I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-endingContinue reading “Wandering”

CitySketch – Farragut

“Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” David Farragut (paraphrased) David Glasgow Farragut was born in Tennessee and lived in Virginia prior to the Civil War but was a patriotic American who considered secession treason and moved his family to Hastings-on-Hudson before the outbreak of . He become one of the Union’s greatest naval officers. SomeContinue reading “CitySketch – Farragut”

CitySketch – Post Office

  In 440 BC the Greek historian Herodotus wrote about the Persian messenger system that “neither snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness of night” stood in their way. More than two millennia later, the main USPS building in NYC, the James A. Farley Post Office, ran an inspired inscription up Eighth Avenue.  “Neither snowContinue reading “CitySketch – Post Office”

CitySketch – Seward

“One of those spirits who sometimes will go ahead of public opinion instead of tamely following its footprints.” Carl Shulz, of William Seward William H. Seward – Billy Bob to his friends, of which there were none – was the 24th Secretary of the United States. If you’re going to be a secretary, the UnitedContinue reading “CitySketch – Seward”

CitySketch – Chester Arthur

On July 22, 1881, for the second time in 16 years the president of the United States was assassinated. Both times the victim was a Republican, a party that was not yet 30 years old. This time it was James Garfield. Unlike Lincoln, Garfield’s death didn’t follow quickly. He lived for more than two months,Continue reading “CitySketch – Chester Arthur”