ChatterLog October 2009

Greetings everyone and welcome to the October Chatterbulletin!  This is typically a busy month, especially here in New York in the photo world. And although we may see some recession-sensitive “cutbacks” during Expo week this year, there is still a lot to cover. So make sure you scroll all the way down to see everything that is going on. I decided to make this month’s theme “success.” 


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ChatterLog September 2009

Louisa & Louisa – A Swimming Story

Photo © Stephen Flint

After a predictably quiet summer, everyone was returning to work and the kids were back at school. I spent a large portion of August (less so in July, basically due to the rubbish weather) at my local New York City “free” outdoor swimming pool. “Free” is good, especially when you are broke, and boy oh boy, did that water feel fantastic! I find swimming to not only be great physical exercise, but also a very mentally therapeutic and emotionally calming activity. I’ve always enjoyed swimming but I’m not a huge fan of the beaches around the New York area. I’d rather be in the Caribbean (who wouldn’t?) but that wasn’t an option, and the hurricanes had been producing such big waves and rip tides that you couldn’t really swim in the ocean, even if you wanted to. So it was the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center for me and I felt extremely grateful to have a swimming pool so close to where I live. Formerly the Carmine Recreation Center, it was renamed after Tony Dapolito, “The Mayor of Greenwich Village” whose family had started the famous Italian bakery Vesuvio’s on Prince Street.

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ChatterTip of the Month Summer 2009

Natural Remedies for Bug Bites

It has been one of New York’s wettest summer’s for while! And along with hot, wet and humid come bugs, insects and things that generally bite! For the most part, a bee or wasp is not going to sting you unless it has been aggravated in some way, but we all experience getting bitten or stung at some point in our lives. So here are a few natural remedies for those summer stingers:

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ChatterTip of the Month Spring 2009

The Many Uses of Vinegar
Vinegar is one of Mother Nature’s cure-alls and wonderfully versatile – vinegar has many other uses besides making a salad dressing or pickling some onions. One of my mother’s favorites was to use a splash of malt vinegar around the sink to give it an extra clean and sparkle – we learned that trick from the housemaids when we were on holiday in Portugal. Vinegar is a fantastic household cleaner, and when diluted with water does wonders for all sorts of cleaning jobs, including cleaning computer screens, windows and glass!

Vinegar also possesses fantastic medicinal properties and is a natural antiseptic.  After the funeral last month, my sister and I visited with one of our mother’s dearest friends and we found her drinking her regular concoction of apple cider vinegar and honey in hot water to help her arthritis. And if you suffer from a bit of heartburn or acid-reflux disease – drink a little apple cider vinegar instead of taking a pill, and see if that doesn’t help ease the pain.