Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Splash of Color

On my visit to NYC two months ago, I was drawn (pun intended) to a huge splash of color lying on the sidewalk. 
I immediately crouched to the ground, eager to capture an interesting angle of the bold artwork.  Mesmerized by the bright colors, I failed to see the big picture.  My more observant companions literally dragged me by the arm, away from the “X-rated” artistic display. 

Thankfully, the images I captured are G-rated!
To learn more about the artist, click on this link:  

Sunday, April 22, 2012

It's a Small World

A couple of weeks ago I listened to a radio interview of a local woman, Annette K. Collins, who has recently written a book titled Thin Space.  The author explained that this book tells the love story between two soul mates, and about what happens when their life choices challenge fate.

Intrigued, I researched the book on  Customer reviews gave Thin Space a rating of five stars, each reviewer noting that once started, they couldn’t put this book down.  After reading just a few preview pages of Thin Space, I was hooked!

From the radio interview, I’d learned of an April 21st book signing at Barnes & Noble.  I circled my calendar so I wouldn’t miss this exciting event. 

The big day arrived yesterday and off I went, dragging a friend with me.  Arriving at the store, we discovered that there were two authors signing and promoting their books.
I approached Ms. Collins, explaining how I heard her radio interview and had become interested in her book.  She was thrilled to learn of this, and gladly posed for a photo as she signed my copy.
We chatted a bit and learned that Ms. Collins is from Rotterdam, not too far from us.  When I mentioned the rural area where my friend and I live, the author sitting next to Ms. Collins excitedly piped up “I know that area!”  She added that she grew up in Perth, which is another rural area very close to us. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Upstate New York, Perth is quite small, consisting of not much more than an intersection.

Now it was my turn to get excited!  My sister and brother-in-law lived in Perth for many years, and their children graduated from that school district.  Was it possible this author knew my niece and nephew?  It seemed unlikely, yet I couldn’t help thinking it was plausible. 

I told the author, Lisa Potocar, about my niece and nephew growing up in Perth.  When I mentioned their names, she exclaimed that she knows my niece, Sarah!  The author said that Sarah graduated a year behind her and her twin sister, but that their brother was in Sarah’s class.  She went on to tell me that she played softball with my niece, and when she graduated, the team gave her an autographed ball as a keepsake.  Ms. Potocar excitedly said, “I have a ball at home with Sarah’s name on it!” 

It certainly is a small world! 

Well, I definitely couldn’t go home without purchasing a book from my niece’s old friend, so here is Lisa Potocar, signing a copy of her book, Sweet Glory.
I’ll never know if it was just plain luck or destiny that brought me to Barnes & Noble on this particular afternoon, but I’m glad I was there!

Confidential to Sarah:  Lisa of the Lita & Lisa twins says hello!  J

Sunday, April 15, 2012

My Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley, written in 1964 by Jeff Brown, is a children’s book featuring a boy named Stanley.  One night, a large bulletin board falls from the wall, flattening Stanley as he sleeps.  Flat Stanley, in his new altered state, has the ability to visit friends by being mailed in an envelope.

In 1995, a third grade schoolteacher from Canada began “The Flat Stanley Project.”  This educational project entailed students reading the book, making paper “Flat Stanleys” and then documenting in a journal the places and activities in which Flat Stanley was involved.  Flat Stanley and the journal were then mailed to other students, who were asked to treat Flat Stanley as a visiting guest, adding to his journal.  Flat Stanley was often returned with an accompanying photo of his travels.

My photography group decided to use the Flat Stanley concept for a 2011 assignment.  We were asked to choose an object to be our “Flat Stanley” and take him (or her) with us throughout the year, photographing him (or her) in our travels.  Cool idea, huh? 

I had no trouble finding my Flat Stanley.  As a birthday gift, a friend had given me a cute stuffed animal, or more precisely, a stuffed amphibian in the form of a ballerina frog.  I adore my little ballerina, and couldn’t wait to begin our journey together.  Trouble was, I didn’t go anywhere or do anything particularly interesting until the Fall of 2011.  By that time, I had completely forgotten about our Flat Stanley project.  I think other club members did, too.

Fast forward to Spring of 2012.  I decide it’s high time to resurrect my Flat Stanley project, starting right now, at home.  So here she is, my little ballerina, doing what I do every night:  relaxing on the couch, watching TV!

Where will Flat Stanley go and what will she do next?  Check back in the coming months for more adventures of my Flat Stanley.  In the meantime, how about helping me rename my little ballerina frog?  “Flat Stanley” just doesn’t seem appropriate!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Hippity Hoppity

Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin’ down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppity
Happy Easter Day!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Golden Years

Everyone wants to live a long life, but no one wants to get old.