Saturday, January 29, 2011

Playing with Kaleidoscopes











A new app lets me transform any photo into a gorgeous kaleidoscopic image. This one reminds me of a Nordic fairytale or an extraordinarily painful migraine aura.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Bad Habits




1. Channel surfing.
2. Acting out in public.
3. Saying, "Let's get together soon" and mean "Let's not get together soon."
4. Unctuousness.
5. Stepping on the heels of my shoes.
6. Smacking me on the head when I snore.
7. Not bathing at least once a day.
8. Talking for the sake of talking.
9. Using chopsticks as hair ornaments or for eating western food.
10. Leaving a half-finished bottle of water in the car, then drinking from it the next day.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

If Only....



If only we had the time to appreciate it: ocean, baseball, city, hills, baseball, diversity of cultures and languages, fog, quality of light, coolness, baseball, the nonchalance of the strange. Oh. That's San Francisco. Not all of California.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Favorite Exercise



Walking continues to be. My feet have taken me to many places, some which I probably shouldn't have gone to. With no arches, my feet have ached from walking on pavement, but they haven't given out and are still capable of taking me on memorable adventures. When younger, I had walking companions who traveled with me to new countries. Now many have knee, hip, ankle, nerve, feet, arch, and circulation problems and walking is limited. Many breaks are needed and my feet feel restless. My mother, at age 82, can still walk our hill in Kobe - a tortuous, twisted & steep road. And I can hardly keep up with her downhill - she scuttles ahead like a beetle. A number of years ago, she developed arthritis in her knees and gave up walking the hill. Then she took a vacation with me in NYC and somewhere along Avenue of the Americas I noticed that she was walking normally. "You're healed!" I said, and she was. When I am bored with the treadmill, I think of her walking energetically in Japan, and continue walking.


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Know About Me



I lived to adulthood bearing a name and surname that officially does not exist.