Friday, December 28, 2012

Scribbles and Photos

Reflections of Me
Renaming my blog turned out to be a bit more of an adventure than I had expected.  Not quite the dramatic story arc of the first season of Dexter (which I am mid-way through on this extended stay-cation) but an adventure none the less.

As an aside:  All photos in this post are of the Mirror Mirror Window -- one of Bergdorf Goodman's 2012 holiday windows (see The #BGWindows Follies for more photos from the #BGWindows).

Why rename it you might ask?  It's complicated.

Answer 1
I was bored.  Bored as in my living room has been arranged this way for too long and it's time for a change kind o' bored

Answer 2
The title was misleading.   Anyone stumbling on my blog might think it's a blog about traveling by its former title (The World Awaits Me) and it isn't.  While, sometimes it is but mainly it isn't.  For the record, travel posts are the most popular on the blog.  A sign that it is time to hit the road again.

A Handful of Mirrors
Answer 3
I'm remaking my home so why not the blog too?!  Change is good, right?

Answer 4
The title didn't fit who I am.  Now we're getting someplace.  Let's explore that a bit.

The World Awaits Me (TWAM) was just a bit too trite for me.  I know what I wanted to evoke when I chose it (adventure, optimism, curiosity).  And, to be fair, the title does evoke all of that but it misses the mark in terms of what I've been doing with this blog of mine.  It's mixed lot of posts, that's for sure.  There are the serious posts (Knowing, Remembering, Enough), the travel posts (Lions Eating Dinner, My Tofino, My Rapa Nui, Paradise Lost) and the photography buff posts (Wide Angle Fun, Lytro: A Cloudy Day Camera, The Cameras).  There's posts about Pinterest (My Online Gallery), a post about gardens (Southern Gardens), posts that are gardens (Tulip Pairings) and posts about spaces I dream of living in (White Box, Big Waves).  I've been mulling over the mismatch between TWAM and my posts for a couple of months now -- procrastinating (as always) because I thought it would be too hard to change and I didn't just want to abandon TWAM and start anew.

Turns out changing the name was the easy part -- finding a new name was much harder.   I thought I had hit upon it with "An Eclectic Woman" but alas that blogspot URL was taken by the Tasmanian Minimalist.  So I settled for "An Eclectic Mind" -- which lasted all of about 48 hours as I soon realized that Maria Langer is writing a quite wonderful blog on her website called (drum roll) An Eclectic Mind.

Mirror, Mirror Full Size
So the hunt began in earnest for a blog name (and corresponding URL) that would fit this blog.  OK, does anyone know how many "blog stubs" there are out there (my name, I think I'll trademark it).  What's a blog stub?  A blog with one post that was started and then abandoned.  There are also blog URLs with NO blog -- that are (mysteriously) unavailable.  And then there are blogs that look to have been quite wonderful but that have been abandoned, precipitously with no warning to readers or followers.  One wonders what happened to those bloggers and wishes they would come back to write one last good bye.  A blog suicide note as it were.  Or, if they've moved on to a new blog, a trail of bread crumbs to show the way to their new home.  Something.  Anything. (And, yes I left a note at TWAM saying I'd moved and giving my new address.)

Lest you think Scribbles and Photos is just a way station while I wrest one of those abandoned blog names out of Google, it is not.  It popped into my head as I was cleaning out drawers yesterday.  Not bureau drawers but desk and armoire drawers.  Drawers where papers and photos (and photo CDs) tend to collect.  I slept on it overnight, mulled it over today, and poked around on the Web to make sure no one else had had the same idea.  They hadn't and so I snagged it on blogspot and then I took the extra added step and snagged the domain -- www.scribblesandphotos.com  at GoDaddy.  In the last hour, I learned how to point my domain to my blog but have yet to learn how to "mask" my blogspot address.  Maybe something to look into tomorrow or next week or never.

For now, I am contentedly settling into my new home here at Scribbles and Photos.  Getting myself organized for a new year and wondering if Google images will now recatalogue all my photos to this URL.  Only time will tell.

Golden Reflections

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Nature's Gifts

Central Park on a Very Snowy Day
This morning, nature gave Connecticut a light dusting of snow.  Nothing even remotely close to the snows of Christmas' past but it will have to do.  Now, if I only had my boots!

 Merry Christmas everyone!

Snow Tracks







Friday, December 14, 2012

Enough is Enough

Through the Trees
Today, there was a massacre of children.  It is completely and totally heartbreaking.  It is also completely and totally senseless.

28 people are dead.  20 of them are children.  It is the second worst mass shooting in the United States.  The worst was at Virginia Tech in 2007.  32 people died that day.  The carnage today exceeds that of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School (13).  Worse yet, there have been 181 school shootings in the United States since Columbine.

Those were senseless events and this is a senseless event,

Once again, we are asking ourselves why.  We are holding vigils.  We are transfixed by the images of parents hugging their children.  They are the lucky ones.  Their children survived the carnage.    Once again, we are hearing stories of the teachers who hid kids in closets.  The responders who asked children to hold hands and close their eyes so that they would not see the carnage as they were led from the building.

Mercifully, the community has come together and shielded the parents and families of the dead from our prying eyes.  Even without seeing, we know their loss.  We are sending a national hug as our hearts break at the thought.  Mass shootings are senseless. Mass shootings involving children are unfathomable.

Who committed this act?  A 24-year old man with access to guns.

A Glock.  A Sig Sauer.  A semi-automatic rifle.

Recoleta Angel
We may never know what caused him to do this.    What we do know is how he did it.  He did it with those guns he carried.  And we know the first step we need to take on the road to making it harder for this to happen in the future.

We need to step up and tell the President and Congress that it is time to take action on gun control. Please sign this petition at www.whitehouse.gov:

Immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress

Call or write your Congressional Representatives.

Find your representative in the House

Find your Senators

Tell them that the first step on the road to reducing gun violence in this country is reducing access to guns and ammunition.

Tell them all that enough is enough.  Tell them that we are better than this.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The #BGwindows' Follies


#BGWindows Upside Down Girl Band (Partying All Night)

OK, I admit it.  I am obsessed with the Bergdorf Goodman windows.   Bergdorf, with Saks and Lord & Taylor's (L&T) is the last of the grand dame department stores that used to line 5th Avenue.  Yes, Bonwit Teller still exists (just down the street from Bergdorf' as a matter of fact) but it is a pale shadow of what it once was -- a mish mash of items priced to sell to the hoardes of tourists that populate mid-town.  Bergdorf's (as my mother would say). on the other hand, remains the kind of store that is an destination in and of itself -- so big that it takes up not one but two street corners at 58th & 5th.  Now that's a store!

But I digress.  The 2012 Bergdorf holiday windows have been revealed!  And, oh what a wonder they are to behold.  Did I say I was obsessed?  

#BGWindows Featherful Under Construction
A small confession, I am not obsessed enough to wend my way to 58th and 5th during the wee hours of the morning – that time between dark and full daylight.  Urban legend has it that  this is the BEST time photograph them.  Instead, I just work my way around the crowds using a combination of Instagram, my Olympus, and my regular iPhone camera.  I have not yet tried the Lytro -- the depth of field isn't quite deep enough to suit that camera's particular niche but I'll tote it along next time I go to see what I can do.  

The 2012  windows are themed around the follies of the 1920s and, as always with Bergdorf’s, are  spectacular on a scale that no other retailer can quite match.  Even more fun -- this year Bergdorf has gone gaga over social media – their professional photos of the four 5th avenue facing windows can be found on 5th/58th (the BGblog). They've also posted a behind the scenes peek at what goes into creating these windows.  

An added bonus this year is that Bergdorf’s is running the #BGwindows Instagram challenge.  The prize?  A prop from the windows!  Oh, I don’t know quite what I would want if I were so lucky as to win.  The obvious choice – in the go big or go home scheme of things – would be the polar bear (although he is not appearing in the windows this year). He might not fit in my apartment though.  I think one of the smaller mannequins – with costume – would be my choice.  I've been particularly attracted to a small fairy in a corner  as attested to by my paparazzi-like stalking of her.  there is something so delicate about her.  And, as an added bonus, my Instagram of her (center image below) made it on to The Bergdorf Goodman Swipe over on Tumblr (where the hip that walk among us blog).  

#BGWindows Small Fairies in Corners (hanging out 24/7)
A girl can hope!

Herewith some shots taken over the last couple of weekends.  I am sure I will be visiting the #BGWindows several times between now and January 3, 2013 when Bergdorf begins the process of bringing in a new window display (by the by, the Bergdorf windows are worth a visit anytime of year -- this team is that good).  That is assuming the December 21, 2012 which is the end of the Mayan calendar is not also the end of the world!
#BGWindows Featherful Flirt (Day)
#BGWindows Featherful Flirt (Night)

#BGWindows Speak to Me (Day)
#BG Windows Speak for Me (Night)
#BGWindows Mirror, Mirror (Day)
#BGWindows Mirror, Mirror (Night)

#BG Windows Understudy (Day)
#BG Windows Supporting Actor (Night)

#BGWindows Upside down Girl Band (daytime play date)