Thursday, August 25, 2011

New York On My Mind

      I've been reading a lot of blogs lately and I've noticed that New York is in a lot of people's photos, and on a lot of people's minds...It's on my mind too this morning. I'll tell you about that in a minute.
        Ashley and Aron (Hither & Thither blog) live in New York, so it's understandable that they would be talking a lot about it.
      I mean...their whole life is New York. And they just recently had a new sweet little baby, Hudson, who they've just been venturing out with...to show him their great city! How could they 'not' talk about it?!
       And, Oh Yeah, Vanessa (The Voyage of V blog) recently moved from Sweden to New York....and with a whole big old, new city like New York, including the Brooklyn Bridge, which she took a walk over for the first time the other day, to explore....you'd expect her to be talking about it too!
         In fact, she's taken some gorgeous pictures of her whole transition period...I can't show you the pictures though.  I didn't have time this morning to wait for permission to use them, and her bio says that if I do she'll hunt me down! O_0  LOL So, I don't want hurricane Irene AND Vanessa hunting me down today!! ^_^ You'll just have to follow the above link and see for yourself!
       But Jan (Becoming blog), I just found out this morning, takes a yearly trip to New York City, The Big Apple. Her and her daughter just got back. There's some very nice photos on her blog too. My favorites are of Central Park...
       
         ...and this store window showing the latest imported jewelry.
        Apparently it looks like the trend might be for 'BIG' this year. As I said to her, maybe my poor little crocheted necklaces might have a chance to get out in the market this year!! :-] I did just sell three yesterday!! :-) We'll see!
      Also, Remember The Pioneer Woman?!        

       If you've been following my blog for a while, you know how much I love her blog!! In fact, hubby just recently made a recipe of hers that I shared. Well, She's got a new show now...on The Food Network !! And they have a location in...you guessed it...New York!! Although I'm not sure if that's where she'll be shooting the show from. But, it doesn't matter. I'm definitely gonna be watching it!..You can check out her intro to the new show HERE.
      But the reason I've had New York on my mind is because of Hurricane Irene. I have friends and family that live in New York and it looks like they're gonna take a direct hit from the 'Big Girl' before she breaks up some and heads our way. {Some forecasts say she 'may' be just a tropical storm by the time she reaches us. That'll still be a lot of wind and rain, but not more than 135 miles an hour winds...which is on the other end of what they're saying we could get!}}
     So, be safe New Yorkers!!! Now is not the time for excitement about hurricane pictures and that! Now is the time to 'baton down the hatches'! Make sure you have enough supplies. And time to keep an eye on older neighbors, family, and friends who may be a bit nervous about what's ahead.
     There's one other 'great' thing about New York. It's something that I've been enjoying for a few years now. It's the PS 22 Chorus!! It's an Elementary School chorus from Public School 22 in Graniteville, Staten Island New York.
       Wikipedia says it's composed of 60 to 70 5th graders, and it's directed by Gregg Breinberg.
PS22 is the largest elementary school in Staten Island and it draws students from a wide cross section of ethnic groups and socio-economic levels. 
       I didn't know all the details until this morning. I just know I love them!! And I always go over to Youtube to check on them from time to time to see what new songs they're singing. If you haven't heard them, you're in for a treat! The first time I heard them I got goose bumps and started to cry!!...Here's one of their latest...

         Students are assigned to the chorus after an annual auditioning process at the beginning of each school year.  The chorus meets twice a week during school hours to practice, and performs throughout the year at school functions, local events, and on special requests.
       With earthquakes happening, and a hurricane on the way, I didn't want my only thoughts of New York to be about worrying. Thanks to the PS 22 chorus it won't be...Have a good day everybody. And if you live in the path of Irene, get prepared and stay safe.
         I'll leave you today with the very first song I ever heard PS 22 sing...Get out your hankies. ;'_';



Describe The Sky

Evoking awe and bouts of wonder.
Such inspiration, you just want to cry.
With birds high-flying, and winds a blowing,
what words would you use to describe the sky?

Would you say, whether clouds are upon it,
that it blankets a wondrous space?
Or would you be more awed and humbled,
hoping there you would find God's face?

I would say that when standing quiet,
looking up at the sun or moon,
there's a feeling of peaceful oneness
that I hope won't go away too soon.

Evoking bouts of awe and wonder
was probably what it was designed to do;
That is, besides giving off light and weather,
and the most spectacular view!

16 comments:

  1. Those kids are outstanding! I got goose bumps! Thanks for sharing. I sure hope our friends in NY take precautions. And you too! Those kind of winds are nothing to play around with!
    Take care!

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  2. CinLynn, I told you!! :-)) They're little goose bump producers!...And I agree about my New York friends...and myself! We're all in this area praying and preparing. Trying not to get too crazy!!!! :-] But since I'm already 'half' crazy...it's a fight!!...We're getting a thunder storm today too! UGH!...Have a good day Bead. :-)

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  3. Great post Deb about my fav city! And you know I am biased because I am a NY'er!! lol Great pics you shared. Crazy week huh? The other day felt a bit of that earthquake and now we are waiting for the hurricane! Hoping this will be another case of talking it up so much and it won't be as bad! Say safe this weekend!

    :)

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  4. Deb, WOW, some of those necklaces are huge. You would think that it would hurt your neck wearing something that heavy. LOL Those kids are good and such great harmony. Even though it may not be as strong when it gets to you, it can still do allot of damage and be pretty scary. They were showing 70 mile an hour winds on the news. It was blowing tiles off the roofs, breaking windows, the palm trees were almost bending to the ground. Some very scary stuff. It just increased to a category 4. You take care, be safe. You and all of our friends are in our prayers. HUGS! Peg

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  5. Cathy, Thanks! And you are on the list of people on my mind. I'm afraid it's looking more and more like it's not just a lot of talk this time. Mayor Bloomberg just gave a press conference about preparedness for New Yorkers!! O_O The weather people are using words like 'catastrophic'!...Get ready. And STAY SAFE!!!

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  6. Peg, *Heehee* You made me giggle about the necklaces. I hadn't thought about the fact that you might have to go to the gym in order to get prepared...to wear the latest jewelry trend this year! ^_^ Too funny!!...About the hurricane, It apparently isn't hitting landfall in Florida, so not so bad at that end of the coast, but up this way...North Carolina on up...we're in for it!!! It's coming on-land!! Trees, power lines, and flooding is going to be the story I'm afraid.

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  7. I loooove NYC, I would live there if Husby would let us move, but he says it's too far away from his family.

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  8. Elle, I do too!!! Obviously, right?! ^_^ I don't know if I'd ever be able to live where I want to in New York right now though, so visiting is good enough...for now. :-)

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  9. Wow Deb, Thank you for sharing PS22 Chorus. Those kids are just amazing. They sing with so much heart and soul. Thank you for reminding us to keep those that are in the path of Irene in our thoughts and prayers.Always love reading your blog. Have a great day!!!!!!

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  10. SnowflakeDreams1, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Youtube has a whole lot of other songs that they sing. There's all different classes he's taught. Their teacher is amazing too!!...Thank you so much for the nice words too. :-) And you have a good day too!

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  11. Lately I've been tuning into your blog for the weather, current events and some world history.

    Who needs the news anymore!

    Another great post, hope you have a great 'the day after hump day/the day before TGIF'

    Lisa

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  12. Lisa, Ha! Ha! Oh No! Does that men I've ventured into the 'den of the weather man'?!! ^_^ I can't take credit for my news and weather. My local News channel is amazing!! WWLP 22News. That's where I've been getting the nice photos to share too...And you know me, tomorrow I could have a full brain melt-down. Then where would you be?! LOL Probably somewhere with no umbrella, chomping on a baguette in the rain! ^_^

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  13. Congrats on selling 3 necklaces! I guess you've caught the wave. I'd better start working on some bigger necklaces after all.
    Thanks for mentioning my blog.

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  14. Jansjems, Thank you! But I don't know if you can call it a wave yet! ^_^ It was a wonderful 'word of mouth' purchase. And I very much appreciate the customer suggesting my shop to someone else!...But Yeah...bigger necklace time it seems!! :-)

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  15. Did you get to watch the Pioneer Woman's show? I'm jealous. I don't think we will ever get to see that on tv here. If we are lucky though maybe one day it might be :)
    Those children are adorable! They gave me goose-bumps. They sing so sweetly.

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  16. Jo-anne, You know...I was so busy watching the Weather channel all night, I TOTALLY forgot about the Pioneer Woman!! But the good thing is that either my local TV cable network, or the online channel that carries her show will no doubt have the full episode. So I'll be able to watch it later...And you're absolutely right about the PS 22 kids!! I spent practically the whole day when I did that post listening to song after song of theirs! :-) I think I'm going to do that today too...before the hurricane hits!! O_0

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