Monday, March 31, 2014


these drummers created a very festive atmosphere as they crossed rue de rivoli. they were fantastic!

Sunday, March 30, 2014


may peace prevail on earth and in me

Saturday, March 29, 2014


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

Thursday, March 27, 2014


yesterday captured this image of barricade tape flapping in the breeze.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


in australia yatanpa is the pintupi word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


view of one of our avocado plants started from a seed.

Monday, March 24, 2014


swans in pond at parc montsouris

Sunday, March 23, 2014


lumana is the hausa word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth and in me

Saturday, March 22, 2014


may peace prevail on earth

Friday, March 21, 2014


a cherry tree displays its blossoms to mark the beginning of spring.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


houseboats on the seine

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


recently we visited la cité de la céramique á sévres located in the outskirts of paris. the museum which was created in 1822 is dedicated to fine arts ceramics. there were many beautiful specimens such as the piece shown above.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


another paris reflection.
may peace prevail on earth

Monday, March 17, 2014


the other day sat next to a man who was reading this book, "the essential of the moslem religion". we had a brief discussion about the book and he allowed me to take this photo.
may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, March 16, 2014


this weekend has been straw hat (almost) and sunglasses weather.
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, March 15, 2014


discovered a shop devoted almost exclusively to model vehicles. i loved one of the manufacturer's names: dinky!

Friday, March 14, 2014


i am aware humanity has a long relationship with human skulls. this large, glitter creation displayed on the rue de rivoli carries the latest incarnation of this craze to a new level.

i have often noted that any man, woman or child can now dress wearing nothing but skull clothing; that's starting with underwear and moving to outerwear and shoes. have to admit i am sometimes surprised to see infants dressed in little skull and crossbone outfits. as the saying goes, to each their own.

i don't mind if my skull ends up on a shelf as long as it's got my name on it.  debbie harry

Thursday, March 13, 2014


recently we were in a bistro and saw these drinking companions.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


ride in peace

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


there's an office down the street which has been saving 'le figaro' newspapers for at least the last five years. they are stacked neatly in the window serving as a shelf/table.

Monday, March 10, 2014


may peace prevail on earth and in me

Sunday, March 9, 2014


beautiful sunday in paris

Saturday, March 8, 2014


rukun is the javanese word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Friday, March 7, 2014


may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, March 6, 2014


recently at the puces i noticed a woman in niqab standing in an open space near the food truck. she caught my attention not only because of her attire but because she paced in a very small area while talking loudly on her cellphone about being a french national. when she wasn't pacing or talking she stood silently, almost statue like, observing the passersby. most people studiously ignored her though one vendor, an iranian woman, approached and spoke to her. the vendor asked if she was male or female under all the clothing. when informed it was indeed a woman in the niqab the vendor began chiding her for setting back women's hard won rights. following a brief, low volume, heated discussion the niqab clad woman drifted away.

on 11 april 2011 a controversial french law went into effect which "prohibits concealment of the face in a public space such as streets, parks, museums, shops and transportation." the law bans the wearing of the niqab, helmets, and other facial coverings such as ski masks in public spaces, except under special circumstances. the main argument in favor of the law was public safety; face covering does not allow clear identification, which was deemed a security issue and "a social hindrance within a society which relies on facial recognition and expression in communication."

while watching the niqab wearing woman i couldn't help thinking about the female suicide bombers known as the black widows who were 'expected' at the sochi winter olympics. unfortunately because of the world we currently inhabit, in some instances, this type of clothing creates a level of discomfort and perhaps even fear.

from my scant research i have discovered that muslim women sometimes wear the niqab in public as an act of provocation to see if they will be fined and/or prosecuted for violating the law; very few have been. from the onset, the police unions felt the law would be hard to enforce. some law enforcement officials have reported being physically attacked when trying to enforce the law and later vilified in the press.

to paraphrase a statement made by fadela amara who is a muslim feminist and has served as an official in the french government,"the veil is the visible symbol of the subjugation of women, and therefore has no place in the mixed, secular spaces of France's state schools" and public spaces. personally, i would substitute the words niqab and burqa for veil.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


may peace and common sense prevail on earth

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


may peace prevail on earth

Monday, March 3, 2014


a very unusual bicycle seen in the les halles area.

Sunday, March 2, 2014


sunday in the city... 
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, March 1, 2014


the alabama tribe's word for peace is ittimokla. 
may peace prevail on earth