Saturday, April 11, 2015


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Several painters discussed which was their favorite Christ painting .  There were many examples, all very fine.  Dali's Crucifixion was mine.  It was hanging at the top of one of the staircases at the Metropolitan Museum when I first saw it decades ago.
It blew me away.
My photo is only a screen capture-see better photo here:
Later I found this conversion, which echoes a recognizable Dali symbol as well as the theme of cyclical rebirth the Christ embodies.

Kids on a scavenger hunt spooking a friend at Trader Joe
They planned three more locations before finishing at a party
The Farmers Market
Plenty of Pansies

The word "Easter" and most of the secular celebrations of the holiday evolved from pagan traditions. Anglo Saxons worshiped Eostre, the goddess of springtime and the return of the sun after the long winter. According to legend, Eostre once saved a bird whose wings had frozen during the winter by turning it into a rabbit. Because the rabbit had once been a bird, it could still lay eggs, and that rabbit became our Easter Bunny. Eggs were a symbol of fertility in part because they used to be so scarce during the winter. There are records of people giving decorated eggs at Easter as far back as the 11th century.
After breakfast, I tuned in to a really fine Sharon Salzberg session for an hour and a half at the computer with headset.  Forgot how I love her teaching. She summarizes how she came to the work too.  Saw her several times at Tibet house over the years, and first met when she did workshops with Krishna Das a decade + ago.   So, I meditated at the end with the video and felt quite clear.
Baked Kugel made with rice and parmesian cheese,
Carrot salad, steamed Spinach, celery and olives
Apple Brown Betty

This poor pit bull is still missing!
Sugar is a 4yr old pit bull mix. She last was seen Monday, February 23rd
Please help us find her. #FindSugarNYC

Limousines in the neighborhood
Daffodils too

Zen Sitting
'Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.
After enlightenment chop wood, carry water."

Throwback Thursday
Nana Slater, Dads Mom
Circa late 1930s
List for a Story
I have a blog, a bed a bone to pick.
I have a camera, a collection of stones, a careening body aging fast.
I have a dear friend or three, a deepening practice, a decidedly theatrical bent.
I have an entertaining mind, an end in sight, a half dozen eggs.

Story now in final edit stage.



Mo Crow said...

love your take on Easter in the Big Apple & look forward to hearing/seeing the new story!

Nancy said...

Always so much to see here Michelle. I especially enjoyed seeing your Nana and the "List for a Story" :) Have a good week, Nancy

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

everything. all that it is. here.
you show it. How it's All Here, All
the time and we just need to ingest and process
in out in out

jude said...