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Friday, October 21, 2016

Westchester Wednesday, Farmer's Market, White Plains, NY

 A city, is a city, is a city. -- Ed Sclier

I love White Plains, NY and the memories it holds for me growing up two towns away.

I remember Main Street when it was just a row of brick and mortar buildings not one more than four stories high.

I remember taking the bus from Elmsford to see a movie at RKO Keith's or Lowe's. Back then, the bus cost twenty-five cents, one way. I don't remember what the movie cost, but I do remember if I had one dollar I was good to go. Okay, I didn't get a pop corn or a souvenir plastic Cinderella slipper, but I got to sit through a double feature and hang out in the swanky Ladies' room and fancy parlor.

I remember the Court House where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio got married. My mind's eye can still see them standing on the front steps posing for photographers.

I remember steel ruts in the road for trolley cars before they repaved the road.

I remember Vic Tanney's, the original gym, and Macy's department store. In 1966, Vic Tanney's was where you toned your muscles and Macy's was the place to purchase a mohair sweater and remarkably, I still have mine.

Recently I visited the White Plains Farmer's Market held each Wednesday on Court Street. I got to snap a few photos. As I snapped my photos, I couldn't help but remember back to another time.

Today I share. I hope you enjoy viewing my photographs as much as I enjoyed snapping them.

Golden flowers in a concrete pot.
Corner of Main and Court Streets. 

Once upon a time there were a row of small stores in this location.
Those stores were torn down through Urban Renewal and replaced with a park.

RKO Keith's is gone, as is Lowe's Movie Theaters. In place of RKO Keith's is an
luxury apartment building and restaurant BLK.

Looking down Main Street towards Broadway,
that building directly ahead on the corner
once upon a time was R. H. Macy's 

Still Main Street, but all the familiar
buildings are gone. Urban renewal stepped in and changed
the landscape forever.
Note: That brown building on the left was once the home of
"The Reporter Dispatch."

This is the view looking down Main Street toward
the Train Station.
All the apartment buildings that once stood there are gone,
as is Farva's Italian Pastry Shop. Remember that one? And
the movie theater and the automobile center.

Remember the WP Police Department Headquarters?
Well, that's gone. A street was created and The Ritz Carlton hotel was built near the space.

Moving right along, meet Mr. Mozzarella Man. He's the man
who makes mozzarella cheese and sells it at the Farmer's Market held
each Wednesday.

The Farmer's Market takes up one entire block.
All of Court Street is blocked off for vendors.

Vendors from the tri-state area arrive every Wednesday
during the summer until early Fall to sell their fresh produce.

Apple rows as far as the eye can see.

And tomatoes. I never tire of seeing fresh
tomatoes. I wonder why.

And peppers. Yum.

The park is a refreshing place to sit and nosh
a fresh baked cruller, sip a vente' hot cocoa,
people watch and remember when none of this was here.

See you in print,

Linda Della Donna

Writing Quote: "The best way to sound like you know what you're talking about is to know what you're talking about." --Anonymous

Writing Tip: Write. Just do it.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Quotations on Relationships, Ghosting and Love

I had planned to write on Westchester Wednesday today. I had snapped a few photographs and typed up a few lines, too, but I experienced difficulty uploading my photographs. My laptop kept crashing. I have no idea why. After two hours and many failed attempts, I gave up. 

The force just wasn't with me. 

So I reached inside my mailbag--I get letters, I get letters, I get stacks and stacks of letters--Often I receive letters from widows and widowers and hopeless romantics about dating and failed relationships, so today I share quotations on that.

May they inspire and guide you as you travel your life's journey. I hope that you enjoy reading them as much as I have enjoyed collecting them.

See you in print,

Linda Della Donna

“When people can walk away from you, let them walk. I don’t care how wonderful they are, I don’t care how attracted you are to them, I don’t care what they did for you 20 years ago, I don’t care what the situation is. When people can walk away from you, let them walk – because your destiny is not tied to the person who left.” -- The Mirror of Aphrodite

Make a list of people who inspire or deplete you. Draw a big 'X' through the people on the deplete list. Now go cultivate the relationships you want. -- James Russel

When a person shows you who they are, believe it! -- Dee's Dating Diary

...If he's the kind of guy who feels okay about just disappearing from your life, you've gotta be the kind of woman who loves herself and respects herself (even if he doesn't) enough to let him stay gone. -- The Conversation

If a guy has had sex with a former girlfriend, he'll think it won't take as much time and effort to have sex with her again. Keep in mind that a guy who texts or calls, even if you've been intimate or in a relationship, may have called/texted three or four other girls and is just waiting to see which one will pan out. -- Marie Claire

It usually starts with a simple text. 'Hey stranger' or 'hey there.' It's short and simple, but leaves you scratching your head. -- Reappearing Act

Here's the thing about love, it's hard to put into words. --Your Tango

Thursday, October 13, 2016


"Animals are my friends, and I don't eat my friends."
--George Bernard Shaw

CHICAGO - The 2016 Animals, Animals, Animals Book Festival has issued a final call for entries to its annual competition honoring the best stories from the world of dogs, cats, horses, wild beasts, birds insects, reptiles and other creatures great and small.

The Animals, Animals, Animals Book Festival will consider works in the following categories: dogs, cats, birds, horses, insects, fish, reptiles, children's books, young adult, working animals, wild card (anything goes!), pets, jungle, farm, city animals, biography/memoirs, talking, photography, horror, science unpublished manuscripts, and spiritual/religious. All entries must be in English.

The competition honors general excellence and the awards are intended to draw public attention to worthy selections during the busiest season for book sales.

Our grand prize for the 2016 AAA Book Festival winner is an appearance fee and a flight to our gala awards ceremony in Chicago this November.

Submitted works will be judged by a panel using the following criteria:

1) General excellence and the author's passion for telling a good story.
2) The potential of the work to reach a wider audience.

FESTIVAL RULES: Animals, Animals, Animals Book Festival submissions cannot be returned. Each entry must contain the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. All shipping and handling costs must be borne by entrants.

Deadline submissions in each category must be postmarked by the close of business on October 25, 2016.

Winners will be notified by e-mail and on the web site. Please note that judges read and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions at our meetings.

TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at or may be faxed/e-mailed to you. Please contact our office at 323-665-8080 for fax requests. Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee of $50 in the form of a check, money order or PayPal online payment in U.S. dollars for each submission. Multiple submissions are permitted but each entry must be accompanies by a separate form and entry fee.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Yom Kippur

"The tenth day of the seventh month is the Day of Atonement.
It shall be a sacred occasion for you.
You shall practice self-denial."
--(Leviticus 23:27)

Today is Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, the highest holy day in the Jewish tradition. 

Yom Kippur is the high Holy Day I learned to observe through the many joyful years married to my late husband, Ed Sclier. 

Today, at BookOrBust and in honor of Ed's memory and the many happy memories we shared, I am just stopping by to remember Ed, his high Holy Day and his legacy to me to observe Yom Kippur.

I am grateful. In every way.

Gmar Shatimah Tovah!

Linda Della Donna-Sclier
"...And sometime when I wasn't looking, I got a new life."

Monday, October 10, 2016

Second Presidential Debate, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Pot, Kettle, Kettle, Pot...

Eenie Meenie Miney Moe.


Life is all about choices. When we stop having a choice, we are dead. Or, are we?

Election time is here and my fellow Americans and myself are faced with the choice of picking one of two candidates running for the highest office in our land--President of the United States of America--and voting for one of them in less than 28 days.

The candidates, in alphabetical order, are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Last night I got to see the two candidates meetup at the second Presidential Debate, held at Longwood University, Farmville, VA. Instead of editorializing, commenting or taking part in the national brew-ha-ha and media frenzy, this Independent voter turns to favorite quotations that cross my mind as I struggle with my decision.

Quotations are my tonic and what I turn to whenever I am troubled, happy, sad, mournful, miserable, gleeful, sick sicker sickest, alone, lonesome, lonely, or jubilant at a new tomorrow and the prospect of beginning a brand new day.

I hope you enjoy reading these quotations as much as I enjoyed collecting them.

See you in print,

Linda Della Donna
Author of A Gift of Love

When people show you who they are, believe them the first time. --Maya Angelou

Hate. It has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not solved one yet. --Maya Angelou

Judging a person does not define who they are. It defines who you are. --Anonymous

Go ahead. Judge me. Just remember to be perfect the rest of your life. --Anonymous

Everyone makes mistakes in life, but that doesn't mean they have to pay for them the rest of their life. Sometimes good people make bad choices. It doesn't mean they're bad. It means they're human. --Anonymous

Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. --Jesus Christ

To err is human. To forgive divine. --Alexander Pope

Boys will be boys. --Anonymous

When they go low, we go high. --Michelle Obama

This election, we're all in a ditch. --TMZ Guest

Don't make me get my flying monkeys. --from the book, The Wizard of Oz, by Frank L. Baum

Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more. --from the book, "The Wizard of Oz," by Frank L. Baum

Politics, as a trade finds most and leaves nearly all dishonest. --Abraham Lincoln

Shame is worse than death. --Proverb

I'd rather eat crumbs with bums than eat steaks with snakes. --Anonymous

Stupid--Knowing the truth, seeing the truth, and still believing in lies. --Anonymous

Be happy and smile. -- Off a photo on the internet