I'm reading Circle's Apprentice by Dan Beachy-Quick, rather slowly, I think because I'm trying to take in his impressions of Emerson's philosophy. Sometimes it's interesting to read poetry while thinking about philosophy. Sometimes it's interesting to think about philosophy while looking at a lake, like Thoreau did.


I noticed this flower in Battery Park last weekend after visiting the Poets House's annual showcase of every volume of poetry published this year in the US. The photo is my metaphor for the roomful of books-- brilliant, flame-hued beauty with its roots around the stones in the fountain. I didn't really want to take … Continue reading Show


The church seems to be wearing an earring, the ornate lamp hanging over the steps. Lake Bled in Slovenia captivates its visitors with the bluest water I've ever seen, the picturesque mountain backdrop, and the free wishes granted by ringing the bronze bell inside this church on the teardrop-shaped island. According to legend, a gold … Continue reading Lakes