Pigeon Rescue Scare

September 16th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Yesterday a pigeon got trapped in what looked like some string on the roof across the street. The poor pigeon was hanging upside down, flapping it’s wings frantically, clearly terrified. Birds were flying all around it, screeching, just as frantic. It was horrible.

Luckily, a friend from choir lives in that building so I emailed her right away and asked if she’d let me in so I could try to free it. She responded almost instantly and said she’d buzz me in and meet me by the elevator. In the time it took me to throw on some clothes the bird had managed to free itself, thank God. I’m afraid of heights and it would have involved some serious leaning over action in order to reach down far enough. I would have done it, but I was freaking out just imagining it.

The spot where the pigeon was caught was on the red building, on one of those repeating ornamental things under the roof overhang, I don’t know what they’re called. Here’s the view from my window. A closer looks follows.


I thought it was a loop of string, but it looks like they’ve made a nest inside one of those things I don’t know the name of. That’s a very small opening. Maybe the pigeon got it’s leg wedged into one of the sides somehow. I hope I don’t witness that again. But I do hope to see babies soon!


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Christmas 1963 or 1964?

September 15th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

I’m guessing. What’s amazing about this picture is that it’s a Polaroid. It’s pretty incredible that it survived at all given how it’s been stored and smashed around over the years. I have a vague memory of scanning and uploading this picture before, so forgive the duplication if I did.

The dog is Brandy, our first pet. My heart clenched seeing her in this shot, proving that love, for pets, never dies.

Early Polaroid Snapshot

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The View from the Trinity Church Graveyard

September 14th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Interesting juxtaposition, no? The American Stock Exchange, which is now the New York Stock Exchange, unless this is something else with a similar name.

American Stock Exchange and Trinity Graveyard

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Choir Resumes

September 13th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I wasn’t quick enough to get the hug that followed the run-up below, but there were a lot of hugs on Tuesday night, our first rehearsal of the new season. It’s good to be back. Choir singers all over the world are in a good mood these days, as they get back to rehearsing. In many ways it’s the best part. Here’s a great Robert Shaw quote about rehearsals.

“The wonderful thing about the amateur chorus,” the conductor Robert Shaw once said, “is that nobody can buy its attendance at rehearsals, or the sweat, eyestrain and fatigue that go along with the glow; and nobody but the most purposive and creative of music minds—from Bach in both directions—can invite and sustain its devotion.”

While researching my book, I was looking into the Mendelssohn Glee Club, and all-male group that was founded in 1866 and is still singing today. I was going through their early membership lists just to see who popped up, and I found some hand-written notes about how on April 15, 1912, Frederic K. Seward, a Glee Club member who’d been on board the Titanic, still managed to make it to rehearsal a week later! Not only was that no surprise to me, I could see how he might have needed that rehearsal more than ever.

Along the same lines, I found a poem presented to Frank Damrosch (a conductor and singing teacher) from his students. It described the cold, unfriendly world outside, and the hall in the basement where they held their classes, with gas jets that were often leaking, and pillars that blocked their view, but, “Those hours shaped again and again, Your life, your very soul, In ways you’d not comprehend … You took the blue from out the skies, And sparkles from the stars, And bound them, In Heaven’s grandest harmonies.” Imagine having that effect on a bunch of people.

One more! From Ralph Vaughan Williams. “If we want to find the groundwork of our English culture we must look below the surface … to the village choral societies whose members trudge miles through rain and snow to work steadily for a concert or competition in some ghastly parish room with a cracked piano and a smelly oil lamp where one week there is no tenor because at best there are only two, and one has a cold and the other being the village doctor is always called out at the critical moment; and there they sit setting their teeth so as to wrench the heart out of this mysterious piece of music which they are starting to learn …”

Choral Society of Grace Church Rehearsal

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Scenes from the World Trade Center 9/11/14

September 11th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

For some reason I didn’t even try to go to the Memorial Plaza. I just assumed it would be closed to everyone except the family and friends of the people who died on 9/11. But maybe it wasn’t? After a lovely service for peace at St. Paul’s Chapel I walked around.

This year I was drawn to signs. After taking this guy’s picture I said “thank you,” and he said, “thank you, sister.” Nobody has ever called me sister before. Not even my brothers.

World Trade Center on September 11, 2014

The truthers were out in force. In the beginning people would shout at them. Now, everyone ignores them. It was the quietest demonstration ever.

World Trade Center on September 11, 2014

In answer to the question on the lower right: I did know, actually. When I moved Echo out of our offices downtown the year before 9/11, a friend who worked in building 7 offered to store our many boxes of paperwork there. We lost it all, but in terms of loss that day it was nothing. I was glad really. I’m the opposite of a hoarder. I’m a parer-downer.

World Trade Center on September 11, 2014

Sigh. What’s a 9/11 anniversary without some asshole spewing hate? Oh, but notice the Mennonites in the background? They were all over the place singing. More pictures of them below. Because I love the singing Mennonites. They are all about peace and love. (I think!)

World Trade Center on September 11, 2014

Uh-oh. Two girls are not looking at their conductor! I’m sure he understood. There was so much going on, so much to look at.

World Trade Center on September 11, 2014

Hello, Mr. State Trooper. They were watching something going on in a blocked off area in front of them.

World Trade Center on September 11, 2014

Here are lots of people watching the blocked off area. This is the building I mentioned in the post before this one by the way, where I used to work in the 1980s.

101 Barclay Street on September 11, 2014

The blocked off area. I couldn’t see what people were looking at. The backs of a bunch of cameramen filming something further in the distance?

In front of 101 Barclay Street on September 11, 2014

More Mennonite singers. To sing us out of this post. Thank you, singers.

World Trade Center on September 11, 2014

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