Native American Masks in the American Natural History Museum
Our interest and concern about what is happening on the East Coast right now compels me to share Barry and my great experiences this past summer when we were in many of those places hit by “FrankenMonster” Sandy.
In Ocean City, we visited with our friends, Tara, Mike, and Julia, and walked and biked along the boardwalk. In Atlantic City, we checked out the boardwalk and the casinos.
From the Ocean City Boardwalk
Ocean City beach
We went into Philadelphia:
Tara in front of the Barnes Art Museum in Philadelphia.
Our friend Ellyn says she saw a fascinating documentary on the Barnes Collection this year (Netflix):
The Art of the Steal 2009NR101 minutes
“A gripping tale of intrigue and mystery in the art world, this film traces the history of the Barnes collection of Post-Impressionist paintings, which was worth billions and became the subject of a power struggle after the 1951 death of the owner. Dr. Albert Barnes collected 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos and many other valuable paintings. But the political wrangling over the collection eventually led to its division.”
Adam, Tara, & Mike: moving Adam out of his Drexel University house for the summer –back to Ocean City.
Museums, history, and friends
Liberty Bell reflection
Free (or Fighting) Quaker House, built 1783: unlike most Quakers, they supported armed resistance following the Declaration of Independence. Closed 1836, it’s now basically a philanthropic organization.
Arch Street Meeting House, built in 1804: practicing Quakers even now.
Four other signers of the Declaration of Independence and Benjamin Franklin are interred in the Christ Church Burial Ground.
Major David Salisbury Franks, highest ranking Jewish officer in the Continental Army (1740-1793).
Others have seemingly dubious backgrounds–Gerald J. Connelly Jr.: Seaman, Soldier, Safecracker, (1927-1991)
Betsy Ross’ House
Elfreth’s Alley, homes of tradesmen since 1578; now a National Historic Landmark–and pricey real estate.
Philadelphia street art
Near Philadelphia, we also caught up with Robbie, a friend I haven’t seen for 20 years, and her daughter Stella.
Then we headed on to New York City:
From the patio of our Canarsie apartment on Jamaica Bay –just a subway ride from the City.
Carnarsie, a community older than our nation, is a section of Brooklyn that the Native Americans sold first. Now it’s the home to many immigrants–and a great place for Barry and me to spend a week.
Our Canarsie hosts from Panama
We enjoyed New York history, art, people, and nature:
Graves from the 1700s
Tiles done in memory of 9/11
N.Y. side street
New York is a great place to watch people:
Lonely or content?
Involved and happy
On the move
Protesters in Washington Square
Barry and a graduate school friend in Washington Square
Feeding the pigeons
Sex workers were represented too.
Our biggest surprise was the red-tail hawk family living in Washington Square:
Red-tailed hawk chick in Washington Square Park.
Cooling off in the Washington Square fountain
Dancer in the park
Fun to watch – and fun to do
42nd Street–people — and character watching supreme!
Hard Rock & Yoga –43rd Street
42nd Street buildings
The “Naked Cowboy”!
Halter tops & headscarves
Sikhs and housewives
A monk and his family
Barry with Broadway tickets!
Magic and slight-of-hand tricks on the street
Pedicabs and limos
Perhaps the best ride!
But –garbage at the curb!
Money, lights, chocolates!
Where’s Barry? Live video at 42nd Street. (Hint: look in the upper left-hand corner).
Life swirls all around
Get your N.Y. pretzels right here!
We loved the American Museum of Natural History so much that we spent two days there.
Great Canoe from the American NW coast.
Native American baskets
We also saw the premiere of Kumaré.
Filmmaker Vikram Gandhi, an American of Indian descent, acts the part of wise swami Kumaré. The film is entertaining and wise; its message is that the only guru you need is the one inside yourself. Although Kumaré tricked those who saw him as their guru, many of his followers took positive action to improve their lives.
On the left, the filmmaker and actor “Kumaré. ” The woman in the middle took responsibility for her own life – and lost over 100 pounds. She found out that although Kumaré wasn’t a guru, he cared for her and got her to see what she should do for herself. I came away from the film with my own list of five actions my guru within was telling me.
On our last stop before heading back west, we spent a weekend in the Hamptons with Barry’s friends. (No, we weren’t invited to Romney’s fundraiser).
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by the storm. We hope life returns to normal soon.