Larry and I are vacationing in New York City. We’re visiting friends and family, and taking in the sights, sounds, and sensations of the local environment. While wandering around the “City” and our old hood in Rockland County, NY (about twenty miles north), I’ve been thinking about this post–writing it for the LadyKillers Blog. It wasn’t until today, when we visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met), and our drive back into our own past, that I realized history constantly surrounds us–no matter where we live. Our homelands are rich with historical facts. There are graveyards hidden in the bushes surrounding our towns.
Some ideas sprouted while we meandered around the Met:
From the medieval era where religion permeated art and culture. To:
the stark reality of the human condition (Thomas Waterman Wood: The Veteran) To:
Yep, Punk, a culture that involved music, dress, and odd forms of expression.
Then we rode through Nyack, NY and spotted the Edward Hopper House being renovated to keep its history and artwork alive.
We continued down the road to Carson McCullers’ house (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter), which is rented to only writers who ‘s works are acceptd by the trust-fund board so that they can have the opportunity to be among fellow writers in order to hone their skills.(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/SouthNyackNY_CarsonMcCullersHouse.jpg)
We finally reached our old Hudson River homestead next door to Nyack, a village named Grandview, its shoreline ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. Both Thomas Berger (Neighbors and LIttle Big Man) and Toni Morrison (Beloved) live in this small village–history makers in the literary world.
By the time we left the old hood and I contemplated this post, it had grown feet of its own. Walking down memory lane at the Met, then in my old neighborhood, I realized history will always be present. We just have to look for it. And if we’re lucky enough to care about it, we could share the find and continue its unique story.