New York City – Photo IV

I love New York City!

I greatly enjoy taking pictures on my visits to New York – The Greatest City in the World!

Occasionally, I’ll share a few of my favorite photos.  I hope you enjoy them.

This picture, of the King Jagiello statue in Central Park, was taken in October 2013.

 

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Brooks, Yaz, and Carlton Fisk

A few weeks ago, I took out my old set of 1977 Topps baseball cards.  I wanted to find a card to use for a photograph for a blog post.  I have been having fun creating unique pictures to use with this blog.

This afternoon, I finally got around to putting the card I had picked back into the plastic sheet where it had been housed for many years.

The baseball card I had chosen for the photograph, and was holding, was a card of Thurman Munson.  Thurman was, of course, the Yankees All-Star catcher.

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Kintsugi

My son came home from college, and in a discussion with me brought up a Japanese word, Kintsugi, that immediately opened up my mind to many thoughts.

It’s wonderful to find new words, new ideas, and new ways of thinking.

And, just for the record, kintsugi is now my new favorite word.

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Joe Jackson and Me

One of my favorite musical artists of all time is Joe Jackson.  I have always enjoyed his avant-garde approach to music.   It seems that every album he produces has a different sound and a different approach.  Every album is enjoyable in its own right.  That being said, my favorite Joe Jackson album remains the first one of his I ever purchased, Night and Day.

This a true story about Joe Jackson and how he once wrote some music just for me.

Seriously.

YES, that Joe Jackson.

This happened a long time ago…back when the Internet was a new thing.  At that time, people could do a lot with e-mail.

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Running is Hard. Life is Hard. It’s all Good!

I like to run.  A lot.  I like running very much (so I like running a lot).  I also like to run a lot of miles (so I like running a lot).   (I like when a sentence such as “I like running a lot” can be interpreted two different ways.)

When I run, which is most often on a treadmill at irrational hours of the early morning, I usually listen to music on my iPod.  I often get inspired by inspiring songs.  (I wonder how many other obvious statements I can write in this passage.)

I find every run, no matter what the distance, to be hard.  Every single run presents a challenge.

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Missing From Monument Park – Part III (Conclusion)

The following is the third (and final) installment in my series examining the greatest third basemen in Yankees history.

For Part I, please click here: https://drpaulsem.com/2016/03/13/missing-from-monument-park-part-i/

For Part II, please click here: https://drpaulsem.com/2016/03/15/missing-from-monument-part-part-ii/

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Missing From Monument Part – Part II

The following is the second of a three part series examining the greatest third basemen in Yankees history.  To read Part I, please click here:

https://drpaulsem.com/2016/03/13/missing-from-monument-park-part-i/

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Crash-Test Teaching

Last fall, as my son and I were having some fun watching football, I was struck by the following commercial:

It is an extremely powerful commercial – one that strikes and resonates within the heart.

And it is so true.  100%.

And not just for cars.

Or crash dummies.

But for everyone.  Always.  Especially in a job where we deal with children.

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Missing from Monument Park – Part I

The New York Yankees have a tradition of honoring the greatest players in their history with monuments in Monument Park located within Yankee Stadium.  Through the 2015 season, there were twenty-six Yankees players recognized in this hallowed ground.  (This number excludes Billy Martin who is arguably included more for his managing than his playing days as a Yankee.)  The Yankees have honored nine pitchers, seven outfielders, five catchers, three first basemen, a shortstop (Phil Rizzuto, although a certain Derek Jeter will soon join him) and a second baseman.  In total, a player from every position on the diamond is recognized except for third base.  There are no Yankee third basemen in Monument Park.

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