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Sepia Saturday - Ship Talk

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax-- Of cabbages--and kings--

And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

My father could recite these and other lines from Lewis Carroll's famous poem "The Walrus and the Carpenter," by memory even though it was years since he learned it in school. He would recite them whenever there was a big change or transitional period in our family. I'm certain he recited them on New Year's Eve too.
Happy New Year everyone! From: CrazyasaCoolFox

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Text from the above card: Rockport Mass. Sunday P.M. Stopped in Newburyport last night and came here today. Cool weather for the time of year. Hope you are well. The Brewster House has been sold to Sawer Wollen Co. for their Super to live in. Hays are to get out in six weeks. Loveingly H.P.

Light Dawns Over Granite

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Twelve Months of Kitties -

Even the venerable Boston Globe has resorted to increasing their subscriber base with cute kitties. Cats have ruled the internet since it's inception. Now the Globe is publicizing Tufts University's annual cat calendar. I love kitties and you love kitties so have a peak at all twelve. Click the link below. :)

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Cat Battle - II


Shadowed Altar

This is the altar of Trinity Church of Boston in Boston, Massachusetts. It's not quite in a shadow but it's framed by the shadows open portals. I thought it was an interesting Christmas themed shot. Happy Christmas everyone!

As always you can find many more fine shadow shots by clicking here.

A Christmas Card for You!

This photo I shot last winter during a storm that occurred the day after Christmas. I've been waiting all year to use it as the cover of greeting cards I sent out this year. This is my electronic greeting card to you all, the viewers of Crazy as a Cool Fox Happy Holidays to Everyone!

Sepia Saturday - An Angel Get it's Wings

How heart warming is this, that classic final scene from  "It's a Wonderful Life?" George is home, surrounded by his loving family, singing carols. He has come to the realization that the world without him would be drastically different. He has had the help of an angel to do this.

Suddenly the Christmas tree moves causing a bell ornament to ring. His little girl then says. "look daddy, teacher says when a bell rings an angel gets his wings!" Clarence the angel certainly did get his wings that day. I've embedded the final scene, a Youtube video clip below.
At our house we had two of these same ornaments. One was red and the other blue. My sister and I got to place these bells on our tree. I had to have the red one as it was my favourite colour. This was fine with my sister and blue was her favourite colour.
We also had the angel chimes. It's a candle powered contraption that could make three angels spin and hit chimes with their clappers. They originated…

Christmas Time in Salem

Even Elizabeth Montgomery wishes you a Merry Christmas here in Salem.

Floor Light

Light streams through the windows of East India Marine Hall at the Peabody Essex Museum. The Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers.
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Cat Battle - I


Barking Up the Right Tree

This dog isn't going to let some old cat get away by climbing a tree. lol

Snow Shadows

The winter version of the Healing Gardens at Lynn Union Hospital, Lynn, Massachusetts As always more shadow shots can be found by clicking here.

Sepia Saturday - THE Cook Book

This is my sister's cookbook. It was given to her by my mother when she was married in 1967. Some of our storied family cooking I'm sure got it's start here. Most of them modified to suit the taste of our family. 
As you can see it has been well used. The cover is about to fall off and it is tattered and torn here and there. As you leaf through the book there are stains of several ingredients from years gone by.
Every time I speak to my sister about trying to cook a particular dish she goes to this book first. "If it can't be found here it isn't worth eating," she will say a smile. To be fair she does have a collection of cookbooks that she will reference from time to time.
Soon she will be baking many holiday cookies with my little nephews and nieces as she does every Christmas. Those recipes she knows from memory and aren't found in the Betty Crocker cookbook.
Watching her with her grandchildren, baking those special cookies, they have so much fun.…

Those Crazy Foxes

I'd like to see one do a flip!

Cat Secret Revealed!

Super secret research at M.I.T is revealed. I'm glad this type of information didn't get into the hands of the Soviets during the cold war. :)
Coincidentally, this was the number one emailed story at (Boston Globe) today.

Shadow Diagonal

Shadows cast down to the street on Peabody Essex Museum - Administrative Building Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts

Sepia Saturday - Rocks Upon Rocks Upon Rocks

A few weeks ago I wrote a post on the north jetties of Salisbury Beach entitled "Going Over the Bar." I included two postcards of piles of boulders extending out into the Atlantic Ocean. Since then I found a card in my collection of it's mate, the south jetty at Plum Island. Both jetties help to hold the navigation channel of the Merrimack River where it is. This card show's people frolicking on the rocks perhaps fishing or watching the surf  on the beach. An adult and child getting their feet wet at the water's edge and a few juveniles are playing around in a rescue boat.
I'm curious as to why there were so many postcards of a pile of rocks. Really the jetties are simple a pile of boulders thrown on top of each other in one straight line extending and curving a bit out to sea. They are about 1/2 mile long.
There wasn't much skill involved in building them. They don't seem to be carefully placed on each other. I imagine the first jetties were built f…

White Light

The Derby Wharf lighthouse "talks" with another lighthouse further up the harbor to guide vessels to safety. It's known as a "range light." When mariners line up this light with another taller lighthouse they then know that is the safe channel to follow into the harbor. The Thursday Challenge is a thematic collaboration of bloggers. This week's theme is "communication." Communicate with other fine Thursday Challenge blogs by clicking here.

Goodbye Colonel Potter

Harry Morgan passed away today. What a talented actor he was especially on M*A*S*H*. Here's just one of many interviews from Legends of the Emmys.

Tornado 1 - Train 0

It's a good thing this isn't a passenger train. WOW!

Shadow Riding

I'm riding my bike with no hands on the narrow sidewalk of a bridge. See what peril I put myself into for shadow shots? :) This it the Kernwood Bridge over the Danvers River in Beverly, Massachusetts.

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Sepia Saturday - Stamp Code

With the theme this week being somewhat medical I knew I had in my collection a postcard of a hospital and it was a perfect time to dig it out.

This is the Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Massachusetts. There have been many changes over the years to the "Anna Jaques" as the locals call it. The grand main building you see toward the right of the card is still there but the other buildings are gone replaced with newer medical facilities.

I was born in this hospital as well as most of my family. I had my tonsils taken out in this hospital and a few other minor procedures as well. The children's ward was on the second floor right side of that main building. I remember that vividly.

My mother worked here. My sister still works here as an RN. There are many connections to this place in my family.

But the real story of this card isn't the old buildings but its that upside down stamp on the back. Those always stand out to me. As children we were taught to place the st…

Three Doors

Take your pick. All three doors lead to the same place. This is Old Town Hall, Salem, Massachusetts. A federalist style building, the first floor was used as public market space, now a museum. The second floor is still a public meeting hall. It was built in 1816 with Charles Bulfinch style architecture features.

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Owl Nirvana

How cute is this? So soothing just to watch.

Shadow Stairs

Morning sun casts a shadow of stairs on a railroad over pass embankment. North Street, Salem, Massachusetts For to stare at more shadows click here.

Sepia Saturday - Going Over the Bar

Not much has changed at the "jetties" at the mouth of the Merrimack River. There are still two jetties, the north and south.

These rocks were put in place to constrict the out flow of the river which keeps the channel clear of sand and silt. It does work, but it just pushes the problem further out to sea.

When there is an east wind going against a strong outgoing tide it makes for some very treacherous navigation over the "bar" as they call it. It's some of the trickiest navigation on the east coast US.

While boats still go in and out of the harbor, gone are the days of steam tugboats pulling fishing schooners.

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Soft Sand

The soft powder sand of Revere Beach, Massachusetts makes for great sand castles.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a great  and grateful day aaannd... by all means, don't overeat! :) From: CrazyasaCoolFox

Morphing Kitties!

I think I laughed for a week after I first saw this video. I have played this animators videos hundreds of times. Check out, "I'm a pug ."

Tower of Shadows

This W.P.A. era stone tower in Lynn Woods, Lynn, Massachusetts has fine views of the Boston city skyline. Can you spot the photographer's shadow?

Sepia Saturday - Bridge Over Muddy Waters

This body of water looks like it could be the Mississippi River, right? It's really Lake Champlain. The lake was clouded from the run off from Hurricane Irene in late August 2011. Massive flooding in New York and Vermont caused silt to drain into the normally clear lake.

The bridge is a replacement of the Crown Point Bridge that was condemned suddenly in late 2010. It connected New York and Vermont. The new bridge is scheduled to be opened May of 2012. A temporary car ferry cuts off a 100 mile detour. I'm sure there is a very long wait for that boat!
The water has since cleared in Lake Champlain.

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Mega Court

They finally took down the construction fences at the new Essex County Judicial Center. I took the opportunity to go on the property to get some good close-up photos. It's an amazing four story structure that will open officially next week November 21, 2011. It will house Salem Superior, Salem District, County Juvenile, and Gloucester District courts.

Part modern, part historic, the historic 1st Baptist Church was moved to the site to become the law library. There are all kinds of angles and glass to grab lots of cool shots. Expect more!

Lions in the Library

Two larger than life lions greet you as you ascend the stairs to the upper level reading room at the Boston Public Library. The lions are there in honor the Massachusetts regiments that fought in the Civil War.

This week's Thursday Challenge is "books." Lions in the Library is a stretch but they do lead you to many books upstairs if you dare pass them. To find more lions or books at Thursday Challenge click here.

Just a Walk in the Park

Has this blog been lacking in craziness? Check this thing out. Im going to start featuring a video a week. I have so many favourited videos on YouTube to share. Some are crazy, some are cool, some are adorable.

The Shadow Under the Bridge

The area under the Kernwood Bridge is exposed at low tide for a long way out to the channel. The photo was shot at sunset. Beverly, Massachusetts. Shadow Shot Sunday is a collaboration of bloggers sharing their photos containing shadows. You may find more awesome shadow shots by clicking here.

Sepia Saturday - The Secret Signal

When I was in the 3rd grade, about the age of 8, I was asked by our local church pastor to be an acolyte to serve during church services. The duties basically entailed lighting the candles on the altar before the procession, passing and receiving the collection plates, and assisting during communion. Finally, and this was important, extinguishing the candles and leading the pastor during the final hymn to the rear of the sanctuary where he would give a benediction.
Why was that duty important? Well it had to be finely coordinated between an 8 year old and a church pastor while singing a hymn to have things flow just right. What was needed was a "secret signal."
When Reverend Dougherty trained me (I was his first and only acolyte during his tenure) he told me he would give me a secret signal when to go extinguish the candles and meet him at the small stair case leading from the podium. I would then walk before him during the recessional leading him and the choir out of the s…

Freedom Flowers

Today is Veteran's Day.
To honor and remember all Vets that serve the Armed Forces,
in tribute I chose this simple photo I shot last summer.
I hope it warms your hearts on a chilly November Day.

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Hard History

There are many interpretations to the word "hard" in this photo. You are looking at an original  twelve foot section of the Berlin Wall. It has been kept in it's original state with it's original graffiti protected behind plexiglass. It is displayed at EF Travel U.S. headquarters located at 1 Education St, Cambridge, Massachusetts. I leave it to you to determine what is "hard" or was "hard" in this photo.
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