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Friday’s Thought – Ornaments

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“The building’s identity resided in the ornament.”

(Louis Sullivan)

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Friday’s Thought – Theme and Variations

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“Satisfaction lies in mindful repetition, the discovery of endless richness in subtle variations on familiar themes.”

(George B. Leonard)

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My Favorite Things – A Snow Day in Manhattan

I was supposed to meet a friend for lunch today, but most of the city was “cancelled” this morning due to a large winter storm.  So I suited up in my warmest winter finery, pulled on my rain boots, and headed out with my camera – the first time in a long while that I’ve had an afternoon free to shoot pictures.  I wasn’t the only one out in Central Park, but the blanket of snow, blustery wind and flurries made it still feel very isolated and peaceful.

Here’s what I saw…

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Friday’s Thought – Frozen in Time

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“The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only.”

(Joseph Wood Krutch)

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From My Sketchbook – Back At It

I had noble intentions – i.e. lots of sketching – for the 10 days between the New York City Ballet Nutcracker run ending and the winter season starting.  Sadly, beyond forcing myself to practice every day (I have an audition coming up) and squeezing in some daily exercise time, I pretty much dropped the ball on everything else.   I was still recovering from having been sick, so I guess my lack of energy shouldn’t have come as a surprise.  After all, sometimes doing nothing is just what the doctor ordered, I guess.  Now I’m back to commuting to rehearsals and shows, which means I have some enforced people-watching sketching time.

Here’s what my fellow commuters looked like this past weekend…

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Fridays’ Thought – Out of the Darkness

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“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.”

(Og Mandino)

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My Favorite Things – The 2016 Holiday Windows at Bergdorf Goodman and Van Cleef and Arpels

I look forward to seeing the holiday window displays at Bergdorf Goodman’s every year.  In fact, this year I went twice since my first visit was in the late afternoon when there was still too much sunlight bouncing off the windows to get really good photographs.  The theme this year is Destination Extraordinary, and I think you’ll agree that the colors and attention to intricate details ARE extraordinary!

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Next door at the Van Cleef and Arpels windows, monkeys toss diamond and jade baubles around like they were peanuts.  If only they could toss one my way…

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