Monday, February 27, 2017

Shoot Seven - Family Walk

It was Capetown. . . Doo Dah! Doo Dah!! Someone, who will go nameless went with Camp Town! However, the rest of you came up with Cape Town - Mariann, Elaine, Carol, Michelle, Milt, Mike, Joani, and a welcome back to Gulchin!

"You Go, Girl!"

It's only June and I am already at my seventh photo op of 2016! 

Each year on the Saturday before Father's Day, My Brother's Keeper holds it annual Family Walk. It is one of their major fundraisers as well as a fun day!

Hundreds of families - three and four generations deep - come out for the two mile stroll though Easton. It starts on the grounds of MBK and winds through Stonehill's campus and parts of the Sheep Pasture before returning to Stonehill

After the walk all participants are greeted by amusement rides, entertainment, food and friendly conversations!

Above you will see MBK staffer, Jules, trying her technique on the Raging Bull. I admire her courage and determination as it would have been a guaranteed ride in the ambulance if I tried it.

Jules got high points for her style and courage  but scored low in duration time on the mechanical ride!

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! I will offer some interesting facts about one of them. Just which city am I describing?

another largest city and capital of its country.  

Romans founded the city two thousand years ago

Harrods is the city’s most popular department store and it offers a fantastic shopping experience for visitors.

Theater lovers will enjoy visiting West End Theater District where all kinds of plays, musicals and other performances can be seen.

Still stuck? Harrod's should have clinched it but how about it is one of the most visited city on the continent due to its many famous attractions like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the House of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral. One of the newest attractions to experience is the Eye, and it gives visitors wonderful panoramic views of the city.

A Word to the Wise. . .

"There is more to life than increasing its speed.

~ Mahatma Gandhi    

Murphy's Laws. . .

Ashleigh's First Law:

If you can't learn to do it well, 
you should learn to enjoy doing it badly!

It's Cartoon Time. . .

Monday, February 20, 2017

Shoot Six - Art Gallery Complex

Prague was a tough one! But, not too tough for Elaine, Carol, Michelle, Mariann, Milt, Joani, and Jim!

"365 Paintings!"

The Art Complex in Duxbury wanted to feature my daughter's passion, or at least part of it. Lisa has been painting and blogging about her daily paintings since May of 2009 - some twenty-eight hundred paintings! Every day (holidays included) she produces a small (usually 6" x 6") painting. When it is dried she scans and posts it on her blog. Many of these have been purchased off the blog and are adorning the walls of homes and offices worldwide!

Her daily ritual has drawn the attention of many. Because of this she has been the featured artist at numerous art studios across the country and even in Italy!

The curator for the Art Complex asked to exhibit an entire year of her still life paintings. So, what you see above is three hundred sixty-six paintings from May of 2015 to April of 2016!

It was quite an impressive display of her talent. Yes, you should notice the sense of pride from her Dad!

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? 

this city is the most popular tourist destination on the continent.

it is the most populous city in the country.

is known for the natural setting of the floral kingdom, its harbour and other known landmarks like the Cape Point and Table Mountain.

Table Bay owes its early development to the Dutch East India Company, which was a supply station for the Dutch ships that were sailing to Eastern Africa, Far East and India.

People like this place because of its good climate, well-developed structure and natural setting.

You should also include on your tour the places that make it possible for this city to be known for its cultural attractions like the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Cape Flats among many other places.

Bonus clue: The city was originally created as the first European outpost on the Castle of Good Hope. This has become a cultural hub as well as the economic post of the Cape Colony.

Word to the Wise. . .

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, '
What are you doing for others?

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Murphy's Laws. . .

Cooper's Law of Possibility:

If it happens,
 it must be possible.

It's Cartoon Time. . .

Monday, February 13, 2017

Shoot Five - James' Recessional

Rio, you said? Well, at least Carol, Milt, Michelle, Mariann, Jim, Elaine, Peyton, and Joani did! I guess Niece Deana was over-matched this week - a one hit wonder!

"James' Recessional"

My Great-nephew, James, made his First Communion back in the spring. It was a special day for family as we all celebrated his Catholic milestone in his faith. 

I chose this image as it reminded me of the time when I made mine. This was the look known as the "Fear of Sister Catechism!" The only thing we were allowed to do was breathe! James did not have to undergo the nuns during his practice sessions but they would have been proud of his posture. He didn't crack a smile UNTIL he was outside on the church steps!

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! I will offer some interesting facts about one of them. Just which city am I describing?

The largest city and capital city of its country

it boasts of a long history, which is linked intrinsically to the history of Europe. The city has brilliant architecture, visible almost everywhere – from beautiful bridges to stunning buildings.

The most important tourist destination in the city Castle, largest ancient castle in the world. It is even registered in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Charles Bridge is an architectural treat in itself. Built over the River Vltava, this bridge is approximately 600 years old. It is built in the Gothic style, and is lined with baroque statues of 30 religious figures.

Josefov is known for being the Jewish part of the city. It is renowned for preserving various synagogues, all unique in nature. It is also home to the oldest synagogue in Europe, called the Staronova Syngoga.

At the Kafka Museum in the city that holds a permanent exhibition in his house, lovers of Kafka can familiarize themselves with him.

Have it narrowed down to a few? Maybe this will help - tourists can visit several palaces and museums, as well as the St. Vitus Cathedral, which is nearby. You can stroll in the Royal Garden and watch the Changing of Guards ceremony.

A Word to the Wise. . .

"Life is really simple, 
but we insist on making it complicated." 
~ Confucius

Murphy's Laws. . .

Grocery Bag Law:

The candy bar you planned to eat 
on the way home from the market 
is hidden at the bottom of the bag!

It's Cartoon Time. . .

Monday, February 6, 2017

Shoot Four - Another Bishop!

Beijing - these will get harder so enjoy while you can! Mariann, Mike, Jim, Milt, Michelle, Carol, Joani, Elaine, and Peyton. Welcome Niece Deana to the mix. . .

"Bishop de Cunha of Fall River"

Another bishop but this one is more localized as Bishop de Cunha is the spiritual leader of the Fall River Diocese. Bishop Edgar was born in Brazil.

I found his homily and presence around the altar to be exceptionally spiritual. Hence, turning the Bishop into a mosaic was my first thought.

I did send a copy of this to the bishop - heard he liked it.

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! I will offer some interesting facts about one of them. Just which city am I describing?

Think  Beaches! Partying! Samba! Well, it is a city that will overwhelm you and make you its prisoner for a lifetime. Such is the magic of this magnificent city.

The Pao de Acucar is yet another mountain-top wonder of this city. Situated 1,299ft above the Guanabara Bay, the Pao de Acucar or the Sugarloaf Mountain as the tourists know it, provides a superlative view of the city

In summer, Morro de Urca hosts concerts in the evening, which you can stop by and listen on your way up to the Sugarloaf Mountain.

This city is famous for its street parties, better known as Carnivals. Replete wih street bands, marching bands, and dance troupes, these Carnivals are sure to make you shake a leg too.

This should seal it: Tourism industry’s favorite beach in the world, the Copacabana Beach, is right here.

Need another? The first stop of every visitor in the city is at the statue of Christ the Redeemer or Cristo Redentor as the countrymen know it. At 125 ft, the statue of Christ stands tall over the city, as if saying “I’ll protect you”. The statute is located at the top of the Corcovado Mountain, and was inaugurated in the year 1931. This larger-than-life statue of the Christ is truly awe-inspiring. Perhaps that is the reason why the statue has been included in the New Seven Wonders of the World.

A Word to the Wise. . .

"The only disability in life is 

a bad attitude."

~ Scott Hamilton

Murphy's Laws. . .

Murphy's Law of Copiers:

The legibility of a copy is 
inversely proportional to its importance.

It's Cartoon Time. . .