I’ve been to Martha’s Vineyard in February and I love it. I love it any time but February is as different from summer on the Vineyard as you can possibly get.
There’s a cold crispness in the air, the colors are more vivid, the Island is quiet and yet speaks volumes to those who take the time to look, listen and drink in the beauty and wonder that is the soul of Martha’s Vineyard.
February 1989… a light dusting of snow made everything look like powdered sugar had fallen all over the Island.
February 1995… no snow that trip but bitter cold. Did not stop me from visiting the Gay Head cliffs in Aquinnah on the western most tip of the Vineyard… or hiking through the woods of Christiantown to visit the tiny chapel there. (Christiantown link)
I also experimented a bit with black and white film. From top left… Edgartown harbor, Christiantown stone wall..Sengekontacket Pond and South Beach.
February 2007… bitter cold, dusting of over night snow, icy ponds and harbors… and brilliant sunsets.
My birthday is in February and sadly the only one I’ve ever spent on the Vineyard was in 1950 when my beloved godmother, Gertrude Norris passed away. But I’m not anywhere near done having birthdays so who knows what the future will bring
Tagged architecture, Bandstand, black and white, boats, Edgartown, Gay Head cliffs, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Memories, New England, Oak Bluffs, Ocean Park, Photographs, sky, snow, sunset, water, winter
Prompt : Create an image that represents being “a face in the crowd.”
This isn’t a face in the crowd, it is however, a crowd of faces.
I took this picture of the Phantom of the Opera poster outside the theatre in New York City in January 2016. It shows faces of performers through its then 28th year on Broadway. It celebrated its 30th anniversary in January of this year and in March I’ll be seeing it for the 3rd time.
Tagged anniversaries, Broadway, entertainment, faces, music, musicals, New York, New York City, Photographs, plays, postaweek, weekly photo challenge
The quickest way to get a good handle on the Bible is to start with some broad generalities, and then work to the details. So let's find a good vantage point to take a sweeping look at this enormous document.
Roughly 1500 years from the first writer to the last, Genesis to Revelation.
Some of the evidence for the authenticity and reliability of the text
Breakdown of how the books of the Bible are grouped and a bit about each group. (History, poetry, wisdom, prophesy, etc.) Types of writing in the Bible: historical narrative, poetry, parable, eye-witness testimony, etc.)
Since we're looking at both Old and New Testaments, we're seeing it through Christian eyes, which will be very different from the lens of Jewish readers who only hold to the Old Testament texts.
Old Testament Books
The big ideas of each book -- author, historical context
New Testament Books
The big ideas of each book -- author, historical context
Overarching themes from the Christian perspective
I’m heading to Stitches West this Saturday February 24th! I’ll be at the Sincere Sheep booth from 12:30 p.m to 1:30 p.m.
Samples I’ll be bringing:
Come say hi!
"In the beginning..." These words open both the Old and New Testaments, and they lead us into a story that is unlike any other in human history. The Bible isn't a "once upon a time" fairy tale, untethered to either actual time or space, but rather hundreds of stories of real people in real places at actual historical times. Archeology backs them up. Ancient literature backs them up. Scholars of antiquity back them up. As we pull back and get the 30,000 foot view of the Bible, we'll look at it as a masterful work of ancient literature, and also see why so many people now and throughout history have affirmed it as the Word of God.
The prompt: What does sweet look like to you?
It looks like this to me…
My favorite dessert. Frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3 in New York City.
I was born on Saturday, February 14… Valentine’s Day. Family story has it that my mother refused to have me on Friday the 13th. Whether true or not I don’t know but I have always liked being a Valentine.
I was born in Newark, NJ where my dad was a police officer. From the age of 6 months I spent all my summers on Martha’s Vineyard where my mother grew up. What a lucky kid I was.
Out and about for a walk with my Easter bunny in my new Easter outfit.
I was an only child but never a lonely child.
Every year my mother would plan a party for my birthday and every year I’d be sick and it would have to be canceled. At long last around the age of 9 or 10 I finally had my first birthday party.
I believe that was the first and last birthday party I had until my 50th many, many years later…
The group picture is my daughter Deb with dog Jilly, daughter Patty, granddaughter Tiffany and me… we recreated it for Patty’s 50th a few years ago with Deb holding dog Chappy this time. We’ve definitely all changed a bit I’d say.
And so that’s how birthdays go. One year after another like clock work they roll around and give us pause to think about the past ones and the ones still to come.
I can pretty much be summed up in this word search Patty made for me.
In the words of Carly Simon…”one number older, another year younger, blow out the candles, happy birthday”
The prompt: Share with us an image, or two, or three, (or more!) of where you live. For bonus points, tell us what it is about the photo(s) that you love. I can’t wait to go on a fantastic virtual tour of the world, courtesy of photo challenge participants. Away we go!
Rather than share where I live now I want to share where I was born and raised and lived until I got married.
My home town… Newark, New Jersey
Above is the Essex County courthouse. In the forefront is a statue of Abraham Lincoln called the Seated Lincoln sculpted by Gutzon Borglum who was the creator of the Mount Rushmore sculpture of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
Surprising to many who don’t know much about the city of Newark, it has some beautiful parks in it. Washington Park, Lincoln Park and the newly revitalized Military Park. Here sits another of Gutzon Borglum’s works, one of his most compelling : Wars of America. He created this magnificent sculpture over the course of six years, completing it in 1926. It memorializes all the major conflicts in which Americans participated up to and including the First World War.
Thus ends a short tour of two of the beautiful sculptures you can find in Newark, New Jersey
This is Fluffy, he is my dearest childhood possession. He is 68 years old this year. Fluffy came from Germany, he used to be completely covered in rabbit fur but over the years a lot of it has been petted away. Fluffy is also a little hard of hearing as one of his ears falls off from time to time.
A relative of my mother’s who lived on Martha’s Vineyard had two sons, William and Leon, and a daughter, Vivian Carole who were all in the army in the 1940’s and 50’s. Every time one of them would be stationed in, or visit a foreign country, they would bring back a doll for me and for their niece. Fluffy was one of those gifts.
Look at that face … his eyes look so real to me.