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civilized ku # 2639-42 / diptych # 56-57 ~ seasonal offerings

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The Grinch ~ Au Sable Forks, NY - in the Adirondack Park • click to embiggen
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PBS Downton Abbey Season 4 Premier Dinner ~ Plattsburgh, NY • click to embiggen
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Starving Artist Sale / Bluseed Studios ~ Saranac Lake, NY - in the Adirondack Park • click to embiggen
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Instruments / Bluseed Studios ~ Saranac Lake, NY - in the Adirondack Park • click to embiggen
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Spuyten Duyvil / Bluseed Studios ~ Saranac Lake, NY - in the Adirondack Park • click to embiggen
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Candlelight dinner ~ Au Sable Forks, NY - in the Adirondack Park • click to embiggen
It's that time of year which is jammed up with parties / gatherings / events (a few pictured herein), some of which are mandatory - the wife's on a zillion organization boards - some of which are voluntary, some of which are fun, some of which not so much. But like the trooper and all-around swell arm-candy guy / husband I am, I soldier on.

Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11:19AM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in , | CommentsPost a Comment

civilized ku # 2637-8 ~ who the hell really knows

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Former residence - 1513 Fleck Street ~ Pittsburgh, PA • click to embiggen
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St. Anthony's Chapel ~ Pittsburgh, PA • click to embiggen
Last week while in Pittsburgh, the wife, the daughter, and I took time to visit our former residence / neighborhood on Troy Hill. During our neighborthood walkabout we also stopped in St. Anthony's Chapel. Stepping into the relatively small neighborhood church is like entering into a very strange world inasmuch as the church contains the largest public collection of relics in the world - over 5000 relics and only the Vatican in Rome has more relics.

For those not in the know, relic means "remains." Relics are venerated on the premise of "beneficent contagion" in which the supernatural graces received by a Saint do not die with him but remain in the body after death and can be received by those who come into close proximity with the "eyes of faith." GOD’s work was done through the lives of the Saint's and so His work will continue after their deaths, if GOD wills it. Or so many believe.

Relics come in 3 classifications - 1st Class - Typically remains from the Passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ or a bodily remain of a Saint. 2nd Class - Any item or possession of a Saint (i.e. Prayer Book, Rosary Beads, Vestments...) 3rd Class - Typically a piece of cloth that comes in contact with a 1st or 2nd class relic - and St Anthony's is repeat with all 3 types.

Most notable amongst the collection are 5 relics consisting of 5 splinters from the "true cross" on which Jesus was crucified. The non-believer / Doubting Thomas in me believes that, if all the splinters of the "true cross" were to be gathered together, one just might be able to build a decent sized house or two using just the splinters. But, then again, who am I to judge.

My picture was made from the very rear of the chapel and the group on the right was venerating a tooth from St. Anthony which was on view in a reliquary / monstrance in the tabernacle under the statue of St. Anthony. FYI, a heavenly host of reliquary/monstrance(s) can be seen behind the main altar in the center of the picture.

If interested, click to learn more about St. Anthony's Chapel.

Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 02:31PM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in | CommentsPost a Comment

civilized ku # 2636 ~ making art

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Making art in the cold ~ Pittsburgh, PA • click to embiggen
Met a painter making art in Pittsburgh. It was cold. So we talked about making art gear. In this case, the thinnest yet warm gloves to use when making art in the cold.

Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 02:13PM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in | CommentsPost a Comment

civilized ku # 2533-35 ~ history/memories

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Twas the night before turkey and all through the house, expectation was stirring and no one got soused ... ~ Pittsburgh, PA • click to embiggen
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Turkey ~ Pittsburgh, PA • click to embiggen
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Post turkey ~ Pittsburgh, PA • click to embiggen

Memory demands an image. ~ Bertrand Arthur William Russell

The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant. ~ Salvador Dali

Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 10:47AM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in | Comments1 Comment

civilized ku # 2532 ~ be and wannabe

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The wife + the daughter ~ Pittsburgh, PA • click to embiggen
The wife's a lawyer and the daughter's a wannabe. The daughter is in lawyer school studying to be one.

It's the present and the future all in one picture.

Posted on Friday, November 29, 2013 at 12:15PM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in , | Comments1 Comment

civilized ku # 2627-31 ~ out of town

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Blooms Cigar store ~ Pittsburgh, PA • click to embiggen
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Santa Baby ~ Pittsburgh, PA • click to embiggen
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Pastrami + cheese + fries + cole slaw / Primanti Bros. ~ Pittsburgh, PA • click to embiggen
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Sid the Kid speaks to the faithful ~ Pittsburgh, PA • click to embiggen
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Pre-game warmups / Pittsburgh Penguins ~ Pittsburgh, PA • click to embiggen
Wednesday in the Burg: a procurement visit to Blooms, a walk down East Carson, lunch at Primanti Bros., and a Penguin game (300th consecutive sellout) with Hugo. A good day. Thursday (today)in the Burg, it's turkey day with the wife, the son (Cinemascapist), his the wife, Hugo, Jimmi Nuffin, and the daughter who is in law school at Dusquesne University here in Pittsburgh. Another good day. Pictures tomorrow.

Posted on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 04:22PM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in | CommentsPost a Comment

civilized ku # 2626 ~ look, see, and react - throw caution to the wind

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Transformer ~ Lake Placid, NY - in the Adirondack Park • click to embiggen
Jason Landry, when asked: If you were advising a young photographer today, what would your words of wisdom be? His answer, in an interview on LENSCRATCH, was:

Stop worrying about the nature, design or qualifications of your equipment. Master your equipment so you know how to get the shot you want, but above all, search for the reason to be taking pictures. Why are you taking pictures? Why do we shoot pictures? ... You must master your craft and then put it aside and concentrate on the more difficult aspect of the work. What is it that you want to do with that craft? What do you want to express? What do you want to explore? What do you want to find out? What do you want to present to people? Those are the issues that you have to search for.

IMO, when searching for those issues, one must throw cautions / fears to the winds and start making pictures of what is in front of you - just look, see, and react. Do so with an open mind - dismissing all thoughts of what is or is not a "proper" subject for picture making - and the answers to all of Landry's questions surely will follow.

Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 06:56PM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in | Comments1 Comment

diptych # 54 / civilized ku # 2625 ~ action packed week

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High Peaks late day sunlight ~ Lake Placid, NY - in the Adirondack Park • click to embiggen
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Birch w berries ~ Lake Placid, NY - in the Adirondack Park • click to embiggen
Haven't posted an entry since last Tuesday because I haven't had a working computer since last Wednesday. Fortunately, I had an extra Mac Pro sitting around and, after a calming 3 day / 2 night visit in Lake Placid (Thurs. - Sat.), a bit of troubleshooting, a couple of hard drive swaps, a system update, software re-installs, and all around general arm wrestling with the computer, I'm up and running again.

Well, maybe not running, but at least walking at a rather brisk pace. Still gotta face monitor calibration and updated print drivers and ICC profiles.

Added bonus excitement - upon our return home on Saturday, after 5 weeks of being missing in action, one of our cats, Edison-Ron, was impatiently waiting for us on our front porch, skinny as a rail, but appearing none the worse for wear (later confirmed by a visit to the vet). Man, if only cats could talk.

Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 06:43PM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in , | Comments1 Comment