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12 January 2009


Tara Bradford

Relyn, thank you for the kudos! I, too, appreciate quirky things. Life would be rather dull without them. :)


I love these pictures and feel especially inspired by that enormous clothespin. Quirky things like that make me very happy.

Tara Bradford

Di, that wheel is part of an old-fashioned pulley!

Di Overton

These images are amazing. Why is there a wheel hanging down on the City Views image? Was someone chucking it out of the window :)

Tara Bradford

Hi Madeline - Thank you! If you get the chance to visit, I think you'll enjoy Philadelphia.


I've never been to Philadelphia. It's a beautiful city, at least by your eyes. Thanks for the photo journey.

Tara Bradford

I'm not a fan of VOA. When I was a reporter at the UN, the VOA reporter was
clueless about anything to do with the Middle East. Yes, I know it's not
fair to tar all VOA reports with one brush, but anything that is a
mouthpiece for the US government - at least under the Bush administration -
is suspect, in my book. I think the humanitarian aid workers - particularly
UNRWA - have a clearer picture of what's happening on the ground.

After initially building schools, etc., in Gaza, once it assumed power,
Hamas has caused nothing but grief for the Palestinians. Hamas in no way
represents most of the Palestinian people or what they believe. It's very
sad that the ego and stupidity results in such widespread bloodshed and
violence. As for who broke the truce first, the UN says it was Israel,
making an incursion acoss the border and killing suspected militants.

"It should be noted that the breakdown of a truce between Hamas and Israel
had been observed for several months by both sides. The truce was maintained
by Hamas despite the failure of Israel to fulfill its obligation under the
agreement to improve the living conditions of the people of Gaza. The recent
upsurge of violence occurred after an Israeli incursion that killed several
alleged militants within Gaza."

–Richard Falk, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights on
Palestinian territories occupied since 1967
In retaliation, Hamas began firing rockets. It is idiotic behaviour on both
sides, this tit for tat business. Sadly, too many innocents are caught up in
the process. And with the borders sealed, it's like a giant prison.

If you'd like to continue discussing Gaza, will you please email me at Thank you.

phillip lederer

It is really simple:

See the current VOA web page:

Quote: Hamas continues to fire rockets into civilian areas of southern Israel, and the Israeli government says is it will not end the offensive until the rocket fire stops.

What could be clearer? Peace for peace.

It is very clear now: Hamas made a big mistake in forswearing the truce. I do agree that the whole thing is a mess. Perhaps things be more peaceful if i Israel just lobbed a rocket at Gaza City every time Hamas launched one at Israel. Seriously.


Tara Bradford

Yes, Hamas is doing the Palestinians - or the Israelis - no favours. But
that doesn't excuse the Israelis' disproportionate use of force and refusal
to allow reporters and enough humanitarian aid into Gaza - or the seriously
wounded or those with no place to go - out of Gaza. They should open the
borders. For too long, Gaza has been a tinderbox waiting to explode.

phillip lederer

Any problems with Hamas?


Tara Bradford

I can't believe that typo! That's what happens when in a hurry and forgetting to proofread. I've fixed it now; thanks for pointing it out. As for Israelis, I have Israeli friends and I have nothing against Israelis in general. I do, however, have a problem with what the Israelis are doing in Gaza.

phillip lederer

Louis is a KAHN not at KHAN. Don't worry he was not Israeli.

Paris Parfait

Thanks, Jeanie. Not sure about the connection, other than appreciating his architectural talents. One of the things I like most about Philadelphia is its diversity - the art deco mixed with traditional mixed with modern.

Paris Parfait

Merci bien, Lala. Most people prefer not to see; thank you for always noticing.

Paris Parfait

Yes, Philadelphia is a city in which to remember our government's origins - very inspiring.

Paris Parfait

Rosemary, I had no idea you'd been there so many times! It IS a lovely city. I like the fact that it's so manageable in terms of size - you can walk or take the subway practically everywhere.

Paris Parfait

I think you'll like the documentary, Chris. Besides his architectural genius, Khan had a very interesting personal life.


Fabulous images. I think for some reason you are supposed to pay attention to Louis Khan. Too many connections, too close. That deco blue was fabulous and it was good to see the Dick Blick store!

my castle in Spain

Absolutely love the peg !!

also thank you Tara for posting this video of former Israeli soldier...

à bientôt--


All the pictures are amazing! The murals are breathtaking. ; ) Such rich history the city holds.


great clothespin sculpture!


I spent every weekend there for over a year when my brother was there for his rehab after his accident. I adored all the art deco and beautiful buildings. I have some lovely photos somewhere (?). Thanks for bringing back the feeling of awe again. xo


yep. dreamy.
and the doc you mention is now first on my Flix list.


I linger on these like I'm dreaming...

Tara Bradford

Ah, I re-read the sign and it says the first "surviving" photograph. And I can imagine that's true. :)

Tara Bradford

Thank you, Marilyn, for the kind words about the photos. Yes, isn't Karen's art wonderful? She has such talent.

Tara Bradford

It's funny how we pass things every day, often without noticing. But when we look through a camera lens, we see something different. I think the "outsider" often sees things the "insider" misses. xoxox

Tara Bradford

Yea! Hopefully next time you can meet me there. I agree with you about the historic building. I would have liked to see the interior, especially the curved portion of the building. xoxox

Tara Bradford

Barbara, thank you. Yes, take some photos of Atlanta and post them on your blog, please!


Karen's art is amazing! How I wish I could be so creative. I enjoyed the pictures of Philadelphia too.


The comments in my head as I looked through this post are almost identical to Gillian's so...ditto to hers! The images? I loved them all, I love seeing a city from a visitor's perspective. I wonder if those who pass by those great places every day still see how amazing they are? Enjoy your day, smooches

Gillian daSilva

The historic building next to the art supply is my favourite. I love the detail, the windows.
Lunch with Karen would have been fun! You lucky girl. Zipping all over the planet meeting bloggers! :)
Philadelphia is now on my radar as a must see city.


Wow! What a beautiful post about a beautiful place. I love the windows and the shades of blue, the old and the new. My faves are the 'eyes' on the Quaker bank building and the 'conspiracy' sign in neon. Makes me anxious to get out and about here in Atlanta! So glad you were able to share the view with a friend, and share the beauty with us.

Paris Parfait

Constance, thank you! I'm so glad Karen and I finally had the chance to meet, as well. Hope your week is off to a good start. xoxox

Paris Parfait

Thanks so much, Robin. Yes, I will treasure Karen's special card and bring it out next Christmas as part of my decorations.

Paris Parfait

Thanks for the kudos. Ha ha! Yes, I've become a bit cynical, after eight years of the Bush administration. And for all we know, maybe somebody in some small town somewhere made the first photograph in America, but was too shy to tell anyone. :)


Thank you for this post Tara.
Your photos are breathtaking!
SO glad you and Karen got to meet.
You are both such special people!
Interesting about the first camera and
thanks for mentions the book In Spiritual Style.
Sound good.
Happy Monday!



Beautiful images, all! The Chrysler-like building is magnificent, the Quaker building, the ornate door, the golden eagle...

Only a journalist would say "purported" first American photograph, even if there is a big sign saying so. :-))

My Melange

Pretty card. Isn't it nice to have someone make you a handmade card? I have a special reader who has sent me two handmade gems over that last 2 years and I treasure them. I love your shots of Philly. I really dig the close-pin and the Quaker building!!

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