Oliver in a New York Summer

IMG_1349There was a story this week on the cities with the happiest residents.  The top three were in Louisiana; the city with the most unhappy people was said to be New York.

It is foolish to say, “How is it possible?” because we are a city of millions, with millions of different histories, millions of different dreams, and with different hands dealt to us.  I am fortunate, and I recognize that every day.  But I also enjoy my days and there is no time I love my city more than during the summer.

The day starts with a walk in the park where I have pockets of garden flowers that fill me with joy.

IMG_1352There are the baseball games with school kids and grown kids, the families settled in for a happy afternoon with picnics and folding chairs.

And there is  my Oliver who finds, in every season, some aspect of the park to love.  Now it is the long grasses, the shade, and the rocks that are cool on the tummy.




Meditations #57

Costa Rica (2)

photographer: Mayra Ameneiros


Travel provides a context for life.

Travel memories make photos breathe and imagination become material.

 These beautifully zipped feathers blur into an iridescent wing flashing through the thick Amazonian canopy.

Squawks echo through the forest, and humidity slicks the skin.

 We travel, I believe, because we yearn for more than the photograph

Shopping the World


Oh, I love the internet!  SHOP LATITUDE has come in to my box for months, and it has always been axed by my delete button.  Until yesterday.  Looking for a little daily candy (remember that gem?), I opened the site and started traveling.  And shopping.  Forty minutes later I was still trawling the site, looking at sale items (really…those earrings for $16.50??), taken by the designers’ backgrounds, inspired by the global give, and delighted to find old friends – Kenya’s Adel Dejak, New York’s Susan Easton, Mumbai’s Bungalow 8 among them.  The stuff is good, really good, and the prices are too.  And the site is deep..by going to the destination you can source the best shopping in that city.  Hang on to the list for your next jaunt to Istanbul or Rio.

One tip..there is lots of product, and  I found the best way for me to navigate the content was to click on Shop Designer and then scroll down through the names.  Each time you hover over a name, that person’s wares are featured above, and you can get a good sense of whether they appeal to you.




CO2010_0009 Scandola from Piana village

There is a Corsican saying:

 “If you live in Corsica, when you die and go to Paradise,

you will be disappointed.”

 Black and green schist, red and white granite, snowcapped peaks, mountain slopes

dense with pines, ancient olives and tangled bush, marine-rich turquoise water.

An infinity of bays.

 The Greeks called it Kalliste, “the most beautiful.” View full post »

Talk to the Animals

thumbs2Anna Breytenbach

Anna is a professional animal communicator who has received advanced training through the Assisi International Animal Institute in California, USA and has been practising for 12 years in South Africa, Europe and the USA with domestic and wild animals. Her conservation experience includes working with cheetahs, lions, wolves, baboons and elephants in educational and rehabilitation programmes. Anna’s goal is to raise awareness and advance the relationships among humans and other species, on both the personal and spiritual levels.

Watch Anna in action and be deeply moved: