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Ode to a Sikh

Morning

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Ode to Myself

I imagined papering my body with the translucent skins of onions,
the unsweet scent shielding me from predators,
a perfume of protection to wear under my homemade clothes.

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HEART CONNECTION: A portrait of Cheryl Machat Dorskind

I moved to New York City from San Francisco to run CBS Records’ Customer Merchandising department, a heady job for a young woman barely two years out of college, producing graphic and photographic merchandising visuals at the recording label that was home to so many musical artists I had loved in my young life.

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A Guide for Using Feminine Energy

You can’t always get what you want, mmm!
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find, that ya…
Get what you need, Oooh, yeah! 

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When I travel…

…I like to take long walks through the villages and cities I visit, taking pictures of street scenes and landscapes as I go. But mostly, I like to take pictures of people, stopping them to ask if they would mind. If they don’t mind, interesting things can happen.

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Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi

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The Great American Eclipse

An Asphalt Shadow Self-Portrait remembrance of The Great American Eclipse.

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The Swans of Remsenburg, Long Island

I spent the last two months driving back and forth between New York City and photographer Cheryl Machat Dorskind’s home in Westhampton, New York, shooting her in her studio and in her backyard, accompanying her on professional portrait shoots, a photography boat safari, and random photography walks in the inland wetlands and on the beaches and marsh landscape of Eastern Long Island.

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Sam Shepard 1943-2017

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Circling Georgia O’Keeffe’s beloved Cerro Pedernal in a Cessna 172

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The stillness of the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver

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Post-Election 2016 the Alvin Ailey Troupe dances Revelations & Cry

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The Lion King last night

Went to see The Lion King last night.

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Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad

I got the last copy of Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad at B’s & N’s yesterday.

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Backstage at the Cubiculo Theatre

Flash Back Friday

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Random Encounters

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What is a photograph?

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Martin Puryear’s Art in Madison Square Park

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I failed handwriting. Traumatic for a girl.

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Sugar’s, Embudo, New Mexico

You haven’t had a burger until you’ve had a Sugar Burger. Somehow you have to get yourself to Embudo, New Mexico (some say Dixon, some say Velarde) beside the Rio Grande River between Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico to get your hands on one of them, but once you do it will be difficult, if not impossible, to eat any other kind of burger once you’ve tasted a Sugar Burger.

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Miriam Dunn’s Who Will Love the Crow

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Sylvie Guillem in BYE, choreographed by Mats Ek

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Walk on Water

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A Beauty of an Argentine Tango

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My New York City

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The Meaning of Relevance

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Ana Padron & Diego Blanco Milonga

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What if all young men learned to dance?

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Come Even Closer

There is much to be learned from communicating without speaking, using movement, music and the body to reach another. Last night I ‘watched’ the movie Casablanca by ‘listening’ to it instead of actually watching it. I was exercising on the floor in a part of the room where I could not see the television. I heard and understood lines of dialogue and nuance in conversation between characters as though I was ‘watching’ the movie for the first time, even though it would be safe to say I have probably seen the move two dozen times.

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Dance Closer…

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In Cornolo, Italy, I met this woman.

How well do we know our parents?

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After Hours at the Picasso Sculpture Exhibit at MoMA

Make Art, not War is a philosophy that I grew up with. My parents were surrounded by artists, artists who worked obscurely at their crafts in the deserts of Northern New Mexico, artists who took a long time to make names for themselves, because things taking a long time is rather part and parcel of working in obscurity.

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Morning Ladies, Single or Partnered, Wives, Mothers, Stepmothers, Entrepreneurs, Enchantresses and Sorceresses

Morning Ladies, Single or Partnered, Wives, Mothers, Stepmothers, Entrepreneurs, Enchantresses and Sorceresses

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Ballet vs. Football

Ummmm….So no, the Eagles have not played like they were wearing tutus.

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Woman, Writer, Designer, Wife, Stepmother: The Many Labels of Me

“You’ve said that twice in the last 15 minutes,” my friend Hartley noted, watching me wolf down a spicy fish taco at Bill’s Burger Bar just off Rockefeller Plaza.

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Here is My New York

E.B. White’s Here is New York is my favorite book about my favorite American city. Published in 1949, it is considered an essay, most likely because of its short length, a mere 56 pages, into which White packed such timeless observations about the island of Manhattan that this ‘book’ has a permanent place on my desk in New York.

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The Google Cultural Institute

I moved to New York City so that I could spend my life immersed in the arts – dance, theatre, music, museums, site specific installations, street performances, all of it. I am fortunate to have been able to work professionally in the music business, the theatre and in the world of fine art. But…

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Sunday Morning Racine Cubique with Sylvie Guillem

Sunday Morning Racine Cubique and Sylvie Guillem

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I feel Smoky this morning

This is the way I feel this morning. Smoky.

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Whorl Wedding Rings

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At the Kentucky Women Writers Conference in Lexington, Kentucky.

At the Kentucky Women Writers Conference in Lexington, Kentucky.

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The Art of Standing in Meditation

The Art of Standing in Meditation

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Something a little dreamy…

Something a little dreamy

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‘Round Daylight: An Ode to Bruce Lundvall

Under a mound of dirt you lay
I imagine a saxophone
Playing ‘Round Midnight
Maple trees line the road
Their shade saved for the living
While you lay beneath the blazing sun

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Misty Copeland & Kendric Lamar

As long as I’m in the Hip Hop Music Mood, or Mode, whichever you prefer, I might as well be in the Hip Hop Dance…

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Millennials and Boomers.

Millennials and Boomers.

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A Man, Sitting in a Park in Arezzo…

In the Summer of 2006, the day before I returned to New York after using my entire year’s vacation to study Italian at the Università per Stranieri in Siena, Italy, I took an early bus to Arezzo and spent the morning roaming the city taking pictures. After the cool early hours had morphed into lunchtime, I found a little trattoria on a small piazza where I could have a salad and a cold glass of Prosecco to ward off the heat that had begun to rise from the cobbled vicolos.

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The Argentine Tango

The Argentine Tango.

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My mother died with Alzheimer’s

Attached is an optimistic article on Aducanumab, a new drug being developed by Biogen that (hopefully) shows the…

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After the Rain, a Pas de Deux by Christopher Wheeldon

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The glimmer and hope of Spring

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Dancer Eileen Kramer at 100

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I watch the mesquite-scented smoke plume rise from the incense burner and remember Winters in the New Mexico desert.

I watch the mesquite-scented smoke plume rise from the incense burner and remember Winters in the New Mexico desert.

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I wait for the light

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Alive Inside, A Story of Music and Memory

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Dr. Sacks & The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

It was from Dr.

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Dance with yourself

Dance with yourself

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It turns out that Doris Day, Bob Dylan and Emmy Rossum have something in common, which is an apparent appreciation…

It turns out that Doris Day, Bob Dylan and Emmy Rossum have something in common, which is an apparent appreciation…

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A Room of My Own in My Father’s New York

I ought to have been born between the World Wars, when it was romantic to be sentimental, when having an attachment to the past was normal, when lovers would hand-write nostalgia-filled letters whenever apart, when taking a journey down a memory lane strewn with tales of adventures and friends and events long gone by could rouse a spontaneous and unembarrassed launch into Doris Day’s and Les Brown’s rendition of A Sentimental Journey.

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Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce…

Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce…

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Galway Kinnell (1927-2014)

When I was in high school I knew nothing of poetry, except a schoolgirl’s frustration at not being able to answer…

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“The Death of Klinghoffer” at the Metropolitan Opera

On the Upper West Side of New York, across town from my apartment, rage foments outside of the Metropolitan Opera’s…

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A Downside to the Internet

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“Certain things fall silent in us when we think that certain things are no longer possible.” – Frank Bidart, Poet,…

“Certain things fall silent in us when we think that certain things are no longer possible.” – Frank Bidart, Poet,…

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Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a “thing” for Praying Mantises.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a “thing” for Praying Mantises.

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The Fogs of August

The Fogs of August

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Lying here

Lying here

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Childhood

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The Truest Self

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The Mythical Presence of Eros & Psyche: A Dialogue about the Bedroom, the Boardroom…and a Piece of Bread, Giselle Minoli & Meg Tufano)

I don’t watch much television, but these past few months I have looked forward to late Sunday nights with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, an update of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which aired in 1980 to mesmerized viewing.

Standing on the barren landscape of what was once Uruk in ancient Sumer, now known as Iraq, in The Immortals (Episode 11 of the modernized series), Tyson tells us about Enheduanna, an Akkadian Princess (2285-2250 BCE) about whom I had never heard until The Immortals aired on May 18, 2014.

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Lovers loving. Dancers dancing. Fountains rising and falling. At the ballet.

Lovers loving. Dancers dancing. Fountains rising and falling. At the ballet.

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Why do girls do better in school?

I hardly know where to begin deconstructing some of the lunacy in the attached article about why girls are doing…

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On not growing up with money

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My favorite writer has died.

My favorite writer has died.

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Dear Men:

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