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Those Little Albums

Going through envelopes upon boxes upon disorganized albums of photographs can be a formidable task. Taking it bit by bit every day makes it less overwhelming.

Once upon a time, when you got your processed pictures back from, let’s say, Skrudland Photo in Chicago on Diversey Avenue, the pictures would come bound together in a little book or album. The whole roll of developed film was neatly packaged for future viewing enjoyment. I remember little family get-togethers in days past where, when everyone was done eating, and a second round of coffee or drinks was made, it was time to look at pictures and pass them around the table.

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An example of the developed photographs bound into a little album.

I remember how excited we kids were when Dad would pick up the developed film and bring it home. I could hardly wait to thumb through each picture that was crisp black and white for the most part, examine familiar people and smile at events that may have well happened months or holidays prior.

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An album opened, showing a random pedestrian scene near Rockefeller Center in New York City, circa early 1950s.

As I keep sorting photos and putting them in new albums (and marking each with names and dates before I forget who’s who and what was when), the conundrum of what to do with those little booklets that so neatly hold photos nagged at me.

Take them apart and put each photo in the albums?

Keep them bound together and put them in the albums?

To preserve the original presentation, I decided to keep those photos that came bound from the developer as they stand. It’s best to save history, since today photos don’t come back from the developer attached in little booklets.

Heck, we hardly take pictures with cameras anymore, don’t we?

And we usually store the pictures we take today on our smart phones or on some form of electronic medium.

©Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.


FREE Books from Me for Your Summer Reading Enjoyment

I know, I know. Where does the time go? It’s summer already—

As part of this year being my “Year of Change,” I’m finally getting down to brass tacks, organizing and publishing my works, short stories, research papers, poetry, and the like.

Starting today until May 31, 2017, my books that follow are free for the taking. I hope you pick them up (free is a wonderful thing here), read them, and let me know by writing a review on Goodreads or Amazon.

Click on the links I provided below to get to them fast—

Empty Chairs LINK  “Empty Chairs” is my collection of five poems and original photographs, reflecting upon separation, vacuity, and desertion. This book ends with hope and the belief that all is not lost when we feel forsaken.

Puppy Love: A Praise of Dogs in Poetry LINK Dogs — No other animal as a pet compares to them: They are social, loving, playful, loyal, obedient, and have unique personalities. And sometimes they are like Peck’s bad boy. “Puppy Love” is my delightful little book of poetry and illustrations celebrating the joy of man’s best friend — and dog’s best buddy.

A Gift Upon Our Souls: Love through Poetry LINK This little book of five poems presents love as a gift to two people who waited almost a lifetime to find each other.

Path to Zen LINK  These  five poems revolves my early foray into discovering Zen. There is much to savor, enjoy, and be gained by the tuning out of the day-to-day rat race and the tuning in of serenity and self-realization. This book contains five poems with several of her original illustrations.

Jack, So Lost: The Lost Soul Poems LINK We all know people who are lost, those who wander without positive purpose within their own world, negative and lost to everyone, who fall short in benevolence and place themselves on a pedestal only they can fathom. This collection of five poems speak to The Lost – the soulless people who waste their lives consumed with anger and hate.

October LINK My homage to October.

Gallery Night: Poems in the Dark LINK In the dusk, between the known light of the day and the shadowy strangeness of the evening, sits a quirky time where our minds embrace unbridled imaginations. Here, within “Gallery Night,” we stroll the neighborhood in the twilight and peer into basement windows, listen to buskers, and observe what our minds perceive – whether it be existent or fantasy. There are five thought-provoking poems with an illustration in this book.

Grapes Suzette: And Other Poetic Epicurean Delights LINK One day, while writing notes upon notes about my observations of the world, I realized that she had a short menu of poems in her repertoire that spoke about eating and drinking, covered here in various forms of poetry.  As you read each poem and delight in these courses, you will read about each poem’s style and the background which inspired me to put pen to paper. Bon apétit!

Supreme Theater: Political Poetry LINK Here are five short poems with a political theme, some with a serious nature, but most with a humorous bent, whereby I illustrate the absurd truth about our nation’s capitol.

God of the Sea: Poetry by the Gulf of Mexico LINK  These five poems were inspired by one trip in November 2012 to the Emerald Coast that touches the Gulf of Mexico. Two of these poems are superimposed upon photographs I took that day. Spend some time drifting away in a nautical dream with these poems.

Life in the Oasis: Poetry LINK  Each of the five poems represents the varying facets of joy and elation in the author’s relationship with her husband from the early days to today. Though a long-time writer, it was only until she met her husband that her deepest and most creative talents fully took root and blossomed.  This is first in my series, Fantasy Color Poems.

The Green Gloves (a short story) LINK We never know where Life will take us. We can dream, plan, and some quirk in the road will take us to another road. The Book is written about our lives before we are even born. We can fight it, try to turn it around, ignore it, but our life ends up the way it was written.

The Crowd of Turin LINK  In this short story, a man handles his hurt in ways that make him not care, until one day he has an epiphany.

Frederick Douglass and the Women’s Movement LINK This short book (31 pages) is a study of Frederick Douglass’ involvement and influence in the antebellum women’s rights movement and how he buttressed it with his work for freedom – for both blacks and women. I intend this book to give the reader an impetus for further research and greater knowledge.

Thank You and Happy Summer!


Pink Avian

Roseate spoonbill. Original photograph by ©Susan Marie Molloy.

Roseate spoonbill. Original photograph by ©Susan Marie Molloy.

Some years ago, while we travelled along the gulf coast of Florida, we stopped at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, Florida. This was a spur-of-the-moment stop when we saw the sign leading to the sanctuary.

The sanctuary was filled with a variety of birds, both familiar and unusual. One type that caught my eye was the roseate spoonbill.

I first saw these pink birds on a kayak trip with friends a few years ago, when I spied a small flock of them fly from a heavily-wooded shore to the water. I never knew they existed, and they are not flamingos!

Roseate spoonbills are related to the ibis and spoonbill families. They are found east of the Andes Mountains in South America, and in the Caribbean, Mexico, and along the United States’ Gulf Coast.

They are quite large, with a wingspan as much as 52 inches. Their color is diet-resultant, just like American Flamingos, and their pink feathers can range from magenta to pale pink. Age also plays a part in their coloring. The roseate spoonbill diet consists of aquatic insects, crustaceans, small fish, and frogs.

These are quite unusual and interesting birds.  I was glad a couple of them allowed me to get close and take their photograph!

©Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.


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