Sunday, February 28, 2010

terra firma...

yesterday morning was greeted with the above graphic and an article about a 8.8 earthquake in chile. being aware of at least three quakes that had occurred this past week, my interest was piqued and i googled earthquakes. clicking various links to better understand seismic action i discovered the u.s geological survey site.

the USGS has a constantly updating page, earthquake hazards program, which lists earthquakes worldwide for the past seven days. various reporting agencies contribute maps, location, time, depth, latitude and longitude of seismic actions with a magnitude greater than 2.5. on saturday alone, there were 80+ earthquakes of varying sizes. today most of the earthquakes are occurring off the coast of chile, they may or may not be the aftershocks from yesterday's quake.

after reading various pages about seismic action worldwide it is hard to call land terra firma because it seems to be constantly shifting and moving. was actually surprised at the places in the u.s. where earthquakes, albeit small, happen; during february at least five tremors occurred in oklahoma...

another surprise, arkansas, kentucky, tennessee, missouri and mississippi are members of an organization called central united states earthquake consortium, CUSEC. february is earthquake awareness month and the cusec states along with illinois are having teach-ins to education their residents about earthquake preparedness and safety. plus, the mid-america earthquake center has just released a report which contains earthquake impact assessments for the cusec member states caused by the new madrid seismic zone.

for a lot of people, the words "i feel the earth move under my feet... i feel the sky tumbling down" isn't just a song by carole king.

long island popeye

Friday, February 26, 2010

more snow...

snow, snow and more snow. enough of the snow already!!!


made granola from "scratch" today. am overjoyed because it tastes better than some of the speciality granolas i used to buy.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


a polaroid from my handicap sign series.


passing one of the fallow sod fields of long island.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, February 21, 2010

mindfulness is...

Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn't more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.
Sylvia Boorstein


there was a glimmer of spring on saturday so we took a relaxing stroll on the beach and picked up small pieces of driftwood. our local chimney sweep recommended occasionally burning driftwood as an excellent way to rid the chimney of creosote buildup.

Friday, February 19, 2010

i'm very sorry...

just watched the tiger woods' press conference. tiger apologized, frequently looking directly into the camera, to his wife, children, mother, friends, fans, etc. for his "irresponsible and selfish behavior." he said his true apology to his wife elin would come through behavior not words. tiger refused to publicly give details of his actions but did cite various new reports as inaccurate. he asked that the media stop stalking his 2 1/2 year old daughter, wife and mother and to respect his privacy.

tiger mentioned the buddhist faith he was raised in and that he is re-embracing its teaching. his mother, kultida woods, was in the front row almost directly in front of him. she sat, often with arms crossed close to her body, mostly listening without looking at tiger. at the end of his "speech" she stood and hugged her son.

this is probably the longest i've ever heard tiger speak at one time. i believe that he is sorry and humbled. he admitted that he thought he was privileged and outside the bounds of "ordinary" conduct.

the pundits, watching from afar, could barely let TW exit the room before they began giving their two cents... click went the remote.

"I do plan to return to golf one day, I don't know when that day will be but I don't rule out this year."

REALLY and truly it's none of my business what he does off the golf course. must say though, since the scandal broke, it's hard to view him the same way because i have too much additional information. when i see him, can't help thinking, "wow, tiger, who knew you were such a freak!".

though i have said that tiger's infidelities aren't my concern, i will say that i was shocked (and disappointed) to hear that he had had so much unprotected sexual contact which exposed not just the hootchies he dealt with but his wife to various stds. talk about risky business!

i still admire tiger's abilities even if my enthusiasm for his person has racheted down quite a bit. i do, however, look forward to his return to the greens whenever it is.


may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, February 18, 2010


yesterday i looked out a window and was quite surprised to see a large flock of robins feeding on juniper berries in and under the juniper trees. i'm taking it as a sign that spring approaches. i love robins... they remind me of plump little bankers.


visiting robin...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


"Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time." Jean Paul Richter
may peace prevail on earth and in me

bon anniversaire...

happy birthday to all the february 16th babies... bon anniversaire to my good friend in paris, helené s., who is 91 today. to jenny from the cardiology department at ELIH who entered my hospital room and said, "we share something"; which was a birthday and birth year. happy birthday to claudia s., cornelia m. and to the late st clair b. who once called me at the stroke of midnight and said, "tell me happy birthday". every year on this date i think of each of you and wish you blessings and peace.

to miro who left 2.16.2001 ... you are the only cat i have ever loved.
may peace prevail on earth

Monday, February 15, 2010

presidents day...

happy birthday george and abe... more than ever we need leaders, male and female, like you. as the song goes, "right here, right now".

Sunday, February 14, 2010


happy new year!! today marks the first day of the year of the metal tiger. according to various predictions, "drama, intensity, change and travel will be the keywords of 2010. the year of the tiger will bring far reaching changes for everyone. this year is one to be active - seizing opportunities and making the most of our personal and individual talents. everything happens quickly and dramatically in a tiger year - blink and you could miss an important chance of a lifetime." that all sounds about right.

famous people born in the year of the tiger include: sun yat sen, queen elizabeth II, emily dickinson, isadora duncan, dwight d. eisenhower, marilyn monroe, h.g. wells, natalie wood, dawn rudd, karl marx, demi moore, roberta flack, stevie wonder and beethoven.

AND of course

happy valentine's day!!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

blue n white...

may peace prevail


yesterday i received a dozen eggs from VT, a friend outside nashville, who raises chickens, lettuces and sprouts, among other things. they are absolutely the best eggs i've ever eaten and most definitely laid by free range hens. when we visited over christmas i took my first egg from a nest and remember thinking, this is a really big, heavy egg. well... it was a wooden egg used to encourage the hens to lay. had to laugh because of course i would get the wooden one.
may peace prevail

Friday, February 12, 2010

snow pillow...

"A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water." Carl Reiner

Thursday, February 11, 2010


may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

let it snow...

the promised snow has arrived and is blanketing the landscape.

my first time lapse attempt
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from the top of a colline (hill) in provence.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


growing up i was intrigued with the concept of putting down roots. it always sounded like something slightly upsetting or some sort of constraint, because the phrase was said in a strident, point the finger at you, tone. i used to wonder if in fact trees hadn't at one time walked around and after finding the right place decided to anchor.

once, when i, after 12 years, moved from one city to another an older friend said i should "settle down, put down roots". remember asking if those years counted for nothing.

now that i plant, sometimes prune and otherwise care for trees i have discovered that often the metaphor for roots are stronger than the actual thing. a heavy wind, violent snowstorm or some other natural occurrence can easily uproot what appeared to be the strongest and largest trees. in some cases you see that the trees had very small, shallow roots surprisingly often without a tap root and one wonders what tethered them at all.
may peace prevail on earth.

Monday, February 8, 2010

soldier of love...

sade is back!!! her new cd drops today in europe and tomorrow in the u.s.. although i bought the Soldier of Love single and associated video from itunes when they were first released, i don't want to buy the digital copy but the actual cd. it's the fulfillment of a tactile need.

i was sitting in a cafe in paris when i first heard of sade. a french guy and i were talking and he asked if i had heard of Sade (he pronounced it the same as marquis de sade). sade had just released her first album and he was effusive in his praise of her music and beauty. i travelled to amsterdam the next day where i immediately purchased Diamond Life on audio cassette, even though i didn't have a cassette player with me in paris and actually didn't hear the music until i returned to the states three months later. but i was hooked and have been a fan ever since. if she gives a concert, i'm THERE.

welcome back ms. adu!!


one of the numerous bridges crossing the seine, my favorite river.

who dat?!!!

who dat? who dat? the new orleans saints won the superbowl !!! so many of us were rooting for the who dat? team, the new orleans saints, to win. go new orleans!!!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

no snow...

having a lazy, putzing around saturday. the latest weather report: NOT one drop... not one flake of snow has fallen. it's quite windy and brisk but that promised snowfall from the monster storm... nada, zip, niente. and actually, that's okay by me.

i know i'm probably 'late' but in my putzing around on the web i discovered urban dictionary. very exciting find! there is a lot of creative urban language in use, some recycled and some new. for example: street creep means wall street executives who took huge bonuses.

early morning...

it's early saturday morning and all friday evening most of the news anchors, weather people and reporters have been jumping up and down with ill-concealed glee announcing the huge impending snow storm. staten island is mentioned every other sentence; of all the nyc boroughs it is expected to receive the highest snowfall. we'll see what later in the morn brings but for now it's dream time.
may peace prevail

Friday, February 5, 2010


on the jitney headed home... nice to be in the "city" for a moment but even nicer to get out. saw 'A Single Man' today, designer tom ford's film. not sure how i feel about it, whether i liked it or not. suppose i need to mull it over.

the film was very stylized, lots of extreme close-ups of eyes, lips, flowers, etc. the clothing and decor were flawless, the acting mostly good. it's one of the first times i actually liked colin firth but julianne moore's "english" accent was kind of annoying because she sounded like one of the women from absolutely fabulous (and she was almost as boozy!!). the look of the film, the colors to denote flashback or the present were constantly changing and interchangeable.

was happy to sit in the dark looking at a large screen watching a dream like film, so whether i loved the movie or not is mostly irrelevant.

Monday, February 1, 2010

this is it...

finally got to see 'This is It' the michael jackson film. when jackson initially held his london press conference announcing his impending tour we were watching it live from paris. i remember thinking, "what does he mean? this is it? the final curtain call?? what is he going to do? die?". sadly, we now know how prophetic his words were.

'This is It' is a beautiful rehearsal film and one can see that the show was really going to be "something never seen before". it truly was going to be a spectacle because just the bare rehearsals were. based on the footage mj still "had it", he was dancing with a great deal of energy often nonstop for long periods. once he said he was "saving his voice" but from time to time he wouldn't just whisper-speak the lyrics but would sing allowing the michael voice to shine through.

'This is It' proved that jackson was a consummate performer, a perfectionist, lovingly and poetically getting across what he wanted the performance, the songs, the short films to convey. michael jackson was a man of peace, a man on a mission to help awaken environmental awareness. he felt it was, "now or never. we need to save the planet and we have four years to do it". may his missions be accomplished.

later in the evening we watched the 52nd annual grammy awards. i know that the performances are just that, performances, but every once in a while would like some in key singing. when the rappers eminem, drake and lil wayne performed most of the song was lost. the crude lyrics weren't just bleeped, the sound was just cut for what felt like long periods of time. why have the rappers on the show if we, the television audience, are not allowed to hear the entire song?

recently it has felt like the hip hop cartel has a monopoly on the awards shows... come on people there are lots of good singers out there not rapping about their sexual prowess in such a lewd and graphic way. let's hear their voices, acknowledge their music. but that's just me.