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Sunset Orange

One of 7 just delivered to The Wright Gallery in Cape Porpoise. ...I love to capture the sunsets off of the Marsh as each one is as unique as snowflakes can be. Size 10x24 on gallery wrapped canvas.
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Jersey Shore Mommyventure, Sandy Hook Beaches, Gateway National Seashore, NJ

Sandy Hook BeachesGateway National SeashoreSandy Hook, NJThe Jersey shore. For us kids of the 80s it conjures up tides full of hypodermic needles, trashy shore rats and the venerable East Street Band. I will brush past the infamous tv show generation and move on to my own kids who have never been here. Since mommy had a hectic week at the office, I thought we would start with a "secluded" intro, most easily accessed from NYC via a ridiculously scenic but equally overpriced Seastreak ferry from Wall St. While incredible for our budding oceanographers, it was a little disconcerting to mommy and me to discover boundless sea treasures washing up on shore (Ahh Jersey, still having that deoxygenated river problem from pollution thirty years later? Might I suggest tougher clean water laws like the ones we passed in Mass.) The boys collected rays, flounder, crabs, horseshoe and more common clam shells. They spent most of this mommy beach day in the wonderful surf though. The temp was perfect, the skies blue and the waves just the right ...
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Obituary: Carmen Eugenia Garcia-rivera

GARCIA-RIVERA, Carmen Eugenia (Gonzalez Arbona) 1924-2014 of Natick. Born in Guayos, Las Villas, Cuba on July 16, 1924 of parents: Isabel Arbona Ruiz (Housewife) and Dr. Eugenio Eduardo Gonzalez y Perez de Alejo (Magistrate - Chief Justice of the Courts in Havana) Moved to Havana around the late 1920's, graduated Bachelor of Science & Bachelor of Arts from the Instituto del Vedado; married Sergio L. Garcia-Rivera (1917-2008) - Electrical & Mechanical Engineer - on April 25, 1943; had three sons, Sergio A., Andy E. and Raul E. Worked at the Audiencia de La Habana from 1955 to 1961. Following exile from Castro's communist regime in 1961, immigrated to Massachusetts, and lived in Natick since 1967. She worked at the John ...
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Daddy Day Camp '14 vol. 4, Mind the Gap, Canoeing at the Delaware River Gap, Dingman's Ferry, PA

Daddy Day Camp '14 vol. 4Canoeing at the Delaware River GapDingman's Ferry, PAAs the water rat said to the mole in the "Wind in the Willows," "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing--absolutely nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." I took this advice very seriously at a young age and hope to instill such wisdom in my own boys. They too were drawn to the water rat in the tale, and seem to love current as much as me. We shall see.Dad and I put in many times at the Delaware Water Gap when I was a kid. Our favorite spot was Skinner Falls; a class II, certainly no class IV or nothing, just a fun run on the rapids. The boys ran their first, albeit much smaller rapids today and were squeling like piglets. Even our friend Mouna and Courtney, our family saviour, who had never paddled before was seduced by them.We took the requisite lunch break. We took a few little swim breaks along the ...
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Daddy Day Camp '14, vol. 3, Pop-ups & Roller Dancers, Brooklyn BridgePark, Pier 2, Brooklyn, NY

Pop-ups & Roller DancersPier 2Brooklyn Bridge ParkBrooklyn, NYLanyard is back, and so is the B63 bus on another Daddy Day Camp trip. This time we headed out with our neighbors/BFFs Luke and Ruby. After two excellent weeks together at New Country Day Camp they couldn't wait for another play date. We stayed local, but fun and headed back to pier 2. It's always fun with these guys because you never know the combos you'll get. Today Sydney skated with Luke and Ruby helped out Liji. I have memorized the official summer soundtrack, so I was not shocked to hear it blaring in the awesome new roller rink looking over the bridge and the Manhattan skyline. Liji and Sydney love ice skating, so roller was just a refresher. But even more exciting was Mayor Mike's pop-up pool campaign. This cute little one came replete with its own beach and Lizzmonade stand of delicious drinks. If it weren't for the 45 minute time limits to deal with a 60 person capacity, we may never have left. ...
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Daddy Day Camp vol. 2, Long Island Surfers, Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, NY

Jones Beach State Park1000 Ocean ParkwayWantagh, NYWe launched our second phase of Daddy Day Camp today by adding in our friends Ben, Ben and Mouna. Mouna and Liji have been BFFs since PK and Sydney has been chilling with the Bens since K. I took the easy route for my first solo with five kiddos. We hoped our alternative transit jams, the corner B63 bus, to Atlantic terminal and got the MTA Family Beach pass for .50 for all 6 of us, round trip! (Ironically it was the Nassau county NICE bus standing us up for 30 mins. on the return that was the only week link). As always, Liji, Mouna and I jumped in quick to drip castling. The boys put in a request for "Hogwarts" this time. The big kids launched into a big surf for most of the day. It was one of those beautiful, New York summer days where it has super hot and humid in town, but a lovely breeze by us. There's little that beats a day at the ...
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Daddy Day Camp '14, vol. 1, Great DADventures Six Flags, Jackson, NJ

Daddy Day Camp '14, Day #1Six Flags Great AdventureRye 537Jackson, NJToday we launched Daddy Day Camp. We decided that the most fun way to prep for Stay-at-home dad-dom would be to enjoy a summer of fantastic with the boys. So I left my job early and the next month is dedicated to squeezing every ounce out of August.My kids love animals. The also love amusement park rides. Despite our many trips to Busch Gardens to see my uncle Arnie hard at work, we don't have that luxury in the northeast. Except for Great Adventures. We got to the "Safari Off-Road Adventure" early before the crowds (ok, we did get in a ride on the "Runaway Mine Train" first. As twenty of us piled into a "safari" car and tumbled across the "continents" we hung out with gnus, 'roos, dozens of species of antelopes and a number of tigers.Things started to heat up after lunch so we circled back around to the Saw Mill Log Flume. While not terrifying, it was a solid ...
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Obituary: Mary E. Shaldone

SHALDONE, Mary E. Of Marlborough and formerly of Natick, August 2, 2014. Wife of the late John E. Faron. She is survived by one sister, Loretta Parker Kerr of Ashland, her good friend and caregiver, Marie Ulrich, and many nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late John Faron who died in 2005, Thomas Faron who died in 1994, and sister of the late Rosemary Scott, Patricia Szretter, Ronald Shaldone and Michael Shaldone. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial service to honor Mary's life on Thursday, August 7, at 7:00 P.M. in the Chapel of the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at NATICK COMMON. Visiting hours are Thursday beginning at 5:00 ...
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Obituary: Herb Feldman

FELDMAN, Herb Of Natick formerly of Newton, passed away at the age of 81,on Sunday, August 3, 2014. He was a beloved husband of 25 years to Carol Rutledge, and late wife Barbara O'Brien of 25 years. Herb was a loving father to Alex Feldman and his wife, Ami of Somerville, Gregory Feldman and his wife, Barbara of Wareham, Geoffrey Feldman and his wife Yolanda of Puerto Rico, and Patrick Feldman of Wellesley. He was an adored grandfather of Cameron, Jennifer, Geoffrey, AnnaPurl, Desi, AJ, and Geoffrey Jr. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to honor Herb's life on Friday August 8, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of the John Everett and Sons Funeral ...
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The Bright Lights of Broadway with "Matilda", Shubert Theater, NY, NY

"Matilda the Musical" The Shubert Theater225 W. 44th, NY, NYOne of the most important reasons for living in the "Big Apple" is the access to one of the world's most amazing performing arts scenes. It has been a good year for us both with the kids "Spider-Man, Turn off the Dark" and without "Of Mice and Men" (ok Spider-Man was not that awesome, but James Franco surprisingly was). We racked up playbills this year like we owned the place. But by far the best performance has been this adaptation of the amazing Roald Dahl book, "Matilda."Perhaps you are living on another planet and never experienced "Willy Wonka" or "The Witches," but if you have, you know that there is no greater children's author dead or alive. "Matilda the Musical" did not disappoint (and I hate musicals and book adaptations in general). From the fantastical moving "scrabble" set to the nine year old lead that nailed it, our boys were equally inspired to tryout one day for the "Great White Way." So whether you're in town for good ...
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Smorgasburg, Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY

SmorgasburgPier 5Brooklyn Bridge ParkBrooklyn, NYI go to great lengths to avoid Williamsburg and to even further ones to explore Brooklyn Bridge Park with the boys. So when I heard the one reason I ever ventured into hipsterville was now next to the bridge, I was sold. Our kids are evolving into foodies. I know it's obnoxious, but I kinda don't care. Even before they hit the new Ample Hills stand, they ventured through Nic's bud's place at Ramen Burger, then onto the Lumpia Shack, some sticky rice at the Bamboo Bites stand and then we threw in some Bunna's Ethiopian iced coffee and Thai street roti for me and a Thai iced tea for mommy. We had also gotten really excited for the new features at Pier 2 this season. We desperately wanted to get our rollerskate on, but they were washed out. So instead we old-schooled it with some shuffle board and bocce, free of charge. We even managed to get mommy and her preggers belly in in the action to earn a stop back at ...
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Obituary: Rita G. Marsh

MARSH, Rita G. (Cass) Of Natick, formerly of Dedham, August 3, 2014. Beloved wife of the late William F. Marsh. Visiting hours in the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at NATICK COMMON, Wednesday, August 6th, 4 to 7 P.M. Complete notice Tuesday.
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Obituary: Carl M. Widdiss

Widdiss, Carl M. 65, of Aquinnah died on July 27, 2014 in Phoenix, AZ. He was the husband of Pam Glavin and step-father of Gimili Glavin and grandfather of Elliott Berz. He was also the brother of Donald Widdiss and Dawn Widdiss and was predeceased by his parents, Leonard D. Widdiss and Gladys (Malonson) Widdis and his brother Marc Widdiss. The family will receive visitors at the family home at 1 Howwasswee Way in Aquinnah on Fri, Aug. 1beginning at 4pm. A graveside service will be held in the Gay Head Cemetery in Aquinnah on Sat., August 2 at 11:30am with military honors provided by the Veterans of MV. Donations may be made to the Gay Head Lighthouse Fund, Aquinnah ...
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Obituary: Anita Gaines

GAINES, Anita (Spector) Of Natick, formerly of Framingham on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Beloved wife of the late Alfred Gaines. Loving mother of Marilyn H. & Norman Braveman of Bangor, ME, Robert J. & Susan Gaines of Southborough and Jeffrey D. & Margery Gaines of Randolph. Adored grandmother of Jonathan & Mark Braveman, Robyn & Bryan Gaines and Landon & Logan Gaines and great grandmother of Meagan. Dear sister of the late Barbara Katz. Funeral services in the Chapel at Sharon Memorial Park, 41 Dedham St., Sharon on Thursday, July 31 at 12:00 noon. Memorial observance immediately following through 8pm at the home of Bob & Susan Gaines. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Mary Ann ...
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Obituary: Frances M. Mathews

MATHEWS, Frances M. "Sis" Age 89, of Wayland, formerly of South Yarmouth and Natick, on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Beloved daughter of the late Charles L. and Rosanna (Morris) Mathews. Devoted sister of Donald R. Mathews and his wife Janet of South Yarmouth, and the late Charles L. Jr., Wallace E., and Arthur L. Mathews. Loving aunt of Cindy and David Yancey of Natick; Christopher Mathews and Joanne Christopher of Westborough; Teddy and Judy Mathews of Pomfret, CT; Daniel Mathews and Beth Blakely of Natick; Michelle Mathews of Ashland; Susan and Dominic Pasarro of Winthrop; Timothy and Jennifer Mathews of Mattapoisett; Michael and Suzanne Mathews of West Yarmouth; Jill and David Hedin of South Yarmouth; and the late Charlene Mathews. ...
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Ample Hills of Deliciousness; Ample Hills Ice Cream, Brooklyn, NY

Ample Hills Creamery623 Vanderbilt Ave Brooklyn, NYHouston, we have a problem. And her name is ice cream. Don't get me wrong, I love a good scoop of toffe heath or fresh strawberry. But I married a icecreamaholic. And what happens when you mix my recessive genes with her dominate sugartastic ones; a kiddo that loves the stuff. "What do you want to do for your 8th birthday Sydney?" "I want a party at Ample Hills, the best ice cream shop in the world!" How does a parent say "no" to that?Before opening this Prospect Heights bastion of the new "Brooklyn" cool, Brian Smith was a published Sci-fi author and producer for the Sy Fy station. Clearly, giving up monster movies for cream was a genius career move. Sydney got to go back stage to see the magic at work. What makes that "cracked caramel" so good? How many egg yolks go in that "egg nog" flavor? (uh, yeah 10!) "I'm sorry, did you say the 'Munchies' has ritz, ...
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World Cup Fever in the City, Red Bulls Arena, Harrison, NJ

World Cup Fever in the CityRed Bulls ArenaHarrison, NJRED SOX NATION SPOILER ALERT: My kids might be growing up to be Red Bulls fans.I'm so sorry Sox Nation. I tried so hard. We go to Fenway every year. They wear Dustin jerseys to school in Brooklyn and to the Bronx for games. They know that the Manning brothers are no match for Brady, Bledsoe, Eason or Grogan. They danced in the streets when the B's won the Cup. We even live five blocks from the Barclay Center where we rooted for KG and Pierce BEFORE they were Nets. They even hate the Lakers and they don't know why. But, I think I lost them on soccer. I'm sorry. Truly, I am.It was the World Cup summer that did it. Like Newton, in Park Slope soccer is king. Kids stroll the streets in Messi and Neymar jerseys. The boys play in the fall with AYSO and in the winter and summers with Super Soccer Stars. This ...
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Eating with Kiddos in China; Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Beijing, PRC

Eating with Kiddos in ChinaHong Kong, Guangzhou and BeijingPRCThe most significant source of fun and frustration traveling with kids is eating. We were delighted at how willing they were to experiment. We were willing to give them a "break" from Chinese and also avoided the obvious. That formula seemed to work. Familiar foods were always a great place to start. Our first delights were donuts and dim sum, something our kids are used to and love. We sold them on dim sum for years before we travelled. Easy staples, available everywhere, included fried rice (although staying awake during jet lag made this takeout), noodles, wonton soup and common dishes like sweet and sour or veggies without sauce are everywhere. Dumplings are the nexus of kid friendly and adventurous. Fillings ranged from typical pork to intestines. Staff know American kids are not used to the later, and will not offer unless you ask. Meals like Peking duck were more for the adults and the experience. They tried it, but settled on duck spring ...
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"Chinese" Disney,Disney Land, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, PRC

Disneyland Hong KongLantau IslandHong Kong, PRCWhat do you do with an afternoon to kill near the airport in Hong Kong and you need the kids to stay up late to adjust for jet lag? Why, head to Disneyland! It just so happens that the two ladies on this trip are South Florida residents who went to "Florida" day in Orlando as an annual rite of passage. So what makes this different from Disney World? Umm, it's in Chinese for starters. Everything is in miniature from Sleeping Beauty's Castle to Tomorrowland. But more importantly it also includes Mystic Point, Toy Story Land and a number of "Asian" themed restaurants. Like most of the rides. Grizzly Gulch was a more modernized runaway train than Orlando's. Mystic Manor was a fascinating take on the Age of Exploration in a Haunted Mansion fashion. Toy Story Land was beautifully anchored by Tinkertoys giant Slinky the Dog rides and your fav toys from growing up. But the highlight of this cool, sea breezy evening was Kam's fav "It's ...
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Mini Forest

"Mini Forest" 7x8.5. I painted this as a thank you to a nice lady in Brookline who offered us parking in her driveway so we could go to Sox game and not incur huge parking ticket fines. Luckily I was able to find her address and name online- I am so grateful for random acts of kindness. ?
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Guangzhou Bubba Gump ; Tai Wen shrimp Farm, Guangzhou, PRC

Tai Wen Shrimp FarmNear Huadiwan Subway StationGuangzhou, PRCMy boys love to fish. It is not that I don't like fishing, it just happens to play into all of my weaknesses (i.e patience and all of it's related friend categories). My boys on the other hand could sit with Uncle Lon or Grandpa Barry for hours (as they did today). Lon is a masterful fisherman. The entire time we lived on Lake Cochituate we caught a total of five or six. One day we left Lon home with the canoe. He filled the boat and we ate wonderful Thai fish a thousand ways. Yet in Guangzhou his newborn has kept him from exploring fishing ops. The boys love to fish with him, so today was a perfect chance for him to explore his new hometown. How he found this place I will never know. Something about looking for a fishing hole, a cabbie and a neighborhood that looks like a scene from "Brokedown Palace." He makes friends with fisherman everywhere he goes. Somehow, just a ...
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Atlantic Greens

The cold green waters of Maine.....20x24.
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Move Over Williamsburg; Redtory, Ghuangzhou, PRC

Redtory Artists' Center128 Yuancun SihengluGuangzhou, PRCMy kids fancy themselves artists and as such, they love a good artist collective. Like MassMOCA in North Adams, MA these folks have made mastery out of industrial space. Guangzhou has always played second fiddle for its industrial past, but this outpost of post-modernism is a vision for old Canton's future. Unlike our obnoxious neighbors in Williamsburg who are DYIing designer pickles, these people are making the space the art. For fans of Japanese animation classic "My Neighbor Totoro," your kids can even get in on the fun at the ceramic studio. The beauty and uniqueness of this space is its quintessential "Chineseness." The giant Buddha with hair, the distinctly Chinese angels in this masterful open space, covered with sandy floors and the kitsch she trending western has plenty of eastern spin. Like Williamsburg, this too shall pass. Redtory will not be secret for long. The most interesting space, a reconstructed old train depot and cars was the site of simultaneous photo shoots while we passed through. ...
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