Sunday, September 14, 2014

While Making Sunday Memories
Remember The First Ones

It dawned on me I hadn't been on vacation in almost 10 years.  

The decade had been filled with other kinds of trips that had little to do with floating a bit on new breezes.  It was time.

Waking up without pressures may have been a goal most desired, but as Florence once pointed out, when reaching for nirvana, you have to train for it.

So while learning how to experience time a little bit differently than the past ten year, a memory of the first vacations taken.

Originally posted Saturday, July 5, 2008


Florence, Atlantic City, 196something

There was no guarantee we'd ever go away.

Vacations were for other people. And summer was a stand-off between our need to have something to do during the day and their need to not have to think about it. Everything really worked much better when we were at school, he was at work and she was at the piano.

Time stops for no man and neither did the seasons. Summer came. Repeatedly.

I am not sure what started it, how long it lasted and when it ended but Atlantic City became our Riviera for a couple of years. And with the recent purchase of a car needed to get my father to his job out on Long Island, it was accessible.

A giddiness would fill me at the exotic motel we stayed in with an ice machine nearby and a real swimming pool that was small enough paddle across, not like the huge ocean of Pitt Street Pool.

The four of us in one room, two beds, no memory of how my sister and I negotiated sudden close space.

I just remember all the old boarding houses and cheap motels pushing the boardwalk into the sea and the salt-water taffy stands, magic peelers that made radishes into flowers, and unspoken fear and desire holding me back from swimming to China.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday's Child Is Loving And Giving To You Like Loving And Giving Is Supposed To Be


Social Tees called her JoJo.  She was thin and tiny and tired and did a lot of sleeping in their window.  She was under a year, had been thrown out into the backyard of a building on 4th Street and when Animal Control picked her up, they wrote on her paperwork 'very friendly'.  

We renamed her Goldie.  

Her first month with us was bumpy, what with her so sick from shots.  We had to bring her to the food and the litter box. Still, she had the sassiest walk as she learned the lay of the land. But, even as she got better and would rush to greet us, any sudden move would send her cringing into safety.  

It's been a year filled with many cans of food and fierce brushings and lots of yarn throwing.  Goldie now runs to the window when she hears the neighborhood bluejay squawk in the morning, or the sirens at night.   She has her little corners to take her naps, snug and safe and sound.  

And just this morning, we woke up to find her curled up into safety between our feet.

Thank you, Social Tees.  Our hearts are bigger, our souls kinder and our home filled with love. 

You Too Can Live in the Land of Love

Fido's foster mom had to go out of town and Social Tees do not want to put this boy in a cage. 

He is about 8 years old and around 60 lbs. He's s very playful and spunky for a mature dog and makes an awesome jogging companion (he helped his former foster mom go from a 10 minute mile to a 7 minute mile!). 

But he is also super chill indoors and just wants to lie around and sleep and cuddle with you. He could use a little leash work because he pulls a bit, and he needs a little help learning how to properly socialize with other pups he meets on the street, but he's a fast learner and will be a wonderful, loyal companion to a big dog lover who can give him the attention he deserves. 

Please, please help this boy!!!  Fostering lasts 2 to 4 weeks.  Or even for the rest of your life!


Why, you might ask, does a blog that explores New York's disappearing landscape, family and home, write about cats and dogs up for adoption?

Why indeed. 
Meet Jupiter.

Click here to find out.
Meanwhile, at Social Tees 
 cats and dogs, 
kittens and puppies 
are just waiting to show you 
what real love is all about
Just like one kitten did to me not so long ago.

Social Tees  
325 East 5th Street, NY, NY 10003 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Preparing For Peace One Test At A Time

When this first got built, cigarettes and asbestos were A-O.K.

A lot has changed since 1952.  

So, everything got shut down and ripped up and replaced and upgraded and inputted...

Even weddings have rehearsals.

On a Friday night, folks from every department, from the bottom to the top and the top to the bottom,  forewent that movie or their friends hanging out at the bar, and instead pressed buttons and checked mics.

And made sure that when, in a few weeks, the world gathers once again and attempts to fill those sweeping walls and arched ceiling with some hope for peace, everything works.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Walking The (Pretty) Walk

Ok, like I've lived as their neighbor for almost 40 years.  She's a New Yorker, 125th Street all the way. He's from the midwest but really cool.

I never walked anywhere with them.  (Unless you count going to the mailbox or up and down stairs to have dinner, try on clothes, and exchange shoes.)

Except for the couple of months when I needed a knee operation and could only hobble a few feet at a time, the Mariner and I walk everywhere.

Our first date was five hours of walking.  Our second date was 12 hours of walking.  Our third date was 11 hours of walking…OK Ok, so there was eating and drinking and occasional make-out sessions, but mostly walking.

And, no matter where we were going, I would always say, "Let's go the pretty way" and I would weave us in and out of quieter streets and small empty parks and nice avenues.

Just the other day, we all decided to go on a rare adventure together.  It occurred to me, as we left the building, that we had never all walked down a street together.

"Let's go the pretty way," she said, and she wove us all in and out of quieter streets and small empty parks and nice avenues.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Memories: New York City

I wondered what the pigeon was remembering.

I was remembering brick like that, like home, Grand Street, the faces of women who never appeared without lipstick or stockings, unless they were at the laundry mat on a Tuesday morning, running four machines at once - colors, whites, linens, socks - and then they wore audacious curlers and important house dresses bought on sale from Klein's or Alexanders.

It was nice to see home.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday's Child Is Loving And Giving
And Destined For Success


Abbey and her mama are just indescribably cute together. 

Social Tees rescued this young beagle mix from a family trying to give her up her via Craigslist a few months ago (NOT a good idea), and the lovely couple that fostered her fell in love pretty much right away and decided that Abbey had to be theirs. 

Her mom says: "Thank you again for bringing us together with Abbey! She is the absolute best addition to our family and we love her more than words can say! She is really doing great. She actually has started training to become a therapy dog!! She passed obedience 1 with flying colors and is in a 5 week program through The Good Dog Foundation so by early October she will be a therapy dog! She is so great with kids especially and brings such a smile to so many people's faces we figured it would be quite selfish to only be able to enjoy all the love she has to give! She truly is such a special girl!"


Freyja is a totally stunning German Shepherd/Lab mix, 

She is 9 months old, 55 lbs. 

SOOOOOOOO warm and friendly, just a big kid of a dog eager to love and play with everyone she meets. 

She is great with other dogs and friendly with all people. She loves to run and frolic around with other pooches and would do best in a home with a yard and maybe another dog that could be her BFF. 

Freyja is very reward driven and learns super quickly. She's eager to please! 

FOSTERING STARTS ASAP and lasts 2 to 4 weeks; email asap if you can help!!!!

IS A CAT!!!!

 Cali Girl spends her weekends sipping cat-puccinos, browsing the arts section of the paper hoping for a CATS revival, and dreaming of forever home with big windows past which lots and lots of pigeons flutter. 

Could you be her soul mate? 

This gorgeous, elegant kitty is amazingly affectionate and will meow when you get close to make sure you pay her the attention she deserves. She loves cuddling and petting sessions, and she's good with other animals.

 Eager to meet her? Stop by! 325 East 5th Street, NY, NY 10009; 5-7pm


Come Volunteer!!!

Come Visit!!!!

 Come On In!!!!!

 Social Tees 
325 East 5th Street, NY, NY 10003

Thursday, September 4, 2014

That Moment

Who knows what they were talking about

It probably was about books and publishing and money and owning your own work. 

Whatever it was, it wasn't baseball. 

And perhaps it didn't matter.  Even in a Hopper painting, it helps having company.

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