Be My Valentine

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Scene and Heard: Love, Robert Indiana’s sculpture, and Not A Bad Thing
performed by Justin Timberlake and The Tennessee Kings, live on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show. The song is a mid-tempo pop ballad that makes use of an acoustic guitar throughout, with its lyrics centering around the semantic field of love. A song of love and hope. I just can’t get enough of it!

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Scene and Heard: Hope, Robert Indiana’s sculpture, and Not A Bad Thing selected lyrics. I said if I had one wish I know what I’d wish for / Is to see you tomorrow / And every tomorrow / Maybe you’ll let me borrow, your heart ? / And is it too much to ask for every Sunday? / An while we’re at it throw in every other day to start / I know people make promises all the time / Then they turn right around and break them / No I won’t fill your mind with broken promises / And if you fall / Youll always land right in these arms / Cause you might find your dreams come true with me / Itnot a bad thing to fall in love with me. 

 

 

 

Les Avenues

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Scene: A wintery mix of style and ease. Spirited and effortless. Subtle and smart. Parisian and international chic. Monotones, blacks, whites and blues, muted hues, a surprise of color, and touches of gold on the avenues of Paris and Versailles. Rockers, athletic references, lux materials, and bohemia. Jouir (enjoy)!

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Scene & Heard: A few days after my 30th birthday, I left Lucca, Italy and went to Paris. One day, I walked down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées with my Sony Walkman and headset listening to A Free Man in Paris by Joni Mitchell. I was a free man in Paris / I’d just walk out those doors / And wanderDown the Champs-Élysées.

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Scene: I am Charlie.

 

 

 

Harmony

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Scene: L’Harmonie atop the left pavilion of the Palais Garnier, the opera house in Paris, from our room at the Intercontinental Le Grand. Wishing you a Happy, Healthy, and Wonderful New Year in Harmony. Cheers!

 

 

 

The Night Before

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Scene: Christina Osburn and Paul O’Connor, next photo, at their home. In the country and around the bend to their Holiday Party we went. Neighbors and friends gathered together and toasted the season on Christmas Eve. Christina is an Art Teacher and Artist. At the gathering there were actors, builders, carpenters, engineers, teachers, and others.

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Scene: Paul is Technical Director and Set Designer for the Drama Department at Vassar College.

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Scene: Jim, Billy, Kathy and Rachel. The invitation that Kathy is holding was hand crafted by Christina.

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Scene: Cheerful Kathee, Dave, and Terri.

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Scene: Nancy and Kathy loving their moment.

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Scene: Marty, Mario, Josh and Paul sitting around the work table, in Paul’s amazingly equipped and self-constructed workshop. Paul also built a studio for Christina on their property.

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Scene: Mario who lives down the hill near the river.

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Scene: Josh with his device sharing a photo of him and Aya.

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Scene: Marty who lives next door.

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Scene: Paul and their wonderful dog Cali in the kitchen.

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Scene: Jim and Kathy smiling.

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Scene: Kathy and Debbie embracing the season’s spirit.

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Scene: Paula and Fred, wine makers and owners of Cerrighino-Smith. Fred is also from the band Television, in the link that’s him on the right in the vintage newspaper ad for the East Village Eye. They will be performing at Irving Place in NYC on Sunday, December 28th. Then off to the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and then to The Stoney Pony in Asbury Park, NJ.

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Scene: Fred watches Christina as she strums along to Dick Dale, 60’s surfer music, which was streaming at the party.

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Scene: Veronica enters the scene.

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Scene: Rachel makes a move.

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Scene: Billy watches Christina as she makes a calculated advance.

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Scene: That’s me enjoying the moment.

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Scene: Cali sensing some thing in the air.

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Scene: “When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter.  Away to the window we flew like a flash. The moon on the new fallen snow. When, what to our wondering eyes should appear, but a sleigh, and nine reindeer. We knew in a moment it must be Saint Nick. On the roof, the prancing of each little hoof. Santa sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, and away they all flew. But we heard him exclaim, Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!” Paraphrased from Clement Clarke Moore’s The Night Before Christmas.