Manhattan evening
three fingers
of sunset


22 Responses

  1. Alan Summers Says:


    And boozy! :-)

    I always like a splash of negative space too!


    peat smoke–
    one more angel’s share
    of handcrafted whisky

    Alan Summers
    Blithe Spirit Vol. 25 issue 2 (2015)

  2. Jennifer Hambrick Says:

    Thank you, Alan. I'm not really a boozy kind of gal, but for some reason the feeling of sitting in New York watching the sunset with a smooth glass of whiskey (or is that a glass of smooth whiskey?) in hand came to mind.

  3. Alan Summers Says:

    Well, I don't think having a single glass of whiskey or whisky (Scottish Malt Whisky or very aged blended Scotch) is being boozy. :-)

    It's good for the heart and circulation now and then. :-)

    Yes, I like both smooth glasses and diamond cut glasses, and thankfully cannot afford Japanese Malt Whisky anymore as it's incredibly moreish!

    warm regards,

  4. Jennifer Hambrick Says:

    So it's practically health food, then. Is that what you're saying, Alan?


    Be well,

  5. Alan Summers Says:

    Regarding a single shot of whisky a day:

    Well American or Irish Whiskey does this:

    Whiskey can reduce the risk of blood clots, decreasing the chances of suffering from a heart attack or stroke. There are also antioxidants found in whiskey that prevent cholesterol from building up in the arteries, and promote the health of good cholesterol that your heart craves. SIPDARK COM

    10 Surprising Health Benefits of Drinking Whiskey

    1. Prolong Your Life

    A 2010 study released by the Research Society on Alcoholism found that middle-aged and older adult moderate drinkers had a lower overall mortality rate than heavy drinkers or even non-drinkers. So raise a glass of your favorite uisge beatha and toast to long(er) life!

    2. Can soothe a sore throat
    3. Helps prevent diabetes
    4. It aids digestion
    5. Lowers the risk of dementia
    6. It's a stress destroyer
    7. Whiskey treats the common cold
    8. Stroke Prevention
    9. Cancer Prevention
    10. Weight loss aid

    Elizabeth is the author of Lone Star Liz, a blog that features her musings on life in Texas.

  6. Alan Summers Says:

    Let's see what is said about British whisky (with that 'e'):


    Are there any health benefits to drinking Scotch whisky (in moderation)?

    The Evidence

    In 1998, the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen, found that both whisky and red wine helped to protect against coronary heart disease by raising the body’s level of anti-oxidants.

    These antioxidants were found to come from the oak barrels in which whisky is stored during the maturation process. They are beneficial because they help to counteract destructive chemicals in the blood known as free radicals, which hasten the ageing process and damage tissue.

    While another study published in the British Medical Journal found that whisky in small doses could help protect against heart disease, as well as being shown to reduce the likelihood of strokes and cataracts.

    The key to long life?

    Many centenarians swear by Scotch as the key to their longevity, at the end of last year, the UK’s oldest woman, Grace Jones, who is 110, declared: “Whisky is very good for you.

    “I started having a nightly tot of it when I turned 50, so I’ve been having it every night for the last 60 years and I certainly have no intention of stopping now.

    “My doctor said ‘keep up with the whisky Grace, it’s good for your heart’.”

    In 2010, Research Society on Alcoholism released their findings from a study in which they discovered that middle-aged and older adult moderate drinkers had a lower overall mortality rate than heavy drinkers or even non-drinkers.

    But it only works on a single glass of whisky, a single shot of whisky, a day, and a healthy diet, so no fast food, or at least not every day, several times a day, having fast convenience food. ;-)

    So there you go! Cheers! :-)

  7. Jennifer Hambrick Says:

    So really we should be talking as much about the North Sea Diet or maybe the Firth of Forth Diet as we are about the Mediterranean Diet. Seeing as Ms. Jones is clearly indestructible, I certainly would never argue with her. Nope.

  8. Alan Summers Says:

    a wee dram
    we convene differently
    at this Diet

    Alan Summers
    Diet is an assembly or Kokkai. :-)

  9. Lynne Rees Says:

    This is so wonderfully visual – I have an Edward Hopper painting inside my head now!

  10. Jennifer Hambrick Says:

    Thank you so much, Lynne!

  11. Magyar Says:

    I see you gazing over your hand… to that rigid sunset glare; Grand Jennifer_!
    __ Each step forward, the promise of tomorrow's recovery. _m

    sunset mask
    beyond these blocking fingers
    tomorrow waits

  12. Jennifer Hambrick Says:

    This poem isn't a "recovery" poem, so it's interesting that you read it that way. It's really a day-melts-into-evening poem, an it's-all-good poem, a poem that loves life in its own mellow way, a poem that just took its shoes off and is now sitting on the balcony overlooking the river and watching the sun saunter down the the sky. But thank you for your comments!

  13. Garry Says:


  14. Jennifer Hambrick Says:

    Thank you, Garry!

  15. Jeff Hoagland Says:

    Love it. Cheers!!

  16. Jennifer Hambrick Says:

    Thank you, Jeff!

  17. sanjuktaa Says:


  18. Jennifer Hambrick Says:

    Thank you!

  19. Mary Says:

    What a great visual!

  20. Jennifer Hambrick Says:

    Thank you, Mary!

  21. parishaiku Says:

    OMG! I can even see the red maraschino cherry looking like the setting sun! Delicious … in moderation, of course!

  22. Jennifer Hambrick Says:

    Nice! Thank you for adding that. It's a great visual.

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