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Happy Mother’s Day and Congratulations!

10 May

 On this Mother’s Day,

I am especially grateful for the two Benita’s in my life:

My Mother Benita

And my Daughter Benita!

How proud I am

and how proud Nana would have been of her namesake!

Benita Gingerella, Cum Laude!

Benita Gingerella, Cum Laude!

To my Mother, and the other wonderful Mothers

I am fortunate to know and love,

Happy Mother’s Day! 

Buona festa della mamma! 

And Congratulations to my Benita,

who makes this day so special for me!


The Flâneur

19 Jan

Great posts are worth sharing, so I’d  like to share this one with you. Although I had studied French for many years, I had never heard of the term The Flâneur. According to the post’s author,

“A Flâneur is a term for a person who goes about daily life really seeing what is going on around him. He doesn’t so much interact with the world, but instead quietly observes and notices what many other people may miss.”

For me,  this is an especially relevant reminder in the Chicago winters when the sky’s favorite “color of choice” is grey and the temperatures bounce around freezing. As an amateur photographer, my eyes are usually on the lookout for interesting things, especially in the phases of sunlight/sunset or when I travel. But in these winter months, as I bundle up against the elements and focus on staying warm, I must remember to still observe so many interesting things that I might otherwise miss.

Click on the link below for Benita’s article, and like me, don’t be surprised if you find some inspiration to become a bit of a Flâneur yourself.



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