strolling through central park, i found myself wondering, what has happened to the turtles?
“Everything in the universe has a purpose. Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you.”
~ Wayne Dyer
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Tagged animal fashion, central park turtle, grassy, manhattan, nature, NYC, pond, water, wayne dyer, wildlife
even though it’s down-pouring outside, it feels good to be heading back towards the city today. i’ll leave susan’s secret retreat today, spend 2 days in jersey, and wake up in my own bed on east 52nd street on sunday morning. :)
it’s been raining here for the last 3 days which means no cell phone service, and intermittent internet. i have to keep watching the modem – and if the green light goes on, i make a mad rush to the computer to check my e-mail. sometimes i can get through 3 or 4 before the internet goes out again. although this may have been the quietest summer i’ve ever experienced, i did manage to meet 2 people and several hundred animals – all of which i will tell you about when i get back to civilization. in the mean time, i will leave you with some pictures of this amazing place in upstsate ny.
here ivan is enjoying the view from the deck at sunset:
the local cuisine:
interesting reading material:
some of my new friends:
and a flower encircled silo:
a giant ‘thank you’ to susan for lending me this wonderful space for the summer. i am forever grateful to you! (and if you’re interested, she’ll rent it to you – just let me know – the fall is spectacular and there’s skiing just around the corner. )
i’m expecting some miracles this week. i’m very excited about it and i’ve decided to expect some every day from now on.
just keeping you up to date.
Acts of kindness, however small – a smile, a compliment, a helping hand – plant seeds of hope, love, and beauty in a spectacular garden you’ll one day call home.
Talk about ‘Miracle Grow,’
~ The Universe
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Tagged amazing views, columbia county, countryside, cows, deer, dogs, gratitude, horses, miracles, pigs, rooster, spencertown ny
“I remember walking across Sixty-second Street one twilight that first spring, or the second spring, they were all alike for a while. I was late to meet someone but I stopped at Lexington Avenue and bought a peach and stood on the corner eating it and knew that I had come out out of the West and reached the mirage. I could taste the peach and feel the soft air blowing from a subway grating on my legs and I could smell lilac and garbage and expensive perfume and I knew that it would cost something sooner or later — because I did not belong there, did not come from there — but when you are twenty-two or twenty-three, you figure that later you will have a high emotional balance, and be able to pay whatever it costs. I still believed in possibilities then, still had the sense, so peculiar to New York, that something extraordinary would happen any minute, any day, any month.”
~ Joan Didion
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Tagged 59th street bridge, east 52nd street barber, highrise, Joan Didion, lexington avenue, midtown manhattan, New York City, NYC, photography
back on retreat! well, sort of. . . i’ll be spending a good part of the summer out of the city and i’m currently enjoying another week at my friend susan’s house in upstate ny, which i refer to as susan’s resort. the resort is on a mountain in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by trees, amazing landscapes and all kinds of wild beasts. everyday, rain or shine, i am compelled to go for a long ride to take pictures.
on today’s journey i was listening to wayne dyer speak about the tao by lao tzu. tao is chinese for ‘the way’. i’ve listened to this cd many times over the last several years and never get tired of wayne dyer speaking about lessons of the tao, which of course any taoist knows, cannot actually be spoken of. if you don’t get that – no worries. to simplify the idea, i can only suggest that it says something along the lines of, ‘we need do nothing for all to be done perfectly’.
after driving for about an hour or so, i realized that i hadn’t noticed any real photo ops. this has never happened before. i always see something photo worthy on my excursions up here in god’s country. maybe i was so into listening to wayne, i had driven right by places that i normally would have stopped for a photo or two. how unusual. i decided to pay particular attention to the scenery and looked carefully so that i would be sure not to miss any beasts hiding deep in the woods. driving about 5 mph for the last 10 miles home, i looked and looked as i listened to wayne talk about finding peace through the tao and how all that is, is already perfect, ect. . . .
as i drove up the driveway of susan’s resort, i was astonished that i had arrived home picture-less. normally this would have upset me but i felt happy to have had the opportunity to listen to wayne talk about the tao suggesting that to be one with what is, is the way to peace or, (in my words) all things happen for a reason & if you just go with that, you’ll have peace.
when i got out of the car, i let ivan out of the back seat and then went around to the passenger side to get my bag and my camera. i almost laughed out loud when i discovered my camera wasn’t in the car, but had been sitting on the kitchen counter inside the house the entire time.
wouldn’t that just be the way of it??
“The wise man is one who, knows, what he does not know.”
~ Lao Tzu,
Tao Te Ching
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Tagged Lao Tzu, new york, photography, Retreat, Tao Te Ching, wayne dyer, woods
i was just about to step off the curb to cross 61st street on first avenue today when i noticed a cab trying to manifest a middle lane in between two cars. he was not very successful.
so this poor couple who were just driving along, minding their own business, now have a crashed up car because the cabbie thought he could save 2 seconds getting to where ever it was he was headed.
the man who’s car was struck by the time-crazed cabbie got out to assess the situation. he asked the cabbie, in a much calmer tone than i may have had, to straighten his wheels and back up. the cab driver put the car in reverse without straightening the wheels first, and proceeded to re- swipe the entire length of the passenger side of the car, much to the horror of the woman sitting inside.
just when i thought it couldn’t get any worse, the cab moved forward again, going for side swipe #3.
the people who had been stopped at the red light on first avenue eventually got tired of waiting for the cab driver to figure out how to get out of the middle of the intersection and when the light turned green, they drove right up the avenue as if there wasn’t a giant accident in the middle of the road.
and therein lies all the excitement i have for this tuesday.
keep calm & carry on . . . .
“Everyone ought to bear patiently the results of his own conduct.”
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Tagged 1st avenue, 61st street, cab, crash, nyc cabbie, patience, taxi
it’s been 5 days on my country hiatus now and i’m thinking of heading back to the city later this afternoon. so far today i’ve seen 3 deer, 1 blue jay and a woodpecker and look what i found yesterday:
i’m taking this as a sign from the universe that it just may be time to get back to the crowds in the city . . .
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”
~ Lao Tzu
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Tagged country life, cows, manhattan, New York City, NYC, sheep, vacation
i’ve been on my country hiatus for 4 days now and i’ve only seen 6 or 7 people, but i have managed to make some new friends. the folks up here have much less to say than city peeps, and when they do speak, it’s hard to understand what they’re really saying. luckily i have ivan with me to translate. meet the new crew:
and the translator:
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.”
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Tagged best dog on the planet, cows, deer, ducks, ghandi, hawk, pigs, spencertown, upstate ny
my brother once reminded me of the saying, “if you need something done, give it to a busy person.” this is so true – at least for me. ever since i lost my job, i have become less organized by the day, and have a hard time getting things done – which is very unlike me – at least the me i used to be.
i make lists. and lots of sticky notes for myself too. lists and notes used to keep me organized but these days, they just accumulate alongside all of the unopened bills that keep arriving in my mailbox. my lists, notes and bills have formed into a giant pile which i occasionally move around the apartment. it is way past time for action! so i called up my friend susan, who owns an awesome house two and a half hours outside of the city and asked if i could use it for several days to organize the pile of papers and make an action plan for what to with my life. she agreed it would be good for me and gave me the keys. ivan and i headed out around noon on wednesday.
so here i am with ivan, in the middle of the woods, in an awesome house with magnificent views and no distractions – except for the 2 amazon sized hawks that just nearly crashed into the huge glass wall in front of which i am sitting. wow – that wasn’t something you experience everyday. hawks fly high and if i were in the valley below, they would have been off in the distance, like i’m used to seeing hawks. but this house sits on the top of a mountain and it really looked like they were coming in for a landing right into the living room!
it’s been pretty windy up here in the woods so when i heard strange noises right after the near fatal attack of the hawks, i attributed it to the wind. it seemed like a good time to take a break from staring at my piles of papers and go outside for a possible hawk photo opportunity. there i was, just standing on the deck quietly admiring the amazing mountain view and waiting for some hawks, when all of the sudden i was startled by very loud noises which seemed to be very close to me. even ivan was alarmed and he can barely hear anything anymore. i quickly turned around in an attempt to locate the source of the noise and just overhead, directly above the glass wall they had almost crashed into earlier, were two of the biggest hawks i’ve ever seen, duking it out on the roof – a bird fight! i was so surprised and they were so close to my head, i torpedoed inside and i missed the photo op! i’m not scared of birds, at least i never thought i was, but having two hawks with 6 foot wing spans brawling less than 10 feet from your head is a bit frightening for any city girl. once inside, i remembered that i had never heard of death by hawk for anyone so i returned to the deck. by that time, they must have resolved their issues and had stopped the fight. i got several pix of them leaving the roof.
more adventures to come, stay tuned!
“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”
~ e. e. cummings
i found this picture on facebook & it pretty much sums it up for me:
“Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.”
~ Robert H. Schuller
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Tagged knives, seasons, snow, spring, voodoo snowman, winter
i was never much into parades, even as a kid. they always seem too crowded and uninteresting when there are so many other cool things you could be doing in the city that has everything. . . then 2 things changed. 1. i got my press pass which allows me to get into open spaces away from the crowds and take photos without someone banging my elbow as i press the shutter button, or waving a paper flag right into the center of my shot. and 2., last year when i discovered that the easter parade isn’t a parade at all! the easter parade is just a whole lot of people aimlessly wandering around 5th avenue which is closed between 47th and 57th streets for the occasion. people get all dressed up for the sole purpose of having their picture taken in their best bonnets and it’s crazy fun. here are some of my observations about the nyc easter parade:
first, the easter bunny looks nothing like the white fluffy one i knew growing up in the suburbs of nj:
second, some people apparently confuse easter with halloween – which i like because halloween is my second favorite holiday, following my birthday:
the creativity is amazing! everyone wants to be seen and they all want to be photographed which makes a press pass completely unnecessary – when they see a camera, they come to you and pose for a shot.
as you see, the ‘bonnets’ were exceptional which may have made this woman feel like hers wasn’t quite good enough to flaunt, so she just carried her bonnet.
i loved this guy because he had a great bonnet with a troll in it – and he also had awesome eggs. he hand painted his eggs and filled them all with an intention of love – i love that!
if i were the bonnet judge, these two would have received the 1st runners up award just for being so incredibly cool:
but this lady would have received my vote for first prize. not only did she have the biggest bonnet, i have to credit her for lugging it around all day with a smile on her face.
subconsciously it may have just reminded me of the meaning of the day.
i hope your day was happy – blessings to all!
“The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking.”
~ Deepak Chopra
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Tagged 5th avenue, creativity, deepak chopra, easter, easter bonnets, easter eggs, easter parade, new york, NYC