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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Daniel Schorr 1916-2010

Saturday mornings will not be the same. Daniel Schorr passed yesterday at the age of 93. Listening to NPR is how I wake up most days and Saturday mornings meant a slow start of the day, accompanied by Mr. Schorr's commentary.
I last blogged here about Daniel Schorr in July of 2008 in a post prompted by seeing a Louise Bourgeois documentary. We have now lost both of these two incredible New Yorkers, but they certainly will remain an inspiration.

Friday, July 23, 2010

This Old House


Bohemia used reside here: The old Fluxus Farm in the Berkshires ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

When a young teenager I once summered in Villers-sur-Mer with my friend Katherine. Her parents had rented an at once crappy and magnificent old house in Normandy. It sat on a hill overlooking the coast. It had a dining room with large oil portraits and creaky furniture where everyone would meet for breakfast. Katherine's parents were historians and had invited their friends, other writers and historians, to spend the summer. There was never enough hot water for anyone's shower, but always plenty of conversation and Cider. When you are a kid everything is normal. Looking back I wish I would have been old enough to capture this slice of Bohemia.
What made me think of that summer, was Penelope Green's article In a Crumbling Estate, Creativity and History Meet from Wednesday's New York Times. It is accompanied by a slide show, you can find it by clicking here.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tonight: NY & LA

Bryan Graf has an opening at P·P·O·W Gallery Gallery in New York. And work by Emily Shur will be shown at Space 15Twenty Los Angeles. Check it out.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Kitty & The City


Observed yesterday in the Village ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

We Live Longer

Clearly the city is always on my mind.
I came across a New York Times article titled Creating Safer and Kinder Districts to Grow Old by Anemona Hartocollis.
I really liked it because I do think the city is a great place to live for young and old. This gets often overlooked. Many times I heard from people that I consider interlopers, that they feel sorry when they see old people in the streets of New York. They say they think: "Oh poor them, they didn't make it out", when they see a person in their 80s on their street.
It is a strange assumption to me that everyone wants to "get out". Some of my neighbors are in their 80s and they love the city! Particular in the US, I think a place like New York is great as one advances in age. No car needed, hospitals everywhere. City culture is geared towards service and just by looking out of your window you can be part of life. You never have to be lonely in New York. If you really want to find someone that shares your interests, they are there. People are friendly in New York. You just have to reach out and partake.
If you can afford New York in your retirement I think it is a great place for older folks - and I think those with more decades under their belt are also an invaluable asset to the community.
So I am happy to to hear that powers to be agree and are addressing issues affecting older residents.

Monday, July 19, 2010

I ♥ NY


New Yorkers enjoying a perfect Sunday summer evening in Washington Square Park ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Bali


Melancholic Macaque in Ubud ©Nina Buesing Corvallo

It is true: Bali is amazing. And magical. Eat Pray Love's movie adaption (directed by Ryan Murphy of Glee fame) will be in theater's in Mid August. Just for the opportunity to re-visit Bali, albeit on film, will make the movie worth watching for me.
There is a new extended trailer for the movie (find it here). At around the 1 Minute and 30 seconds mark there is a scene of Julia Roberts cycling through Ubud's Enchanted Monkey Forest, which took me right back.