This is the way I tumble... And collect. And curate. Artifacts of a peculiar existence. Muddling fact and fiction, substance and void, text, sound and image. Akin to squandering the afternoon in a distant relative's attic. But less dusty. And fewer cobwebs. Or mice.
If You Lose Your Purpose, It’s Like You’re Broken
“If you lose your purpose, it’s like you’re broken.” ~ Hugo
Everything has a purpose, even machines… They do what they are meant to do… Maybe that’s why a broken machine always makes me so sad, they can’t do what they are meant to do… Maybe it’s the same with people. If you lose your purpose… it’s like you’re broken. ~ Brian Selznick (spoken by Hugo Cabret in The Invention of Hugo Cabret)
Rabbit, Rabbit: Welcome to March
Rabbit, Rabbit: from doodle to superstition
Rabbit, rabbit. I hope that March brings you plenty of good fortune.
Rabbit, rabbit? What?!?!
Growing up learned to say “Rabbit, rabbit,” first thing on the first day of each month for good luck. Before, “Good morning.” Or, “I’ll be right there…” If we could remember to say “Rabbit, rabbit” before we uttered anything else we could expect plenty of luck…
Kestrel at Rosslyn boathouse in Essex, NY
Katie Shepard posted this vintage photograph of the steam yacht Kestrel on the Essex blog recently to see if anyone could identify the vessel, the boathouse, the men on the pier, the approximate year, etc.
Greater Adirondack Ghost and Tour Company:Wow, what a great photo. That’s the steam yacht Kestrel, owned by Samuel Keyser. The Keyser family used the…
Je vois la vie en rose
I see life through rose-colored glasses ~ Édith Piaf
Édith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose” – usually translated as ”Life Through Rose-Colored Glasses” – inevitably, joyfully came to mind when this sexy photograph was shared with me on Facebook by an Essex friend and neighbor, Janice Koenig. It turns out the photographer, Kristen Eden, is also an Essex neighbor and, if Facebook counts, a new friend.
Kristen’s photographs (see gallery below for a few more) capture warmth and tenderness, unusual characteristics for mid-winter images of icy Lake Champlain. Even on sunny days our North Country light in February tends to by harsh and severe, so these unlikely photos were a welcome sight. They lit up Facebook prompting “likes” and comments from many local and distant fans. My downsized, watermarked versions of her photos don’t fairly do the originals justice, but you can enjoy the image above, “Ducks swimmin’ in pink lemonade” (in larger, better format) on Kristen Eden Fine Art and Photography.
Sensuous & Harsh: La Vie En Rose
Piaf, France’s “Little Sparrow”, similarly blends the sensuous and the harsh. Perhaps it’s the scratchy old recordings. Or her crushed velvet sound. Or her swooping transitions and confident refrains. Who knows? A siren’s mystery. Listen and decide for yourself.
Piaf’s song wove itself inextricably into my already Pollyanna-prone psyche during my college years, and despite the lyrics’s unlikely resonance, they remain evocative and hypnotic half a lifetime later. Piaf’s sensuous sound makes me nostalgic for the years I lived in Paris even now as I type these words about photographs that remind me how much I am enchanted with Essex, a world away from The City of Light.
Thanks for your Rose-colored Glasses
Thanks, Kristen, for your stunning photographs. And thanks, Janice, for bringing them to my attention.
- La Vie en Rose (diditravels.wordpress.com)
- La Vie en rose (weeklydelights.wordpress.com)
- Edith Piaf: still an inspiration 50 years after her death (telegraph.co.uk)
- Hold me close and hold me fast (furelle.wordpress.com)
- Edith Piaf (gabrielalebaron.wordpress.com)
- Edith Piaf honoured in Paris 50 years after her death (itv.com)
- 50 years gone, but still loved: Edith Piaf fans flock to Paris for memorial (independent.co.uk)