Friday, 28 November 2014

Walking in Mozart's Neighborhood
Looking Up in Vienna

Looking Up
Only steps from St. Stephen's Cathedral

Domgasse 5

Looking towards Domgasse

Photographed 18 November 2014
Only steps from St. Stephen's Cathedral
Images and Text © by Merisi
-> Homepage of the Mozarthaus in Vienna at Domgasse 5

Autumn's last Sigh
Leaf by the Roadside

If you were coming in the fall,
I'd brush the summer by
With half a smile and half a spurn,
As housewives do a fly.
If I could see you in a year,
I'd wind the months in balls,
And put them each in separate drawers,
Until their time befalls.

Poem by Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Image © by Merisi

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, America!
Abraham Lincoln's Manifesto of Gratitude

"The year
that is drawing towards its close,
has been filled with the blessings
of fruitful fields and healthful skies.
To these bounties,
which are so constantly enjoyed
that we are prone to forget
the source from which they come,
others have been added,
which are of so extraordinary a nature,

that they cannot fail
to penetrate and soften even the heart
which is habitually insensible
to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.
It has seemed to me fit and proper
that they should be solemnly,
reverently and gratefully acknowledged
as with one heart and voice
by the whole American people.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens
in every part of the United States,
and also those who are at sea
and those who are sojourning in foreign lands,
to set apart and observe
the last Thursday of November next,
as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise
to our beneficent Father
who dwelleth in the Heavens.

And I recommend to them that
while offering up the ascriptions
justly due to Him for such singular deliverances
and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence
for our national perverseness and disobedience,
commend to his tender care all those
who have become widows, orphans, mourners
or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife
in which we are unavoidably engaged,

and fervently implore
the interposition of the Almighty Hand
to heal the wounds of the nation
and to restore it as soon as may be consistent
with the Divine purpose
to the full enjoyment of peace,
harmony, tranquillity and Union."

Quoted from
"A Declaration of Thanksgiving"
Abraham Lincoln's Manifesto of Gratitude
October 3, 1863

Photographed in 2009 in the fields and meadows of
Lake Neusiedl-Seewinkel National Park
© by Merisi

Lake Neusiedl is located
less than an hour's drive
south of Vienna
-> Sky Watch Friday - Skies around the World

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Coffee, anyone?
Viennese Mélange at Café Diglas

Viennese Mélange
A perfect cup of coffee, served on a silvern tray,
with a spoon-topped glass of water and sugar cubes
Café Diglas

Photographed with my little
Panasonic Lumix TZ5 in November 2010
Image and Text © by Merisi
Black and White Wednesday

A Viennese Sunrise
Morning in the City

Morning edged in Gold
26 November 2014
© by Merisi