Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Reflection - Lesson Learned

Freddie (1996? - 2016)
On April 1st, I was unsure what my theme for the 2016 A to Z Challenge would be. But, after the first week, I figured I'd continue posting pictures from my trips.

X was the hardest for me, so I decided to dedicate that post to Freddie. Despite her advance age and an illness, she continued to fight. Unfortunately, the day after the post was made public, she had to be put down.

To honor Freddie, I will determine my goals then go after them.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Zombie Zebra at the Zoo

At the end of last year's A to Z Challenge, I joked about writing a novel about a zombie zebra at the zoo. But, since I have zilch, I will end with of my favorite photos from the Central Park Zoo.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Yellow Beck Hornbill Bird

This bird appears so serious as he poses for this picture. I shot this picture while I was practicing taking indoor photos without a flash.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


Freddie and Her Box
Because of an ear infection, Freddie has had trouble walking for the past several days. However, on Sunday she was determined to climb onto the sofa. It took her five minutes of clawing before she achieved her goal.

Her moxie was a reminder not to let anything keep me from achieving my goals. Whether it is visiting every state or trying new challenges, like horse back riding or ice skating, I need to go for it.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wave Hill

Aquatic Garden

I finally caught the shuttle at Van Cortlandt Park to Wave Hill, one of five Botanical Gardens in New York City. Here I had to pleasure of finding a frog sitting in the plants in the Aquatic Garden.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Van Cortlandt Park

Grand Central Stones

I missed the shuttle to Wave Hill and decided to explore the park while I waited for the next bus. These stones that sit along the Putnam Trail were used to determine what stones would be used to build Grand Central Terminal.

Monday, April 25, 2016

United States Capitol

I visit Washington, D.C. at least once a year. Whether I'm there to do research for my family tree or a novel I'm working on, I always take time out to explore the sights.

Saturday, April 23, 2016


San Antonio, Texas
I attended a conference in San Antonio and the hotel was along the Riverwalk. During the morning, the area is peaceful, but by sundown, it is bustling with activity.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Sleepy Hollow

I traveled to Sleepy Hollow to do research for a novel. While I had to stop in the cemetery, where Washington Irving, the author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," is buried, the Philipsburg Manor, which is across the from the cemetery, really fascinated the history buff inside me.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Wilmington, DE
When we visited Wilmington, DE, most of the businesses were closed on Sunday. Therefore, there was not much to do besides strolling down the Riverwalk while we waited for the bus to go back home.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Queens Botanical Gardens

Wetlands Garden
During the summer, I liked to visit the Queens Zoo then stroll through Flushing/Corona Park. I would end the trip by cutting through the Queens Botanical Garden to get to Main Street, where I would catch the bus home.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Palisades Park

My son walked across the George Washington Bridge with me on my 45th birthday. After, we explored Palisades Park. This friendly creature posed for me as we were leaving.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Ocean Grove

Tent Houses
I would travel to Ocean Grove, NJ for an annual writing retreat. The town, however, was so beautiful, I ended up doing more sightseeing than writing.

These tent houses are used by vacationers between the months of May and September.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Niagara Falls

When I was sixteen, my mother and I took a tour bus to Niagara Falls. Thirty years later, my son and I traveled by train to Canada. Since I have gotten over my fear of flying, I hope to travel there by plane one day.

Friday, April 15, 2016


House of the Seven Gables

After paying for several other tours in Salem, I did not want dole out the cash for one more. Therefore, I simply enjoyed the view of the garden in the House of the Seven Gables.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Little Red Lighthouse

This landmark was made famous by the book, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge. The path I found leading to the bridge was rough, but it was worth the trip.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Key to the City

View from George Washington Bridge

In 2010, my son read about the Key to the City art project. Participants were given a key that would open boxes left around New York City. Besides travelling the the George Washington Bridge, we visited Alexander Hamilton's Tomb at Trinity Church, the Whitney Museum and Eddie's Sweet Shop in Forest Hills.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Jamaica, NY

King Manor

Besides trying to visit every state, I want to visit all the major sites in New York. It is important to know what's available in my backyard.

King Manor, located in Jamaica, NY, was the home of Rufus King, a cosigner of the United States Constitution. While I have not had the opportunity to take a tour of the interior, I have had to pleasure of strolling the grounds in the summer.

Monday, April 11, 2016


I was in my 40s the first time I visited the National Zoo. Unlike the bird that tried to drop an unpleasant surprise on my son's head, this iguana was nice enough to pose for us.

Friday, April 08, 2016

High Line

The High Line Park was built on the West Side Line. The first section of the High Line Park opened in June 2009. Other sections opened in 2011 and 2014.

For me, the most beautiful park of the park is the greenery growing on around the tracks.


Keeping busy helps me get through most situations. Writing helps to keep my mind off the manuscripts sitting on editors' desks, while photography helps me deal with the anxiety of heights.

I had the pleasure of capturing this shot during take-off from Atlanta International Airport.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Forest Park

Just like me, my son enjoys exploring the neighborhoods in New York City. During one trip through Forest Park, he found several railroad tracks. He later took me to the park so I could take pictures.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Eastern State Penitentary

Al (Scarface) Capone's Cell
Power...money...associates...while they may not keep one from getting locked up, they can help one make a bleak cell a home.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Dyckman House

I found this canon in the garden at the Dyckman House in Washington Heights. As I tried to take a picture of my find, a squirrel decided it wanted to play. Since I'm not a fan of these critters, I walked away. As luck would have it, the creature decided it wanted to play and spent the next five minutes chasing me through the garden.

Central Park

I enjoyed my attempt to capture the beauty of the steps leading to the Shakespeare Garden than the actual garden itself

Sunday, April 03, 2016


For the weekend of my 40th birthday, my son and I visited Baltimore, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Out of all the sites I saw, the one that left me in awe was the attic in Edgar Allen Poe's house. I felt a sense of peace viewing the space utilized by one of literature's greatest authors.

Friday, April 01, 2016


Sometimes we need to take a chance and go down an unfamiliar path. There's no guarantee what we'll find on the other side, but no one's ever found the pot of gold while sitting in their living room.