Saturday, November 20, 2010

A state of mind

The lure of travel. I want to be the lady with the umbrella, boldly walking off into a place which has not been talked about yet on a travel show...
There would be no language from guidebooks. Each image I captured would be thought about carefully, a precious keepsake because there would be so few.
My grandchildren would have stories to listen to. In color, even though they happened in sepia.

Friday, November 19, 2010


That is the quintessential Paris apartment, to my mind. Paris at dusk, with a single light in an old apartment building- it's a poem in brick.
This image appealed to me because I don't want to moan anymore about the lack of beauty in my city at large; oh of course I notice the brightly stacked African daises under the striped awning at my florist's, or the delicate eyelashes of the cow as she waits to steal glimmering jamuns from a passing cart:
but beauty, just because it is in the soul of a city itself....
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Smoke not, show not

Aishwarya Rai BachchanImage: Spree by PiX - Berlin via Flickr
Poor Aishwarya Rai is the latest to go and get sued for the character she is playing in a film. The Guzaarish poster has her smoking. And what of it? Apparently, this is against the law- to show a person smoking on film.
Well, if it's illegal, it's illegal, granted. But why sue only Ash? She, like any actor, is the end product of a long and complicated production line. I say, sue the person who came up with the very idea of a smoking character! Why blame the film actor for complying with the characterization sketched out for her?
Besides, we should take a look at this law. Of all the generations that grew up watching people smoke, I am sure some people did think it was cool and took up the habit. And there are millions who didn't. My point is, I don't understand how smoking, egregious as it is, is a worse behavior on screen than gratuitous violence, terrible vulgarity or half-witted comedy. Why, some of the 'comedy' I've seen in our movies has made me want to go out and buy a scythe with which to cause bloodshed- but I am sure "comedies" will not be banned anytime soon. Snort.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Oh, to have a little garden. Nothing like choosing fresh herbs from the backyard, what? Alas, no such luck. MUST BUY PLANTS STAT. I hope I can keep them alive. And then we will progress to herbs.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pop goes the prince

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 16:  A close up of ...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
So, Prince William has done the deed- asked Kate Middleton to marry him. While this brings me much joy, proposal and engagement stories being of much interest to  me, it also made me want to see what these two are like as a couple. I clicked on a video link on the net and found them to be quite confident and with-it, in a kind of non-glamorous way: they have posh accents and are superbly dressed, but they seem to lack the kind of fustiness and pooh-pooh that I find so off-putting in the older royals.
Also, as always, despite my liking of engagement stories, I am annoyed at all the pressure the guy faces to pop the question. As though the girl just sits there and waits around, and then all that fuss about the ring. (Kate has scored a gorgeous one, though, SAPPHIRE to boot).
Now to end this rather pointless post, I propose the perfect match for the younger prince- Emma Watson. What a stroke of brilliance! Emma is young, talented, loaded, British, famous, and already has a special connection with the name Harry and with redheads! Now if only those two kids would hurry up and read this.
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Sunday, November 14, 2010


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One of my latest acquisitions, extorted via the friend, is the new fragrance Versus by Versace. I was out fooling around at the mall one day and spent some time sniffing a lot of perfumes, and this was the only one that stood out for me. It starts out as a fresh, bursty citrus- cool and sharp, but also a tiny bit soapy, and that was its appeal. But on me, it dries out a tad musky for my taste. Still, an interesting and uplifting scent.
I love reading about the composition of perfumes. This one has star apple, kumquat and lemon as top notes, heart notes of orange blossom, and base notes of musk and patchouli. It's all very intriguing, especially as my tastes in perfumes varies wildly.
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

I do

What fun to plan a wedding now that I am already much married. Seeing as I would probably be a bit of a confused bride; what with my clashing desires for a beach wedding, an elopement, and a New England autumn wedding, it's perhaps best that I don't have to deal with any of it at all. Hee!

However, there is a serious flood of pretty ideas to be found on the internets, and that there picture is probably what my wedding would look like. I have a fascination for the 1920's anyway. That gramophone! Those white roses in the pharmacy jar! And I could be one of those flapper-style brides. Tres cool.

Friday, November 12, 2010


And that would be cool in our living room. Also, our living room would be completely different. Haw!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

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