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Celebrating A Coming Of Age

"One of the greatest things about getting older is that you can look behind and see how it went and that helps you look forward."

One night last week while taking my after-dinner walk, I suddenly had a thought. Actually, it wasn't a thought, it was more like a powerful realization that seemed to ripple throughout my mind, body and spirit.

It felt like a reawakening.

At 62 years old, I feel as though I have more energy and feel more alive than I did when I was in my 30's, 40's, and 50's. I know it sounds completely insane to say this but I actually feel younger now, than I did when I was younger. I've always had a great deal of energy, however, when I was younger my energy was scattered. Now that I'm older, my energy feels more channeled because I'm consciously aware of how to use it.

Practicing Nightlight Photography

Being a self-proclaimed vampire, I am definitely a creature of the night.

And this one of the reasons why I relish Fall and Winter and how the sun sets early. I know that the majority of people prefer loooooong days and short nights, but not me. Truthfully, I'd be happy with about five hours of daylight and the rest nightlight. 

My favorite thing to do during the fall and winter months is take long walks through the city after dinner. I will sometimes walk for two hours, enjoying the peace and quite, and beauty of night. I know this sounds funny, but I actually see better at night. In fact, all my senses seem more acute.

For the past several months, I've been taking my camera with me during my walks and practicing nightlight photography. One of the major reasons for getting this camera was to learn more about using the manual settings (shutter speed, aperture, and ISO) instead of always relying on auto-mode. It's been a wonderful journey; one in which I'm still learning.

Crickets And Mealworms: A Sustainable Protein I Would Never...And I Mean NEVER Eat!

I just recently discovered a faaaabulous new market not far from where I live called, Mom's Organic Market, where I enjoy picking up food odds and ends.

Now before I get into this post, I want to let you know that I'm not at all a health fanatic or a person who eats ONLY organic. Nor am I vegan, fat-free, sugar-free, salt-free, or gluten-free. However, I do eat a balanced diet, and food that is well-prepared. I eat anything I want, but in moderation. And that's not something I consciously do to be a healthier person, it's simply the way I've always eaten.

I eat like a true Italian, enjoying my food with a tremendous amount of passion. And I eat without any guilt.

Eating to me is not something I do just to satisfy my hunger, I eat because I enjoy "the experience" of eating. And those of you who also have a passion for food understand what I'm talking about, I'm sure.

Central Park West And New York City's Landmark, The Dakota

After my visit to Top of the Rock, I decided to take a walk through Central Park and stop by the gorgeous New York City landmark apartment building, The Dakota, to get some photographs. It's funny though because when I lived in NYC back in the 70's-80's, I simply took this iconic marker for granted. I had several friends who lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, so I walked past it quite often; never giving it a second glance.

The Dakota was infamous for housing many celebrities. Past celebrities include:

Film actress, Lauren Bacall
Composer, Leonard Bernstein
Singer, Rosemary Clooney
Comedian, Gilda Radner
Singer/Actress, Judy Garland

The Dakota was also the film location for Roman Polanski's chilling movie, Rosemary's Baby