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Monday, November 25, 2013

Man, This Country is Beautiful.

Driving through Yellowstone.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Recipes, Recipes, Recipes

As a vegetarian it warms my hear to see my way of eating find more mainstream acceptance.
Check out The New York Times' Vegetarian Thanksgiving 2013 recipes.

Friday, November 22, 2013

With The Holidays Around The Corner

for vegetarian holiday recipes turn to Molly Katzen and of course Peter Berley remains a favorite too.
Molly Katzen was on Leonard Lopate this morning and spoke about cooking for the holidays and her new book The Heart of The Plate. You can listen to the segment at:www.wnyc.org/story/mollie-katzens-vegetarian-recipes-new-generation/.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

I Can't Wait!

courtesy Wes Anderson

I am a sucker for Wes Anderson movies, check out the trailer for his newest  film at: www.grandbudapesthotel.com.

Monday, October 7, 2013

For over a decade I ran a women's photography collective. The impetus was to address an imbalance and to create opportunity. To some extend it was successful. The collective is now defunct, but my feminism has only grown stronger. Particularity since becoming a mother. A friend told me that her very powerful and influential female boss - a mother of four - told her: "As a mother you are always alone". It's a harsh statement, but there is much truth to it.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Deep Sadness

Yesterday's verdict prompted much emotion in me. As a mother, as human being, I just don't understand any of it. I don't understand why George Zimmerman exited his car nor why he would have followed Trayvon Martin. Especially since the police was responsive and told him not to follow Martin. I don't understand the law (in Florida) that does not require retreat when possible. In a country currently so riddled with fear & insecurity "the stand your ground" law is entirely irresponsible and in my mind gives permission for people to give into their phobias & delusions and act in an irrational manner. It's all incredibly complex, but the answers are simple: we need less guns, more education and better laws.
I walked today with my child and husband (and my doula!) in the Treyvon Martin Rally. Because something has to change.
No one is winning. I feel deep sadness for America.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Hot City

© Buesing

We are experiencing our second heat wave. I have a love/hate relationship with the heat in the city. Certain days I can't take it. It makes the city too muggy, hot and dirty for me. The air gets so thick and stale, you know it's bad for you. But at the same time I love how you can wear a super light dress and sandals out at 3 AM and still be hot, how life is lived outside instead of inside. The city's parks become our living room. Good stuff.

Friday, July 5, 2013


© Buesing

Like many mothers I am smitten with my child. When he goes to bed, I usually get a moment to myself, and often I end up editing  pictures of my son. And I edit and I look, and then I miss him, even though he is asleep in another room.
That's Baby Love.

Monday, July 1, 2013

The City

© Buesing
New York is messy, dirty, parts of it are really ugly and currently the city is also very hot and steamy in that yucky sort of way.
But is also a place of endless possibility, tolerance, grandeur -- and humor. I doubt another place could have produced Woody Allen.
I love you, New York.
Happy Pride, Everyone.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

I love you, Dad! ( Dads are awesome.)

Dad & I in Iran , sometime in the 70s. © Buesing

My Father-in-Law (we miss you) & My Husband - out west , sometimes in the 70s. 
My husband & Our son. In The Bahamas a month ago. © Buesing

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Question Bridge Interactive

Worthy of support: Question Bridge. Please donate at Kickstarter.
If you donate $1000 you can meet Jesse Williams. I know that will motivate some of you;)

courtesy Question Bridge

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Mother's Day was Sunday and the first anniversary of my becoming a mother is near, thus mothers and women are on my brain. When I was a little girl I was a tomboy. I had no interest in playing house or mommy and for a very long time I thought I would never have children,or at least not biological ones. Now I do and it has been the most extraordinary journey for me. The banal miracle of reproduction!
I am also now in the fifth decade of my life which is hard for me to believe.The last two to three years have brought fundamental changes ot my life. My father-in-law passed suddenly, my son was born and I turned 40. And now I am different. In many ways better and others I am not.
Disease and death looms closer now. Not just my husband, but many friends have lost a parent recently. Other people (young and old) have become sick. Many of my friends now have multiple children.
None of us know what is in store.
I was surprised to read Angelina Jolie Op-Ed piece in the New York Times today about her preventative double mastectomy.
Pleasantly surprised. Think what you will of Angelina Jolie, but that was very good of her to share. Cancer affects so many of us and in very different ways.
For some it can be a bump in the road, for others it is devastating. And while of course the person affected has the most to loose, cancer makes families and friends suffer as well. I think it is important to hear all stories.
Deeply connected to the topic of cancer is of course the debate over health care reform. Having been raised in Europe I am horrified about the current health care situation in the US. I am privileged enough to have had always access to outstanding care. And outstanding care is actually easy to find in the US - if you have good health insurance or are wealthy. But many people do not have access to preventative or quality care.
People are resourceful out of necessity.
Friends of 28 year old Amelia Coffaro have organized a fundraiser to help Amelia cope with the costs of her fighting Stage 3 inflammatory Breast Cancer.
While not a real solution, these sort of efforts can at least help select individuals. If you can please donate to this fundraiser at: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/q2x1/projectamelia
I do not know Amelia personally. I came across her story via a photography acquaintance.
But as I keep saying, the kindness of strangers fills me with hope. So I gave a $50 - it's not a lot but if many of us give that amount or even less it will help. Please consider contributing.

Another Planet

Meeting New People © Nina Buesing Corvallo
Ever since the arrival of our son, my perception of time has forever shifted. For one it seems that I have less time. But that's ok. However I do wish I had more time to write. Not only has my perception of time been altered but that of my world in general -- or maybe I am just visiting another planet.
For the past 20 or so years I have lived in New York. The city is always changing and rarely boring, but with a kid, the city is so different,. Unexpectedly it is a friendlier place.
Every pregnant woman I see makes me smile. Everyone smiles at my son and I. My cranky neighbor is now soft and inviting. Strangers chat and share with me all the time. A woman on the subway will tell me in three stops about her three births and how many stitches she received after each deliver. The cashier at the market will tell me about her daughter and her recent miscarriage. Neighbors, people I know from community board meetings and friends of friends I never met, pass down clothing and toys. People always offer me a seat on the subway if I am with my son. I joined a whole new community. Or maybe I rejoined it, because I remember it from when I was a child. The kindness of strangers always touches me. It gives me hope.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

I love you, Mama! © Nina Buesing Corvallo

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Big Blue Day

© Nina Buesing Corvallo
During Sandy and after, we listened a lot to WNYC by candle light. And while we waited for the electricity to come back on, I grew fond of Soundcheck. Tonight as my son, husband and cats were already soundly asleep John Schaefer played Brian Eno's Deep Blue Day. It magically filled the room and gently ended a crazy week.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Boston & The World

Boston. Such horrible news out of Boston today. My friends in Boston are fine. And I am relieved. I see people on social media expressing their relief that their friends and family are fine. But there are families who lost someone in Boston (or elsewhere) today. There are people who were injured.
To say "I am so glad you are ok" is a deeply sincere sentiment, but also a jarring reminder that someone is not - and not only in Boston. The world breaks my heart.

Paul McDonough @ Sahsa Wolf

courtesy Sasha Wolf Gallery
If you find yourself on the L.E.S. swing by Sasha Wolf Gallery to see Paul McDonough's work. Sight Seeing is an excellent selection of images. Mr. McDonough's work reminds me what photography is all about.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Young New Yorkers

© Nina Buesing Corvallo
He said cat today. What else is there to say anyway?

Tonight while I was purchasing Urine Destroyer (that stuff ain't cheap but it works. Old cats got problems. Leave them alone.) at the local pet store with my precocious 10 month old, all over a sudden my boy pointed at an image of a feline and said "cat". And then he said it again and again. And then he said it on the phone to his dad and to his cats when we returned home. Totally amazing.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

New Yorkers

(via Kottke.org) New York City has been my home longer than any other place I lived. And for the majority of my two decades plus here, I have resided in the same building. The best part of that has been my neighbors. My neighbors range from age 3 to 91 currently. I love hearing stories from my older neighbors about back- in-the-day. I never thought about taping them. But maybe I should. Dustin Cohen made a well heart warming short film about Frank Catalfumo, a 91 year old cobbler from Brooklyn. See it below.

The Shoemaker from Dustin Cohen on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tante Ilse

Tante Ilse passed yesterday.
Tante Ilse had wit, charisma and above all heart.
Tante Ilse was my great-aunt and a big time favorite of mine. I think she was a favorite of everyone, including of my husband's.
Diaspora sucks mostly. When your family -and friends- are spread around the globe you always miss someone or something: a wedding, a birth - a goodbye.
I wanted Tante Ilse to meet my son.They did not meet.
But I know they would have really liked each other.
Tante Ilse, you are in my heart.

K, U & H - I am thinking of you.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


When Babies gte tired, they get cranky. When Babies are cranky it's best to remove all stimulus and settle them to sleep. This really goes for adults too. As we grow we are taught more control. Control to get through that meeting, dinner, flight, etc while we are tired. Many also use caffeine, sugar, etc to help push through tiredness. The downside of control is that we also become less in tune. unaware of ourselves and more accepting.
Sometimes when we need all stimulus removed, we don't even realize it. We might be irritable, in a bad mood and don't even realize why. It can cause real stress. I live in a mixed zone area in New York City. In the past couple of years because of changing economic forces, there has been a great influx of new business in my neighborhood.These commercial ventures have brought bring with them noise pollution. Some of the noise is temporary other noise pollution plays itself out more insidiously.
Noise pollution is a health concern that is mostly overlooked and ignored in this city/country and that needs to change.

Baby Love: Clothes

Clothes for The Baby, below my favorites:

- Self-made stuff. My sister and family friends have been knitting for the boy wonder. Simply the best.
- Kicky Pants. Onesies, PJ, etc made out of mostly Bamboo. Soft, stretchy, thin - great for hot weather and as a layer for cold weather.
- Polarn O. Pyrat. Swedish classic design. Durable, so it can survive many washes AND be passed on! And they know the secret to staying worm: layering. They also make an effort to make their clothes cruelty free.
- Gap. Good for basics - and nautical inspired clothes - always a plus in my book.

Paris in The Snow

© Hank Willis Thomas

Some people have Mal D'Afrique. I feel Mal de Paris. It's been too long.

Thursday, January 17, 2013


© Nina Buesing Corvallo

Yesterday my son said Mama for the first time. I cried :).

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Express Yourself

It was thrilling to see New York State pass stricter gun laws yesterday. Go New York! And to see President Obama announce his 23 executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence today.
But it is not enough.
Personally I think the issue of violence has to be tackled from every angle: education, culture, (mental) health, economic, equality, media, legislative etc. I also think that everyone needs to speak up. It can make a difference.
One way you can express yourself is by writing to your elected officials. Tell them your suggestions or maybe simply express your support.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Zack Mason

courtesy ©Zachary Mason

While in Bushwick the other day, I came across the work of Zachary Mason. You can see some of his work at: www.zmason.com.

When Stuck...

Three Brooklyn Cats © Nina Buesing Corvallo

...best to be stuck in New York.
as previously mentioned I cannot travel for a while. Luckily I live in New York City. There is always another neighborhood to visit or something new to see. So while I cannot travel geographically far for now, I will travel plenty.
Oh and when I travel next, Myanmar, is where I would like to go first. Gotta go see my Godson!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Places I Want To See

© Nina Buesing Corvallo

I cannot travel for a while, because I have to buckle down. But when I get back to traveling these are some places I would like to visit:

Key West

and re-visit:

The Arctic

Saturday, January 12, 2013

2013 This & That

Not sure what that means for this blog/journal. We'll see.
In the mean time a few things I have been either reading, thinking about or looking at:

- www.zoelab.net  - I admire how honestly and lovingly Zoe has been writing and sharing. And I am so sorry for her loss.

© Annie Marie Musselman
- Annie Marie Musselman's Kickstarter campaign: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1949643029/find-the-funds-for-finding-trust. People are easy. Photographing, portraying animals is much harder. And it is even harder to elicit empathy from those who do not naturally care.The talented Annie Marie Musselman is devoted to the cause and her work deserves to be funded and supported. Please donate if you can.

courtesy Art in General /Vimeo

- Kambui Olujimi's Wayward North. I like Kambui's take on magical realism and living.