Madonna on a bike…

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This is Madonna on her bike. No not that Madonna, the Madonna of Buffalo. Or at least that’s what she told me her name is. I’ve seen Madonna in her colorful clothes riding her colorful trike for quite some time now. And when I got out of work today she was at a shop on Allen Street here in Buffalo so I stopped and asked if I could take her photo. She agreed, and I handed her my business card with this blog’s address on it. She looks at it, then looks up at me. Then she says my name, and “I know you, you’re that bike-riding cook-minister guy…all I could do is smile. We ended up talking for about 15 minutes…about how difficult the winters can be on a bike but that we still don’t want to own a car, about reincarnation and our past lives, and why she says a Hail Mary and does the sign of the cross at every intersection. Then later this evening I passed her on Elmwood Avenue, both of us calling each other’s names as we passed. Nice. I’m finally glad to have met you, my eccentric friend.

Urban Simplicity.

Fortune Cookie Philosophy (sort of)…

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These are two “fortunes” that my son and I received in our fortune cookies the other night…um, not exactly what I was hoping for. Looks like there is a bored prankster in the fortune cookie factory. To see some more inspiring fortune cookies click here.

More in the Fortune Cookie series.

Urban Simplicity.

Sometimes two seats are better than one…and they’re for sale.

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Yup. It’s true. My beloved tandem is for sale. We sort of outgrew it. And by “we” I mean my son and I. This is the bike I used to transport him when he was a kid, now he is a young man. It’s a really good and solid bike, it rides great, and is really fun to ride. If you happen to be in the WNY and are interested feel free to contact me. If you want to see some of the specifics of the bike and it’s price, click here for its craigslist posting.

Urban Simplicity.

Five or Six Quotes from John Muir (and a couple photos, too)..

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The above photo (which was found here) is an image of John Muir in 1902; the photographer is unknown. The below two images are of Muir Woods in Northern California and were taken by me with a little hand-held point-and-shoot camera on a trip I took with my son in the summer of 2010.

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt”

“Most people are on the world, not in it. ”

“Few places in this world are more dangerous than home.”

“I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news.”

“The sun shines not on us but in us.”

“God has cared for these trees,saved them from drought,disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.”

More Five Quotes.

Urban Simplicity.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#607)…

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A camera, a book bag, a tripod, and a tandem bicycle.

Urban Simplicity.

Moon stalking, a correlating poem, and a few other things…

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As you likely know–if you happened to be outside last night or the night prior–there was another super-moon, this time it was the harvest moon. It’s glow was intense to say the least. The night was scheduled to have clear skies so at sunset I hopped on my bike with my gear and rode to to the pier along the lake and the river. As the moon rose over the skyline it was really breathtaking. And it was interesting to watch the sun set over Canada while the moon rose over the U.S. in the other direction. Anyhow, I took dozens of photos, these are a few of my favorites. Click any for a slightly larger view. A poem by Mary Oliver is at the bottom of the page.

Harvest Moon, by Mary Oliver

No sky could hold

so much light–

and here comes the brimming,

the flooding and streaming

out of the clouds

and into the leaves,

glazing the creeks,

the smallest ditches!

And so many stars!

The sky seems stretched

like an old black cloth;

behind it, all

the celestial fire

we ever dreamed of!

And the moon steps lower,

quietly changing

her luminous masks, brushing

everything as she passes

with her slow hands

and soft lips–

clusters of dark grapes,

apples swinging like lost planets,

melons cool and heavy as bodies–

and the mockingbird wakes

in his hidden castle;

out of the silver tangle

of thorns and leaves

he flutters and tumbles,

spilling long

ribbons of music

over forest and river,

copse and cloud–

all heaven and all earth–

wherever the white moon

fancies her small wild prince–

field after field after field.


Urban Simplicity.

My Neighborhood on a Cool Sunday Evening…

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I took a walk around my neighborhood this evening to clear my head. It was such a lovely evening, I needed this. Anyhow, here are a few things I saw along the way.

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