Friday, February 29, 2008

60/365+1:Heading Home

60/365+1:Heading Home, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

I take my camera with me every day, wherever I go. I commute on the same route and sometimes wonder why I'm bringing it, because nothing much changes. But it does. Every day the sky is different, heading to work and heading home.

February 29, 4 years ago, the son of the maintenance worker in my office was killed in a terrible car crash-5 young teens died, and his son was driving. I don't know how he gets up every morning and puts one foot in front of the other. I know my situation could be so much worse, and I know I'm lucky that I have never had a child die.

I think of his heartache every day when I see him, and today, on February 29th, I wonder if it's a good thing that this date only comes around every four years. Or if it even matters.

I count my blessings every day.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

59/365+1:Red Dog Talks

59/365+1:Red Dog Talks, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

The Red Dog is The Attorney's Dog. She is the most obstreperous of the three. She also has the best personality. Sometimes when The Attorney is rubbing her jowels, she makes a great, yawn-like face and noise, which I caught on camera.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

58/365+1: Dreams

58/365+1: Dreams, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

Our local art museum, which as I have mentioned previously is right near my home, has a wonderful restaurant outside of which is a patio where there are frequently private parties-weddings and the like. It's a lovely setting inside an enormous, tree-filled park. We eat lunch there when we have a day off during the week-it feels like such a luxury to eat in the museum, even though it is reasonably priced. They serve a terrific African Peanut Soup. It' what I order every time.

Sometimes when I'm eating there and looking out the window onto the patio, I dream that one of my daughters may agree to have her wedding here some day.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

57/365+1:Not My Friend

57/365+1:Not My Friend, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

Juvenile Court, you are not my friend.

I'm just saying.

Monday, February 25, 2008

56/365+1:Born To Fly

56/365+1:Born To Fly, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

(This is the outfit my baby girl was wearing when I met her-she wore it home on the plane.)
I have always told my Older Daughter she was born to fly. Our beginning together was marked by flight-I picked her up in Texas and flew her home to Boston with me. A tiny, premature baby, at 9 weeks she was the size of a newborn: just under 8 pounds. She was a star traveler. We took a 10-seat plane from her little home town, made a connection in Dallas, our connecting flight was delayed, we were on the road for more than 12 hours. She never cried.

And such has been her life-she has traveled all over the world, with me and without me, and has loved every second. She is organized, optimistic, and hopeful in her approach to each of life's adventures. When I took her to London for five days when she was six, she packed her own suitcase, and didn't forget a thing.

She called on Wednesday. I was having a difficult day until I heard her high, excited voice chirping over the phone. "Mommy? I won't be in New England for winter next year." I knew what that meant, but I played along. "You won't, Sweetie? Why not?" "Because I'll be in Paris!" She is spending her entire Junior year studying in Paris. While I will miss her more than I can even express, I am so happy for her. She is a person for whom life's doors have burst open with the help of her own determination and good will.

I'm proud of you, OD. You have worked hard for this opportunity, and you deserve it.

Sunday, February 24, 2008


55/365+1:Fool, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

I love these hats, even though I could never pull it off-I'd look like an even bigger fool than I am.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

54/365+1:Early Morning Fountain

54/365+1:Early Morning Fountain, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

There are probably as many great fountains in our city as there are murals. I'm on the search for them to show you. As much as I love the early morning light on a sunny day,and how blue it makes everything, I wish this fountain were not in the shade. Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 22, 2008

53/365+1: Out To Breakfast

Out To Breakfast, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

My spouse, The World's Best Bleeding Heart Attorney (so named because she is exactly that) loves breakfast. Me? Not so much. I'm happy with an English muffin and a cuppa joe. Or nothing. But occasionally, we do go out for breakfast. Look how shiny clean the floor is in this restaurant. She was busy deciding on an omelet, and I was busy trying to get some decent photos. Everybody was happy.

Thursday, February 21, 2008


53/365+1:Shirts, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

I always wanted daughters. I was thrilled both times when the adoption agencies had girls for me, and Gigi was the most wonderful addition to our family. Despite the heartache I am enduring now with one of my girls, I would never have traded the experience of parenting three daughters for anything. Until 2006, however, when Gigi joined us at 18, I never had a daughter who would wear anything that looked "boyish" to her. I swear, this is not something I fostered. When I was walking through the store and saw these unbelievably vibrant, wonderful shirts, I thought how there would have been no way that I could have talked either Older Daughter or Younger Daughter into wearing one of them with a pair of overalls, which I would have thought looked terrific. I also thought I was sorry they were only in little boy sizes, because Gigi would wear one of the blue ones now with some baggy jeans and white sneakers. And she'd look great.

(Thank you to my good friend, Rev. Dr. Mom, who pointed out that I messed up the numbering of my posts. It is now corrected.)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

51/365+1:True Confessions

52/365+1:True Confessions, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

More Moon 19 Feb 08 good, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

I take pictures every day. I post pictures every day. However, I do not necessarily post every day the picture that I took that day. Sometimes I get a great picture of a painted wall, but I'm in a portrait mood, or some such thing. Seeing as the point of this 365 exercise is to shoot and post daily, and I'm doing that, I feel like I have poetic license, no?

These moon shots were taken last evening. The top one was taken from the parking lot at my job. The bottom was taken from my front yard, 18 minutes later. I love the moon, and I love the sky, and I love trees.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

50/365+1: Elvis Series-No Shortage

Pretty much wherever you go in my city, you can find a display like this. If anyone out there is dying for an Elvis postcard from Memphis, email me your name and address, and I will happily oblige. You can let me know if you want Young Elvis, Old Elvis, Ultra-Tacky, whatever...I can find it.
Have a great day!

Monday, February 18, 2008

49/365+1:Take Me Away

49/365+1:Take Me Away, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

Several years ago, I hated my job. I dreaded going in every morning and was miserable all day. For my birthday that year, The World's Best Bleeding Heart Attorney gave me this Zen Beach in a Box for my office-a place where I could go in my mind to distract me from the troubles of the day. It has been a long time since I was unhappy at work, but I have carted this beach with me from office to office. We are getting ready to move to new office space, and I am faced with packing it up and getting it over there. I tell you something: these days, I stare at the thing more and more.
I won't have a window in my new office, and that bums me out. Where I am now, I get great light all day from the south.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

48/365+1: Is That A Bomb???

48/365+1: Is That A Bomb???, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

These balls are on the sidewalk outside the mega-arena named after the largest local company. OK, so I get the tennis ball, the basketball, the baseball and soccer ball. But what is that red and white thing that looks like a bomb?

Saturday, February 16, 2008

47/365+1: They Really Do

47/365+1: They Really Do, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

No trip to Beale Street is complete without a quick visit ti A. Schwab, the most terrific "everything" store I know of. They really DO have all sizes there! We're enjoying our time together.

Friday, February 15, 2008

46/365+1 Painted Wall Series-After Breakfast Walk

46/365+1:After Breakfast Walk, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

We had a great night with terrific food, nice wine, and wonderful time together. This morning we ate breakfast and nosed around downtown a little. Later, I'll post a whole set on Flickr, but here's a taste of our morning for y'all.

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Focus, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

My Valentine and I are escaping for a change of focus. I may not post tomorrow, but if I don't, I'll double-post on Saturday. We have a house/dog sitter, and we're sneaking off to a great hotel for a romantic Valentine's Day and some time to just be us.

Change of Focus

Change of Focus, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

I like the focus on the bark of the crape myrtle, The Attorney likes it on our double-rocker.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

44/365+1:The Rain In My Heart

Il pleure dans mon coeur
Comme il pleut sur la ville,
Quelle est cette langueur
Qui pénètre mon coeur ?

O bruit doux de la pluie
Par terre et sur les toits ?
Pour un coeur qui s'ennuie,
O le chant de la pluie !

Il pleure sans raison
Dans ce coeur qui s'écoeure.
Quoi ? nulle trahison ?
Ce deuil est sans raison.

C'est bien la pire peine
De ne savoir pourquoi,
Sans amour et sans haine,
Mon coeur a tant de peine ?

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Toad Hall, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

This is one of my favorite murals in the city. The problem is that the only time of day that there are not too many cars to get a shot (this store is on the corner of a very busy intersection)is first thing in the morning when the shadows are so deep. I watched the artist paint this over a period of some days, and it was wonderful to see Mr. Frog emerge.

Monday, February 11, 2008

42/365+1:Self-Portrait in Bloggy Buddy's Glasses

Although this was not taken today, I wanted to get my friend's permission before plastering her face on the internets. If you look closely, you can see me in the reflection of her ultra-cool sunglasses. Doesn't she have a great smile? I was as happy to be there as she seems to be.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


41/365+1:, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

The easiest way I can think of to have someone under total supervision is to try to go places they won't hate going, and take them along. Seven a.m. is not her favorite time of day, and as you can see on her face, she's still not "herself" but she willingly joined me on my trip to the coffee shop this morning and later to the park to walk the dogs.
We're muddling through the best we know how.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

40/365+1:History and Friendship

Clinton Library, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

Today I had the most wonderful day! I took off on my own for a wonderful Blogger Meetup with Linda from Against A Brick Wall. Linda was one of the first bloggers with whom I corresponded other than in comments. We've been "talking" for almost three years. Finally, we met for a great lunch and an afternoon at the Clinton Presidential Library. It was a terrific visit and a happy day with my friend.

Friday, February 8, 2008


39/365+1:Sharp, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

The early morning sun made the frost look blue and the grass look yellow. This sculpture is on the grounds of the art museum that is within walking distance of my home. Sometimes I drive around the grounds in the morning for some personal peace.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

38/365+1: Windows To The Soul

38/365+1: Windows To The Soul, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

I'm speechless.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

37/365+1: FUBAR*-The New Normal

Kitty Window, originally uploaded by Yankee T.


Sometimes, when your life is totally upside down, you have to pretend things are normal. Sometimes, you just need to stop by the cat shelter on the way to work and snap a picture of a kitty through the window, to feel like you're ok. Perhaps I could have photoshopped out the milky reflection lines, but I didn't. I'm lucky I'm putting one foot in front of the other.
That is all.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

36/365+1:Be Strong, Oh My Heart

35/365+1:Be Strong, Oh My Heart, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
-Mahatma Gandhi-

Monday, February 4, 2008

35/365+1:The Clouds Have Parted

35/365+1:The Clouds Have Parted, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

She's alive, and she's home. We are exhausted. We've been at the hospital and assault unit of the police department all day.
I thank you all for your outpouring of love and concern.
We will be ok, I just know it.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

34/365+1: MISSING

34/365+1: MISSING, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

This photo was not taken today.
This was not the post I had planned.
My 15-year old daughter is missing, and has been since 8:45 Saturday night.
Please hope for the best.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

33/365+1:Not Quite Monochromatic

33/365+1:Not Quite Monochromatic, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

When the mist begins to lift in the park down the street, the colors of the leaves, grass, and trees begin to reveal themselves. We get this mist a lot in the winter, because it goes from warm to cold to warm with such speed.

Friday, February 1, 2008

32/365+1:Painted Wall Series-Zinnie's

Zinnies, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

Music is a huge part of our city. It is not unusual to see a reference to music (and not just Elvis) on a business sign. Here you see a reference to STAX Recording Studios, a huge influence on the Soul Music of the 60's. I pulled over on the way to Younger Daughter's school to get this shot when the traffic was not so heavy that I had to dodge the cars to take a picture.