Sunday, August 31, 2014

i could...


yes, the world is going to hell in a hand basket and i post pictures of puddle reflections, flowers, clouds, flea market dolls and so forth... i've thought of writing about IS or ISIL formerly known as isis, the latest group of deadly, armed islamic terrorists who have captured a swath of syria and iraq. these men are determined to make life nightmarish for muslims and non-muslims alike. there could be commentary on the kidnapping of women and children by boko haram, IS and other rebel forces around the world and the subsequent human trafficking that arises from those kidnappings.

i could write about vladimir putin and his violation of ukraine's sovereignty while the rest of the world looks impotently on. i could mutter about putin's quest to return to the glory days of the russian empire with a lot of the soviet union tossed in or his constant 'throwing down the gauntlet' attitude towards the west. while we're on the subject of global impotence, i could certainly rant for a moment about the 3 + years civil war in syria which has created another 3 million and counting refugees or the world's refusal to acknowledge the very real possibility of an ebola pandemic.

i could mention the unending conflict between the israelis and palestinians and how many are cowered into silence regarding israel's actions, lest they, the critics, be labelled anti-semitic. the chinese land grabbing, france and her continuously changing hollande government and the militarized american police's war on african-american boys and men could be explored. the republican party's crusade to push american women back into the stone ages and their disenfranchising of poor people, the elderly and students also warrant discussion.

i could certainly register my disapproval of the presence of american military troops in far too many countries. could comment about how money needed in the states, which could shore up the country's ailing infrastructure and help struggling americans, is being spent to win 'the hearts and minds' of other nations and enrich the pockets of the military industrialists and warmongers.

my admiration for pope francis' outspokenness regarding world economic inequality, the victory to halt japan's 'scientific' whale hunting, at least for this year and the groups working together to train and educate the world's marginal peoples are all worthy of a post or two.

yes, all these events merit thought and discussion but sometimes reading about all that's happening around me, i feel almost hopeless. the darkness feels like it's blotting out more and more of the light. i want to believe by posting things of beauty, somehow, i keep a small ray of light in my world and perhaps anyone else's who happens to pass by.

may peace and common sense prevail on earth

Saturday, August 30, 2014

wontokode...

wontokode is the micmac word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Friday, August 29, 2014

reflet...


paris reflet

Thursday, August 28, 2014

dolls...


when i first saw this scene my eyebrows shot up! dolls certainly are realistic looking.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ilifayka...


ilifayka is the koasati word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

*koasati is the language of the native american coushatta people

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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

Monday, August 25, 2014

peace...


may peace prevail and common sense prevail on earth

Sunday, August 24, 2014

siochaint...


siochaint is the gaelic-scottish word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth and in me

Saturday, August 23, 2014

paco...


paco is the esperanto word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Friday, August 22, 2014

clouds...


yesterday's sky!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

la france...


today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of paris from the germans.
viva la france

(photo from libération.fr)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

huag totoka...


in fiji the rotuman words for peace are huag totoka.
may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

looking...


when walking around paris, i always enjoy looking up.

Monday, August 18, 2014

peace...


may peace prevail on earth and in me

Sunday, August 17, 2014

peng on...


peng on is cantonese for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, August 16, 2014

change...


this sign exemplifies the continuous change experienced in all cities, towns and hamlets. after 43 years of existence this store is closing because the older is retiring.

change is the law of life. and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. John F. Kennedy

Friday, August 15, 2014

peace...


may peace prevail on earth and in me

Thursday, August 14, 2014

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

saddened...


am so saddened by robin williams' death. i am shocked by his suicide and the violence of it.
he touched so many lives, those who knew him and those, like me, who didn't.
may his missions be accomplished

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams...


(internet photo)

Robin Williams
21 July 1951 - 11 August 2014
may his missions be accomplished

Monday, August 11, 2014

tickets...


yesterday since it was an overcast, off and on rainy day we decided to see a new turkish drama, "winter sleep". for months we've talked about going to a cinema in a recently completed upscale mall. i had previously seen a list of ticket prices and thought a single ticket was 9,90€ when in fact they were 15€; 30€ for two to see a film! that's what americans like to call sticker shock.

have noticed the varying ticket price for the same chains, UGC for example, ranges from 8,75 to 15€. the trendier or more heavily trafficked the theatre's location, the pricier the ticket. of course it makes economic sense to charge as much as the market is willing to pay but really that price seemed a little excessive. we opted for hagen daz ice cream and a walk along the seine instead.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

reflet...


paris reflet

Saturday, August 9, 2014

bart...


buddha bart??

Friday, August 8, 2014

peace...


may peace prevail on earth and in me.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

rain...


paris weather: at times the rain has been so intense it feels like someone turned the tap on at full blast and let it run. during one of our sunny moments i noticed this reflection under a bench.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

pompiers...


the pompiers visited our building last night. the 91year-old downstairs neighbor had fallen and couldn't get up. she was able to call the fire department, who arrived promptly, pulled out ladders, climbed up to her window, broke the closed shutters and windows and climbed in. after it was determined that la dame was okay, the pompiers cleaned up the broken glass.

i understand she's fine. couldn't help but think of the commercial where the older person is lying on the floor and says, "help, i've fallen and can't get up". do hope her family gets a 'life alert' bracelet for her. if she falls again she can press a button on the bracelet and alert people who have a key to her apartment.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

manifestation...


saturday when leaving the invalides metro we couldn't help noticing the 20 or so armed police standing near the exit / entrance turnstiles. outside the station it was like a fortified zone. hundreds of police of all sorts, walking around, leaning on or sitting inside trucks, vans and buses. seems we arrived just after the end of a huge, unsanctioned pro-palestinian manifestation. thankfully, other than a few posters left behind, there was no real evidence of the demonstrators.

Monday, August 4, 2014

fun fair...


the fun fair is back in the tuileries. there is supposedly a rat infestation in the jardin but we were lucky enough not to see any.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

photos...


happened to see this from the bus the other day.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

shade...


there are quite a few shady spots to escape the summer heat.

Friday, August 1, 2014

leaves...


the leaves have begun their pilgrimage from the trees to the sidewalks.