In Fields Where They Lay

December 20th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

I’ve gotten enough work done that I can kick back over the holidays a bit. I’m going to see this play, In Fields Where They Lay, on Christmas Eve. It’s about the WWI Christmas Eve truce and I’m going to see it exactly 100 years to the night after it happened. A daughter of one of the soldiers is going to be there. Oh, I just read there will be carols and a reception afterwards. Nice. If you’re in NYC you might want to consider going to this.

More holiday shots around town. This is 5th Avenue again, taken from the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, looking over at Rockefeller Center. That stream of people are (is?) heading towards the famous Christmas tree and skating rink.

Salvation

Something I will not be doing this year! Shopping! My family is doing a grab bag so I have only one gift to buy, thank God. Okay, two. I have to get something for my father and step-mother who will be in Vermont this year, but I will be buying that online.

Shopper

A Christmas tree stand. I took this for the depressing look of it, but I love walking past these stands and getting a nice whiff of pine. So thank you sad little Christmas tree stand.

Trees

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Christmas Windows

December 18th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I wasn’t enjoying taking pictures of the Christmas windows along 5th Avenue like I usually do. So I got into alternately taking pictures of less splendid window dressing. Doesn’t this first mannequin look like she’s saying, “You want a piece of me?? You want a piece of me??”

Christmas Windows, NYC 2014

Christmas Displays, NYC 2014

Christmas Windows, NYC 2014

Christmas Windows, NYC 2014

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Thank you Sara McKay and the Saint Peter Choral Society!

December 17th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

First I get the loveliest email from Sara McKay, the director of the Saint Peter Choral Society, and then this! Anyone who knows me knows that a book of photographs about animal rehabilitation is pretty much the perfect Stacy present. When I opened it up and saw all the signatures inside I burst into tears. I can’t tell you how moved I was. This is just further proof that choir people are the nicest people on earth. And proof that singing builds community and spreads goodwill.

I can’t wait to read this and look at the photographs. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Sara and all the members of the Saint Peter Choral Society, and thank you to the choir member who retyped all the text in the book (because it’s small and hard to read)! You will never know how happy your precious gift has made me.

Finding Trust by Annie Marie Musselman

Saint Peter Choral Society Signatures

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Memories of the Crack-Filled 80’s and Murder Rates

December 15th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

I spotted this vial on the street the other day. I remembered the 1980’s, when I’d walk out of my apartment in the morning, on my way to work, and the street would be littered with crack vials like this. It was an insane time. An average of 1,685 people were murdered a year then, peaking in 1990, when 2,245 were murdered. The crack epidemic is always blamed for these murder rates except I just looked at the 1970’s. An average of 1,556 were murdered every year in that decade. So it was already really bad. If crack was responsible for the rise it was not a big rise, murder rates were already high!

I’m guessing this vial didn’t hold crack. Maybe a perfume sample?

Vial on the Street, New York City

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Millions March New York City, 2014

December 13th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

None of my pictures adequately conveys how many people were here and are still out there as I type. I know because helicopters keep buzzing by. Also, for some reason my camera was set to the wrong setting when I shot movies so I had to trash all those.

But it was great to see the incredible diversity. I was tweeting about how many kids were there, alongside people who were carrying signs like, “I’ve been marching for 50 years.”

Millions March New York City, 2014

The march began in Washington Square. Here, people have assumed the “Hands up Don’t Shoot” position. For the record, I’m kinda tired of “This is what democracy looks like.” Also, democracy has a lot of looks.

Millions March New York City, 2014

Those are Eric Garner’s eyes. The sign reads, “Real thugs wear flag pins.” Yeah, the tyranny of the flag pin. It’s become a bullying thing.

Millions March New York City, 2014

A sign of support in the window of the New School.

Millions March New York City, 2014

I also keep forgetting to change the setting of my camera when I’m trying to get action shots.

Millions March New York City, 2014

I often caught myself smiling and then I thought it wasn’t appropriate to smile, but I was so glad to see so much support. So I like her smile. Here’s to the people who are still out there.

Millions March New York City, 2014

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