This weeks “Photo of the Week” was captured by myself during an after Christmas trip into Manhattan. I created the image with a Canon EOS 3 on Fuji Press 800 print film.
Airplane, Alcohol, America, Automobile, Beer, Car, Christmas, Church, Claus, Cookies, Drink, Family, Food, Friends, Gifts, Greeting, Holiday, Merry, New York, Ornaments, Plane, Postcard, Presents, Santa, Sleigh, Train, Travel, Tree, United States, USA, Wine
Alcohol, America, Automobile, Baking, Beer, Car, Christmas, Cookies, Day, Drink, Eve, Family, Fireplace, Food, Friends, Gifts, Holiday, Home, House, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Ornaments, Pasta, Santa, Sleigh, Train, Travel, Tree, Turkey, USA, Victorian, Wine
During the Christmas holiday in 2003 we traveled west to spend time with Julie’s family in Ohio and Michigan. Our boys at the time were young with Michael being 4 1/2 and Max at 18 months. I have such wonderful memories of the holidays spent with family and this was no exception. I cannot believe that these images were taken 12 years ago, how time does fly.
Merry Christmas to you!
Alcohol, America, Bavarian, Beer, Car, Celebrate, Cheer, Christmas, Cold, Drink, Europe, Family, Food, Friends, German, Gift, Globe, Holiday, Lights, Mail, Merry, Michigan, New Year, New York, Post Office, Postcard, Presents, Santa, Sleigh, Snow, Travel, Tree, USA, Wine, Winter, World
I purchased this postcard many years ago while visiting Bronner’s “Christmas Wonderland” in Frankenmuth, Michigan, it has to be my favorite of all time.
As a matter of fact I bought about 30 or 40 of these postcards and have sent them out over the years to family and friends. Sadly Bronner’s does not have this postcard anymore. This scan is from my personal collection.
This weeks “Photo of the Week” comes from Brock Kerchner of Mechanicsburg, PA.
“I was 5 years old and it was Christmas time in Kutztown, PA. We always got up early and opened our gifts from my family but then we would break, shower and clean up as we waited for our extended family to arrive and continued opening gifts. That is why you see gifts unopened. My first Lionel train was “The Cargo King” seen behind me that I still have today running around my tree. You can also see a Mr. T figurine on the caboose flat and a Hot Wheels toy in the foreground left. My grandfather who was a master carpenter and craftsman built this house himself on a corner lot of what was their farm. He sold the farm except for this corner land to build his house on.
This was his holiday, he had an incredible workshop and after September we were never aloud to go downstairs to it. He would start building AMAZING things for his children and grandchildren out of wood, intricate difficult things. Our houses are filled with them. Christmas afternoon he would unveil them to us, he was my Santa. My grandmother would help sand and stain them as well. He did this work until until he passed 6 years ago in his 80’s.”
America, Christmas, Claus, Cold, Family, Father, Frost, Gifts, Holiday, Maiden, Mail, New Year, Post Office, Postal, Postcard, Presents, Russia, Santa, Snow, Soviet, Transportation, Travel, Union, USA, War
This weeks “Postcard of the Week” is from Russia or Russian Federation and is a New Year greeting. This particular card was sent to me from Lyuban, Belarus near the Minsk region on November 8th 2012. To this day it remains one of my most favorite in my collection.
During the Soviet years, Christmas celebrations were not allowed in Russia and the Soviet Union. New Year’s celebrations that were similar to Christmas celebrations elsewhere began in the 1930s. Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) took the place of Santa Claus at children’s parties. He was given a grandaughter, called Snegurochka (Snow Girl or Snow Maiden), to help him. At first the New Year holiday was for children, but later it became a holiday for everyone.
In the 1950s, there were some colorful greeting postcards in a Soviet realist style. A real revival of Russian greeting postcards occured in the 1960s. Although the artwork became more modern and international in style, the themes often show typical aspects of the Soviet and Russian culture. Many of the designs also show a decorative folk art influence.
Russians began celebrating Christmas again in the 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union. However, the New Year holiday remains much more important.
10K, 15K, 5K, America, Beer, Binghamton, Candy, Cane, Cheer, Claus, Coffee, Community, Cookies, Family, Fire, Fireplace, Food, Friends, Gifts, Half Marathon, Holidays, Log, Marathon, New York, Presents, Pudding, Running, Santa, Sleigh, Spirits, Stocking, Tradition, Tree, USA, Wine, Yoga, Yuletide
With visions of a 5K PR dancing in my head I would find myself falling several seconds short of my goal. However I would walk away from today’s race with much more.
Lets step back in time for a brief moment to the 2013 Binghamton Santa Run where I ran my best 5K time of 20:38 taking 36th place out of 760 finishers with a mean temperature of 20 degrees. I was elated and looking forward to the following weeks “It’s a Wonderful Run” 5K in Seneca Falls, NY. I was knocking on the door of a possible sub 20 minute 5K. During that week spanning both races I was out training and tore up my right calf ending any hopes of another PR or running the race at all.
This would begin my downward spiral of injuries over the next 18 months. I’ll be honest here my injuries and issues were of plain stupidity. I won’t go into detail but lets just say my lack of listening skills and my pride got in the way.
December 13th 2015:
Over the past several months I have finally been seeing results in my health and in the last two weeks since I have been working with a coach I’ve seen even more results. Today was near 60 degrees at race time. I came away from today’s race with a 20:43 5K, 31st place out of 600 finishers and a 2nd place age group winner in the 40-49 bracket. More importantly I came away with confidence, some speed and no pain what so ever.
I’m excited for what 2016 has in store for me and I cannot wait. Back to my training and hopefully I will continue to run smarter.
Did you race this weekend?