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Feeding the dog
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Image by Ed Yourdon
I took this photo on Broadway and 89th Street, where this elderly woman was sitting on one of the "Broadway Malls" benches between the uptown and downtown sides of Broadway.

The basic scene doesn’t require any explanation, though I was happy to see that the dog was providing such pleasure to an elderly woman. But what struck me most was her clothing: perhaps her scarf was mundane, and maybe her shoes, too, but look at the rest of her attire: her dark-blue pants-suit was clean and pressed, and I doubt that even Hillary Clinton would have looked so good in such an outfit.

Notice also the small portion of a cane on the lower-left portion of the picture. I didn’t hang around long enough to tell, but it looks to me like the cane of a blind person. I could be wrong, of course, but I wonder if part of this dog’s job was to help guide woman to and from her home, here on the Upper West Side of Manhattan…

Note: this photo was published in a Dec 16, 2008 blog entitled "Give A Lending Hand & Help The Seniors Feed Their Pets.." It was also published in an Aug 25, 2009 blog titled "Increased Marketability through Caring for Pets." And it was published in a Dec 14, 2009 blog titled "Pet food drive for the holidays." dogactually.nifty.com/blog/2010/07/post-8f8d.html

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in the website of an organization called The Kitchen and Bath People. And it was published in an Apr 23, 2010 blog titled "Grantee Story: Keeping Fido and Grandma Together." It was also published in a Jul 3, 2010 blog titled "ペット総合コンサルタント 勝俣和悦さんインタビュー (2)l."

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in an undated (late Nov 2011) Squidoo blog titled "Old Age Problems."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Feb 18, 2012 blog titled "Animal Therapy." And it was published in a Mar 3, 2012 blog titled "Tips and hints on Discovering an Apartment and Relocating," as well as a Mar 3, 2012 blog titled "Guide to Getting Anti-Aging Cream." And it was published in a Mar 20, 2012 blog titled "Lecture on pet therapy in elderly care, as well as a Mar 23, 2012 blog titled "L’ospedalizzazione degli anziani e le funzioni cognitive," and a May 21, 2012 blog titled "Urban Design for the Elderly." It was also published in a Jun 12, 2012 blog titled "iTherapy Pets in Nursing Homes – A Growing Trend?." And it was published in a Jul 21, 2012 blog titled "Anti-Aging Cream." It was also published in an undated (early Dec 2012) Squidoo blog titled "Old Age Problems." And it was published in a Dec 31, 2012 blog titled " 明るい性格は長生きする 閉鎖的な性格は長生きしない."

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in an undated (early Mar 2013) Squidoo blog titled "Old Age Problems." And it was published in a May 1, 2013 blog titled "Fur Mom Confessions | A Birthday Only a Dog Mom Can Appreciate." It was also published in a Jun 19, 2013 blog titled "Apartamentos con Mascotas – Cuando la Ley te pone Problemas." And it was published in an undated (late Jun 2013) Squidoo blog titled "Old Age Problems." It was also published in a Jul 14, 2013 blog titled "Field day guide: Sandcastles, classic cars and barbecue." And it was published in an Aug 6, 2013 blog titled "Plan Ahead for Long Term Care."

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This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

For the most part, I’ve deliberately avoided photographing bums, drunks, drunks, and crazy people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, *far* more people who are *not* so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.

NYC: Bergdorf Goodman’s 2008 Holiday window display – Calendar Girls – Holidays
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Image by wallyg
Bergdorf Goodman’s 2008 Holiday window display, Calendar Girls, featured a year-round journey with seasonal muses in ethereal white-on-white schemes. David Hoey and his window design team drew inspiration for the theme from the dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History. The 58th Street windows, as well as those of the men’s department across the street, featured fanciful anthropomorphistic depictions of leisure-time activities.

Bergdorf Goodman began in 1899 when Herman Bergdorf, an immigrant from Alsace, opened a tailor shop just above Union Square. Edwin Goodman, an employee of Bergdorf’s, purchased the store then located in the "Ladies’ Mile" in 1906. In 1914, Goodman became the first couturier to introduce ready-to-wear. The store moved to its present location at 5th Avenue and 58th Street in 1928, building its Art Deco store on the site of the William K. Vanderbilt mansion. The men’s store was moved across the street to the old FAO Schwarz space at 745 Fifth Avenue in 1990.

American Girl Place, New York
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Image by InSapphoWeTrust
I’ve always loved the American Girl series of dolls, due to the fact that they have excellent historical background and that they are great for storytelling. American Girl operates three full-fledged retail stores nationwide – at The Grove in Los Angeles, on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, and here, on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

While American Girl dolls are best known for portraying historical characters, I can instead buy a doll customized to my exact tastes (most likely, to look just like its owner). Here are some of the dozens of configurations available; I need to decide skin tone, hair texture, hair color, and eye color. Further customizing is done with the in-house hair salon (to shorten hair, for example) as well as various outfits, accessories, and even pets. Once customized, the doll will be as individual and unique as the owner.

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