Author: Paul

During Christmas weekend, Vanessa, her sons, her brother and his family, and I spent the weekend at Kiawah Island, SC. Fortunately, for us, it was an unseasonably mild weekend with temperatures rising into the low to mid 70 degree mark. Vanessa mentioned to her sons that she was going to put on her swimsuit and take a quick dip in the ocean later on in the afternoon, at the warmest part of the day … around 2:00 PM or so…

Many things happen between the markers that we call January 1st and December 31st of a given “year”. If you look online, many are saying that 2016 was the worst year “ever”. Interesting. I guess a number of people didn’t like what transpired between the markers. I saw a quote that I liked by Gary Van Warmerdam, whose Self Mastery course I have taken. I really like his take on things. He said: I think of planning for the future…

No, I’m not talking about painting or photography, but a lifestyle. The other day, I watched, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. It was certainly nothing new, nothing that I hadn’t heard. Nothing that I hadn’t embraced since I first heard about it while watching the PBS special, Affluenza. They offered little more than what I’d already heard, but I still liked hearing it again. What I did appreciate, sincerely, was that they weren’t heavy-handed about it, proselytizing –…

I knew what the winter solstice was, but until today, I didn’t know the Latin meaning, which is : The sun stands still. On our tilting journey, we now reached our furthest tilt away from the sun, 23.5 degrees. Our Aussie friends, and others in the southern hemisphere have hit their summer solstice. It’s our shortest number of hours of daylight, their longest. Now, the tilt heads the other way. To me, it’s all quite fascinating how the earth spins…

Normally, when I go to NY, I arrive on Sunday, around noon or so, and leave on Friday, taking the 7:00 PM flight. And, as usual, I leave the office around 3:30, grab my bags at the hotel, and head on to the airport around 4, giving myself 3 hours to make it those 6 miles. 3 hours remaining. Friday was no different. I caught a cab in front of the hotel at around 4. We ground our way across…

B & H Photo is located on 9th Ave, between 33rd and 34th Street in, of course, NYC. During this trip, my hotel was on 40th and 9th, just a short 6 blocks away from B & H. In fact, as the office is located at 16th St and 9th Ave, I had to walk past B & H twice a day, for 5 days. Sure, I glanced in the window a couple of times, but never was I tempted…

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