Archive for October 5th, 2011

Sad event

On September 20th, I posted about sharing birthdays with one of my two brothers. We were four years and one day apart. The helicopter accident in New York City brought back the trip I took to share my 65th birthday with him.

Many may remember the October Surprise and waking up to the stock market plummeting. It was an overcast, slightly drizzly morning. My brother, a retired educator and administrator, and I were feeling privileged with the joys in our lives. He was the Chair of the Fire Department Board and very loved by those serving as firefighters. He had planned to take me on the fireboat as exercizes were scheduled routinely.

While we waited for the weather to clear, I was introduced to several of these men in spic and span uniforms. Finally we were told the boat would not be able to go out, but we could go in their helicopter. The helipad was on the roof of one of the tallest buildings. Just looking at the edge we would fly over was exciting. With a polite boost, I was seated for an amazing experience.

And so I am sad for the death and injuries on what could have been a spectacular experience. We usually see only the narrow space around us and fail to see the horizon of our lives.

Photo from plane

"Expanding Horizons"

Who knew?
“We are chosen to bring good into the world.”
Yoruba saying recorded in one journal

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"Gone Fishin'"

Gone fishin’ photo by B. W. Harwell

If you missed the prose and the poetry posts, it was due to a few days of travel The trip provided new insights, new energy and a wide-eyed amazement at the beauty of our country. Travel to the Atlantic Ocean and you are reassured that the tides are moving in and out, even when no one is there to observe. One of the most pristine beaches is Brant Beach, Long Beach, NJ. An island resting between the bay and the ocean. It has a lighthouse on one end (Barnegat Lighthouse) with a walkway and nature paths. Black boulders touched with bright green moss protect both the boats and the land. Take the time to marvel at the rose hips and the variation of colors.

The houses are not typical seaside architecture but offer enough different styles to keep the photographer busy. The annual Chowda contest is said to draw 10,000 visitors. Daddy-O’s may not have won last year (2010) or this year – but got our votes for its creamy version of clam chowder. It is both nice and sad that so many houses had for sale signs in the front yards.

A few hours away, the town of Englewood, NJ offers a pretty business street in the center of town. The Tea Cafe was an intimate meeting place with WI-FI and tasty food. Streets are lined with great old trees. If you are lucky, you may get a glimpse of Gloria Swanson’s home.

Fly into Newark airport on Continental Express and rent a car. You will return home with all kinds of plans. Just thinking about it when the snow is on the ground will be as good as being there.

Who knew?

Each person attending the preview party for the UNCF Auction would receive a copy if the Swann book, African American Fine Art. published October 6, 2011. ( http://www.SwannGalleries.com)  It is a very informative and beautiful book detailing the works of African American artists. Also it was a very generous gift.  Thanks.

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