Showing posts from April, 2011

Cat Crustacean

This has to be the cutest outfit for a cat,  though he doesn't look to happy about being put on the stove top. Lobster thermidore anyone?
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Sleepy Kitties

This is a collection of sleepy kitty pics I have found around the net. I thought I would post them all at once instead of teasing you all with cuteness for several days.

Spring Lights

Today I'm joining a new Thursday theme group. It's called Thursday Challenge and its mainly a photography collaboration. This week's challenge is "spring." This Japanese lantern is found at the the Boston Public Garden on the north side of the lagoon. The swan boats pass this location several times a time during the summer. I found the cherry blossoms in full bloom this day.
To see more "spring" Thursday Challenge photos, click this link.
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Dry Your Eyes, the Typewriter Isn't Dead Yet

Image via Wikipedia Apparently there was rumor that the typewriter was dead, but they still are alive and kicking! Long live the typewriter. (sorry typewriters, this post was done on a computer :(
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Keeping All Your Swans in a Row

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Spring Fog

It was a foggy day in Boston yesterday. Apple and cherry trees at the state house are in blossom.

Fast Cruise

If you've ever wanted to take a ride through the Panama Canal but never had the time for it, now you can take a ride in less than 2 minutes.
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Yes this is Crazy as a Cool Fox's 500th post.
A lot of my blog posts are about connections.

Why not connect our 500th post to the Easter Holiday? Well I found a bible passage about 500 people seeing the resurrected Christ.

I Corinthians 15:6 "After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep."

There you have it: an appropriate post for and momentous occasion on a blessed day.
Thanks everyone for all your support following this blog and posting fine comments.
Happy Easter!

Easter Shadow - Western Wall

I stumbled upon this photo a few years ago while surfing the internet, therefore I cannot take credit. I'm not sure this is a true shadow. It might be photoshopped on a normal photo, as the shadow leading to the wall is at the wrong angle. The shadow should be larger the closer it gets to the wall. But it's a beautiful image with a nice message no matter which way you interpret it. Happy Easter everyone!

Sepia Saturday - A Tale of Two Classes

This is another set of photos which I have culled from my mother's photo albums. She had gathered together not only what were a few of her own class photos but had managed to get one of my father's class photos.

The top photo is my mother's 6th grade class at the Currier School in Newburyport, Massachusetts. She is in the middle row at center in the dark dress and a ribbon in her hair. I love the nickers and high socks the boys are wearing in the first row. This was shot in 1936.

In the bottom photo, shot in 1927, my father is on the right. His teacher's hand is on his left shoulder. He is 10 years old here and looks so shy. My mother had labeled that this is Mrs. Thompson at the Central School in Rowley, Massachusetts. She also labeled the names of two of his best friends and schoolmates. My father lived directly across the street from this location and would have been able to walk home for lunch. The uniform of the day seems to be the "sailor" style in whic…

Theme Thursday - Television

If you have ever been frustrated with programming on television lately a sledge hammer makes for great entertainment.

Sunbeams of Another Source

It was a dreary cloudy day today but the thousands of daffodils seemed to be a good substitute for the lack of sun.

Where's the Duck?

Can you find a duck in this photo? comment below...

A Race Through Four Seasons

Image via Wikipedia Here are just a few of the many photos I have taken of these two characters from Aesop's Fables. These sculptures, by Nancy Schön, were commissioned to honor the Boston Marathon which ends not to far from this location. The marathon has been a tradtion on Patriot's Day, a state holiday, since the early 1900's.
The tortoise and hare are a popular item with children and adults alike. It seems everyone wants to have the photo taken with them. As you can see their backs have been polished from everyone sitting on them.

Do you remember the outcome of the tortoise and hare marathon? I'll just take a nap to remember the rest of the story. I've got plenty of time.

Oh and good luck to all who are running today! Congratulations to the winners, finishers, and even if you made an attempt. You all deserve it. May the wind always be at your back!
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Shadow Statue

Statue of Roger Conant, first settler of Salem, shadows Hawthorne Boulevard.
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New Brunswick Kilties

This post is so full of connections it was difficult for me to decide where to start. So let's begin with the photo above of the 236th Overseas Battalion: New Brunswick's MacLean Kilties of America. The photo measures 47.5 x 10 inches.

This photo hung in my grandfather's office, then his bedroom, then my bedroom, and now it hangs in my brother-in-law's office. My grandfather Ralph Douglas Barton was a member of the New Brunswick MacLean Kilties, the 236th Regiment of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces.

I set out to preserve this amazing photo, wanting to digitize it and save copies of it as a family treasure. Not knowing the condition of the photo inside the frame I carefully dismantled it. I checked around to see where I could have it scanned. The local library and Boston Public Library didn't have a machine that could handle it. and I'm to cheap to have it commercially done. So I did it section by section on my own scanner coming up with seven separate scans. I…

It Went All Wrong

Today I tried to do the right thing. I went to help an elderly gentleman with a walker leave Starbucks by holding the door open for him. As I pushed the door open the wind caught it and it flew open. As the poor guy was using it for balance he fell to the ground.

So here I tried to help someone and it ends up becoming a worse situation. Sometimes even a good deed goes bad. :(
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Theme Thursday - Spicy Poetry

Image via Wikipedia This week's theme is spice. Imagining all these fragrant scents, my post is in the form of haiku:

Clove cinnamon mace
Anise cardamom nutmeg
Ginger tumeric

Sorry that's all I've got this week,
but the spice of your life can be found at
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Letting Go

To let go doesn't mean to stop caring; It means I can't do it for someone else.
To let go is not to cut myself off; It's the realization that I can't control another...
To let go is not to enable; but to allow learning from natural consequences.,,
To let go is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands...
To let go is not to try and change or blame another, I can only change myself...
To let go is not to care for, but to care about...
To let go is not to fix, but to be supportive...
To let go is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being...
To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their own outcomes...
To let go is not to be protective, It is to permit another to face reality...
To let go is not to deny, but to accept...
To let go is not to nag, scold, or argue, but to search out my own shortcomings and correct them...
To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to ta…

Happy Library

It looks as though the inside of the Boston Public Library was designed with a smile.
It's a happy place to go and get lost in their voluminous collect.

12 of 12 - The Beginning of Division

In the early morning of April 12, 1861 the first Confederate shells reigned down upon the Union held Fort Sumter at the mouth of Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. This is considered the beginning of America's Civil War, 150 years ago today.

This 12 of 12 photo is of one of the Salem's two Civil War memorial statues taken early this  morning. This sentry stands guard over the graves of Civil War veterans inside the Greenlawn Cemetery. The stone has a very bluish hue which stands out among the evergreen trees. On the rear of the monument is inscribed, "For all he was and all he dared, remember him to-day."

12 of 12 is monthly series of photo posts shot on the 12th day of each month
For more 12 of 12 photos click here.
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Shadow Bike

Taken at Salem Woods overlooking wetlands adjacent to the MBTA tracks. For more shadow shots click the link in the side bar.
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The Sound of Natural Music

There is something about the natural properties of wool that brings out the purest of sound. Couple that with a natural setting, deep in a forest, with a natural sweet song "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach, and this is what you get. I had to watch this over and over to not only see how it was made but to enjoy the soothing aspects.
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Bathing Beauty

To day marks what would have been my mother's 87th birthday. I have been scanning some old family albums, specifically albums which she herself put together. I came across these photos taken at Medeira Beach in Florida when my parents were on their honeymoon. She probably never meant for these photos to hit the internet but she was a stunning woman in her day, don't you agree? I can hear voice now cursing me. But anyway, Happy Birthday Mom!

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