to some crazy scheduling demands, this may be the last post for
a bit, since I need to shift my attention to other projects. But
we might have something fun to hold you over…
a new addition in the Photo
New York State Chinese Lantern Festival opened
their displays at the New York State Fairgrounds in April 2017
to begin a run that lasted more than two months. From a stunning
display of artistic effort and craftsmanship to some wonderful
stage performances, the festival was a fantastic way to spend
the fair in late May, I was able to take a ton of pictures, both
earlier in the evening and after the sun set for the day. This
photo gallery captures many of the images
from throughout our visit.
some of the reasons for the upcoming disappearing act…
two books nearing publication, there is a ton of stuff that needs
to get done. Cover designs… manuscripts to finish, followed by
proof editions to double-check… organizing the efforts associated
with the releases.
Won’t Pass Me By will be ready to come
out in July. Celebrating the Fourteenth Anniversary of the In
My Backpack web site, the book features more than forty essays
published between March of 2003 and March of 2017.
is also designed to celebrate the anniversary of the site, this
time with a look at several of the interviews that have appeared
over the years. But this effort is going to be a lot more. A few
participants have shared some new material that will be featured
exclusively in the book. And, we will have a new interview with
a returning guest… a special friend of ours has answered several
questions that will also debut on the pages of this effort. Look
for it in August.
also assembling a run of appearances that will take place this
year, mostly between September and November. I should have more
details on these to share in July. Look for information on the
Calendar, where three dates already have teasers
new essay today. A few other things first…
Friends continues. This month the challenge
is Prepping for Summer, with the concept involving doing things
around the house that are tied to seasonal projects. Painting…
grilling… gardening… etc.
we have adjusted the timing of Local Friends every so often, for
now though, this and fiuture challenges will cover the complete
Parkside View is getting ready to begin
year number two. The July edition… Volume 2, Issue 7… will be
the thirteenth release.
edition of A Parkside View contains at least two essays,
with one debuting exclusively on its pages. Material will also
occasionally look at other areas of the Backpack community… ComplemenTerry
Designs as one example.
sign up and become part of the monthly distribution, send us an
e-mail and we’ll get everything sorted out and set up with you.
(If you follow us on one of our social media pages, send along
are going to be a lot of things coming up in July and August,
with two new book releases planned. The fun will continue from
there, with appearances being scheduled for book signings, readings,
and the brand new program A Writer’s Workshop.
have a new batch of pictures up by this Tuesday. (Wish me luck.)
to wrap it up… “Even
those that cannot cook have favorite recipes”
know… two days in a row. Stunning. Two days in a row, and
two new essays in a row. That will be it for today… more over
here we go… “Wandering
settling in for the month of June. Which is wonderful, since it’s
approaching the time to begin mapping out July. Still… could be
worse (I think)…
do have another new essay. Let’s make that the only item for today
and save the rest for later.
the playdough from the fridge”
to jump when the weather gave us the opportunity, and ended up
power washing a bunch of stuff one day, staining our deck the
next, and then finishing everything up (with some last second
coats of stain tossed in for good measure) on a third. Sorry it
moved a few things off by a couple of days. Thanks for understanding.
essay today… link at the end of the entry… and at least one new
essay coming over the weekend. A
Parkside View will be out today or tomorrow.
stupid… and there’s classic levels of stupid. This attempt
to get free popcorn climbs a few levels on
to wrap up… “Improving
politics… without talking politics”
Friends for Local Business
month we’re adjusting a few things for the effort. We’ve had full-month
challenges in the past, and moved the lengths at times beyond
what started out as five-day runs. This month, we convert the
program to cover each day of the month from now on. The basic
reasoning behind it is that this is an unofficial, community awareness
drive. In order to move toward the true destination of getting
people out and about, learning about their surroundings, and supporting
the businesses that create the incredible and unique neighborhoods
we live in… yeah… it shouldn’t matter when you get out there.
When you can, go. If you can, invest some time and perhaps spend
a few dollars.
month, the challenge is Prepping
for Summer. And in a specific sense, we are
talking about things like cooking outdoors… maintenance projects…
general improvement efforts around the home.
you want a new grill? How about new toys to go along with your
existing barbecue set? Maybe a fire pit?
you need to get some things painted or stained? A deck? The window
you have an area you’d like to turn into a garden with some new
stones or a change of the soil? Are you looking to build a shed?
June 1st and June 30th, the idea for Local Friends is to get outside
in the improving weather, look around your house at things that
need to be done, and find out what places nearby can help you
out with your projects.
apologize for the strange finish to May and move into June. I
ended up running directly into three different things that needed
my attention and had to shift away from the site for a bit.
rundown for today… get things caught up… and then transition to
June more completely by mid-week (including that essay I promised
a few days ago)…
next edition of the monthly effort is about ready to go. This
one completes the first year of the project. The June release…
Volume 2 Issue 6 of 2017… marks twelve straight months, and will
be making its rounds by the 6th or 7th.
you’re already part of the monthly distribution, I appreciate
you’d like to receive the newsletter, send along an e-mail and
let us know. We’ll get everything in place.
putting some finishing touches on a new addition to the site’s
photo gallery. This one will feature The
New York State Chinese Lantern Festival. I
hope to have it ready and in place by the middle of this month.
Unfortunately, timing may push this one to later in the month,
and maybe even July.
lantern festival was our Local
Friends effort for the month of May. The June
challenge will be described later this week. The overall theme
will be Prepping for Summer, and it is a month-long effort.
Won’t Pass Me By and Conversations
am very happy with the way things are coming together on these
projects. And… yes… these two efforts were part of the chaos last
week. Great part of the chaos is that I feel very comfortable
with the July and August release targets for them.