Welcome Autumn

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Welcome Autumn

“Green-veined leaves suddenly blushing copper;
bronze-edged trees swaying in autumn breezes;
gold foliage drifting past pewter branches baring all
brass-hued leaflets dying in beauty, falling in grace”

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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday – Kelly, age 4

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Kelly’s first modeling photo!

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Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001


Although it has been 16 years since the tragic events of 9/11, I ask that today be a day of reflection not just of September 11, 2011 and the many lives lost; but a reflection of how our World as knew it then, has changed into the World of so many lives lost since then fighting for our Freedom.


Let us never forget the over 3,000 lives lost that day.  Eventually since that time we have lost more lives, those who so dedicatedly rushed to the Trade Center as first responders.



I invite you all to pray for those lost and those 700 bodies who have never been found or identified.

For more Reflections on this “Day of Remembrance” as I listen to the tolling bells for each person lost.  Attached is a link to my previous article (written last year on Sept 11, 2016).   




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Labor Day: The End of Summer

Labor Day: The End of Summer

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The other day I mentioned in the Discussion threads of my BBArtisans Team (Blogging Business Artisans) – that with Labor Day Weekend approaching, that is “was the Last Week of Summer”!

Natasha, one of our Members’, commented that I must be from NY as I mentioned Labor Day marking the “End of Summer”.  Her comment was – “I can tell you’re from the North because of your comment about summer! My mom is from Boston and still worries about the “no white after Labor Day” after 30+ years in the South. Is that even still a thing in North?” 

Well actually I had never thought of it being an East Coast event.  Truthfully, I thought everyone celebrated “Labor Day” as the end of Summer.  As Natasha lives in Hawaii – I do suppose there isn’t much need to celebrate the “End of Summer!”

My favorite was her comment about “no white after Labor Day”!!!  Well yes, that is another (I am guessing) an East Coast thing. Again, I commented that I would be spending my Labor Day Weekend packing up my white items –NOT.

Coincidentally, the next day I came across this article which I thought based on the subject, was appropriate to share!

Besides being a holiday held to celebrate the lives of working people, Labor Day is also deemed as the (unofficial) end of Summer—and the halt to wearing white clothing, at least until May. At some point, we’ve all heard the phrase, “Don’t wear white after Labor Day.”

Actually no one is exactly sure how it came to be that “White” was banned from Fall and Winter wardrobes. Here is just a little history that might explain its origin, or how it came to be.

Dating back to the early 1900’s, one theory that held true was that many progressive changes were occurring for American women. Social acceptance for wealthy women, especially in the East, and New York (the fashion capital) that your status was based very much on what you wore – and when you wore it.  White was only worn during the Summer months, as one could afford to wear the “light-weight clothing” and then be able to purchase warmer clothing during the colder months.

By the 1950s, Women’s Magazines, which dictated what the fashionable woman should wear, started making this “no white after Labor Day” ordinance a little more public, basically making the proclamation official. Wearing white only between Memorial Day and Labor Day was now the norm for the American Woman!  Well I guess this was, and still is, the socially accepted norm of those living in the East.


I also mentioned in my comment that one would never leave the house without wearing their “fashionable” white gloves.  In my younger days, this was the norm of every household.  One would never think of going to Church without their “white gloves”!!

Well thank goodness for the 1960’s and 1970’s, when based on the changes in fabric, wardrobes changed completely.  White gloves were pushed to the back of drawers, and blue jeans became the fashion statement of the times.

Although I still have my “white gloves” from my childhood days, we still look to the Labor Day Weekend as the end of Summer. So, following instilled traditions, my “white’s” are relegated to the back of my closet, and my “year-round jeans” now have new accessories to compliment the cooler weather.

So, Natasha, I guess what your Bostonian mother always told you “No White after Labor Day’ was right on!!! and I am guessing all those living in the Northeast have grown up with these same “fashion” traditions.

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My children and I in our “Summer Whites”!!!

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Welcome Autumn

My “Cover Photo” was taken from an original Photograph in Bear Mt, NY

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Along the Hudson-Garrison NY

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Rainbow Race

The Rainbow Race

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Rainbow Race:  Both of my Boys ran in this Race


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After the Race!!!

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My Terrace Garden

Black Cherry Roses

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                                                   Black Cherry Roses from my Garden


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The World Trade Center


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Amid all the heavy rains, flooding and storms yesterday, I decided to take a trip with my son to Manhattan and walk around the World Trade Center.  Whether a rainy, or a sunny day, one cannot ignore the ominous feeling of what occurred here almost 16 years ago on September 11th

With all the people walking around, I was struck by the quiet, peaceful feeling as many walked around these massive structures.

The World Trade Center consists of 4 Towers, the center being the “Freedom Tower.”

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                                                    4 Buildings of the World Trade Center


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                                                                         Freedom Tower


The tallest structure among the World Trade Buildings is the Freedom Tower.  Constructed with 104 stories; one cannot help taking note that the Building itself measures 1776 feet which coincides with the year 1776 that our Country signed the Declaration of Independence declaring our “Freedom”. 

If you look closely at the pictures I took of the “Freedom Tower” you can see many of the 2,000 pieces of glass, along with the triangles towards the narrowing top which are meant to act as a kaleidoscope, refracting the light from many different angles.  Note: the picture I found taken on a sunny day with the clouds mirroring themselves on each piece and triangle portraying a structural work of art.

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                                                   Freedom Tower Reflections on a Sunny Day!



Even through the heavy rains, I was able to capture the beauty of the many pieces of glass as the Tower is surrounded by the low clouds and fog. 

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                                         Freedom Tower surrounded by Clouds and Fog



A tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future — the 9/11 Memorial Plaza is a place of remembrance and an offering of hope.  The park is a contemplative sanctuary, composed of a grove of nearly 400 white oak trees where one can sit quietly and reflect on their own personal memories.  Also within this “Memorial Plaza” are two very large man made Waterfalls. Each set within the footprints of the original Twin Towers, measuring approximately 1-acre in size.   

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                                                                           Memorial Waterfalls


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                                                                       Memorial Park



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I think what touched me most was seeing the White Roses set among the nearly 3,000 names of the men, women and children lost in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993.  The display of these names is the very heart of the Memorial.

Each name is inscribed on bronze parapets surrounding the twin Memorial pools.  As one stands there viewing the names while watching the Waterfalls, there is a quiet reverence for the many lives lost, and the over 700 people who were never found or have yet to be identified.

Standing there while the heavy rains continued to fall, nothing could dampen the feelings and memories embedded within from September 11, 2001. 

The Oculus

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                                                                         Oculus Building


Serving as the centerpiece of the World Trade Center, this very bizarre structure is called “The Oculus”.  The “Oculus” is the main Transportation Center for approximately 250,000 commuters daily.  The lower level is the main hub for connecting access to trains, subways, and ferry’s in lower Manhattan.

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                                                                      Inside the Oculus Building


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                                                              My son inside the Oculus Building


Walking through this massive 800,000 square foot structure, one is also drawn to the 78,000 square feet featuring two levels of high end retail stores and many places in which to eat.  Standing in the mezzanine, these pictures taken within, are just a glance of the enormity found within this structure.  The two levels of stores can be found along the left and right of the center hall.

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                                               Manhattan behind the World Trade Center


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Thursday Thoughts

Wishes are Magic

Wishes are Magic

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