Friday, September 25, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
The lesser known of New York's canine heroes, comfort dogs, such as this golden retriever, help soothe those affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Similar to search-and-rescue dogs, comfort dogs travel to disaster scenes to aid relief efforts. Studies show that people experience physiological changes—such as a drop in heart rate and blood pressure—when they pet animals.
(Photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, "Zip USA: 10013—After the Fall," September 2002, National Geographic magazine)
Photograph by Ira Block
Friday, September 4, 2009
The weather has been completely lovely here the past few days. Today was a perfect day to poke around the Farmers Market in Ridgefield, Connecticut. What a beautiful bounty of fresh, local fruits, veggies, baked goods, fish, honey, eggs, flowers, maple syrup and jams were to be found today! I love buying things from our local farmers. There is nothing like biting into a piece of sweet, crisp corn that was picked just a few hours earlier or freshly picked giant blackberries and peaches. I don't usually buy many baked goods in the stores, because I like to bake, but the things at the Farmer's Market are really yummy and too good to pass up. I did resist buying a sinfully delicious chocolate walnut pie that I did have a little taste of though. My daughter wanted a peach pie but they sold out so she got an apple pie instead. What did we buy? Let's see....corn, some basil, a couple of different eggplants, tomatoes, peppers, bee pollen and a little beeswax votive candle (I adore the smell of real beeswax candles!) molasses cookies, apple pie, a frosted scone (cranberry or citrus...I can't remember) a crumb bun, challah bread and another organic sweet delicious bread...hmmm.....I think that's it. Do you have a Farmers Market near you? I encourage you to stop in and buy some fresh delicious things from them. It is nice to get a smile from the person who actually grew the produce you are buying. You can see how proud they are of what they present. And well they should be! -CS ^..^