Sunday, December 9, 2018

Scav Hunt Sunday: Berries and Building

Drain:
 My brain on a Friday...feels like all my thoughts are draining out of me.

Fresh:
 Fresh cranberries abound this time of year!

Put Together:
Zipping it up!

I Wish:
Wish upon a star!

Building:
Just love all the buildings around town.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Mr. Rogers

It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
It's a neighborly day in this beauty wood,
A neighborly day for a beauty,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

Please, won't you be my neighbor?

{Won't You Be My Neighbor -- Mr. Fred Rogers}

When I was a baby, our family dog Judge died. My sister, then almost 7 was very upset and wrote Mr. Rogers a letter. 

"Dear Mr. Rogers, today my dog died..."

Well. Mr. Rogers replied. He sent Avi a sweet letter back and included a book about when a pet dies. He and Avi corresponded for a bit after that. 

Then, when Avi was in 3rd grade her class was writing to famous people. She decided to write to Mr. Rogers again. He responded! They picked up their correspondence once again. 

A friend of my mom's, Hedda Sharapan was Mr. Roger's longtime producer. When Avi was in high school, Hedda reached out. They were publishing an anthology of letters that Mr. Rogers had received of the years - "Dear Mr. Rogers, Does It Ever Rain In Your Neighborhood?" They wanted to use Avi's letter, as the cover for the section on death - not just the words, the full letter...her actual letter scanned in. Of course, she said yes! 

Turns out family friends moved to Pittsburgh a year or so later and when we went to visit them we were also able to spend some time at Mr. Rogers' studio. Hedda took us on a tour of the set, we met the fish, we saw the trolley tracks, we touched the puppets, and yes, we met Mr. Rogers. I will never forget that moment of stepping into his office and feeling like I was in front of a superhero, the man I watched on tv and had brought me and millions of children so much comfort for so long. We left that day with many memories and trinkets, including that little red trolley, one of my most prized possessions to this day. 

Mr. Rogers has always had a special place in my heart. Both as a person and as an educator. Watching the documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor" this summer just brought all the memories of why he was such a special part of my childhood came flooding back. I then read the new biography about Mr. Rogers and it was just so amazing to get even more insight into his life and the history of what made him, him. 

I cannot recommend the film or book enough. I sobbed through the film and had tears in my eyes multiple times while reading. The world needs to remember the lessons we learned from our neighbor Mr. Rogers, he taught us so much and it would do us all good to remember it! 

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Happy Chanukah!

We light these lights
For the miracles and the wonders,

During all eight days of Chanukah
These lights are sacred...


{Hanerot Halalu}

Happy Chanukah. 
May the lights bring us together. 
May the flickering flames kindle our faith. 

   
   

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Monday, December 3, 2018

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 48

The Good:
The sunrises lately have been insanely beautiful!!

The Random:
My area is known for its wild turkeys (no they're not pretty, they are evil evil birds!). Monday after Thanksgiving and these men were blocking traffic near work, bragging that they survived apparently (no you can't hunt them...).

The Fun:
Chanukah began last night! I had some fun pulling out some decorations to make the apartment look festive!



   
   
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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Scav Hunt Sunday: Sidewalk and Sneaker

Landscape:
Fall looks good on the iconic Comm Ave landscape.

Thankful:
So much to be thankful for!

Lace:
Always ready to lace up!

Free Time:
Lazy mornings at home when I can enjoy hot coffee out of an actual mug are the best.

Golden Hour:
There are perks to being an early riser!


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Friday, November 30, 2018

November Randoms v. 2

 foggy morning...red bench...fall vase
carrot soup...lace up...boston skyline
fall sights...hat season...public library
 decorative peppers...cinnamon sticks...be thankful
eating out...fresh coffee...mfa trip
morning sunset...rainbow lights...last hydrangea
abandonded building...fresh cranberries...boston buildings
purple cabbage...greatful for...you're loved
zipped up...modern art...wish upon


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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Contemporary Art

I am a sucker for some contemporary art. The MFA has a few gorgeous new installations.
Many don't think a fine arts museum should have modern pieces, but I love the new that meets old!


   

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Night Lights

Deck the halls with boughs of {lights} 
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la 

'Tis the season to be jolly 
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la...


{Deck the Halls - Nat King Cole} 

I love this time of year! The lights. The decorations. The joy. 
I loved going out to Tower Hill's Night Lights last year and took mom this year! 
They had so many new designs and delights and it was a great way to kick off this part of the holiday season! 

   
   

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