James "Kimo"Rosen is a retired Professional Photographer
living on the Garden Island of Kaua'i
with his best friend Obama Da Dog.
Rosen is currently on a sojourn
in Western N.Y.This blog also appeared in the forum section
of the Buffalo news 'Everybody's column'on 09-19-15;
http://www.buffalonews.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/letter-changes-in-buffalo-are-incredible-to-see-20150919Because of this Letter my high school photography teacher and mentor saw my letter
and sent me a friend request on Facebook. I accepted with tears in my eyes,
chicken skin and goose bunks.
My last hurrah, life going full circle
|Cousin takes me to Niagara falls|
after not seeing her in over 23 years.
The expression goes, Life is short, if nothing else it sure goes by quick.
|Rosh Hashanah 5776|
(Jewish New Year)celebration
at my sisters
I left Buffalo back in 1976 at age 20 and have not returned for a casual visit since, only for funerals and one Bar Mitzvah.
I wanted nothing more to get out of Buffalo in my youth. I went to college in California, had a career as a professional photographer and publisher in Alaska along with odds jobs as a fisherman and cannery worker.
|My mom on the left|
with her sister's Mary,
Evelyn and my
back in 1929...
I moved in 1999 from Alaska to Hawaii for many reasons--one being life is short and I wanted to experience as much as possible in life, which goes so quick, like a blink of the eye.
Like many getting older I developed a few health issues and thought Hawaii would be the perfect place to retire and call it the winter of my life.
|Reunited with my nephew|
Jason after many years.
Fast forward to now, visiting the remaining family and friends I have not seen in 30-40 years. I am calling this sojourn, 'my last hurrah."
Buffalo has changed, I have changed and now see why so many call Buffalo home.
Life it seems has just come fill circle, It sure feels good coming home!
My friend Richard Fudeman whom I hadn't seen in 23 years took me to the New England Patriots Vs. Buffalo Bills football game at Ralph Wilson stadium. Last game I went to was 41 years ago with dad, may he rest in peace.
Thank you Richard!!!!
Final score Pats 40 Bills 32... ;-(
This same blog ran in Everybody's column in the Buffalo News on 09-19-15
|Sister Linda, Shark girl and|
yours truly on the Erie canal