Monthly Archives: October 2011

doorways and other openings

les portes, a set on Flickr. i’ve been composing an entry about accidental and incidental encounters that can serve as doorways and openings to new ideas, long forgotten notions, inspiring friendships, and hidden aspects of self. while writing, i remembered … Continue reading

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unsendables

Where do we put our words that have nowhere to go? Sometimes we let them fly, either via speech or through the (too?) numerous other outlets we have readily available at our disposable — many of them instantaneous in delivery … Continue reading

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aspiring to the french stylings of a toddler

language learning is fascinating doings… especially when you realize that as an adult who is learning or re-learning a new/foreign/second language, you are still going to be bested by the average, 4-year-old native speaker. et voila, capucine! humble pie sure … Continue reading

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A funny thing happened…

Two months ago, after a dangerously quick Google/Yelp/Bing search, I decided to take my chances with a new hair stylist — we’ll call her Sam — because the woman who usually cuts my hair (and who has done so for … Continue reading

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on the impermanence and the beauty of autumn

john keats apparently expressed this ode to autumn following a walk. his hand written scribbles of poetic compositions — p.1 and p.2 (thank you, wikipedia!) — are especially delicious as they reveal that most writerly of dilemmas: word choice. autumn … Continue reading

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#whyiwrite

October 20th has been enthusiastically and fondly called a National Day on Writing. I learned about this a few days ago when I started seeing the hashtag #whyiwrite appear in my twitter feed, and it got me thinking about the … Continue reading

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flickr commons

flickr commons finds, a gallery on Flickr. this is probably old news to many, but i have happily stumbled onto flickr commons, a collection of publicly available photographic archives with the hope of increasing access to the images found within. … Continue reading

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a sunday

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” George Eliot’s words are the most resplendent celebration of autumn I have come across — … Continue reading

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flea market, philly

flea market, philly, a set on Flickr.

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3 ingredient redux

chefs, like the ones on the saturday afternoon cooking shows on the various pbs networks and of course on the neverending stream of consciousness that is the food network, all seem to agree on one thing: we eat with our … Continue reading

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doodling is serious business

Sunni Brown, author of “Gamestorming,” talks about the value of visual language and the power of the doodle.

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a meditation on vipassana

I’m not sure how old I was when I first realized that not all salads contained leafy greens. For much of my childhood, with the exception of egg salad which is not really a salad at all under any definition, … Continue reading

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interlude

because sometimes you just want to sit down benches: a photo essay  

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right words

“The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is … the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” — Mark Twain after a near-fortnight of monk-like existence — as is commonplace during a vipassana meditation course — i … Continue reading

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untitled fiction – part 4

a continuation of a story first introduced here (including disclaimer info). ************** Part 4 Jana was understandably tired. She maintained a practice of standing or pacing while talking to Bernie. To sit would only allow the frustration to fester and … Continue reading

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