Church Light

Honestly the more I think about it the more I am not certain where I took this shot. At first I thought it was Dublin, but the more I look at it I am thinking Edinburgh, Scotland? I’ll have to ask my daughter if she remembers, but I was going through some shots today and this one stood out…

Good Morning

I’m blessed to look to my left each morning and see a sight different from the day before but always a perfect picture painted by the creator.

This window is one of the reasons I bought this place, each room has one, I forget the exact dimensions but I’m thinking 9’ wide by 4’ high, or something close to that?

We get the sunrise each morning, the lightning in a storm, ironically we cannot hear any rain and only the loudest of thunder claps.

Most importantly to me it is a constant reminder of the beauty of this earth and that segue’s my thoughts to the appreciation of the creator.

It’s not always this nice. It can be rainy and windy, but that always departs to bring with it another painting of beauty.

As it is in life, adversities followed by happiness and better days, and the cycle continues…

Got a great phone call just now. Bob, who I mentioned on the podcast, had the tumor on his kidney removed yesterday in surgery.

He was the best man in my wedding, great guy. He has been very worried ever since getting his diagnosis.

His phone call to me just now, they got the tumor, he won’t be needing chemotherapy or radiation.

The adversity (the storm outside obscuring the blue sky and sun ), the great news of a successful surgery (the storm gone, the awesome view of the sunrise), this is life we all deal with each day.

In all of my funky analogies and the way I see things, it helps keeping me grounded in my faith in God and how God is always present in everything surrounding us, even when it doesn’t seem so.

We will all go through the storm, and sometimes it’s incredibly hard when we do. During those times it’s really hard to believe God would allow us to go through such things alone, but in truth God is there, with us.

It’s been a rough three weeks with life happening around me. But all is well once again…

And for that…I give thanks for everyone and everything in my life…

Have a great day!

Thanks for stopping by.

Tony

Finding Subjects Podcast

Eating London

I’m sitting on my balcony right now watching the landscaping crew put mulch down. It’s a beautiful day out, actually a little cold, but I am typically out here on this balcony with the camera and a pad and pen or in this case today, the laptop.

Going through some recent photos of a trip to the UK with my daughter, I came upon this picture of a food truck along the Thames.

I remember being there and thinking ‘I want one of everything they sell here.’

I was starving, and couldn’t figure out if it was going to be the hotdog deal, or the hot waffles, or a donut or five, and some ice cream.

As I was trying to decide I heard my daughter call me, she was at a food cart behind me ordering food, she ordered for me, fish and chips. I laughed and walked towards her.

London was like that for me. All types of food that I’d like to try, some I did and wished I hadn’t and other meals, they were very similar to anything I could get back home.

Take for instance Chicken Tikka Masala…In three weeks time I’ll be you we had that more than half the time. I don’t know why. It was good, quick, filling, it just worked. My daughter isn’t a foodie. I’m not certain if I am. She’s more of a ‘food is for sustenance’ person and not a social eater. Me, food is always a party.

I turned around and snapped this photo before I walked away. I figured I could always return here whenever I want with the pic.

Fish and Chips and Chicken Tikka Masala…I’m pretty certain that covered it for me in the UK, and of course tea and biscuits or some sort. We had tea everyday, which was pretty cool to take time out and relax, and drink tea.

We were drinking the tea one day and suddenly a fist fight broke out in front of the store. Yeah, two well dressed men starting throwing hands at each other.

“You think it was the tea?” I asked my daughter.

“I think it’s possibly what they may have put in the tea, Dad,” she said.

Down on the ground they went.

“That big guy is slow with the fists,” I said.

“He’s leaving his left open, oh, there is was, that had to hurt,” I continued.

“You wanna play you’re gonna pay,” I said ‘Look at that tear on his knee. Ouch,’ I grinned. ‘Do we have to pay extra for this?’ I said. My daughter shaking her head at me.

In no time they were on their feet, hugging each other, sloppy drunk I guessed, they’d pay for it the next morning with the pains they’d both feel, I was certain.

The mulching is finished. Ten guys tossing mulch and that will happen quickly. You can smell it all the way up here on the seventh floor. The trees are beginning to bud. They say this is the year of the cicada’s hatching after seventeen years?

I could swear they said this a few years ago. Maybe they hatch in waves, or divisions, like the NFC and the AFC, and they alternate years or something, needless to say, I personally can’t wait for them to hatch. I really enjoy the noise they make, like flying miniature rattlesnakes, they are, except for the poison bite or any bite for that matter, just the rattling noise.

Can you imagine that, if rattle snakes flew? That would not be a good thing. Yes, just rambling on today. The rest of the household recieved the Covid vaccine yesterday and they aren’t feeling well today, so I’m out here, just thinking, and suddenly two more trucks show up with even more mulchers.

They have their own mulching army right now, it’s impressive. I’m thinking our mulching army could beat up the mulchers I passed down the street earlier in the day. I wonder if they play each other in football or soccer? Landscaping wars, kind of. They should if they don’t now.

Wait a minute…they are all sitting down…this is an organized sit down…oh…wait a minute…they are now eating. It’s their lunch time, they are just lunching.

Hang on a minute. The Citizen App is texting me. It’s the final day for walk-up vaccines in Philly. It goes by zip code, you live in a certain zip code you can go, but it still goes by phases, so just because you live in that code you still need the phase or you aren’t getting the shot, you get that? Code, then phase, condition, then shot, no cheating.

Ever miss someone? I’m missing someone right now. Haven’t seen them in a very long time. Life just happens like that sometimes. We go off certain ways. One minute we are hanging out, then suddenly it’s decades later and you’re sitting on your balcony wondering what the hell happened?

Things change. People change. Sometimes we make decisions and those choices cause change. Basically everything in life changes, nothing stays the same.

I’ve been missing a few people lately, my parents, a few friends that have passed away, and I’m thinking how crazy this ride has been, life, thirty-four years old and diagnosed with the heart problem, basically becoming so absorbed with that in my life, worrying about my wife and children, would I be here for them in the future, how would they get to college, how would we afford it, how will I keep my home, what would we do…

I remember so many sleepless nights laying in bed staring at the ceiling through the darkness, as the rest of the world slept as I wondered how things happen, and why, praying for time, just more time…and nothing more…

Years passed and suddenly I was forty, and honestly, I don’t remember much about years thirty-four to forty, it’s like I was somewhere else and I felt so cheated and hoped I hadn’t cheated the others in my life I care about by being that constant reminder that things aren’t going well for us.

We think that way sometimes, like we are burdens…

And in all that worry, all of those years…my oldest graduated college three years ago and my youngest daughter graduates college in a few months.

People say to me ‘You did and excellent job in raising your girls.’

I reply…I didn’t do anything but support them in anything they wanted to do.

Somehow in all of that adversity, things just worked themselves out…or…that was the plan all along, I just didn’t know anything about it? The one thing I did do was trusted the process, you know, the one where you have faith in your higher power that things will work out for the best? That one?

Sometimes we have to sacrifice who we are, for what we are called to be. That’s the way I look at it. I know I am being vague here, but honestly, that’s the best way to describe it for me. I prayed about things. I mean, I prayed my ass off…for my kids to be healthy and not have what I have, for them to not be affected by the adjustments we had to make in our lives, for them to be strong independent women not afraid to go forward in life and go after what they want…

You know, that ice cream in that food truck looked really good the more I think about it. I’d have ordered a vanilla and chocolate twirl on a cone. I can never make up my mind when it comes to desserts, yeah, vanilla and chocolate would have been the call.

Hey, where the heck did the mulchers go? Their trucks are all still here…I guess they are over in the visitors parking lot. They really do a great job here.

I’m kind of glad I don’t have to do that any longer, and the lawn, and the leaves, all of it. Age in place, that’s why I am here, in a condo, eighty feet in the sky above the tree tops overlooking the Delaware Valley in Pennsylvania in my little piece of heaven…the creek, sun is glistening off of the surface as it ripples over the rocks…

Yup…if you’d of asked me when I was thirty-four where I’d be in my late fifties, I am afraid I would have said St. Peter and Paul Cemetery with the rest of my family.

Then again, I never thought I’d get to London, or any of the places I’ve been to.

I’m thinking when God has a plan for us, there isn’t anything or anyone that can stop it’s progress, and when we are uncertain about our direction, maybe we just pray about it?

A chocolate and vanilla twist and a donut. That’s my final order, that’s what I’d of gotten for sure…

Disconnecting To Connect

Podcast episode of this same name dropping tomorrow!

Please tune in! Thanks for listening!

Tony

Hazy overcast day, this crew flew by, and oddly, it became my favorite shot of the day…
Some forest shrooms. I know nothing about mushrooms, other than some taste great stuffed with crabmeat or when accompanying a
Ribeye Steak.
This Squirrel loves a KIND bar. Not certain if the chocolate is any good for them, but it’s all I had on this freezing cold day and it was begging for food.
A common site but one I can’t get enough of. People seem unimpressed with Canada Geese, but to me they are fascinating, sure, they crap a lot, but so do humans.

Why disconnect to connect? It’s something I have to do. The hectivity of the world gets to me a lot of times where I just feel the need to unplug from our technical world and dissipate into nature.

Things seem less complicated there, less, hectic, less, ‘fast paced’, and it’s where I can slow my thoughts and contemplate all that I am thankful and grateful for.

Covid-19 and all of it’s restrictions has gotten to me to a point I feel a need to get out into nature more often than I do. Social media is having the same affect. Posting a photo on Instagram and hoping for more likes…why? Putting up a podcastcast episode and hoping for greater numbers…why?

I have a message to share, one of positivity, appreciation, but what if it’s a message that will only be shared by a few?

Well than that’s the way it is…

90: I’m Thankful For…

I ask listeners to call in and tell me what they are thankful for…family, love, health, happiness seem to be common answers…

Finding Subjects Podcast: 90: I’m Thankful For… (libsyn.com)

Balcony Is Poppin!

The ladies doing a great job with the flowers once again. Even though I’m the only one that hangs out there, they still make it look nice all year round!

Check out the latest podcast if you would. All episode can be found above in the menu!!

Have a great day!

Tony

American Goldfinch

He’s a daily visitor now. Feasting on the Black-eyed Susans and sunflowers, they are almost gone and yet this ones family stops by daily. It’s been a pleasure to have them this year.

@carlbovisnature #twitternaturecommunity @shanks1scotland @Natures_Voice @wildlife_birds #nature #photography #birdtonic #nature #TwitterNatureCommunity #americangoldfinch #goldfinch

New Episode Tuesday!

New episode coming Tuesday

Join me as I engage in a very interesting conversation with a complete stranger on the front lawn of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pa, USA, as he shares his story of enduring racism, police brutality, and problems within the judicial system.

We then move to topics like humanity, Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, understanding we are all individuals with dissimilar narratives and backgrounds and that’s ok, opening ones mind, and having respect for all human beings…and after all of this…we depart as friends and hopefully have a better understanding of each other.

Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Independence Hall

Monday/Tuesday targeted drop day for this episode!

Thank you!

Tony

Serenity Now

That ‘vortex of negativity’ I always talk about avoiding? Well somehow it got hold of me and I am currently fighting my way back, I’m not completely consumed…I’m stuck at the entrance but it’s incredibly strong and I’m giving it all I can to get out.

What happened? The world and everything bad happened to find a crack through my armor and began to seep in.

Somehow…someway…violence towards others, hatred, lawlessness….they all have found an accepting place in our society…where in my world…none of that is now or will ever be acceptable.

I’m not talking about isolated pockets. I am talking about large masses.

I think we have lost the positive message. It’s been stolen away by the savagery of that violence, hatred, and lawlessness

Normally I see it coming…the storm cloud…but I didn’t see this one…and to be honest…I am worried for us all…

Praying things get better. Yes…I’ve turned to prayer a long time ago.

Violence and hatred never solves anything.

You can beat a man into submission but that will never change what’s in his mind.

Prayer…

I’m praying this settles down…

Maybe you can join me in prayers….

Disconnecting to Connect

Disconnecting to connect today. I do it often. I need to do it often! Too much anger and hatred happening in the world these days. I shut off the TV, very little personal social media, not watching the videos, not getting sucked into the vortex of negativity…I know what’s happening on the streets…I’m out there on the streets often…I see everything…I’m not ignoring what’s real…I know exactly what’s up… and the only way it’s going to change is if we stop the hate and respect each other…and we need to pray on it as well!

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