Tuesday, November 17, 2015

100 posts and I am still here - Let's celebrate!

The African Crafts Fair - Brooklyn July 2014
 Wow! This entry marks my 100th blog piece. It was almost 2 years ago when I started this blog, and I was totally unsure about how it would go and where it would take me. But here I am, and 100 pieces is a time for reflection.

A Fork in the Road - Pasadena July 2014

I started with a piece called “Why I travel” and I intended that this blog be a way for me to share my travels with old friends in a way that was better than social media. Along the way I have learned that writing the blog has given my a voice on the history of where I travel, but also on what it like to be a traveler, especially as I enter retirement and look forward to the changes in my life that will accompany having some extra free time. I have made some new friends by sharing my thoughts and photos, and I have learned as much about myself as I have about the places I visit. I also have learned how to slow down my writing to give a better picture of what I have seen.

The Santa Fe Museum of Art - July 2014

I have also learned to look at my city with a traveler’s eye. I try to introduce others to the neighborhoods away from mid-town and get life-long NYers to visit parts of the city they have never been to.

Ache - Celebration of Brazil - Lincoln Center NYC - Aug. 2015
 I am learning how to see new places, looking beyond the tourist sights, but not ignoring them. I am learning how to dig a little deeper into their history and find out what makes them interesting to me, and I hope to others. I am also learning how to present what I see in photos that more than just a snapshot.

Lunar Eclipse - Sept. 2015

Most importantly this blog is a journey. It represents my growth and experiences and I have been very happy to share it with all of you.

Which gets me to my next item – HOW CAN I CELEBRATE THIS MILESTONE?

Well, since what I want is to share my thoughts, travels and photos I have a proposition. I would like to share one of my photos with one of my readers. But how to choose? Well, here is the deal – Whoever can get the most of their friends to either follow my blog or like my facebook page will receive an 8x10 framed print of the photo of their choice from my blog. Just have your friends email or leave a comment with your name after the they like or follow me.

The deadline will be Dec. 19th. I will announce the winner on Dec. 22th.

I hope that all of you have enjoyed my writing and photos. I can promise that there is a lot more to come in the next 100 posts.

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