Whatever You Do, Do It With Joy

November gets me contemplative because it is so close to the end of the year.  Here I am trying to decide what I’m going to do for the next few months and planning what I’m going to do for the next phase of my life. Honkfest is an annual Boston event that I love.  These photos might be coming up here a bit late,…

All Of Our Souls

The tenth anniversary of having this blog is making me super nostalgic seemingly.  In this entry I’m going to write about my beloved grandmother Maria Radziejewska. I came to the United States from Poland when I was so little that I had few memories of being with my grandmother.  After seven years in the United States, my mother and I returned to Poland, a…

God, Heaven, the After life and all the rest of it

Well the day has come.  I’m actually going to talk about faith and God and all of the rest of it on this blog.  If you read the entry all the way through, you will see why this was all pretty unlikely until recently. Recently I started going to a bible study group.  I was invited to go by a dear, dear friend of…

We All Have A New York In Our Mind

There’s an extremely pleasant and very soothing documentary I watch when I want to relax.  Its called New York by Ken Burns.  I’ve watched it many times.  I was interested to find out the history of the city I grew up in of course, but on further watchings, I’ve come to enjoy the music in the documentary and its gentle pace. There are a…

August 24 1997

As I write that date, it strikes me.  It seems at once recent and yet far away.  But what makes it significant? On that day, twenty years ago, I departed the relative safety of my parents house, my life as a college student in New York to some place called Denmark. Let’s go back a ways, to the year 1997 exactly.  Even writing it…

I Guess This Is What A Civil War Feels Like

A lot of kids probably grow up hearing about life in a previous generation and how it all used to be.  My version of that was a bit different.  My parents grew up in the shadow of World War II.  It wasn’t a historical event to them or abstract.  My grandparents had lived through it and suffered as a result.  One of my grandmothers…

You Are What You Consume

Warning.  We’re getting philosophical up here.  Skip this is you just come for the photos.  Scroll slowly for the prose, if so desired. My favorite television show is Mad Men.  On that show, the protagonist Don Draper gets a cigarette account and has to deal with the blow back of the then pioneering research being done into cigarettes that yes, they are harmful. Of…

I Go To The Berkshires

I was going to write this entry about how Massachusetts continues to amaze me, even after I’ve lived here forever.  Before I got around to actually writing the entry, another idea popped into my head and I decided to go with it. I decided to make this entry about one of my obsessions — Real Housewives shows.  I already wrote on here about watching…

Eggelstoning It Up

I only, shamelessly, admit that I steal ideas and entire photographs from other photographers.  All photographers do it and so do I. I usually pick though people from the regular canon of photography.  Ansel Adams, Stieglitz, Steichen, maybe a Brassai here and there.  Maybe Weegee if I’m feeling particularly mischievous. On a recent sojourn through the hamlet of Winthrop, I found new inspiration, I…

Pre-winter, Winter, Post-winter, Road Reconstruction

One day when I first moved to Boston, I was listening to Car Talk on NPR.  I hadn’t lived in Boston for very long but I already loved what I heard from the Magliozzi brothers on their show.  I could not believe that I spent hours listening to a show where two goof balls told stories about cars.  I am not a car person and I…