|Spring frolicking. 4:30 PM. Photo: JH.|
|Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Sunny and bright, yesterday in New York with temperatures in the low 60s.
Yesterday must have been kind of a holiday for a lot of New Yorkers. The city seemed quieter than usual although the schools on my block were open. Traffic was lighter midtown.
I’ve been a Carole King fan since the beginning. Although I’ve never seen her in concert, the image of her in my head remains that on the cover of “Tapestry” her now immortal album (“I Feel the Earth Move,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” “So Far Away”).
That was 41 years ago (!). She’s a little blonder now and prettier than her (already pretty) picture. She was at Table 1 in the bay (where we often take pictures of groups of 6 or 8 with the semi-circular window as background), with three others including our friend Joe Pontarelli. I wanted to take her picture, and I wanted to ask Joe how he knew her. Fan stuff. But I knew better: give the lady some room.
I was with Joan Gelman, another Michael’s regular, and a friend I met there. Joan is a long time television producer here in New York, and has worked on many shows over the years, so she always has stories on celebrities, city life and events.
After lunch I took a cab that drove through Central Park, entering on Central Park South and meandering up to 72nd and Fifth. The Park is so beautiful right now that I couldn’t help thinking how despite our observations and thoughts of the world we’re living in today, Mother Nature has another message of truth for everyone –joyful and true. These next few days in the Park are a tribute to the precious transformation in life, and beauty abounds. The sight of it can lift you out of those doldrums, even if for a few.
On my way home I stopped by Archivia to pick up another of Liz Smith’s recommendations: “Mrs. Kennedy and Me; An Intimate Memoir,” by Clint Hill, with Lisa McCubbin.
|This is one of my favorite trees and especially at this time of the year when it looks like an artist painted it.|
|Tulips on East 70th Street between Lexington and Third.|
|And around a tree by the curb.|
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