Sunday, July 2, 2017


2nd Avenue
"The world is not imperfect or slowly evolving along a path to perfection. No, it is perfect at every moment, every sin already carries grace in it."
-Hermann Hesse-

The Gandhi Garden

“The life that you live in order to photograph it is already, at the outset, a commemoration of itself”
-Italo Calvino-

Public Prayer
Union Square

"All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt."
-Susan Sontag-

At least ten tables at the front of the park on the West side of 14th street offer chess games with local 'masters' of the game. Fascinating to watch the relationships develop.

Because we were friends and sometimes loved each other,
perhaps to add one more tie
to the many that already bound us,
we decided to play games of the mind.

We set up a board between us:
equally divided into pieces, values,
and possible moves.
We learned the rules, we swore to respect them,
and the match began.

We’ve been sitting here for centuries, meditating
how to deal the one last blow that will finally
annihilate the other one forever.

by Rosario Castellanos
25 May 1925 – 7 August 1974


"The sky is the only roof I have over my head and when I'm weary
Mother nature makes me a bed"

-by Haven Gillespie, Seymour Simons, and Richard Whiting-




Mo Crow said...

ah the game of chess, I played a lot woth my brothers when I was young but never brilliantly, as I got older it became a mind game and quite often would make a move to improve the pattern the pieces made on the board... this was so out there and unexpected that I would often win by sheer craziness, the most recent game was at the Yoko Ono show here in Sydney a few years ago all the pieces were the same colour so neither side "won", it became a question of good manners and caring for the pieces, a very interesting experience

Ms. said...

Yes Mo....the Chess game of Yoko - I saw it when she had that major retrospective at MoMa - a brilliant concept....more like everyone wins and no one is a loser!

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

oh, Life