The Cat Lady of Swanville, Maine

Her name is Donna Talarico. She’s an ex-navy nurse with a genuine desire to help people and animals. She has a bum leg which may have to be amputated.

Donna runs a clean little cat boarding facility called the “Cat Haven Inn” where from time to time we board our cat Dennis.

This is Donna.

Donna

 

Here it is a picture of her Cat Haven Inn’s front window.

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I’m not terribly sure what I am posting this except to express my admiration for people like Donna who go through life with an upbeat uncomplaining attitude, always doing what they can to help others along the way.

I know things haven’t been easy for her personally but talking to Donna you’d never know it. 

 

On The Side Of Caution (for sure!)

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This elevator is in a Boston eye clinic. Need I say more?

The Waiting Room

A quiet place save for the inane babble of daytime TV. Each waiting patient  wrapped in thoughts of themselves and their malady. The country club pastels, bad art and white walls do little to liven the atmosphere.

This is a place where healing is helped along behind closed doors and all here wait their turn for medicine’s magic.

The decor doesn’t matter.

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Boston…The Old & The New

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It’s good to be back in old “Beantown”. Things have certainly changed around here. There is new construction everywhere. Whole areas that used to be seedy and run down like around the TD Garden now bristle with cranes and excavators. The seaport and the fan pier area are unrecognizable to me. Massive new shopping areas, condominium towers and hotels are currently being built. 

Of course some things have stayed the same. Back Bay is a prime example. The brownstones and Newbury street still are attractive but essentially unmolested by developers. However as if to counter this oasis of calm, we learned yesterday that a second Four Seasons Hotel is being planned, making Boston one of the very few cities in the world with two of these mega-luxury hotels.

Things are certainly exciting but, I confess, a bit unsettling around here.

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There Are Many Different Windows

A lot depends on which one you choose to look through.

Different Windows

Coming Into The Light

End Of The Tunnel

 

This photograph is taken in a little culvert under my cousin’s driveway. It’s really a lot smaller than it looks here.

I like the deception it creates. It looks big and spooky but really isn’t. 

It reminds me of the way we think about our problems.

The Silence Inside

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Close your eyes, stop breathing for three seconds and listen for the silence inside the illusion of the world.

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