Thursday, July 31, 2014


may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


everyday i pray for peace but as his holiness the dalai lama says, "peace does not come through prayer, we human beings must create peace." sometimes hard to believe that one small action might have a ripple effect but we have to keep believing and acting.
may peace prevail on earth and in me

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


shulam is the yiddish word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Monday, July 28, 2014


may peace prevail on earth and in me

Sunday, July 27, 2014


in china the tangut word for peace is nei.
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, July 26, 2014


in tahiti hau is the word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Friday, July 25, 2014


there didn't seem to be a noticeable breeze down on the sidewalk but looking up i spotted this curtain blowing through the open window.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


tis the season of soldes or sales in paris.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


sidewalk café waiting for the evening rush.

Monday, July 21, 2014


i am numbed by all the senseless and unconscionable violence occurring in the world. in particular i'm thinking of the shooting down of malaysia flight MH17 and the fighting taking place in israel and gaza. in general i'm thinking of the violence, national or personal, happening every minute of every day some place on our planet.
may peace prevail on earth and in each one of us

Sunday, July 20, 2014


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

Saturday, July 19, 2014


in hebrew, shalom means peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Friday, July 18, 2014


paris/nyc reflet

Thursday, July 17, 2014


may peace prevail on earth and in me.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


in india nirudho is the pali word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


seen yesterday: a soldier jumping out of a jeep to direct traffic.

Monday, July 14, 2014

quatorze juillet...

joyeux quatorze juillet! today the french celebrate the storming of the bastille in 1789. bonne fete!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

le bébé et la poupée,,,

on saturday we visited a neighborhood brocante where i spied an old doll. as i approached the table saw the sleeping baby. his grandmother had two tables of goods and a friend was minding this one and the child.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


hmetho is the otomi word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Friday, July 11, 2014


paris reflet... 

Thursday, July 10, 2014


suppose i had begun to take all those blue, sunny days for granted. was going to write about the grey, cold, rainy weather we've been experiencing when i remembered that paris is where i first embraced grey skies. not only did i embrace but began to appreciate and love the various shades of paris gris. okay so it's grey, cold and feels more like october than july, who cares 'cause it's paris.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Finding Vivian Maier...

finally got to see the film, "Finding Vivian Maier". i didn't 'love' it as all my friends said i would or even as i secretly hoped i might. in fact, i didn't like the film and am experiencing morning-after viewing sadness. while watching i found myself shifting into 'film editor mode', which is never a good thing.

happy to see three influential photographic icons, mary ellen mark, joel meyerowitz and howard greenberg speak about the quality and importance of vivan maier's work. perhaps their opinions will silence the john maloof and vivian maier's critics and hecklers. so many seem to need an 'expert' pronouncement before they will accept the obvious.

"Finding Vivian Maier" was tedious and WAY too long. in my opinion, the handling of the material was heavy-handed, in that it kept pounding the notion that there was something wrong with maier. wrong because she was merely a nanny, she didn't just want to be a photographer, few knew she took photos and brilliant ones at that, she didn't seem to want to print or exhibit her work, she was different, she 'obviously' had issues, hoarder, sexual issues. look how she dressed, look at her subject matter, blah, blah, blah.

rose lichter-marck's opinion piece in "the new yorker" says it best:

"Finding Vivian Maier" shows that stories of difficult women can be unflattering even when they are told in praise. The unconventional choices of women are explained in the language of mental illness, trauma, or sexual repression, as symptoms of pathology rather than as an active response to structural challenges or mere preference. Biographers often treat iconoclastic women like Yoko Ono, Marie Curie, Emily Dickinson, and Vivian Maier as problems that need solving. *

my objections to the film in no way alter my respect for john maloof and his crusade to bring vivian maier's gigantic body of work to the public's attention. he has succeeded in introducing and installing this fantastic photographer in the photographic lexicon.

the school of the art institute of chicago recently announced the endowment of a permanent vivian maier scholarship fund. john maloof and charles siskel of raven pictures and art gallerist howard greenberg are donating a generous percentage from the sale of vivian maier's photograpy and the film to fund the endowment. this scholarship will provide financial assistance to needy young photographer. kudos to them!!

may vivian maier's missions be accomplished


Tuesday, July 8, 2014


from the exterior, even the parking garages in paris appear luxurious.

Monday, July 7, 2014


yes, it still makes me happy when i see a deux chevaux!

Sunday, July 6, 2014


nanomonsetotse is the cheyenne word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, July 5, 2014

0 to 1...

last night we, along with a lot of other people, watched les bleus lose the futball match to germany, 0 to 1.

Friday, July 4, 2014


today the u.s.a celebrates its 238th independence day.

for to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. nelson mandela

Thursday, July 3, 2014


in afghanistan amniat is the pashto word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


having summer drinks while sitting in a sidewalk café.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


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