Monday, September 1, 2014


Absolute September
by Mary Jo Salter
How hard it is to take September
straight—not as a harbinger
of something harder.

Merely like suds in the air, cool scent
scrubbed clean of meaning—or innocent
of the cold thing coldly meant.

How hard the heart tugs at the end
of summer, and longs to haul it in
when it flies out of hand

at the prompting of the first mild breeze.
It leaves us by degrees
only, but for one who sees

summer as an absolute,
Pure State of Light and Heat, the height
to which one cannot raise a doubt,

as soon as one leaf's off the tree
no day following can fall free
of the drift of melancholy.

from A Kiss in Space. © Knopf, 1999.

Sunday, August 31, 2014


August  24th
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
Tompkins Square Park
hundreds of folks--the young and old, rich or poor, a mix of multiple ethnicity--gather to relax with each other
with their critters
to people watch
and dance
take photos

hang out together
till sunset finally drifts us apart...

August 25th
Writing from prompts by the Amherst Method
with two friends, one cat, and
 a dear dog named 'Button'
 On the way home, I'm encouraged by this sunflower still growing wild in front of a store that's been closed for more than a year

 August 26th
Patabi Joi
At Broome Street Temple for the monthly chanting of
The Hanuman Chalisa with long time yogi friends
Krishna Das Sings the Chalisa
English translation on screen

August 27th
New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
A feather for my departing friend Amaranth
(she died Friday afternoon)
(Audio Link)

"The Other Shore"

August 28th
Two audio books from my library:

1. Alan Bradley--The utterly delightful first of the
Flavia De Luce Series
2. Amitav Ghosh-second in his "ambitious"
Ibis Trilogy

August 29th
Free performance of the Isadora Dance Company
Members of the current company allow us to watch their creative process as they reconstruct "The Dance of The Priestesses"
 Based on the myth of Iphigenia, daughter of Agamemnon, the leader of the Greek coalition before and during the Trojan War. The original solo from 1903 abstractly depicted the tragic ironies of the life of Iphigenia. Isadora later added additional figures, expanding the piece to reflect the support of Iphigenias fellow priestesses. She then set the piece on her Company dancers, including Anna Duncan, one of her six adopted artistic daughters. There are records of Isadora performing the piece in 1911 at Chatelet Theater, Paris.

August 30th
Holy Basil
Given to me by one of my favorite plant sellers at the farmers market where I restocked my pollen elixir, and filled my spirit with the bounty of harvest time
about to bloom
(Wiki link)
Took a walk and met my favorite neighborhood dog
Back at the computer uh-oh
while answering email
Channel Thirteen
Escape back to 1952 tonight

August 31st
Last year in Massachusetts
“Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.” 
-Shunryu Suzuki Roshi-

Friday, August 22, 2014


I may have even placed it there myself decades ago when we were a real 'community'
and raised money to plant the ten original trees on the block
Soaked and scrubbed
Rust left a mark
(Switched to a warmer light source for these next shots)

A strip of tar and something else made marks
I made some marks
In a world of uncertainty and strife, something about a stone seems right.  It's the past in my hand.  The future?  Who knows.
Something More About Stones
about time, and about the ineffable
This is a documentary about the artist
Andy Goldsworthy
British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. He lives and works in Scotland.
(1 Hr. 45 Min.)

More information

"My life, the most truthful one, is unrecognizable, extremely interior,
and there is no single word that gives it meaning."
Clarice Lispector 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Inside the Subway at 77th Street

Walk uptown along Fifth Avenue past eight sparrows
 Enter the park, walk west through the Tunnel
 Make a left at the Metropolitan Museum
then a right when you site Belvedere Castle
Arrive at the Delacorte Theater for the next to last performance of john Lithgow as
"King Lear"
No photographs allowed, so I only snapped this side shot of the set on the way in. We had very fine seats thanks to dear Archangel Michael who went over to the park at dawn, read till they passed out free tickets at noon, and posed with the bears after the show.
Here is
Ellen Kushner's Review
What the play is about according to the brilliant Jonathan Miller.

A wonderful fairy tale of a movie I thoroughly enjoyed with friend Amy  Ernst, who cooked a fine supper at her place after the show.

"The Hundred Foot Journey"

A little Architectural and Cultural New York History
The Village East Cinema, located at 181-189 Second Avenue, opened in 1926 as The Yiddish Art Theater in the heart of New York City’s Jewish Rialto district. Designed by prominent Brooklyn lawyer and Jewish community leader Louis Jaffe, the historic building was built as an elaborate, 1265 seat live theater for Yiddish theater pioneer Maurice Schwartz. The interior was designed in the Moorish Revival style that was popular in synagogues at the time, and included a forty-foot ornamental ceiling with a spectacular Star of David in the center that is still present today.  The Yiddish Art Theater housed elaborate productions from Maurice Schwartz and his troupe, such as “The Tenth Commandment” (1926) and “Yoshe Kalb” (1932) which ran for a record 300 performances. Schwartz’s loyal following and festive, imaginative plays attracted such renowned guests as Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, George Gershwin and former New York City mayor Fiorello LaGuardia.  The building went through several names and incarnations throughout the mid-1900s, including The Stuyvesant Theater, a film exhibition house, and a stint as the East Village landmark The Phoenix Theater, where it housed such productions “Oh! Calcutta”, “Grease”, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, “The Princess and the Pea” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.In 1992, the theater was restored and converted into the Village East Cinema

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Last Night
Rode the Lexington Avenue Subway uptown.
Exited at East 103rd Street and turned left...
Headed West
Past the used clothes bin near the painted house fence...
 Past the old school, and up the steep hill...
  To Fifth Avenue.

Turn The Corner
Gave my camera to a tall woman to shoot this...
Oh--oh, how I danced (no pictures of that however) from hip hop through Disco to the fifties and a line dance set.  It was such a lift.

Inside to the Graffiti Exhibit
Strike a pose
take a quick tour
grab some shaky shots
ending with Keith Herring
and these painted jackets through glass
 The Roots
Then back out to the terrace
where a channel was formed for running,
tumbling, somersaulting professionals...
Intense energy
Intense concentration

Next time I'll shoot film.
Then uptown one block
to take a peek into
El Museo del Barrio
Back downtown for goodbyes
and one last line dance.
Then across the street to the Fifth Avenue bus.
Home by 10:30.

Depression's got no space to breathe when you're dancing!