• While They Sleep

    Miscellany  

    It's this thing that parents do...watching their children sleep. It's like an out of body experience, hovering above an unconscious version of yourself. Everything becomes clear—your purpose, your existence, your wonder of angelic beings, because this is what they must do...hover...wait...watch. The only sound the gentle exhale of two collapsing lungs.

    Sometimes I'll bring my ear down to his chest. Within that soft shell swells an ocean, waves beating the shore like a distant drum. It's ataractic. Out of that tranquility surfaces a hope bottled up in these little ones. A hope they'll do more than I have or ever will. A hope they make a path with fewer mistakes. A hope they will just be...better. Maybe we watch them sleep at night so that we can.

    Jun 17, 2013 | Permalink (8) View/Leave Comments

    Katherine left a comment on 7/9/2013 at 10:36 AM:

    how lovely.


    Sonia left a comment on 7/9/2013 at 12:11 AM:

    Lovely sentiment. Well said. Thank you for a beautiful post!


    M Arthur left a comment on 7/8/2013 at 8:35 PM:

    Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum…..


    PSP left a comment on 7/8/2013 at 6:49 PM:

    Yeah, I am with you dad.  I frequently come home from work at 1 am and give my girls a quick hug.  They never wake up.
    Also close your eyes and listen to them in the pool during the summer.  Nothing better.


    alicia left a comment on 7/8/2013 at 6:19 PM:

    very sweet.  the only thing sweeter is when you have all your kids in the same room asleep.  my boys used to share a room until they were 11&13; - sneaking into their room while they slept in side by side twins is something i will cherish forever.  now-a-days they get really ticked off if i get a shot of them asleep.  they are 14&16;, but i don’t care!  i still do it!


    Jen left a comment on 7/8/2013 at 1:04 PM:

    Awww, I love your sweet momma’s comment above. Children truly are a gift. They grow quickly. Enjoy those breaths.


    Matt left a comment on 7/8/2013 at 11:03 AM:

    AWESOME post, Fred.


    mom left a comment on 7/8/2013 at 10:48 AM:

    This is exactly how I feel towards you, my son who I love so much!


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  • Brushing Up

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Brooklyn, NY

    Noteworthy: paint brushed chino short.

    Rig
    • Fuji XPro-1 camera
    Boast tipped pique polo
    Ralph Lauren braided leather belt
    • Vintage Omega Seamaster on an American alligator strap
    • Ralph Lauren Nantucket red chino short
    PRO-Keds canvas sneaker

    Jun 14, 2013 | Permalink (2) View/Leave Comments

    Paul left a comment on 7/1/2013 at 6:50 AM:

    Paint Splattered Shorts!!


    CGD left a comment on 6/29/2013 at 4:12 PM:

    love the boast polo and the splattered reds. great look! Question, Where do you get your haircut?


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  • Look On the Bright Side

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: leopard print calf hair belt, bright color-blocking (royal in summer feels so good right now), cotton cable-knit sweater over the shoulders for chilly offices.

    Jun 12, 2013 | Permalink (2) View/Leave Comments

    Mark left a comment on 7/7/2013 at 4:42 PM:

    Carly. Beautiful as always!


    cam left a comment on 7/1/2013 at 3:28 PM:

    mr. castleberry, this is pretty much perfect. great use of colors by this young lady


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  • Katz’s Delicatessen

    Food & Drink  

    Planted on the corner of Ludlow and Houston (that’s House-ton, not Hue-ston) is a kosher-style deli flickering the name “KATZ’S DELICATESSEN” in neon lights. Half the name is burnt out half the time but it’s of no consequence. Locals and tourists alike know it as a New York institution—and not only because it’s been around since 1888. Katz’s is the only spot in town that still carves all its pastrami and corned beef by hand. Big deal? It makes a difference. But don’t take my word for it. Testimonials and photographs of politicians, celebrities, and world leaders past and present line the wood paneled walls. Pop in, take your ticket, and sit down to the best pastrami on rye in the five boroughs. Or just have what she’s having.

    205 E. Houston St.
    New York, NY 10002

    Jun 10, 2013 | Permalink (11) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/21/2013 at 5:20 PM:

    @What?—A few people can’t seem to be civil, so I shut off comments on new posts until further notice.


    what? left a comment on 11/21/2013 at 5:07 PM:

    You don’t allow commenting on your blog anymore? Why?


    Diane Dee left a comment on 6/25/2013 at 11:03 AM:

    Have you ever tried Ben’s in midtown? Don’t bother.
    David’s House of Brisket has good food but quantity and quality of their sandwiches don’t compare. There are not several places that hand carve and Katz’s makes their own. I always “have what she had” at Katz’s.


    Alexander left a comment on 6/24/2013 at 11:52 PM:

    Deli aside, I really like the composition of this photo. Nice work.


    Williams left a comment on 6/24/2013 at 3:37 PM:

    New York is famous for their delis? Who knew?!


    Michael left a comment on 6/23/2013 at 9:20 PM:

    Cool that “When Harry Met Sally” shot its famous scene there. Never knew that when I stumbled about this place one late night on my last visit to the city.


    Raphael left a comment on 6/21/2013 at 3:52 PM:

    @F.E. Castleberry - I’m pretty sure they do.  I think I’ve seen it elsewhere, as well.  I know it is uncommon, but certainly not unique.  This book probably holds the answer: http://www.savethedeli.com/


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/21/2013 at 2:53 PM:

    @Raphael—These deli’s hand carve their pastrami?


    Raphael left a comment on 6/21/2013 at 12:35 PM:

    I believe Ben’s in Midtown also hand-carves their beef, as does David’s House of Brisket and several other places.


    Ryan left a comment on 6/21/2013 at 12:01 AM:

    We have one in Houston. Sometimes it is the only taste of home I get.


    Campbell left a comment on 6/20/2013 at 5:04 PM:

    that’s more like it ;)


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  • Bar Cord

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Brooklyn, NY

    Noteworthy: corduroy shorts for summer (7" inseam), Southside.

    Jun 7, 2013 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/1/2013 at 4:09 PM:

    @Mac—Those are Gant by Michael Bastian.


    Mac left a comment on 7/1/2013 at 4:01 PM:

    Where did you get those corduroy shorts from? I want a pair!


    John left a comment on 6/20/2013 at 2:49 PM:

    Where is the man bracelet from? That is nice!


    RWK left a comment on 6/20/2013 at 2:44 PM:

    @cam

    Those are not the camp moc (which are a one-eyed model), but they could be the Bean blucher moc, which does have a four-eye lace-up.


    cam left a comment on 6/17/2013 at 1:42 PM:

    mr. castleberry, do you know if he is wearing the ll bean camp mocs? i ordered a pair and quickly returned them as they were of poor quality imo. have you any experience with a quality camp mic of similar style?


    Al left a comment on 6/17/2013 at 12:43 PM:

    Great look! Is he wearing a Rolex with a jubilee bracelet?


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