweaters?

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
— Elliott Erwitt

Keep your wits about you. Find the humor in it all. Laughter heals everything – except diarrhea.  

Enjoy the weekend.

*Happy Birthday R.B.! And hello to Kristen, Emma and Tripp! Keep the room ready.

**If this post made you smile, please pass it along to brighten up someone else’s day. Thanks-:)

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Sleepies

Monday, October 12th 2020

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” – French Poet, Paul Valery

I knew it!

Sleepies in the eyes first thing in the morning.

Like rocks.

Waking up, not fully conscious – rubbing my eyes – AH! Rocks in my eyes!

Sleepies – such a sweet reference for crunchy eye excrement.

It’s like kidney stones of the eye. 

They just appear in the super delicate, soft and sensitive eyeball pockets. If it happened every morning, consistently, I could prepare. But it’s super random, happening only occasionally.

I just wake up and guess.

Ah, I slept well, good morning, slight rub, ok, ok. Good…gooood.

Llllittle bit more rubbing, AHAHA!!! 

When oil spills come to life.

“Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.” – LakeHouse Recovery Center

Begin again. All that matters is now. Release those rocks, no Sisyphus here. New route – no struggle – downhill. Begin again.

Only love.

This isn’t the end, it’s just another beginning. Run for the pleasure, exhale and release, let go of the past and embrace the next smiling face. Nothing’s old, clear your eyes and look anew. Today, begin again.

Only love.

Today’s song, another by Andrew Bird and perfect for today, Sisyphus on Spotify or YouTube.

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Friday, October 9th 2020

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”
— Alfred Stieglitz

What do you mean keep going straight?
What else did we pack?
Dust pile in stairwell.
He goes by the name of Dusty Hoffman.
Dusty’s pretty wise for a 6th month old.
I blinked. You win!

“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”
— Robert Frank

Have a great weekend. Reach for the stars. Let them meet you halfway.

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Who uses the damp button on the dryer?

Wednesday, Oct 7th 2020

“It is the silence between the notes that makes the music; it is the space between the bars that cages the tiger.” – Zen saying

I waited and waited for the sun to seep in just across the privates.

And, why does the crosswalk figure look hunched? Leaning in…

He looks uncertain, it’s like he’s second guessing his decision and he’s about to scurry. It doesn’t make me feel all too confident following his lead.

Am I supposed to be ready to dart?

I want to see a smiling, erect, calm and confident stick figure as my guide. Not something preparing to bob and weave across the intersection.

I’ll wait until I get the go ahead with both signals, the Hand and the Sprinter.

Have you ever seen that crosswalk? When the red hand (stop) is lit and the hunched frogger (go) is also lit? Both stop and go at the same time?

It’s like – “We have no idea! It’s freakin’ New York – just figure it out! Ok?”

Would be funny to see a flashing light underneath the double crosswalk sign that blinks ‘Good Luck!’

Or maybe – ‘Stop/Walk/Just Kidding!’ – ‘Stop/Walk/Just Kidding!’

I always look around at the other pedestrians to get their reactions, maybe confusion or interest, but – nada. Maybe everyone just zones in on one option.

Which makes me feel like I’m making it up. Like no one else sees the two conflicting signals – it’s like I’m always getting a precise glare that makes both light up at the same time.

Ok, I’m not falling for this…again.

(Sideways glance)

High Five!

“Trust the still, small voice that says, “This might work and I’ll try it.” – Diane Mariechild

Today’s song Manifest by Andrew Bird on Spotify or YouTube. To listen to after safely making it across the street – as you whistle along.

***Happy Birthday Stephanie Miller (aka Berwyn Betty )and Chevy Chase, tomorrow! Oct. 8th.

Berwyn Betty at Etsy – best bath bombs for all.

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Patience!

Monday, October 5th 2020

“Ever Tried. Ever Failed. No Matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

You got it, you got it!

I meant, you’ll get it, you’ll get it!

Come on…

Kumon – Children’s Educational Facility – it’s the perfect name for a tutoring place. 

If you’re child’s slow, Kumon!

We don’t have the patience either.

Happy Birthday, yesterday, Aunt J!
I love you.

“The courage to try again is a daring spirit.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

Why not start today? What do you have to lose gain? Do it for yourself. Your life matters.

Today’s song: Song for Zula by Phosphorescent.

Turn it up – sit back – and close your eyes. Let the words, the melody and the harmony of it all – vibrate within. Love is powerful, you can grow stronger from it – no matter what you face.

Enjoy your day.

It’s going to be good.

***If you don’t use Spotify – check it out on youtube – if you want.

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Friday, October 2nd 2020

“Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.” – Bruno Barbey

It was a cloudy day.
I knew it was shrinking!
Fruit at lunch.
I said a V!

“Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.” – Peter Adams

Have a great weekend, ya feel me?!