Archive for September, 2011

Wordless Wednesday on Thursday, or, Where in the World…..?

Posted in Uncategorized on September 29, 2011 by ctgalaw

Where in the world can you find the largest cathedral in the world…..

……AND the burial-place of a United States president and his wife…..

……AND the summer home of the first United States Secretary of the Treasury…….

…..AND the home of two United States National Parks……..

…..AND the current business office of a (recent) former United States president…..

……AND the home of a world-class Ivy League university…….

…..AND a majestic, iconic suspension bridge that links this neighborhood with another state; bears the name of a former United States president…

AND I can go on and on and on and on…..there’s so much history and there’s so much to absorb in this one small neighborhood of the Village of HARLEM, NEW YORK, of course.  Ha!

Here’s the cheat sheet to the above photos:

1.  The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

2.  Grant’s Tomb, the burial site of President Grant and his wife

3.  Hamilton Grange, the summer home of the first Secretary of the Treasury, West Indian born (rumored to have an African bloodline), Alexander Hamilton

4.  Grant’s Tomb and Hamilton Grange (Hamilton Terrace/Heights is The Recovering Attorney’s former hometown neighborhood) are designated United States Parks

5.  Upon leaving office, former President Bill Clinton established his office (many say that President Clinton’s choice of Harlem started the unofficial gentrification of Harlem–some are pleased and many long-time residents are not–*sigh*) on Harlem’s historic 125th Street (my uncle’s architectural firm designed the building)

6.  Columbia University (I spent 4, six-week academic summers as a “gifted” high school student in Columbia’s Furnald dorms–good times!)

7.   Though not pictured, our current president, while a student at Columbia, lived at 142 West 109th Street in Harlem

8.  George Washington Bridge

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A Passing: Wangari Maathai

Posted in Uncategorized on September 26, 2011 by ctgalaw

Wangari Maathai

“The top of the pyramid is blinded by insatiable appetites backed by scientific knowledge, industrial advancement, the need to acquire, accumulate and over consume.  The rights of those at the bottom are violated every day by those at the top.”  Wangari Maathai, London, 1988

Wangari Maathai, 71, died of ovarian cancer Sunday in a Nairobi hospital.  Maathai is best known for creating the Green Belt Movement in the 1970s, which among other notable accomplishments, has planted tens of millions of trees around Kenya.  She was the voice of environmentalism in Kenya and beyond.  Her focus was the improvement of the lives of women and the building of sustainable relationships between people the land and education.

For her noble efforts, Maathai was awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.  The first African woman to win the coveted prize.  It seems like it was just yesterday when Maathai drew the attention of the world stage.

The beautiful Black woman with the beautiful white smile and distinctive accent–graciously, yet with a sense of purpose (and opportunity to accomplish more), accepting her Prize and Place as an advocate for Black women across the diaspora.

If you have a moment, please read the Wikipedia entry of this great woman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wangari_Maathai.

 

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Singer Mary “Vesta” Williams Has Died

Posted in Uncategorized on September 23, 2011 by ctgalaw

Vesta Williams, 53, the sultry R&B singer of the 1980s and 1990s was found dead in an El Segundo, California hotel room yesterday.  The cause of death has not been determined.

Vesta (along with Phyllis Hyman, Regina Belle and Miki Howard) never received the acclaim and commercial success worthy of her great talent.  Her hit, Congratulations, the anthem of the long-suffering woman scorned, along with its companion video was a huge hit and a crowd favorite.

So young and so talented.  My prayers and sympathies to her family.

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The Autumnal Equinox, or, How Do You Know It’s Fall?

Posted in Uncategorized on September 23, 2011 by ctgalaw

How do I know that it’s officially Fall?

No, I don’t check my calendar.

No, I don’t take notice of the premature falling leaves.

No, it’s not because it’s time for the annual Taste of Atlanta, Atlanta’s premier “foodies” event.

I know that it’s Fall because…………………..

………..this morning I saw my first Puffs Plus commercial of the Season.  Ha!

 

Have a great weekend, Dear Readers and Happy Fall,

The Recovering Attorney

 

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Wordless Wednesday on Thursday

Posted in Uncategorized on September 22, 2011 by ctgalaw

Etna, New Hampshire

The Connecticut River Valley, New HampshireVermont mountains

New Hampshire Center Hall Colonial on the Village Square

Home of the Celtics and Bruins

Trinity Church, Boston’s Back Bay Neighborhood

Homeward bound

As promised, here are a few pics from my recent visit to New England.  Mr Recovering Attorney and I flew into Boston and enjoyed a scenic drive north to Vermont and New Hampshire.

The time spent together was serene and refreshing.

We ate tons of fresh-picked New Hampshire apples, purchased gallons of Vermont maple syrup (Precious Child II is a maple syrup connoisseur–I must truly love that child–I had to check my carry on luggage to get that syrup to her!), dined at the “polished casual” Murphy’s on the Green in the Upper Valley and took a quick tour of Boston in general and the Back Bay neighborhoods of Boston specifically (Beacon Hill and Copley Square are soooo The Recovering Attorney.  Ha!).

Though the pictures are not my best work; the pictures in no way capture the essence of our short vacay–a good time was certainly had by all!

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Wordless Wednesday, or, Reflections of New England in Late September

Posted in Uncategorized on September 21, 2011 by ctgalaw

Ahhhhhh.   New England in the Fall (well, almost)!  The air has a certain crispness. . .the leaves are starting to lose their deep green chlorophyll color in favor of a “dark” mint jello hue (you remember mint green jello, don’t you?). . .the smattering of vibrant yellows, reds and golds start to take hold of the mountainsides. . . .while the reflective waters of the lakes and rivers are just so clear and seemingly pure. . .with the rolling hills and deep valleys reminding you that the world (in spite of all that you read and experience) is truly a simple place. . . . .

This past weekend (plus) in Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire is just what this Recovering Attorney needed in order to Recharge and Regroup.  I will share some of my photos on “Wordless Wednesday on Thursday.”

Thank you, Dear Readers for continuing to support The Recovering Attorney Un-Blog(tm)!

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Traveling…………..

Posted in Uncategorized on September 16, 2011 by ctgalaw

 Please feel free to explore The Recovering Attorney Un-Blog(tm) while I am away:  Most viewed post of the past week, September 9th’s Remembering 9/11 and LeRoy W. Homer (an American History moment).

Thank you for your continued support.  I love my Dear Readers!!!!!!

Many thanks,

The Recovering Attorney xoxoxo


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