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
01-22-17  A BIRD'S LIFE
RED HEAD AND YELLOW BACK, HE PREENS, BOPS, CAWS, IS RAUCOUS, ATTRACTING A "SHE" BIRD, THEY FLY CIRCLES AROUND EACH OTHER, THIS IS MY MORNING ATTENTION, AS BREAKFAST IS SERVED UNDER A PALM FROND. SOUTH INDIAN FOOD, YUMMY, I HAVE GONE NATIVE ANY MORE, GOODBYE TO EGGS AND TOAST, COCONUT RICE AND SPICY BEANS, SUBTLE SAVOR HERE, I AM FINDING MY CENTER, ALL THIS WAY AROUND THE WORLD, IN LANGUID FORM NOW, CALM DESCEND, I AM FEELING RENEWED. TO LAY ONESELF DOWN, TO SHED THE EXTRANEOUS, TO COME CLOSER IN, THIS IS TO TRAVEL. .. NOW ON THE LAST DAYS BY THIS ARABIAN SEA, WHITE GLISTENING SANDS AND ORANGE SUNSETS, MUST KEEP VIVID WITHIN, GIVES LIFT, HOW TO SAY GOODBYE, THE BIRDS..
01-19-17  KERALA NOW
IN THE CAR AGAIN, LEAVING THE DESERT BEHIND, GANESH ON THE DASHBOARD KEEPING US ALL SAFE, THE HOURS ARE TWIRLING AND SPINNING, SLEEPING, WAKE UP, EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED, WE HAVE NOW ARRIVED TO AN ORANGE SUN, WE HAVE ARRIVED TO THE TROPICS. IT IS LUSH, IT IS SLOW, LOCALS AMBLE, WHISTLE, GOATS BLEAT SWEETLY, CROWS CROW, DOGS LIE, I FALL INTO THE BEAT, EASILY, NO SWEAT. WALKING FOR HOURS, THE ARCHITECTURAL STYLE SO DIFFERENT, SIMPLE, TWO STORY STRUCTURES WITH CURIOUS SLANTED ROOFS AND EXTERIOR STAIRWAYS, CHARMING WOODEN BALCONIES AND MANY GLASS ENCASED SAINTS, THE OLDEST CHURCH AND SYNAGOGUE IN ALL OF INDIA TO BE FOUND HERE, JAIN TEMPLES TOO, THE CHOICE OF RELIGION IS YOURS, IS YOURS, IS YOURS.
01-13-17  CHECKING INTO A PALACE TODAY
UDAIPUR, LAND OF LAKES WHERE MAHARAJAHS AND THEIR QUEENS RULED, SETTING BACK THE CLOCK WE ARE, WITH CEILINGS REACHING HEAVENWARDS, PILLARS, WORN MARBLE FLOORS TO RUN BAREFOOT ON AND DREAM, GROUNDS AS FAR AS YOU CAN SEE, CARVED WOODEN DOORS, CENTURIES OLD, PAINTINGS, VELVET, YES, WE ARE HAPPY TO LET OUR MINDS FALL BACK, TO IMAGINE THE LIFE, NOW OURS FOR A BRIEF VIEW, CATCHING BREATH... THE DAY'S DRIVE TO GET HERE WE STOPPED ON THE WAY AT THE GHATS IN PUSKAR, BANDS OF RAJASTHANI WOMEN DRESSED IN THEIR FINERY, THE JEWELRY OUT OF THIS WORLD, TAKING BLESSINGS FROM HOLY WATERS, THEY WERE A TRUE VISION, VIBRANT AND ABSOLUTELY ETHNIC, FADING TRIBES.... DECORATED COWS WERE STOPPING TRAFFIC, MONKEYS AND DOGS IN THE MELEE, SWEAT AND COLOR, CHILDREN, RUSHING, THE CROWDS, INTOXICATE, LOST FOR A FEW HOURS, OH INDIA, YOU HAVE A BRIGHT HOLD STILL, WE BEND TO YOU.
01-04-17  WAITING ROOM
NANDITA, A LOVELY WOMAN AND THE ONLY CONTACT WE HAVE IN MUMBAI, REFERS MY HUSBAND TO A DR. DARIUS SONAWALA, AFTER WAKING UP TO EXTREME PAIN IN HIS BACK YESTERDAY MORNING. WE SECURE AN AFTERNOON APPOINTMENT. A CRAZY ROUTE TO FIND HIS OBSCURE LOCATION WITH A HAPPY DRIVER WHO SPEAKS NO ENGLISH..".. LAUGHS A MILE, TRAFFIC INSANE, WE ARRIVE ON THE DOT, OF COURSE. TINY WAITING ROOM, STANDING ROOM ONLY.... PLEASANT EXCHANGES WITH NOW NEW FRIENDS, A STANFORD GRADUATE, ARTIST REPRESENTATIVE, BUSINESS MAN, STUDENTS, HOUSEWIVES, CHATTERING! OUR TIME SLOT REACHES, AND WHAT A BEING STANDS BEFORE US, A GANDHI LIKE PRESENCE, HE EMANATES COMPASSION AND SENSIBILITY, TENDERNESS, A LIFE GIVEN TO SERVICE. ROBERT TAKES HIS COUNSEL, I THANK HIM, WE BOTH FLOAT AWAY, JUST BEING NEAR HIM HAS LIFTED US UP, UP IS TO WHAT WE ASPIRE, IS A NATIONAL GOAL HERE, THIS RETURN TO INDIA HAS ROCKED MY SOUL, HAS ROCKED, ROCKED ROCKED.
12-31-16  DREAM BACK
I HAVE RETURNED TO A WILD STRETCH OF TIME OF MY YOUTH, BOMBAY, MUMBAI NOW, MEMORIES RUNNING WIDE, I AM IN EUPHORIA, TINGLING, ELECTRIC CHARGE BODY, IS FLOATING, I AM HEADY BEYOND ANYTHING I COULD HAVE IMAGINED, NEVER WANT TO LEAVE .".. I WALK THE STREETS OF MY OLD HAUNTS, CENTURIES OLD BANYAN TREES RAVAGING THE SIDEWALKS, 19TH CENTURY MANSIONS OF SUCH FORMER SPLENDOR, OH GORGEOUS DILAPIDATION, I AM TRANSPORTED TO ANOTHER EPOCH, WHY DO I ALWAYS WANT TO GO BACK.... I FIND MY OLD BEST SILVER DEALER, IN HIS EIGHTIES NOW, WE RECALL THE LIFE IN THOSE DAYS, FREEDOM, HOW WE THOUGHT THAT WAS HOW THE WORLD WAS.... THIS MORNING'S NEWS, NEW YEAR'S EVE ON HIGH ALERT FOR POSSIBLE TERRORIST ACTIVITY, IT IS ANOTHER EDGE, HOW MANY SIDES CAN A SWORD HAVE, HOW SLIPPERY CAN IT BE, WE MUST DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY, AS 2017 BREAKS , SHOUT SHOUT SHOUT!
12-18-16  DAY IS LONG GONE..
HOW CAN IT BE, TIME IS GOING TOO FAST, THE INFINITE BLISS OF NOW IS NO WHERE TO BE FOUND, I RACE AT A DIZZYING SPEED, ARRIVING TO WHERE, IS THIS THE LIFE, FEELS LIKE LIMBO TO ME. EVERYDAY I AM DREAMING OF NEW WORDS AND OF FINDING A WAY TO UNCOVERING THE DEPTHS, JUST NOW TO REALIZE I HAVE NOT WRITTEN IN SEVEN WEEKS... SOLITUDE, THAT MUST BE WHAT I LACK, BUT PLEASE DON'T LOCK ME UP, HA, LET FREEDOM RING FOR ONE AND ALL, MAY WE ALL REACH OUR POTENTIALS AND ULTIMATE GLORY, A NEW YEAR IS COMING, BRAVE NEW WORLD, OH.
11-01-16  ESSAOUIRA
THIS ANCIENT PORT TOWN ON THE ATLANTIC IS EXOTIC AND WILD, THE OCEAN AIR GIVES NEW BREATH, I TAKE IN DRAUGHTS, FLOATING AWAY ON THE BALM AND SALT SCENT, I AM TRANSPORTED TO A MORE ESSENTIAL SELF, IT IS WONDERFUL! SEA GULLS EN MASSE, DOMINATE THE SKIES, WHICH IS CLEAR BLUE, THEY ARE RAUCOUS AND WINSOME, THIS IS A HARBOR TOWN. MY DEAREST HUSBAND ARRANGES A LONG WEEKEND FOR US HERE EVERY YEAR FOR MY BIRTHDAY, WE NOW HAVE A HOTEL WE ADORE, HAVE FOUND SOME DEALERS WE LIKE, ETC. ALWAYS SO GREAT TO GET AWAY FROM THE EVERYDAY, TO HAVE SOME TIME AWAY, TIME TO DREAM, TIME TO BE, TIME.
10-22-16  BLIND MAN WALKS
I WATCH HIM AS HE GINGERLY MAKES HIS WAY ALONG A NARROW NEIGHBORHOOD STREET, WITH MANY TWISTS AND TURNS, HE DOES IT PERFECTLY, GENTLY, WITH WHAT LOOKS LIKE ANGELIC MOVEMENTS. DOES HE HAVE EVERY STEP MEMORIZED, ALL PATTERNED IN HIS BRAIN, I WONDER, HE IS A MIRACLE, I THINK! IT IS AMAZING WHAT ONE CAN DO ON ANY STAGE, WHATEVER ONE IS GIVEN IN THIS LIFE, ONE CAN TAKE IT TO THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN TOP, SHEER FORCE OF WILL IS A POWERFUL THING, DREAM BIG, DREAM OFTEN, KEEP TO THE FORWARD COURSE...
10-08-16  IT'S ALL PAPER
PLASTIC BAGS HAVE BEEN BANNED IN THE KINGDOM, IT IS WONDERFUL! NICE CRAFT PAPER IS NOW GIVEN TO WEIGH IN YOUR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, AT CHECK OUT YOU CAN BUY A RECYCLED WOVEN TOTE, EVERYONE ALREADY CARRYING THEIR OWN IN. AFTER YEARS OF STUDY, PLASTIC HAS BEEN FOUND, NEVER TO DISSOLVE, CLOGS UP DRAINS AND WATER SOURCES FOR ANIMALS AND HUMANS, LANDS IN FIELDS TO HARM PLANTS AND IRRIGATION, IS TOXIC IF BURNED, LOOKS UGLY ON THE HIGHWAY, MUST BE HANDLED WITH CARE. EVERY LITTLE ADVANCEMENT FOR OUR PLANET IS A GOOD THING, OH YES.
09-08-16  TRANSITION
ROBERT GAVE ME THE WORD A FEW DAYS AGO, IT IS TIME TO SHIFT TO THE WINTER QUARTERS, SUMMER IS OVER, HOW CAN IT BE? TO WITHDRAW FROM THIS SWEET DREAM, PAINS ME, REACHES BACK TO MY CHILDHOOD, ALWAYS HAVING TO LEAVE WHAT WERE ROOTS, FOR WHATEVER SHORT A TIME IT WAS... SOMEHOW THE BREATH IS TAKEN OUT OF ME, FEET ARE LEADEN, MY FEW POSSESSIONS IN A BASKET, SHUT THE DOOR, STEP OUT FOR A NEW TOMORROW..... I STEP OUT-
08-17-16  REFUGEE POWER
THIS HAS MADE MY HEART PULSE, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OLYMPIC HISTORY, THERE IS A REFUGEE CLASS, AND THEY ARE AMAZING! TO THINK WHAT THESE PEOPLE HAVE HAD TO BRAVE, HAVING FLED THEIR BIRTH COUNTRIES IN PURSUIT OF THEIR DREAMS, AND NOW THEY HAVE BECOME THEIR OWN CULTURE, THIS IS ASTONISHING! YASRA MARDINI, WHO WITH HER SISTER, SWAM THREE HOURS PUSHING A SINKING BOAT SAVED TWENTY OTHER REFUGEES IN THE AEGEAN SEA, (NOBODY ELSE ON THE BOAT KNEW HOW TO SWIM), AND NOW YASRA IS SWIMMING IN THE OLYMPICS, THIS IS MAGIC! MAY THE WORLD OPEN ITS HEART TO THE COURAGE AND SOUL OF THESE PEOPLE, THEY ARE GIVING A GLOW TO THE HEAVENS AND EARTH, THEY ARE GLOWING-
08-07-16  THIS IS WONDERFUL
TO HAVE A QUIET MORNING, UPRIGHT IN BED, LOOKING OUT INTO THE GARDEN FRESH FROM NIGHT RAINS, CAT DANCING WITH LEAVES, ROBERT HAS BROUGHT ME A COFFEE, SO SWEET, I AM MUSING AND READING THE NEW YORK TIMES, SWELL EASY SCHEDULE FOR THIS DAY, IS THIS NOT HEAVEN? TO LET THE ROAR LEVEL OUT A BIT, TO DREAM, DO DESIGN WORK IN THE MIND, PLAN NEW YEARS IN MUMBAI, I AM ECSTATIC! JUST FINISHED READING AN ARTICLE ON YUKO TAKAMATSU WHO WON'T STOP LOOKING FOR HIS WIFE, FIVE YEARS AFTER THE TSUNAMI IN JAPAN, I AM INFATUATED WITH THIS STORY, HOW ONE CAN HAVE SUCH CRAZY LOVE, IS BEYOND DAZZLING, FASCINATES, THIS IS HEART NEWS, HEART.
07-14-16  BLACK LIVES MATTER
RETURN TO THE US ON THE DAY OF A PROTEST IN DALLAS, FIVE COPS KILLED, IS TERRIBLE, THIS IN RETALIATION TO THE 136 BLACKS KILLED ALREADY THIS YEAR BY UNIFORMED POLICE OFFICERS. SEEMS SO EXTREME, SO STRANGE ALL THESE YEARS LATER THERE IS STILL SO MUCH RACISM IN THIS COUNTRY, BUT WITH ALL THIS LATEST AND THIS NEW MOVEMENT, HOPE IS CERTAINLY ABLAZE. "BLACK LIVES MATTER", THIS IS A SONG TO THE HEART, A UNIFYING TREND, "WE SHALL OVERCOME", THIS IS A ROCKING BACK TO THE 1960IES, OH YES.
07-02-16  SKETCHES
RAMADAN NIGHT AT MARYAM'S, CAN'T GET THE PROJECTOR TO WORK FOR THE DOCUMENTARY FILM CLUB, WE ALL JUMP INTO THE POOL INSTEAD, FELT LIKE A LAKE, WATER LIKE VELVET. RAMADAN, EVERYTHING LOOKS DIFFERENT NOW IN THE MEDINA, HALF THE SHOPS ARE CLOSED, MORE DIFFICULT TO FIND ONES WAY, THERE IS A FEELING OF A VOID.... RAMADAN EVENINGS, ENERGY ELECTRIC, THERE IS EXCITEMENT IN THE AIR, ANOTHER DAY OF FASTING HAS COME TO AN END, EVERYONE IS WHIRLING, A SHARED RITUAL, I THINK IT GIVES ONE A GREAT SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT AND UNITY. I AM SO LUCKY TO BE AN OBSERVER OF THE LIFE HERE WITH SO MUCH TURMOIL IN THE ARAB WORLD, OUR WORLD, SO CRAZY/CRITICAL NOW. MUST KEEP LOOKING AT THE GOOD, PUTTING IN THE GOOD, DREAMING BIG HOPE FOR A FUTURE.
06-06-16  HOPES AND DREAMS
EXULTING AT THE DRAWING BOARD, SO MUCH SPINNING BETWEEN MY HEAD AND MY FINGERS, HOW TO KEEP UP, IT IS A BLAZING PATH; ANY PATH CAN TAKE ONE TO LITERACY AND REVELATION OF SELF, THERE IS NOTHING HIGHER OR EQUAL TO THIS, MUST STAY ON, BREAK THROUGH, HOW CAN I FEEL SO UNFASTENED ON THIS SO SUNNY DAY...
05-15-16  SUNDAY AT CAMBRIDGE INN
SUNLIGHT IS RICOCHETING IN, BRIGHT MORNING, THIS VICTORIAN HOUSE THAT HAD KNOWN ONE FAMILY, GENERATIONS PASSING THROUGH, HOW DID THEY LOVE LIFE, WHAT DID THEY PERCEIVE, WHAT HAPPINESS DID THEY FIND; WAS THEIR LAST DAY AN ILLUMINATION? THE WOODEN FLOORS CREAK, INNUMERABLE ROOMS EACH WITH THEIR OWN SHAPE AND CHARM, SECRET PASSAGEWAYS WHERE I CAN IMAGINE CHILDREN ONCE PLAYING, DOGS AND CATS. I STARE AT OLD PHOTOGRAPHS THAT COVER THE WALLS, I AM TRANSPORTED BACK TO ANOTHER TIME, THEIR TIME, PASSAGE OF TIME, WHOSE TIME IS IT NOW?
04-30-16  DOCUMENTARY FILM NIGHT
LAST NIGHT AT THE MONTAGUE'S, WHO ARE LIVING THEIR DREAM IN AN OLIVE GROVE A LITTLE WAYS OUTSIDE OF MARRAKECH, WE WATCHED, UNDER A ROOF OF STARS, AGAINST A RUINED WALL, "IRIS". STYLE ICON, ENTREPRENEUR, MUSE. A FASHION LEADER, HER COLLECTION OF CLASSIC COUTURIER CLOTHES NOW BEING ARCHIVED FOR THE MET, STORY GOES ON FOREVER.... MOST OF ALL IT WAS HER RELATIONSHIP WITH HERSELF THAT WAS SO INSPIRING, HER DETACHMENT FROM HER AGE, HER ENERGY AND THIRST, DISCOVERED IN HER EIGHTIES, WILD.... GIVES ME HOPE, OH YES, HOPE HOPE.
04-26-16  WHY AM I NOT WRITING...
THERE IS SO MUCH SUGGESTION EVERY WHERE I LOOK, SO MUCH CHARM, WHY AM I NOT TRANSLATING INTO LANGUAGE, TO REALIZE MORE ESSENCE AND PROFUNDITY? HOW TO CAPTURE THE IMAGE OF A BERBER WOMAN MAKING EARLY MORNING CREPES AT HER LITTLE STREET STAND, GOLD CAPPED TEETH FLASHING WITH A SMILE AS BIG AS A WORLD, THE SIMPLICITY OF IT IS SO REASSURING SOMEHOW, THE BEAT OF LIFE THE SAME AS BEFORE, THE SAME AS BEFORE.... THE BEAUTY OF THE ANCIENT LANDS AMONG THE UNWASHED AND DISORDER, EVERYWHERE TO FIND A ROSE.
04-16-16  FARMER'S MARKET
AS I GLIDE THROUGH THE MEDINA IN THE MORNING ON MY WAY TO THE STUDIO, I MARVEL AT THE ACROBATICS OF EACH MERCHANT, HOW ONE WOMAN WITH BERBER FACIAL TATTOOS STACKS HER TOMATOES IN PERFECT SYMMETRY, FRAMING THEM WITH CARROTS, NEXT TO HER A MAN IN A FABULOUS ROUGH HAND WOVEN GARMENT, SINGS TO THE CROWDS IN SOME VILLAGE DIALECT, ARRANGING AND REARRANGING HIS LEMONS, WHILE ACROSS FROM HIM A YOUNG BOY SITS UNDER A MAKESHIFT TENT WITH VARIOUS GREEN VEGETABLES, A CAT IN HIS LAP..... THE OLD FASHIONED SCALES, THE BARTERING, THE COLORFUL CROWD, ALL SO TIMELESS, SO REAL, MAKES ME FEEL KINSHIP, MAKES ME FEEL.
03-30-16  SHE DREAMED US THERE..
LARGER THAN LIFE, EXUDING PASSION, A FERVOR OF EMOTION AND AFFECTION, LIKE A BALL OF FLAME, SHE FLIES INTO OUR LITTLE PARTY, LAUGHTER BIG ENOUGH TO SHAKE THE WORLD, EXCLAIMING THAT SHE HAD SEEN FOREIGNERS LAST NIGHT IN HER DREAM, AND THERE WE APPEARED. WE ARE HAVING LUNCH WITH NEIGHBORS, WE SHARE ONE COMMON WALL, A VERY SWEET FAMILY WE HAVE KNOWN FROM THE BEGINNING OF OUR TIME IN THE MEDINA, (13 YEARS NOW, HOW CAN THIS BE), THE MOTHER NOW IS 96, PURE BERBER, FACIAL TATTOOS, SKIN LIKE ROSES, WE ENLARGE THE CIRCLE, THE SIMPLE LIFE, AH OUI.
03-22-16  BRUSSELS
TO WAKE UP TO NEWS OF MORE TERRORIST ATTACKS, A WHOLE CITY UNDER LOCK DOWN, THIS FREEZES THE BLOOD, IS SEARING, WHERE CAN WE TAKE OUR DREAMS NOW, WHERE CAN WE BE, BE FREE, ALL THE WORLD UNDER MENTAL SIEGE, MUST FIND A WAY OUT OF THIS MADNESS, KEEP SINGING, LEARN HOW TO WALK THE HIGH WIRE, RUN...
03-06-16  MARCH 6
I AM ONLY A VIBRATION, A NOTE TWANGING ON YOUR GUITAR... A STILL MEMORY IN THE UNIVERSE, MAYBE. BEAUTIFUL PINK AND WHITE ROSES IN THEIR TERRA COTTA POT, MATCH THE COLOR OF THE BALCONY, WITH THIS LITTLE BIT OF COLD/SPRING WEATHER, THEY WILL LAST LONGER, WHO WILL LAST LONGEST OF ALL OF US, I WONDER..... HAPPILY RETURNED TO OUR LITTLE APARTMENT IN MARRAKECH, I AM THRILLED TO HAVE A MORNING TO GAZE OUT INTO THE DISTANCE AND RUMINATE, MUSE OVER THE NOW AND IMAGINE TOMORROW'S POTENTIAL; LATEST INSIGHT: YOUR EXPECTATIONS LEAD TO YOUR RESULT, TOUGH!
01-29-16  NEW MEXICO
BRIGHTEST FULL MOON, THIS DAZZLING CLEAR SKY TONIGHT MAKES ME PAUSE AND SHAKE, IT REACHES DEEP, I CANNOT STOP THINKING ABOUT LEILA ALAOUI, HER YOUNG LIFE CUT SHORT, SO SHORT, WHAT BRILLIANCE SHE SHOWED, WHAT PROMISE, HER HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS, CULTURAL GEMS FOR HER COUNTRY, MOROCCO. NOW SHE IS GONE, WHAT MACHINATIONS OF THE UNIVERSE PUT HER IN A CAFE AT THE PRECISE MOMENT OF A RANDOM TERRORIST ATTACK, IS IT REALLY ALL JUST ABOUT CHANCE AND LUCK, ACCIDENTAL DESTINY; MUCH TO PONDER THIS NIGHT, LONG NIGHT.
01-18-16  SPAIN
STOPPING OVER FOR A FEW DAYS IN MADRID ON THE WAY BACK TO THE STATES, IT IS COLD BUT THE SKY IS STUNNINGLY BLUE, SO I AM HAPPY; EUROPE, ALWAYS A TENDERNESS FOR ME, BRINGS MEMORIES OF YOUTH, SO SWEET, LIKE CANDY NOW.... I GO TO GET CASH OUT OF AN ATM, JUST A FEW FEET AWAY, ATOP A FLATTENED PIECE OF CARDBOARD, IS A MAN, KNEELING, HIS TIN BOWL SHAKING SLIGHTLY IN HIS FROSTY RAISED HANDS, THIS POSTURE TOUCHES ME PROFOUNDLY, IS THIS EXTREME CATHOLICISM, THIS PRAYER POSITION? HE HAS A GENTLE, MODEST COUNTENANCE; ONE'S CIRCUMSTANCES SEEM SO CAPRICIOUS IN THESE TIMES, LIFE IS SO TENUOUS, AT BEST, LIKE A GOSSAMER RIVER, EBBS AND FLOWS, FLOWS-
01-11-16  JARJEER MULES
WE HAD THE GOOD FORTUNE TO MEET A FABULOUS COUPLE AT A DINNER PARTY RECENTLY, TWO WONDERFUL SOULS WHO STARTED A DONKEY AND MULE SANCTUARY SOME YEARS AGO ON A PROPERTY OUTSIDE OF MARRAKECH THAT IS JUST STUNNING! A DREAM HOUSE, WHICH THEY LIVE IN, IS SURROUNDED BY GLORIOUS GARDENS, WITH THE STABLES AND PADDOCKS IN THE EYE'S VIEW, (ALL WHICH THEY BUILT), BEAUTIFUL! THESE RESCUED ANIMALS, HAVING SERVED THEIR WHOLE LIFE, ARE GIVEN THEIR LAST YEARS IN PURE LEISURE. THE STORIES ARE MOSTLY HEARTBREAKING, BUT THERE IS MUCH HOPE, THE WHOLE OPERATION IS INSPIRING, EMBRACING THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, IT IS ALL ABOUT EDUCATION AND UNDERSTANDING. SUE AND CHARLES VISION IS PROFOUND, IT IS PEOPLE LIKE THIS WHO REALLY GIVE THE MEANING TO HEART, MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND, AND ROUND AND...
01-03-16  JANUARY 3
A NEW YEAR TO DREAM ON NOW, RESTLESS, CANNOT SLEEP, IT IS SUNDAY, I MUST SETTLE ON ALL NEW PLANS AND DIRECTIONS, SO MUCH IS BUDDING, WILL ASSEMBLE AN ORDER, A WAY IN WHICH TO SOAR, FLY, LEAP OVER, BREAK THROUGH ANY REMAINING BARRIERS TO REACH THE PANACEA, THE ELIXIR OF LOFTIEST DESIRE & IMAGINATION.... I FEEL EXALTED IN THIS ANIMATED, STIRRED POTENTIAL, BEING IN THESE ANCIENT LANDS GIVES ANOTHER EDGE, MAKES ME FEEL LIKE THE LUCKIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD, OH YES.
12-27-15  RETURN TO THE ANCIENT LANDS....
UNUSUAL, WE CHOSE TO COME BACK FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS THIS YEAR, NEEDED TO COMPLETE A FEW PROJECTS, AND WE LOVE OUR LITTLE APARTMENT. MANY INVITATIONS, A TIME TO CELEBRATE, AND WHAT GIFTS WE HAVE RECEIVED, MULTIPLE BOTTLES OF HANDMADE OLIVE OILS, EACH ONE ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, POWERFUL, RAW, STRONG. EVERYONE HERE WHO HAS ANY LAND OR TINY PART THEREOF, PRODUCES THEIR OWN OIL, NORTH AFRICA ROCKS! I WAS ARMED WITH ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATES FROM THE STATES, EVERYONE WAS HAPPY WITH ME TOO.
12-12-15  SOUL MATES
SHE IS A NEW AMERICAN FRIEND, LIVING IN MOROCCO THIRTEEN YEARS, MARRIED TO A BOY FROM THE SOUTH, SPENT HER FIRST TWO YEARS IN A VILLAGE THERE, NOW IN MARRAKECH, SHE SAYS HE IS HER SOUL MATE. THIS IS SUCH AN ABSTRACTION TO ME, WHAT IS IT, WHAT DOES IT MEAN? I WANT TO UNDERSTAND, IS IT REAL, DOES IT EXIST OR IS IT ALL MAKE BELIEVE, SPAWNED IN A ROMANTIC LEDGER, A NEED, LIKE AIR TO BREATHE......
12-04-15  SAN FRANCISCO
THEY DRESS UP THE BUILDINGS FOR CHRISTMAS, THIRTY STORY HIGH STRUCTURES ARE WRAPPED IN LIGHT, THEY BLINK, THEY SHINE, THEY LOOK LIKE PACKAGES. HIGH UP ON NOB HILL, A CLEAR NIGHT, I CAN DRIFT BEYOND THIS PHOTOGRAPH, YES I CAN, I CAN FLOAT ON THIS SEA OF STARS.... THE WORLD NOW SO FRAGMENTED/ FRAGILE, WE MUST STAY AWAKE, MUST KEEP ON, CAN NEVER GIVE UP, NOT HIDE, BORN TO BE FREE, BORN TO BE.
10-31-15  ON LEAVING AGAIN
THE LAST DAYS SO WILD AND FULL, DIZZYING, ROCKET SHIP FLYING, EXULTING, EVERY SINGLE SIMPLE TASK REVEALING ITS CHARM. A FRIEND OF MINE, A FELLOW TRAVELER, ONCE TOLD ME, THE FIRST AND LAST DAYS OF A TRIP ARE ALWAYS THE MOST PROFOUND, LEAVING THE BIGGEST MEMORY IMPRINT. AND SO IT IS, EVERYTHING LOOKS VERY ROSY AND SWEET, I AM LIFTING UP! IT HAS BEEN SUCH AN INSPIRING TIME, PRODUCTIVE TIME, THE AFFECTION OF FRIENDS HEART PULSING. NOW BOARDING THE PLANE FOR SPAIN, DREAMS ARE RIDING HIGH, THEY ARE RUSHING, HIGH.
10-28-15  IN HIS EYES....
I COULD SEE OCEANS AND DEPTHS, PAIN AND WANT, SUFFERING, DESIRE, SHARED HUMAN EMOTIONS, A SOUL, YEARNING. TAKING MY MORNING TAXI TO THE MEDINA, IT STARTED TO RAIN QUITE WILDLY, WHEN I EXITED THE CAB THERE HE WAS, SELLING UMBRELLAS, HIS EYES.... I WOULD HAVE GIVEN HIM ANYTHING, HE WAS SO PURE OF BEING, TRYING SO HARD TO MAKE A LIVING, HOW COULD I ASK HIM HOW MUCH, I GAVE HIM ALL THAT I HAD. SOMETHING SEARING IN THAT MOMENT'S EXCHANGE, I WANT NEVER TO FORGET HIS EYES, THEY WERE THE EYES OF SOUL, THEY WERE THE EYES OF MINE, SOUL.
10-24-15  OCTOBER 24
THIS IS THE DAY THAT WAS ASSIGNED FOR MY MOTHER TO BIRTH ME, SO MANY YEARS AGO..... I WAS LUCKY, SHE WAS ITALIAN, CHILDREN WERE LIFE, THIS IS WHAT BROUGHT HAPPINESS. IT WAS A GREAT CHILDHOOD, WARM AND ADVENTURESOME, LIVING ABROAD, TRAVELING MANY COUNTRIES, ENCOUNTERING DIFFERENT PEOPLES AND CULTURE, ARCHITECTURE; WAYS OF BEING, SO MANY, I WAS CHARMED BY EVERYTHING, IT WAS TRULY DREAMY. STILL CARRYING IT ALL WITH ME, I THANK MY LUCKY STARS FOR MY DEAREST PARENTS AND THE LIFE GIVEN. TODAY I WILL REFLECT, TONIGHT LET THE PARTY RIP, OH YES!
10-13-15  REMEMBERING MAGICAL MOMENTS...
THIRTEEN YEARS AGO, MY FRIEND POLLY AND I, RENTED A CAR, AND TRAVELLED SOME SOUTHERN REGIONS HERE, A WEEK OF HILARITY AND FRIVOLITY, GIRL FUN! ON THE FINAL STRETCH BACK TO MARRAKECH, WE SPOT SOME RUGS HANGING FROM CLOTHES LINES, SWAYING IN THE WIND, A ROADSIDE STAND, WE STOP; IT WAS LIKE ENTERING A TWILIGHT ZONE.... THE COUPLE WHO WERE SELLING THE RUGS, JUST AT THAT MOMENT, WERE DESPERATE TO RAISE FUNDS, IN THE THROES OF CONSTRUCTING A CAFE, MONIES WERE DUE, LENDERS WERE AT THE DOOR, ADDI HAD JUST TOLD AMINA, HIS WIFE, LET US WAIT JUST A LITTLE BIT LONGER BEFORE WE HAVE TO ASK THE FATHER-IN-LAW TO BORROW AGAIN, THEREIN WE APPEAR! THE RUGS ARE TRIBAL AND TERRIFIC, WE TAKE THEM ALL DOWN, START THE DANCE. TEA AND SWEETS ARE PRODUCED AS WE CONSIDER EACH ONE, WALK AND ROLL IN THEM, LAUGHTER AND BANTER. SUNSET, WILL WE STAY FOR DINNER, KIDS ARE BACK FROM SCHOOL, PREPARATIONS BEGIN FOR THE BEST TAGINE IN MEMORY. IT WAS ONE OF THOSE SWEETEST, FREE SPIRITED TIMES THAT COME IN LIFE, PURE CHARM. WE END UP WITH FIVE RUGS BETWEEN US, LEAVE IN THE DARK. SINCE THEN, ADDI AND AMINA, HAVE DONE VERY WELL. WITH NEW CONSTRUCTED HIGHWAY, THEIR CAFE IS AT A PERFECT INTERSECTION, INLAND TO COAST. WHENEVER I AM TRAVERSING THIS AREA, I STOP IN. WE JUST DID DO, RETURNING FROM ESSOURIA, THE WARMTH AND TEARS ALWAYS SWEEP THE SOUL, MAKE THE HEART SKIP A BEAT, SWEEP THE SOUL.
10-10-15  OCTOBER 10
OLD SONGS MAKE HEART SKIP A BEAT, "NOW THAT I HAVE LOST EVERYTHING TO YOU, YOU SAY YOU WANT TO START SOMETHING NEW, OH BABY, IT'S A WILD WORLD,....." HOW ENTWINED I FIND MY LIFE HERE, GOING BACK TO THE 70IES IN TANGIER, AH... NOW IN ESSOURIA WITH MY DARLING HUSBAND, FOR MY BIRTHDAY, AND IT IS GLORIOUS, WEATHER DIVINE, THE HOTEL WHERE WE ARE STAYING, JUST INSIDE THE RAMPARTS, DRESSING UP DREAMS; OCEAN GLISTENING IN THE DISTANCE, SEAGULLS NOISILY CRUISING BLUE SKIES, I AM TAKING IN DRAUGHTS OF THE SALT AIR, I THINK THIS MORNING ON THE BALCONY IS WHERE IT'S AT, MAKING LIFE A HOLIDAY, IS WHERE IT'S AT...
09-27-15  SEPTEMBER 27
SUNDAY MORNING, CANNOT MOVE, SHALL I SPEND THE WHOLE DAY IN BED READING MY LATEST FOUND TREASURE, THE LOVERS OF ALGERIA, A NOVEL BY ANOUAR BENMALEK? I WANT TO SAVOR IT SLOWLY, A LOVE STORY TO TEAR THE HEART APART, TO FLOAT AWAY ON..... LAST NIGHT WAS SPENT AT CHRIS AND MARYAM'S, THEIR CONSTRUCTED DREAM IN THE COUNTRYSIDE, SPECTACULAR IN EVERY WAY, THEIR GRACIOUSNESS BEYOND MEASURE. IT WAS "DOCUMENTARY NIGHT" AT THEIR OUTDOOR THEATRE, HEADED UP WAS: "GIRO DREAMS SUSHI", WILD AND FUNNY, IT WAS ABOUT PASSION, DEDICATION, LIFE AS AN ART FORM. IT SANG TO ME, I KNOW ABOUT INFATUATION WITH ONE'S WORK, KNOW WHAT IT IS TO HAVE EVERY BEAT OF THE HEART FOR BEAUTY AND ART, FOR BEAUTY AND ART.
09-24-15  SEPTEMBER 24
I AWAKE FROM A DRUG LIKE SLEEP, HOW LONG WAS I MOVING THROUGH OTHER WORLDS, WORLDS IN MY HEAD, SURFACING ALL THESE HOURS LATER TO A BRIGHT MORNING, TO A HOLIDAY HERE, TAKING THE DAY OFF, WILL KEEP IN STEP. TEN DAYS NOW RETURNED TO THE ANCIENT LANDS, A THOUSAND THINGS HAVE TRANSPIRED, I AM FEELING EBULLIENT, SOARING, BEADS ARE FLYING EVERYWHERE, I AM FLYING TOO. THE BIGGEST REACH IS WITHIN, THE GREATEST POTENTIAL TO FIND THERE, THE LARGEST FERTILE PLAIN. I HAVE NOW TORN UP THE LAST REMAINING ROOM IN THE STUDIO HERE, A WORK TABLE HAS BEEN COMMISSIONED, AND SOON A NEW INDUSTRIAL SEWING MACHINE WILL BE PURCHASED, EVER SEEKING, I AM DREAMING AHEAD......
09-08-15  BLANK PAGE
EVERY MINUTE IS A VAST WORLD, STRETCHING UNTO INFINITY... I AM GALLOPING FAST, TRYING TO SWILL ALL SIGHTS AND SOUNDS, TO REACH THE DEPTH, THE GRADATION, ESSENCE OF. TIME IS FLEETING, FLYING, PERCEPTION LEADS TO LITERACY OF BEING, DOES IT NOT? HOW ELSE TO FIND THE TRAIL HOME; IT'S A LONG ROAD, IT WINDS AND CURVES, BUMPS.
07-24-15  KETCHUM
WE HAVE COME TO KETCHUM, HIGH MOUNTAIN TOWN, IDAHO. THIS IS WHERE HEMINGWAY SPENT HIS LAST YEARS. DRAMATIC SCENERY IS BREATHTAKING, THE AIR SWEET & ROBUST, THE SKY CLEAR BLUE. IT IS A LOVELY REFUGE FROM THE WORLD, POPULATION 5000, I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS WHEN HE LIVED HERE, MUCH LESS. HE TOOK HIS LIFE IN KETCHUM, HIS HEAD TOO FULL OF NOISE AND BLACK THUNDER, HE BROKE MANY HEARTS, SHOCKED/SHOOK THE LITERARY WORLD. WRITING, WRITING, WRITING, WHERE WAS HIS SALVATION? LIFE IS SO ASTONISHING, WE ARE ALL FLOATING ON OUR DREAMS, BUOYED BY WHATEVER WE CAN CREATE IN OUR MINDS, EACH STEP AS FRAGILE AS THE NEXT. LIFE IS SO ASTONISHING, EACH BREATHE A SONG TO ANCIENT MEMORY, TO THE GODS, TO REVELATION, REVEL.
06-27-15  MORE ON TURTLES....
PACING MYSELF ON MY SHORT TIME HERE, ENJOYING MY ROUTINE, MORNINGS WITH DAISY, READING, RUMINATING, THINKING ABOUT LIFE; CATCH CAB TO THE MEDINA. SPEND THE DAYS CREATING ORDER IN THE STUDIO, CONCEIVING DESIGN, WORKING WITH GIRLS, DEALING WITH TRADERS, FILLING THE STORE, WALK BACK TO GUELIZ. SOME EVENINGS OUT WITH FRIENDS. LAST NIGHT SPENT WITH PATRICIA, WHO SO GRACIOUSLY ASSISTED IN THE OWL RESCUE. WE WAXED ON ABOUT THAT, SUCH A LOVELY STORY. SHE HAS NOW SPOTTED THEM A FEW TIMES, SO EXCITING! I INQUIRED ABOUT HER OTHER PETS, TWO DOGS, ONE DONKEY, THREE CATS, ONE TURTLE. SHE LAUGHINGLY RELATED HOW EVERY MORNING THE CATS AND DOGS ARE ALL IN THE KITCHEN, HOVERING AROUND THE REFRIGERATOR, AND EVEN THE TURTLE WHO HAS SOME DISTANCE TO GO AND HAS CLIMBING TO DO, HE IS THERE WITH HIS HEAD STRETCHED OUT AND BOBBING, WAITING FOR HIS BIT OF COOLED LETTUCE. I FOUND THIS SO ABSOLUTELY CHARMING, IN FACT TOTALLY WILD, IT'S A WORLD OF WONDER, ISN'T IT?
06-22-15  RETURN TO THE ANCIENT LANDS....
MY FIRST EVENING OUT HERE AT A FRIEND'S GORGEOUS RIAD, SHE EXCITEDLY TELLS ME SHE RECENTLY ACQUIRED SOME PETS, THREE TURTLES, HOW SWEET BUT NOT TOO EXCITING, I THOUGHT.. ALEXANDRA HAS GROUND FLOOR SPACE, WITH COURTYARD, ABOUT 300 HUNDRED SQUARE METERS, BEAUTIFUL. HER BEDROOM OPENS ONTO THE COURTYARD, THERE IS A FOUNTAIN, DIPPING POOL, TREES, ALL VERY ENCHANTING. THE OTHER DAY SHE COULD NOT FIND THE TURTLES, SHE CALLS FATIMA, HER COOK, TO HELP SEARCH FOR THEM, NOWHERE TO BE FOUND, SHE IS PERPLEXED. FINALLY LOOKING IN HER CLOSET FOR THE TENTH TIME, SHE SEES THEM ALL LINED UP WITH HER SHOES, LIKE CAMOUFLAGE, BARELY DISCERNIBLE, THEY WERE IN PERFECT FORMATION. SOME THINGS IN LIFE JUST CAN'T BE MADE UP, FINDING THE MAGIC, OUI OUI!
06-04-15  SAN FRANCISCO
I HAVE BEEN IN THE STATES FIVE WEEKS, WRITTEN NOTHING, IN CEMENT, WRAPPED IN OVERLOAD MANIC, WHEN TO BREATHE, FRENZIED, IS A BLOCK. NOW IN MY GORGEOUS ROOMS AT THE MARK HOPKINS, I AM HAVING A MINUTE, FOR MYSELF, MAYBE.... HOTELS, THIS IS WHERE I FIND FLIGHT FROM ROUTINE, DISTANCE FROM EVERYDAY TOILS, MIND-FREE-SPACE, I ADORE MUCH! RECENTLY SOMEONE FROM THE INTERNATIONALISTS THAT I RUN WITH, DIED AT THE IMPERIAL, IN NEW DELHI, IT WAS AN ILLUMINATING MOMENT WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS, WHAT A STUNNING PLACE TO END A LIFE, ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT HOTELS, GRAND, VESTIGE OF A COLONIAL PAST, WITH CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE, HIGH CEILINGS, LUXURIOUS WINDOWS, SHINY MARBLE FLOORS, IMMENSE GROUNDS AND GARDENS; NEHRU HELD PEACE TALKS HERE, OH THE LIFE, HOW MANY WAYS IT CAN BE LIVED, HOW MANY WAYS IT CAN BE GUZZLED, STILL WALKING ON THE WILD SIDE, YES YES.
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&#