Sharing some News

Happy Sunday!  It’s been a big week for me!   First, I want to share a blog post by Leanne Cole in which she featured me in her weekly introduction series.  I have been following Leanne for years, and find her to be a true inspiration.   With that being said, I am very honored to be featured by her.  Leanne’s blog post about me can be viewed HERE.

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This photograph was taken in front of the New York City Public Library during the afternoon Leanne and I spent together in New York this fall.

The other piece of news that I would like to share with you is that I was contacted by Nelson Education/Cengage Learning, a Canadian publishing company, last Monday.  The company asked to purchase one of my images to be used for the cover of a textbook for colleges and universities.   The print run will be 13,240.   Needless to say, I said yes, and am more than excited about this opportunity.  “Love Intertwined”, the image purchased by Nelson Education/Cengage Learning, can be found in a pervious blog post HERE.

Black and White Thursday…..

You know that means!  Please find my post on Monochromia today!

He Still Plays

A Sunday Afternoon Concert

A Sunday Afternoon Concert

The Observer

The Observer

He Plays On

He Plays On

It Isn't Easy Anymore

It Isn’t Easy Anymore

The Sax

The Sax

Tattered and Worn

Tattered and Worn

People Movers

People Movers

People Movers

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Between the Philadelphia Convention Center and the Reading Market Terminal an escalator resides next to a wall with a mural painted on it.  At first glance it appears as though the escalator is taking people away from, or dropping people off at, the train station.  The mural is an amazing work of art with great detail pronouncing the history of the building.  The escalator is busy with the hustle and bustle of today’s travelers and locals alike.

Bless You

To every person that exited through the door he held open he said, “God Bless You.”  And seeing that smile, how could anyone not feel blessed?

To Every Person that Exited Through the Door He Held Open He Said "God Bless You."

That Smile

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“If I choose to bless another person, I will always end up feeling more blessed.”

– Marianne Williamson

I wish you all a fabulous week filled with blessings and wonder!

 

“Itchy on the Fence”

Street Performers

Some depend on meager

Talents to get by, often

Rebuked, while

Everyone watches and

Everyone judges,

Thinking they’re soulless because they’re homeless.

copyright Robyn Graham

A couple of street entertainers in Portland, Oregon.

August, 2013

Itchy on the Fence

The inhale, literally a second after I asked if I could photograph him.

Itchy on the FenceThe exhale.

Itchy on the FenceFeeling great!

Itchy on the FencePerforming with his wife and fellow musician.

Itchy on the FenceThe wife creating music on a make-shift violin – a saw.

Itchy on the FenceFeeling the music.

Itchy on the FenceThe day’s wages.

Upon writing this post I do not know that the couple in the images is homeless.  However, while in Portland in August we did see a large number of homeless people, some of who were street performers.  The acrostic poem is dedicated to all those who, for whatever reason; choice, recklessness, drugs, alcohol, mental illness, etc. are homeless and trying to get by with the little money they make putting a smile on the face of a tourist or a local by using whatever hope and talent they have left.

More from NYC…

More from my adventures in NYC with my daughter…using our little point and shoot; Sony Cyber Shot – No pro-camera along for a day with my little one.

Scooby Scooby – the horse that led our carriage ride around Central Park

Alone and Thoughtful in Central ParkAlone and Thoughtful in Central Park

Reflections with Cigars and the GameReflections with Cigars and the Game

Skating Under the TreeSkating Under “the Tree”