Monday, December 31, 2012

bye 2012...


years end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. hal borland
may peace prevail on earth and in me

Sunday, December 30, 2012

surreal...


saturday the clouds have a very surreal quality about them.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

card...


this was laying on the floor of a paris metro.

Friday, December 28, 2012

quiet...


i am happy to say 2012 is slipping quietly away. we have had a very calm, stressless holiday season; celebrating at various gatherings with old and new friends. paris, too, feels slightly empty since many of the locals seem to be spending the last week of the year outside the city.  

if one avoids, for the most part, newspapers, television and internet news, the world appears slightly more tranquil and bright. i truly wish this was the case. but...
may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, December 27, 2012

sidi...


sidi is the tibetan word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, December 26, 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, December 25, 2012

merry...


Monday, December 24, 2012

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, December 23, 2012

ice skating...


ice skating at paris' hotel de ville.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Friday, December 21, 2012

the end...


today is the winter solstice and for some, the end of the world. this doomsday idea, one more in a long series, comes from an interpretation of the mayan calendar. can't bother to give credence to the belief because i can think of at least three or four similar scenarios in the last ten years. though the day hasn't ended yet, we humans, seem to still be here.

apocalypse does not point to a fiery armageddon but to the fact that our ignorance and our complacency are coming to an end. our divided, schizophrenic worldview, with no mythology adequate to coordinate our conscious and unconscious -- that is what is coming to an end. the exclusivism of there being only one way in which we can be saved, the idea that there is a single religious group that is in sole possession of the truth -- that is the world as we know it that must pass away. what is the kingdom? it lies in our realization of the ubiquity of the divine presence in our neighbors, in our enemies, in all of us.  joseph campbell

Thursday, December 20, 2012

pasch...


in switzerland pasch is the romansch word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

runyaro...


in zimbabwe runyaro is the shona word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

overcoming & learning...


the lesson is re-enforced often, life is a expedition and sometimes the people and/or situations you encounter can redial personal 'stuff', can push emotional buttons you thought a faint outline, can attempt to set you back to a time when, perhaps, your voice was weakest. had such an encounter recently and while it was  quite jarring, on many levels, i am trying to use it as a self-assessment moment.

ultimately though, this konrath quote says it all.
one of the greatest journeys in life is overcoming insecurity and learning to truly not give a shit. j.a. konrath

Monday, December 17, 2012

the doll...


a woman and her purchase, leaving the flea market yesterday.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

unending...


(internet photo)
yesterday twenty small children, six and seven years old and six adults were shot and killed by a 20 year old gunman at an elementary school in newtown, connecticut. the gunman shot and killed himself as the the first responders entered the building. before he headed to the school, adam lanza shot and killed his mother. 
the time for gun control is NOW. enough with the passion without the action!!

Friday, December 14, 2012

time...


have to laugh at myself because each year around this time i am always incredulous that yet another year is about to come to a close. during this season the journals and tv shows prepare a recap of the year's 'highlights'. find i enjoy reading about and watching year-end 'the best of' compilations. 

we are often propelled from event to event, crisis to crisis, so rapidly that those occurring at the beginning of the year seemed to have happened decades ago by the time the next year rings in. the year-end rumination serves as a reminder of where we as a species have been and are going. 

2012 has been a tumultuous period and it is isn't over yet. who knows what 2013 will bring; hopefully, a little more sanity and peace to our injured little planet.

time is a figure eight, at its center the city of deja vu. robert brault 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

ridicule...


discovered, again, that sometimes a critique, despite being given in a gentle, non-judgemental manner can be, and too often is, perceived as an attack and insult. once the supposed barb is received, the recipient goes on the defensive; the subtle insults and 'knocking down a peg' begins.

frequently i think of the 1996 film "ridicule", which was set in versailles just before the french revolution. the popular 'sport' at court was the game of ridicule. one had to show his or her prowess in handing out witty insults while trying to avoid being ridiculed in the process. in the film, this 'game' made or broke people and their fortunes. 

it is interesting to observe how the game of 'ridicule' is played in the 21st century. people seem to think they can toss insults about and the intent is not understood because it's said with a smile. insults masked by a smile does not make for wit. 

if a person refuses to spar, refuses to say cruel and demeaning things, while hiding that cruelty behind a laugh or grin does not mean that intelligence is absent or that the person is not conscious of what is happening. perhaps the silence means the person is seeking a higher ground and has no defense for a insult not meant.

the truth is not beautiful nor beautiful words the truth. lao tzu

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12.12.12...


12:12 on 12.12.12
may peace prevail on earth and in me

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

pas...


in the netherlands antilles pas is the papiamentu word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth 

Monday, December 10, 2012

dodolimdag...


the pima word for peace dodolimdag.
may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, December 9, 2012

nirudho...



in india nirudho is the pali word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, December 8, 2012

hmetho...


in mexico the otomi word for peace is hmetho.
may peace prevail on earth

Friday, December 7, 2012

nye...


in zaire nye is the ntomba word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, December 6, 2012

meditation...


video
mandala meditation 
for quite a long time i have been playing with an iphone app to create mandalas. decided to put a few of them to music. music: daylight hours by infusion.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

autumn...


reflection of sunny, autumn paris day.
may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

piano...


at gare montparnasse a piano is waiting for any passerby who wants to stop and play. snapped this man passionately tinkling a tune. it sounded as if he was merely striking random keys, in a very discordant fashion, i.e. he could not 'play' the piano except perhaps in his head. doesn't matter, the moment was beautiful.

Monday, December 3, 2012

tis the season...


well, the christmas season is upon us! i know and understand 'the reason for the season' as the anti-happy holiday people like to say but the constant replaying of mid-20th century, nostalgic american tunes can be slightly traumatizing. i used to come to paris to escape the onslaught of this period, the santas on every corner, the sappy music longing for a time that for most probably never existed, the over commercialism; just excessiveness of the the last two or three months of the year.

it seems the christmas 'excess' has arrived full blown in france; american christmas carols are played in stores, on the champs-elysees and just about every nook and cranny of the city. christmas trees, small to fit perfectly in french apartments, are available at the monop downstairs and lights are beginning to appear on people's balconies. the office of the mairie (mayor's office) of our quartier even put up three decorated trees in the small square near our apartment building. all intended to be seasonally festive but striking a slightly sad chord for me.

in previous years, i remember holiday lights being hung across streets in business districts and some christmas ornamentation but not to the present extent. ah, well! everything changes and one must go with the flow. happy holidays.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

patz...


in spain patz is the aranes word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, December 1, 2012

peace...


may peace prevail on earth