Linda Seccaspina

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Linda Seccaspina

Linda Seccaspina
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Formerly called The Maiden of Death by Derek Raymaker Xpress Magazine
When you wish upon a star
Linda's column can now be read in The Humm newspaper and online. Also pick up an issue of Screamin Mamas magazine from Florida for a peak at some of my writing.>> My idol is former mentor and OPRAH senior associate producer Elizabeth Coady. Taskmaster extraordinaire but learned so much from her, and if I could be 1/8 as talented as her I 'd be laughing.>>>>> My books "Menopausal Woman From the Corn" "Cowansville High Misremembered" "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities" and "Cancer Calls Collect" now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle >>>>>>>All covers also done by Diana Ani Stokely GRAFIX to go.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> "Cowansville High School Misremembered" book is now out as a fundraiser for the school._______________________ ___________________ Follow her on Twitter @@Mcpheeeeee. Linda Seccaspina was born in Cowansville Quebec about the same time the wheel was invented. _____________________________________ She used to own clothing stores in Ottawa and Toronto Ontario Canada from 1974-1996 called Flash Cadilac, Savannah Devilles, Nightmares and Flaming Groovies. _____________________________________ Her brain tries to writes stories about her menopausal life and a host of other things she gets annoyed at. _____________________________________ She has two sons, Schuyleur and one that does not want his name mentioned. She has a grandson called Romeo who is a Boston Terrier and a grandaughter Bella who is a french bulldog. _____________________________________ Linda loves people quite plain and simple and loves to hug.. Yes, she is one of "those".


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Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 9, 2012 4:02PM

A Loft with no View - Urban Art Photography

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There is no view where I live. Just a space in the ceiling over 40 feet of air that can be opened to let the sounds and smells of life in.



Maybe I can go up to the roof for a view I ponder and slowly walk by the walls full of shadows.




I inch my way up the staircase to the roof and see that the world I want to photograph is barred from my eyes by a locked door. 



So I come downstairs and look up at the skylight and the world seems all black and white to me now. 




I decide to put on my rose coloured glasses so I might dream of  photos that would explain my surroundings to the world. 




The sky is clear of fog and  appears to the naked eye to be on fire.  




Most of the leaves have fallen off but some persist in giving colour to the world. 




I hear laughter from children and  fast paced movement going to the city to work. Their sounds seem to fill the sky with motion and sound.




I know if I could look out my window I would see skyscrapers filling the horizon and attempting to void the sunlight. 




Instead I concentrate on the sounds I hear from the bay and wish it was night time and I could hear the lonely cries of the foghorn. 



Smells fill the loft and smoke fills my nostrils that is left over from a building that lost its soul last week. 





I hear dogs being walked by the building. I smile knowing my friend Scotty is probably one of them.




I hear Maggie's geese being let out and listen to their unison chanting. 





I hear screeching of a window being opened in the back of the building and chuckle as I know the owner is probably adding more toys to the frames of her aging window. 




Dusk settles in and I listen to the Jehovah Witness ladies talking amongst themselves outside on the sidewalks quoting John 3:16 and know that the fear factor is near. 




Night arrives and I can smell the fog as it drifts into the loft. 



Suddenly lights fill the darkened loft and day is done until the sights and sounds of tomorrow return. 


All photos and text by Linda Seccaspina -2012

All pictures were taken around my building in the golden triangle of Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville.

The skyscrapers were taken in San Francisco. 



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Great job! I was wondering what you could do with this- I was afraid you'd climb up a 30 foot ladder to that skylight!
You are a genius with that camera.
rated with love
Well Kevin.. you know me and my heights.. NO way I cold do either without getting knock kneed hahaha

Mary: Photography has become my big love as you well know..
Its just in my soul.
I love what you did here. Where's Rudy's?? ~r
Wonderful images, Linda. You are such a talent! Rrrated.
jon: these are just a few of my now growing 2300 pictures. I started last year and it has just consumed me like Frankenstein. You do not want to take a walk with me. I see everything.. hahaha
Amazing photos and sentiments seen though the eyes of a true artist and lover of everything full of life.
Joan.. Rudys is just a jump to the left and 30 pounds on my hips hahaha
Erica.. I swear the camera is inside me now hahaha.
An Editor's Pick!!! Well deserved, Linda. What great photos; some ephemeral, some stark, all stunning.
There is some truly wonderful photography in there. Thank you for sharing!
Congratulations on the EP!
Totally outstanding Linda...
Um, did you put LSD in the Airwick room fresheners?
Really startling piece Linda, congrats on well deserved EP.
wish I could count the number of times I read you "saying" I no longer post at OS. The pics are good. Congrats on the EP
Thanks Marsha for being by my side all the time
Darla- Its in my soul
Thanks Sheila
Mission; These photos come from my heart
Con: Maybe 40 years ago
HUGGGGGGGGGGGG Rita.. Happy new year
Great photos! Well deserved EP.
Trig: this is the 4th time I have blogged on this site since Nov 11th. You must be confusing my daily blog on Zoomers with OS. Glad to see you are keeping track and I feel honoured someone is looking out for me.

Hugs to my friends Catherine and Enemy..
Excellent photographs -- you have a unique eye.
Wow. Really excellent creative piece. Thanks for the effort. Nice job!
(I used to live in El Cerito.)
You and Andy Warhol.
These are outstanding in every way. Congrats on the EP.
Thanks Marty's husband
Jeff: Nice place.. and I just cannot be normal
Matt; Yeah Warhol and I have the same colour hair hahah
Great photos, Linda. Don't know how you do it ... I couldn't live without windows. I like having rooms flooded with light during the daytime hours.
That's the thing Various. The room is very light.. just like daylight.
Weird but it works.
Very cool photos! Congrats on the EPPPPPPPPPP!
My point I guess Linda, is that if I SAID I was done with OS, you wouldn't see me back here at all... which is why I never say that, no matter how disgusted I get, or insulted I feel at any particular moment.

Did you say you'd only blog, say three times a month here? Maybe I'm confused. Anyway, if you're back, then.. welcome back
Very cool Linda, thanks!
Thanks Susie.
@Trig, I'm sure she's doing it just to get your goat. Haven't you learned yet not to mess with redheads?
Thanks Bluestocking.
Ahh Matt I went back to blonde hahaha
So if you're blonde now it OK to mess with you?
Beautiful pictures.
That knocked my socks off. Fantastic!
I do wonder what you'd see if you could see out of that skylight! Great pics, though. They show your eccentric viewpoint.
Some of these I have seen, some I have not. I am glad you are enjoying that camera! :)
These are just amazing dear friend! Need your help as I just got a camera! Come give me some lessons!! hehe
So great to see your world thru your kaleidoscope again, Linda!
So great to see your world thru your kaleidoscope again, Linda!
The smell of fog - I love that smell!!

The morning glory picture is glorious indeed!

As for John 3:16, you know Tebow threw for 316 yards yesterday. It's a message! It's a message! I read it on the internet, so it must be true.
I love you and your art so much. You are so brave. EP! So proud of you for keeping on.
Not all of the pictures came up, but those that did prove me right; some people just see things a little differently than us mere mortals. My daughter is like you. She has amazed me on more than one occasion.
Thanks Christine Geery.
I especially love the tree in the bubble.
And the rat.
Matt: Absolutely not hahaha
Jsl: Thanks so much
Schmoopie.. lotsa hugs
Bellewether" you would see my butt sliding down a slippery roof:)
Rugrat: Thanks for the camera and the Corel:)
Michelle: I saw your camera.. Enough said.. keep it by your side hahaha'Its vunderful...


keri: we must believe the internet.:)
Zanelle.. lovely lady you keep taking pictures too.
Chrissie.. OS has been having issues for a few hours and slow loading. I think that is why they did not come up
caroline.. that rat is one of my faves too. It was painted on the side of the convenience store across the street. It reminds me of me as a child hahha
Amazing photography. This deserves a gallery showing. R
Love-hate relationships generate a lot of energy!

Loved this!
Wow, mon amie, with an imagination like that who needs windows? You let the ones to your soul wide open, thank you for allowing us peek in.
A unique perspective and some very cool effects here linda.
I really like the turquoise wall of light and shadows.
Divine Linda. I love how you show the viewer a glimpse of your life and perspective. So beautiful, and unique. No one sees the world with the same eyes.
Rita: I have so many photos now it's nuts..:)
Thanks Mary!! HUGGG
Merci ma cher Fusie:)
Scarlet: Its a whole new world..:)
Remarkable photos Linda. especially that one of the skyscrapers. Always a pleasure stepping into your world.
Maureen: That is what I have been told..:)
Diana: I took 5 shots of that wall and sat there and figured out which shadows I liked as they were all different

Abrawang. Buildings are my favourite thing to photograph because of the angles.
You're clearly a latent Hippy Madam Linda.
"Yes FRed(tm) we need to talk about that photo of Linda with the hammer. Let's just imagine it's an American sized Rat she's going to kill. Hmmmm."
I like the black and white of the country road. When it comes down to it we all only see what we want to see.
EP and cover. . . Good for you!!!! Rated.
Your imagination is on full view here! Excellent, Linda.
Linda, if I knew how to accomplish human levitation I could make additional use of that interesting upper space in your place! As it exists it looks like a Modernist space that draws you in with its height. You certainly found many wonderful subjects in your area to add fascinating visuals!
This post is absolutely beautiful, Linda! Great job! As I looked at the mesmerising pictures that you posted- I could feel like you were taking me to a different world! Your imagination is superb!
Quite bedazzling --loved the skyscrapers, felt like I was there in the city with you!! Rated!
Wow..this is your coolest post yet with images. Thanks so much...
EP Girl~~I take a couple days off and you take over. Great Job~~
Creekend.. Never thought of it until someone else emaield me and said it looked like their 60's record albums (waves to hayley)

Jack_ you got it .. NO doubt about that
Midwest.. HUGGGGG kepp on food blogging

Lea: all these things are around me and are interesting

Designanator: Levitation? Being a Chris Angel fan I have studied those levitation videos hahaha

Garym: I am aging but I can still see stuff.:)
Elizabeth' My poor SO... He has to stop a million times while I take pictures

Algis: I bow to the master
Scanner: LOL not quite..:)
These are all incredible; I love them all, the colors and the different feelings they evoke but the b&w one of the road is really hard to tear my eyes away from; something about it makes me feel like I could almost walk right into it.
margaret: I think we all could. really.. depends on my mood when I do them
Pretty amazing stuff, Linda. Congrats on the EP.
Wow! Seems you got the creativity gene in spades.
Lovely....I saw it on the iPad earlier w/o any of the photographs (for some reason), and the words were wonderful. Then, now with the images...Wow!...thanks Linda.
john: between the Ep and being asked to be a guest blogger on a top hockey site yesterday.. well the old bones were creaking today hahah

Sarah: I failed math.. but I can create stuff hahaha still.. that will go soon.:)

gary: coming from you that is a huge compliment. Thanks so much
This sparkles and shines! I was feeling sad to be back home alone and finding these amazing photos and your words made me feel better. Thank you.
Photography is such a wonderful way to express ones self, and you are a master.
Linda, I always love your photographs! And this post was a perfect way to put them to words. Congratulations on very well-deserved EP!
Bleue: that made me sad to see you are alone now.. hopefully it will only be days or a week. But glad I made you smile.

Buffy: Never had a problem expressing myself :) Sometimes too much. About that clown nose on your avatar??:)

Alysa: As you know this is only a pin in the haystack and thank you for featuring some of them on your magazine Beguile. Truly many thanks!

Miguela: I love the new fad Steampunk.. Sometimes something magical happens when I work a few of them and then it reminds me of the move Around the World in 80 days..:)
yeah i am onto this new fad too, L, steampunk.
i hope it flowers into a major art form.
as for your pictures, they bend my brain
so many good healthy ways
i feel i have taken
a nap with vivid dreams and
woke up an instant ago...

day and night, yes..

"suddenly lights fill the darkened loft and day is done until the sights and sounds of tomorrow return. "
You've set the bar on this one. Who needs windows when you have imagination. Wonderful!
I'm just getting back from a (fabulous) time away from OS and my usual view of things.... will have to post. Soon.
I have spent the last many minutes mesmerized. Thank you.
james I can see you as a steam punk artist in words. It is something new and exciting. I did a whole blog on another network about steampunk.

Vivian.. I have so many I wish I could have posted a lot of them but it would have been boring.:) welcome back.

Stacey: thank you so much
Congrats on the well-deserved cover!
The pictures are great. I lost track of you for awhile, this was a great reaquaintance. The loft pictures are so stark and geometrical. That is on some level attractive to me, but I think I should die if I lived with no more than a glimpse of the sky. R
Thanks Schmoopie.
Rodney: you get used to it. seriously hahaha
huge as in huggs jan??:)
Wow, indeed. You are very talented, Linda, I know that already, but I must ask what kind of coffee are you drinking. Excellent. R
I drink no coffee nor tea nor do drugs. My brain is wired for the sound of life hahah
Well, HUUUUUUGE does express my appreciation for an immense amount of fascinating creativity and it is pronounceable. HUGGGGGGGS falls into that class of words from Polish where one wonders what mouth acrobatic distortions are required without sounding like a drainpipe draining a sink.
How did you create all the special effects? Was it with a program, or with lenses? You've come up with some gorgeous and memorable images.
Some great ideas here Linda. :)
Well Jan: you get huge hugs from me..:) Thank you.

Snippy" 9 pictures have special effects.. I have a small 129 dollar Kodak easy share camera-nothing special. I sit down and look at the picture and just work with it depending how I am feeling. I use things from a Corel Paint program. When I take picture I look and if I see angles I like I take it. I have over 700 on another site but have taken about 2500 this year.
The black and white one btw with the mannequin and the clouds is not a special effect. It was the reflection of the clouds and buildings in the window.
Love these. Psychedelica wrought from concrete, steel, glass and mesmer.
Wondrous images! Alice in Wonderland OS experience, that was.
I am soooo late...was knocked out by a cold. You're becoming quite creative with that camera of yours. I especially liked the one with the geese.
Congrats on the EP
A Walrond.. I have the best time with it.
Feel better