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!)

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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.

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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!

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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!)

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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!

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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!)

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

365 Project - Day 356 - "Christmas Wrapping"



December 22, 2011 - "Christmas Wrapping"

Getting closer and closer to the big day!

(lifeisgood)

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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.

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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!?!

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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)

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

365 Project - Day 351 - "Rockefeller Center"



December 17, 2011 - "Rockefeller Center"

Lights twinkling...

Happy-ness!

(lifeisgood)

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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!

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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..."


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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

365 Project - Day 341 - "Lemon Drop"



December 07, 2011 - "Lemon Drop"

Water...

Lemon slices...

Candlelight...

Magic.

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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.

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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!

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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".

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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!

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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!

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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!)

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