About Gayle Alstrom

I live in Staten Island, New York. My primary interests are the visual arts, religion and philosophy, politics, social issues, nature and a few other things. I have a B.A. in Humanities.

Influx of Women and Children at the USA’s Southern Border with Mexico

The following expresses my opinion on this matter:

Hebrews 3:1-3

Let brotherly love continue.  Do not be negligent in showing hospitality, for in doing so some entertained angels without knowing it.  Keep in mind those who are in prison as if you are in prison with them, and the ill-treated as though you are suffering physically yourselves.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra-ordinary

The following are a few photos I took of “The Gates” in Central Park for two weeks in February of 2005. “The Gates” was an installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009) of 26 miles of orange fabric gates, as you can see in the photos. These were extra, extra-ordinary. attracting thousands and thousands of visitors from all over the world.

At that time, I was working only a few blocks from Central Park, so I used to go over there early in the mornings before work which gave me good morning light to take photos, like the one used in the header.  There was also much snow during those two weeks which I think also adds something to the photos.


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Photo taken early in the morning with the sun coming up in the East and shinning on the orange gates making them especially vivid.


The Gates around the ice-covered pond in Central Park with the Plaza hotel in the background.


This is my swatch (2″x 2″) of the fabric used in “The Gates.”  In Central Park at the commencement of this event, a few young people were handing out swatches, but that stopped after a few days.  Then later, near the end of the two-week event, I saw a young man, who looked like he was selling drugs, but I knew what he was carrying.  He looked like a drug dealer, just loitering about, looking for buyers.  I approached him, and whispered, indiscreetly,  “Do you have a swatch?”  He looked around and pulled one out of his pocket and gave it to me for free.  I got 3 altogether, I think, during the two-week event.



Yours truly in front of one row of gates one evening after work.  Whenever I look at this photo I feel as tired as I felt when the photo was taken.

Matisse’s Cutouts

This video from YouTube and the Tate gallery was so charming I had to put it on here. I love the little girl at the end who says that’s pretty good for an old man. That her grandfather couldn’t do that.

When I look at Matisse’s cutouts, I want to get some paper and try the same technique. Which I think I will as soon as I get through with this post.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

The following are a few great works of art that can be found in New York City subway stations as one travels around NYC:

Inside 42nd Street Subway Station with Leichenstein's  Mural.

Mural by Roy Lichtenstein in the 42nd Street Subway Station




Mural by Al Held at Lexington Avenue/53rd St. Station. [the girls are not part of the mural.  The art makes a nice background for photos.]

Elizabeth Murray

An Elizabeth Murray mosaic at the 23rd St. and Ely Ave. Station in Queens


Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Move

Header photo:  cruse ship coming into New York City harbor.

These are some photos of ships in New York Harbor taken during my trips on the Staten Island ferry into the city.



Riding the Staten Island Ferry from Staten Island to Manhattan.

The Pioneer

The Pioneer.  (if you enlarge this, you can actually see the faces of the people)

Sail boat in New York Harbor.  I took photo from the Staten Island Ferry as we were passing the boat.

Sail boat on East River near where it flows into the Harbor.  Brooklyn shipping yards in the background.

Sail boat with Brooklyn Bridge in background.

Sail boat with Brooklyn Bridge in background. Boat looks just like one that might have sailed into the harbor 300 years ago.

Cruse ship leaving NewYork Harbor for parts unknown.

Cruse ship leaving NewYork Harbor for parts unknown.