Nothing more

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. – Henry Ford A woman in a coonskin cap stands at the window, her footless legs as rooted to the floor as the plant beside her is rooted to its pot. This pot is blue, like the woman’s pants and tunic, its clusters … Read more

The sweetest goodbye

Goodnight, goodnight, goodnight. What more is there to say than goodnight? – Jimmy Durante “Allô, bonjour,” says the bird. “Allô, bonjour,” it says again three days later. “Allô, bonjour!” say the others that have gathered around it on this bright, sunny last day of June. In a couple hours, the movers will arrive to pick … Read more

Good and right

Art is a ripening, an evolution, an uplifting which enables us to emerge from darkness into a blaze of light. – Jerzy Grotowski Penny Pocket lives in Windy City. Those are leaves flying past her in the air, not snow, and yet she is dressed as if for winter. It’s not just windy in Windy … Read more

Wash it all clean

Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen. –Orhan Pamuk In the Jeux olympiques maison (30 April 2021), two athletes compete in the Stack the Blocks on the Tower of Drawers Behind a Vase Full of Long, Skinny Branches Covered in Little Red Flowers game. Will the green team win, or … Read more

Listen up!

Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. – Steve Jobs A king stands in a stone water well talking softly to himself. Why? His clothing is neither ripped nor sullied, his bejeweled crown sits perfectly on his head, and his long hair and beard are both perfectly coiffed. If … Read more

Dumb as bricks

Don’t waste your time looking back. You’re not going that way. – Ragnar Lothbrok Patricia and Nelly stand close to each other at a bus stop, sharing the task of holding a book open in front of them. Only Nelly is looking at it, though; Patricia is too preoccupied with the hand resting on her … Read more

Pun intended

If you have to force it, leave it. Relationships. Friendships. Yoga poses. Perfect ponytails. Let that shit go. – Akua Naru When asked to discuss the inspiration behind his fictional character, Emma Bovary, Gustave Flaubert is reported to have said, without hesitation: “Madame Bovary, c’est moi.” Though there exists no written trace of this sentence … Read more

Wait for it

If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans. – Woody Allen Madame Clarabelle Rossignol is a woman of a certain age. She wears a bright orange dress with long sleeves. Her hat, more decorative than functional, matches in form and color the large purple shawl wrapped high around her neck. Her … Read more

Don’t bring it with you

Picture your dream home. I bet it’s not filled with clutter. – Joshua Becker It starts with Adho Mukha Shvanasana and ends 22 days later with Balasana. Ten dogs, all of them doing yoga. Impatiently. Peevishly. Ten colored pencil pieces, all of them made at one of the little round tables outside Café Regular du … Read more

Over over

What’s past is prologue, and the world awaits. – Lisa Mantchev The family resemblance between Albertine and Mariette is evident: both are pale-skinned, square-nosed, rosy-cheeked, freckly gingers. The way they style their thick eyebrows and their equally thick, long hair in braided coils around their ears suggests a particular closeness. They are cousins, Irish ones … Read more