WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: ANGULAR

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WP data wrangler Xiao taught me about related posts. This week, he grabbed my attention with his photo challenge.

Iconic NYC, views without leaving my bed

IMG_0845 City streets crawl with cabs,

shimmering red tails lights,

flanked by skyscrapers ~

Screensaver-worthy.

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Golgis (it’s science, so this may take it out of the realm of the comprehensible for some Congressmen, but I’ll try) and Immigration enrich us, Congress. A 420 character 9-line poem about how to relieve tension & avert ripping our muscles and the fabric of our society.

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Relax,

you Republicans straining in angst at President Obama’s immigration fix.

Go to yoga.

Activate your Golgis, muscle-tendon juncture nerve receptors that,

when they sense tension, send a signal to the spinal cord

which then signals the stretching muscle to relax,

thus preventing the tendon from tearing at its attachment to the bone,

a protective circuit breaker.

It’s a metaphor for what the US needs. Relax.

PATTY

 

#TBT a photo of my 50 years ago Advance Magazine Salem High School description of Jackie Kennedy. I was 17 and thought of her as the epitome of grace under pressure, something I hadn’t witnessed before. Strength in the midst of tragedy. Now we know how traumatized she was.

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Thanks again to Mike Stafford for finding and sending me photos of the writings of 17-year old Patty. I love sifting through the litter of my past selves.

Barbara Leaming has a 10/14 Vanity Fair piece on Jackie that bears reading. As a teenager I know I wondered how she did it–be the balm for troubled waters. As a grown-up I realized that of course she was falling apart.

http://www.vanityfair.com/society/2014/10/jacqueline-kennedy-jfk-assassination-depression

 

Below is a link to a picture that I studied and studied while I was writing the magazine piece. I can’t seem to figure out how to get it on this blog entry. But it’s the one with Jackie and the brothers.

“Kennedy family leading funeral procession, 25 November 1963″ by Robert Knudsen, White House – John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston [1]. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kennedy_family_leading_funeral_procession,_25_November_1963.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Kennedy_family_leading_funeral_procession,_25_November_1963.jpg

DID SOMEONE SAY #TBT?

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Bill and Jean

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Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories to the inevitable dusk.

~Susan Scarf Merrell, author of The Accidental Bond: How Sibling Connections Influence Adult Relationships

Toni 11/20/14

CALDO FREDDO ~ A LOVE STORY

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I flew, drove, and hiked

for hours, days, and weeks

to indulge in caldo freddo.

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Yes, I’m hopelessly obsessed. Truth be told, I dream about caldo freddo.

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Elevated to an art form, a triumph that seduces every palate, it’s the local specialty in Trapani.

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The velvety dark-chocolate topping slowly melts through layers of sweet cream to the coffee and hazelnut gelato underneath. At the bottom of all this, in the underbelly of the bowl, is rum-soaked cake. The generous-sized dish is topped with chopped hazelnuts. And it gets better ~ it’s  available day and night.

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A note: There is a smaller size, the caldo freddo da passeggio.

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It’s the takeaway version. My personal experience says, forget that ‘less is more’ gibberish. This isn’t about makeup.  

I got some advice from a professional food photographer ~ take a bite, then take a picture.  Messy is beautiful.

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Oh, if you’re wondering why Trapani is completely out of caldo freddo…that was me.

Toni 11/14/14

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