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Friday’s Thought – A Sunny One

shadows and light on church steeple in Midtown

“Sunlight is painting.”

(Nathaniel Hawthorne)

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My Favorite Things – A Love Letter

It’s not yet Valentine’s, but I’m feeling “in the mood” anyway.

Let’s go on a date!  We could scoot around town…

Red Vespa

(Although, this wasn’t exactly the destination I had in mind!)

Pink Pussy Cat

Or, you can drive, and I’ll take the snapshots!

red toy car

We’ll need some wine…

wine shop

And a little extra cash, in case I see something that calls my name…

high heeled shoes with tassles




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Friday’s Thought – I Love New York!

I love NY

“If the planet grows cold, this city will nevertheless have been mankind’s warmest moment.”

(Paul Morand)


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My Favorite Things – Window Shopping on Madison Avenue

Every once in a while when I find myself on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, I’ll wander along Madison Avenue to take in the sights.  Some boutiques are so fancy that I’m scared to even set foot inside.  But I figure that there’s nothing wrong with a little harmless window shopping from time to time.  Today, on my fantasy shopping trip, I bought:

Delice desserts…

chocolate desserts

And a ballotin of milk and dark chocolate bon-bons at La Maison du Chocolat!

chocolate jewels

The goods at Salumeria Rosi looked so delectable, I picked up a basket-full for my next anitpasto party (you’re all invited!)

Salumeri Rosi

A little further down Madison, I eyed the pastels of the macarons at Ladurée


But decided that the colors at Asprey suited me better (not to mention that I LOVED the illustration accompanying the display!)


As I crossed the Park over to the West Side and walked the 32 blocks home, I figured…

tea illustration


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Friday’s Thought – Slightly Irreverent and Very Twinkly

Photo of sparkly shoe as seen in boutique on Madison Avenue, taken by Joana Miranda

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.  That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.

Jack Handey



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My Favorite Things – “On Children” by Kahlil Gibran

Photo of child in yellow slicker holding on to his mom's dress as she hails a taxi in NYC, taken by Joana Miranda

On Children
 Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.



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My Favorite Things – Rainy Sunday Edition

The rain has been coming down all day.  It was just the day for a movie with friends and then a quiet stroll home.  Here’s what I saw…

Buds reaching for the sky…

Photo of rose bud sculpture on Madison Ave., taken by Joana Miranda

and, nearer the earth, ladybugs busy at work.

Photo of base of flower sculpture along Madison Ave., taken by Joana Miranda

Along embassy row the flowers were a bit more forbidding…

Photo of ornate grille on embassy building taken by Joana Miranda

But, in the park love was blossoming.

Photo of Asian couple walking in the rain, taken by Joana Miranda

The fountain was empty, but there was enough water coming down to fill it.

Deserted Central Park fountain in the rain, photo taken by Joana Miranda

The buildings of Central Park West floated like a mirage above these red branches…

Photo of red branches in the rain, taken by Joana Miranda

And, she seemed to fit in here.

Photo of woman with large umbrella taken by Joana Miranda

Meanwhile, his umbrella was threatening to give up…

Photo of man walking in the rain with a broken umbrella, taken by Joana Miranda

And, this one joined umbrella heaven.

Photo of broken, discarded umbrella in NY city, taken by Joana Miranda

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”

(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)


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