Tuesday, April 30, 2013

day trip...

yesterday took a short day trip to parc de sceaux, a huge park a short distance from paris. we spent the afternoon walking and/or sitting, enjoying the wonderful spring weather and beautiful landscape.

Monday, April 29, 2013


may peace prevail on earth 

Sunday, April 28, 2013


in alaska the i-upiaq word for peace is ki-ui-ak.
mat peace prevail on earth

Saturday, April 27, 2013


yesterday's evening light.
it is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. aristotle onassis

Friday, April 26, 2013


in sumatra the mentaiwan word for peace is perdamiam.
may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, April 25, 2013


on sunday we walked along the seine for quite a long way. encountered this plein-air painter.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


france now has marriage for all! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


yesterday's evening sky was dramatic and beautiful.

Monday, April 22, 2013


may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, April 21, 2013


blossoms and spring skies. 

Saturday, April 20, 2013


woke this morning to learn that the surviving 'boston bomber' sibling had been captured. a teenager helped to wreak such awful damage and destruction in other people's lives and has effectively ended his own. i am deeply sadden for all affected.
may peace prevail on earth and in ALL of us

Friday, April 19, 2013


in finland the lohjan word for peace is pampi.
may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, April 18, 2013

inner peace...

sometimes i wonder about constantly intoning the words 'may peace prevail on earth'; question whether humans will ever create a world with a minimum of violence let alone a place of peace. perhaps this yearning for peace is merely clinging to a utopian dream. when i add the word 'and in me' to the phrase it no longer feels so futile and i feel better. 

world peace must develop from inner peace. peace is not just mere absence of violence. peace is, i think the manifestation of human compassion. dalai lama xiv
may peace prevail on earth and in me

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


we had dinner with friends last night and returned home around midnight to the news that there had been two explosions at the finish line of the boston marathon. this continuous demonstration of man's desire to mete out punishment based on their warped and perverted sense of justice is beyond comprehension. i realize this is a rhetorical question, but how long can all this destruction and senseless killing continue; until we, as a species are totally extinct?

i don't yet know any details but am sure the u.s. will, nationally, gash their teeth, pour over the news reports, denounce and call for action ... then for most, after a few days or weeks, return to their daily lives until the next horror occurs.
may peace prevail on earth

Monday, April 15, 2013


on sunday so many airplanes crisscrossed the sky that at times, it felt like the contrails were creating the clouds.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

anka kay...

in peru anka kay is the one of the quechua words for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, April 13, 2013


a rainbow in the paris sky.

Friday, April 12, 2013


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

Thursday, April 11, 2013


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

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

natural wines...

this particular post might offend a few people, if it does, sorry but it's a blog. i am not and do not pretend to be an oenophile or wine connoisseur just responding to likes and dislikes. 

organic vin (wine) is all the rage in paris at the moment with many adherents who swear by its superior qualities. while i applaud, appreciate and purchase natural and/or organic products i'm giving a thumbs down on this trend. living in france, naturally i know a lot of wine drinkers. at this point have tried quite a few natural wines with mostly the same result; my stomach becomes very sensitive and upset afterwards. 

i love reading historical novels, so often when drinking un verre of organic vin what comes to mind are the inns and taverns in the english countryside where travelers were offered glasses of watered down wine. the natural wines frequently seems 'thin' with no body, a little raw and slightly less refined than their traditional brethren and sometimes, two steps from vinegar. the expression which comes to mind, 'each to their own' certainly applies here. 

Monday, April 8, 2013


god save the art institutions ...indeed.

Sunday, April 7, 2013


in the philippines linew is the manobo word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, April 6, 2013


may peace prevail on earth

Friday, April 5, 2013


powdered handprint seen on a temporary wall in the 16eme arrondissement.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

street art...

paris street art.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


yesterday was one of those 'pinch me, i'm in paris' days; beautiful blue sky and golden spring light. thomas jefferson had it right, "a walk about paris will provide lessons in history, beauty and point of life.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


may peace prevail on earth

Monday, April 1, 2013


this skull under glass was one of the displays at les puces yesterday. if one was to count all the skulls, skeletons and bones, human and nonhuman, being sold at all the paris flea markets on any particular day, i think the number would astound.

i was told from a very young age that my mother donated her body to medical science. i've often wondered what became of her skeleton. was it buried or cremated or is it hanging intact in a classroom. hopefully, it's not being offered for sale at some flea market.