Sunday, April 20, 2014

Boston Marathon, a year later

For the past few days leading up to Monday's big race, helicopters--security patrol--have been scrolling the Boston skies. It's a return to sounds from last year when our town went on lock down and my country watched from the internet wings. Those ch-ch-chuffing motors above my roof unsettled me a bit until I went downtown to Copley Square and saw the city sidewalks shimmering with pedestrians in an exuberant expression of happiness and hope--people walking five abreast on Newbury Street, every outdoor cafe brimming with runners about to take the stage; families with kids scattering on the asphalt byways.

The weather obeyed, too. The Boston Garden resumed its hosting activities for ducks, picnickers, swan boat drifters, and trees releasing their stunning magnolia blooms. It's that time of year. We made it. We're at it again.

Magnolia tree on Commonwealth Ave.

Later in the day, riding on a (very) crowded trolley, I met this lovely couple from Wisconsin. The husband, Randy Zemlicka, has run 32 marathons. His goal, he said, was to run a marathon in all 50 states. This was his first time in Boston. Randy was born with a congenital heart problem and has undergone multiple surgeries including a recent implant to help with pacing. And, here he is, ready to go. What a smile! I also learned that Randy is running for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a partner for young cancer surviver, Ames. Sitting behind Randy and his lovely wife are their daughter and son-in-law who have come along to cheer him on. It's stories like this one that are recharging our city this weekend. We are celebrating our humanity. Thank you!  Learn more about Randy's inspiring story by clicking this link. 

Here's a few more photos from Saturday's stroll around Copley Square and Newbury Street. Enjoy!

Mr. Copley wearing his Boston Marathon colors

The Finish Line

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring, for real

Yes. It has arrived. It's here. And I'm celebrating with proof positive pictures, and the morning songbirds, and the evening robins calling for mates.  The busy season is upon us. Renew and rejoice!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Winter Sunrise

Saw this sky when I woke up this morning.

Then, everything turned white a few hours later.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ice Ferns by 8 Degrees

When it's this cold out, I can duck my head behind a steam radiator or enjoy the morning's etchings on the window panes.  Here are a few snaps of Ice Ferns. Looking closely at these frozen designs reminds me how seemingly disparate things connect and align. Is there some hidden logic going on? Yes. I think so.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Enter 2014

May you begin 2014 with a sense of renewal and hope; and the energy to tend to something meaningful in your life, whether it's a relationship, a project or a desire.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Joseph Anton Opens the Universe

Salman Rushdie’s memoir, Joseph Anton, is an operatic 650 pages, an embrace of continents and countries, India, Europe, America; a roll in the dirt and shine of humanity, literature, art, love, children, freedom, courage and vulnerability, ugliness and beauty.  

It took me two months to wander across these pages. I paused often to consider and reconsider the sentences,words, people, sensibility and many-sided truths revealed therein. I underlined and bracketed and dotted margins with asterisks. There  is so much in this story to cherish, question and love. 

“Literature tried to open the universe, to increase, even if only slightly, the sum total of what it was possible for human beings to perceive, understand, and so, finally, to be. Great literature went to the edges of the known and pushed against the boundaries of language, form, and possibility, to make the world feel larger, wider, than before.” (from Joseph Anton)

Thank you, Mr. Rushdie, for taking me into your world, for opening up your universe so that I might see differently.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

SHAPE magazine picks Women In Bed

Another surprise: Women In Bed is one of ten new books recommended to "add to your winter reading list" by Shape magazine.  Click link below.  This picture was taken in Southern California, where I am staying for a short while.