The Empire State Building, New York

The elusive Mari, with the curly black hair and Soo

“Well, how long is your program? Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together… and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home… only to no home I’d ever known… I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like… magic.”

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Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

“Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.”
Neil Gaiman


I visited to see the The Uses of Photography: Art, Politics, and the Reinvention of a Medium show.

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Belvedere Castle, Central Park, Manhattan, New York


The very first time I read about this castle was in The Magic Tree House book series “Blizzard of the Blue Moon”. My daughter was sitting in her bed while I read her most favorite book. The author Mary Pope Osborne magically weaves her story while including facts or places in American History. I never dreamed at the time I’d actually get to see it!

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Empire State Building

When I was a kid I read amazing facts of figures about the world’s tallest, longest, widest, and fastest things on earth in Guinness Book of World Records.  The Empire State Building was built in 1931 and the world’s tallest building for 40 years.   I never thought I would see it in person.  


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Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, New York


Seeing the Statue of Liberty in person for the first time is awe inspiring and fills me with a sense of hope for our great country. The first patriotic song that comes to mind is My Country, ‘Tis of Thee, I recall singing this in Elementary school. Now of course I have this song stuck in my head. :>)

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Langan’s Pub – New York

langans-1360An Irish pub in Portland had my favorite mushroom sauce and steak.  It was a mixture of wild mushrooms and enhanced the flavor of a ribeye steak that was already delicious from the char, salt & pepper.  An Irish pub in Palm Springs had my favorite chicken pot pie.  Crust was crunchy and the flavor of the chicken and gravy put Marie Calendar’s to shame.  

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