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Charity in New York: A Series of Portraits

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On the Staten Island Ferry.

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October 31, 2008 at 4:49 pm

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Charity in New York: A Series of Portraits

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In the reading room at the NYC Public Library.

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October 30, 2008 at 11:53 pm

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Charity in New York: A Series of Portraits

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On the metro.

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October 30, 2008 at 4:47 pm

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On Traveling

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As I plan, plot, and grow very excited about the first long trip I’ve had since Europe, I have this Tolkien quote on my mind again.

“Men do go, and have in history gone on journeys and quests, without any intention of acting out the allegories of life. It is not true of the past or the present to say that ‘only the rich or those on vacation can take journeys.’ Most men make some journeys. Whether long or short, with an errand or simply to go ‘there and back again,’ is not of primary importance . . . For if there is anything in a journey of any length, for me it is this: a deliverance form the plantlike state of the helpless, passive sufferer, an exercise however small of will, and mobility — without which a rational mind becomes stultified.”

Tolkien: The Letters of JRR Tolkien. Page 239.

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October 22, 2008 at 5:04 pm

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Morning Visitors

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I was surprised this morning to see these guys in our backyard.  I’ve never seen them back there before.  I didn’t think they came to our urban side of the street but apparently since I left the side gate open they felt the freedom to venture back into the garden.

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October 6, 2008 at 5:20 pm

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Service: A Photo Essay

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Another blog I read pointed to this photo essay of Iraqi war veterans.  It’s an interesting and beautiful set of portraits.

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October 5, 2008 at 10:22 pm

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The Zoo

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My job has some nice and unusual benefits; tops among them are the backstage tours.  They make me feel a bit like a kindergartner again as my strongest memories from my one homeschooled year are the field trips to interesting places.

Yesterday I went to the Zoo for a meeting.  Afterwords we saw some projects that have been worked on over the last year.  The best part?  I got to pet a rhino! It was large, slightly wary of me, and very leathery.  So very cool.  Unfortunately nobody got a picture of me but you can see another person from our group petting him.

I also got to scratch the elephant through the wire.  My last visit my big regret was not asking if I could pet her.  I asked if I could pet both the animals this time.  They were pretty amazing: immense, intelligent and wondrous.  It was thrilling to be that close to them.

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October 4, 2008 at 1:00 pm