Battle of the Seasons

Spring and winter have been at war here in NYC the past couple of weeks. One day the high temperature might be in the 50s, and then just a few short days later it can be in the 70s or 80s. Thankfully, as winter stubbornly refuses to loosen its hold and make way for spring, there have not been innocent casualties of this war as I have seen in past years. The tree and flower buds have not sprouted only to suffer a deep freeze. Instead, as I’ve walked around the Manhattan, I see signs that spring is prevailing, something that has greatly lightened my spirits. I cannot tell you how happy it makes me feel to see such beautiful flowers in an urban landscape. I hope my shots bring you joy as well.

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Please note all of these photos were taken with my beloved Google Pixel with no filter or editing except for the squirrel photo. 🙂


September 11, 2016


No farewell words were spoken,
no time to say goodbye,
you were gone before we knew it,
and only God can tell us why.
It broke my heart to lose you,
but you didn’t go alone,
for part of me went with you,
the day God called you home.

~Author Unknown

Author Sean Patrick Flanery in the house!

Okay, so it isn’t every day that I share when an author stops by my office at Hachette while they are in NYC doing a media tour. However, Sean Patrick Flanery is such a genuinely sweet, polite guy that I wanted to give a shout-out to my fellow southerner and his coming of age debut novel, JANE TWO.

If you’d like to meet Sean yourself, he is going to be signing copies of JANE TWO at the Barnes & Noble at 46th Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan (NYC) again tomorrow (4/7) at 1:30pm. Don’t worry, you can purchase his brand new book there if you haven’t bought one already.

Want to know what JANE TWO is about? I’m totally stealing the book description because if it is well-written, why try to rewrite it? Plus, I honestly have to go cook dinner!!

A coming of age debut novel from accomplished actor, director, and writer Sean Patrick Flanery explores that powerful first taste of love that sets the bar for something that we’ll chase, usually unsuccessfully, for the rest of our lives.
A young Mickey navigates through the dense Texas humidity of the 70’s and out onto the porch every single time his Granddaddy calls him, where he’s presented with the heirloom recipe for life, love, and manhood. But all the logic and insight in the world cannot prepare him to operate correctly in the presence of a wonderfully beautiful little girl who moves in just behind his rear fence. How will this magical moment divide Mickey’s life into a “before and after” and permanently change his motion and direct it down the unpaved road to which only a lucky few are granted access?

JANE TWO is available in stores wherever books are sold or online at:



We all bleed green today!

After hearing bagpipes, drums, and cheering for hours today while working at my desk, I’m glad I had a chance to sneak outside for a while to view the New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade–a parade that’s been gracing New York City streets for over 250 years! Only in New York can something this amazing happen yet most New Yorkers are in the “business as usual” mode. May you all bleed green today in a safe and not sick way! 🙂

Where the geese go, I shall follow.

I should feel guilty for so many geese posts, but I don’t. Geese make me happy, and we should all seize whatever opportunities we have to be happy in this world. I can hardly think of a better way to relax than listening to the quacks of dozens of babies during a beautiful evening in Central Park.

Remembering 9/11 and My Experience Visiting 1 World Trade Center

When I first moved to New York and began exploring the area this summer, I couldn’t help but go to the site of the World Trade Centers. I did not want to since the pain of that day is still very real when I think of it; yet, I was inexplicably drawn to the area where such carnage and horror happened. I felt like I was walking on sacred grounds, and to be honest, I hated how many tourists were there even though I was one of them. I honestly could not stay very long because it just felt wrong–the site had become a tourist attraction instead of a somber site where you go to pay your respects. After touching some of the victims’ names engraved in the reflecting pool, I paid my respects to the wall honoring the fallen firemen. I felt a small prickle of pride when viewing the Freedom Tower, yet I almost wished the site had been developed differently. I’m not sure what would have been more appropriate than the current plans, except for maybe if the Twin Towers themselves had been rebuilt. This is such a difficult subject in American history, it is hard to figure out what honors America’s strength and America’s fallen people the best.

In honor of everyone lost thirteen years ago today, I wanted to share some of my photos of the site in their memory.

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You know you’re not a native New Yorker when….

1) The highlight of your day is when you finally see subway rats.
2) You squeal and start saying how cute they are and everyone else looks at you like you’re some bizarre freak.
3) You get really sad when you see the raticide sign hanging above the train tracks.

Seriously, I had been waiting a month to see these babies! I was starting to think they didn’t exist.

There are more than skyscrapers and people in NYC.

I’m going to share a little secret with you. Even though I was super excited to spread my wings and fly to New York City last week (you know I don’t mean this literally), I was a little bit worried that a corner of my soul was going to shrivel up and die inside. I’m happy to report that trees, flowers, and squirrels do exist in New York City–and in a rather surprising amount. I’ve been getting my “green fix” by visiting several parks since my arrival. I spotted these little beauties in City Hall Park.

Where are my horticulturalist friends when I need them? I think these are alliums, members of the onion family!

I told my husband before I left South Carolina to send me pictures of my new daylilies as they flowered. I had a friend from Pennsylvania send the bulbs to me last year so for several months I’ve been looking forward to seeing what the plants look like as they bloom for the first time. Go figure, almost all of the buds taunted me for weeks and decided to start blooming after I left for NYU’s summer publishing course. I was happy that I got to see (and photograph!!) the blooms below before I left. I am anxiously awaiting for the husband to send me pictures of additional flowers as they open up.

Senior Joan Daylily

Senior Joan Daylily

Peach and burgundy daylily

I can’t remember what this one is, but if you’re really interested, I can find out.

I shot all of the featured photos with my new LG G2 instead of my SLR. Camera phones have gotten pretty darn amazing the last few years. Well, now that I’ve told you about my “green fix” secret, perhaps you can share one of your secrets with me. 😉