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If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? 

I suppose I would choose to live in Israel. There is a feeling of “home” there if you are Jewish, though the way of life is very different from the United States. The bureaucracy there is a tangled web, things we take for granted having here are not so easily gotten there. The land is beautiful.

What color would you like your bedroom to be?

Just the color it is! We redid our bedroom many years ago, choosing wallpaper for the walls instead of paint.It is shades of blue. I love the bedding I chose and made curtains to match. I still love it though it is many years ago.

What makes you Happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy.

My Husband

Nature

The Beach and Ocean

Friends

Birds

Blogging

My camera

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

The amateur orchestra my husband practices violin with in NYC found upon arriving at the studio on Sunday, there was no available room for them to practice in. I suggested they take it outdoors to an open sitting area a block away which is what the group did. The people sitting in the area enjoyed the impromptu concert, and it was one of those “only in New York” moments.

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One Word Photo Challenge: Lake

What perfect timing for the word lake. Tuesday I spent the day with friends visiting another friend who lives on a lake. We sat under her covered dock all day and drank coffee and chatted. We watched the Blue Herons that flew gracefully by, and the subtle changing colors of autumn on the trees surrounding the lake. Blue skies above and water stretching out below. Nature in abundance.

Lake

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What do you consider is the most perfect food for you? (It can be your favorite food to something extremely healthy.)

I am gluten intolerant and stopped eating sugar for health reasons. No carbs, no sugar, what’s perfect?  My favorite go to meal is a salad with strawberries and almonds in it topped with a piece of grilled salmon.

Are you focused on today or tomorrow?

Both. I’m always looking ahead, I wouldn’t say focused, but planning ahead in terms of appointments and if something special is coming up. As I am getting older I do find I am thinking more about the tomorrows- and the lack of any guarantee of them-especially since friends have died suddenly and have lost their tomorrows, bringing it to the forefront of my mind.

If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask?

My maternal great grandmother was a seamstress and pattern maker. We do not know who came before her, it was said she was an orphan, so I would be interested in meeting her to find out. She died at the age of 54 from undiagnosed and untreated diabetes.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

I appreciated being off from school and seeing the sunrise instead of missing it because I needed to rush to get ready.

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Superficial

Superficial: appearing to be true or real only until examined more closely

Facebook is what came to mind when I saw today’s prompt. It reminded me of the time someone said to me “you’re always smiling and so happy!!” Well yeah, do you really want to see a post of me yelling at my husband, or perhaps a great capture of me washing the kitchen floor and cursing under my breath? Sure there are the occasional posts of people overcoming challenges they are faced with. Like just this morning when I saw a friend of mine from High School, smiling, with a post under her smiling photo that said: I have adjusted to living with Parkinson’s Disease but miss dancing, with the hashtag “new normal” and #rocksteady. Yes, Facebook can be a place to share one’s trials and triumphs and get positive feedback in the comments that can help boost one’s moral, but at the end of the day she is still living with her new normal and no amount of posting her smiling face is going to change that. I am pretty sure she must have her dark moments, but no one really wants to hear or see them.

To the outside world we present a superficial appearance, putting on the smiles, speaking in soft tones, speaking politely (usually). My true colors appear now and then and people are so surprised to find out I am not that patient, kind person they thought I was. They have met my sharp tongue and ability to fly off the handle with little notice. Hard as I try to maintain that superficial exterior, it crumbles away now and then.

While cleaning out a box of old photos recently, I came across two that made me laugh, that most likely would not have made it to Facebook had it been around in 1974 and 1978.

Here is my mother in 1974 at the age of 42, in a stance quite familiar to her children, but usually not the outside world.

She had returned something she bought in a local camera shop that had broken, and the guy snapped her photo before giving her a new whatever it was. You didn’t want to start up with my mother when she had been “wronged” a trait I seem to have inherited from her. # attitude

The following photo was taken in 1978, when I was 21. Who knows what I was brooding about, but I was a pro at it through my teenage years and early 20’s. This is the kitchen in the home I grew up, and I have no idea who took the photo. Another that most likely would not have made it onto my Facebook or Instagram feed. #brooding

I suppose we all need to maintain a certain degree of superficiality (?) to those we do not want to be privy to our innermost thoughts and who we really are. It’s all smiles and thumbs up. # superficial

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If you were given the opportunity to ride in a helicopter would go?

NO WAY!!! I haven’t been on an airplane in 10 years- the thought of being in a helicopter, so confined, so high up- forget it!!!

What are some of your favorite type of proteins to eat? (meat, seafood, eggs, soy, cheese, nuts)

I love cheese, nuts, and salmon. I eat chicken but usually only once a week, and red meat maybe twice a year.

What would be your preference, awake before dawn, at dawn, or awake before noon?

Before dawn or at dawn is usually when I get up. In the summer I am usually up before sunrise and love that quiet time with my coffee and the silence of the world. My very favorite thing to do is watch the sunrise over the ocean.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I was inspired by my first grade class and their responses to the question of what it means to be kind. You can read them Here

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The Meaning of Kindness- In First Grade

The head teacher I work with in our first grade class was absent Tuesday, so I took her place as the substitute. Our class has 18 boys, all between the ages of 6 and 7. I was prepared with plenty of worksheets, math, handwriting practice exercises, 2 books by our Author study, Kevin Henkes. (who if you are not familiar with, writes wonderful stories using mice as the main characters, teaching a subtle lesson with each story.) Also included during “snack & chat” was a discussion about kindness and what kindness and being kind means. Here were the thoughts my boys shared when I asked what being kind means:

Sharing

Being friendly

Giving a hug if someone is sad

Respect

Being polite

Helping

Welcoming someone who is new

Visiting someone who is sick

Feeding animals

Playing with someone who is alone

Protecting the earth -being kind to it. (yes, I was blown away by that one)

Seems to me they’ve got it right. Words to live by.

 

 

 

 

The 7 Day Black & White Challenge-Day 3

Marilyn at Serendipity is participating in the 7 Day Black & White Challenge and invited anyone who wants to participate to do so. I figured I’d give it a try.

The rules are: Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. 

The 7 Day Black & White Challenge-Day 2

Marilyn at Serendipity is participating in the 7 Day Black & White Challenge and invited anyone who wants to participate to do so. I figured I’d give it a try.

The rules are: Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. 

 

Festival of Leaves

It’s time for Festival of Leaves again! Unfortunately the changing leaves of Fall have not really arrived here yet. The weather has been summer like- 90 degrees at the end of September, more for going to the beach, than viewing the leaves changing color. I did get out today and found a few changing on a small Oak Tree.

Festival of Leaves

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What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Walking and taking photographs of the nature around me- especially the birds.

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

I prefer to be the passenger but sometimes when the ride is too boring would rather be driving so I am engaged rather than sitting scrolling through my phone. We crossed the new Kosciuszko Bridge from Brooklyn last week,  the bridge is the first of several bridges citywide to feature an advanced lighting system—part of Governor Cuomo’s “New York Harbor of Lights” initiative—which allows the bridge to display a light show. The lights actually keep changing colors!

If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be?

Healthy, healthy and healthy

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I am inspired everyday by the teacher I work with, witnessing his ability to reach each child through kindness and understanding. I was especially inspired when a student he taught last year came into the class to visit this week. This student had been in my first grade class 2 years ago and was a challenge to work with. Disconnected, unable to keep up, broke the rules often and it seemed no matter what we did, how differentiated we made a lesson, he was always in opposition. He went to 2nd grade and had the teacher I now work with. To say this child has completely turned around is an understatement, and if I hadn’t witnessed it with my own eyes would not believe it. The teacher I am now with told me what he needed was for someone to really believe in him, and for the child to know it. This teacher was able to reach this child with subtle constant encouragement, letting the child know he believed in him. It changed him not only academically but in how he interacts with his peers and adults.

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NYLSO-New York Late Starters String Orchestra

My husband took up the violin 3 years ago, after having learned to read music and play the piano in his 40’s, dropping it, and starting up again in his 60’s. He took to the violin quickly, considering how difficult an instrument it is to play. You must read the music, place your fingers on the correct string, hold your bow correctly and in the proper place on the violin and then move the bow correctly in order to get a desired result. Read: no screeching noise. He continues to take lessons once a week. Unlike piano, the violin lends itself to playing with others, ones timing can be improved and the music itself is far richer when playing with other people and he has been looking for an opportunity to do so.

We discovered there is an “orchestra” in New York City specifically designed for “late starters”- those who learned to play a string instrument as an adult, or perhaps learned as a child and dropped it and resumed playing as an adult. They are called the New York Late Starters String Orchestra. There is no test to get in, everyone is welcome. They meet for 6 sessions in the fall and again in the spring. A selection (repertoire) of music was emailed before the sessions began. The music includes pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Enya, along with traditional songs like Greensleeves and Morning Has Broken. My husband decided to try it out and yesterday was his third session. The first hour is spent with real beginners who are given some instruction and helped with tempo and staying on key. The 2 hours after that a much larger group convenes along with a conductor and they play for 2 hours. The ages seemed to range from 30’s to 80. I attended with my husband and after the first session they asked if anyone knew someone who would be willing to take some photos for their Facebook page. My hand went up, as I was glad to have something to do during the 3 hours there besides just listening. I also have little experience with photographing people and was glad for the opportunity.

The group consists of violins, violas and cellos, and everyone comes together to play and enjoy playing with others. If you can’t keep up, take a break and sit it out, no one cares. If the sound is a little off key, it doesn’t matter. Not everyone comes every week, the faces change, the group anywhere from 20 to 30 people. The conductor leads and stops to go over things, to improve where the timing may be off, or to discuss the bowing, but there is never criticism. I found it awe inspiring to watch the orchestra in action, the uniting of this group of musicians coming together with their love of playing and determination to do so together. Music the great unifier.

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