Thursday, February 28, 2013

paco...


in nigeria paco is the ido word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

wall art...


came across a piece of wall art by one of my favorite artist, fred le chevalier.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Monday, February 25, 2013

chocolate...


received this bar of chocolate yesterday... it is AMAZING!! thick dark chocolate on the outside, creamy praline and pieces of hazelnut on the inside. yummy

all you need is a love. but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. charles m. schulz

Sunday, February 24, 2013

okikiamgenoka...


okikiamgenoka is the abenaki word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, February 23, 2013

envy...


have been surprised recently by how often i've read 'i'm jealous' or ''i'm so envious of you'.  i suppose by publicly verbalizing these emotions the writer is passing if off as a joke or perhaps a lighthearted way to say, 'wow, wish it was me'.  green is not a color that suits everyone.

envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own. harold coffin

Friday, February 22, 2013

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, February 21, 2013

sunset...


wednesday's beautiful sunset.

clouds came floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. rabindranath tagore

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

promise...


once again the promise of spring.
life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes. carl friedrich gauss

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Monday, February 18, 2013

graffiti...


paris graffiti

Sunday, February 17, 2013

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, February 16, 2013

birthdays and wisdom...


today is my birthday... as a child i suffered from insomnia and rather than count sheep i used to calculate how old i would be in such and such a year. i think i stopped at 25 because that seemed so old! ha, little did i know!! 

when i remark on a major birthday, i.e., decade change or how startled i am to look up and find the majority of my life starting to trail behind me, people are quick to assume it's a complaint rather than an observation of how swiftly time passes. they often bandy around the expression 'age is just a number' or 'you're just as old (or young) as you feel', as if i need to be pacified or soothed. both these clich├ęs ring true but sometimes just wish one could make a comment and not have the remark dissected for some hidden fear.

hope i am becoming a femme sage (wise woman). have found age and passing years are also an accumulation of experiences and interactions which can be used to navigate and smooth life's path. came across this piece by inayat khan which provides food for thought.


Wisdom is greater and more difficult to attain than intellect, piety or spirituality.

Intellect is the knowledge of names and forms, their character and nature, gathered from the external world. ... the intellectual person takes an interest in their variety and law of change, and as knowledge is the food of the soul, he at least becomes increasingly interested in the knowledge of names and forms, and calls that 'learning'. This becomes his world, although it neither gives him a sense of unchanging comfort, nor does he thereby gain an everlasting peace.

Wisdom is contrary to the above-named knowledge. It is the knowledge which is illumined by the light within; it comes with the maturity of the soul, and opens up the sight to the similarity of all things and beings, as well as the unity in names and forms. The wise man penetrates the spirit of all things; he sees the human in the male and female, and the racial origin which unites nations. He sees the human in all people and the divine immanence in all things in the universe, until the vision of the whole being becomes to him the vision of the One Alone, the most beautiful and beloved God.

Friday, February 15, 2013

patz...


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

Thursday, February 14, 2013

love locks...


this is one of hundreds of love locks attached to a paris bridge crossing the seine, le pont des arts. since it's valentine's day i won't comment on the psychological implications of locking a symbol of one's love to a bridge and tossing the key into the water below.  it's sufficient enough to say, happy valentine's day.

sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. h. jackson brown, jr

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

thanx...

for many people this says it all.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

snow globe...


recently it felt as if we were inside a snow globe. as beautiful as the event was, i was very happy the snow did not stick.

snow flurries began to fall and they swirled around people's legs like house cats. it was magical, this snow globe world. sarah addison allen, 'the sugar queen'.

Monday, February 11, 2013

taiki...


taiki is the lithuanian word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, February 10, 2013

wetaskikiatu...


wetaskikiatu is the cree word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, February 9, 2013

lincoln...


finally saw steven spielberg's 'lincoln'. i really, really wanted to like the film! alas, if i was rating it on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest, it would have earned a 2 or 2 1/2. wished i had waited for the video release.

find it is difficult to immerse myself in a film when i am always conscious of the actor rather than the character. to be conscious of every actor is awful! when watching a historical drama and one is aware of the consequences and outcomes of the events depicted, it's sometimes hard to 'stay in' the film; even harder to get lost in a film if you are never 'involved'. 

a couple of times 'abraham lincoln' posed a question to another character and i found myself formulating the answer. with the present racial climate in the world and specifically the u.s., found myself thinking that some of the 21st century bigots haven't progressed much from the discussions of their 19th century forebears. wondered if the film was just another myth booster, lincoln's and the politicians of old; their intellect, reasoning abilities and bravery. 

was painfully aware that the republican and democratic parties of 1865 have long since changed roles. the republican party of lincoln was a friend and supporter of the downtrodden while the democrats upheld the superiority of the monied classes, i.e., white people. sometimes got the impression the film wanted to serve as a reminder of how much the republican party has changed. the change of the democrats didn't seem to be emphasized at all.

i was mindful of the reversal of ideologies but it appears the bullying, bribery and cajoling have been and will always be with us. in my opinion, 'lincoln' served as a venue for 'finger waging' as well a slam on the head. for me it descended into agitprop; boring and pedantic.

Friday, February 8, 2013

blue...


cold but who cares because there is blue sky!
music fathoms the sky. charles baudelaire

Thursday, February 7, 2013

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

that which...


came across this quote recently and find it can serve as a reminder to all of us.
that which we search for is looking for us, sending out a constant call, shining a beacon. if we can be still and awake, if we can find the courage to call out and listen deeply, we will find our way home. oriah mountain dreamer

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

temptations...


temptations abound. luckily this patisserie was closed. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

scream...


we were up until 5 o'clock in the morning watching the superbowl. too bad we didn't have access to the great commercials! espn america played the same two commercials ad nauseam until we were ready to scream!! wait, we did scream! plus our team didn't win!! guess you can't have everything.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

photomat...


while refilling our monthly bus/metro passes bp brought this woman to my attention.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

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

Friday, February 1, 2013

oooh...


i do enjoy reading the sidewalk!