Sunflowers are by their very definition, sunny, smiling, always reaching up toward the heavens. They are inspirational in that they grow from a tiny seed and grow quickly during the late summer months, proving that we all can grow too. Some breeds of sunflower are gigantic with multiple branches that shoot out and create their own heavenly host of flowers. And sunflowers are full of their own seeds, so that when they get tired, and begin to bend over back toward the ground, they spread their seeds so that they will be remembered in the coming years with new sprouts.

Nothing makes you smile like a field of sunflowers. A field of them is an amazing thing to see, but it only takes one to spread joy and happiness. Sunflowers seem naïve in

 This one is about vaccination shots; but not whether you should get vaccinated or not, just about how crazy the world is these days. If you are wondering, I am vaccinated. I got the J&J shot before they pulled it off the market. Very comforting. I had to anesthetize my mermaid to get the shot, but that’s a different story altogether. I always got flu shots because my dad always did, and he never got the flu. At least that’s how I remember it. He got plenty of colds, but he always said it

I recently tried describing the crypto world to a friend. I outlined how the currency is similar to regular fiat money, but how it utilizes newer technology to keep track of who owns what, something called “blockchain.” My friend asked some interesting questions, and I am not sure he liked the answers. He asked what backs the currency, gold, a country’s full faith and credit? I replied, no to both, that the currency was not issued by any country and not backed by gold. He thought about that for

Do you know folks who seem to not want to grow up? You know the people I’m talking about; they try to stay young by doing things that young people do. I am all for staying as young as I can for as long as I can. Soon I will be applying for Medicare, and I wonder how that can even be possible? I’m not old!

But then again, the numbers don’t lie. I don’t run anymore, but I still bike. I still play music and want to for as long as I can, but there will come a time when my gnarly fingers won’t grip

 This year was supposed to be a big year for cicadas. That seventeen-year batch was supposed to fill the skies with that never ending chirping that typically descends in mid-August, signifying that summer is getting tired and limping toward the end. But those cicadas came late this year, arriving in early September to serenade us with their songs before their short lives above ground came to an end after seventeen years of pushing upwards from the underground. But they did arrive, even though

Growing up in Greenpoint, we didn’t have many gardeners. In fact, I don’t think there were any, as most of Greenpoint had been cemented for decades. There are trees in Greenpoint, thus the name, but not many front lawns. Moving to Rockaway opened a whole new world to me, grass was in the front and back of our home. We did have the other type of grass in Greenpoint, but that’s a different story.

 With lawns, one needed to cut the grass and plant flowers and make sure trees and bushes stayed

 How refreshing it is to get around Rockaway and see friends, family and neighbors again, and not just half their face but the whole enchilada! I feel terrible for parts of the country still under strict protocols, and I hope we all get to the point where this is a distant memory. But in Rockaway, at least for now, it’s great to go to a restaurant or to see live music again, and to go to parties again too.

I had two opportunities to get off the peninsula recently and see what life is like

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