Monday, December 31, 2012

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

I still have not decided what to do about this space. But I could not allow the year to end without a heartfelt thank you to every one of you, whether you've commented (in the past, I still have those closed) or sent an email or a tweet - or not. I really do appreciate you. On to 2013. I won't close the blog without saying something first. xoxo 

PS: There are some good links on Giulia Geranium's front page for charitable giving & recipes & poems. If you are so inclined. Thanks.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Knit & Purl

Because I love this photograph & because it would offend my OCD-like sensibilities if I allowed November to end without one post, here's a link to a 'learn to knit' post on Giulia Geranium. If I can do it, anyone with most of their fingers can - seriously. Back next week. xo

PS: Some good tips for holiday decorating/simple prep. If I do say so myself.:) And Sweet Paul's Winter issue is live, here.

(Vanessa Redgrave & Natasha Richardson, Rome 1968 via MSNBC)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Between Times

I apologize for the lack of communication here & elsewhere. I have become disenchanted (of late) with cryptic messages, wordplay & related subjects; this is not so good for a writer, especially for a poet (on several deadlines yet). In "real life" however, certain literary techniques can be maddening & even heartbreaking. I'm definitely not being coy; there's no earthshaking news to relay here. Not now. 

Between times that I am here or with you on Twitter or Facebook or Gchat or Skype, know that I carry your heart with me. Always. (It also seems that I have become a saccharine, lachrymose mess. I want to delete the above & say "look, shiny object!" but I won't. For once.) I regret that I cannot take comments these last months; I will think on doing so again in the new year - if I continue.

Lately, I have been: this over & over & over...

... campaigning. Which is really difficult for a shy person but I feel strongly, desperately even. 

... braiding my hair again.

...thinking so much of France, especially Strasbourg. I want to run away.

...thinking of many people but especially today I am thinking of Emily,  her father's shocking sudden death this summer & a promise kept - a trip to Venice. Read on.

(Between Times by Melanie Rodriguez; her entire portfolio, here)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


I have them (butterflies) & then I saw these lovely photographs by Emmanuelle Brisson (via My Modern Met). Make of that what you will. I hadn't intended to post so soon, especially as I'm undecided about the direction I should take. Perhaps I should just finish the year out with monthly postings & decide in January. I've received some emails & messages that comments are turned off & so how should anyone contact me. Um, like that:) I'll return those messages by week's end. Sorry for the delay. It's me, not you.


(photograph by Emmanuelle Brisson)

Friday, August 31, 2012

Blue Moon

Have a wonderful long weekend if you're in the States and Canada. Wherever you are, enjoy the Blue Moon this evening. See this site for beautiful photographs, illustrations, & the best writing for astronomy lovers (who may not know all that much - I don't.) Here are more night sky posts on Giulia Geranium.

I'll be back soon. Somehow. Comments still turned off but feel free to pop in to Twitter (join!) or Pinterest.


(photograph by Beata Rydén)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Summer Ballet

Hello all. A reminder that the summer Ballet in Cinema series has three ballets left: The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère, & La Source. I think this is only in North America. So many of you are elsewhere so please let me know if you have anything comparable. I'll keep looking.

Also in ballet-land: I've recommended Ballet Beautiful streaming videos before & here's an enticement: 15% off for July. Enter BBJULY in the code box as you check out. I recommend Swan Arms to begin. (Also the, um, butt series:)

Hope you're neither too hot nor too cold (nor too wet). This is a summer of extremes around the world. Climate change much? (Fie upon the deniers.)


(photograph/crop detail by Prabuddha Dasgupta; tulle underskirt by Vivienne Westwood. How I wish I were standing on a boulder at the crashing sea.)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Happy Midsummer!

It's already June 20. Gulp. I still haven't decided what to do with this space. So here's a photograph & a link to a Swedish midsummer cake & how to make a flower crown. And let's not forget the heavens.

I say it & you don't believe me but you should: I miss you. (Comments are still turned off; it's just too difficult for me--presently--to moderate them. See here for ways to contact me


PS: Remember my advice about flower crowns & Thanksgiving. Apply this to any gathering where your presence is required. (Though taking a walk on a day like this one -- 100F degrees - is not advised. Go to the movies.)

(photograph by Amy Merrick via Lawrence)