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Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime

“Night time is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep.”  Catherine O’Hara

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime - in NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime – in NYC/ Midtown Manhattan

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime - in NYC/Rockefeller Center

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime – in NYC/Rockefeller Center

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime - in NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime – in NYC/Midtown Manhattan

O wild and wondrous midnight,
There is a might in thee
To make the charmed body
Almost like spirit be,
And give it some faint glimpses
Of immortality.
~James Russell Lowell, Midnight

In every city in the world, night time is magical. Every thing glows…  I love Catherine’s quote because  I do my best work at night. I love the stillness and the way everything that could be a distraction fades away.  At night, I’m in my element; alert and ready to explore the creative realm. Day time has its charm but the night is for those souls who thrive while  everyone else  is ready to settle in for the night and sleep.  I give you NYC during the November/December holiday season… Enjoy!

“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”  Vincent Van Gogh

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime - in NY Supermoon 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime – in NY Supermoon 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime - in NYC/Harlem

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime – in NYC/ Harlem

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime - in NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime – in NYC/ Radio City Hall

When the moon, after covering herself with darkness as in sorrow,
at last throws off the garments of her widowhood,
she does not at once expose herself impudently to the public gaze;
but for a time remains veiled in a transparent cloud,
till she gradually acquires courage to endure
the looks and admiration of beholders.
by Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

What we miss in the day time, shines at night. That is why when I travel, I always take night time shots.  The moon holds sway at night and, like a demanding diva, spreads her wings and shines with confidence. This year, we had a couple of Super-moons and I waited patiently to capture them. What is night without the moon? What is night without the glittering stars or night time holiday lights?
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Weekly Photo Challenge: What Does Humanity Mean?

“What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each others folly – that is the first law of nature.” Voltaire

Weekly Photo Challenge collage: Humanity In All Shades and Shapes..

Weekly Photo Challenge collage: Humanity In All Shades and Shapes…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity – all life forms

Humanity: (1) the quality or state of being human; (2) the quality or state of being kind to other people or to animals,(3) all people. Merriam Webster Dictionary

Humanity is a shared experience.  It is our ability to extend ourselves to others and to empathize with other life forms. When we see others as less than us, our collective experiences are diminished. When I think of humanity, I think of all life forms. I think of the birds, the animals, our pets, and people from all walks of life. As Voltaire suggests above, a bit of tolerance goes a long way to fostering a sense of community and a recognition of our humanity; flawed or not. How do you view humanity? Stop by later for a few more collages.

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity - great gatherings

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity – great gatherings

When I think of humanity, I think of people gathering for good; a celebration, a rejuvenation, an inclusive event, a cause to uplift ourselves and others.  I think of the fact that today is Positive Thinking Day and we can use this opportunity to reach out and connect with others.  Why are some people reluctant to honor and respect others?  Fear, ancient hatreds  and maybe a lack of understanding. But we can make an incremental effort to change. I believe it is possible.

Whenever I’m around anyone who suggests that there is a special group or exclusive enclave for XYZ types, I wonder about our collective humanity and when we will set aside these divisive ways of separating people. We all breathe and bleed, why don’t we show more compassion to each other? We can keep in mind what MLK Jr says about the impact of labor that uplifts humanity. What does humanity mean to you? Is it inclusive or exclusive? Stop by later for a few more and a story.
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Haiku: In Remembrance…

“The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.” Czesław Miłosz

Haiku: In Remembrance... World Trade Center Buildings,  NY

Haiku: In Remembrance… World Trade Center Buildings, NY

On a clear fall day
Steel birds falling from our skies
The World Trade Center

Two hijacked planes crashed
A third smashed  The Pentagon
A fourth in a field

As we honor the memory of those who lost  their lives on this day, I can’t help but look to Milosz’s quote above. We remember the events and share the stories so others won’t forget; we speak up so all of us will remember to say a prayer and lift up the spirits of the 2,996 people killed in terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. How did we cope?

As part of the Healing theme for September, BlogHer suggested we read Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’s model of the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Many of us experienced some or all of these stages after 9/11 and, eventually, found a way to make peace with it. Peace = Acceptance. It was, probably, the  hardest stage to embrace. Where were you on that fateful day? What do you remember? How did you cope?

“Of joys departed, not to return, how painful the remembrance.” Robert Blair

Haiku: In Remembrance - Aerial view of The Pentagon

Haiku: In Remembrance – Aerial view of The Pentagon

Buildings left burning
By a series of attacks
Many left bereft

How could this happen?
Surreal. Frozen. Shocking tales
unnerving events

It is still shocking to remember that in a matter of a few hours, we felt under siege, as two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center in Manhattan. As we reeled in horror,  a third plane flew into The Pentagon costing the loss of more lives. Then a fourth plane dove into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, rounding out a day of tremendous pain and suffering for families around the world. The WTC  was a great gathering place for workers and visitors from around the world… The toll was global. What do you remember? How do we prevent this from happening again?

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