Sunday, October 31, 2010

paris...


missing my beloved paris.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

ole glory 2...



okay... i'm the first to admit i probably have one too many pet peeves but c'est comme ça. as i've mentioned before
damaged american flags are close to the top of that pp list.

the wind on long island's north fork can be one of the major enemies of the stars 'n stripes. the past few days have been blustery and you can almost see ole glory singing the national anthem as it bravely withstands the battering gusts. however, i stand by my assertion that some of the flying, tattered 'flags' are a disgrace and desecration and should be honorably retired and replaced.

OR perhaps, i should view them in another light: the torn, destroyed flags are symbolic of the sad state of america.

Friday, October 29, 2010

baké...


baké is the basque word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, October 28, 2010

friður...


the icelandic word for peace is friður.
may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

om shanti...


these days my photographs seem to be filled with skies, clouds and water. this shot looks almost 'mythical' and conjures up the sistine chapel's creation of adam or at least you expect to see a reclining zeus with his fingers extended toward the earth.

as i write this am listening to sheila chandra sing, 'om shanti, shanti om' and feeling at peace.
may peace prevail on earth and in me

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

tattoos...


H&M, a trendy and inexpensively priced clothing store, has published a high-end, glossy fashion magazine. last week the magazine was being distributed to subway riders as they entered/exited the stations. the newly released fall issue which contained a piece about temporary tattoos caused me to think once more about tattoos and their prevalence or near omnipresence.

in the u.s., during the past 15 or so years, tattoos have gone from taboo to de rigor... even i, who has almost fainted in the doctor's office at the sight of a needle, have more than once contemplated getting a small one.

sometimes i'm bothered by all the body markings or "art" ... recently managed to talk my godson out of getting another tattoo. have found myself walking down the street reading someone's arm, back or leg. don't get me wrong, some of the body art is really beautiful and i have been known to ask, "what does your arm say?". but do sometimes find myself lamenting all the inked people.

while reading the h&m mag i was struck by the fact that tattoos are now being marketed by the fashion pushers as trés chic, "tattoos are on every beauty queen's decorative checklist". wonder when they will publish a list of tattoos to keep and those to remove??

had to snort when i read, "for celebrities, the real thing is still the gold standard." gold standard in tattoos?! okay! ... dennis rodman came to mind. what was news to me is that there are white tattoos that look like embedded silhouettes but become prominent when the skin is tanned. hmm...

chanel is selling temporary tattoos and the demand is so high for the temp tats that there's a waiting list. on the chanel website you find the "temporary skin art" (as it's called) in this search sequence: makeup > accessories > les trompe-l'oeil de chanel. (whoever thought the words 'trompe-l'oeil' would be used for tattoos!). fifty-55 (55!!) 'exclusive, individual tattoos, referencing iconic chanel symbols and codes, hand-drawn' blah, blah.

guess it's not enough to wear clothing with a company's symbols and logos now you can pay $75 a pop for a temporary icon on you skin. (now, that's what i call disposable income!)

i remember when people used to talk about "1984" and the upcoming big brother era saying we would all have bar codes tattooed on our wrist. the barcodes have come and gone... it's so much more fashionable to have a couture mark.

unsaid...


it's not that i have nothing to say, just that some things are best left unsaid. silence, as they say, speaks volumes.

Monday, October 25, 2010

storm...


human misery must somewhere have a stop; there is not wind that always blows a storm. Euripides

Sunday, October 24, 2010

innaihtsi'iyi...


innaihtsi'iyi is the blackfoot word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, October 23, 2010

wishes...


the other day we spent a great deal of time in MOMA (museum of modern art). it was exciting, invigorating and mentally stimulating. the yoko ono wish tree was still in the sculpture garden, so of course took pictures of the latest crop of wishes.

looking at the photographs later, noticed that someone had written not a wish but a curse. suppose in a perverse way a curse is also a wish but it was still a little surprising to read.

the line, "a lie told often enough becomes the truth" has been in my head a lot lately. the sheet of time has been thrown back and various untruths are being revealed... some revelations probably should remain buried and hidden.

Friday, October 22, 2010

stimulation...


had a couple of much needed days of urban stimulation...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

distinction...


in the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true. Lord Buddha

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

workers unite...


(internet photo of oct 19th march in marseilles)
have been following, with a great deal of interest, the situation unfolding at a feverish pace in france. i feel almost like an expat watching from afar as french workers, students, retirees and others unite against the proposed changes in the french retirement programs. it is estimated that 71% of the french public supports the strikers. the mood is angry and that sentiment is being expressed over and over in various ways.

truckers have instituted operation escargot; they drive at a snail's pace on the highways. high school students have left their classrooms to set up barricades and march in the streets. refinery workers have walked out causing fuel shortages at the gas pumps. service interruptions on the paris metro have dramatically reduced the number of trains and created even more overcrowding. (can honestly say, i would NOT want to be a passenger on the paris trains or buses at this moment.) heaping piles of garbage are littering the streets of marseilles (ugh, wouldn't want to experience that either). charles de gaulles and orly airports are experiencing fuel shortages and major cancellations.

today millions across the country will take part in the national strike ... we'll see what happens.

nyimbur-ma...


in australia the wagiman word for peace is nyimbur-ma,
may peace prevail on earth

Monday, October 18, 2010

churning...


the churning long island sound.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

parties...


(internet photo)
our local post mistress got married yesterday and it was an all day affair. much fun but wow am i pooped!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

kupia kumi laka...


in nicaragua the miskito word for peace is kupia kumi laka.
may peace prevail on earth

Friday, October 15, 2010

happiness...


happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities. aldous huxley

aldous huxley and voltaire are writers that i had a cursory knowledge of but hadn't read much by either. as of late have come across pithy sayings from them which have whetted my appetite for more of their writings.

what i learn as i read their work reconfirms the verse from ecclesiastes: what has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

achukma...


achukma is the choctaw word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

hallelujah...


(photo: hugo infante, government of chile)
at this writing, 10 of 33 chilean miners who were trapped for 68 days 2,300 feet underground in a small "room" of a gold and copper mine have been brought to the surface.

mario sepulveda espina was the second miner to emerge from the specially built capsule. he smiled, laughed and handed rocks to his rescuers, the president of chile and the mining boss.

yea!!! finally the world can watch and rejoice together about something!!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

derivative...

another fine illustration of cultural cross-pollination...
"all creative work builds on what came before."
photography & animation by nina paley"

Monday, October 11, 2010

columbus day...


it's about time we abandoned the national myth that columbus discovered america in 1492. we ALL know the land was inhabited and other europeans had already visited. and no, those other visitors didn't "discover" america either. NOW about losing that columbus myth... the expression "when hell freezes over" comes quickly to mind.
wâki ijiwebis-i is the algonquin word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, October 10, 2010

10.10.10...


on this day, 10.10.10, may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, October 9, 2010

John Lennon...


(internet photo)
october 9, 1940 - december 8, 1980
may his missions be accomplished

mindfulness...


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

Friday, October 8, 2010

seriously...


well, i'm astonished once more by the people running for political office, their lack of ethics and intelligence.

carl paladino (pal isn't a part of his name for nothing) in ny is lining his pockets with his campaign funds; to date 2 million of the 3.8 million dollars of campaign money spent has been paid to companies he owns or has interests in.

art robinson in oregon doesn't care who the anonymous financiers of attack ads against his opponent are; "i'm a scientist and a good one" and "i'll ask questions later, when i've won".

but the biggest WFT prize goes to to the republican senatorial candidate from delaware, christine "i am not a witch" o'donnell who is able to read campaign signs from the future. according to o'donnell it's the last year of obama's presidency and if he vetoes the health care bill that the house and senate have repealed... well " i see hilary (clinton) for president signs everywhere"

WTF is wrong with american voters that they cast their votes for these wingnuts? i see the future and it's looking bleak!!! seriously!!!

mир...


mир is bulgarian for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

wise...


he is the wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. Epictetus

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

gratitude...


whatever our individual troubles and challenges may be, it's important to pause every now and then to appreciate all that we have, on every level. we need to literally "count our blessings," give thanks for them, allow ourselves to enjoy them, and relish the experience of prosperity we already have. Shakti Gawain

Monday, October 4, 2010

salām...


salām or سلام is arabic for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, October 3, 2010

smirom...


smirom is the gypsy word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, October 2, 2010

facts...


right now there is an epidemic of young people, children in most cases, killing themselves because of teasing and bullying. these kids are being ridiculed because of their "differences"; targeted because they are perceived to be gay. targeted, teased and bullied to death.

the apparent ease of suicide, the ability to choose death and end it all, before you've even lived is tragic. wasn't there anybody who could see or feel these children's anguish and despair? wasn't there ANYONE they could go to, appeal to, confide in? where were the counselors, teachers, parents, friends...? somebody, anybody??

people are quick to demand the dismissal of gay teachers from schools; maybe if an openly gay teacher had been present, the children could have confided in someone they knew would understand. perhaps if they had known they had an ally, someone who wouldn't condemn and judge them but instead bolster and support them, the outcome would have been different. (would of, could of, should of)

the other disturbing thing is how quick the hate promoters are to tut-tut and wring their hands when these suicides occur. more often than not, the handwringers are part of the society which condones and quietly (and in some cases, quite vocally) encourages hatred of gay people; people with differences.

the encouragement to hate comes in the form of music, church sermons, movies, video games, political speeches; comments by people in positions of authority and responsibility... the air waves are overflowing with hatred, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.

instead of moving forward our society is clawing inch by inch back to the cave, to a level of ignorance and intolerance that is incomprehensible in this day and age. its profoundly disturbing.

facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. Aldous Huxley

Friday, October 1, 2010

the secret...


the secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. Lord Buddha