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!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

365 Project - Day 333 - "Another Rainy Night"



November 29, 2011 - "Another Rainy Night"

Another rainy night.

Another night of exhaustion.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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)

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Friday, November 11, 2011

365 Project - Day 315 - "Willkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome!"



November 11, 2011 - "Willkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome!"

I find myself sitting at a Cabaret table in the Kit Kat Klub...

as extremely talented, half-naked women (and men!) dance around me...

and writhe on the floor in front of me.

Beautiful...

Talented...

Powerful...

Incredible...

Emotional...

Wonderfulness!

(I can't wait to go again!)

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

365 Project - Day 314 - "Torn Inside"



November 10, 2011 - "Torn Inside"

Little tears inside...

Little rips and tears...

Like little cuts from a razor-blade.

That's what it feels like in my side.

That's what I've been dealing with.

That's my life these past few weeks.

* * *

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

365 Project - Day 313 - "Psalm 30:5"



November 09, 2011 - "Psalm 30:5"

My favorite passage from my favorite Psalm...

"Crying may last for a night,
but joy comes in the morning."


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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

365 Project - Day 312 - "Mess"



November 08, 2011 - "Mess"

Things are chaotic right now.

A mess... thrown on the table...

... waiting to be dealt with.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

365 Project - Day 311 - "Tangled"



November 07, 2011 - "Tangled"

Life...

Becomes...

More...

And...

More...

Tangled.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

365 Project - Day 310 - "Empty"



November 06, 2011 - "Empty"

In the hospital to visit my mom.

Find myself in a maze of corridors marked "Authorized Personnel Only"...

... and in a room I probably shouldn't be in...

... but I'm drawn to it's "empty-ness"...

... and have to capture the moment.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

365 Project - Day 309 - "Relic of San Gennaro"



November 05, 2011 - "Relic of San Gennaro"

A full week after the storm and we FINALLY have power... and heat... and phone... and water!

And we've FINALLY returned to our own home!

Now the clean-up can begin!

In the meantime, a little prayer to San Gennaro to avoid any other disasters.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

365 Project - Day 308 - "Closing Time"



November 04, 2011 - "Closing Time"

Late dinner at the Sycamore.

It's quiet...

... almost closing time.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

365 Project - Day 307 - "Like Jenga Falling Down"



November 03, 2011 - "Like Jenga Falling Down"

Sometimes things feel nice and stacked and orderly...

Other times things feel more like a Jenga tower, falling down...

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

365 Project - Day 306 - "Hep"



November 02, 2011 - "Hep"

Silent within me...

Painfully through me...

Quietly overtaking my thoughts...

Forcing me down roads I long-ago abandoned.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

365 Project - Day 305 - "Light"



November 01, 2011 - "Light"

It's quiet...

Except for the sound of melting snow falling from roof to deck...

and of my son battling robots in the bedroom...

and a dog at my feet, snoring...

and the clicking of my computer keys...

and the sound of a plane, off in the distance.

Except for those things, it's quiet.

And the sun breaks through the pattern on the frosted glass of my mother-in-law's front door...

... and falls onto the wall in the entryway.

And I capture the scene...

... adding the "click" of my camera's shutter to the quiet silence that surrounds me.

(lifeisgood)

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