Some Things Don’t Change

When my daughter was little, the sea lion tank in the Central Park Zoo was a favorite spot.  We’d go there and watch the lively animals cavorting in the tank for, well, minutes…not bad for a two-year-old!

The sea lion tank is still a favorite place in the park.  It was good to spend time with them again!

Voting On My Mind

In the U.S., it’s election time again.  This year we’re having what are called mid-term elections because they’re in the middle of a presidential term.  Since there is no presidential candidate on the ballot, these elections are frequently taken less seriously and voters seem to be somewhat more casual about exercising their right and duty as citizens.

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
The New Colossus
Emma Lazarus, 1849-1887

As the November 4 voting date approaches, many states with early voting laws have already opened their polls.  There are more political advertisements on television and my e-mail box is filled with missives from the many groups I’m interested in reminding me to vote.

The importance of voting is in the very act of voicing your choice and less about who ultimately wins the election.  I’ll say it again:  expressing your choice is what’s important.  You know you’ve got a point of view, so express it.  Go vote!

Getting Across

One of the things I love most about living in New York City is living by the water. On the northern end of Manhattan, I have the pleasure of seeing the Hudson River every time I step out of my apartment building.  A quick trip across the island will take me to the East River.

At the southern end of the island, the Hudson and East Rivers empty into the Atlantic Ocean, and the vastness of the harbor is breathtaking! The Verrazano Narrows Bridge, connecting Brooklyn and Staten Island, is every bit as majestic as the George Washington Bridge, a little further north connecting New York City and Ft. Lee, New Jersey.

In New York City, we’re fortunate to have many means of getting across from here to there.  Bridges are my favorite!

Playing In The Dark

Last week there was a lunar eclipse that was actually visible from our part of the world.  Since my sweet husband is due to take some of his meds at an ungodly early hour of the morning, we decided we’d just get up and go out to see the eclipse.  We took the subway down to the southern tip of Manhattan, and made a family outing adventure of it.

By the time we arrived downtown at 6:14 a.m., only a sliver of moon was still visible.  It was extremely windy and keeping a steady hold of my little camera was quite the challenge. Although these pictures leave quite a bit to be desired in photographic skill and quality, they do reflect the fun we had being out together to witness one of Nature’s shows!

Approaching Manhattan…

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…on the Staten Island Ferry.