Saturday, March 31, 2012

peace...


may peace prevail on earth and in me.

Friday, March 30, 2012

time...


the last friday in march. my how time flies!!!

i must govern the clock, not be governed by it. golda meir

Thursday, March 29, 2012

les fleurs...


spring is here, the parks, markets and streets are filled with flowers... i have seen so many new colors and have once again marveled at the wonders of nature.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

3 percent...

the other day a vendor at les puces told me 'no pictures. i do not want pictures taken with the iphone!' 'no camera' or 'no photo' signs are posted on a few stalls in the flea market but as a rule i ask before photographing. have to say in this instance i didn't request permission to shoot a mirror standing a short distance from the main table.

i inquired why i could not shoot with an iphone. the response in a mixture of french and english was, 'i would not mind if you used a real camera but not an iphone, i do not like the iphone! i think the telephone, the camera and the music should all be separate devices. you should not be able to listen to music on your camera.

besides people go around shooting everything and they forget to see with their eyes. it is especially bad with children because they never look, they just snap pictures with no memory attached.

but really, i do not like iphones because they make people stupid; the 10% of the brain that someone might use is now reduced to 3%!"

i can agree with the bit about not stopping to look around and experience the 'now'. i am one to aim my phone all the time. i see something and i want to capture it. but sometimes i make myself leave my iphone behind so i can capture with my eyes and be in the moment. however, aiming the camera at everything in sight is not a new phenomenon.

as for children mindlessly snapping, hmm... i know a seven year old who just received her first camera and she shoots everything but with a determined purpose. i'm sure she has quite a lot of memory attached to her images.

the portion about separate devices is luddite fright but blaming the dumbing down of society on the iphone! seriously!?!? all this time i thought it was the lead paint chips everybody was eating!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

flea market...


saturday was a warm, spring day complete with blue skies, trees in bud and/or bloom and the streets crowded with almost smiling people. at les puces there were new stalls, vendors and lots of fresh and repeat items to examine.

for me, it was a record day for vernacular photograph browsing and vintage doll spotting and photographing. the image below captures both my passions.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Friday, March 23, 2012

senseless...


(from the cover of libération newpaper)
may their missions be accomplished

Thursday, March 22, 2012

peace...


may peace prevail

Wednesday, March 21, 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, March 20, 2012

amikekia...


in puerto rico the jatibonicu taino word for peace is amikekia.
may peace prevail on earth

Monday, March 19, 2012

books...


went to the salon du livre (book expo) yesterday... millions and millions of words. please do not be offended all you 'i need to hold the book in my hand' people. the ebook cometh! slowly but surely it comes. i write with neither glee nor joy, just matter of factly.


"i am a dreamer of words, of written words. i think i am reading; a word stops me. i leave the page. the syllables of the word begin to move around. stressed accents begin to invert. the word abandons its meaning like an overload which is too heave and prevents dreaming. then words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young. and the words wander away, looking in the nooks and crannies of vocabulary for new company, bad company." gaston bachelard

Sunday, March 18, 2012

now...


life is a sequence of events called now. anonymous

Saturday, March 17, 2012

hello...


caller... are you there?

Friday, March 16, 2012

peace...


may peace prevail

Thursday, March 15, 2012

fred de chevalier...


wall art of fred de chevalier

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

mandala...


because of slightly puzzling, remembered dream fragments i have been in a frenzy using my iphone and various apps to create mandalas. the two dream bits that really stuck with me involved 'war' or danger zones and i felt a pressing need to create images associated with peace and harmony.

in one dream i watched an iranian woman being arrested and placed in a tiny, white car and in the other fragment i was in an afghani building and the taliban had just entered. what occurred next was worthy of a big budget action movie, and was as if someone hit the rewind button because the explosion replayed.

am not attempting to interpret the dreams just mentioning them by way of introduction to the mandalas.

may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

la tour, ençore...


i never tire of photographing la tour eiffel.

Monday, March 12, 2012

door...


when one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. alexander graham bell

Sunday, March 11, 2012

free tibet...


happened upon a free tibet manifestation (demonstration) at trocadéro


Saturday, March 10, 2012

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Friday, March 9, 2012

tag...


it looks like the airplanes and their contrails were playing tag with the clouds.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

woman's day...


march 8th is international woman's day. i salute all my sisters worldwide! sisterhood IS powerful.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

rooftops...


i love the rooftops of paris... the clay chimneys and the zinc panels.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

mandalas…


have been making mandalas on my iphone using a kaleidoscope app.

Monday, March 5, 2012

á perpétuite...


periodically i have a need to spend time in a cemetery and paris is just the place. yesterday i visited cimetiére du montparnasse where susan sontag, marguerite duras, man ray, jean-paul sartre and simone de beauvoir are buried.

remember feeling chilled to the bone the first time i saw á perpétuite which means for life but i read it as 'till the end of time'. the thought that someone could own, or think they owned, something until the end of time was unfathomable. thirty years later, i still marvel at the arrogance of human beings when i see the notice chiseled on the front or back of a crypt.

till the end of time... feels so sad and final. who will be here to recognize it?

Sunday, March 4, 2012

elections...


the french presidential campaign is heating up and from what i can tell it's pretty much business as usual, in that it feels similar to the u.s.; except there are more political parties and purportedly more opinions and views. the same buzz words are floating around. those that involve class, the declining middle class that is. the french middle class is really not something i remember hearing much about; feels partially like an american import.

of course that familiar scapegoat, immigration, has a prime seat in the debates. there are too many foreigners (usually unwanted workers) in the country. but some are complaining about the need to create a quote for legal foreigners and its pretty low!!

one party, the socialist, wants to give étrangers (strangers, i.e. foreigners) the right to votes in local elections. as you can imagine a couple of parties are up in arms about that!! snarky remarks about impending halal cafeterias and threats of the possibility of gender segregated swimming pools are being batted around. sounds like oklahoma with its fear of sharia law and an attempt to create anti-sharia legislation. too similar rhetoric with a different accent!

crime has a big presence, it's all those young immigrants' fault, usually arabs and africans. and last but not least, the rallying cry that seems to be circling the globe... let us take our country back and return to the glory of the past! good luck with that!! past is the operative word here. every country should be trying to make their land the best place to live right NOW! searching for the glorious past! talk about pipe dreams!!

will be interesting to monitor the events and see the outcome. liberté, égalité, fraternité!! viva la france!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

cat...


this cat saved the owner of the motorcycle from receiving a traffic ticket. the shop proprietor rushed out to talk with the police, saying the owner would return shortly. laughingly, the traffic cop asked if the cat had a helmet. the officer moved on to ticket someone else.

Friday, March 2, 2012

paris...


may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, March 1, 2012

meeting...


yesterday morning woke with a vivid dream image. i had been touring a computer company's dormitory. in the large communal room there was an extensive collection of vintage televisions in pristine condition. people were sitting in various areas on furniture corresponding to the time periods of the tv sets, talking, lounging or watching programs.

yesterday afternoon, bp and i went to beaubourg (the modern art museum) to obtain a membership. of course, we immediately took advantage of our cards. i turned a corner and walked into my dream. with amazement i looked around a large space filled with vintage television sets. the sets, other equipped with videos and headsets had been placed with vintage chairs, pillows, lamps and even potted plants in various clusters to create the feeling of an intimate lounge or communal room.

was absolutely amazed because i knew nothing about the exhibit; truly a case of dream and reality meeting.