The City is on us

We’re in Peekskill, New York just 41 walking miles north of Central Park in mid-town Manhattan. And we feel it. So many cars on the road. Commuter trains passing us every hour. Shipping traffic on the Hudson. And the people have a different air, the air of the city is on us. It won’t be long now.
Last night in Beacon we were the guests of Ed Benevente, a local artist transplanted from LA. Thanks, Ed, for a lot of good conversation and the place to sleep in a town without motels.
It feels strange to be in the immediate suburbs of a huge city and to also be in the mountains and along this huge river, the Hudson. It is good to walk and see that.


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    Good luck in the Big Apple. I wonder where you will be staying. I remember 2 years ago when my publisher sent me to the Book Expo America, I watched an emaciated woman making herself presentable by standing and looking into the rearview side mirror of a delivery van, then coming into the McDonald’s and sitting at a table with a stranger who moved and then waiting until someone finally brought something for her to eat. I’ll be watching your progress now to see when you will be flying.
    Take Care,

    Comment by Michael Beres — Friday, December 4, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

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    I have just read the comment made previously about that poor woman clinging to the last vestiges of her appearance if not her dignity while virtually begging in NYC
    Within those few lines lies a whole spectrum of life in these modern days. – I can’t explain my thoughts – suffice to note that eventually a ‘Good Samaritan’ appeared.
    May we be that Good Samaritan sometime in our life – for there, but for the grace of God, go we!

    Comment by Graeme Petterwood — Friday, December 4, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

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    As a fellow numismatist, Mike – I meant to ask – was there anything interesting amonst those coins?

    You reminded me of when I had to go for long walks.
    Back in the ‘olden days’ when my body was a different shape and I still had all my original cylinders, valves and connections – I often found money that had been thrown away – obviously from cars.
    Head down became a habit, and, for many years I picked up small change – not enough to make even a small fortune but enough to hoard towards topping-up a decent Christmas tip for a couple of the neighbourhood kids who used to delivered my Sunday paper – rain, hail or shine – right to my front door – and with a cheery smile.
    I still get a small card from one of them each year – just signed ‘your old paper boy (and his name)’ with no return address – and he would have to be in his mid 20’s by now. He and his sister (who also was the paper-girl at times) were great civic-minded kids – a real credit to their family.
    Small acorns – great oaks!

    Comment by Graeme Petterwood — Monday, December 7, 2009 @ 7:40 pm

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    You guys are really making tracks, I am sooo impressed. Haven’t heard about the snow storms in your area but if they are as bad there as here, I hope you can weather it…….sure you guys can but becareful. The midwest I know is getting hammered.
    Mike–hope you ankle is doing better. Petra–how’s the fruits out there in the east? 🙂
    Love you guys

    Comment by Marcia — Tuesday, December 8, 2009 @ 9:37 am

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    Big storm on top of us now. You may want to watch it.

    Comment by Cork — Tuesday, December 8, 2009 @ 11:14 pm

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