Thursday, January 31, 2013

in treatment...

a french friend loaned us season one of the american hbo series 'in treatment'. i know, i am late to the party BUT what a great series! the writing and acting were superb and realistic. my friend has promised season two, can hardly wait! the french subtitles were enabled and we managed to work on our french at the same time. 

the producers of 'zero dark thirty' should have considered using the same subtitling house. the film's translation was awful! i am not, by any means, that proficient in french but it didn't take a native speaker to understand the poor word choices. obviously the dialogue for each piece is/was completely different but the translation of 'in treatment' appeared more thoughtful and thorough.

know an american woman who decided she would no longer seek a psychiatrist's assistance because, as she put it, "i watch that show 'in treatment' and it's like i'm in therapy, so i don't feel i need to go." i would not go quite that far but it certainly was thought provoking. the actors cried so much! i wonder if it was therapeutic for them?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

zero dark thirty...

over the weekend we went with a friend to see the film 'zero dark thirty' or as some like to style it 'the hunt for obl' (osama ben laden). we all wanted to go to an early show but felt 9:30 am was a tad to soon for the level of violence we knew we would witness.

i have mixed feelings about the film and if i had voted as a part of the academy it would not have been a choice of mine. i was saddened the night ben laden's death was announced. troubled that another human being was hunted and killed like an animal. despite everything he was responsible for, it had the odor of a revenge killing; it felt morally wrong.  

on saturday, was aware the compassion i felt the night ben laden was killed seemed to evaporate. the evaporation started with the opening scene which was a black static filled screen over the audio of emergency calls from the sept 11th attacks. seeing 10 plus years of the terror al-qaeda has inflicted on the world left no room for compassion just a cold anger. not that i wanted revenge rather it felt like, 'cut the head off the poisonous snake to kill it.' 

the ben laden killing was almost anticlimactic after the 157 minutes (!!) of continuous bombardment of torture by americans, al-qaeda sponsored suicide bombings of hotels, london underground and various other attacks. i wanted the film which was too long by at least 40 minutes to be over. truly wished that the last 12 years of international terror and upheaval would end just as the last credit rolled. alas.
may peace prevail on earth and in me

Monday, January 28, 2013


yesterday paris saw another large manifestation (demonstration) for marriage equality.

Sunday, January 27, 2013


in the maldives the divehi word for peace is sulha.
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, January 26, 2013


may peace prevail on earth

Friday, January 25, 2013


ukuthula is the zulu word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, January 24, 2013


in malawai m'tendere is the chewa word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

2nd term...

we watched the inauguration of barack obama on a variety of networks yesterday, bbc, cnn, al jazeera and france 24. naturally each network provided different perspectives and opinions. i was acutely aware that president obama's middle name, hussein, was mentioned only once, by chief justice roberts when he administered the oath of office. otherwise, the much maligned moniker was relegated to the innocuous initial h. perhaps use of the initial was a good thing because of the haters and 'birthers'. the republican absence, by choice, was conspicuous but i don't think they were truly missed. 

the diversity and inclusiveness of the entire ceremony was quite moving. president obama's address was a call for unity, a chide against the ugliness that has crept into our civil discourse and a call for inclusion of all citizens in the u.s. democratic process. president obama mentioned the civil rights struggles from seneca falls to selma to stonewall. 

yesterday marked the first time the lgbt movement has been mentioned at an inaugural address. "our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law - for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be as well."

'progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time but it does require us to act in our time."
may his missions be accomplished

Monday, January 21, 2013

bo and dr mlk...

(internet photo)
on 20 January 2013 Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term as president of the united states. today he will receive the oath of office before the nation and the world in a large, elaborate ceremony. on this day the u.s. is also celebrating the public holiday designated to mark dr. martin luther king, jr's birthday.

happy birthday dr king and congratulations President Barack Obama.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


a winter wonderland... have been visiting paris in the winter for 30 years and this is my first real experience of snow.

Saturday, January 19, 2013


snow has arrived in paris.

Friday, January 18, 2013


went to a vernissage last night where an acquaintaince mentioned that things seem more chaotic than usual. she wondered what was happening with the planets and their movements. to me, it feels like ideas, notions, perceptions, everything is being ripped apart and the pieces tossed into the air, landing where they will. 

the level of violence worldwide seems to have ramped up 50 percent and can be reflected in the faces and tones of ordinary people. almost feels like one of the fantasy novels i like to read. there is a rent in the fabric of the world and the goblins of the dark overlord are rushing to the surface. these forces are seeking and finding alliances with other like-minded entities. if only, this was a novel we could put down and walk away from.
may peace prevail on earth and in me

Thursday, January 17, 2013


may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

he ping...

he ping is the the manadarin word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


(internet photo)
life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others? martin luther king, jr
happy birthday dr king!!

Monday, January 14, 2013


may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, January 13, 2013


the scene in front of hotel de ville yesterday.

Saturday, January 12, 2013


(one of my photo collages. thanks to NF for allowing me to shoot her uber-cool shoes.)
the hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn.  david russell

Friday, January 11, 2013


bon anniversaire bp!!
god gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.  voltaire

Thursday, January 10, 2013


in kosati, a native american language, the word for peace is ilifayka.
may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


this time of year normally brings a lot of introspection and the above photo symbolizes it all; where you are and the directions you can choose to go. 

do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. do not repeat them in the future.  swami sivananda

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


it is interesting how spiritual terms seep into the general vocabulary, sometimes without the awareness of their original use. was just googling mindfulness and came across the wikipedia definition which says 'it is a spiritual or psychological faculty (indriya) that is considered to be of great importance in the path to enlightenment'. when i saw the word indriya was a little surprised because i see and use it constantly. we have a nespresso coffee machine and periodically nespresso introduces a new coffee. one of their latest offerings is a big favorite, a strong, smooth coffee from india; its name, indriya.

am a little conflicted by the use of the name for a coffee yet each time we buy the capsules or drink the coffee will be mindful of traveling the road to enlightenment. suppose it's not a bad thing.

Monday, January 7, 2013

20th century...

at les puces yesterday came across an area that sold clothing from the early 20th century. the area was complete with mannikins from that time period as well as salespeople dressed in costume. interesting but a little unnerving too.

Sunday, January 6, 2013


from the bus...

Saturday, January 5, 2013

la tour...

last night we were invited to a screening of the australian film, The Hunter.  the screening room was around the corner from la tour eiffel. so pleasant to see her at every turn.

Friday, January 4, 2013


what a difference a day makes. this image was taken last week and this week the cold, wet grey days of winter are upon us. if one has seasonal light disorder, paris with her sustained days of thick, heavy cloud cover with rarely a glimpse of blue, is not for you.

paris teaches one to discern and love the various shades of grey, of which there are many. just googled grey and learned that the human eye can distinguish about 500 shades. who knew there were that many!! of course i'm dying to know some of the names!!  

i'll leave you with one: puce is the color of the belly of a flea (?!). puce has been in use as a color name in french since the 14th century. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013


in china saq is the uighur word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


 may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


year's end is neither an end or 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