Saturday, December 31, 2011

365 Project - Day 365 - "Champagne Dreams"



December 31, 2011 - "Champagne Dreams"

And here we are... at Day 365. My second year in-a-row of attempting and completing the "365 Project" - without missing a single day...

... which means it has now been over two years since I've gone a day without pressing the shutter of one of my cameras at least once.

Another year... another project completed.

And what will 2012 bring? We'll just have to wait until tomorrow to see!

In the meantime I'm having a glass of champagne to bid 2011 a farewell...

... and to welcome 2012 with open arms!

This is one flip of the calendar I am VERY much looking forward to!

Felice Anno Nuovo!!!

And may you all enjoy a year full of blessings!

(LIFE IS GOOD!)

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Friday, December 30, 2011

365 Project - Day 364 - "Color... Light... Happiness"



December 30, 2011 - "Color... Light... Happy-ness"

Tonight I'm playing with LED Christmas ornaments.

Color...

Light...

Happy-ness!

(lifeisgood!)

* * *

Thursday, December 29, 2011

365 Project - Day 363 - "Nothing Special"



December 29, 2011 - "Nothing Special"

My brain is fried today. No creativity. No drive.

So, tonight there's a photo of nothing special.

And that's it.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

365 Project - Day 362 - "Le Curves"



December 28, 2011 - "Le Curves"

The beautiful curves of the lid to my new Le Creuset stock-pot...

Simple and beautiful!

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

365 Project - Day 361 - "Jungle"



December 27, 2011 - "Jungle"

Tangled...

Dark...

Jungle-ness.

* * *

Monday, December 26, 2011

365 Project - Day 360 - "Caught"



December 26, 2011 - "Caught"

Caught in a net.

That's the way I've felt this whole year.

And now it's time to push and cut myself out!

* * *

Sunday, December 25, 2011

365 Project - Day 359 - "Christmas Music"



December 25, 2011 - "Christmas Music"

Christmas Day...

A day spent with family...

smiling...

laughing...

singing...

... and, of course, eating!

A wonderful day...

A magical day...

... and the best Christmas we've had in years!

And the photo? A close-up of the innards of my wonderful brother-in-law's baby grand piano... which, though it remained unplayed today, was witness to the music of a family celebrating Christmas together.

(lifeisgood!)

* * *

Saturday, December 24, 2011

365 Project - Day 358 - "Vigilia di Natale"



December 24, 2011 - "Vigilia di Natale"

Astro del ciel, Pargol divin,
mite Agnello Redentor!
Tu che i Vati da lungi sognar,
Tu che angeliche voci nunziar,
luce dona alle genti
pace infondi nei cuor!
luce dona alle genti,
pace infondi nei cuor!

Astro del ciel, Pargol divin,
mite Agnello Redentor!
Tu di stirpe regale decor,
Tu virgineo, mistico fior,
luce dona alle genti,
pace infondi nei cuor!
luce dona alle genti,
pace infondi nei cuor!

Astro del ciel, Pargol divin,
mite Agnello Redentor!
Tu disceso a scontare l'error,
Tu sol nato a parlare d'amor,
luce dona alle menti,
pace infondi nei cuor!
luce dona alle genti,
pace infondi nei cuor!

* * *

Friday, December 23, 2011

365 Project - Day 357 - "One Day Closer..."



December 23, 2011 - "One Day Closer..."

Presents wait beneath the tree...

and we're one day closer...

... to magic!

(lifeisgood!)

* * *

Thursday, December 22, 2011

365 Project - Day 356 - "Christmas Wrapping"



December 22, 2011 - "Christmas Wrapping"

Getting closer and closer to the big day!

(lifeisgood)

* * *

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

365 Project - Day 355 - "Personal"



December 21, 2011 - "Personal"

Some things are personal...

... and just aren't anyone else's business.

* * *

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

365 Project - Day 354 - "Frozen Color"



December 20, 2011 - "Frozen Color"

Looking for an image...

Looking for an image...

Looking for an image...

Looking for an image...

... and I find it... in my freezer's ice cube tray.

Who knew!?!

* * *

Monday, December 19, 2011

365 Project - Day 353 - "Red & White"



December 19, 2011 - "Red & White"

I'm in an abstract state-of-mind right now...

... I think.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

365 Project - Day 352 - "ROMA!!! ROMA!!! ROMA!!!"



December 18, 2011 - "ROMA!!! ROMA!!! ROMA!!!"

Today my beloved A.S. Roma pulled off what many claimed they could not do...

One week after holding Juventus to a 1-1 draw... they defeated Napoli with a final score of Napoli 1... Roma 3!!!

This win bumps Roma from 12th in the Serie A points - to a tie with Napoli for 6th. Juventus continues to hold the lead.

Yes... there are still many more games to be played - and the points will change dozens of times before the season is over - but today, as I venture out into the cold wearing my A.S. Roma scarf... I do so with a certain smile... and an inner chant of "ROMA!!! ROMA!!! ROMA!!!"

(lifeisgood)

* * *

Saturday, December 17, 2011

365 Project - Day 351 - "Rockefeller Center"



December 17, 2011 - "Rockefeller Center"

Lights twinkling...

Happy-ness!

(lifeisgood)

* * *

Friday, December 16, 2011

365 Project - Day 350 - "Tunnel Vision"



December 16, 2011 - "Tunnel Vision"

I'm bored...

And not feeling very "creative" today.

So a crumpled-up piece of foil and some LED lights and I'm done.

That's it.

Nothing else.

Nothing more to see here.

Move along!

* * *

Thursday, December 15, 2011

365 Project - Day 349 - "Little Plastic Castles"



December 15, 2011 - "Little Plastic Castles"

Today I'm reminded of one of the verses in one of my favorite Ani DiFranco songs...

The title track of her 1998 album "Little Plastic Castle"

"In a coffee shop in a city
Which is every coffee shop in every city
On a day which is every day
I picked up a magazine
Which is every magazine
Read a story, and then forgot it right away

They say goldfish have no memory
I guess their lives are much like mine
And the little plastic castle
Is a surprise every time
And it's hard to say if they're happy
But they don't seem much to mind..."


* * *

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

365 Project - Day 348 - "Down(town) at Night"



December 14, 2011 - "Down(town) at Night"

I'm not having a good day.

Actually... I'm not having a good week.

Strike that... I'm not having a good month!

Actually - this year has been pretty sucky!

I'm not well. Not feeling well.

Having lots of pain in the area of my liver... again.

Not sleeping at all at night.

Feeling worn-out and stretched-thin.

Tonight - while making a quick trip to the grocery store, I collapsed into the shelves.
Head-spinning...
Body-shaking...
Vision-blurred...
Hearing-distorted.

Not well... and wanting all of "this" to be over with already!

* * *

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

365 Project - Day 347 - "Waiting Room"



December 13, 2011 - "Waiting Room"

Another late night.

Sitting in a hospital waiting room... waiting for my mother to come back from having more tests done.

Waiting for answers.

Waiting.

Waiting.

Waiting.

* * *

Monday, December 12, 2011

365 Project - Day 346 - "Scopa!"



December 12, 2011 - "Scopa!"

OK... I admit it... I've become a Scopa addict!

On my laptop...

On my phone...

Or in "the real world"...

I'm constantly playing Scopa!

* * *

Sunday, December 11, 2011

365 Project - Day 345 - "Poinsettia"



December 11, 2011 - "Poinsettia"

We're out-and-about... doing our final bits of holiday shopping... and I come across a display of Poinsettia for sale.

How could I resist?

(Life is good!)

* * *

Saturday, December 10, 2011

365 Project - Day 344 - "Clearing away the cobwebs"



December 10, 2011 - "Clearing away the cobwebs"

It's time.

Time to grab the feather-duster and clear-away the cobwebs from my life.

It's time.

* * *

Friday, December 9, 2011

365 Project - Day 343 - "Babbo Natale"



December 09, 2011 - "Babbo Natale"

The house is quiet...

The Christmas Tree is lit...

My son is curled up on the couch with his pillows and blankets...

I work on my computer...

... while Babbo Natale watches the scene.

* * *

Thursday, December 8, 2011

365 Project - Day 342 - "Green"



December 08, 2011 - "Green"

I feel like air bubbles, trapped in glass...

Able to see the light and shadows of the world around me...

... yet unable to move towards either.

* * *

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

365 Project - Day 341 - "Lemon Drop"



December 07, 2011 - "Lemon Drop"

Water...

Lemon slices...

Candlelight...

Magic.

* * *

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

365 Project - Day 340 - "Neon Night"



December 06, 2011 - "Neon Night"

Can't sleep...

Diner...

Coffee...

Christmas music...

Tinsel...

Raindrops...

Neon glow...

Neon night.

* * *

Monday, December 5, 2011

365 Project - Day 339 - "Candy Cane Colors"



December 05, 2011 - "Candy Cane Colors"

Sitting with my wife and children...

Watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas"...

And munching on colorful candy canes.

Life is good!

* * *

Sunday, December 4, 2011

365 Project - Day 338 - "Life"



December 04, 2011 - "Life"

"Red"... as in "love".

"Red"... as in "passion".

"Red"... as in "life".

* * *

Saturday, December 3, 2011

365 Project - Day 337 - "Black & White"



December 03, 2011 - "Black & White"

Tonight I find myself in the Kit Kat Klub once again... for the final performance of "Cabaret" at The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts...

... and the final night of my first solo photography exhibit.

Music... Dance... Beauty... Art...

A wonderful, magical evening!

* * *

Friday, December 2, 2011

365 Project - Day 336 - "Shining... Shimmering... Beautiful!"



December 02, 2011 - "Shining... Shimmering... Beautiful!"

I have a star in my hand tonight...

Shining... Shimmering... Beautiful!

* * *

Thursday, December 1, 2011

365 Project - Day 335 - "Narsil"



December 01, 2011 - "Narsil"

The pommel of Narsil... The Sword of Elendil... which hangs upon my wall, as I watch the Extended Edition BluRay of "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King".

Narsil... the sword that cut the One Ring from Sauron's finger.

Narsil... forged by the great Dwarven smith Telchar in the First Age, when Elves and Dwarves were friends.

Narsil... whose Elvish name means "Light of the Sun... Light of the Moon".

Inscribed on the pommel... in the Elvish language, Sindarin Quenya - it is written...

"Narsil essenya, macil meletya - Telchar carneron Navarotesse"

which translates to:

"Narsil is my name, a mighty sword - Telchar made me in Nogrod"

Narsil... the sword that was broken... and re-forged - to become Andúril, Flame of the West... Sword of King Aragorn, Son of Arathorn... the Sword of Kings.

(Yes... I know... I'm a geek!)

* * *

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

365 Project - Day 334 - "The Heavens"



November 30, 2011 - "The Heavens"

The Star at the top of our Christmas Tree twinkles in the darkness.

Beautiful!

* * *

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

365 Project - Day 333 - "Another Rainy Night"



November 29, 2011 - "Another Rainy Night"

Another rainy night.

Another night of exhaustion.

* * *

Monday, November 28, 2011

365 Project - Day 332 - "Empty Spaces"



November 28, 2011 - "Empty Spaces"

I'm tired.

Long day at work.

Hospital, to visit my mom.

Tired.

Dragging myself to the car to head home and figure out dinner.

TV.

Bed.

Quiet.

Empty.

Sleep.

* * *

Sunday, November 27, 2011

365 Project - Day 331 - "Pizza and Memories"



November 27, 2011 - "Pizza and Memories"

Colony Bar & Grill in Stamford, CT


I cannot even begin to count the number of times I've walked through that door...

... or sat at that table...

... or played at that window as a child, while the rest of the family sat and ate and talked.

How many times have I played songs on the jukebox here?

How many slices of pizza have I eaten here?

After all... their pizza was the first I ever ate... having grown up just two streets away.

And here I am again... filling myself again...

... with pizza and memories.

Life is good!

* * *

Saturday, November 26, 2011

365 Project - Day 330 - "The Cure: Reflections"



November 26, 2011 - "The Cure: Reflections"

The Beacon Theatre - New York City, NY

The Cure - "Reflections Tour"

The best Cure concert I've seen... and one of the most amazing concerts I've ever been to! Six sets... a total of 48 songs... almost four hours of happy-ness!

And my darling Robert looked (and sounded) as perfect and beautiful as ever!

It truly was a magical night... and the best birthday present I've ever received! For that I thank my best friend... the love of my life... my wife, Holly! (I love you!)

THE SETLIST:

Set #1 - Three Imaginary Boys

1. 10:15 Saturday Night
2. Accuracy
3. Grinding Halt
4. Another Day
5. Object
6. Subway Song
7. Foxy Lady (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)
8. Meathook
9. So What
10. Fire In Cairo
11. It's Not You
12. Three Imaginary Boys
13. The Weedy Burton

Set #2 - Seventeen Seconds

14. A Reflection
15. Play For Today
16. Secrets
17. In Your House
18. Three
19. The Final Sound
20. A Forest
21. M
22. At Night
23. Seventeen Seconds

Set #3 - Faith

24. The Holy Hour
25. Primary
26. Other Voices
27. All Cats Are Grey
28. The Funeral Party
29. Doubt
30. The Drowning Man
31. Faith

Encore #1

32. Do the Hansa
33. World War
34. I'm Cold
35. Plastic Passion
36. Boys Don't Cry
37. Killing An Arab
38. Jumping Someone Else's Train
39. Another Journey By Train

Encore #2

40. Descent
41. Splintered In Her Head
42. Charlotte Sometimes
43. The Hanging Garden

Encore #3

44. Let's Go To Bed
45. The Walk
46. The Lovecats
47. The Caterpillar
48. In Between Days

* * *

Friday, November 25, 2011

365 Project - Day 329 - "Decking the Halls"



November 25, 2011 - "Decking the Halls"

The day after Thanksgiving...

and in our house that means it's the day we Deck the Halls, and put up our Christmas Tree.

White LED lights...

Red ball ornaments...

Shimmering tinsel strands...

Garlands...

Antique family heirloom ornaments and decorations...

Christmas music...

... and happiness!

Life is good!

* * *

Thursday, November 24, 2011

365 Project - Day 328 - "The Aftermath"



November 24, 2011 - "The Aftermath"

Just a very small portion of the aftermath of a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Life IS Good!

* * *

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

365 Project - Day 327 - "Pizza Remnants"



November 23, 2011 - "Pizza Remnants"

I finally got some pizza...

... and I didn't have to kill anyone for it!

* * *

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

365 Project - Day 326 - "Jesus and Mary"



November 22, 2011 - "Jesus and Mary"

I like freaky religious things.

Antique relics.

Weird statues.

Creepy pictures.

So when I came across an antique framed moving image of Jesus and Mary at a tag sale this past weekend, I just had to have it!

You look at it one way, and you see The Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Move a little, and the image becomes The Immaculate Heart of Mary.

And if you look at it a certain way... you see a bit of both images at the same time.

The picture is in an old brass frame... with a light fixture at the top, illuminating the whole scene.

Freaky. Weird. Creepy. Wonderfulness!

* * *

Monday, November 21, 2011

365 Project - Day 325 - "Electric Flame"



November 21, 2011 - "Electric Flame"

Sitting in front of the electric flames...

... allowing myself to be mesmerized.

Thoughts drifting...

Eyes half-closed...

I'm no longer "here".

(lifeisgood)

* * *

Sunday, November 20, 2011

365 Project - Day 324 - "Mum"



November 20, 2011 - "Mum"

Today we bought my mom a present to cheer her up while she's stuck in an isolation room at the hospital.

A chrysanthemum flower... made to look like a Thanksgiving Turkey... with orange, brown, yellow and red pipe-cleaner tail feathers... and brown poof-ball head with googly-eyes.

She loved it! She has always loved cheesy things like that!

* * *

Saturday, November 19, 2011

365 Project - Day 323 - "Comfortably Numb"



November 19, 2011 - "Comfortably Numb"

I've reached that point where the pain is so "familiar", I've become "numb" to it.

I'm in a blur.

Walking... Moving... Living...

... in a blur.

* * *

Friday, November 18, 2011

365 Project - Day 322 - "OPEN"



November 18, 2011 - "OPEN"

Long day. Late night.

Just left the hospital after visiting my mom.

Feeling exhausted.

Worn out.

Depressed.

Need food... but don't want to be "seen". Can't go to the usual places...

... so I find myself at Three Brothers Diner... where I never go.

Decent food... but I think one of the employees is someone I knew in the way back when.

Can't deal.

I go sit in the car while everyone else finishes their meals.

I sit... and wipe away tears.

* * *

Thursday, November 17, 2011

365 Project - Day 321 - "Twisting, Turning Through The Never"



November 17, 2011 - "Twisting, Turning Through the Never"

Well... that's what life feels like right now, anyway!

* * *

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

365 Project - Day 320 - "Lourdes (Trying Everything)"



November 16, 2011 - "Lourdes (Trying Everything)"

Turning in every direction...

... looking for answers...

... looking for healing...

... on every level.

I just received a bottle of water... direct from Lourdes, France...

... taken from the spring at the Holy Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, just mere days ago.

The glass bottle is cold in my hand... even though the house is quite warm.

Turning in every direction...

... looking for answers...

... looking for healing...

... on every level.

* * *

Something very freaky about this image: I took this image by holding the glass bottle of Lourdes Water up to the marble statue of the Virgin Mary that I have... and shooting it with my camera in Macro Mode. The image of the Virgin Mary on the left - with the praying hands - is the statue. As for the image of the woman on the right, however, I don't know what it is. The picture was taken against a black background... and there's nothing else around there that could have reflected into the glass or ended up in the photo. So I don't know what the heck is forming that image! Pretty spooky, eh!?! It didn't show up in any of the other images I took.

* * *

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

365 Project - Day 319 - "Rising"



November 15, 2011 - "Rising"

Rising up...

High into the sky...

High into the night...

Above the streets...

Above the lights...

Rising...

Rising...

Away from it all.

* * *

Monday, November 14, 2011

365 Project - Day 318 - "Drowning"



November 14, 2011 - "Drowning"

I feel like I'm drowning, right now...

Or, more accurately - like I'm being held under.

Not by you...

Not by "him" or "her" or even "them"...

... but by "it".

(Or, more accurately "IT")

Pushed down...

Held under...

Forced to look up at the light... and gasp for air...

... as the last bubbles climb towards the surface...

... and the darkness pulls me down deeper...

... into the depths...

... of nothing-ness.

* * *

Sunday, November 13, 2011

365 Project - Day 317 - "Home"



November 13, 2011 - "Home"

How many times have I been here?

How many times have I looked up at you?

How many times have I opened myself up to you...

... reaching...

... searching...

... for something far, far beyond me?

Years pass... and yet your face remains so familiar...

... every curve...

... every highlight and shadow...

... even it's warmth -

... so familiar to me.

How many times have I been here?

How many times have I thought of you?

How many more visits must I make...

... before you take me home again?

* * *

Saturday, November 12, 2011

365 Project - Day 316 - "Light Strokes"



November 12, 2011 - "Light Strokes"

I'm painting with light today...

Brushing away the darkness...

... from my mind.

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