Saturday, August 19, 2017

Beyond Expectation: Celebrating American Dream in Brooklyn

My American Dream One Step Closer! Thank you, Everyone!

By Norma Jaeger Hopcraft


My Kickstarter campaign met its goal today! Thank you to supporters of my 30-year quest, my American Dream, to get my stories published. They're the fruit of 3 decades of wrestling with life, God and art.

Check out my campaign! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/normahopcraft/great-stories-well-told

Secret: I set my goal $500 lower than the total cost, to keep the goal more do-able. I'll still be out of pocket for $500.

Be a spectacular hero and help bring great stories into the world for readers!!!! Just 15 hours left!!!! You'll never see this request again.

Enjoy some photos from Brooklyn's Prospect Park as I celebrate!!!!!


Packed with picnickers.

An egret? A heron? Something with a long neck, hanging out in the park with all of us.


I swear, this is all in Prospect Park!

The big brown birds aren't geese, they're cygnets, baby swans full grown in just a few months!

He has his own flotation device.

He has his very own rock.

Cascading into the pond.

I'd like to dance in there!! That's how happy I am today! Please RT the Tweet that brought you here? Thanks!!!


Friday, August 18, 2017

Unexpected in Manhattan

American Dream: A quiet garden 

By Norma Jaeger Hopcraft


I love this oasis in the middle of Manhattan. I'll tell you where you can find it if you do two things: comment below and Tweet this post. That's all!

You get a bonus if you check out my Kickstarter campaign. Last hours! 93% funded! Just $200 to go!

The purpose is to fulfill my American dream of publishing stories that engage people, as well as teaching just a little and inspiring them!

Please check it out here and consider making a pledge: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/normahopcraft/great-stories-well-told 

Thank you!


A fountain makes delicate water sounds that mask the noise of traffic.



This garden looks beautiful in every season.

There's a pond with catfish and a rubber ducky. He's hidden today.

Watch sparrows take a bird bath. 


Dream of spending time in a garden like this? Comment below and you'll find out how you can!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Unexpected in Brooklyn

American Dream: Noticing the Unexpected

By Norma Jaeger Hopcraft


A tree grows in Brooklyn, and a few other things. I see them if I keep my eyes open.


Like this leaf of an elephant ears plant. Unfurling. On a windy evening. But going at its own pace.

Can you believe there are Victorian houses with gardens in my tough Brooklyn neighborhood?

Hydrangeas shading from pink to blue.

A meeting of the turtle clan in Prospect Park.

As seen on the Q on the way home to Brooklyn. Weird but kinda cute.
How about you? With childlike eyes, what do you see? Comment below!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Dreams of Creativity in Brooklyn

American Dream: Being Creative in Brooklyn

By Norma Hopcraft


Ha! You're in for a treat! More pics of the artistic rooflines in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. 

These rows of brownstones make me think of all the people who live behind the windows, the thousands of lives, people living, dreaming, striving.

Or not.

Some folks don't feel very driven. Maybe they enjoy life more.

As for me, striving to make a dream come true is more fun. I call it my American Dream. Each person's is different.

How do you feel about that? Please comment!

And please share my tweet with your followers -- but only if you love brownstones!



Pics taken in January. The cold weather then may cool you off now.

There are no repeat pics in this blog. Each street is different!





Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Brownstone in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Anyone?

American Dream: Perhaps a Brownstone in Brooklyn?

By Norma Jaeger Hopcraft


Hi, folks! After a short break (a mere nine months) I'm back! 

I have lots to share with you from my favorite haunts in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Fire Island National Seashore, wherever the wind blows me--and soon, Providence, RI, a very cool city.

Today I hope you enjoy these pictures from Sunset Park, Brooklyn. They were taken this winter. They'll help you cool off in summer heat.

BTW, if you like these pics, would you RT the tweet that brought you here? A heart-felt thank you! And please comment below as to how I can help you.


Please enjoy the architectural details under the rooflines, and around the doors and windows.


Each street is different.





These are a cautionary tale -- brownstones that have been covered in vinyl siding. Eewww! Don't ever do this, agreed?

Something to restore your faith in brownstones.
How about you? Would you like to live in one of these classic houses? Please comment!