Thursday, December 31, 2009


thats what it takes
to get me away from the sewing machine...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

i had no idea...

how much fun this
looney, scrappy
sewing was gonna be.

the background striped fabric and the vivid red striped fabric are from trips to guatemala where i collected fabric knowing that one day i would use it somehow.

thanks again to mary ann at dispatch from l.a. for the inspiration

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


my first sewing machine
arrived today.

i've always loved fabric
and wanted to, you know, sew something:
arty/crafty, homey, whatever.

what finally got me to wind the bobbin
was winning a place in the
'remains of the day'
journal workshop conducted online by
the marvelous
mary ann moss' of dispatch from l.a.

i've long admired the spontaneity of her
work and her lisbon travel journal is remarkable
so i vowed that if i won a place at the
(sewing) table i'd get me a machine.

the genie in the random number generator
obviously wanted me to buy that machine
and i've threaded it and made my
first practice stitches on paper and fabric.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

feeling a bit like the tin man...

central park, march 2009

rusty from
not posting
for a while...
i wanted, nonetheless, to express my
heartfelt appreciation
to everyone who's visited
this past year.

it has enriched my life
in countless ways.

may the new decade
bring wonder and joy
to us all.

morocco, october 2008

Sunday, December 20, 2009

city winter weekend

snow falling at night
crowds on fifth avenue

and at the modern.

the lights on sixth avenue

i thought i was going for the tim burton show.
it was 11:30 and the timed ticket was for 3:00.
so i went to see the gabriel orozco show.
the piece above is the only one i could shoot.

Loved the show -

tiffany windows

Saturday, December 12, 2009

quel drama

this private, invite only thing is a temporary measure,
precipitated by an incident @ my office and i expect to be
without a job in the very near future.

nearly 30 years with the company and i may get
nothing to show for it but all i want for chanukah now is

more details to follow.
maybe even pictures.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

wishful thinking

this is not what it looks like here now

Thursday, December 3, 2009

new york icons

pat kiernan is the man we wake up with.
he's the reason we stick with time warner.
his pauses are more eloquent
than the commentary of most talking heads on tv.

if you don't live around here you can still
see his 'in the papers' segments here

todays, while not representative
is especially delightful for those of us
who regard him as the thinking woman's sex symbol.

Monday, November 30, 2009

lest you think...

...i'm a complete curmudgeon
i offer this evidence.

caught without my camera
i had to rely on the iPhone.

if you find yourself in the city
on thanksgiving day
and the parade route doesn't change
you could do worse than grab a cup of coffee
at bouchon bakery
and watch the parade from the vantage point
of the A/X store at the time warner center

you do see the back end of the balloons
but it's warm and uncrowded.

Friday, November 27, 2009

black friday: a rant

guest blogger ebby scrooge here
with a bah humbug commentary.

my bona fides include having walked through
the main floor of Macy's Herald Square
this morning.
at 7:30.
for research.

being, as i am,
a speck of dust
near a ball bearing
on a cog
in a gear
that turns the aging machinery
that is media
i'd like to take the occasion
of this arbitrarily exalted day
to apologize in advance.

for the heartwarming stories to which you will,
henceforth and for two fortnights, be subjected.

for the endless instructions on wrapping gifts,
cooking turkey and determining which overpriced
merchandise is appropriate for which relative.

for the adorable photos of animals and children
in Santa and/or elf costumes.

for inevitable coverage of the hyperilluminated houses
of people whose desire for attention
is exceeded only by the octomom.

for the hackneyed ledes which will involve
halls (decked), bells (jingling) and ho ho hos,
and for the overworked headlines
which will invoke nights silent.

for the lists of celebrity resolutions
real and imagined my most sincere apologies.

have a good holiday,
and hold on tight -
there's a new decade
dead ahead.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

giving thanks

this post marks the
anniversary of
one year of blogging.

i still dislike the word: blog,
yet the experience has been
enriching, stimulating and
inspiring in unforseen ways.

thanks to everyone who has
viewed, read or commented.

thanks to the online friends
who have become friends in
the so-called real world
and those who will.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009


jeanne-claude, artist,
wife and partner of christo
died on november 18.

here, some photographs i took
during their new york project
the gates
in the winter of 2005

you'll find more of my photographs
from this extraordinary project here

Thursday, November 19, 2009


in the mist
of a distant morning
nothing in focus
i see myself

waiting to be ready
for change

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

iPhone women

i could sit and draw these women
or until the charge runs out.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

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