Monthly Archives: May 2011

Memorial Day

In the United States, it is Memorial  Day – a day for remembering those who have died. Formerly, the date was always May 30th; now the date floats so mourners can have a long weekend.  Today’s Writers Almanac cheekily suggests that since the day … Continue reading

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The Hard Times Exhibition

A couple of blogs ago I mentioned Dorothea Lange’s ability to catch the souls of the dispossessed with her camera. Since that entry, I’ve seen The Hard Times Exhibition at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square. The photographs are by Paul Wenham-Clarke, a … Continue reading

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H.M.S. Victory

Today I took in a lunchtime concert at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, but prior to the concert, I ate a sandwich in Trafalgar Square. I sat below the fourth plinth which is home to changing exhibits. Today I sat below a 1:30 scale … Continue reading

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All the Lonely People

Writers’ Trigger: Today is Dorothea Lange‘s birthday (1895-1965). If you know her work, you know her iconic Great Depression photo “Migrant Mother, Nipomo, CA 1936.” Employed by the Public Works Administration, Lange was hired to document displaced farmers during the Dust Bowl years. … Continue reading

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Chelsea Flower Show

A casual gardener at best, I would like to take in the Chelsea Flower Show, but casually. I tend to be a generalist. I didn’t think too much about my big picture mentality until I went to Peru with some serious … Continue reading


A Touching Story

Writers’ Trigger: While we were travelling in Peru, I happened upon a discarded copy of The Remains of the Day by  Kazuo Ishiguro.  Years ago I had seen the movie with Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins, but I had never read the book. … Continue reading

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It’s a Jungle Out There

Green! If there is a lovelier color, I wouldn’t know what it would be. Peru was my first jungle experience and despite my irrational fear of snakes, I am so so glad that I was open to giving it a … Continue reading


Ecological Finger Pointing

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Machu Picchu

 By all measures, I should be writing about Manchu Picchu, and yet… I’m not sure why I keep putting it off. Perhaps I lost interest when, prior to visiting, I read that during the high tourist season, 2,000 people a … Continue reading

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Foreign Intervention

I think that it is May 2, but at this point, I hardly know I name. Yes! I know that I have said nothing of Manchu Picchu. I will. I will. The Ramblers called the first leg of our trip … Continue reading