Monday, June 30, 2008

Retired = Successfully Unemployed!

Today, my husband is retiring from the news business. Wow.  For over 35 years - since his freshman year in college - he has worked in broadcasting.  While still a student at Xavier
 University in Cincinnati, he worked in both the radio and television stations of the university.  While a junior at Xavier, he started working at WKRC in Cincinnati.  Eventually, he became a 
news producer at WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio (left).  It was during his time there - almost 31 years ago - that I joined him on his journey.

When Ted Turner decided to start CNN Headline News (then called CNN2)  in the early 80s, we moved to Atlanta to be part of that adventure.  For almost three years, Michael produced a number of shows on Headline News before moving to CNN to become executive producer of Week In Review.  He stayed there for a year until we moved back to Columbus when he was named assistant news director at WTVN (now WSYX).  Eager, however, to run his own shop, he accepted a position at KVBC-TV (right) in Las Vegas in 1987.  We lived in Las Vegas until our move to Nashville in 1995.

In a business where the average news director stays only about 2 years or so - either because the owner or GM wants to make a change or because the ND wants a new opportunity - Michael has been a bit different, staying in Las Vegas eight years and Nashville 13.  He's had the opportunity to move on and up,  in the past 10 years, but he always decided that it was more important to stay with a good company and good staff at NewsChannel5. I can tell you that while he is proud of the fact that he took both stations to the top of the ratings war, he  has always been most proud of having great people in his newsrooms.  The awards that NewsChannel5  won over the years is proof of this - local Emmys (over 70), national Emmys, a duPont, a Peabody, Murrows, AP and IRE awards.  (The photo at the top of this post is from an Emmy dinner when he won his second of four regional Emmys for News Excellence.).

In May, his company offered employees 55 and older (for which he just qualifies) a great incentive to retire early.  After a month of researching and debating the pros and cons involved in retiring this young, he surprised everyone by accepting it.  He says that I have put up with his hours (leaving the house 6:30 am and coming home at 7 pm or later) and work schedule (no vacations during ratings months of February, May, July or November), and he wants to spend more time with me (He doesn't know what he's in for.).  

Michael has always loved his job . . . always loved going to work.  I am proud of him, his dedication, his passion, his spirit and his good heart and have loved him for all of those reasons and more.  I know he's going to miss the newsroom, but they will survive without him, and he will survive without them.  As he ends this journey, he begins another one which, we both know, will bring a lot of excitement, change, and adventure.

Congratulations, dear, on your retirement.  You deserve it!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Big Brother is Home!!

Yesterday, our 29-year old son, Jason, came home to visit for three days and for a special celebration (tomorrow's post).    A graphic artist at a TV station in Florida, he hasn't been home in two years. Because he's the only graphic artist on staff, he isn't able to get much time off, and it's easier for us to go and see him.   Kasey (L) and Decker were as happy to see their "big brother" as his mom and dad were.

ADDITIONAL COMMENT AT 3:30 PM:  Thanks for the kind comments.  He is our only child, and we miss him a lot.  From the time we got married almost 31 years ago, we have not lived close to our families, and while our mothers were alive, they were saddened by the fact that work took us away from them.  I never quite understood why it bothered them so much.  As Jason got older, went away to college and then moved even farther away for his job, I very quickly realized why our mothers felt the way they did.  

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Magnificent Mini Magnolia

Because of last year's drought, we lost a lot of trees and bushes.  We replaced all of them in the fall with other plants and are trying to keep them alive in somewhat similar conditions this summer.  One of the trees we bought as a replacement is this mini magnolia.  I love magnolias, but everyone told me that they tend to be very messy and that the mini versions are much better.  Ours is only about 4 ft. tall, but the first buds are starting to bloom (above).  The magnolia always brings to mind (at least to me), the slow, southern summers.

The next two days will be very busy around NDP.  I'll have photos to post about the events surrounding us in the next few days.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Old Barn Window

I happened to see this old barn window some time back.  I love how the peeling paint adds more  texture to the old wood.  If you look closely, you can see the back of a cow just peeking over the window sill.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Hosta and Waterdrops

Our weather has started to turn hot and dry, again, and everyone is wondering whether we're going to have another summer like  2007 this year.  To try to avoid losing any trees this year, we have tried to lightly water our plants every morning or evening.  I happened to walk outside and see a few precious droplets on the flower of one of our hosta plants.

Re: Rain. . . . We expected to get some rain over last weekend, but it was cloudy and dry (and HUMID) most of Saturday.  That evening, we drove to Opry Mills Mall, which is on the other side of town and about 20 miles from our house.  As we passed through downtown, we noticed that the sky east of the area was very dark, and by the time we got to Briley Parkway on the eastside of town, we were in the middle of a huge storm.  We drove north on Briley toward the mall, and we were suddenly driving into the sun, again, and the road was dry.  By the time we got to the mall, there was no rain.

Apparently, the rain - quite a bit of rain - hit only one portion of town, dumping about 1/2 inch of water near the airport and Donelson.

Answer to What is it Wednesday?: A dried leaf sitting on the root of a huge oak tree.  (The leaf, I know, is not an oak leaf.)  I was stretching a bit yesterday as I couldn't find the photo I wanted to post. 


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

What is it? Wednesday

This is probably pretty easy.  I saw it while I was walking around last week.  What is it?

I've decided that Wednesdays will be "What is it Wednesday?" on Nashville Daily Photo. . . at least for as long as I can find a "what is it?" to post.  

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Moo Are You?

The cow is of
The bovine ilk.
One end is moo
The other, milk.
~ Ogden Nash

(Just in case you need a smile today!)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Monroe Carell, Jr. Dies

A couple of weeks ago, I posted photos of the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University.  (Click here for the first post.)  The window in today's photo is from the hospital's chapel.

Over the weekend, Carell passed away from cancer.  Carell, who headed Central Parking, was a philanthropist who backed several causes.  I understand that he helped raise more than $75 MILLION to build Children's Hospital.  More importantly, he cared about the children there.  You can read more about him here.

The Nashville community (as well as the world community) has lost a good friend.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Fair Food

I can be a picky eater at times. Picky might be too strong a word.  I don't eat foods that have a high fat content.  Although it's very hard to avoid it completely, I don't eat stuff made with white sugar.  I hate onions, peppers, a lot of garlic (everything in moderation!), and fish.  All that being said, I do tend to crave food sold at fairs and festivals.  However, I usually don't give in to the temptation.

Except for the onions, peppers, fish and garlic-laden foods, I used to love certain foods - donuts (cream donuts!), candy, ice cream, french fries, burgers, etc.  Dropping the sugar was the hardest thing to do.  I had cravings for a month, but I didn't break down.  It's been two years since I gave up sugar and started watching the other things, and I've lost weight, and, more importantly, my cholesterol has dropped dramatically.  I find that if I do eat something that has a lot of sugar or fat in it, I get sick, and that's enough to keep my will power strong.

Is there anything you refuse to eat?

Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Mother of all Guitars!

Pretty cool guitar, no?  Wouldn't you love to have it in your yard or house?

This metal sculpture is the work of Dale Rogers.  Since 2000, Rogers has been a working sculptor who shapes stainless steel, steel and aluminum into beautiful works of art.  He creates pieces for both home and garden as well as functional items such as chairs, tables, wine racks, etc.
The pieces he was selling at the American 
Artisan Fair were HUGE.  I asked my husband to stand near the guitar so you could get some idea how big it is.  Michael is about six-feet tall, and the guitar appears to be at least twice as tall.  You better have high ceilings if you want the guitar in your house!  :-)

The dog (left) is not quite as big. . .maybe about 10 feet tall.

To check out more of Dale Rogers's work, click here.

Friday, June 20, 2008

SkyWatch Friday: Wind Chime Against Blue Skies

I lied!  Well, I really didn't lie.  I was going to post a photo of a guitar today, but I forgot it was SkyWatch Friday.  So, today I'll show a beautiful wind chime against the blue, blue Middle Tennessee Sky.

Tune back tomorrow for a guitar you won't believe.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Beagle Baby

A lot of people who attend the fair and festivals in Centennial Park bring their dogs with them.  I have brought mine at times, but terriers (mine especially) tend to want to greet everyone and everything a little too enthusiastically, so I  usually leave them at home rather than risk breaking a piece of art or someone's arm.  :-)  Of course, since I leave Kasey and Decker home, I get to greet the myriad of four-legged creatures lucky enough to meander through the booths and exhibits. 

We came upon this adorable Beagle a few times.  Being only 5 or 6 months old, she was quite curious about everything around her.  I was so taken with her that I forgot to ask her name.  Darn.  My husband loves Beagles, and I think one would make a great companion for K & D.  He's not so sure.  Double darn!

Answer to What Is It Wednesday?  Hammocks!

Tomorrow:  A guitar you wouldn't believe.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

What is it Wednesday?

I have decided that Wednesdays are going to be "What is it Wednesday?" for at least as long as I can find something interesting to quiz you about.

I saw this Sunday at the American Artisan Fair.  Any idea what it is?

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Raku Pottery

I love Raku pottery. Using an ancient Japanese technique, potters turn regular stoneware into brightly colored pieces.  Bruce Odell (above) demonstrated part of the raku technique at the American Artisan Festival on Sunday.  

Raku firing is a multi-step process:Basically, the clay piece is bisque-fired first to harden it.  The potter then glazes it and fires it in a special raku kiln.  When the piece comes out of the raku kiln, the potter puts it in a tub of combustible material, and the heat of the piece causes the combustibles to light and set the glaze.  Bruce used what looked to be manure for this step.

The photo below shows a few samples of his pottery.

To watch a demo on raku pottery, to see more of Bruce's work, or to get more information on Odell Pottery, click here.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Ellen Britton at the Artisan Fair

Friday through Sunday, Centennial Park hosted another art fair, The American Artisan Festival in the Park.  Sponsored by Metro Parks and American Artisan Craft & Art Gallery, the Festival benefits Gilda's Club.  Unlike the TACA, which has both a spring and fall fair, American Artisan has just this one festival annually and features beautiful art done by artists from all over the United States.

In addition, the festival features mini-concerts throughout the weekend.  While we were at the fair on Sunday, we got to hear Ellen Britton perform.  Ellen has a great voice and has performed with a number of artists including Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Jo Dee Messina and Pam Tillis.   For more information on Ellen Britton, click here.

Tomorrow:  Raku pottery

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Alan Daigre-Meet the People of Middle TN

I thought I would introduce you to a few of the people who make Nashville and Middle Tennessee what they are.

Last month, I showed you a few beautiful, handmade rockers done by Alan Daigre.  He displayed them at TACA, an arts and crafts festival held in Centennial Park twice a year.  Today, I introduce you to Alan.  

Alan designed the rockers himself, and he handcarves the pieces, sands them, and connects them with one piece of rope.  When you sit on the chair, the pieces conform to the shape of your body, making the rocker very comfortable and relaxing.

Hey, Alan.  Your rockers rock!  (Literally and figuratively)

Click here to see the rockers, again.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

All Saints Southern Episcopal Church

Located in the Sylvan Park neighborhood of Nashville, All Saints Southern Episcopal Church is a small but beautiful house of worship.  All Saints calls itself  "the friendly church with the red doors."  The church follows the faith and practice of the Episcopal Church as brought to the USA in 1789.

I particularly like this church because of its stone construction and red doors.  While I've never gone inside, I imagine it's just as nice inside as out.

To check out the church's website, click here.

Friday, June 13, 2008

SkyWatch Friday: Red against the Blue and White

While driving in the parking lot of Nashville West, a rather new shopping plaza on the westside (duh!) of Nashville, I saw these poppies growing all over a small ravine that runs along the lot.  
The white clouds against the blue sky also caught my eye.

Nashville West is a huge plaza situated on Charlotte Pike.  Three years ago, this strip of land was full of trees, plants, wildflowers and weeds.  Today, it's another cement jungle.  Stores currently open there include Target, Dick's Sporting Goods, BestBuy, Books-A-Million, and World Market.  There are other stores currently open, and developers are busy building more portions of the plaza.  You can see that they've cleared the area above for construction.

While I like the place, I personally don't understand why the outdoor plazas have become popular again since I don't relish walking in hot, cold, or rainy weather to go from store to store.  (Luckily, we don't have to contend with snow in Nashville too often.)  I much prefer staying dry and comfortable in a temperature-controlled mall. . . but that's me.

There are, as I write this, over 110 bloggers participating in SkyWatch Friday.  The number is sure to climb to more than 200 by Friday afternoon. You can find links to the other participating sites on Wigger's World by clicking here.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Lazzaroli's #2

The minute I walked into Lazzaroli's for the first time, I fell in love with it.  It wasn't so much the decor, which is very nice (above), but the smell was wonderful!  The blended smell of tomatoes and garlic and onion and cheese was wonderfully aromatic.  It reminded me of the stores of my childhood and of my grandmother's kitchen.

I make my own pasta and ravioli, although I will buy both if they are handmade and different from the kind I make.  The first time we went to Lazzaroli's, I bought goat cheese/pear ravioli.  I fixed it with a brown butter sauce, which we liked, although I would have preferred to make a light cheese/cream sauce.  Since I don't keep milk in the house, though, that was out.  The ravioli was great.  We may try the pumpkin ravioli next.

Lazzaroli's is located in Germantown in what I think is an old house.  The offer all kinds of things in the store - fresh pastas, sauces, cheeses, olives, take and bake meals, etc.  They will make vegan and wheat-free pasta, although they don't currently make gluten-free pasta.  By visiting their website, you can find out more about them and get recipes.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Lazzaroli's Pasta YUM!

Growing up in NE Ohio, I was used to having a bunch of Italian stores around. In Youngstown, Ohio, you can still find Rulli Brothers, Anzivino's, and LaRiccia's.  I *love* going in them when I get back to Y'town.

Unfortunately, many of  the larger cities in which I've lived as an adult have not had many *authentic* stores.  There is a big difference in the cheese that you buy from a chain grocery and the ones you'll find in a small, ethnic grocery.

A few months ago, I found a GREAT Italian store in Nashville - Lazzaroli's Pasta.  They make their own pastas, ravioli (including pumpkin, pear/goat cheese, butternut squash, and more), and sauces.  The smell reminds me of my grandmother's house.  Sigh.

Tomorrow, I'll show you the store inside.

Yesterday's What Is It was the entrance to a bar.  Pretty cool, no?  Brian was close!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

What Is It? #2

I saw these red lights and had to take the photo.  So, what are they?

Monday, June 9, 2008

Nashville's Ambassador of Laughs

As I posted yesterday, NewsChannel5's NewsHound travels the world with me.  He's been all over the States, attended my trade shows, flown on planes and gone on cruises, and visited a number of countries in Europe.  He does spend a lot of time in my bag, it's true, but when we stop somewhere, he comes out so I can take a photo of him.  He always attracts attention, and people are apt to smile and laugh when they see him enjoying the same activities that Michael and I enjoy.  Above, he is enjoying a local beverage in the main square of Bruges, Belgium.  I had a diet coke . . . and waffle.

He does have his own scrapbooks, by the way.

NOTE:  Abraham asked me a question about the news business in comments yesterday.  I answered him in the comment section today.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

NewsHound and Me

I thought I'd spend a few days on a pretty light topic.

If you have been a regular visitor to my blog, you might know that my husband is the news director at NewsChannel5 (WTVF-TV), the CBS affiliate in Nashville.  As is common with many stations around the country, NewsChannel5 has a mascot, NewsHound (above).  NewsHound comes in many shapes and forms, including the "beanie" shown above, a larger, stuffed NewsHound, a phone, and a costumed human one that appears at football games and other events.  

NewsHound is a very lucky guy as he gets to travel around with me and see the world.  He's been all over the States, as well as Europe and the Caribbean.  In the photo above, he was trying to escape my carry-on since our flight out of Nashville was delayed, and he needed a little fresh air.

Tomorrow:  I'll show you NewsHound visiting a famous site.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Life is Beautiful

"Please stay and look around.  
You never know what you 
might find hiding under 
a thistle somewhere."
- Eeyore
(A. A. Milne)

The past few weeks have been pretty stressful around NDP, and I sat yesterday afternoon and stared at photos I shot a few weeks ago of thistles and Queen Anne's Lace - weeds.  For some reason, they calmed me down, and I came to a conclusion:

There are a lot of beautiful plants and flowers in our gardens, and they take a lot of sunshine and rain to grow.  Weeds pop up in the gardens, and it takes work to keep the weeds in check so that they don't choke the beauty of the other flowers and bushes. But, every so often, something beautiful grows out of those weeds.  Sometimes, we just have to look for it.  

Life is exactly that way, too.

Have a good Saturday, everyone.

Friday, June 6, 2008

SkyWatch Friday: Red Sky at Night. . .

This has been a long and arduous week for us, so I'm going to keep the commentary to a minimum and present this beautiful sunset for your viewing pleasure (I hope you view it with pleasure, anyway!).  I took if from our deck, and the line of trees is the same one on the far side of the cow pasture behind our house.

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PS. I didn't manipulate this or change it or enhance it at all.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Children's Hospital #3

I mentioned Children's Hospital's "star-studded" staircase in my posts Monday and yesterday, and I'm pleased to show it to you today.  Rising from the first floor to the second floor, the staircase swirls and is lined with a metal ribbon with stars cut out of it.  My photo doesn't do it justice, but it is really a lovely staircase.

This cheerful and colorful piece of art is on one of the walls near administrative offices on the second floor.  The two boxes hold sheets of puzzles and coloring pages with which kids can play while the adults take care of business.

Also in the lobby of the second floor is a working train set that kids (and adults) can watch and play with.  There are three trains on three tracks on three levels.  You can push the buttons to make the trains go around the tracks.  The entire set is behind plexiglass to protect it.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

More Children's Hospital

Yesterday I showed you a little of the artwork around Children's Hospital, as well as the sign at the main entrance.  The cheerful ambiance is continued throughout the hospital.  Near the lobby on the second floor, a huge frog sculpture entertains everyone who walks by (above).  While he doesn't make sounds, what you can't see is that lights in his stomach blink on and off.

Outside the hospital's main entrance, a colorful catfish greets everyone who walks by or into the hospital.  The catfish was one of the sculptures found around Nashville a few years ago.  Local artists decorated the fiberglass fish, and businesses bought them for display.
Hanging from the ceiling between the elevators on the second floor, this colorful glass light fixture adds an artistic flare as well as light to the building.

Tomorrow, I'll show you a bit more and the staircase.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

Yesterday, I showed you a bit of the Children's Miracle Network Telethon which took place at the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University.  I thought
 I would show you a bit of the hospital over the next few days. Named for its main benefactor, the hospiral is consistently ranked in the Top 25 Children's Hospitals in the country.  US News & World Report today ranked it #23 overall, #14 in Neonatology and #20 in Neurology.

The hospital has over 220 beds as well as over 100 beds in intensive care and neonatal intensive care.  There are 16 operating rooms and room for 25 patients in the emergency room.  Last year (2007), there were over 226,000 visits made to Children's Hospital.  You can read more about the hospital by clicking here.

One thing I really like about the hospital is the color.  Instead of pale green and yellow walls and stark-white linoleum floors, Children's Hospital is all about bright colors.  The logo, which includes the two stick-figure children holding hands and the primary-colored name (above center), welcomes you to the hospital's main entrance.  Inside, colorful works of art done by children adorn the walls (above right).  

The photo on the left is of the Butterfly Garden.  which is located on the 2nd floor near the Food Court.  You can buy a butterfly and have your name or the name of a loved one inscribed on it.

Tomorrow:  I'll show you a few of the sculptures, the hospital's star-studded staircase, and a fish out of water.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Children's Miracle Network Telethon

Saturday and Sunday, you may have seen the Children's Miracle Network Telethon on one of your local television stations.  NewsChannel5, the CBS affiliate in Nashville telecast the local segments from the Monroe Carell, Jr.  Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University.  Various news anchors and station personalities hosted the broadcast which also featured stories about patients, doctors, nurses and others involved.   Volunteers from throughout the community answered donation phones, and children of station personnel appeared on set every hour to update viewers on the total raised at that point.  The little kids are especially excited to visit and appear on the set at times.

The Children's Miracle Network is a nonprofit organization that raises money to help families and to benefit the programs of various children's hospitals around the country.  While a lot of the money comes through individual donations, many corporations donate checks, also.  While we were at the telethon, local Costco employees presented two checks (more than $20,000) to the telethon hosts.  This year, the telethon raised $1.6 million, down about $500,000 from last year.

To read more about Children's Miracle Network, click here.

Side note:  Thanks to all of you for your kind words about my post yesterday.  In a way, Paper Moon was like my baby.  I birthed it, watched it grow, played with it, had fun with it, stressed over it, worried about it, and loved it, and grieved over it.  Thank you for understanding.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

THEME DAY: Favorite Corner Store

Today is THEME DAY, and this month's theme is our favorite corner/neighborhood store.  Today also marks the first anniversary of the official closing of my store, Paper Moon. For that reason, I thought I would post it and show you a bit of the Moon.

When I opened Paper Moon in 1998, it was the first scrapbook store in Middle Tennessee.  We were not, however, just a scrapbook store.  We also sold rubber stamps (art), paper arts of all jewelry-making supplies, polymer clay, and more.  We offered classes in stamping, scrapping, bookmaking, papermaking, cardmaking, and more.  The night I opened the store, I joked that you could throw a beachball from the front to the back and not hit anything.  That changed over the years as my customer base grew and I was able to add more product.  The week before I announced that I was closing, the store was packed with displays and merchandise (above left).  Note the lime-green wall at the back of the photo.  That wall was not there when I first opened.  I added it in 1999 or 2000 when our classes became popular and we needed a separate classroom.

From the time I opened the store, we were very active in the community, both locally and globally.  The first year, customers donated over 800 handmade cards to Cards For Kids, an organization that sends a card a week to chronically ill children.  After 9-11, customers donated over 1100 cards to send to victims' families and to the volunteers working the site, and we sent cards to soldiers in Afghanistan
and Iraq, as well as to soldiers, children, and seniors in hospitals and nursing homes.  My customers donated almost 500 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank after Hurricane Katrina, and we collected over 100 pairs of shoes for victims of the tsunami.  We also regularly collected and donated paper art supplies to programs at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, Alive Hospice (above), Gilda's Club, and various schools and organizations.  At holiday time, we collected and donated books for children, and food and necessities to the animal shelter. 

Out of everything that I did with the store, our involvement is what made me the most proud.  I don't mean to brag, but in 2005 and 2006, Paper Moon was awarded one of only 10 Scrapbook Retailer Awards by Scrabook Retailer Magazine, no doubt due to the fact that we were so involved in helping others.  I could not have done it without my great customers.

The world changed a lot in the nine years that Paper Moon existed.  In 1998, the internet was just a baby.  We were at peace (relatively speaking).  The US economy was relatively good. 

Unfortunately,  a number of things beyond our control had a huge negative impact on the US economy.  I made the difficult decision to close my store when the economic situation in this country started affecting my business.  While I was keeping my head above water, the stress was getting to be too much.  While it was a hard thing to do, closing Paper Moon was the right thing to do.  Gas, food, utility, etc. prices have continued to climb.  Today, people are more concerned with buying essentials and paying their bills than with buying discretionary items.

People always ask me if I miss the store.  I don't miss the store, but I do miss the great customers that I had.  Fortunately, a lot of them have kept in touch with me, and our friendships have continued to grow.

The two photos toward the bottom left and right are from the store's last few days.  The photo of my employee and good friend, Julia Holman, and me (Can you see the sadness on my face?)was taken just after we closed the door to the public for good last May.  And, the photo above right is of the store just before I walked out the door for the last time.  I took this photo from approximately the same place that I took the first photo on the left above.  

One final note:  I was pretty lost for a few weeks after I closed because, quite frankly, for nine years, I worked in the store six days/week.  I was researching something last July when I found Paris Daily Photo and then CDP.  They pulled me out of my funk, and the rest, as they say, is history.  ;-)

Sorry I'm so long-winded today!

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Adelaide, Australia by Gordon, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey by afyonblog, Albuquerque (NM), USA by Helen, American Fork (UT), USA by Annie, Anderson (SC), USA by Lessie, Ararat, Australia by Digger, Arradon, France by Alice, Ashton under Lyne, UK by Pennine, Aspen (CO), USA by IamMBB, Athens, Greece by Debbie, Auckland, New Zealand by Lachezar, Austin (TX), USA by LB, Avignon, France by Nathalie, Barrow-in-Furness, UK by Enitharmon, Barton (VT), USA by Andree, Belgrade, Serbia by Bibi, Belgrade, Serbia by BgdPic, Bellefonte (PA), USA by Barb-n-PA, Bicheno, Australia by Greg, Bogor, Indonesia by Gagah, Boston (MA), USA by Sarah, Whit, & Leyre, Brookville (OH), USA by Abraham, Bucharest, Romania by Malpraxis, Budapest, Hungary by Zannnie and Zsolt, Budapest, Hungary by agrajag, Buenos Aires, Argentina by Karine, Canterbury, UK by Rose, Cape Town, South Africa by Kerry-Anne, Cavite, Philippines by Steven Que, Chandler (AZ), USA by Melindaduff, Château-Gontier, France by Laurent, Chateaubriant, France by Bergson, Cheltenham, UK by Marley, Chennai, India by Shantaram, Chennai, India by Ram N, Chicago (IL), USA by U R us, Cleveland (OH), USA by iBlowfish, Coral Gables (FL), USA by Jnstropic, Corsicana (TX), USA by Lake Lady, Durban, South Africa by CrazyCow, Edinburgh, UK by Dido, Evry, France by Olivier, Folkestone, UK by Clare Unsworth, Forks (WA), USA by Corinne, Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA by Gigi, Gainesville (FL), USA by Leah, Geneva (IL), USA by Kelly, Glasgow, Scotland by Jackie, Greenville (SC), USA by Denton, Gun Barrel City (TX), USA by Lake Lady, Hamilton, New Zealand by Sakiwi, Hangzhou, China by Chanin, Haninge, Sweden by Steffe, Helsinki, Finland by Kaa, Hobart, Australia by Greg, Hyde, UK by Old Hyde, Hyde, UK by Gerald, Jackson (MS), USA by Halcyon, Jefferson City (MO), USA by Chinamom2005, Jogjakarta, Indonesia by Jogja Portrait, Katonah (NY), USA by Inkster1, Knoxville (TN), USA by Knoxville Girl, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Edwin, Kyoto, Japan by Tadamine, Larchmont (NY), USA by Marie-Noyale, Las Vegas (NV), USA by Mo, Le Guilvinec, France by ds2944, Lisbon, Portugal by Maria João, Lisbon, Portugal by Sailor Girl, Lodz, Poland by ritalounge, London, UK by Ham, London, UK by Mo, Los Angeles (CA), USA by Martha Perez, Mainz, Germany by JB, Manila, Philippines by Heyokity, Melbourne, Australia by John, Memphis (TN), USA by SouthernHeart, Menton, France by Jilly, Mexico City, Mexico by Poly, Mexico City, Mexico by Carraol, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Greg, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Mitch, Misawa, Japan by misawa mama, Monroe (GA), USA by Tanya, Monte Carlo, Monaco by Jilly, Montego Bay, Jamaica by Ann, Monterrey, Mexico by rafa, Moscow, Russia by Irina, Mumbai, India by MumbaiiteAnu, Mumbai, India by Magiceye, Nancy, France by yoshi, Nashville (TN), USA by Chris, Nelson, New Zealand by Meg and Ben, New Delhi, India by Delhi Photo Diary, New Orleans (LA), USA by steve buser, New York City (NY), USA by Ming the Merciless, New York City (NY), USA by • Eliane •, Norwich, UK by Goddess888, Oklahoma City (OK), USA by ananda.tashie, Orlando (FL), USA by OrlFla, Oslo, Norway by Lothiane, Owasso (OK), USA by Jennifer, Paderborn, Germany by Soemchen, Paris, France by Eric, Pasadena (CA), USA by Can8ianben, Pasadena (CA), USA by Petrea, Perth, Australia by Elevation7, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia by Murphy_jay, Petoskey (MI), USA by Christie, Pilisvörösvár, Hungary by Elise, Port Angeles (WA), USA by Jelvistar, Port Elizabeth, South Africa by Sam, Port Townsend (WA), USA by raf, Portland (ME), USA by Corey, Posadas, Argentina by Lega, Prague, Czech Republic by Honza03, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea by Jules, Ramsey, Isle of Man by babooshka, Reykjavik, Iceland by Vírgíll, Riga, Latvia by Fotos. Riga Photos, Rotterdam, Netherlands by Ineke, Rouen, France by Bbsato, Saarbrücken, Germany by LadyDemeter, Saigon, Vietnam by Simon, Saint Louis (MO), USA by Strangetastes, Saint Paul (MN), USA by Kate, Salt Lake City (UT), USA by Eric, San Antonio (TX), USA by Kramer, San Diego (CA), USA by Zentmrs, San Francisco (CA), USA by PFranson, San Francisco (CA), USA by Louis la Vache, Seattle (WA), USA by Kim, Seattle (WA), USA by Chuck, Selma (AL), USA by RamblingRound, Seoul, South Korea by Phil, Sequim (WA), USA by Norma, Sesimbra, Portugal by Aldeia, Setúbal, Portugal by Maria Elisa, Singapore, Singapore by Keropok, Sofia, Bulgaria by Antonia, Springfield (IL), USA by Aubrey, Stavanger, Norway by Tanty, Stayton (OR), USA by Celine, Stockholm, Sweden by Stromsjo, Stouffville, Canada by Ken, Subang Jaya, Malaysia by JC, Sunshine Coast, Australia by bitingmidge, Sydney, Australia by Ann, Sydney, Australia by Julie, Sydney, Australia by Sally, Székesfehérvár, Hungary by Teomo, Tacloban City, Philippines by agnesdv, Tel-Aviv, Israel by Olga, Terrell (TX), USA by Jim K, Terrell (TX), USA by Bstexas, The Hague, Netherlands by Lezard, Tokyo, Japan by Tadamine, Torino, Italy by Fabrizio, Torun, Poland by Torun Observer, Torun, Poland by Glenn, Toulouse, France by Julia, Turin, Italy by Livio, Twin Cities (MN), USA by Slinger, Urayasu, Japan by Zono, Victoria, Canada by Benjamin Madison, Vienna, Austria by G_mirage2, Wailea (HI), USA by Kuanyin, Wassenaar, Netherlands by Rich, Wellington, New Zealand by Jeremyb, West Paris (ME), USA by crittoria, West Sacramento (CA), USA by Barbara, Weston (FL), USA by WestonDailyPhoto, Willits (CA), USA by Elaine, Yardley (PA), USA by Mrlynn,