Saturday, August 31, 2013


may peace prevail on earth

Friday, August 30, 2013


the world needs healing. 
may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, August 29, 2013

owners also...

this is advertising to draw the customers in.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


the warmongers are beating their drums and rattling their sabers for the u.s. and other western countries to physically enter the syrian civil war. it is true the catastrophic events in syria cannot continue but full western intervention will create a firestorm that will engulf the entire world and will not be contained.
may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

lord buddha...

yesterday we visited the buddhist pantheon which is a part of the guimet museum. it is always a pleasure to see one of my favorite reclining statues of lord buddha. was a little disappointed that the japanese garden was closed, several of the buddha statues were missing and the lighting conditions were just shy of 'too dark to see'. i truly hope yesterday's situation is a 'summer thing' and therefore temporary and not a harbinger of future conditions.
may peace prevail on earth

Monday, August 26, 2013


may peace prevail on earth and in me

Sunday, August 25, 2013


rainy, damp and cold... many leaves are laying brown and drying.

autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower. albert camus

Saturday, August 24, 2013


the dancer... 

Friday, August 23, 2013


like thousands of others parisiennes we managed to have a little time outside the city. it was a welcomed relief.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


in zambia nala is the lozo word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


it is odd sometimes, how we discover people have died. the news used to come by telegrams, letters, phone calls, newspaper obituaries, word of mouth or even books. not long ago i read a woman's cryptic social network status and discovered that her father, a man i had met in the 80s and had reconnected with a couple of years ago, had died six months before. i suppose 21st century social media is the new drum, telegraph, newspaper and smoke signal all rolled into one.

tuesday is our regular cineday (movie day) because our communications company provides a special of buy one ticket, get one free. last night we were reading a film's end credits and i noticed a 'in special memory of' line for a man i know. once at home i contacted a friend who told me he had died two years ago. "i thought you knew."

may jim o'hagen's missions be accomplished

death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.  haruki marukami  "blind willow, sleeping woman: 24 stories"

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


in gambia the mandinka word for peace is kayiroo.
may peace prevail on earth

Monday, August 19, 2013


on the isle of man, shee is the manx word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, August 18, 2013


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

Saturday, August 17, 2013


in iran the brahui word for peace is âsûdaî.
may peace prevail on earth

Friday, August 16, 2013


in cameroon musango is the duala word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, August 15, 2013


the delaware tribe's word for peace is achwagundowagan.
may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


satta is the rasta word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


sometimes i see so many nuns from different orders and different ethnicities it almost feels like we're in rome rather than paris. read a few years ago there was a fear that some orders might disappear because young women weren't interested in living the 'religious' life. i wonder if lack of interest is still a concern. i have often been surprised by how many young women are wearing habits; there appear to be more each day. i hope they are members of progressive orders.

Monday, August 12, 2013

hold fast...

recently had an interesting conversation about dreams of a life to be or life wanted, hopes and life's intervention. when she learned we were from new york a woman began to talk to us about how violent new york is, telling us she had seen a television reportage that stated guns can be bought on every street corner, nearly every child is given a gun at an early age and the city is very, very dangerous. we tried to explain to her, that while there is truth about guns and danger in nyc and most major urban areas in general, the report was exaggerated. don't really think we got through to her but she continued to tell us that her 11 year old daughter's dream was to go to new york and she was afraid for her.

i said to the woman, "don't 'take' your daughter's dreams because of your fears." she responded with such sadness, "you are right! i don't want to be like my mother and kill my daughter's dreams." she talked about being 16 and falling in love with a boy from another european country, learning the language and wanting to live there. instead life interrupted, she married another man and had children and these things she doesn't regret, because her father often told her, "love the life you have", but...  i could clearly see that the life she had imagined and wanted still haunted her and the fact that she hadn't actively tried to attain it was a sad burden of regret which she carries.

i understand that while we, ourselves, are responsible for surrendering our dreams, others, who are perhaps close to us, family and friends, help to chip away at the foundation of an aspiration. like a mountain, dreams can be brought down in small, insidious ways, "you'll never have that, you'll never do that, you aren't clever enough to do that, why do you want that, why do you waste your time, life, doing this or that... blah, blah, blah." i find it hard to believe all these 'you won't, you can't, why do you' is about protection or 'saving' someone from heartache. one really has to wonder about the naysayer's destructive motivations.

hold fast to dreams
for if dreams die
life is a broken-winged bird
that cannot fly.
hold fast to dreams
for when dreams go
life is a barren field
frozen with snow.     langston hughes

Sunday, August 11, 2013


nearing the end of the line

Saturday, August 10, 2013


echinacea in bloom in paris.

Friday, August 9, 2013


may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, August 8, 2013


the resident rooster.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

the visit...

this past weekend we took a long awaited trip to visit acquaintances in normandie. one of our hosts is a master gardener who was opening his beautiful jardin for a series of public visits. because numerous family members and friends were on hand to assist with the visits we got to experience lunch 'en famille'. with ten people laughing, talking, toasting and a couple of times breaking into song it was truly like being in a french film come to life.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


may peace prevail on earth

Monday, August 5, 2013


sometimes hard not to think of a painted backdrop when looking at the sky.

Sunday, August 4, 2013


another view from the amsterdam canal

Saturday, August 3, 2013


leaf raking has begun.

Friday, August 2, 2013


may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, August 1, 2013


monsieur dylan is everywhere.