Halloween Haikus, A Hurricane, and a Dia De Los Muertos Sonnet

I know I have been away from the blog for a while. My heart is extremely heavy at the moment and it is hard to get myself in an upbeat mood. While my neighborhood was not hit incredibly hard by the hurricane, New York City, the Tri-State area and the East Coast (especially New Jersey) are still reeling from Hurricane Sandy. I sincerely ask you to go to the Red Cross website and donate money or find out where you can donate blood. If you are in New York City and still have power/internet access, consider yourself lucky and go to to find out how you can volunteer.

On a side note, as a photographer, I try to capture ‘authentic’ moments. There were a lot of fake photos circulating before and after the hurricane. Snopes posted an article on how to spot the fakes – check it out!

Now, on a lighter note. If you follow me on Twitter, you have probably noticed my series of “Halloween Haikus”. Why did I start doing it? Well, my media genius wife told me I needed to start “writing better” for Twitter. It is a social media platform that, to be effective, really requires succinct, engaging writing. So, I decided to start writing haikus – one a day, everyday for the month of October. I am starting to feel that I have set the bar rather high for myself. They may seem simple, but the effort involved can be nerve-wracking. But that is the point in setting a challenge for youself, and in improving your social media communication skills! Here are a few of my favorites from this year:

My dog is an accomplished model.

To give myself an extra challenge, I agreed to do a Dia de los Muertos sonnet. If you are not familiar with the Dia De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead tradition, you can learn more here. It is really a beautiful tradition, in my opinion. I know today is D

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