Tuesday, July 31, 2012

366 Project - Day 213 - "143"

July 31, 2012 - "143"

Salmo di Davide. O Eterno, ascolta la mia preghiera, porgi l’orecchio alle mie supplicazioni; nella tua fedeltà e nella tua giustizia, rispondimi, e non venire a giudicio col tuo servitore, perché nessun vivente sarà trovato giusto nel tuo cospetto. Poiché il nemico perseguita l’anima mia; egli calpesta al suolo la mia vita; mi fa abitare in luoghi tenebrosi come quelli che son morti già da lungo tempo. Il mio spirito è abbattuto in me, il mio cuore è tutto smarrito dentro di me. Io mi ricordo dei giorni antichi; io medito tutti i tuoi fatti; io rifletto sull’opera delle tue mani. Io stendo le mie mani verso te; l’anima mia è assetata di te come terra asciutta. Affrettati a rispondermi, o Eterno; lo spirito mio vien meno; non nascondere da me la tua faccia, che talora io non diventi simile a quelli che scendono nella fossa. Fammi sentire la mattina la tua benignità, poiché in te mi confido; fammi conoscer la via per la quale devo camminare, poiché io elevo l’anima mia a te. Liberami dai miei nemici, o Eterno; io cerco rifugio presso di te. Insegnami a far la tua volontà, poiché tu sei il mio Dio; il tuo buono Spirito mi guidi in terra piana. O Eterno, vivificami, per amor del tuo nome; nella tua giustizia, ritrai l’anima mia dalla distretta! E nella tua benignità distruggi i miei nemici, e fa’ perire tutti quelli che affliggono l’anima mia; perché io son tuo servitore.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

366 Project - Day 212 - "Thinking of the Past"

July 30, 2012 - "Thinking of the Past"

I spent a good portion of today thinking of the past. Working on my family's genealogy... scanning and uploading old family photos... looking through mementos.

I've been thinking of and talking about my grandfather - Nunzie Peter Pia - a great deal lately. He was also a photographer... and passed his love of the medium on to me.

And so this all led to today's photo... a quick still-life I threw together in honor of a great man. My grandfather's Canon "New F-1" with his original camera strap and his Fourth Degree badge from the Knights of Columbus, for whom he was an official photographer. This has been paired with his hand-held light meter... and a photo of him from 1958 in his Knights of Columbus tuxedo.

I miss my Grandfather. I think of him every single time I pick up a camera... especially when that camera is the one pictured here - which I still use regularly.

Grazie, Nonno! Io amo e mi manchi!

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

366 Project - Day 211 - "Solitary"

July 29, 2012 - "Solitary"

After a wonderful week of feeling much, much better... and an absolutely fantastic day... I find myself right back at square one... and it's worse now.

So tonight I'm spending the night under observation in the crisis ward of the hospital. Well... sort-of. This place is packed... so I'm on a bed at the end of the hall... opposite of the secure doors I'm not even allowed to look at longingly. Security behind the counter... and a police officer on a 15-hour shift pacing back-and-forth, trying to stay awake.

My socks aren't my own. My shoes... belt... wallet... even my handkerchief have been taken away. I manage to snap a photo with my wife's cell phone during the brief time they allowed her to sit with me. And after that I just sit here waiting... and waiting... and waiting for help to arrive.


... and every half-hour recognized as well.

Waiting... and waiting... and waiting... until it's finally my turn for them to talk to me.

Adjustments to my meds... again - and I'm finally released into the day-light.

I'm feeling much better now... but then again, I felt much better yesterday too. So now there's just this fear that things really aren't "much better".

And I'm tired.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

366 Project - Day 210 - "Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana"

Day 210 - "Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana" by Vincent James Pia

July 28, 2012 - "Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana"

Quick dinner decision... Quick shot.

Ordered one large pizza with cheese... sausage on half. Gotta rush home and eat before our daughter gets picked up for a night out with Grandma.


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Friday, July 27, 2012

366 Project - Day 209 - "Peachwave"

July 27, 2012 - "Peachwave"

Sitting at Peachwave in Ridgefield, CT for a much-needed Fro-Yo!


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Thursday, July 26, 2012

366 Project - Day 208 - "Jelly"

July 26, 2012 - "Jelly"

We're spending the day wandering around Boston...

... so, of course we had to go to the amazing New England Aquarium!

The kids loved the touch-tanks... and the giant tank with the spiral-path winding from top to bottom...

... but my favorite was the jellyfish exhibit.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

366 Project - Day 207 - "IL CAPITANO!!!"

July 25, 2012 - "IL CAPITANO!!!"

My all-time favorite soccer player: Francesco Totti (center, with tattoo), who happens to be the captain of my all-time favorite soccer team... A.S. Roma.

Tonight we're at Boston's Fenway Park to watch A.S. Roma take on Liverpool F.C., and this shot was taken as the players hit the field to warm-up prior to kick-off.

We had AMAZING seats... just a few rows from the field... and Roma went on to beat Liverpool with a final score of Liverpool F.C. 1 - 2 A.S. Roma

It was an awesome night!



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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

366 Project - Day 206 - "Holly in the Shadows"

July 24, 2012 - "Holly in the Shadows"

A quick shot of my wife.

OK... now it's time for dinner!


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Monday, July 23, 2012

366 Project - Day 205 - "Peroni and Roma"

July 23, 2012 - "Peroni and Roma"

Drinking a bottle of Peroni...

Watching the replay of yesterday's A.S. Roma vs Zaglebie Lubin game from Wrigley Field in Chicago...



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Sunday, July 22, 2012

366 Project - Day 204 - "Insane Shadows"

July 22, 2012 - "Insane Shadows"

Is the worst of "this" behind me? It feels as if it might be... but only time will tell.

Regardless, I find myself wandering the grounds of the abandoned Fairfield Hills State Mental Hospital as the sun sets and the shadows creep in... and the clinking sounds coming from behind shattered windows frightens.

As strange as it may sound, it's a creepy-ness that I find myself loving!

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

366 Project - Day 203 - "Ferrari Challenge"

July 21, 2012 - "Ferrari Challenge"

We went to the Ferrari Challenge races at Lime Rock Park today. Hundreds of Ferraris - from "show-quality classics" to "brand-new cars direct from the factory".

I took over 700 photos, with three different cameras... and it's going to take me quite a while to sort through them all... make adjustments/corrections... and convert them from RAW files to JPEG so they can be posted and shared.

But in the meantime here's one to represent the day: The #24 Ferrari 458, driven by Carlos Kauffmann... taken during the final lap of the last race of the day as Carlos drove to victory.

Beautiful weather + Beautiful cars = A wonderful day!


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Friday, July 20, 2012

366 Project - Day 202 - "Trying to Get a Grip"

July 20, 2012 - "Trying to Get a Grip"

Visit to the doctor this morning.

New med from last week's visit is not working. In fact, it's making things worse.

Taken off of that med... and put on to three new ones instead.

Desperately trying to get a grip.

Desperately trying to return to "normal".

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

366 Project - Day 201 - "Summer Nights"

July 19, 2012 - "Summer Nights"

Warm, summer nights...


Glass of wine.

That's what I'm dreaming of.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

366 Project - Day 200 - "Old & New"

July 18, 2012 - "Old & New"

Not really feeling up to searching out a photograph today... but this "scene" caught my eye and had to be captured: Two of my leather jackets, hanging on the back of the door.

The one on the left is a vintage 1970s coat I bought at thrift store in Philadelphia, and refer to as my "Donnie Brasco" coat.

The one on the right is my black leather motorcycle jacket which I bought at "Trash & Vaudeville" in The East Village of NYC a few years back.

Two different jackets... two different styles... two different "feelings"...

... each just waiting to be chosen.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

366 Project - Day 199 - "(sickofthis)"

July 17, 2012 - "(sickofthis)"

I'm getting sick of this. Up. Down. Up. Down. Down. Down. Down.

Med increases every two days - throwing my sleep... my body... my mind into chaos.

When will this pass!?!

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Monday, July 16, 2012

366 Project - Day 198 - "St. Dymphna Shrine and Relic"

July 16, 2012 - "St. Dymphna Shrine and Relic"

Almighty and loving Father, by the example of St. Dymphna, Virgin and martyr, and by her intercession protect all those afflicted by tension and emotional stress, to enjoy your protection in life, and eternal happiness in your presence now and forever. Through Christ, our Lord, I ask. Amen.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

366 Project - Day 197 - "Gloomy Sunday - After the Storm"

July 15, 2012 - "Gloomy Sunday - After the Storm"

The storm has passed... The thunder has quieted. And this Gloomy Sunday continues.

"Sunday is gloomy,
My hours are slumberless
Dearest the shadows
I live with are numberless
Little white flowers
Will never awaken you
Not where the black coach of
Sorrow has taken you
Angels have no thought
Of ever returning you
Would they be angry
If I thought of joining you?

Gloomy Sunday"

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

366 Project - Day 196 - "Party Time!"

July 14, 2012 - "Party Time!"

Tonight we're having my daughter's 14th birthday party... and it has an "Oscar Party" theme.

It has been almost a month since her actual birthday... but scheduling conflicts prevented us from having her party until now.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

366 Project - Day 195 - "A Universe at the Bottom of a Wine Glass"

July 13, 2012 - "A Universe at the Bottom of a Wine Glass"

Sipping some Moscato... trying to relax... staring at a universe at the bottom of my wine glass.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

366 Project - Day 194 - "Ice Cream Makes Everything Better"

July 12, 2012 - "Ice Cream Makes Everything Better"

Holly surprised me with some ice cream from Stew Leonard's tonight. Ice cream makes everything better!

(and don't worry... it was fat-free!)

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

366 Project - Day 193 - "My Bitchin' Kitchen"

July 11, 2012 - "My Bitchin' Kitchen"

I'm not really feeling up to doing much photography-wise today... so today it'll just have to be a quick shot.

Just a little corner of my kitchen island... featuring my autographed photo of Nadia G.

And that's that!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

366 Project - Day 192 - "Through the Skin of My Chest"

July 10, 2012 - "Through the Skin of My Chest"

Don't assume you know me...

(or what it is you think I believe)

... when even I don't know me anymore.

I'm drifting further and further away from my self...


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Monday, July 9, 2012

366 Project - Day 191 - "In The Shadow"

July 09, 2012 - "In The Shadow"

That's me. In the shadow. Struggling with myself. Struggling within. Trying to pull myself out... but it isn't working.

This. Isn't. Good.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

366 Project - Day 190 - "Scarpetta"

July 08, 2012 - "Scarpetta"

One of my favorite parts of the meal... "scarpetta".

In Italian it means "little shoe"... but more importantly, it also refers to the act of using a bit of bread to sop up the remnants of gravy (sauce) from your plate.

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

366 Project - Day 189 - "Putting Things Away"

July 07, 2012 - "Putting Things Away"

We're trying to get things cleaned up and organized. The house. The yard. The porch. Putting things away... putting things in their proper places... trying to get life back to "normal"...

... whatever that is.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

366 Project - Day 188 - "Plantings"

July 06, 2012 - "Plantings"

Our yard is being transformed. Weeds and overgrowth removed. Mulch spread. Siding being power washed clean. And new plantings spreading their beauty all over the place.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

366 Project - Day 187 - "FUZE"

July 05, 2012 - "FUZE"

I'm playing around with an empty FUZE bottle, waiting to be recycled.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

366 Project - Day 186 - "Fourth of July"

July 04, 2012 - "Fourth of July"

Fourth of July Parade - New Fairfield, CT

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

366 Project - Day 185 - "Waiting for Fireworks"

July 03, 2012 - "Waiting for Fireworks"

Sitting in a parking lot next to I-84, waiting for the fireworks to begin.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

366 Project - Day 184 - "Green"

July 02, 2012 - "Green"

Green wine glass in the kitchen window sunlight.

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

366 Project - Day 183 - "Vintage Glass"

July 01, 2012 - "Vintage Glass"

A very hot morning spent at the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market. Lots of nice stuff... but very, very few "nice prices" - so we didn't buy much.

But I did find this table full of vintage glass bottles... just begging to be photographed!

Focus - Snap - Capture


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