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Journalist who writes about Supply Chain Management, travel, railroad history and ice hockey

A New Me, Found on the New York City Subway

Mary in Manhattan

You know how some days are just GREAT? Like, you walk out of the apartment, it’s sunny, it’s fabulous and everything that happens seems “meant to be.”

Well today was one of those great days. This year I’ve been sick way too many times and had some general “life” craziness happen to me, but this past week I’ve overcome it all. I feel good. And I think it’s starting to exude back positively into the world.

Today, an artist on the subway pinpointed me and surprised me by drawing my photo.  He sat right next to me and said, “which stop?” so I told him. He goes, “ok I have about 6 minutes then.” And he started drawing a quick charcoal portrait of me.

subway art nycWhen he gave me my portrait he smiled and said, “you’re the happiest person on this subway.”

portrait nyc Pretty good, huh?

I love this crazy spectacular city.

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Let’s Enjoy Summer

Happy to know my cat will sleep longer in the morning

No Facilities

It’s ready to ride

Last Wednesday, at 12:24 AM, the Summer Solstice occurred. That’s it folks, it’s a downhill slide to winter from this point on. If you are reading this post when it is published, you can expect one less minute of daylight than you had last Wednesday. If you wait until Friday to read this, you’ll have given up three minutes. By the time the Autumnal Equinox arrives at 4:02 PM on Friday, September 22, we will be losing about three minutes of daylight – every – single – day.

I don’t want to be a gloomy Gus, that Equinox is almost 90 days away, and that only brings us to the halfway point. It’s not quite time to dust off the snow shovel. I’m focused on this because our winter was mild but unpredictable, and our spring was a cold wet mess. Summer, all 90 days of…

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Work at Penn Station N.Y. to impact Amtrak’s Keystone service


PennLive via California Rail News

Frequent rail travelers to New York take note: Amtrak service from Philadelphia to New York is about to change slightly this summer.
As part of infrastructure upgrades to New York’s Penn Station, Amtrak has announced a short list of service changes that may impact travel from Harrisburg to Philadelphia to New York.

Acela Express service will run as scheduled.

Trips that do not make as much money like some Harrisburg trains are killed.

Going South, there are no alternatives to switch too like Grand Central.

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Working Out, As Told by Disney Lyrics

The Pixie Dusted Disney Freak

I am that type of person who will set an exercising goal for themselves and then not accomplish that goal just because of a little laziness. When it hit 2017, I told myself I would exercise a lot and eat healthier, but I don’t think I have been doing a good job on that. Since it is summer break now, and I have a lot of time on my hands, I hope that I can start to make exercise a routine for me. Here is exercising, as told by Disney lyrics.

• “With all the strength of a raging fire(I’ll Make a Man Out of You)” When you are starting your warm-up routine,you tell yourself you are super strong, and you can handle pretty much anything.

“I know every mile will be worth my while(Go to the Distance)” You are starting to have a bit of doubt as you…

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