Posts Written On September 22, 2014

10 Days of San Gennaro with Verizon Droid Mini

(taken with the Verizon Droid Mini Front Face Camera)

One of the season’s most anticipated festivals in New York City is the San Gennaro! It was for 10 days for fun, food and more food! Thousands of people from all over the world will pack Little Italy for food, fun and an amazing celebration of Italian culture. I was happy to go and see all the festivities. It is just in my neighborhood so I could walk there and enjoy all the awesome events.

With over 20,000 Instagram photos over the past 10 days, I had a few to add to the pile as well. The Droid Mini is small, fast and mighty. The battery life was great and the camera was outstanding. I was able to access the camera in a quick swipe and with just one hand.  I am an Android user and found that the Droid Mini was packed with a lot of features like a really loud speaker, great coverage and numerous apps available.  I look forward to visiting again next year!

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Taken with the Droid Mini Camera with IG Filter

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Taken with the Droid Mini Back Camera no Filter

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Taken with Droid Mini Back Camera with VSCO filter

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Big thanks to Verizon to letting me experience the Droid Mini for the San Gennaro Festival!


Presented annually since 1996 by Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. (Children of San Gennaro), a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to keeping alive the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants, this year’s Feast is expected once again to attract more than one-million people from the four corners of the globe to the streets of Little Italy to participate in the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples.

Although this is an annual celebration of faith, the Feast of San Gennaro is known the world over for its festive atmosphere, an 11-day event featuring religious processions and colorful parades, free musical entertainment every day, a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition! The central focus of the celebration takes place every September 19th, the official Saint Day when a celebratory Mass is held in Most Precious Blood Church, followed immediately by a religious procession in which the Statue of San Gennaro is carried from its permanent home in the church through the streets that comprise Little Italy.

“This Feast of San Gennaro holds a special place in the place of Italian people everywhere,” says Joseph Mattone, President of Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. “It is a festive period of faith and redemption, a time for remembrance and reconciliation, and a time for celebration. The delicious food, the free musical entertainment that reflects Italian-American culture and heritage are all there. The Feast brings the world to Little Italy and Little Italy to the world.”



MIRACLE DOGS: Rescue Stories by Liz Stavrinides @miracledogs

Approximately 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters each year, and unfortunately roughly a third of these pets are euthanized due to lack of space. In MIRACLE DOGS: Rescue Stories (St. Martin’s Press; on sale 10/7) author and professional pet photographer Liz Stavrinides celebrates and honors the rescuers and the dogs whose lives they’ve saved through her impeccable photography and heartwarming stories, while raising awareness to animal rescue and pet adoption in America.

On sale during Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month, MIRACLE DOGS features celebrity rescue pet owners, including Hoda Kotb, Lance Bass, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Chevy Chase, rescue organizations and everyday families, showcasing both the canines’ and their owners’ incredible bravery and compassion. A poignant tribute to man’s best friend, each story offers a compelling narrative detailing the dog’s journey to its new home, some to look forward to include:

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  • The story of Wyatt, an assistance dog who helped a young boy with autism communicate with the outside world
  • Uplifting stories from organizations like The Gentle Barn, which is home to 130 rescue animals who once they are rehabilitated help to heal abused children
  • Stories similar to that of Fiona’s who was found blind and starving before finding her loving family


Liz Stavrinides has combined two of her greatest passions, animals and photography, into a successful career. After stints in the culinary arts and real estate, Liz has been a professional photographer since 2011, focusing most of her work on animal rescue.

She also volunteers her services to nonprofit rescue organizations. She resides in La Quinta, California with her rescued pups. Visit her website: for more information.



“[A] heartwarming collection of stories and portraits of 50 amazing dogs and their loving owners…sure to inspire a trip to the local shelter.”Publishers Weekly

“[An] uplifting and inspirational book…essential for dog lovers and those who are active in rescue as well as animal photography fans.” — Library Journal


Miracle Dogs demonstrates a truth that lies at the heart of all rescue stories: That sharing a home with an animal—especially one that’s been forgotten and left to the fates—can enrich even the most glamorous and well-lived lives.”

—Jim Gorant, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Dogs


“Each touching vignette captures and radiates the simple, profound and enduring joy of sharing our lives with dogs.”

— Nick Trout, bestselling author of Tell Me Where It Hurts and Dog Gone, Back Soon


Miracle Dogs is an uplifting, inspirational collection that will make you want to rescue a dog (or forty).

If you have never experienced the undying gratitude and unconditional love of a shelter dog for his new family, take one look at these photos and read these stories. The wagging tails, goofy smiles and furry hugs say it all.”

—David Rosenfelt, author of Dogtripping


“After finishing Miracle Dogs, I’m still struggling to decide who was rescued by whom. Through masterfully warm photography that accompanies each perfectly pitched rescue story,

Liz Stavrinides superbly conveys the dichotomy of the world of canine rescue — is it the dog or the human custodian who ends up on the rescued end of the leash?”

Steven Wolf, author of Comet’s Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life


“There has probably been as much written about dogs as any subject on earth, and yet no book has managed to really capture it, until Miracle Dogs. Dogs are beyond words. It’s more than the loyalty, unquestioned love, companionship, devotion, innocence, purity of spirit, and boundless joy when you come through the door. It’s more than making you feel special when you don’t, or curling up next to you when you need to be curled up next to. Miracle Dogs perfectly encapsulates what dogs mean to us, and how we connect to them.”

—Bill Persky, Emmy Award-winning director, screenwriter, producer, and actor