"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh


New York Snapshots- Thanksgiving Family Vacation

man and dogMan and dog in Central Park.

Alice in Wonderland StatueAlice of Wonderland statue


IMG_0655Waiting in line to see the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.



IMG_0685Aunt Mary reading with Maura from her new book about Egypt.


George Washington crossing the DelawareMark photographing the boys as Washington Crosses the Delaware. Although I’ve seen the painting I couldn’t have told you the artist’s name –Emanuel Gottlieb Leutz



PretzelMaura and her pretzel after the museum


IMG_0755Lighting candles where Mark’s paternal grandparents were married in this chapel behind the main altar of

St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  I believe the year was 1947.(Bobbie?)

30 Rock at Night

30 Rockefeller Center at Night


American Girl StoreMaura likes the American Girl Store Window



Grand Central STationGrand Central in the background

You have to have a few posed shots, attempting to get everyone with you at the same time. HA!


Transit MuseumMichael watches the trains at the Transit Museum


subwaySubway ride back to Aunt Mary’s station stop.





Here Comes the Sun for your Birthday

On your birthday today and everyday, I wish you much love and happiness. Thirty five years seemed to go by pretty fast.

IMG_3056I photographed a few of my kids special toys from childhood when I took a Polaroid Transfer class.

Barker and Little Green Doggie were Matthew’s favorites.


A few pictures from the past

A few pictures from this year.  Love you,  Ma


Remembering when we went to the Richie Havens concerts together and you met him in the hallway at the Carnegie Lecture Hall?



Charlie (4 months) and his mom, my daughter Laura.

Now Family of Three- a Very Happy Anniversary

Happy Fourth Anniversary to Laura and James. 

Family of Three

Baby Charlie and his parents photographed Sunday November 8, 2015.


I had fun shooting “wedding photos” six months after the wedding- June 2012

Short NorthShort North – Columbus OH

You may have seen the wedding photos after the wedding on November 12, 2011 but Mother of the Bride can’t be the photographer, too.

Baby Charlie Watches Grandpa Chuck’s Birthday Candle Blow Out

Firsts.   When you’re only four months old there are so many “firsts” to experience.

This was the first time Charlie saw birthday candles being extinguished.

Everyone sang Happy Birthday.

Grandpa Chuck celebrates his birthday

                                                                 Two Charles- It’s a family name.

Photographing Four Kids in One Frame

These are four of my own grandchildren. Should be easy, right?

Try to remain patient, I tell myself.

Don’t worry if it is not the day for a photograph.

Even if the weather is perfect and the colorful fall leaves are still on the trees.

Get kids involved in an activity to take their mind off the lens.

Two different days.

The idea is to get a nice photograph to send in a Christmas card, show how they’ve grown.

Hats make shadows on faces and  features obliterated. Oops!

Solids are least distracting.

playground 22435874972_780a1b8e1b_k

and yesterday’s attempt

You can always resort to running and jumping as I have in the past, when all else fails.

grandkids christmas card

Let them make a funny face, then a serious one.

Remember it’s a bit easier WITHOUT the dogs


Impromptu, candids can come out the best

IMG_1373Waiting at Von Maur while Mom shops.

Playing Cards at the Party- Blog Post #2222

Blog post number 2,222.  “Do something with twos”, my daughter suggested. Hmmmm.

“A pair of shoes?”  She nixed that. Boring.

I looked up things that come in twos and there’s a list of pairs for ESL students.  Can be confusing. A pair of glasses is a single item.  Don’t have any dice handy. But

Made me think of playing cards but all I have is an UNO game photo from October 4th.  You can see my hand, too.

Maura and Laura play UNO

A Dozen Years of Love

Lucky us!   Happy Twelfth Birthday Anna Catherine!

One October morning before dawn, you made me and Marlene happy grandmothers.

Loved by your family and friends, your loving heart and kind spirit come out in your eyes.

21768696150_c310a73680_kAnna holds her cousin Charlie- Sunday Oct 4th.


Twelve years flew by!   Love you lots, Anna.  Happy Birthday.   FF Ruthie

Hula Hooper Anna video from five years ago. 





Happy Birthday to my DIL

You’ve seen her featured on the blog if you’re a follower.

This blog sends lots of love from your MIL on your special day! Erika is a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, friend and DIL and a beautiful person, inside and out.  She ‘s really good to me and I’m so fortunate.  That whole “in-law relationship” can be tricky, eh Erika?  I try to be a good one, too.

(You watch, she’s going to let me know that Henry and Josie, the Airedales, would have liked their photos on the blog today, too!)

at Lala's Wedding


So Many Firsts

So many firsts 

When you are three months old.   

Today his first autumn leaf. Look!

Oh, there it is

I walked Charlie around the block today and found the ambient light under his stroller canopy. 

Series of three


Baby’s first autumn. 

He’s not at all  worried about the next season and what it will bring.

Everything is new and wonderful. 


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