Monthly Archives: March 2012

Et, voila!

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workshops and other homes

The act of seeing the world through a camera lens affords — and some instances demands — a slower pace of looking at and being in the world. Earlier this evening, while searching for a different photograph, I came across … Continue reading

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Little Edens

There is something grand about the looks on people’s faces when they walk into a bookstore. Many stop talking, if only for an instant, to take in the surroundings. Some slow their gait, allowing their eyes and sometimes fingers to … Continue reading

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spring.

Yesterday, March 20th, was the spring equinox. Spring, a time of flora and fauna that are chirping and blooming damn near everywhere. Yet even as the new buds foretell of coming colors that will fill the visual landscape, the loss of … Continue reading

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A moment in time for just two pounds

Last week I walked through the Bloomsbury Book Fair and made two finds. One, a first edition of Tolkien’s picture book “Mr. Bliss” — especially fantastic because each two-page spread contains on one side the author’s writing and sketches and … Continue reading

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dreaming of cyprus

I returned a week ago from a visit to Cyprus, about which a longer post is coming. Meantime, as the rain falls outside, I find myself feeling a bit wistful, wishing for the sunshine and proximity to pristine beaches a … Continue reading

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The lecture circuit — Or: 48 hours – Part 2

I love a good lecture. Not delivering them, no. I delight in listening to others share work, pose questions, and engage in this very public form of storytelling — the intonation, a speaker’s prosody, gestures that amplify a point and … Continue reading

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trust

Trusting strangers is anathema to conventional wisdom. The impulse is schooled out of us by our parents, grandparents, teachers, and by much of the media we consume. A stranger is suspect. A stranger may bring harm. Better safe than sorry. … Continue reading

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poetic interlude, another

A Walk My eyes already touch the sunny hill, going far ahead of the road I have begun. So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp; it has its inner light, even from a distance—- and changes us, even … Continue reading

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poetic interlude

Room Inside by Philip Gross There’s a room in my house where nobody goes except me: a still room, a light room, a where-I-go-to-write room, an any-day, any-time, a middle-of-the-night room, a feeling-low-and-slow or a high-as-a-kite room. Feel free! There’s … Continue reading

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photo interlude

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once seen, twice photographed

Glimpses and peeks into London corners and crevices via Postcard From a New London (in the New York Times Magazine). My favorite of the collection (with full credit to photographer Mark Neville of the New York Times): (thanks to e for the … Continue reading

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48 hours – part 1

“The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity.  (One is unable to notice something — because it is always before one’s eyes.) . . . And this means: we fail … Continue reading

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split personality

as if the clouds were literally being peeled away, as if the sky couldn’t stand to be separated from the city streets any longer, the blue hues found a way to shine through. climate schizophrenia? sign of the apocalypse? (for … Continue reading

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