Photo by myself, on the Upper West Side, at Broadway and 78th Street.
The Apthorp comprises a whole city block. A courtyard in the middle provides space for cars to turn around on the ground floor, and allows in air into apartments far from the building exterior.
While I was taking this photo a passing pedestrian asked me what I what kind of building this was. He probably thought I was taking a photo of an embassy.
Ah no, it's just a lowly apartment building.
Today I was finally able to listen to the complete NPR podcast about Buddhism from the other day. That was followed by a podcast about a man talking about the lobotomy that was performed on him when he was 12 years old.
Listening to both these interviews, one concerning the Dalai Lama's philosophy and the other concerning one man's childhood experience, was illuminating. It helped me take my life in perspective.
We all have our situations, our shortcomings, challenges and fears. We have our strengths and the issues we're trying to overcome.
It's really just the human condition. The key is to remember that no one has it easy, even though it may seem that way from the outside.