Jewels: Marrakech + Santa Fe
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Connecting To An Exotic Past
A Life Abroad

THE DAUGHTER OF AN AIR FORCE PILOT, JEWELS SPENT HER FORMATIVE YEARS GROWING UP IN TRIPOLI. SHE TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY WITH HER FAMILY FROM TUNIS TO TANGIERS AND RECALLS ENDLESS WANDERING THROUGH EXOTIC MARKET SOUKS WITH HER MOTHER. STRUCK BY THE BEAUTY OF THE CORAL, AMBER, SILVER AND GOLD, ALL THE WEALTH OF NORTH AFRICAN FAMILIES, SHE SAYS, "I WAS HOOKED." AFTER HER EDUCATION IN EUROPE, JEWELS SPENT MANY YEARS TRAVELING, LIVING IN INDIA, SOUTH AMERICA AND AGAIN IN NORTH AFRICA, EXPANDING HER EDUCATION OF JEWELRY DESIGN AND KNOWLEDGE OF CULTURAL ARTIFACTS–ALWAYS COLLECTING.

DURING HER EARLY TRAVELS JEWELS STUDIED EXOTIC WOMEN IN ALL THEIR DECORATED BEAUTY; HOW THEY WORE JEWELRY, WHY IT CAUGHT HER EYE, WHAT MADE IT SO DISTINCT AND HOW IT WAS MADE. SHE WOULD SKETCH THEIR COSTUMES, AND OVER THE YEARS SHE DEVELOPED A VERY SEASONED EYE, ABLE TO RECOGNIZE REAL AND AUTHENTIC. SINCE OPENING HER MARRAKECH STUDIO, JEWELS IS ABLE TO PRESENT HER DESIGNS TO A BROADER AUDIENCE, AND ALSO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG, EDUCATED WOMEN WHO OTHERWISE HAVE LIMITED WORK AND BENEFIT OPTIONS LIVING IN MOROCCO.

THERE'S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT JEWELS' WORK THAT AUTOMATICALLY TRANSPORTS THE WEARER TO AN EXOTIC PLACE AND TIME. HER MASTERFUL STYLE OF HAND WEAVING TRANSFORMS FINE ANTIQUE TRIBAL ELEMENTS (AMBER, CORAL, SHELLS, TURQUOISE, GOLD, SILVER COINS, TALISMANS, TRADE OBJECTS) INTO SOPHISTICATED, HIP AND WEARABLE WORKS OF ART. JEWELS IS AWARE OF THE PHYSICAL & SPIRITUAL ATTRIBUTES OF METAL & SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES, TOOLS AND CHARMS. SHE WILL WORK WITH ANYTHING THAT SHE CAN FIND AS LONG AS IT HAS A GENUINE PATINA, AN IMPRINT OF THE PAST. AMULETS OFTEN GO BEYOND TRADE, HOLDING TRADITIONAL MAGIC FOR PROTECTION, ABUNDANCE, GOOD FORTUNE & HEALTH.

JEWELS DIVIDES HER TIME BETWEEN HER STUDIOS IN SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO AND MARRAKECH, MOROCCO. SHE ALSO TRAVELS TO OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD SEARCHING FOR AND COLLECTING RARE PIECES AND ARTIFACTS FOR HER JEWELRY DESIGN. SHE HAS BEEN CREATING MASTERPIECES FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS. HER FOLLOWING IS MORE OF A CULT PHENOMENON; FROM EAST COAST ELITE AND INTELLECTUALS, TO FINE ART COLLECTORS, YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS, HOLLYWOOD FAMILIARS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO SHARE HER PASSION FOR THE BEAUTIFUL, THE RARE AND THE EXTRAORDINARY. SHE FREQUENTLY HOSTS TRUNK SHOWS FOR HER SMALL BOHEMIAN ENTERPRISE AT SWANK HOTELS IN LOS ANGELES, SAN FRANCISCO AND NEW YORK.

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Thank you for liberating me from my pearls." —Nancy
Your work is so powerful. All the best." —Bonnie
Everything is phenomenal, but the necklace is a sensation. I don't even want to go to bed to take it off." —Pamela
The flat gold-dipped earrings I got from you were a huge hit last night and looked great."
—Candice
You will be the most famous designer of the 21st century. When the Guggenheim do their
top 100 exhibit in 2030 you'll be in it." —Liz
No rest for the wicked... I'd much rather be in Santa Fe flouncing around in your studio, trying on your jewelry!" —Cheryl
Choosing (at least) one of your beautiful pieces to wear has become part of my morning ritual.
They are my treasures."
I love, love, love my turquoise ancient trading bead necklace! You have no idea how
your jewels make my heart soar." —Dinah
Today I'm happily wearing both my new necklaces and the earrings, which are indeed,
perfect, as promised!" —Cheryl
The ring is marvelous. Strangers, friends and acquaintances are all fascinated to see it.
They want to touch it!" —Sheila
I just love your work and wear something of yours every single day! I am a Jewels girl!" —Clea
I miss you and your beautiful treasure! I wear your jewels every day."
They are wonderful. Your package was like Christmas in July. My ears are thrilled
with their new costumes!" —Annie
Your necklace is my favorite of all I bought in Morocco." —Caralee
I've been wearing my earrings and necklace nonstop. I love the sound of the earrings... It feels like rustling leaves and reminds me of deep beauty in the world and to listen closely for natural sounds (all too rare now that I'm back in the heart of the city)." —Clio
If you have a website, I will be in deep trouble. Accces to your stuff pitted against my self control, no contest!" —Mary Ann
Letters from Marrakech
04-29-15  BIRDS FREE
IN A CURIOSITY MARKET THAT I STOP INTO FROM TIME TO TIME, I CAME UPON A YOUNG OWL IN A SMALL CAGE, I COULD NOT BEAR TO LOOK AT HIM, SO HEART BREAKING TO SEE HIM LIKE THIS, I WANTED TO WEEP, TO FALL DOWN IN HAILSTORM OF TEARS, I LEFT QUICKLY. THE IMAGE OF HIM, BURNING ON MY MIND'S EYE, WOULD NOT LEAVE ME, I HAD TO DO SOMETHING; WHO OF MY FRIENDS HERE HAD LAND, WOULD BE OPEN TO LETTING HIM GO ON THEIR PROPERTY....I CHOSE PATRICIA, I CHOSE WELL. WE ARRANGED A TIME WHEN SHE COULD GET HER DRIVER TO COME INTO THE MEDINA, KINDLY, SHE OFFERED TO PAY HALF OF WHAT HE MIGHT COST, I RETURNED TO THE MARKET. THERE HE WAS, MY EMOTIONS FLYING, TRYING TO REACH AN ACCEPTABLE PRICE, THIS SALESPERSON BRINGS OUT ANOTHER CAGE WITH THREE BABIES, DIFFERENT SPECIES, I MUST GET THEM ALL. HE TELLS ME PEOPLE ARE POOR, WHY THEY STEAL THEM. LIFE IN THE THIRD WORLD.... THE FIRST OWL, AFTER A FEW DAYS IN A LARGE STOREROOM WHERE HE LEARNS TO FLY AGAIN, ONE EVENING IS TAKEN ON THE ROOFTOP AND LET GO; GO, SHE SAID, HE FLEW AWAY, THE SENSE OF JOY WAS CHILLING. THE OTHER THREE ARE IN TRAINING, DOING WELL! TAKEN OUT EVERY AFTERNOON ON THE LAWNS, THEY ARE FINDING THEIR WINGS, SO BEAUTIFUL! SOMEHOW I HAVE A FEELING THEY WILL NOT GO FAR, EVERYONE IS DREAMING THE SAME ON THIS, YES YES.
04-21-15  BLIND MAN SHUFFLES
HE FEELS HIS WAY ALONG ON A BUSY MARRAKECH STREET, HE HAS A CALM AMID THIS CHAOS, A SERENITY, HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? HIS VACANT EYES SEEM TO CONTAIN A PERCEPTION OF INFINITY, OF SELF, HE SEEMS TO BE, DESIRE FREE. TO BE LIKE HIM, IS THIS NOT WHAT WE WERE SEEKING, THOSE OF US WHO SET OUT ON THE ROAD, HOW MANY YEARS AGO, INDIA AND KATHMANDU, TAKING BOB DYLAN WITH US, AND HESSE AND HUXLEY AND EVERYTHING LEARY WAS HANDING OUT.... SO WHERE HAVE WE GOTTEN TO NOW, THE DREAMS OF LOFTY PEAKS AND INNER PEACE; THE DREAMS OF, STILL WALKING THERE....
04-12-15  DATES AND MILK
IT HAS BEEN A VERY WILD FEW WEEKS, WITH SPONTANEOUSLY TAKING A LITTLE BOUTIQUE IN THIS ARTISANAL CENTER, HAVING IT PAINTED, WIFI & TELEPHONE PUT IN, LIGHTING REVAMPED, VITRINES BUILT, THE FINDING OF A FABULOUS MID CENTURY SPANISH WOODEN TRUNK NOW TO SERVE AS DESK WITH GREAT SURFACE AREA TO WRITE ORDERS AND WRAP JEWELRY, BUSINESS CARDS AND INVOICES DESIGNED, PRODUCED, A SMALL COLLECTION OF OLD NORTH AFRICAN PHOTOGRAPHS FRAMED & HUNG AS WALL ART, AN OLD DOOR I HAD BEEN WANTING IN THE SOUK, PURCHASED THEN MOUNTED FOR AMBIANCE, A VINTAGE STOOL FOUND AT THE FLEA MARKET, LOOKS GREAT, A CHAIR LOANED FROM ARTSI, PERFECT, AND FINALLY A LOVELY YOUNG MOROCCAN WOMAN IN TRAINING TO THE PRODUCT, BEAUTIFUL AND SMILING. SMALL SPACE, HELP FROM FRIENDS, LOCAL TALENT AND MY DARLING HUSBAND, ALL MADE THIS POSSIBLE AND JOYFUL IN THIS LIGHTENING BOLT TIME, I AM GRATEFUL TO ALL OF YOU. WEDNESDAY, WE WILL HAVE A LITTLE GOOD LUCK OPENING, IN LIEU OF CHAMPAGNE, IT WILL BE TRADITIONAL, DATES AND MILK, VERY EXCITED!
04-05-15  RABAT
ON THE OCCASION OF MY HUSBAND'S BIRTHDAY, WE HAVE COME AWAY FOR A LONG WEEKEND TO THE CAPITAL CITY OF MOROCCO. WE LOVE IT! CLASSIC WIDE BOULEVARDS WITH GIANT PALMS, STUNNING MID CENTURY ARCHITECTURE, ALL WHITE, BALMY SEA AIRS, THE KING'S MUSEUM, GREAT GARDENS, EMBASSY ROW. WE ARE WALKING, WALKING EVERYWHERE. ON ONE STREET CORNER, BLIND MEN ARE LINED UP, ALL SELLING LITTLE PACQUETS OF TISSUES, WHAT GENTLENESS, I FILL MY BAG. ENCOUNTERS WITH THE UNKNOWN, THIS IS THE BEAUTY OF TRAVEL! BASIC LEVEL COMMUNICATION, THIS IS WHERE WE FIND OUR HUMANITY, OUR CONNECTEDNESS! IT'S ALL SO THRILLING, I AM FEELING VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE LIFE I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LIVE, FOR THE LIFE, FOR.
03-31-15  AMAZING
IT ALL SEEMS SO, EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY. "YOUR DAY IS YOUR LIFE", WE MUST PAY ATTENTION! HERE EVERYTHING IS SO COLORFUL AND BRIGHT, ONE IS SWEPT AWAY, JUST ON A SONG... I MET ARTC IN THE FALL AND TOOK A BIG TUMBLE. SO TALENTED, SO PRESENT, SO GORGEOUS, SO WILD! HE AND HIS BOYFRIEND, PACO, A BRILLIANT LEATHER DESIGNER, SHOW THEIR WORK IN A VERY COOL ARTIST CENTER, LITTLE STALLS, SO DARLING, CONCEIVED OF BY AN ENTREPRENEURIAL FRENCHMAN HERE. ARTC INSISTED I TAKE ONE, SAID I NEEDED TO BE IN THE WORLD MORE; AND SO I DID AND I DO. TOMORROW, APRIL 1, I GET THE KEYS, HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALI! XO
03-21-15  FOCUSING
HAVING A LITTLE DIFFICULTY PUTTING ANYTHING ON PAPER LATELY, THINKING ABOUT TOO MANY THINGS AT ONCE. TAPPING INTO ONE'S POTENTIAL, TO REACH THE DREAM, THIS IS HUGE, SEEMS SO LIMITLESS, WHERE TO TAKE HOLD? DEPTHS ARE VAST AND DAUNTING, SO MANY POSSIBILITIES, JUST GO, DO! THE TIME IS NOW TO MOVE FORWARD, TIME TO SOAR, TO FLY, LEAP OVER, ATTAIN, BE..... SO I WILL CONTINUE ON MY PATH HERE, FEET NOT QUITE TOUCHING THE GROUND, GRATEFUL FOR ALL THINGS, THE AIR TO BREATHE, THE ROSES MY HUSBAND BRINGS, AH, THE ROSES....
03-14-15  AMAZING LIFE
FEEL SO BLESSED, TO LIVE IN FOREIGN LANDS PART OF THE YEAR, MARRAKECH SO VIBRANT, SO RICH IN COLOR AND EMOTION, SO WILD! I HAVE SUCH A WEALTH OF MOROCCAN FRIENDS, JUST WONDERFUL, TO FEEL SO UNCONDITIONALLY CARED FOR, MAKES ME TINGLE. THE EX-PAT CROWD ALSO VERY INTERESTING, A SWEET SOCIAL LIFE, UNFOLDS BY THE WEEK. TOMORROW WE ARE ALL GOING TO DENNIS' HOUSE FOR A YOGA STRETCH ON THE LAWN LED BY A YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL MOROCCAN WOMAN, FOLLOWED BY AN INDIAN LUNCH DELIVERED IN TIFFIN BOXES, AND ON AND ON......COULD I BE ANY LUCKIER?
03-09-15  WEEK THREE
WHAT A WHIRL, A PIROUETTE, A DANCE BACK TO THE MARRAKECH METER, IT SMOLDERS, IT SINGS, I AM FLYING HIGH; SOARING WITHIN, THE POTENTIAL FOR ANYTHING, IT IS HERE! I WANT TO MAKE A MILLION THINGS, EXPERIMENT WITH A THOUSAND MATERIALS, FOLLOW IMAGINATION'S WILD PATH, JUMP UP WITH JOYOUS ABANDON, BE FREE. I HAVE REDONE, IN THE FIRST TWO WEEKS HERE, THE STUDIO, IT IS NOW PERFECTLY ALIGNED FOR MUCH CREATIVE POSSIBILITY, FOR MAGIC! HAVE FOUND SOME FABULOUS AMULETS ALREADY; MET A YOUNG ENGLISH GIRL THE OTHER DAY WHO IS EXPERIMENTING WITH VERY INTERESTING COLORS FOR LEATHER, THEN CAME UPON SOME PHOTOGRAPHY OF A LOCAL MOROCCAN WHO HAD GREAT SKILL, ETC., ETC. NOW TO GO TO WORK, NEVER WANT TO LEAVE...
03-02-15  SERGIO
I HAD NOT RETURNED TO THE HOUSE SINCE JACQUES HAD DIED IN PARIS, NOW DEEP GROUND, TURNING INTO DUST..... UNCONTROLLED TEARS STREAMED AS I WAS LET IN, SERGIO GAVE A WARM SMILE, SAID NOT TO WORRY, JACQUES WAS STILL ALL AROUND, IT WAS A YEAR NOW, CHRISTMAS HAD BEEN TOUGH.....I WANTED TO KNOW IF HE WAS VISITED IN HIS DREAMS, I WANTED TO KNOW OF ANYTHING THAT HE MAY HAVE PERCEIVED OF DEATH, OF ANYTHING AT ALL THAT MIGHT HAVE MADE IT CLEARER, OF WHAT IT WAS, THE FINAL EXIT...
02-26-15  MARRAKECH ENCORE
RETURN TO THE ANCIENT LANDS, IT IS BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING HOW I AM EXCITED EVERY TIME. CLEAR BLUE SKIES I WANT TO DRINK IN, THE AIR WITH A BIT OF COLD, AND ATMOSPHERE, THAT IS IT, WHAT I ADHERE TO, THE MAGIC. THE FIRST CAB I CATCH, THE DRIVER SINGS QUIETLY THE WHOLE WAY, SO TENDER, WHEN I STEP OUT, WALKING ON CLOUDS. FEELING SO EUPHORIC WITH THIS NEW YEAR, 2015 I BOW TO YOU, MAY THE STRETCH AND REACH OF YOUR NEWNESS BRING FORTH ALL THAT IS BURNING INSIDE; MAY IT BE SO, THE BREATH TO KEEP UP. DREAMS TO FOLLOW....
01-17-15  RETURN, START OVER
VERY BLUE, COMING BACK TO THIS "REAL EXISTENCE", HOW CAN IT BE, NOT A POEM NOW, THERE IS SNOW AT THE DOOR, DISHES IN THE SINK, A MOUNTAIN HIGH OF CORRESPONDENCE... ONE DAY LATER AND PROMPTLY I AM RISING AGAIN, TAKING MY OWN LEAD, NOT BEMOANING FATE, TOO MUCH.... MUST PREPARE FORTHWITH FOR THE TRIBAL SHOW IN SAN FRANCISCO, THE MOST FABULOUS COLLECTION YET TO BE; THAT I MAY FLY AWAY AGAIN, FOREVER RESTLESS, FOREVER REVERIE..
01-13-15  MEXICO CITY POST SCRIPT
TEARING OURSELVES AWAY AFTER THIS MONTH OUT, FEELING TRAGIC.... HOTEL GENEVE, ROBERT'S LATEST FIND, PROVED TO BE A REAL GEM, CLASSIC IN SPADES. BUILT IN 1907, IT WAS PALATIAL, WITH GROUNDS, THEN SET APART, DIRT ROADS, HORSE AND BUGGY CARRIAGES, A ROARING CITY AT IT'S PERIMETERS... HEADS OF STATE, PRESIDENTS, MOVIE STARS, EVERYONE STAYED HERE. WHAT IS PRESERVED NOW, WELL WORN STONE STAIRS LEADING INTO A FABULOUS LOBBY WITH A STORIES HIGH LIBRARY, ALL BOOKS LEATHER BOUND, POLISHED BRASS LADDERS, HISTORIC PAINTINGS, SMOKING ROOM AND BAR WITH RED VELVET CHAISES. CIGAR SMOKE LINGERS IN THESE RAFTERS...THIS IS ATMOSPHERE! DREAM BACK, TURN THE CLOCK BACK, I WANT TO GO BACK..
01-12-15  MEXICO CITY ENCORE
FRIDA KAHLO'S SPIRIT LIVES ON IN THIS BRIGHT CITY, THE MODERN ART AND ARCHITECTURE, SO UNEXAMPLED, TRANSFORMATIONAL, WILD! THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN STREAMS, SOME EXTREMES, EXOTIC TATTOOS, LONG DREAD LOCK HAIR WRAPPED MANY TIMES AROUND TO FORM WHAT APPEARS TO BE HALOES, I LOVE IT, NON CONFORMING YOUTH, THE WORLD IS THEIRS NOW, WAS MINE, WAS A DREAM TOO. I FEEL LUCKY TO HAVE SPENT MUCH OF MY LIFE IN FOREIGN PLACES, IT KEEPS ME CLEAR; I UNDERSTAND, WE ARE WHAT, IT'S LIKE TRYING TO MEMORIZE THE WIND....
01-10-15  CITY BEAT
HOW I LOVE WALKING THESE FOREIGN STREETS, JUST WHEN IT IS TURNING NIGHT, THE PULSE, IS EXCITEMENT. TRY TO REMEMBER WHERE I WAS THE LAST TIME, NOW IT IS FIVE YEARS, EVERY MINUTE THAT IS LIVED, IS WHERE, IS LOST OR PART OF THE SKIN, GETTING THICK NOW....TOMORROW WILL GO TO FRIDA KAHLO'S HOUSE WHERE I HAVE NEVER BEEN, SHE WAS SOMEONE I COULD LOOK UP TO, ALWAYS GOING AGAINST THE STREAM, LIVED LIFE AS ART, WAS ART, ATE ART.
01-09-15  RETURN TO CIVILIZATION....
PARIS UNDER SIEGE, RADICALISM, THIS IS NOT RELIGION, THIS IS DISENFRANCHISEMENT, ISOLATION, ANGER, UNREALIZED EXISTENCES, SMALLNESS, TERROR. HOW TO FIND A WAY TO CONNECTEDNESS, OPENNESS, HUMAN FAMILY UNITE.... IT'S ALL VERY TROUBLESOME... IN MEXICO CITY NOW, OUT OF THE WILD, INTO THE WORLD, POPULATION: 25 MILLION, IMPACT IMMENSE, JUMP INTO THE FRAY, TAKE YOUR PLACE, ZOOM-
01-05-15  FRIGATE BIRDS
THEY FLY IN ALMOST PERFECT FORMATION, TAKE OVER THE SKY. THEY LOOK LIKE MECHANICAL KITES, SLEEK AND TRIM, COMMISSIONED, DESTINATION UNKNOWN. IN COLUMBUS'S TIME, THEY WERE SYMBOLS OF GOOD LUCK, WITH THEIR SIGHTINGS, LAND WAS NEAR. IN THE LAST DAYS HERE, TRYING TO LENGTHEN EACH HOUR, THIS UNBELIEVABLE JUNGLE TEAK HOUSE WE ARE STAYING IN, DISMANTLED IN BALI, PUT BACK TOGETHER HERE IN SAYULITA, IS SO PERFECT FOR THE SETTING, SO EVOCATIVE, SO HARD TO LEAVE.... WE ARE NOW THINKING OF UNPLUGGING THE PHONES AND HOPE THE OWNERS, OUR FRIENDS, DECIDE NEVER TO COME BACK....
01-02-15  SAYULITA
EARLY MORNING RISE, BIRDS WAKEN US NOSILY, SOME DISTRESS IN THEIR KINGDOM, IT IS WILD, AMAZING THIS JUNGLE DELIVERY! I AM RELAXED, IT IS HEAVENLY. NOTHING TO DO, READ AND WRITE, GET TO THE BEACH. FLOCKS OF PELICANS AT RACING SPEEDS, BLOCK THE SUN, WATERS ARE CLEAR, SAND IS ALL SAND, IS UNIVERSE TIED. TO WALK EVERY BEACH OF THE WORLD, THAT COULD BE A NEW MARK, JUST WONDERING NOW HOW I WILL LEAVE HERE OR EVER.....
01-01-15  DAY ONE OF 2015
FEELING ECSTATIC, JOYFUL, A NEW YEAR IS BEING HERALDED IN, ALL HOPES AND DREAMS AT THE FRONT AGAIN, ANOTHER BIRTHING. DANCING, TWIRLING, FLYING WITHIN, THE POSSIBILITIES OF ADVANCEMENT AND ACHIEVEMENT ARE DIZZYING, HEAD SPINNING OUT, HORIZON ENDLESS NOW. THE SIGN I HAD BEEN SEEKING, I GAVE TO MYSELF, WHY NOT? IT IS I WHO MUST LEAD MY QUEST, FOLLOW ITS BRILLIANCE. I HEREBY ENTREAT TO THE GODS, MAY THE WAY WIDE OPEN, MAY LIGHT VISION STREAM DOWN, MAY THE WORLD SING/SHOUT, I AM AWAKE AGAIN!
12-31-14  IN THE JUNGLE....
I AM TRANSPORTED BACK TO MY 20IES WHEN I TRIED TO DEVELOP A FARM IN COLOMBIA, MACOA, A REMOTE OUTPOST THAT WAS FRONTIER LIKE, FOREIGN. JUNGLES ARE CONTAINED, DARK, PEOPLE EXTREMELY CLANNISH, TRIBAL, WILD! WHAT A DREAM I HAD, WHAT YOUTH, WHAT AN UNDOING.... WAKING NOW TO DAWN HERE, THE BIRD CALLS ARE EXOTIC, CURIOUS, NOT RECOGNIZABLE, CRICKETS, CRICKETS, THICK GREEN. I AM HAPPY TO BE AWAY FROM THE WORLD, THIS LAST DAY OF 2014... HOW MANY HOURS LEFT FOR THE SIGN?
12-29-14  DANCING BRIDE
SHE TWIRLS, SHE FLOATS, SHE LAUGHS THROUGH HER BODY, THIS IS HER NIGHT! AFTER THE SERVICES IN THE GAUDI LOOKING, DRIPPING WITH PINK FROSTING, 18TH CENTURY CHURCH, SHE IS ECSTATIC, SHE IS A QUEEN. DESCENDING TO THE PLAZA, A BRIGHT CROWD FORMS AROUND HER AND THE GROOM, THEY ARE THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE NOW. HER DRESS, THE PERFECT FLOWING WHITE SATIN, FLOWERS AT HER BREAST, IN HER HAIR, SHE STUNS EVERYONE AS THEY DANCE TOGETHER, AS ONE. CLASSIC MEXICAN WEDDING MUSIC IS BEING BELTED OUT BY A SMALL BAND, HAPPINESS AND MIRTH ARE IN THE AIR! LUCKY US TO HAPPEN UPON THIS SCENE, WALKING HOME THIS LAST EVENING IN SAN MIGUEL, DREAMING ON...
12-26-14  SOULFUL GUITARS
SO MANY HERE SEEM TO HAVE A GUITAR HANGING OFF THEIR SHOULDER, LIKE WHAT I CAN IMAGINE OF OLD MEXICO. THEY COME TO PLAY FOR YOU EVERYWHERE, IT IS A WAY OF LIFE, A WAY TO MAKE ENDS MEET. MOST ARE SINGING ABOUT LOVE, YEARNED FOR OR LOST. IT SEARS THE HEART, MAKES ONE WANT TO WEEP, OR SING! THESE TENDER TIES OF HUMANITY, WE ARE ALL BOUND BY A SINGLE THREAD IT DOES SEEM.....
12-22-14  SAN MIQUEL ENCORE
SPEND THE DAY WITH MY DEAREST AND OLDEST FRIEND, ALEXA, WHO HAS LIVED HERE THIRTY YEARS: SHE IMAGINED A LIFE, IT NOW LOOKS LIKE A DREAM, SO SWELL! CLASSIC SPANISH HACIENDA WITH GRAND INNER COURTYARD, COVERED WALKWAYS, PONDS, POOLS, GARDENS AND A STABLE FULL OF HORSES, DOGS & CATS, I SWOON. EUGENIO, HER EQUINE VETERINARIAN HUSBAND, HAS SUCH A WAY WITH THE ANIMALS, THEY BEND TO HIM WHEN HE WALKS BY, HE HAS A GRACE, MUST HAVE ALCHEMY IN HIS FINGERTIPS, MUST BE A WIZARD. I LEAVE UPLIFTED, BUT WISTFUL, PATHS NOT TAKEN, PATHS UNDONE; I AM UNDONE, AH OUI.
12-20-14  SAN MIQUEL
WAKING FROM A DRUG LIKE SLEEP, IT SEEMS THAT ONLY WHEN I AM AWAY THAT I GET SUCH REST. WONDERFUL, GORGEOUS DAY, ROOF TOP LIFE, COLORFUL PAINTED HOUSES, IT IS MEXICO! COBBLE STONE STREETS, OLD DOORS, ENDLESS CHURCHES, LITTLE FOUNTAINS, HISTORIC CEMETERIES, BEAUTIFUL GARDENS AND COOING DOVES THAT ALWAYS TRANSPORT ME BACK TO INDIA AND OTHER FOREIGN PLACES THAT I CAN'T REMEMBER RIGHT NOW.... I AM SOARING, BIG SKY AND SWEET EXOTIC SUN, THIS IS MY BLISS, FOR ME, THIS IS EVERYTHING.
11-26-14  SUGAR TREES
THE LANDSCAPE IS BLANKETED IN SNOW, IT IS BEAUTIFUL, TREES WITH THICK WHITE FROSTING, BOUGHS HEAVY WITH THIS NEW WEIGHT, IT IS OTHER WORLDLY LIKE, OTHER WORLDLY. UPSTATE NEW YORK, HOLIDAY TIME, A SWEET TIME. TOMORROW IS THANKSGIVING, REFLECTION ON THE YEAR PAST, TO GIVE THANKS, TO CRADLE GRACE AND ALL OUR GOOD FORTUNES. AMERICA IS THE LAND OF THE FREE, STILL THE HOPE OF THE WORLD, EVEN WITH ALL THE THRASHING AND RUPTURES, SORROWS AND INJUSTICES, ITS HEART BEATS FOR THE DELIVERANCE OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, LIBERTY, AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, AND FOR ALL, MAY ALL GLORIOUS BE.
11-21-14  SWEET COLD
BRILLIANT FALL LEAVES, RICH REDS AND YELLOWS, ARE FLYING EVERYWHERE, DANCING, THE SOUND IS LIKE A GENTLE CLICK CLACK, IS MELODIC. I MUST KEEP WALKING, SNOW OR HAIL, BODY CRAVES MOVEMENT. THE MIND, WHAT DOES IT WANT, CLARITY, VISION, GETTING OVER THE MOUNTAIN, SOMEHOW I THINK I HAVE FOUND THE THREAD, A THREAD, A WAY TO GET THROUGH, BEING WITH THESE HARVARD TYPES SEEMS LIKE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, AH OUI, DREAMING BIG AND LARGE NOW, AH OUI.
11-02-14  THERE ARE NO SIGNS
WAITING FOR A SIGN, SOMETHING TO SHOW THE WAY, TO PROVE THAT IT CAN BE DONE, THAT I CAN DO IT, THERE IS NOTHING. I LIVE IN SUCH A WORLD OF ABSTRACTION, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN, CAN'T GET OUT OF MY HEAD, WHERE IS TRUTH? I GO TO SEE THE VILLA, IT IS A CRUMBLING BEAUTY, A TRUE BAUHAUS, CIRCA 1930, ALSO KNOWN AS INTERNATIONAL STYLE, IT IS MARKED BY THE ABSENCE OF ORNAMENTATION, WITH NO DISTINCTION BETWEEN FORM AND FUNCTION, PURE PROPORTION, I LOVE IT MADLY. IT WAITS TO COME BACK TO LIFE, I MUST WORK NIGHT AND DAY, TO SAVE IT, HOW? TODAY, MY LAST DAY HERE, CANNOT MOVE AND YET I YEARN TO ROAM THROUGH THE MEDINA ONE LAST TIME, FOR THIS TIME, FOR NOW, BUT NO, I WILL STAY QUIET, PERHAPS THE SIGN....
10-27-14  THE STORKS OF MARRAKECH
ON THIS TWILIGHT EVENING, WE ARE WALKING THROUGH THE MELLAH, THE OLD JEWISH SECTION, WHICH IS ALWAYS BUSTLING, VERY INTRIGUING WITH THE ONLY HOUSES IN MARRAKECH THAT HAVE BALCONIES TO THE OUTSIDE, THIS IS QUITE DIFFERENT, ALL ARAB AND BERBER HOMES, HAVE BALCONIES FACING TO THE INSIDE, TO THEIR OWN PRIVATE GARDENS AND COURTYARDS. VERY INTERESTING. KEEP WALKING, IN THE DISTANCE HIGH UP, ON OLD PALACE WALLS, WE SEE THE STORKS, IT IS WILD! WHAT SILHOUETTES THEY GIVE, WE WANT TO GET NEARER. RESIDING ONLY ON ANCIENT PALACE WALLS, THEY HAVE BUILT HUGE NESTS, ARE HUGE BIRDS. NOBODY KNOWS HOW THEY GOT HERE AND HOW MANY. NIGHT IS FALLING, STRAINING OUR NECKS TO GET A LAST GLIMPSE, WE ARE GLEEFUL, YET ANOTHER BIT OF MAGIC THAT IS MARRAKECH.
10-21-14  BIRDIES ON THE RAIL
HAVE RECENTLY GOTTEN INTO THE HABIT OF GIVING A LITTLE OF THE PARAKEETS' SEEDS AND NUTS TO THE WILD BIRDS WHO SHOW UP ON THE BEDROOM BALCONY EVERY MORNING. TODAY I AWOKE TO A TRIO OF THEM, SINGING ME AWAKE, MORE THAN ENCHANTING, ALL LINED UP IN A ROW, IS THERE ANYTHING SWEETER THAN THIS?
10-08-14  INSPIRED
FLOATING, LIFTED UP, RUSHING WITH DESIRE, MUST KEEP AT MY DREAM, WORK DAY AND NIGHT, TEAR APART, BREAK THROUGH, CLIMB OVER, ANY OBSTACLE THAT IS KEEPING ME FROM IT, HOW TO DO, STRETCH TIME, STAY UPRIGHT, STAY AWAKE, BE EVERYTHING. AT MY DRAWING BOARD, I AM QUEEN, NEW DESIGN IMAGES ARE CONSTANT, HOW TO INTERPRET, RETAIN, SLEEP ON THE FLOOR. JUST CAME BACK FROM SPENDING A LITTLE TIME WITH KHALID, HE HAS ROLLED INTO BECOMING HIS MOST EXALTED SELF, YEARS OF HARD WORK AND RISK AND INTENTION, HE IS ON FIRE, IS MAKING IT BIG IN THE ART WORLD, MY WORLD. ROBERT, AND I ALWAYS ADORE AN AFTERNOON COFFEE AT HIS GALLERY, RAVING OVER PIECES OR SOME WORLD MATTER, I LEAVE ELEVATED, STILL TRYING TO BREAK THOUGH ON MY OWN PLANE, HE INSPIRES, I DESIRE....
09-30-14  BELDI COUNTRY CLUB
A DAY OF FANTASY, REVERIE, CALM. GROUNDS THAT YOU COULD GET LOST IN, SO SEDUCTIVE WITH IMMENSE POPULATION OF ROSES, PERHAPS HALF AN ACRE, SMELL INTOXICATES, I WANT TO SLEEP IN THIS FIELD FOREVER, CAN HARDLY TEAR MYSELF AWAY. THE POOL, WITH FRESH WATER, IS ALSO STAGGERINGLY BEAUTIFUL, SET IN AN OLIVE GROVE, SO EVOCATIVE, EACH BUILDING ON THIS PROPERTY, INCLUDING SEVERAL FOUNDRIES (THEY PRODUCE ALL THEIR OWN DISHES, GLASSWARE) IS MADE WITH STRAW AND ADOBE, EVERY DOOR MAJESTIC, WOOD, FROM ANOTHER ERA. EVERYTHING IS GORGEOUS HERE, EVEN OUR LUNCH. SPEND THE DAY, WE ARE THE LAST TO LEAVE, CAN HARDLY LEAVE, A NEW PEARL FOUND IN MARRAKECH, AH OUI-
09-24-14  DAY SEVEN
TAKES THIS LONG TO SWITCH OVER, TO COME BACK TO, BE IN/ON THE ANCIENT LANDS. YOGA STRETCH AND DANCE FOR THE EVENING, FLYING OFF THE WORLD... MY RIVER INNER IS GUSHING PROFUSE, IDEAS ARE SPINNING, FINGERS ARE SHAKING, BEADS EVERYWHERE, MUST KEEP UP; IT IS ALL HAPPENING HERE, IS ALWAYS HAPPENING, WHERE YOU ARE. I LIKE IT, AND NOW, TO BUILD, DREAMS OF THE EMPIRE.... NEXT COLLECTION IS GOING TO SLAY I TRUST--
09-15-14  THE APARTMENT
IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL, A WORK OF ART, TWO YEARS FINALLY TO COMPLETE, MORE THAN DREAMY TO COME BACK TO. A SMALL SPACE, BUT WHAT PERFECT CONFIRMATION, HIGH CEILINGS, BIG WINDOWS, VIEW, EFFICIENCY. I LOVE IT MADLY, WANT TO GET IT PUBLISHED, HOW TO DO THIS, HAVE NEVER DONE. AND THE ATELIER TOO, SO GORGEOUS, ALSO SUCH ECONOMY OF SPACE AND BRILLIANT, EXOTIC, SET IN MARRAKECH.... SOMEHOW THE PRESENTATION OF THESE INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECTS WILL STIR THINGS UP ON JEWELSARTS.COM, TRYING SO HARD TO MULTIPLY THE ROSES....
09-08-14  AIRPORT
HE SHUFFLES BY, QUITE BENT, PUSHING A WHEELED TRASH CART, STOPPING AT EVERY GATE, HE IS ANONYMOUS, GATHERING THE DEBRIS OF ALL THE FLYING PEOPLE, AN ENDLESS ROUTINE. I TRY TO MAKE EYE CONTACT, TO SEE WHO HE IS, HE LOOKS AWAY, IS INVISIBLE. TO IMAGINE OTHERS LIVES, FASCINATES, WHAT WORLDS WE ALL INHABIT, CREATE, FALL INTO, WHAT PATHS TAKEN, WHAT PATHS NOT FOUND, DREAMS REALIZED, DREAMS NOT REACHED, NO DREAMS. I CONTINUE ON, SEND HIM A BLESSING, I AM WALKING IN MY OWN IMAGINATION, STILL STRIVING FOR MINE, STILL STRIVING....
08-22-14  MARK
HE WAS LEAVING, 12 YEARS WITH HIS LADY LOVE, ENDING, AFTER MONTHS OF TRYING TO BREAK APART, THE SEVERING OF TWO JOINED BEINGS IS COMPLETE, IS RAW. HE COMES TO SAY GOODBYE, MOVING BACK TO CALIFORNIA, STARTING AGAIN, HE IS UNCERTAIN, SAD, WE HAVE A TENDER EMBRACE, WHEN HE PULLS AWAY, HIS TEARS FALL FREELY ON MY CHEEK, I AM STUNNED, THERE IS SO MUCH HEART FELT HERE, IT SEARS MY SOUL, GIVES ME RUMINATION INTO THE NIGHT.... IT IS SO CLEAR NOW, WE ARE ALL HAVING THE SAME, ARE ONE.
08-14-14  BARDOLPH
I LIVE AT AIRPORTS, FORDING THROUGH MASSES OF HUMANITY, I AM STUNNED BY THE MOVEMENT, SKIN COLORS AND COSTUMES, EYES INTENSE. RECENT TRAVELS THROUGH LONDON, PLANE IS DIVERTED BY A FREAK HAIL STORM, CONNECTION LOST, WE ARE SHUFFLED TO A NEARBY HOTEL, DINNER VOUCHERS FOR EVERYONE. I MEET BARDOLPH, WHO IS NOW MISSING A FUNERAL IN LA, A STRUGGLING ACTOR THERE, NAMED AFTER A SHAKESPEAREAN CHARACTER, WE TALK INTO THE NIGHT. THIS IS THE BEAUTY OF TRAVEL, STRANGERS MEETING, NO SHIELDS, SHINING HEARTS, NOTHING TO LOSE, PURE GIFT, REVELATIONS....
07-30-14  ONE'S CALLING
CAN'T WRITE, CAN'T THINK, MIND IS CLOUDY, MILKY, TOO MUCH IS RUNNING, FLYING THROUGH....WHAT TO DO? I FEEL JOYOUS, MOSTLY, SOMETIMES AFRAID THAT THE FOUNDATION I HAVE BUILT FOR MYSELF IN THIS LIFE, IS CREAKY.... BUT NO, I AM SOARING, REACHING, EXULTING IN THE CLIMB.... LATELY HAVE FELT A RETURN TO MY YOUTH, PREPARING A PARTY FOR 75 PEOPLE, TEARING THE HOUSE APART, STRENGTH COMING BACK AS I MOVE FURNITURE AND ANCIENT ART, BOOKS AND TABLES, OH GLORY, ALL IS NEW AGAIN, AMAZING HOW ONE FEELS SO HAPPY TO WORK, DOING IT SINGING, LA LA....
07-18-14  WHAT IS HOME?
AFTER 23 YEARS IN SANTA FE, A FRIEND OF MINE HAS JUST MOVED BACK TO HIS NATIVE STATE, SAYS IT NEVER FELT LIKE HOME HERE, WHY NOT, HAD HE BEEN FLOATING ABOVE HIS TRUE BEING THE WHOLE TIME, NOT CONNECTING TO THE WORLD THAT WAS BELOW HIM? IS HOME NOT WHERE YOU LIVE, WHERE YOU BREATHE, WHERE YOU MOVE UP AND DOWN IN YOUR MIND? OR IS IT RATHER WHERE ONE FEELS A PRIMAL HEART BEAT, SOME JUNGIAN MEMORY TO THE UNIVERSAL SELF, A CRYING BACK TO THE WOMB? MY MOTHER SAILED TO EUROPE WHEN SHE WAS SEVEN MONTHS PREGNANT WITH ME, MY PRE-BIRTH UPON THE SEA, THEN COUNTLESS COUNTRIES TO INHABIT, I AM FOREVER RESTLESS, FINDING HOME EVERYWHERE, NOWHERE, SOMEWHERE, OVER THE RAINBOW..
06-28-14  EVE OF RAMADAN
ALL IS QUIET, THEY ARE CHANGING THE CLOCK TONIGHT, DUSK WILL THEN COME EARLIER, SO THEY CAN FEAST, NOT PASS OUT, A TIME TO CONNECT BACK TO THE CORE, TO FIND THE BELIEF, THIS IS A POWERFUL THING. THE PHYSICALITY OF IT ALSO IS VERY INTERESTING, THE MIND SET, BRILLIANTLY PLAYS OUT, FOR A MONTH YOU MUST DISCIPLINE, IS SELF AWAKENING, A COLLECTIVE ENTANGLEMENT. THERE IS NO CLASS BARRIER IN RAMADAN, FOR THE LUCKY POOR, REJOICING ALSO, MANY BENEVOLENCES SCATTERING NOW, BLESSINGS FOR EVERYONE.
06-27-14  POISON AT THE WELL
I AM INTRIGUED BY THIS SYMBOLISM, RECENTLY IT CAME TO ME IN A THOUGHT STREAM, IS IT A EUPHEMISM, OR A TITLE FOR A FICTION THRILLER, CAN'T SAY, WOULD LIKE TO GROW SOMETHING AROUND IT ONE DAY, TO SEE WHERE IT COULD LEAD IN WRITING.... TO TILL THE MIND, THE BIGGEST THRILL OF ALL, AH-
06-21-14  GUELIZ AGAIN
TIME IS FLYING, IS IT MULTIPLYING, DON'T KNOW, ONLY I AM FOREVER WHERE I AM, IS WHERE MY HEAD IS, THAT DEFIES ALL BORDERS...IS THERE ANY DIFFERENCE, I WANT TO BE IMPARTIAL, BUT SO LOVE TO BE RETURNED HERE. SAN FRANCISCO WAS GORGEOUS, SUCH DYNAMIC WOMEN THERE WHO CHAMPION MY WORK, HOTEL ON NOB HILL A SUPER STAGE, MUST ENJOY LIFE TO THE MAX, WHO KNOWS WHEN IT WILL END AND WHERE.?.. FOR NOW, BACK AT THE DRAWING BOARD IN THE MEDINA, MUST BREAK THROUGH, SOAR, LEAP-
05-31-14  OH STARRY NIGHT
WHAT AN EVENING, 10,000 WAVES IN SANTA FE, IS PURE BLISS. FASHIONED AFTER A JAPANESE MOUNTAIN SPA/RESORT, ROBERT AND I HAVE, FOR ONE SWEET HOUR, OUR OWN PRIVATE OUTDOOR HOT TUB AND SAUNA. SET AMONGST JUNIPER AND PIÑON TREES, SMELLS EARTHY, INTOXICATES. UNWINDING UNDER A BIG SKY, BREATHING PURE AIR, WE SMILE WIDE, MAKE THE HOUR LAST LONG. FOR THE FINALE, TAKE A COLD PLUNGE, THIS SHOCKS, ALIVE/ELECTRIC. WE ARE HEALING OURSELVES, HOW WONDERFUL, A MASSAGE NEXT, LINDSAY HAS STRONG HANDS. HOW MANY YEARS HAVE OUR BODIES CARRIED US, MUST SOOTHE IT NOW, WHAT LIES AHEAD IS MORE CHALLENGING AND EXCITING THAN EVER, GETTING READY, OH YES-
05-23-14  NEW YORK
GLORIOUS TIME OF YEAR, SPRING, THERE IS A BUOYANCY, SIDEWALKS GLEAMING, MY FEET ARE GLIDING. WALK MILES HERE, CONCRETE MOUNTAINS WITH STEEL AND GLASS. MEET MY SISTER-IN-LAW IN WASHINGTON PARK, WE SIT ON A TURN OF THE CENTURY BENCH AND WATCH THE SHOW, A PARADE OF YOUNG AND OLD, EVERY IMAGINABLE STYLE AND COLOR, IT TITILLATES, IS RELAXING. OBAMA IS IN TOWN, HOW EXCITING, MY HOTEL, WHERE MANY OF THE DELEGATES ARE STAYING, IS UNDER HEAVY ARM GUARD, SECURITY IS TIGHT. AFTER MY LOVELY ROOM SERVICE DINNER, I DESCEND TO SEE IF I MIGHT CATCH A GLIMPSE OF HIM, IMPATIENT AFTER A FEW MINUTES, I RETURN TO MY CHAMBER. OH, HAD I THE ABANDON OF YOUTH, WOULD HAVE SPENT THE NIGHT IN THE LOBBY, TRAGIC!
05-19-14  EL PRADO
THE "FURIAS", JUST LOOKING AT THE WORD, SPEAKS ITSELF, IT APPLIES TO FOUR INHABITANTS OF HADES, TO WHERE THEY WERE CONDEMNED FOR DEFYING THE GODS: TITYUS, TANTALUS, SISYPHUS AND IXION, THE PERIOD, AROUND 1548. AS A GROUP, THE "FURIAS" BECAME A POPULAR ICONOGRAPHY FOR 120 YEARS AFTER THEIR FIRST APPEARANCE, THIS ART WORK OF EXTREME SUFFERING IS JOLTING, HUGE CANVASSES THAT GRIP DEEP WITHIN, THE AESTHETIC OF HORROR. SO BLESSED WAS I TO HAVE HAD PARENTS THAT DRUG US TO EVERY MUSEUM IN EUROPE AS A CHILD, IT IS EVER MY COMFORT TO SEEK SAME, LATE IN WRITING THIS, ON RETURN TO USA, TWO NIGHTS IN MADRID, EXCITING!
05-11-14  ADIEU CAMBRIDGE
TULIPS EVERYWHERE, OH SUCH SHORT LIVES, BUT WHAT WHIMSY TILL THEN, THEY GIVE, CANNOT BE MEASURED, NO, AND DO NOT WANT TO MEASURE, ANYTHING. JUST TO BE, TO BREATHE, THAT IS ALL. PASSING BY ONE OF MANY BEAUTIFUL GARDENS IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, THIS LAST EVENING HERE, I SEE A WOMAN STOOPED, DIGGING THE EARTH, PLANTING, SUCH A CLASSIC HUMAN POSE! SO HOW ALL SAME WE ARE, REALLY, WRAPPED AROUND THE WORLD, WE HUMANS, WITH WILD CONNECTING THREADS, ALL TRYING ENDLESSLY, TO CONNECT EACH OUR OWN DOTS...
05-09-14  FINDING SPRING TIME
RETURNED ONE WEEK TO THE STATES NOW, HOW DOES IT FEEL, JET LAG RAW AS NEW POSITIONS ARE PRESENTING THEMSELVES, MUST GO FORWARD OR GET BORED, OR GO BACK. CANNOT STAY THE SAME FOR TOO LONG, MOVING ON, IT'S A SONG. NEW POSSIBILITIES ARE THRILLING, I AM CAUGHT IN THE DRAFT. ENERGY IS LIFTING, TO FLY AGAIN! EARLY MORNING WALK TO SHUFFLE THE BONES, PEONIES EVERYWHERE IN CAMBRIDGE AND LOVELY, FABULOUS WOMEN WHO BUY MY WORK, OH, LUCKY, LUCKY!
04-27-14  CHASING TIME
LAST SUNDAY, LAST DAYS, HOW TO WRESTLE WITH ALL THE FINAL DETAILS, TO LEAVE ORDER, CLEAR PATHS, WRITE INSTRUCTIONS.... THE WORKSHOP IS A LITTLE BEAUTY NOW, WILL BE HAVING VISITORS WHILE I AM AWAY, FLOWERS MUST BE BROUGHT IN EVERY WEEK, WINE STOCKED, PRETTY NAPKINS FOLDED NICELY..... AND THEN YOU HAVE TO TAKE A BREATH, LET GO, LET THE GODS DIVINE, LET THE GODS-
04-21-14  EASTER AT GREG'S
JEFF BRUGES CHOCOLATIER FROM BRUSSELS HAD PRODUCED GORGEOUS EGGS FOR THE HOLIDAYS, FINE CHOCOLATES WRAPPED IN SPARKLING TIN FOILS OF ALL BRIGHT COLORS. GREG HAD FOUND SOME EASTER LIKE BASKETS IN THE MEDINA, HIS SENEGALESE ASSISTANT HAD CREATED SOME SHREDDED PAPERS TO FILL THEM, UPON WHICH TO REST THE BRUGES EGGS, TABLE WAS GORGEOUS, ALL FINE ANTIQUE LINENS AND CHINA FROM HIS GRANDMOTHER. WE HAILED FORTH, ENJOYING A SUNDAY AFTERNOON, SUN STREAMING THROUGH THE COURTYARD. WE ALL HELD HANDS AS DENNIS LED A PRAYER BEFORE WE PARTOOK OF OUR LAMB, IT WAS ABOUT NOT WANTING OR ACHING FOR ANYTHING, IT WAS ABOUT JUST BEING, BEING IN THE NOW, EVER CLEAR AND PRESENT, THANKFUL.
04-13-14  EYE CONTACT
EVERYTHING IS FLASHING BY SO QUICKLY, TO HAVE HUMANITY'S SPARK MOVING THROUGH THE SOUKS, SERVES WELL, EXCITES AND GLEAMS, MAKES REAL, THE HUMAN FAMILY. THE COLORS INTOXICATE, A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WALKS BY CARRYING HER BEAUTIFUL BABY, OUR EYES MEET, SHE SMILES, SHE HAS HER TREASURE. THIS IS THE WIDE WORLD, CLOSE UP. NOW I HAVE TO THINK OF LEAVING, THOUGH IT TEARS, I DO WHAT I MUST-... NEXT, TO STRETCH OUT THESE LAST DAYS, OH GLORY
04-09-14  CRYING FOR THE CAT
ROBERT'S BIRTHDAY, A VERY NICE DAY, AND I AM AFRAID OF LOSING LUCKY, THE FEAR SEERS WITHIN, I WANT TO WEEP COPIOUSLY, DON'T HOLD BACK. I HAVE LIT A CANDLE FOR YOU TONIGHT, MR. LUCKY, I AM WITH YOU IN SOUL TIME, SOON THERE WILL BE NO TIME....WHAT HAS GONE WRONG? IN ALL THE CHAOS OF STUDIO RENOVATION, YOU HAVE CAUGHT SOMETHING, VET NOR I KNOW WHAT, IT IS ONLY YOUR WILL NOW AND BRIGHT SPIRIT THAT CAN GET YOU THROUGH, YOU GOT TO GET THROUGH.
04-03-14  PARIS BEAUTY SALON, GUELIZ
IT'S A SCENE, A WILD SCENE, IT SIZZLES WITH GORGEOUS GIRLS, SO BEAUTIFUL, THOSE SULTRY LOOKS, BREATH TAKING. SOME WITH HAIR BLACK AS MIDNIGHT, LOOKS LIKE INK, AND OTHERS WITH WHAT APPEARS TO BE MANES, HOW DO THEY HANDLE IT, GOD GAVE A LOT HERE. I OBSERVE THIS HOT BED OF ACTIVITY AND MARVEL AT THE CONNECTEDNESS OF ALL OF US, BASIC WANTS AND NEEDS SO MUCH THE SAME, THE FRAGILITY OF SELF, THE YEARNINGS OF THE HEART, DREAMS. WE ARE EACH TRAMPING TO OUR OWN SHORES, AH OUI-
04-01-14  WHO WAS THE FOOL?
FOLK TALES AND FABLES, OVER TIME, CAN TURN INTO MOUNTAINS, THE POWER OF THE MIND IS LIMITLESS, NO BOUNDARIES HERE, WHAT TO BELIEVE, YOU CHOOSE. ONLY I KNOW THIS DAY BECAUSE IT IS YOUR BIRTHDAY, ALI, SO I SALUTE YOU, MAY YOU CONTINUE TO WALK IN BEAUTY AND GRACE, WITH ROSE PETALS AT YOUR FEET, LAUGHTER AND JOY FOREVER WRAPPED ROUND YOU, WITH LOVE FROM MARRAKECH, XO
03-23-14  BYE BYE BIRDIE
WE LOST ANGEL THIS WEEK, SHE JUST DIED. WE HAD HER FOR SIX LOVELY SWEET SONG YEARS, SHE WAS CHARMING, SHE WAS BOLD, A LIME GREEN COLOR ONLY NATURE COULD PROVIDE, FEATHERS SOFT AS ROSE PETALS. WE BURIED HER WHERE WE BURIED ALL THE OTHERS THAT HAVE GONE BEFORE, IN OUR ONE LONE OLIVE TREE POT, ON THE TERRACE, PUSHED ANOTHER WOODEN CROSS IN... AND SO WHEEL OF LIFE KEEPS TURNING, SAD, HAPPY, SAD, HAPPY.
03-16-14  SUNDAY NIGHT IN GUELIZ
NEW PATTERNS HAVE BEEN GIVEN LIFE, A CALM DESCENDS, THE FLOW.... I TELL MY HUSBAND THE PARTY IS JUST BEGINNING, HE SAYS, WHAT PARTY, I SAY, THE PARTY OF LIFE, OF COURSE. THE PAST TWO WEEKS HAVE BEEN SPENT IN THE REFITTING OF OUR LITTLE HOUSE IN THE MEDINA, IT HAS BEEN GOING WELL AND VERY SOON, IT WILL BECOME THE PARTY, A SMALL HAVEN TO WORK AND PLAY IN, HAVE COMPANY FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD IN, TO BE AND BREATHE IN, A BE IN, AH-
03-07-14  FRIDAY NIGHT, GUELIZ
NEW FLOW TO THE LIFE HERE, NOW THAT I AM BACK IN THE MEDINA, FINDING AGAIN, ANOTHER WAY TO BE.... SO MUCH STILL INSIDE, WHEN DOES IT COME OUT? CREATING MEMORY, NORTH AFRICA....EVERY EVENING, WALK BACK TO GUELIZ, PUT A CANDLE ON THE BALCONY, WHY NOT MAKE MAGIC, SITTING IN BED, I CAN SEE IT ALL.... THE LANTERN EFFECT ON THE BARE WALL IS A RESPLENDENT TREE, A TREE OF LIFE, BOUNTIFUL. SO VERY BLESSED ARE WE WHO HAVE HAD FREEDOM, I COUNT MY LUCKY STARS-
03-05-14  DREAMING AWAKE
FINAL BOX HAS BEEN TAPED UP, I AM SITTING ON A LONE CHAIR, WAITING FOR THE LITTLE TRUCK WE HAVE HIRED, THE CONCLUSION OF WHAT HAS BEEN MY STUDIO FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS..... I WONDER, DOES ANY PART OF THE SOUL LINGER IN WHAT IS LEFT BEHIND, IN THE ATMOSPHERE, IN THE WALLS? A TIME FOR REFLECTION..... AND THEN WHAT FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, IF THE GODS DO SO GRANT-
02-25-14  BIRDS WON'T SING
FOUR MONTHS AWAY, ON ANOTHER BRIGHT STAGE, NOW RETURN TO THE ANCIENT LANDS....HOW WONDERFUL IT IS, THIS WORLD WE LOVE! IT IS TIME TO CREATE, TURNING OUR DARLING LITTLE HOUSE IN THE MEDINA, INTO A STUDIO, BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME, ISN'T IT SO? ROLLING IN THE "FIELD OF DREAMS", WHAT ELSE TO DO. MUST BE IN THE MOMENT, LET GO, EVERYTHING TO FIND THERE....... SO TO WORK, WITH GLEE-
02-17-14  HEART FLAT
CAN'T WRITE, CAN'T FIND A PEARL TO REFLECT A SOUL MOMENT, STUCK. THIS FIVE WEEK WORK INTENSIVE HAS BEEN EXCITING, PRODUCTIVE, WITH ENJOYMENT ALL ALONG THE WAY, WHY CAN'T I WRITE ABOUT IT? LATEST DESIGN BREAK THROUGHS ARE THRILLING, CLIENTS ARE STUNNING, FUTURE PROJECTS RIVETING, HOME TEAM SYNCHRONIZED & HAPPY, AND WITH AN EVER ADORING HUSBAND, I GUESS I AM WRITING ABOUT IT NOW, SO BE IT.
01-24-14  IN THE HEAD
HOW MUCH OF LIFE IS LIVED IN THE HEAD, RETURNED 10 DAYS TO THE STATES NOW AND WHERE AM I? MIND IS RACING WITH MUCH TO DO, WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE MOMENT, TO BEING PRESENT, SO HARD HERE WHEN EVERYTHING, EVERYONE IS RUNNING, RUNNING......AND TO WHAT? TO FIND TIME, THEN THERE IS NO TIME-
01-19-14  FULL MOON
BRIGHT NIGHT, SKY ILLUMINATED, IS THAT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD I SEE, THAT IS LEFT BEHIND, SO FAR AWAY NOW, HOW TO HOLD TO IT? THAT'S THE BEAUTY OF TRAVEL, IT TAKES YOU OUT, REPOSE OF THE THE RATTLE, AH....
01-13-14  BREAKING HEART
HOW TO REACH THE DEEP WITHIN, TO FEEL THE TRUE, TO FIND THE SELF? ON THIS EVE OF DEPARTURE, I AM WRAPPED IN SORROW, WHY? IS ONE PARTING, EVERY PARTING, LIKE EVERY BROKEN DREAM, A BRIGHT SHARD IN IN THE DUNES OF MEMORY? CAN 'T WALK BAREFOOT IN THESE SANDS, OH NO. GOT TO KEEP MOVING ON, YES YES.
01-08-14  PHU QUOC
LOVELY TROPICAL ISLAND, LUSH FOLIAGE, PURE WHITE SAND, CLEAR AND GENTLE WATERS, WE HAVE COME TO THE BEACH TO BECOME VEGETABLE LIKE, TO BECOME. THIS IS THE ENDING OF OUR TRIP, CLINGING NOW TO THIS LAST WEEK, HOW TO STRETCH OUT THE TIME, HOW TO DREAM THIS FOREVER?
01-07-14  ENCORE LUANG PRABANG (DEC. 31, FORGOT TO POST)
WALKED TO THE TOP OF PHOUSI, A HILL RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF TOWN, WHERE A TEMPLE IS PERCHED AT ITS TOP. BUDDHISTS MAKE THIS A DAILY CLIMB, THE NUMBER OF STEPS DIRECTLY CORRESPONDING TO SOME MAGICAL COMBINATION IN THE UNIVERSE THAT BRINGS ONE CLOSER TO THE GOAL OF SELF REVELATION, OH.. ( JUST NOW SEEING IN THIS WORD, REVE, WHICH MEANS DREAM IN FRENCH, WHO KNOWS?) FOR ME IT'S ALL ABOUT FREEING THE BIRDS, A FEW DOZEN TINY CREATURES IN SMALL, LOOSELY WOVEN STRAW CAGES ARE LINED UP FOR SALE JUST OUTSIDE THE HOLY GATES, MAKE A WISH AND LET THEM GO. I BUY AS MANY AS I CAN, THEY FLY HIGH INTO THE SKY UNTIL YOU CAN NO LONGER SEE THEM, IT IS EXCITING, THEY ARE EXCITED TOO!
01-06-14  ADIEU HANOI
WRENCHING NOW TO LEAVE, HAVE NOT HAD ENOUGH, WHERE WERE THE ENDS TO WHAT WE COULD HAVE FOUND HERE? SPENT MOST OF OUR LAST DAY AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HISTORY, SPECTACULAR ANCIENT BRONZES AND CERAMICS SET IN A VERY STATUESQUE AND RATHER ELEGANT FORMER HOME TO THE ECOLE FRANCAISE D'EXTREME ORIENT, CIRCA 1924, DREAM SPACE, SPINS THE MIND OUT. LATE LUNCH AT THE METROPOLE, ANOTHER CLASSIC, HOTEL DATES BACK TO THE TURN OF THE CENTURY, GROUNDS SPECTACULAR, EVERYTHING SPECTACULAR ABOUT IT. THE RISING DRAGON, OUR DIGS, WERE QUITE OK ALSO, EVERY EVENING WE RETURNED TO OUR BED SPRINKLED WITH FRESH RED ROSE PETALS, A LUXURY THAT WILL STAY PROPPED UP IN THIS JOURNEY'S MEMORY, EXTRA FINE AND SUBLIME, AH OUI-
01-05-14  HANOI MAGICAL CITY
BEAUTIFUL LAKES THROUGHOUT MAKE FOR SWEET REFUGE, WITH CENTURIES OLD BANYAN TREES CREATING PERFECT UMBRELLAS, THEIR ANCIENT ROOTS OF A SCULPTURAL GENIUS, ALL THIS IN A SO DENSE CITY, IT'S MAGIC. HAVE FALLEN HARD FOR THIS TOWN, WHAT THE FRENCH LEFT.... EXOTIC INDO CHINE, FEELING THE HEART BEAT STILL, IT IS SOUL STIRRING, IT IS SOUL.
01-04-14  HUONG IN HANOI
DON'T KNOW ANYONE HERE, HAVE A CONTACT, THROUGH A NEW FRIEND, GO TO MEET HUONG. TRAINED AS AN ANTHROPOLOGIST, NOW TURNED ART DEALER, HE IS WARM AND GRACIOUS, HAS SOME PIECES TO SHOW US, WILL COLLECT MORE IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS... THIS IS IT, THIS IS THE LIFE I KNOW, THE LIFE I LOVE! DEVELOPING FRIENDSHIPS, SHARING INTERESTS, DREAMING TREASURE, AH-
01-01-14  HANOI WILD
CRUMBLING ARCHITECTURE OF ANOTHER CENTURY IN GLORIOUS FORMER SPLENDOR IS THE MOST INTRIGUING CITY YET, THE OPIUM WORLD SEEMS NOT VERY LONG AGO, IT IS EVOCATIVE TO THE BONE, PULSATING, BREATHING LIFE. STREETS ARE PEOPLE FULL, THE SWEET COMMUNISTS, OH MY. AN OLD FRIEND WRITES AND ASKS HOW I COULD PUT ONE PENNY INTO A REGIME SUCH AS THIS, I SAY, WE ARE A HUMAN FAMILY, MUST BREAK DOWN WALLS, MUST BREAK DOWN, INSIDE AND OUT.
12-29-13  SERENE SOJOURN
"YOU MAY STILL BE HERE TOMORROW BUT YOUR DREAMS MAY NOT", CAN'T GET THIS TUNE OUT OF MY HEAD.... IN LUANG PRABANG NOW, A MOST TIMELESS TOWN IN LAOS, THE YEAR: ABOUT 1950, I ADORE IT! THIS LITTLE HOTEL WHERE WE ARE STAYING, OWNED BY A FOREIGN COUPLE SUPPORTING THEIR HUMANITARIAN WORK, IS ON A QUIET STREET IN THE OLD TOWN, EVERY MORNING A PROCESSION OF YOUNG MONKS WALK BY, IN SILENCE, RECEIVING ALMS FROM ALL THE LOCALS. IT IS MESMERIZING, MAGICAL, MOVIE LIKE. ARE WE NOT ALL IN OUR OWN MOVIES, DIRECTORS SUPREME?
12-28-13  JOSH
NINE YEARS AGO WHEN I FIRST MET HIM, I LOVED HIM RIGHT AWAY, THE NEPHEW OF MY HUSBAND, ROBERT. YOUNG AND SLEEK, DYNAMIC, CENTERED, FINDING SELF EXPRESSION IN CHIANG MAI, EMPIRE BUILDING. GENTLE TO THE LOCAL WAYS, HE HAS BEEN ABLE TO GET THE BEST FROM THE PEOPLE AND BE THE BEST FOR THE PEOPLE. HE IS SOARING. WHEN ONE IS TUNED IN TO ONE'S TRUE, LIFE FLOWS.... NICE TO BE NEAR ONE'S HEART BEAT, NICE TO BE NEAR-
12-27-13  CHAMI
HE WAS THE LOVE OF MY LIFE, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ARABIAN HORSE, I LEFT HIM WHEN WE MOVED FROM AFRICA TO EUROPE, I WAS FIFTEEN. LAST NIGHT I WOKE UP IN TEARS FROM A DREAM, ARMS WRAPPED AROUND HIS NECK, MY FACE BURIED IN HIS LUXURIOUS MANE, I WAS SAYING GOODBYE, I GUESS I NEVER REALLY DID. HE WAS THE ENGLISH AMBASSADOR'S HORSE, I RODE FOR HIM, IT WAS MY LIFE. THEN I WAS GONE, FORGOT EVERYTHING, FELL IN LOVE WITH BOYS AND HIGH HEELS... THE HEART IS VAST AND WONDROUS, I AM FEELING SO TENDER TODAY TO REMEMBER THIS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, TO REMEMBER UNCONDITIONAL-
12-25-13  ON THE RIVER
IT IS SO SULTRY, EXOTIC, ASIAN. TRAVELING BANGKOK'S WATERWAYS TO CROSS THE CITY, THESE LARGE MOTOR BOATS GLIDE, ROCK, & ROIL, DENSELY PACKED WITH EVERY SORT OF INHABITANT: MONKS IN BRIGHT SAFFRON ROBES, YOUNG STUDENTS IN THEIR BRITISH STYLE UNIFORMS, HOUSEWIVES, WORKERS, TOURISTS, THEY ARE FAST MOVING AND THE IMAGES THAT FLY BY ARE FAST MOVING ALSO. THESE GLIMPSES INTO ANOTHER STYLE OF LIFE ARE TRANSFIXING, OF A SIMPLICITY THAT HARKS TO ANOTHER ERA: HOUSES ON WOODEN STILTS, POTS OF FLOWERS HANGING IN THE WINDOW, A CAT LOUNGING IN THE SUN ON THE ROOFTOP, GRAND PA IN THE HAMMOCK, A MOTHER DOING WASH, TIMELESS! I YEARN TO BE TIME- LESS TOO, GET OFF AT THE TEMPLE STOP, WILL TWIST AWAY FOR A WHILE-
12-22-13  BANGKOK AWAKE
2 A.M. AWAKE. WHICH TIME ZONE AM I INHABITING NOW, VEILS & LAYERS OF SLEEP, FOG LIKE, FLOAT. MY FRIEND'S GRANDMOTHER HAS JUST DIED, SHE LIVES HERE, TELEPHONES ME. I AM THINKING IF SHE COULD JUST CATCH A PLANE, FLY TO THE STATES NOW, COULDN'T SHE GET BACK BEFORE IT HAPPENED, IN TIME TO SAY GOODBYE? THIS CONCEPT HAS ALWAYS INTRIGUED ME, CROSSING DATE LINES, TRAVELING THROUGH TIME, TRAVELING-
12-21-13  BANGKOK A.M.
THERE IS AN UNDULATING ROAR RISING TO THESE 22 FLOORS, A DEMONSTRATION IS TAKING PLACE, THIS DOUBLE PANE GLASS CAN NOT KEEP THE SOUND OUT, I CAN NO LONGER CONCENTRATE ON MY BOOK, MUST GET DRESSED AND HURL ALONG WITH THE PROTESTORS, MUST HURL-
12-20-13  BANKOK RISE
THE CLATTER, THE COLOR, THE HAWKERS, THE STEAMY SIDEWALKS, THE MELODIOUS PACE, ALL THIS INTOXICATES ME HERE. I GLIDE ALONG WITH THE STREAM OF HUMANITY, FEET BARELY TOUCHING THE PAVEMENT AND I FEEL DELIRIOUSLY HAPPY, HARDLY ABLE TO CONTAIN MY LAUGHTER. MUST BE LIKE A CIRCUS TO MY PSYCHE, MEMORY TO CHILDHOOD. BANKOK, JE T'ADORE! THREE DAYS HERE NOW, WITH THE REVERSE TIME CHANGE, STILL TRYING TO CATCH THE RIVER TAXI TO THE AMULET MARKET, TO FIND THE BUDDHIST MAGIC DEALERS, TO DREAM OF STAYING AWAKE....
11-30-13  BREAKFAST AT THE INN
THE THING ABOUT STAYING AT BED & BREAKFAST INNS, YOU SHARE YOUR MORNINGS WITH TOTAL STRANGERS...WHAT WILD ABANDON MAY ENSUE, WHAT INSIGHTS INTO LIVES OTHERWISE NEVER THOUGHT OF OR IMAGINED, WHAT LITTLE GEMS OF OTHER'S THINKING, NEW CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE MIND'S FRONTIER, EXCITEMENT! THIS MORNING A VISITING ART/PHILOSOPHY PROFESSOR FROM RHODE ISLAND, THE DISCUSSION: ARE THE YOUNG MADE FREER BY ALL THIS RAMPANT TECHNOLOGY OR HAVE THEY BECOME DISENGAGED/DESENSITIZED, MORE DISTANCED THAN EVER FROM THEIR CORE, ULTIMATELY, ARE WE HEADED TOWARDS A MORE ROBOT LIKE WORLD, TOWARDS EXTINCTION OF LIFE AS WE KNOW IT? THE POINT IS, IT'S NOT LIFE AS THEY KNOW IT, SO WHAT DIFFERENCE? MUCH TO PONDER HERE ON A SATURDAY, THIS BEAUTIFUL WINTER DAY.
11-24-13  CAMBRIDGE
WINTER. MORNING WALK, BRIGHT SKY, WIND FLYING LEAVES EVERYWHERE, AUTUMN IS FLEETING NOW. THE LAST PANSIES WITH THEIR SWEET FACES, ALL IS COMING TO SLEEP....AND WE WOULD LIKE SOME SLEEP TOO... LAST STOP ON THE JEWELRY TOUR, HARVARD RULES! AMAZING TO THINK I HAVE ADMIRERS IN SUCH HEADY PLACES, I GUESS IT'S A MATTER OF THE RIGHT BRAINERS MIXING WITH THE LEFT, OH YES-
11-20-13  INJA
SHE RISES WITH THE MOON, EXULTING/FLYING IN BEING WOMAN, THE SHEER CONNECTEDNESS SHE HAS TO HERSELF IS PALATABLE, ARMORS HER, EMPOWERS HER. SHE LIVES IN THE ART/TRAVEL WORLD, MY WORLD. BY THE FORCE OF HER WILL, SHE MAKES THINGS HAPPEN, REACHES HER DREAMS. SHE IS GRACIOUS AND GENEROUS, LAUGHTER EVERYWHERE WRAPPED AROUND HER. SHE HOSTESSES ME IN HER SHOWROOM IN SAN FRANCISCO TO SHOW THE LATEST COLLECTION FROM MARRAKECH. WILD NIGHTS, THANK YOU INJA, YOU ARE QUEEN, XO
11-19-13  MAGPIE AWAKE
THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL, BOLD, BLACK & WHITE, RAUCOUS, THEY SHOW WHAT IT IS TO BE WILD. THICK, CENTURIES OLD PINE & EVERGREEN TREES OFFER LUXURIOUS SHADOW & ENCAMPMENT. THIS OLD DENVER NEIGHBORHOOD RISES TO THEIR SONG/SQUAT EVERY MORNING. I HAVE HEARD COYOTES ROAM THE STREETS AT NIGHT, HOW IT THRILLS ME TO THINK THAT THIS IS, THAT THERE IS STILL A CHANCE TO BE FREE, THAT THERE IS STILL A CHANCE - DRAW THE CURTAINS ALL THE WAY NOW, HERE COMES THIS NEW DAY!
10-28-13  MORE ON BIRTHDAYS
BEL HADJ, MY OLDEST, DEAREST FRIEND HERE, JUST RETURNED FROM VISITING HIS MOTHER IN TAROUDANT. I ASKED HIM HOW OLD SHE WAS, HE REPLIED WITH SHINING EYES & BIG SMILE, 100. I SAID, HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT, HE SAID, THERE WAS ANOTHER WOMAN IN TOWN WHO WAS 100 & THEY WERE IN SCHOOL TOGETHER.... ACTUALLY, NOBODY KNOWS THESE THINGS FOR SURE & WHAT MATTER, WE ARE BUT GRAINS OF SAND....
10-24-13  BIRTHDAY IN THE KINGDOM
A GLORIOUS FALL DAY, PERFECT FOR MY BIRTHDAY! RECEIVED SO MANY FLOWERS, USED EVERY VASE, ENCHANTING! ON THIS DAY I ALWAYS LIKE TO REFLECT, ON THE YEAR PAST, TO VIEW IT WITH GRATITUDE & KEEN PERCEPTION. I ALSO OBSERVE THE DAY, WHO I SEE & SPEAK TO, WILL THEY BE A KEY TO THE NEXT YEAR? IT'S A MATTER OF FINDING POETRY IN EVERY HEARTBEAT, NOW ISN'T THAT A LOFTY AMBITION?
10-19-13  DANI
SHE IS THE BRIGHTEST LIGHT, SMILES LIKE THE MOON & WEARS ALL COLORS OF THE RAINBOW, STRIPES & POLKA DOTS, PINK LAYERS IN HER HAIR, SHE IS HAPPY. FORMERLY A FRENCH DIPLOMAT'S WIFE LIVING IN WASHINGTON DC, SHE HAS NOW BEEN IN THE MEDINA FOR SEVEN YEARS, WONDERS IF SHE WILL EVER MOVE, DOES NOT WANT TO RETURN TO FRANCE. LIKE EVERYONE I KNOW, WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO? FREEDOMS LIKE THESE ARE NEW FOUND, THE WORLD, LIFE IS SO AMAZING, THE WONDER OF IT ALL...
10-10-13  STAR LIT NIGHT IN GUELIZ
WANT TO WRITE, FIND THE TIME, MUCH TO MUSE, REFLECTIONS ON A LIFE. MOVING FORWARD, SLOWING DOWN, FINDING A NEW WAY, TO BREATHE, TO SEE. HERE IN MARRAKECH IT IS ALL SPARKLY & BRIGHT, MY FRIEND MARC, WHO I ADORE, SAYS IF YOU DON'T LIVE HERE ALL THE TIME, THEN IT'S ONLY A DREAM...///HOW DOES ONE CHOOSE TO LIVE, IN WHAT STATE OF MIND, IN WHAT STATE? THERE IS A CLASSIC SPANISH SAYING, WHICH I LEARNED FROM MY HUSBAND, "IN EVERY HEAD IS A WORLD", THIS IS PROFOUND! SITTING UNDER THE STARS AT NIGHT, THIS IS PROFOUND, LITTLE BALCONY SERVES WELL, I LIKE THE SOUND OF HORSES HOOFS ON CITY STREETS, EARLY EVENING CALL TO PRAYER, FEELS EXOTIC, I AM ATTRACTED. WANT TO SING & DANCE.......TOMORROW I AM HAVING A PARTY, INTERESTING LINE UP, MANY COUNTRIES WILL BE REPRESENTED..... CHAMPAGNE WILL FLOW. LIFE IS TO CELEBRATE
10-06-13  TWILIGHT IN GUELIZ
PINK RIBBONS OF SKY BLURRING INTO THE HORIZON, ANOTHER DAY GOING TO SLUMBER. RETURNED TO THE ANCIENT LANDS, HEART IS GLAD. WHY I FEEL THE KEY TO MY FUTURE IS HERE, DON'T KNOW, SOMEHOW IT FILLS MY BEING, BEING HERE & FEELING & FLYING WITHIN, IS DIZZYING, DREAMING AWAKE.... NEXT TO CAPTURE THIS IMAGE I SEE ON THE MIND'S EYE, IS DEFYING.... SO I CONTINUE WITH THE CONSTANCY OF MY WORK, HOW FORTUNATE I HAVE BEEN TO HAVE HAD THIS ANCHOR TO EARTH, ALL THESE YEARS, AND NOW THE YEARS ARE NUMBERED,...GLORIOUS NIGHT EVERYONE!
09-07-13  NEW YORK
WALKING, WALKING, TAKING IN THE SKIN OF THE CITY. WITH SUCH STUNNING ARCHITECTURE TO ENTERTAIN, TIME FLIES- THAT I COULD FLY- WITH THESE AUTUMNAL WEATHERS, ONE FEELS HAPPIEST, YOUNG AGAIN, WHEN EVERYTHING SEEMED POSSIBLE... ONE SWIMS FROM HAVANA TO FLORIDA, DREAMS LIVE ON, LIKE THE BEATING OF THE HEART... NEVER LETTING GO, OH-
09-04-13  NEW YORK
THROUGH THESE WINDOW SLANTS, A NEW DAY IS RISING, SLOWLY THE LIGHT PUTS FORM ON THE SHAPES OUTSIDE: TREES, GARDEN SHEDS, OLD FENCES, OVERTURNED POTS, DISTRESSED STAIRWAYS LEADING TO FORMER MAIDS QUARTERS, MEMORIES CAPTURED IN THE VIEW, AMAZING STILL. FINALLY I AM PROPELLED TO WRITE, WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS SUMMER, I RETURNED TO THE STATES IN EARLY JULY, CAN I ONLY POUR FORTH IN EXOTIC ENVIRONS, IN PLACES WHERE MY MIND CAN MOVE OUT FROM THE ORDINARY, THE EVERY DAY? TO SOAR & FLY WITHIN, THIS IS MY DESIRED WAY OF BEING, TO TRANSLATE ITS PERCEPTION INTO THE WRITTEN WORD, THIS SEEMS TO REQUIRE SOME SORT OF FRICTION.... NEW YORK, YOU ARE A HIVE OF POSSIBILITY, LOOKING FORWARD-
06-30-13  BIRDS AGAIN
THE PIGEONS HAVE A GREAT HISTORY, WERE WORKING BIRDS AT ONE TIME, ALSO A SAVORY DELIGHT HERE IN A FAVORITE DISH, PASTILLA. AND SO, LAST YEAR A LITTLE FAMILY MOVED ONTO THE BALCONY AT THE STUDIO, BEHIND THE AIR CONDITIONING UNIT. AFTER THE SEASON, WHEN THE NEWBORNS GREW & COULD FLY, WE HAD ABDOU, OUR HANDYMAN, BARRICADE ALL POSSIBLE ENTRANCES TO THE UNIT, AND THEN SOME. I LEFT FOR AMERICA. UPON MY RECENT RETURN, A BABBLE, A CLAMOR ON THE BALCONY, SUCH COMMOTION ,TWO NEW BABIES ARE BEING FED BY THEIR MOTHER WHO LAID HER EGGS IN THE ONLY POTTED PLANT WE HAVE THERE, WHAT TO DO? THEY ARE SO ADORABLE, WE LOOK ONTO THEM EVERYDAY FOR GOOD LUCK. THE CIRCLE OF LIFE CONTINUES....
06-29-13  LAST NIGHT'S TABLEAU
HOT. IT IS GETTING VERY HOT. I AM INVITED TO A FRIEND'S HOUSE FOR FRIDAY NIGHT COUS COUS. THREE GENERATIONS ON THREE STORIES IN THE OLD CITY, THE MEDINA. THIS IS GETTING BACK IN TIME, SO ALLURING... THE HOUSE IS CHARM- ING, ANCESTRAL, TRADITIONAL, COLORFUL TILE WORK EVERYWHERE, IS THE DRESSING. HIGH CEILINGS WITH HANDMADE CRAFTSMEN COPPER & GLASS LANTERNS, LENDS THE NIGHT THE MAGIC AND SO IT UNFOLDS....SWEETS & MINT TEA ARE SERVED FIRST, THEN A PLATTER ARRIVES ON WHICH A MOUNTAIN OF COUS COUS IS VEILED BY ALMONDS, CHICKEN, PUMPKIN, VARIOUS VEGETABLES, COOKED RAISINS & PLUMS, THIS IS A DELIGHT! MUCH LAUGHTER & SIMPLE COMMUNICATION, I ADORE THE GRANDMOTHER WHO IS THE ESSENCE OF EARTH & LOVE.. I ADMIRE HER WHITE COTTON EMBROIDERED CAFTAN, THIS MORNING IT IS WHAT I AM WEARING, SHE WASHED IT IN THE EVENING & HAD ABDEL KARIM DELIVER IT EARLY A.M. THIS IS THE SWEETNESS OF LIFE, ISN'T IT?
06-24-13  REFLECTIONS ON SATURDAY
HOW TO STRING IT ALL TOGETHER, EACH FANCIFUL PHOTOGRAPH IN THE MIND, OF A DAY IN THE LIFE: MARRAKECH....MONAS FOR BREAKFAST, SHE IS SPIRIT EXTREME WITH WARMTH TO REACH AROUND THE WORLD, COOKING & SINGING IN A KITCHEN SO TINY, SHE FILLS IT UP. SHE TAKES A LITTLE BREAK TO CHAT, SMOKES AN ELABORATE HOOKAH WITH PERFUMED TABAC. TO BE AROUND HER, ONE IS ALWAYS HAPPY. SHE PRESENTS MY HOT LENTIL CAKES WITH ONE HUMBLE CARROT SLICE ON TOP, LIKE IT IS A PRIZE, IT IS. WALKING, WALKING, SEARCHING FOR A STORE I REMEMBER WHERE I MIGHT FIND AN INTERESTING LAMP FOR THE APARTMENT. GETTING HOT, PARCHED, DISCOURAGED, THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN I COME UPON A STRAWBERRY CART, MOUNDS OF RED, SO COLORFUL, THE VENDOR WITH A SMILE SO BRIGHT, HIS HAND REACHING TOWARDS ME WITH ONE TO OFFER. I BUY A KILO, GIVE UP ON THE LAMP, GO BACK & SPEND THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON READING THE HEART OF DARKNESS & TALES OF UNREST, WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS? CALL JACQUES IN PARIS-
06-18-13  MARRAKECH
BACK IN ROBERT'S OFFICE, WINDOW IS FLUNG WIDE, I CAN SEE THE REFLECTION OF THE MOUNTAINS ON THE PANE, PALM TREES AND PINK, I ADORE, HAPPY TO BE RETURNED FOR A LITTLE TIME, TO BE BY MYSELF, WHAT WILL I LEARN....A LIFE OF REFLECTION, I HAVE HAD IT MY WAY, THIS IS ELATION, OH FOR LIVING THE DREAM-
05-28-13  RETURN TO STATES
TOO LATE TO WRITE TONIGHT, LOST TRACK, SO MUCH WAS FORGOTTEN, WHO CARES, MUST ENTER BACK IN... LOOKING FOR THE MAGIC, AFTER THE FIRST WEEK, A SIDEWALK, LUSH WITH DOGWOOD PETALS, SO FRESH... WHY TRY TO RECOUNT, OR CATCH UP....TONIGHT WE WERE AT JOHN & KUMI'S, IT WAS A FINE TIME, WE ARE THE INTERNATIONALISTS, RAISED BY WOLVES, NOMADIC. BIG SKY NIGHT, LOTS DISCOVERED AND LEARNED. LOVE TO EACH & ALL XO
04-22-13  ON LEAVING, AGAIN
NOW IT IS I WHO IS LEAVING, CAN IT BE, HOW THE TIME IS FLOWN AGAIN, CANNOT SEEM TO CONTAIN IT, ONE WEEK REMAINING, IT WILL BE ATHLETIC! I HAVE DONE CORE WORK THESE LAST SEVEN WEEKS, REFLECTED & PONDERED MUCH, ENJOYED THE ASSOCIATION OF THE GIRLS IN THE STUDIO, THE CATS, LAUGHED WITH & DID WELL WITH THE RUNNERS WHO HAVE SUCH SPIRIT & DEPTH, COMBING VILLAGES & REMOTE MARKETS FOR ME. ETC., ETC. ENJOYED EVERY SUNDAY IN THE MEDINA, ART OPENINGS, LITTLE PARTIES, NEW FRIENDS, OLD , THE APARTMENT, AND NOW, TO GO, NEW YORK & BOSTON, PRESENT LATEST COLLECTION... THE WORLD IS SPINNING ROUND-
04-14-13  ON PEOPLE LEAVING
MAUREEN & MYRON ARE GOING BACK TO THE STATES AFTER LIVING IN MARRAKECH 8 YEARS, BREAKS MY HEART, REALLY. JUST KNOWING THEY WERE HERE GAVE A SENSE OF STABILITY, SOME GROUNDING THAT I SEEM ALWAYS TO LOOK FOR WHEREVER I LIVE. NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN ALL THIS TIME, WILD! THE TRACES TO CHILDHOOD, ALWAYS MOVING, LOOKING FOR A ROCK.....FOUND OUT I WAS THE ROCK. OH GLORIOUS MONDAY! XO
04-09-13  ENCORE GUELIZ
WITH NOW THE APARTMENT PRETTY CONCLUDED, WE HAD TEN PEOPLE FOR COCKTAILS ON SATURDAY EVENING, OLD AND NEW FRIENDS, IT FLOWED, IT LAUGHED, WAS RELAXED. SWEET CHAMPAGNE WITH ANIMATED CONVERSATIONS IN SEVERAL LANGUAGES, FUN WAS HAD BY ALL. A LONE GUITAR TOPPED THE NIGHT, ARDENT LOVE SONGS TO TEAR AT ONE'S HEART, SWEETNESS! ROBERT & I FELT HAPPY TO BE DREAMING A LIFE IN MARRAKECH, IS THIS BEING ON THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD?
04-03-13  GUELIZ
SO AMAZING THE ELATION OF MOVING TO THE NEW CITY INTO THIS FABULOUS, SPARE 750 SQUARE FOOT MODERN APARTMENT WITH ELEVATOR & DOORMAN, MY NEW YORK DREAM! WITH ITS PRECISION OF SPACE, BIG WINDOWS, BIG VIEW, IT HAS MAGIC... WORKING WITH VERY TALENTED CRAFTSMEN AND APPLYING FRENCH LINEN, ECCENTRIC ART FINDS, ITALIAN LEATHER, AND THOSE FOREVER SOUND GERMAN APPLIANCES, IT IS NOW ONE YEAR. TODAY THE LAST MOUNTING OF A TRIBAL DOOR, AND THEN TO LIVE THE LIFE, TO BE, TO DRAG OUT ALI'S YOGA MATS...
03-28-13  EASTER IS COMING!
MY FIRST AMERICAN FRIEND HERE, GREG, HAS INVITED US FOR SUNDAY TO HIS FABULOUS, VERY NEW YORK APARTMENT, WHAT WALLS AREN'T LINED IN BOOKS ARE COVERED WITH PAINTINGS, ALWAYS A DELIGHT, BUT HOW TO HAVE EASTER IN MARRAKECH? WITH SO MANY LOVELY HANDMADE BASKETS HERE, I AM ENTERTAINING THE THOUGHT OF DYING EGGS, SO FAR HENNA COULD SERVE FOR VARYING SHADES OF RED, TUMERIC MIXED WITH WATER, FOR YELLOW, BUT HOW TO GET BLUE? FATIHA & I ARE THINKING, THINKING.. LIFE IS BUT A DREAM-
03-25-13  THE TREE TRANSFERS
I WALK TO AND FROM MY STUDIO, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, FOR AN UNSCHEDULED LIFE, I LIKE THIS NOVELTY OF ROUTINE, VERY SWEET. I HAVE BEEN A LITTLE TROUBLED THIS TIME WITH HASSAN II, ONE OF THE OLDEST BOULEVARDS IN MARRAKECH, BEING TORN UP AND SWELLED TO HARBOUR MORE TRAFFIC AT THE COST OF DOUBLE TREE LINED SIDEWALKS BECOMING SINGLE TREE LINED SIDEWALKS. THESE TREES ARE OVER 100 YEARS OLD, BEAUTIFUL! I AM HAPPY TO HAVE JUST LEARNED THAT THESE TREES HAVE SIMPLY MOVED, TO TARGA, A RESIDENTIAL, OUTLYING AREA, AND ARE THRIVING, WHAT JOYOUS NEWS, A NICE BEGINNING TO WEEK NUMBER FOUR, SPRING WORK PROGRAM, 2013. HOPE THIS WEEK HAS SUCH A LOVELY START FOR ALL OF YOU XO
03-23-13  ROSE COLORED MORNING
EARLY RISE, THE SKY IS AFLOAT WITH PUFFY PINK CLOUDS, TO DREAM ON, FLOAT ON... LIFT UP, FLY AWAY, THE DAYS ARE FEW TO HOLD ONTO, REACHING SIXTY HAS CHANGED EVERY- THING, AND I LOVE IT MORE, LIFE IS PRECIOUS NOW. THE ESSENTIAL MOMENT IS ALL AND EVERYTHING, THE ONLY KEY TO HAPPINESS, HOW MANY PHILOSOPHIES HAVE EXPOUNDED THIS, FINALLY IT SETS IN, WHAT FREEDOM, AT LAST! ENJOY YOUR TODAY-
03-20-13  THE HAWK
MY BODY IS STILL SHAKING WITH AN IMAGE OF AN EXOTIC BIRD OF PREY, WINGS STRETCHED OUT UPON THE PARAKEET'S CAGE, (WHICH WAS ON THE WINDOW LEDGE FOR MORNING AIRS) SEEMINGLY READY TO ALIGHT WITH IT- WOW- THIS IS DOWNTOWN MARRAKECH! MY LITTLE BIRDIES ARE A SWEET MORSEL FOR HIM, FATIHA RUNS IN SHOUTING, HE FLIES TO ANOTHER ROOF TOP & LOOKS BACK, WE RUSH FOR THE BINOCULARS, A WILD BEAUTY, HE IS GONE..... WITH A KEEN MEMORY, THE BIRDS ARE NOW NOT ALLOWED OUTSIDE, WISHING ALL OF YOU AN EXCITING DAY AS WELL - XO
03-18-13  LA DIFFERENCE
MONDAY MORNING IS THE DAY FATIHA BRINGS ROSES FOR THE WEEK FOR THE HOUSE & STUDIO. THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL WITH SUCH A HEAVENLY SMELL, MY MOOD INSTANTLY CLIMBS, I AM TRANSPORTED TO IMAGINARY FIELDS IN A MAGICAL LAND. THE ROSES MY DARLING HUSBAND BRINGS ME EVERY WEEK IN SANTA FE ARE LIKE ICE MAIDENS, NO SCENT, NO CHARM, BIG DIFFERENCE TO BE GROWING WILD, NON?
03-14-13  MORE ON BIRDS
THIS MORNING STIRRED UP A VERY POWERFUL MEMORY: MEETING YACOUBI, A WELL KNOWN MOROCCAN PAINTER, WHOM I HAD KNOWN WHEN LIVING IN TANGIER, VISITING HIM IN HIS STUDIO IN NEW YORK, NOTING A SOMEWHAT LARGE BIRD IN A SMALL CAGE, "WHAT DIFFERENCE THE SIZE, IT'S ALL A CAGE"... THE LITTLE GEMS THAT ONE CAN FIND IN A DAY-
03-14-13  ON WAKING UP TO BIRD SONG
MY TWO LITTLE PARRAKEETS ARE SHRIEKING THIS MORNING, TEARING ME FROM MY DREAMS, A WILD BIRD HAS FLOWN IN, ISN'T IT NICE TO HAVE A VISIT? THE CONTRAST LOOMS LARGE, FREEDOM VERSUS SECURITY, IN OR OUT OF THE CAGE, HOW FAR CAN YOU FLY?
03-11-13  THE WIZARD
WHAT A CURIOUS WORD & THE INTERPRETATION IT STIRS UP, TO SOME MYSTERIOUS PAST... I WAS ON THE TAILS OF A PRESENT DAY WIZARD, A FORMER AMERICAN PRESIDENT WHO MADE MAGIC IN HIS DAY, NO NAME DROPPING, NO NEED. TAKING AN AFTERNOON IDLE BEFORE GOING TO VISIT THE KING, SOLIDLY ESCORTED, HE VISITED THE BEST GALLERY IN THE MEDINA & BOUGHT THE BEST THINGS. I SHOULD MENTION, HE GOT SOME HAMSAS, IN THE KNOW, IN THE NOW, FANTASTIC!
03-10-13  MARRAKECH EXPOSE'
BEAUTY, THERE IS ALWAYS A COST, MY SOUL LEAPS WHEN I WALK THE OUTER WALLS OF THE OLD CITY, THE STRUGGLES & SORROWS, THE HUMAN RACE, SEAPS THROUGH THE CRACKS, THE PAST RAISES A BLOODY HEAD. I DON'T KNOW WHAT LINGERS IN THIS MUD, HISTORY SEEMS ALWAYS THE SAME: FIGHT FOR RIGHTS, INJUSTICES, EQUALITY, WHEN TO FLY FREE? THE SKY IS SO BLUE BEAUTIFUL, I AM GIDDY, FEET DON'T TOUCH THE GROUND. OFF TO FIND A WIZARD...
03-07-13  ON MAGNIFED MEMORIES
AMAZING HOW MANY LAMBS HAVE COME HOME WITH THE INCEPTION OF THIS SITE, NOW THREE MONTHS SINCE IT'S BIRTH. A RECOLLECTION BY TOMMY: ESCORTING ME TO A MEETING WITH A CLIENT IN GRAMERCY PARK, MY BRIEFCASE HANDCUFFED TO MY WRIST, HOW WILD! PERCEPTION IS EVERYTHING... I DO REMEMBER ANOTHER TIME IN NEW YORK GOING TO SEE CARLY SIMON, HAD GOTTEN OUT OF THE CAB TOO EARLY, BRIEFCASE WAS HEAVY, AS I WAS WALKING A VERY DISTINGUISHED LOOKING GENTLEMAN ASKED IF HE COULD HELP, HE WAS GOING THE SAME WAY, ALWAYS LIVING ON MY WITS,I LET HIM CARRY IT. HE ACCOMPANIED ME TO THE FRONT DOOR, AS IT SHOULD BE...
03-05-13  SUN IS OUT AFTER ALL NIGHT RAINS
FROM THE MOMENT I ARRIVED TO MY STUDIO AT 11:00 AM UNTIL 5:00 PM IN THE AFTERNOON, A SPECTACLE OF DEALERS STREAMED THROUGH WITH THE MOST AMAZING FINDS, BITS OF TORN HISTORIES, MAGICAL CHARMS, FRAGMENTS OF A VANISHING WAY OF LIFE, STUNS ME, I AM TRANSPORTED TO ANOTHER EPOCH, WHERE I WOULD FOREVER HAPPILY RESIDE.... THIS IS MY OH SO FAMILIAR WORLD, HOW LUCKY I HAVE BEEN ALL THESE YEARS TO LIVE IN IT, MY MOTHER ALWAYS SAYING I NEVER GREW UP, DIGGING FOR BEADS AS A CHILD IN TRIPOLI, AH, THE SWEETNESS OF YOUTH-
03-04-13  BACK IN MARRAKECH
DO NOT KNOW HOW TIME FLIES, LIKE A BIRD IN FLIGHT... NOW, AFTER MANY MONTHS, AM RETURNED TO MY BELOVED MARRAKECH, HOW JOYFUL I FEEL, LIGHTER THAN AIR... THROUGH THE POURING RAIN I CAN HEAR THE HORSES HASTENING ON THE PAVEMENT, THIS SOUND IS MUSIC FOR ME, STIRRING UP A SWEETER & SIMPLER TIME IN LIFE, THOUGH AT THE CROSSWALK YESTERDAY MY WAY FOR A WALK TO THE MEDINA, THE TWO CARS WAITING FOR THE LIGHT TO TURN: ONE AUDI, ONE MERCEDES. THAT IS THE WILDNESS HERE, ALL WORLDS PRESENT, CANNOT ESCAPE TIME, IT IS MARCHING FORWARD.... WE MUST MARCH WITH IT, STRONG & BOLD! HAVE A LOVELY START OF YOUR WEEK, XO
01-22-13  BRAZIL REFLECTIONS
DAYS PASS, WHO KNOWS HOW LONG THE TIME..... DID THINK MUCH ON THE LAST ENTRY ABOUT "DREAMING BACK", HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE, MUST BE MORE LIKE A REVERIE, FOR NOW, TO DREAM FORWARD, THAT IS EXCITEMENT! AND THIS WE HAVE FOUND HERE, IN SALVADOR, CAPITOL OF BAHIA, SO VIBRANT & ALIVE WITH AFRICAN CULTURE, MUCH MAGIC & CATHOLIC SHAMANISM, SOMETHING I HAD NEVER CONCEIVED OF, CRAZY ART IN 17TH CENTURY CHURCHES, MADONNAS WITH ANIMAL CLAW CHARMS, GOLD ALTERS, BLACK ART, WE LOVE THIS PLACE! ONLY FOUR DAYS, WHAT WE HAVE UNDERSTOOD, SPINS.. WHAT WE HAVE FOUND, GOLD. MORE LATER-
01-15-13  MORE BAHIA
WALK INTO THE INTERIOR THIS MORNING...AM I DREAMING BACK TO GOA, A TIMELESS TIME ,A WILD TIME, YOUTH. BATTERY RUNNING OUT, LATER
01-13-13  BAHIA
EARLY MORNING RAINS, HOW DOES IT CHANGE THE PATTERNS IN THE SANDS, THE ONLY THING TO CONTEMPLATE HERE, SO SLOW THE TIME IS.... SHALL I EVER FIT MYSELF BACK INTO MY HURRIED, INTERNATIONAL LIFE AGAIN? WILL THAT GRAIN OF AMBITION RISE ONCE MORE, A TOWERING GIANT......DON'T KNOW......FOR THE NOW AM HAPPY TO READ THIS TON OF BOOKS WE'VE DRAGGED ALONG, ALL BRILLIANT & BEAUTIFUL, THANK YOU ALI. LOVE THE SUMBA
01-11-13  ENCORE BRAZIL
RETURN FROM A MORNING AT THE BEACH, THESE TROPICS INTOXICATE....OUT OF TIME, NO FRAME, MAGIC. THE BRAZILIANS MEET LIFE WITH ABANDON, IN A TOTAL STATE OF UNDRESS, TATTOOS ARE MANY, YOUTH! WE FEEL COMPLETELY AT EASE, CATCHING OUR BREATHS. WALKING UNTIL WE CAN'T TAKE ANOTHER STEP, WE TRUST WE HAVE SLIMMED IN SPADES, AH!
01-10-13  BRAZIL
SWEAT IS CAUSING MY GLASSES TO FALL OFF, TRYING TO WRITE. SAMBA MUSIC STREAMS WHERE I SIT IN MAIN HOUSE OF OUR SMALL, SEVEN ROOM HOTEL, A REAL GEM. THIS IS A RETURN TO SIMPLE LIVING, NO CARS, NO PAVED ROADS, MULE DRAWN CARTS ON LAND, DUG OUT CANOES ON RIVER, I THINK WE HAVE FOUND A LITTLE BIT OF PARADISE.... BATTERIES RUNNING OUT, MORE LATER... THIS IS OCEAN FRONT, CARAIVA
12-31-12  RIO, BEGINNING 2013
RIO, EVE OF THE NEW YEAR, PULSE HERE RUNS WILD, WHAT VISIONS & INSIGHTS WILL 2013 OFFER UP? ALWAYS TO BEGIN AGAIN, PURE AS THIS WHITE SAND... SULTRY & HOT, SPEND THE AFTERNOON AT THE MODERN, FABULOUS SPACE LIKE A ROCKET HANGAR, SOME GREAT WORKS OF ART. TONIGHT WILL GO TO A PARTY WITH BRAZILIAN/JAPANESE, FEEL FORTUNATE TO HAVE AN ENTRY INTO THE LOCAL LIFE WITH MY NEPHEW BEING MARRIED TO SOMEONE WHO GREW UP HERE. SHE IS A DOLL, GENEROUS IN ALL WAYS. ENERGY IS CURRENCY, THE BRAZILIANS HAVE IT TENFOLD. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE, MAY IT BE MAGIC!
12-19-12  CHRISTMAS IS COMING!
THE PULSE OF THIS LITTLE TOWN, SANTA FE, THIS TIME OF THE YEAR, IS VERY ANIMATED, VERY SWEET, WITH LOVELY LIGHTS & DECORATIONS. CANDLES IN THE MOONLIGHT, SOMETHING SPECIAL. AFTER MY JUST COMPLETED 4 CITY TOUR & A STUDIO OPENING, AM HAPPY TO HAVE A LITTLE HOLIDAY TIME, COZY NIGHT FIRES, REVERIE. STILL DREAMING ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THIS SITE..... ENJOY, ONE & ALL, THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, LOVE EVERYTHING! XOX
12-04-12  ENFIN
TO CAPTURE THE MOMENT, THAT IS THE MARK, HOW? NO TIME, TOO BUSY, MISSING EVERYTHING. WHAT LANGUAGE LOST, POETRY, METAPHOR... FOR NOW, MESMERIZED BY THIS SITE, OH HOW NEW CYBER WORLD, CATCHING MY BREATH, AND SO IT IS UNFOLDING... THANK YOU, EACH & ALL, VERY MUCH! I AM THRILLED, EXCITED, A PLATFORM FOR MY WORK. NEVER TAKE ANY ONE THING OR ONE SOME FOR GRANTED, LOVE
11-29-12  VERY EARLY MORNING
RACING TO CATCH AN EARLY MORNING TAKE-OFF TO SAN FRANCISCO, I BATHE BY A STREAMING MOON & GLORIOUS! COULD NOT REMEMBER THE LAST.....YOUTH MOVING FARTHER & FARTHER AWAY... WHY I LIKE WEATHER & COLD, COME ALIVE AGAIN.... OH GRANT US A LITTLE LONGER ON OUR PATH TO SELF REALIZATION, THE ULTIMATE INTOXICATION & FRENZY-
10-30-12  BALMY EVENING
SUCH A LOVELY TIME WITH SOME NEW EXPAT FRIENDS. GARY HAS LIVED 25 YEARS IN LIBERIA. WITH USAID, RECENTLY BOUGHT AN APARTMENT HERE IN GUELIZ, TRAVELS BACK & FORTH TO MONROVIA WHICH WAS FOUNDED BY FORMER AMERICAN SLAVES, (NAMED AFTER PRESIDENT MONROE), ANYWAY, MANY AMERICAN PRODUCTS ARE STILL IMPORTED THERE, HE ARRIVED WITH A SUITCASE FULL OF THINGS TO MAKE THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE SO EXCITED, THE SIMPLE THINGS IN LIFE, THAT IS SWEETNESS.
10-28-12  SUNDAY AND AUTUMN
AUTUMN CRISPNESS IS HERE FINALLY! SUN ABOUNDS AND BIRDS ARE HAPPY! MEET GREG LATE MORNING TO VIEW A 1930'IES OLD FRENCH HOUSE FOR SALE, DREAMING ON..... IT IS QUITE WONDERFUL AND CHARMING BUT NOW I HAVE NO SPACE FOR THIS IN MY HEAD, I CAN ONLY THINK OF THE SOON TO BE "COMING OUT" OF MY BUSINESS INTO THE BIG WIDE WORLD, INTO THE WEB...... I THINK I WILL HAVE TO HOLD ON FOR THE RIDE, I THINK IT'S ALL HAPPENING NOW. THANK YOU ONE AND ALL, FOR THOSE WHO ESTEEM MY WORK.
10-01-12  TODAY
THE KING IS COMING TO TOWN, ALL RED FLAGS ARE OUT. PEOPLE CONNECT TO THIS SYMBOL/FIGURE, AN INVISIBLE THREAD, KEEPS THE DANCE. EXULTING IN MY WORK, BEADS FLYING OFF MY FINGERS, CAN HARDLY KEEP UP!.. THE EXOTIC, PERFUMED REALMS CONTINUE TO INSPIRE...
04-27-12  MARRAKECH
EARLY MORNING RISE, HAVING TO START THINKING OF MY RETURN TO THE STATES.....ALWAYS WRENCHES ME TO LEAVE THESE ANCIENT LANDS....AND THE NEW APARTMENT, WHAT A SWELL PARTY LAST NIGHT! EVERYONE SO LOVELY & BRIGHT, VIRGINIE ARRIVES WITH HER NEW KITTEN CARRIED IN A RABBIT FUR LINED BASKET, A LITTLE DOLL TO PASS AROUND. NAMED CAT, OF COURSE, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS..( OH, TO DREAM...) THE HORS D'OEVRES PREPARED BY L'ENDOIT, THE NEW RESTAURANT DOWNSTAIRS, ARE A HIT, TASTY & DECORATIVE, MARC, MY NEW BEST FRIEND, SERVES WITH APLOMB. ROBERT, SO SMOOTH IN HIS FRENCH NOW, ENGAGES THE YOUNG FEMALE ART STUDENT FROM PARIS AND POURS CHAMPAGNE. WE HAVE FUN, I GET NEW IDEAS... FRIDAY, WILL HAVE A SHORT DAY AT THE STUDIO, LEAVING FOR THE LAST WEEKEND IN THE MEDINA, BE GLORIOUS!
04-26-12  MARRAKECH
FATIHA COMES EARLY THIS MORNING, BRINGS FRESH BREAD & BEANS. WE ARE PREPARING TO HAVE 8 PEOPLE OVER THIS EVENING FOR DRINKS & SNACKS. WITH THIS SMALL APARTMENT, THIS IS WHAT I OFFER. WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR IS INTERESTING CONVERSATIONS IN VARIOUS LANGUAGES MORE THAN ANY THING ELSE. IT IS AMAZING HOW MUCH I HAVE TURNED OUT TO BE LIKE MY PARENTS, THEY MOVED TO EUROPE IN THE 60IES, ENTERTAINED FALLEN ROYALTY, DEPOSED GENERALS, WRITERS AND ALCOHOLICS, WHAT BETTER? I ADORED THEM! NOW I AM FINDING A CIRCLE OF MY OWN HERE & THRILLED! LIFE STYLE IS EVERYTHING, BE GLORIOUS!
04-25-12  MARRAKECH
ROBERT LISTENING TO BBC IN LIVING ROOM, BIRD FLIES IN OUR PICTURE WINDOW, ALWAYS A FEW BITS OF SOMETHING TO FEED ON. SUN IS SHINING. I AM WORKING ON A LITTLE GIFT FOR VIRGINIE, A NEW GIRLFRIEND, WHO HAS JUST GOTTEN AN ATELIER FOR HERSELF HERE. 30 YEARS IN PARIS & NOW MARRAKECH, I AM THRILLED! HAVE HAD A LITTLE BEAD SCOOP FABRICATED FOR HER IN COPPER, OF COURSE ATTACHED A LITTLE WRAP OF LEATHER & A SILVER TALISMAN. .. NOW TO FIND WRAPPING PAPER, THIS IS WHERE THE MAGIC BEGINS, CREATING SOME-THING OUT OF NOTHING. A PRETTY PINK INNER FOLD OF AN EXOTIC CHOCOLATE BAR, FOLDS WELL, STRING FROM THE BAKERY, A CARD CUT OUT OF AN OLD FRENCH CALENDER PRINT, NICE PAPER, PERFECT. WILL TAKE THIS TO KHADISHA TO USE HER LOVELY HAND FOR WRITING: BRAVO! THIS IS WHAT I ADORE ABOUT SIMPLE LIVING, CREATING WHAT YOU NEED, NO EXCESS. AM SERIOUSLY THINKING ABOUT A BOOK ON THIS, POPULAR THEME THESE DAYS- HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY ONE & ALL! JEWELS
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SANTA FE STUDIO

114 CANDELARIO STREET
SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO 87501 USA
TELEPHONE (505) 955 1488

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23 DERB LAAWASHRA
BEN SALAH, MEDINA MARRAKECH
MOROCCO
TELEPHONE 011 212 524 389 775

MARRAKECH BOUTIQUE

15 SOUK CHERIFIA
MEDINA MARRAKECH
MOROCCO
TELEPHONE 0524 385 066