Friday, June 27, 2014

Smokey Mountains Seen Through my Camera.

Chinatown, New York is about a 10 minute walk from where I live in the East Village. I always check the weather and when there's a few good days coming up, I sign up for a tour that's leaving Chinatown.  One of my passions is taking photographs while I'm traveling. My last  trip was to the Smokey Mountains: I took about 3000 photos. For more information on the places I photographed go to my travel page on my blog.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

"Cleo" Lady of Magic

Poem inspired by a mystical lady in my life.
Poem by Joan Reese

Lady of magic, Aunt Cleo
worked her charms the best!
Talismans and love potions
brought wandering husbands home.

Neighborhood believers
appeared when rent was due
buying lucky numbers
before they laid their bets.

At the drivein movie,
Bev, a class senior, caught 
me kissing her boyfriend 
in the back seat of his Chevy.

Bev swore to even the score,
by spreading dirty rumors.
Aunt Cleo heard me crying,
"Not to worry, I'll stop her." 

With Bev's class photo,
her name written in red,
submerged in ice water,
Aunt Cleo lit a blue candle chanting,

"In doing this I freeze
Bev's anger and hold it still.
As the mighty oceans flow,
let there be goodwill!"

I smiled to myself
when seeing Bev in school,
knowing that in our freezer
Aunt Cleo's magic froze Bev's fury still.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Amazing Underground Waterfall

On my recent trip to the Smoky Mountains in  Tennessee I visited Ruby Falls. Ruby Falls, a thundering 145-foot waterfall is located deep within Lookout Mountain and has been thrilling visitors for over 80 years. Entertaining hosts take you into the cavern by elevator and lead you along a paved, level pathway. Thrill to the unique formations and the sheer beauty of the sparkling waterfall on this fun-filled and educational visit. They have a mountainside deck with a panoramic view of Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley below. — at Ruby Falls.