Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

les puces...


sunday at les puces.

Monday, February 27, 2012

juxtaposition...


was struck by the juxtaposition of these two pieces and the fact that a person really had to look to see the pictures since they were tucked under a table. the poster with the nazi flags loosely translates, this flag and standard will liberate europe from the bolsheviks.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

omar...


(internet photo)
friday night we watched the césars (french film awards). was exciting to see the best editor category; ALL the nominees were women!! so, of course, the césar went to a female editor!! the best actor winner made french history because it was the first time a black man won. the comedian omar sy! way to go omar!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

notice...


had some body/energy work done yesterday. was reminded once again, we often become so accustomed to pain that it becomes the normal order of things. we truly only notice its presence when it is gone. am sure that awareness or lack of, extends to more than physical discomfort.

Friday, February 24, 2012

peoc'h...


in france, the breton word for peace is peoc'h.
may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, February 23, 2012

la dame de fer...


there are a couple of subway lines that run outside for two or three stations. one, etoile-nation (direction etoile) otherwise known as the n° 6 line comes rumbling above ground close to la tour eiffel. it is such a joy to see the tour standing like a good, solid friend waiting to greet.

always feel like a giddy tourist snapping lots of pictures when i catch my first glimpse of the top. truly know i am in paris when the original iron lady (la dame de fer) is revealed in all her glory straddling the bank of the seine. yes, in french the eiffel tower is feminine. i usually see la tour from the seine side, so i associate her with the river gently flowing alongside.

viva la tour eiffel, viva la france!!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

world...


we are what we think. all that we are arises with our thoughts. with our thoughts, we make the world. lord buddha

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

lord buddha...


yesterday visited the buddhist pavilion, which is part of the musée guimet. some of my favorite statues of lord buddha reside in this collection. was peaceful and reassuring to spend time in the presence of the images.

may peace prevail on earth and in me

Monday, February 20, 2012

poupées...


we made our usual flea market rounds on saturday and there seemed to be quite a few old dolls for sale. do people really buy old dolls, toys? i suppose they do, because apparently there is a demand for them. but wonder why?! hmm, perhaps to recreate childhood memories and/or to create new memories with the toys of others?!

once, years ago, felt myself being 'pulled into' a small, parisien shop; the place was actually little more than a closet. for whatever reason, i stopped at the threshold and looked inside before entering. the small space was crammed ceiling to floor with old dolls and the combined energy emanating from the poopées (dolls) was enough to knock one backwards. i remember looking directly at a kimono dressed, japanese boy doll which seemed oddly out of place. i wanted to get a closer look at it but was afraid to enter.

when strolling around les puces (flea market), i often think of that shop and the haunted feeling it had; sometimes wishing i had had the courage to enter.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

wise...


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

Saturday, February 18, 2012


may peace prevail on earth

Friday, February 17, 2012

ballerina...


shoes for the ballerina in all of us!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

what counts...


and in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. it's the life in your years. abraham lincoln

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

udon...

paris has lots of faux japanese restaurants but we had a desire for the read 'deal'. so last night we went to rue st anne to a couple of japanese markets and to a small restaurant for udon! we exited the restaurant to a line of 10 people waiting their turn to enter.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

service...


have been dealing with orange (france telecom) and like any service business anywhere in the states, it's eerily similar. the same sad, slightly pathetic hold music, same 'sorry your service isn't working' and it continues not to work, while you continue to pay. there is also the same let me transfer you to my colleagues in another department and during the transfer the call is dropped.

in orange's case, however, it takes 24-48 hours for a service such as the internet or the telephone to come on line. i remember when i thought two hours was a long time to wait for service! ah well, the joys and wonders of living abroad!

Monday, February 13, 2012

whitney houston...


august 9, 1963 - february 11, 2012
woke yesterday morning to the shocking news of Whitney Houston's death. may Whitney Houston's missions be accomplished

Sunday, February 12, 2012

conspires...


once you make a decision the universe conspires to make it happen. ralph waldo emerson

Saturday, February 11, 2012

fred de chevalier...


yesterday saw new wall art by a favorite artist, fred le chevalier. (click the name to see more of his work)

Friday, February 10, 2012

tынчтык...


tынчтык is the latin word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, February 9, 2012

dreams...


all dreams come true if we have the courage to pursue them. walt disney

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

illiterate


the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. alvin toffler, "future shock"

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

aylobaha gafuleya...


in mexico, the chontal word for peace is aylobaha gafuleya.
may peace prevail on earth

Monday, February 6, 2012

nohopuku...


in new zealand, the maori word for peace is nohopuku.
may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, February 5, 2012

mihs...


in the kosraean language, which is spoken in micronesia, mihs is the word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, February 4, 2012

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Friday, February 3, 2012

nyc...


sometimes when viewing a film and the camera pans across a post 9 11 nyc skyline it is difficult to immediately identify the city. for me, the buildings of the world trade center exemplified new york city and in their absence the empire state building has, by default, become my personal nyc touchstone.

in the last couple of weeks have had the opportunity to take many photos of the building and a new fondness has grown. i love the french word for skyscraper, gratte-ciel and as with many people, i fell in love with the manhattan skyline, her skyscrapers, first from seeing films and later from living in nyc.

i like the empire state building, it is towering and slightly majestic BUT it's fleeting resemblance to a hypodermic and the rather constant mind's image of king kong swinging from the upper floors tend to temper its elegance.

i have a storehouse of memories in which the building with the daily theme lights figure. lately, years of nostalgic images have bubbled to the surface. have to smile, suppose once we love something or someone, even though we grow away from them (it), they still maintain a small foothold in our psyche.

every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false naming of real events. adrienne rich

Thursday, February 2, 2012

you...


you are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thought take you. james allen

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

churches...


brooklyn is known as the borough of churches. i have noticed many of the storefront churches were founded by or are currently run by women.