Norwalk photos: Stepping into 2023

(Paul Cantor)

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On January 2nd,  Myška and I went for a walk in our West Norwalk neighborhood that took us past the gals shown above.

“Isn’t Xmas over?” we asked them.

“Yep,” one of them replied, “but we haven’t stopped celebrating.  Happy New Year!”

“Happy New Year!” we responded as we headed toward

(Paul Cantor)

(Paul Cantor)

the West Norwalk Meeting House where people no longer meet and then to these falls on West Norwalk Road to check on how well the wet weather we’ve been having was dealing with the drought we’ve been suffering and then past those famous massive products of human labor and stunning works of art commonly referred to as stone walls.

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Then we passed this fellow, who called out, “What happened to winter?!  Where’s the snow?!”

“Buffalo,” we responded.

“Are you buffaloing me?” he replied as we continued walking till we came to a sign and a boulder on Old Rock Lane.


“How did you get here?” we asked the boulder.

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“Caught a ride with a glacier,” he responded.

“Where’s the glacier?”  we asked.

“Melted,” he replied.

“Global warming” we thought as we sadly shook our heads and moved on past the intersection of Princes Pine Road to the spectacular property known as Lakota Oaks and its stations of the cross,

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(Paul Cantor)

(Paul Cantor)

while all the time thinking about all kinds of things such as “shouldn’t it be Princess Pine with 2 s’s instead of Princes Pine with just one s and how do Christian billionaires feel about Jesus’ admonition that “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” And how the pandemic and war in Ukraine will end and how polar bears who rely on sea ice to survive are doing and why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings.

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And then it was not long before we arrived home to discovered this discarded container by our driveway.

“Food for me. Trash for you,” it said.

Yep, that seems to be too many people’s motto these days.

Sad.  But not so sad that we should let it spoil the pleasure of a walk in our spectacular West Norwalk neck of the woods.

Paul Cantor


Skip Hagerty January 4, 2023 at 7:22 am

The drag Queen display is heart warming. Hopefully it’s near a school bus stop. It will help reinforce to our young children how important Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is.

Skip Hagerty January 4, 2023 at 5:16 pm

Paul, you are absolutely right that Lakota Oaks (which was once a Catholic Monastery) is a beautiful piece of property in West Norwalk. Given the dearth of affordable housing in the area, and the dire need to expand the city’s tax base to fund the schools, this location would ideal for development. I assume you’d be in favor of that. I am not sure what it would take in order to make it happen but I suspect there are many NoN readers that would help you lead the charge.

John O'Neill January 4, 2023 at 11:16 pm

Am I the only one who reads NON who thinks Drag Queen Holiday decorations is a little bizarre? Amusing to some I guess, but certainly bizarre to me. Looking forward to the author having these same polite conversations with Golfers across the street in the spring as a side note..

Johnny cardamone January 5, 2023 at 1:24 am

The drag queen Christmas sign was equivalent to the trash, container photo at the end of this photo journal journey🥵👎🏽💩

Andrew Price January 5, 2023 at 9:12 am

From Wikipedia:

Princess pine may refer to:

Crassula muscosa also named Crassula lycopodioides or Crassula pseudolycopodioides, is a succulent plant native to South Africa and belonging to the family of Crassulaceae and to the genus Crassula. It is common as a houseplant worldwide and is commonly known as Rattail Crassula, Watch Chain, Lizard’s Tail, Zipper Plant and Princess Pine.

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