Thursday, September 30, 2010


Very cool that I have been invited to be part of this years SKYLANDS CLEAN ART SHOW.

Here are some of what I was thinking of entering.  Of these I will probably choose two... 

Come out and support a great cause on October 24th!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


After seeing the Great White (Betty White that is), on Inside The Actor's Studio last night, I couldn't help think of what seemed to be a much simpler time in my life, the 1970's. 

I was a teenager back then enjoying the likes of everything from Elton John to TAB... and of course Saturday night wouldn't be the same with out The Mary Tyler Moore Show. 

Funny, well written as well as acted was just the beginning.  Loved by the critics and public alike, these characters were your friends and family. 


(Below from

Created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns that aired on CBS from 1970 to 1977. The program was a television breakthrough, with the first never-married, independent career woman as the central character: "As Mary Richards, a single woman in her thirties, Moore presented a character different from other single TV women of the time. She was not widowed or divorced or seeking a man to support her."

  • Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore), a single native Minnesotan moves to Minneapolis in 1970 at age 30 and becomes Associate Producer of WJM-TV's Six O'clock News. Her sincere, kind demeanor often acts as a foil for the personalities of her co-workers and friends.
  • Lou Grant (Edward Asner) is the Producer (later Executive Producer) of the news. His tough, work-oriented demeanor does not hide his soft-hearted nature. He is referred to as "Lou" by everyone, including Mary's friends, with the exception of Mary herself, who can rarely bring herself to call him by his first name rather than "Mr. Grant."
  • Murray Slaughter (Gavin MacLeod), the head writer of the news makes frequent quips for Ted Baxter's mangling of his news copy, and Sue Ann Nivens' aggressive, man-hungry attitude. He is Mary's closest coworker and close friend. Murray is married to Marie, and has several children.
  • Ted Baxter (Ted Knight), is the dim-witted, vain, and miserly anchorman of the Six O'Clock News. He frequently makes mistakes and is oblivious to the actual nature of the topics covered on the show, but considers himself to be the country's best news journalist. He is often criticized by others, especially Murray and Lou for his many shortcomings, but is never fired from his position.
  • Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper) (1970–74), is Mary's best friend and upstairs neighbor. She is very outgoing but also down on herself. She is constantly worried about her weight and seems a bit jealous of Mary. Rhoda and Phyllis are always at odds and love finding faults with each other. After four years, Rhoda moves back to New York for the spinoff series Rhoda.
  • Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman) (1970–75), is Mary's snobbish friend and neighbor. She is married to an unseen character, Lars, a dermatologist, and has a precocious daughter, Bess. Phyllis is controlling and often arrogant. She is actively involved in groups and clubs, is a political activist and a supporter of Women's Liberation. After five seasons, Phyllis is widowed and moves to San Francisco in the spinoff series Phyllis.
  • Sue Ann Nivens (Betty White) (1973–77), host of WJM's The Happy Homemaker. Her demeanor is superficially cheerful, but she feels free to make frequent judgemental comments towards Mary, personal insults towards Murray, and obvious sexual double entendres, especially to Lou Grant, to whom she is particularly attracted.


Thursday, September 23, 2010


BUTTERFLY, 2010 (Monochrome)


Today is officially the first full day of autumn, the beginning of certainly one of my favorite seasons. 

First off the cooler temps are a welcome change from the dog days of summer.  The fireplace will certainly be lit on many a night and heartier home cooking will replace all the grilling I’ve done recently.

Halloween and Thanksgiving are my two favorite holidays, and of course are back to back!

The colorful fall foliage will soon be here so be sure not to miss it as once that happens, winter is around the corner!


I decided to start this photography project again in which you need to take at least one photograph a day. 

Sounds like an easy project, right?  It certainly is not. 

This time around I have at least three cameras at my disposal, so even it it means a (not so great) cell phone shot, it'll have to do!


Grace Haverty is an artist that is originally from Brooklyn, NY and now resides in Arizona.  I decided that I would feature her on my blog today.  Not only is she a talented artist, she also happens to be my aunt!

"Nathan's Hot Dog" 7/50, watercolor 2010"
 This is a limited edition print of a watercolor.  It is based on a photograph of my Grandfather she took in front of Nathan's Famous in Coney Island NY.  Needless to say, I was THRILLED to get a copy!

Here is her original "BROOKLYN BRIDGE" which hangs in my home.

Please check out her official website for more images and her bio...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


All of us here in the Northeast survived a long hot summer with the help of the pool in my Townhome Community in Wanaque, NJ.

Lately the weather has been quite cool, but not too cold that one would need to turn the heat on.  As a matter of fact, I can’t remember when there has been stretch where the A/C wasn’t blasting or I was thinking about lighting the fireplace! 

That’s how the past few weeks have been, thank God.

Here comes the but…  For the next few days, the temperature is supposed to hover close to 90 degrees with an increase in humidity.

 What is no longer open?  The Pool of course!

Jumping the fence isn’t even an option because it’s covered, all ready for the falling leaves and Old Man Winter.

So since I’m yearning for the “Cement Pond”, I thought I’d post some shots from this season as well as summers past…



Some shots of the Moon...


When you get caught between the Moon and New York City
I know it's crazy, but it's true
If you get caught between the Moon and New York City
The best that you can do ......
The best that you can do is fall in love


Today marks my 6th anniversary at CapOne.  Hard to believe.  What's even harder to believe it that it has been 20 years since I started my Banking career.  Not without it's bumps in the road, kind of like life, but it's been a long way since working on the platform of the Ridgewood NJ branch of (then) United Jersey Bank to working as an AVP in Compliance.   Not too bad for someone that cannot balance his own checkbook...!

Vacation in PITTSBURGH?

Believe it or not, yes, Pittsburgh.  Last year I decided to take a road trip to this city with The Andy Warhol Museum as one of the places I had wanted to see for a long time. 

Aside from football (GO STEELERS!), one wouldn't think that there was much to do or see there.  On the contrary, this city surprised me.  Would I go back?  Definately.  

The entire area is abundant with beautiful sights, delicious food, top notch museums, and friendly locals that are not afraid to tell you why Pittsburgh is such a great place to live as well as visit!

Monday, September 20, 2010


Not far from my house at all and a great place to visit especially in the Fall. 

Both Sugarloaf and Warwick NY are quaint artisan communities with great shopping, scenery, and food & grog. 

Since Autumn is their peak season, mostly because of the changing foliage, go early, especially on weekends!