Tuolumne City has Concerts in the Park!

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(photo Credit: Maryann Curmi) Tuolumne Park & Recreation District Concerts in the park are the place to be on Wednesday evenings! A big, happy crowd gathered for rhythm-blues band; James and the Jukes. For the complete schedule of upcoming bands log onto tuolumnerecreation.com

 

Maryann’s Travels to New York City

I captured this view of  New York Skyline from a Cruise around Manhattan Island.

I captured this view of New York Skyline from a Cruise around Manhattan Island.

Freedom Tower

One World Trade Center (formerly The Freedom Tower) Is significant in stature, in design, in its politics, its symbolism, and for the reason it was built. Thousands died when the twin towers fell, and millions were emotionally and psychologically scarred. The Freedom Tower is the replacement for what was once New York’s World Trade Center. It stands at a height of 1,776 feet, and 1,792 feet tall to the very tip of the antenna. Part of the healing process is new growth, which this tower represents.

The Old & The New York

One of the things that I loved most about New York was the way history is preserved. I saw it everywhere…the rail road tracks are maintained now as part of the High Line, Theatres, restaurants just to name a few. This snapshot of a typical street corner shows the Old alongside the New in New York.

Statue Of Liberty

She needs no introduction. Lady Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) stands proud beckoning newcomers to the land of freedom…the USA. The Statue of Liberty is an imposing figure and one of the most beautiful sights I had the opportunity to photograph while in NYC.

Springtime at Spring Gap

South Fork Stanislaus River flowing rapidly into New Melones Lake! Photo credit: Maryann Curmi

South Fork Stanislaus River flowing rapidly into New Melones Lake! Photo credit: Maryann Curmi

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Left to right: Bella and Stella (aka: Little) Enjoy the So. Fork River weekly!

Left to right: Bella and Stella (aka: Little) Enjoy the So. Fork River weekly!

Consider The Coffee….Consider The Cup, Now Consider Life!

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A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee. When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups have been taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups… And then you began eyeing each other’s cups, to see who had the best one.
Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee. Savor the coffee, not the cups! The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything. Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.