Category Archives: Daily Life

The lighting of the “Liberty Pole”.

Each year, during the first week in December,”The Liberty Pole” is lit up in downtown Rochester. It stands on the north side of Main street. Right next to the Sibley building.
This has always been a nice gathering with the cities Mayor, members of city government, and residents! It consists of bands, and various sorts entertainment, including Santa and some elves.

Brighton Beach, setting for movies..

I’m at one of the famous Brighton Beach subway entrances, which were used in the movie “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” by Neil Simon. It is also the location of some of Woody Allen’s scripts.DSCN1519 DSCN1520

I’m not sure if it was this exact one or one at another spot,  but you get the drift. Some of the movie was filmed under the EL where I am standing today, Dec. 5th, 2015, after some shopping in the district.

Feeling the Loss of the ‘Old’ iReport


At times I wonder why I persist.

Yet, no matter the struggle, the skirmish, like the Energizer bunny, I keep going and going and going.

With the changes with CNN’s iReport web site, my connection with the outer world has been brought to a new low. No longer am I getting feedback, getting interaction with other humans.

Yes, I continue to write my posts here Inside My Mind.

Yes, I continue to offer my opinion at From the Cornfield.

Yes, I continue to recap the headlines and current events with Kernels From the Cornfield.

But to what end?

For some reason, people do not comment on my blog posts. People do not seem to read those posts.

The interaction, the reaction, the back and forth came when I shared my thoughts, my writings on iReport.

Now that is gone.

It is not known if it will ever be again.

Though I have been told a new uploader will be added in December to iReport, will it actually allow for posts or will it only be those handpicked by CNN for stories it is covering and only a slight snippet?

Will it eventually once more allow users to comment and interact with one another?

Yes, an online friend, a fellow iReporter, a Facebook contact has begun a group to allow us to continue to share as we did on iReport, but through the social media’s Facebook.

Though only in its second week, the feedback, the commentary has yet to develop. Nor are there signs that will come to pass any time soon.

While my writing tends to be therapeutic for me, without the tete a tete, how therapeutic can it be?

I am becoming more and more an island unto myself, a solitary figure more alone as each day dawns.

That is one of the reasons fro setting up Citizen Journalists Live. The purpose is to try and fill the void left as CNN has abandoned its experiment with citizen journalism as we knew it. What is left at iReport is a quick picture here or there with no interaction, no commentary.

My hope is that others will join Slick Nick, our erstwhile Bureau Chief in Rochester, New York, with posting. We do have some other former iReporters who have registered, but yet to share. I hope they will soon become the contributors I know they can be with excellent reports and paradigms of citizen journalists whom I know they are.

Thus I sit on this fist day of December in Mark’s Den pondering what the future may be of citizen journalism.

Actions Are What Count

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark
Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

Words can be powerful. Words can bring peace or war. Words can provide solace or cut deep to the core. But it is not so much what is said that matters, but rather the actions of the one speaking which really count.

At times silence can be deafening and say much more than the spoken words. Silence is tacit action by non-action. Psychologists would call this being passive-aggressive.

So it is that when someone tells you something, it may soon good to the ear and momentarily to the mind. Yet, when the actions or non-actions do not convey what is spoken, it becomes a nightmare and can be quite hurtful.

Thus this Saturday morning in Mark’s Den, I am pondering the reality of actions versus the ethereal words belied.

Ever wanted to be a newspaper or magazine or television reporter, sharing your thoughts, photos or videos with the world?

Now you can!

Go visit Citizen Journalists Live. Register to be a citizen journalist sharing the world around you with the world at large.

Create your “news” story or opinion on a subject and post it for all to see.

Or upload your photos for others to enjoy.

Create a video of breaking news or your fur baby romping and playing. Upload it for others to ooh and ah over.

The link is:

Become a member today and be on your way to being a citizen journalist!

That’s the way it is this rainy weekend morning in Mark’s Den.

And how is your Saturday going?

Making a Buck, Survival!

There’s a few of us here at the site getting up there in years, not old, but getting older, LOL. And I think it’s safe to say that we all have had some trying moments of sorts.
But determination, self belief, etc., can keep us going. Not to say it’s a happy path, but things generally work out.
I have been there a few times. And I’ve seen many others. One of the things I got quite involved with a few times was “the scrapping” business. Both for myself on a small scale, and in a big way with a major company. And then there are the little guys. Cans, bottles, and washing machines so to speak.
Here are a few scenes from the industry I wanted to share!





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big craneAuthor & Rochester Bureau Chief: Slick Nick
Published: December 3, 2015