Thursday, September 22, 2016

Autumn Equinox 2016


Autumnal Equinox - September 22, 2016 10:21 EDT 


Good morning ,welcome to the fall season the best time of the year.

When we were kids we use to rake leaves just to have a big pile to jump into. I intend to do that this year. I still rake them the old fashioned way.

Raking Leaves at Fourth Street in Stamford, CT - 1948


Back in the "old days" we disposed of the leaves by burning them. I intentionally made the fire as smokey as possible because I liked the way it looked. Wet leaves helped with this strategy. This photo was taken of my cousins burning leaves in their mother's garden, which help to recycle nutrients to the soil.  Worries about air quality have banned this practice but I still remember the distinctive smell. My dad once tried to help the process along by using some gasoline. Thankfully that only resulted in some singed eyebrows.

Janis family - New Canaan, CT - 1951






Sunday, September 11, 2016

September 11, 2016


It has been fifteen years and I  still remember standing in the cafeteria with my co-workers on that beautiful September morning watching in horror and disbelief as the second plane hit the tower.

My cousin Chris at Bell Island in Norwak Connecticut. From this location the smoke was visible from the burning towers in New York City. This photo was taken in June of 2008. His brothers were in the city on that day.

A much earlier undated photo of my cousin Chris  taken in New York City with the Towers visible in the background

Private Memorial Garden erected in North Truro in Cape Cod at a rental property where my cousins were staying.

North Truro Memorial - The owner of the property had a connection with the crew members of Flight 1l.

John A. Ogonowski (February 24, 1951 – September 11, 2001) was an American pilot and an agricultural activist. A resident of Dracut, Massachusetts, Ogonowski was a leading advocateon behalf of farming in Massachusetts, particularly in aiding immigrant farmers from Cambodia,[1] whom he assisted as part of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project. He was murdered by terrorists while piloting American Airlines Flight 11, which was subsequently hijacked and flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center as part of the 9/11 attacks.At the time of her death, Betty Ong lived in Andover, Massachusetts. On September 11, 2001, Ong assigned herself to Flight 11, so she could return to Los Angeles and go on vacation to Hawaiiwith her sister. During the hijacking, she used a telephone card to call in to American Airlines' operations/Raleigh reservations center, from the plane's rear galley; identified herself and alerted the supervisor that the aircraft had been hijacked. Along with fellow flight attendant Madeline Amy Sweeney, she relayed a report of the seat numbers of three hijackers. During her Airfonecall, she reported that none of the crew could contact the cockpit nor open its door, a passenger (Daniel M. Lewin) and two (unnamed, cockpit key-carrying) flight attendants had been stabbed and that she thought someone had sprayed Mace in the business class cabin.
Source - Wikipedia



Mark Knopfler wrote this song after learning about the phone calls made by victims of 9-11, to their wives/husbands/parents/friends/children. What must they have been thinking as they awaited the certain outcome? 





September 11, 2016


It has been fifteen years and I  still remember standing in the cafeteria with my co-workers on that beautiful September morning watching in horror and disbelief as the second plane hit the tower.

My cousin Chris at Bell Island in Norwak Connecticut. From this location the smoke was visible from the burning towers in New York City. This photo was taken in June of 2008. His brothers were in the city on that day.

A much earlier undated photo of my cousin Chris  taken in New York City with the Towers visible in the background

Private Memorial Garden erected in North Truro in Cape Cod at a rental property where my cousins were staying.

North Truro Memorial - The owner of the property had a connection with the crew members of Flight 1l.

John A. Ogonowski (February 24, 1951 – September 11, 2001) was an American pilot and an agricultural activist. A resident of Dracut, Massachusetts, Ogonowski was a leading advocateon behalf of farming in Massachusetts, particularly in aiding immigrant farmers from Cambodia,[1] whom he assisted as part of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project. He was murdered by terrorists while piloting American Airlines Flight 11, which was subsequently hijacked and flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center as part of the 9/11 attacks.At the time of her death, Betty Ong lived in Andover, Massachusetts. On September 11, 2001, Ong assigned herself to Flight 11, so she could return to Los Angeles and go on vacation to Hawaiiwith her sister. During the hijacking, she used a telephone card to call in to American Airlines' operations/Raleigh reservations center, from the plane's rear galley; identified herself and alerted the supervisor that the aircraft had been hijacked. Along with fellow flight attendant Madeline Amy Sweeney, she relayed a report of the seat numbers of three hijackers. During her Airfonecall, she reported that none of the crew could contact the cockpit nor open its door, a passenger (Daniel M. Lewin) and two (unnamed, cockpit key-carrying) flight attendants had been stabbed and that she thought someone had sprayed Mace in the business class cabin.

Source - Wikipedia



Mark Knopfler wrote this song after learning about the phone calls made by victims of 9-11, to their wives/husbands/parents/friends/children. What must they have been thinking as they awaited the certain outcome? 





Monday, September 5, 2016

Happy Campers


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Happy Labor Day, as a tribute to the unofficial end of summer, I have gathered some photos of summer camping.

My Aunt Adeline strikes a pose for the camera. The Poltrack women attended some type of summer camp in the 1930s,
I believe this is my Aunt Helen at the same camp. Thie physical photo was captioned "Ah Shucks". Why is she holding a banana and a copy of "Black Jack"?

Emily at Nickerson State Park (area 6 of course). A wonderful camp ground on Cape Cod. We always manged to have at least one torrential downpour during the week.

Ginny cooks up some bacon and eggs which for some reason taste better when you are outdoors.

Camping on Dillon Beach in California. We simply set up a tent and moved in for the night.

At Nickerson, Jesse would arrive just as the bacon was cooked.

Check out the hair and denim, what was I thinking?I think I still have that shirt.

My Aunt Marjorie camping in Truro on Cape Cod. This is one of my favorite photos of her.

My sister Susan opts for a breakfsfast of gruel, whereas I prefer bacon and eggs

I was with this crew when we climbed the Tuckerman Ravine Trail in the White Mountsins. When it got dark we just camped off the trail, something which was probably prohibited. In my camping experiences I have been rousted by the police, something which is disruptive to a restful sleep. We were lucky in the white mountains, no one bothered us but when it was light we noticed it was full of trash, more of a dump than a campsite.




Saturday, September 3, 2016

Drained Smithville Reservoir


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I've been taking a morning walk with my friends John and Angelika Weber and their son Parker by the Smithville Reservoir for over 10 years. We've seen it flood and we've seen it drained. These photos were taken in September of 2006. I'm not sure why they drained it, but I'll guess the fish and otters were not happy about it.

The flood control dams were constructed in the 1960s as a response to occurrences of repetitive flooding. The worst flooding occurred in 1936 and the hurricane of 1938. Dam Site 35 is 30 feet high and 1,209 feet long. Smithville Reservoir (Dam Site 35) holds 1,787 acre-feet of water.

The Souhegan River's headwaters are located in New Ipswich, the flood control dams hold back the water during heavy rains, They are earthern structures that slow the release of the water but don't stop it completely. New Ipswich has 4 of the 12 sites on the Souhegan River.

John and Butch check out the Smithville Reservor as Bud the dog looks on

September 2006
Stumps remain, preserved under the water