Friday, September 30, 2011


graffiti, sometimes beautiful, most often senseless markings and tags, is everywhere.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


all cities are mad: but the madness is gallant. all cities are beautiful: but the beauty is grim. christopher morley

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


just returned from a week in provence... back to the hubbub of city life.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


in bolivia, paraguay and brazil Ñerane'i is the word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Monday, September 26, 2011


may peace prevail on earth.

Sunday, September 25, 2011


in russia and finland the veps word for peace is venošti.
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, September 24, 2011


on the faroe islands the faroese word for peace is friður.
may peace prevail on earth

Friday, September 23, 2011


fräd is the mennonite low german word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, September 22, 2011


have noticed lots of new graffiti styles.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


i resist... worldwide, resistance seems to be the order of the day. may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


a human being is a part of the whole, called by us, "universe," a part limited in time and space. he experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. this delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. albert einstein

Monday, September 19, 2011


may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, September 18, 2011


dime, quarter, nickel, penny / damn, ain't it funny how we all about the benji's. substitute euro (ur-row) for benji. (a benji is a hundred dollar bill)
from Nappy Roots, dime, quarter, nickel, penny

for the past few days we have been dealing with a couple of women, bp says stepped straight out of the maysles brothers' 1975 film 'grey gardens'. all i can say, it is dang (crazy) and extremely tiring to be in the presence of neurosis (on a grand scale) and to glimpse raw, naked greed. dysfunctional energy suckers are vampires by any other name.

just 'saw' in my mind's eye a panel of hieronymus bosch's garden of earthly delights. completely understand why greed is high on the list of the seven deadly sins.

oh yes, i forgot to mention one of the women owns a rather vicious french bulldog who is as neurotic as his mistress. never heard of a dog whose blood sugar gets low and has to eat or he becomes 'rabid'. noticed he didn't try to bite me though! lol!!!

(panel from 'garden of earthly delights' by hieronymus bosch)

Saturday, September 17, 2011


(my version of the exhibition poster)
recently went to a very interesting exhibition, paris-delhi-bombay, at beaubourg. the show was a cross cultural artistic view of india created by indian and french artists. the exhibit explored contemporary india through six themes: politics, urban development and the environment, religion, home identity and craft production.

the french sometimes say that americans speak french with a charming accent. i find some french to english translations rather charming, quaint and amusing. there was a section in the show which was sexually explicit and was marked with the following warning.

Friday, September 16, 2011


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

Thursday, September 15, 2011


household rubbish such as beds, mattresses, furniture and apparently toilets are placed outside on wednesday night for thursday morning pickup. this toilet with its decorations was placed curbside near a small 'square' (park area).


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011


openings on the sky

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


we are back to a slow as molasses internet connection. ah the dependence!

Monday, September 12, 2011


saint artaud pray for us

Sunday, September 11, 2011


on this day 10 years ago, sept 11, 2001, our world as we knew it was forever changed. for me, the attacks against the world trade centers created a wound that has slowly healed but a tremendous scar is left. a small, lingering sadness reminds nestled in my heart.
may peace prevail on earth and in me

Saturday, September 10, 2011

la paix...

may peace prevail on earth

Friday, September 9, 2011


i scour flea markets for old black and white photographs. really bought this one for the kamakura buddha in the background.
may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, September 8, 2011


saw this poster* in the metro; think it's amazing there is an association to help people combat solitude or loneliness. translates: we love, we support. for 1 person out of 3, life resembles this. associations to act against solitude. against solitude, we have all the solutions.

the website announced that 26 organization have joined together to fight what they feel is a national epidemic of solitude and indifference to people living in this state of disconnect. it is estimated that 20 million or approximately 1/3 of the population suffers from feelings of solitude (isolation?). people are asked to sign a pact, pledging they will reduce feelings of loneliness in everyday acts. each month there is a new theme to address, in may the concern was single mothers, in july, the theme: there is always a place for a handicapped person. i am assuming one reaches out to a member of the target group.

interestingly, i don't see solitude as necessarily a 'bad' or terrible thing so i was translating solitude as loneliness but after checking the dictionary i stand corrected. corrected perhaps in my choice of words! according to my computer dictionary: loneliness, which refers to lack of companionship is often associated with unhappiness, should not be confused with solitude, which is the state of being alone or cut off from all human contact.

after reading the difference between loneliness and solitude the word that keeps coming up is alienation. regardless, am impressed that the french are working to lessen the isolation and aloneness that people are experiencing.

loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty. mother teresa
link to the website: contre la solitude

* double click image to enlarge

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

le tour...

finally made the pilgrimage to one of my favorite monuments. bp and i walked along the seine drawn to the lights of le tour eiffel.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


may peace prevail on earth

Monday, September 5, 2011


love the seating provided in the laundromats and subways; so simple and stylish. this 'bench' is in a local laundry.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

the thinker...

my first exposure to auguste rodin's work was the statue of 'the thinker' on the 60s television show, dobbie gillis. of course, i visited rodin's atelier when i first came to paris in the 80s but can't help smiling each time i catch a glimpse of 'the thinker' replica as the metro passes or stops at the varenne station.

Saturday, September 3, 2011


les halles, a glass commercial structure, which was constructed in the 1970s is being demolished; the last 20 years weren't very kind to the buildings. a high tech, ultra modern facility is being built in its place. ah the irony, the reflected buildings have watched the ever changing landscape for at least a 100 years or more and are still standing!

i posted the following image on a social site with the caption: the glass shopping area in les halles is being razed. here's a friend's response.

i quite like the symbolism in this photo. the cultured & constant looking on serenely as the soon to be departed trendy & transient. fashions come and go, but style and class are permanent. dean labbé

Friday, September 2, 2011

civil society...

the times, they are a changin'. the other night had dinner with french friends. once we were all served and about to eat, bp said, 'bon appetite'... she was laughingly told, 'oh, we don't say that anymore. it's too common place these days. we just eat!' hmm...

all around the city we have seen signs reminding people of the need to be more civil to each other. the notice states that the level of incivility has risen so high as to be unbearable and steps must be taken to return to a more civil and humane society.

really enjoy the ritual of everyone saying 'bon appetite' before eating; without that small politeness it feels more like 'tucking in' or a feeding (as in animals). that brief pause between the food being plated and consumed is a reminder of how fortunate we are to be eating at all, the importance of sharing a meal with friends and loved ones and the joy and appreciation of good food.

i'm not going to go with the flow on this one. my saying 'bon appetite' will serve as a small gesture in maintaining a civil society.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


today is national random acts of kindness day. my feeling, everyday should be random acts of kindness day. but... we do what we can.
may peace prevail on earth