11 de maio de 2015

From the topless starlets of 1960s to Gaspar Noé’s pornographic entry this year, there has always been plenty of flesh at Cannes – on screen and off. 
Knee socks

10 de maio de 2015

The crossroads of should and must

Must is different. Must is who we are, what we believe, and what we do when we are alone with our truest, most authentic self. It’s that which calls to us most deeply. It’s our convictions, our passions, our deepest held urges and desires – unavoidable, undeniable, and inexplicable. Unlike Should, Must doesn’t accept compromises.
Must is when we stop conforming to other people’s ideals and start connecting to our own – and this allows us to cultivate our full potential as individuals. To choose Must is to say yes to hard work and constant effort, to say yes to a journey without a road map or guarantees, and in so doing, to say yes to what Joseph Campbell called “the experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”
Choosing Must is the greatest thing we can do with our lives."

One evening I was walking along a path, the city was on one side and the fjord below. I felt tired and ill. I stopped and looked out over the fjord—the sun was setting, and the clouds turning blood red. I sensed a scream passing through nature; it seemed to me that I heard the scream. I painted this picture, painted the clouds as actual blood. The color shrieked. This became The Scream.
 Edvard Munch, Nice 22 January 1892

27 de abril de 2015

Coverup conspiracy?

On April 8, fortuitous Jupiter in Leo, your seventh house of one-on-one relationships, turns direct (forward), ending a four-month slowdown in love. Since December 8, 2014, the planet of expansion has been doing backstrokes in this harmony-oriented zone of your chart, pausing progress, but also helping you check in: Is your love life headed in the right direction? With optimistic Jupiter here until August 11, you’re in the midst of one of your luckiest or most expansive love cycles in 12 years—it is really helping you discover new, life-affirming perspectives on love. 

You could even meet someone wildly different from your usual type...and why not? Since Jupiter rules travel, you could stumble across your future spouse while hiking the calanques of Cassis, fighting climate change in the Maldives or, perhaps even looking for the lost city of Atlantis. Keep an open mind, because you never know who will be a match—and it's likely to NOT be your usual type (if you actually have one, Aquarius!). What matters most is the essence of the connection, not the package it comes in. 

25 de abril de 2015

Love is balm for the soul

Healthy grounding of my idealistic notions of relationships.

22 de abril de 2015

Few of us ever live in the present.
We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.

Louis l'Amour

21 de abril de 2015

20 de abril de 2015


There's a conclusion to my illusion
I assure you this

There is a light to all this darkness, I will tell you this
There's redemption in you asking them just why it is

Some answers are better left unspoken when you know you ain't getting any
Younger, younger, younger
Are you?

19 de abril de 2015

No ifs, maybes or buts.

Set aside the person you’ve always been and commit yourself to living in the moment. See a place for what it is, not for what you need it to be. Don’t compare, don’t anticipate, don’t vacillate, don’t cogitate. Simply embrace the present possibility of having an enlightening experience that reveals something you didn’t know about the world—or about yourself.

13 de abril de 2015

No mundo, o que não falta é gente que não sabe se deve ir ou ficar, que não sabe se vale a pena arriscar ou se deve desistir. Entre tanta gente indecisa, cobarde e preguiçosa, que ao mais pequeno sinal de problemas resolve fazer as malas e partir para outra, dá valor a quem fica de livre e espontânea vontade. Dá valor a quem decide, com livre arbítrio, e sob todas as condições e circunstâncias, que tu és a melhor opção. Dá valor a quem, perante uma fase menos boa, ache que vale a pena ser paciente e esperar porque está certo que melhores dias ao teu lado virão. 
Toda a gente tem dias de dúvida, de questionamento, de medo, de preocupação, de tristeza. E, dependendo da pessoa e da fase da vida, estes dias podem durar semanas ou até mesmo meses. Mas é precisamente nesses momentos, quando o barco parece tremer e a opção de saltar fora parece tentadora, que se deve procurar forças para manter o navio em movimento.
Não desistas de alguém que nunca desistiu de ti. O que nós mais precisamos na nossa vida é de gente que fica quando o resto do mundo se foi embora. Temos de ser a excepção, numa sociedade onde as pessoas preferem sair pela porta fora em vez de respirar fundo e esperar que a tempestade passe. Pois ela passa, e o que fica depois disso é o amor e a cumplicidade de quem nos conhece por inteiro, com as nossas imperfeições e defeitos, e não somente a nossa melhor versão. Porque parecer perfeito aos olhos de uma pessoa qualquer é fácil, o difícil é encontrar alguém capaz de se manter abraçado a nós com a mesma firmeza de sempre, mesmo quando não conseguimos ser fortes a toda a hora e as nossas imperfeições sobem à flor da pele.

Osaka, 13.04.2015
I never could stand being forced to do something I didn’t want to do at a time I didn’t want to do it. Whenever I was able to do something I liked to do, though, when I wanted to do it, and the way I wanted to do it, I’d give it everything I had.

Murakami, What I think about when I think about running
Osaka, 13.04.2015
In 1906, Amedeo Modigliani, an Italian painter and sculptor, moved to France to join the School of Paris, a group of young talented international artists inspired by the capital's avant-garde movement of the early 20th century.

7 de abril de 2015

about japan

Great destinations can be emotionally impacting, intellectually engaging, romantically energizing, and spiritually satisfying.

28 de dezembro de 2011

Ode to things

by Pablo Neruda

I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, or course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
small –
and flower vases.

Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!
It’s full of pipes
through tobacco smoke,
and keys
and salt shakers –
I mean,
that is made
by the hand of man, every little thing:
shapely shoes,
and fabric,
and each new
bloodless birth
of gold,
carpenter’s nails,
clocks, compasses,
coins, and the so-soft
softness of chairs.

Mankind has
oh so many
Built them of wool
and of wood,
of glass and
of rope:
ships, and stairways.

I love
not because they are
or sweet-smelling
but because,
I don’t know,
this ocean is yours,
and mine;
these buttons
and wheels
and little
fans upon
whose feathers
love has scattered
its blossoms,
glasses, knives and
scissors –
all bear
the trace
of someone’s fingers
on their handle or surface,
the trace of a distant hand
in the depths of forgetfulness.

I pause in houses,
streets and
touching things,
identifying objects
that I secretly covet;
this one because it rings,
that one because
it’s as soft
as the softness of a woman’s hip,
that one there for its deep-sea color,
and that one for its velvet feel.

O irrevocable
of things:
no one can say
that I loved
or the plants of the jungle and the field,
that I loved
those things that leap and climb, desire, and survive.
It’s not true:
many things conspired
to tell me the whole story.
Not only did they touch me,
or my hand touched them:
they were
so close
that they were a part
of my being,
they were so alive with me
that they lived half my life
and will die half my death.

3 de dezembro de 2011

27 de novembro de 2011

Marriage as a declining option for women

As a woman who spent her early 30s actively putting off marriage, I have had ample time to investigate, if you will, the prevailing attitudes of the high-status American urban male. (Granted, given my taste for brainy, creatively ambitious men – or "scrawny nerds," as a high-school friend describes them – my sample is skewed.) My spotty anecdotal findings have revealed that, yes, in many cases, the more successful a man is (or thinks he is), the less interested he is in commitment.

26 de novembro de 2011