Next Week!

  • November 11, 2019
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This weekend I went to the Philadelphia Miniatura Show, the largest miniatures show on the East Coast. I took pictures of some amazing work and will start sharing them next week.

A Real Ghost Story

  • October 28, 2019
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Following up on prior Halloween reviews of books on real ghost stories, I found a new one in the independent bookstore Briars & Brambles in the Catskill Mountains. But I admit I was taken aback at finding one story more real than I had expected.

Hiking in Autumn

  • October 21, 2019
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Last weekend a friend and I went for a hike. It was a beautiful autumn day. Enjoy!

But lest we forget, the area is not solely ours:

Walk safely!

 

The Unplugged Experiment

  • October 13, 2019
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No, I didn’t decide to go offline for a week or more. I chose one day. One. Seemed like an easy thing to do, right? I had been worried about how much time I spent checking social media, playing games, emailing, texting—you get the idea.

So, one day I went completely offline. I even stayed off the phone. Here’s what I learned.

Apple Picking

  • October 06, 2019
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Apple picking is a tradition every fall. This year, I chose Battleview Orchards in New Jersey, and as the sign says, they’ve been farming since 1908. As you look at the pictures, imagine a hot, sunny day with insects buzzing around and ripe, sweet apples filling a paper bag.

Of course, some were a bit too high to reach:

But there were rows and rows to choose from:

And signs and colored ribbons to find the varieties I wanted:

Finally, the field of pumpkins. I have no idea what to do with a pumpkin so any and all advice for next year (when maybe I’ll buy one!) would be very appreciated.

 

Happy New Year

  • September 29, 2019
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Posting early since I’ll be offline starting tonight. To all who celebrate (and anyone else who wants the good wishes), may you have a Happy and Healthy and Sweet New Year.

 

Deadlines: Taking Yourself Seriously

  • September 23, 2019
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One of the hardest things about being an indie author is the fact that there’s no external force demanding a due date. You can write when you want and publish when you want. Though the freedom is exhilarating, it’s also hard to remember that writing is a real job—not a hobby (as many like to think), or something we do effortlessly as the mood strikes us.

A Very Special Exhibit

  • September 16, 2019
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© 2019 by Flash Rosenberg. Used with permission.

Art can say a thousand things with a glance. And a thousand more with a longer look, until we stare, captivated, at something that speaks to us without words.

I was privileged to be at the opening of The Art Students League’s Instructors’ Exhibition last Thursday. My friend, sculptor Paul Oestreicher, had a piece on display.

Remember, we’re getting closer to Halloween. 😉

Comparative Anatomy

Below are some of the pieces done by other instructors from the school. Look at them, savor them, and see which ones speak to you and what they have to say.

Woman in Red by Jon deMartin

US Custom House III by Michiyo Fukushima

Detail of Portrait Study by Sherry Camhy

Unrelenting Heartbreak by mARTha Bloom

Out of Africa by Rhoda Sherbell

© 2019 by Flash Rosenberg. Used with permission.

Cat II by Chin Yin Katz

Up in the Northern Catskill Mountains

  • September 09, 2019
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Last weekend I stayed at Cuomo’s Cove in Windham, NY, a beautiful part of the Catskill mountains in Greene County. Me being me, I looked for bookstores and fortunately, Briars and Brambles was just down the road. In fact, they gave me a good story for my Halloween post, so stay tuned for that. 🙂

The reader above was tucked on the side of an antique shop in the village of Tannersville.

The view from my front door:

A cat snoozed outside the Catskill Mountain Country Store.

And I thought, who was I to deny my own quirkiness? I bought these on the last day:

Rain cleared to sun as I drove down the area and I managed to get this shot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were a lot of pics taken but I’m still in quirky mode so I’ll leave you with this:

 

Short Travels

  • August 26, 2019
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I went to a wedding in Delaware, a four-hour drive away. The terrain was flat. I mean cornfield flat, with houses and short, squat buildings barely touching the wide, wide sky. Very different from New York City.

By the time I got to the hotel, it was dark. So it wasn’t until the next morning when I looked out my window that I realized that a little cemetery resided on the other side of the parking lot. It looked odd, resting on a small plot of land while a bustling commercial strip raced by.

I loved the incongruence of it all.

And though the cemetery was quiet and peaceful, what if my mind imagined something more lurid? Well, welcome to my world.

 

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