If I Could Talk

“In matters of principle, stand like a rock.” ~Thomas Jefferson

To the visitors of the park:

i refuse to be taken down by nature
i refuse to let go off my duty
i refuse to continue without this view before me
i will stay here until all my legs give up

if you want to help
take care of me, not just watch me falling into pieces
appreciate me, not just use me
build me, not just break me

i know i have no voice, but you have a heart
i know i am small, but you can do more
i know i am nothing alone, but you are many things
i know i am easy to be replaced, but you are irreplaceable

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Thank you very much to Jingle Poetry’s invitation to join Poetry Potluck this week, even though I’m not following their prompt for this week. However, perhaps we can always ask the question, who is the bench’s boss, who’s in charge, who makes the decision? So with this thought to reflect, I decided to join Poetry Potluck. Please click the picture below to see plenty more of poems.


Park Bench Series — II

As some of my readers already know, I have an eye for park benches.  I just love seeing pictures with benches.  Here are some of the ones that I took in the past.

To me, photography is an art of observation.  It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.  ~Elliott Erwitt.


The camera can photograph thought.  ~Dirk Bogarde

Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.  ~Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

“To transform the emptiness of loneliness to the fullness of aloneness.  Ah, that is the secret of life.”  ~Sunita Khosla.

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.  ~Aaron Rose

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Park Benches Series I in B&W Weekend



Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. We need hours of aimless wandering or spates of time sitting on park benches, observing the mysterious world of ants and the canopy of treetops.
~Maya Angelou~


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Catching Shadows in Downtown Chicago

Hey Harriet at Hey Harriet Photography has this wonderful meme called Shadow Shot Sunday, which is what this post is participating in. To see more wonderful photos, you can click Mr. Linky link at the bottom of her post about this week’s Shadow Shot Sunday. These pictures were taken at downtown Chicago last week with my small, automatic camera and my amateur photography skills.

“An optimist is a person who sees only the lights in the picture, whereas a pessimist sees only the shadows. An idealist, however, is one who sees the light and the shadows, but in addition sees something else: the possibility of changing the picture, of making the lights prevail over the shadows.”

The view of part of the Chicago River and the boardwalk. Taken from the Michiigan Avenue bridge.

The view of Chicago River taken from the same location, but I had to cross to the other side of Michigan Avenue to take this shot.

The plaque on Michigan Avenue bridge. This bridge will go up every time tall boats pass by. The new Transformer movie that is coming out this summer was filmed in this area and on this bridge.

Michigan Avenue bridge.

An unfair sun sure causes a perfect shadow.

Skyscraping, anyone?

My entertainer for the day.

A shadow casting over the Tribune Store. Please, no literal interpretation here 😉

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Finding Pleasure in Little Things

Literally, they’re pretty little. And cute. Pictures taken at my usual favorite hiding place a few days ago.

Geese Watching

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Jalan-Jalan Sore Continues…

My “jalan-jalan sore”, or late afternoon walk, continues…  Here, I took advantage of the spring scenery and documented them. Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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All of these pictures were taken from a park in Munster, Indiana. It’s a huge park. It has two men-made lakes, two small flower gardens, an entertainment stage, one playground for kids, and one park specially made for dogs. The park is surrounded by a half-mile walking path, so all you have to do is to walk around twice and you already get a one-mile-walk exercise while enjoying the scenery too. Not bad at all. On the other side of the park, there is a small golfing area. I never bothered to go there since I don’t play golf. The park also has a small restaurant or resting area for people to stop by after golfing, which is the building with the red roof.

I’ve been there probably about four times so far this past week. I discovered the park last year, but never took the time to visit it until last week. It really is a wonderful place. I’ve been doing my afternoon/evening walk here often while taking pictures too. Sometimes I just parked my butt on one of those many benches in the park and got lost in my mind (aka. “melamun” in Bahasa Indonesia). It’s more than “melamun” sometimes, though. There have also been some thinking, crying, humming, listening to music and the sound of nature, and talking to self mixed in there with “melamun.”

Well, I always have a wonderful time there at the park. I truly enjoy my time there and I know that I will miss it a lot, some day.