The Good Wife/Bad Woman?

She’s got a name for headlines, and her politician husband a strange knack for keeping them in the limelight.  No , no time machine flashback, not Hillary, but her former aide de camp – Huma Adebin.  The Humanity, the Humaliation, the Humar of Wiener’s Wee-Wee-peat – the list could go on and on, but surprisingly, even the UK’s Daily Mail has been circumspect with “Huma Adebin Faces Backlash For Standing By Her Man.” This from a paper that has called Pippa Middleton’s 34b’s lolling and sagging, clearly not known for its restraint.  The New York Post, also not a harbinger of tact and decorum, went with “Pained Huma Backs Husband, Marriage.” A blog for New York Magazine went with “No Longer Flawless, Huma’s Been Humanized.” Ironically, Harper’s Bazaar, in an article penned by Adebin and printed previous to Anthony Weiner’s latest sexting scandal, opted for “The Good Wife.” Continue reading “The Good Wife/Bad Woman?”

Dance To The Storm/Harbors Make Me Happy

I am not afraid of the storm, for I am learning to sail my ship. Louisa May Alcott

I recently came across that quote and it stayed with me. Not only did this quote force my adult self, with its understanding of free will, to reevaluate my perception of Amy March (she is no longer just the Laurie stealing oh-no-she-diduhnt sister), but it brought to mind comforting nautical references.  From Genesis (Noah) and The Book Job to The Perfect Storm, from Homer to Shakespeare (who loved a good shipwreck) to Melville or even the celestial sailings of Winken, Blinken, Nod and Opus, literary works have used the sea and boats as a vast slew of devices – symbols, allegories, tropes and you name its. The sea, the shore, sailing – all are able to have several different meanings: vastness, redemption, opportunity, hardship, a vestige of what was once unconquered and also travel and former lives, the unknown, journeys both physical and figurative, and water, lots and lots of water. Continue reading “Dance To The Storm/Harbors Make Me Happy”

May you be well every year.

Pippa the Partyplanner, in her regular column for Waitrose – a British lifestyle magazine , has been hitting on several cultural events/holidays.  Her first “Friday Night Feast” was Asian themed in time for the Chinese new year, and one column was Wimbledon based – let the people have their Pimms! Presumably, her July column covered Bastille Day. Despite coming under criticism for the column, the editor of Waitrose has compared her to Yotam Ottolenghi, the Cordon Bleu trained chef and author of Jerusalem, the cookbook. Continue reading “May you be well every year.”

Tuesday, 30 April in Boston

Arlington Street Church, cross the street from the Boston City Sports ,which had all its front windows blown out during the Marathon, offered people the chance to create and observe prayer flags.

Prayers for Boston & The Whole World: Write your prayers on a piece of fabric and then, please tie your prayers to the fence.  In Solidarity and In LOVE
The instructions read: Prayers for Boston & The Whole World: Write your prayers on a piece of fabric and then, please tie your prayers to the fence. In Solidarity and In LOVE

The other sheet of paper had a quote from Rumi, a Persian Sufi Poet.