Reassessing. Questioning. Rethinking.

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So first of all I have to say thank you. Thank you for sticking with me. It’s been six days since my last post (one of the longest absences since I began this blog seven years ago), but still people are visiting. Thank you. But I will be a bit longer. I’m actually going to take a two week sabbatical from blogging, Facebook, etc. Sometimes I need to. Sometimes life gets in the way of things. I began this blog with the intention of living a simpler life (click here to read the very first entree), and in many ways I have, but in many ways things have become more complicated…constant busy. And I’m going through some other things as well. I chose this time to take a brief break because in a couple days I will begin a very busy time at my full time job as chef (opposed to my many other hats I wear on the side). Monday will begin a nearly three-week stretch of non-stop work; my next day off will be Good Friday. Thus, I thought this was a good time. But it’s not just that. Since beginning this blog I personally have changed (hopefully evolved some), so of course what I want to blog about has as well, so this is also something I’ll be rethinking…the direction and focus of this blog in the future. This said, in the next couple (or few) weeks I will likely find myself pretty stressed. Going inward and “plugging in” to the Divine is what will keep me at least a little sane. There is so much good in this world and in my life that focusing on that rather than the negative can be a life preserver for me. Anyhow, thanks again for sticking with me. I’ll be back in a couple weeks. Peace.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

~Philippians 4:8 

Urban Simplicity

A photo, a quote, and some recipes…

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“Rice is a beautiful food. It is beautiful when it grows, precision rows of sparkling green stalks shooting up to reach the hot summer sun. It is beautiful when harvested, autumn gold sheaves piled on diked, patchwork paddies. It is beautiful when, once threshed, it enters granary bins like a (flood) of tiny seed-pearls. It is beautiful when cooked by a practiced hand, pure white and sweetly fragrant.”

~Shizuo Tsuji 

For rice recipes, click here.

Urban Simplicity.

The season of the worm (supposedly)…

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The Worm Moon. That’s one of the names for the March moon…because it’s when worms usually start to poke their heads above ground, not this year with our frozen soil. I was frigid cold as I stood with stinging fingers capturing this image in single digits Fahrenheit. Other names are Crust Moon (because this is when the winter’s crust begins to melt), Sap Moon (because this is when the maple sap would begin to flow), and Lenten Moon (because it took place during the season of Lent. There, of course, are many other names for this moon…but interestingly I just learned that this moon is the farthest from planet earth during 2015. It is said to be the opposite of a super moon. None the less, it stopped me in my tracks tonight as it rose over the city.

Urban Simplicity.


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Single digits (again).
All bike racks buried under feet of snow.
The winter that goes on and on.

The desire to stop for a beer and a couple slices of pizza.

: to change your behavior so that it is easier to live in a particular place or situation.
: to change (something) so that it functions better or is better suited for a purpose.

Urban Simplicity.

A few things I saw while riding my bike today…

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From top to bottom…

The soon-to-be new headquarters of the Delaware-North Company.

Grain Elevators on the Buffalo River as seen from the Ohio Street lift bridge.

What I believe is a Peregrine falcon hunting on the river.

The Michigan Street Baptist Church.

Buffalo, NY as seen from Ohio Street.

The Shamrock Run as they cross the Michigan Street lift bridge.

A building in the Cobblestone District.

Urban Simplicity.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#627)…

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A tripod, a gym bag full of wet clothes, a camera bag with two cameras and an extra lens, a book, and four slices of spinach pizza in two boxes.

Urban Simplicity.

The view from my handlebars and a few words…

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“Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have someone click the shutter.”

~Ansel Adams

So I–along with about twenty other people–are partaking in Buffalo Fun-a-Day…doing some sort of art each day for the month of February (in my case, photography) and in March there will be a show at Sugar City. Anyhow, the reason I mention this, is that after work tonight I thought I would ride over to the Richardson Towers to take photos of them as the sun set (and to use as today’s Fun-a-Day photo). To see previous photos of the Richardson Towers, click here or here. Anyhow, when I got there it was cold, really cold, as it has been. But the light wasn’t hitting the towers as I had hoped…I probably had 15 or 20 minutes before it changed. And I didn’t feel like standing there shivering while waiting for the light (in warmer temps I would). From where I was standing, looking at the towers were north, and then I glanced to my left (west, where the sun was setting) and saw the above photo perfectly framed and full of light. The tree of life, I thought. I have my photo, I also thought. So I snapped a few photos with stinging fingers (no need to set up a tripod as there was still enough light in the sky), and then rode to a local watering hole for a couple beers to warm up before my ride home.

Urban Simplicity.

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