The Cover for Damnation Island, My Next Book

September 24th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Okay, please overlook the fact that my name was misspelled! I’m sure it has been corrected. I love this cover. Those are the ruins of the Smallpox Hospital on the southern end of what is now called Roosevelt Island (I wrote about the 19th century, when it was called Blackwell’s Island).

Damnation Island

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1,000 Kittens

September 22nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The ASPCA threw a party to celebrate the thousandth kitten we’ve taken care of at the Kitten Nursery (we’re well past that number now.) This is me blissfully doing something we are never ever allowed to do: hold a kitten without a gown, gloves, and bonnet on. (I also kissed him!)

In this shot I’m holding Gorgeous, one of the many kittens from my section. A month ago Gorgeous was a mess. He buried his head in his food as he ate, and despite my cleaning him twice a day, he lost patches of hair from the encrusted food. Because of that he was briefly a ringworm suspect. (That’ll teach you, kitten.) Gorgeous was a delight though. He was always ravenous. There is nothing more satisfying than a kitten who eats everything you put in front of him, vs the kitten who won’t eat anything leaving you stressed that you’re kill him by starving him to death.

ASPCA Kitten Nursery

Giselle and Iris also taking advantage of the opportunity (that’s Gorgeous again on the left).

ASPCA Kitten Nursery

Yeva, who is going to run the animal rescue world one day (Note to ASPCA: promote that girl) Iris, and Dylan, who is giving me his “I am on to you” look.

ASPCA Kitten Nursery

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My Drum Teacher is now an American Citizen!

September 17th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Ivo Araujo, the founder of Manhattan Samba, who taught me how to drum, became a United States Citizen last week! He said he was the only Brazilian that day. (I love the anti-Trump poster above.)

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My Camera Saga Continues

September 15th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I tried out my new camera, and I just now took it to the post office and sent it on its way back to Canon. It’s not a bad little camera, but I’ve used the G9 for years, which really took such great pictures. The ones this one took ultimately made me sad. Except for the ones taken in low light. My G9 was always bad at that.

I’m going to have to spend more money. I will wait for the credit for this one to appear and then I’m going to be the G7X Mark II. Here’s a picture of the Times Square subway station (1 train) taken with the SX710. This would not have come out as well with my G9.

Times Square Subway

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Predawn View of the Tribute in Light

September 12th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

For the first time since 2001, I had to work on 9/11 and didn’t make it down to St. Paul’s Chapel on the anniversary. That’s okay. But I missed seeing my friends.

Tribute in Light, 2017

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