Monday, July 25, 2016

A Short (Incomplete) History of Germany (Hudson, NY)


The first volume of A Short History of Germany, published in 1937, which I pulled from the shelf of a used book store. The second volume, even if it takes readers up to 1936, must be blissfully unaware of how badly things turned out.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Why Do Sunsets Never Cease to Amaze? (Ancram, NY)


Yes, the sunset near Ancram, NY, really looked like this, bits of bright egg yolk afire in orange clouds.

Ad Space for Sale (Pine Plains, NY)


In many dystopic visions of the future, ads are everywhere, blinking fetchingly to get our attention, reading our minds to offer exactly what we crave, algorithmically adjusting prices to maximize market share and profits. But this handwritten ad, impossible to miss, is a far cry from that, appealing without being pushy, offering something people might actually need at an attractive price (assuming ones standards for quality aren't too high).

Sunday, July 3, 2016

An Afternoon with Franklin and Eleanor (Home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt Home, Hyde Park, NY)


They saved the world from Hitler and the Depression, but Eleanor and Franklin Delano Roosevelt can't save themselves from Instagram.

Patriotic Canines (Cold Spring, NY)


The 4th of July Parade in Cold Spring, NY, (held on July 3rd) featured canines in their flaggy finest.