• Rented Minimalism

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015 3 Permalink 0

    A place for the knitting Aesthetic minimalism is a bit like anorexia: There is no satisfactory end point until everything vanishes. It is a style set upon its own extinction. That is why, as you are trying to strip everything to modern design essentials, all normal life-processes are working against you.  As a friend of mine used to ...

  • A Sojourn in America

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 1 Permalink 1

    April is the Cruelest Month The poet got that one right, all irony preserved. The last month has been a testing time, full of uncertainties and stresses, though it also contained many welcomed wonders and unexpected visits with family and friends, and it contained the unfolding of spring, both here and in the United States. What I ...

  • On death, life and looking both directions

    Saturday, April 4, 2015 5 Permalink 2

    Loss and will Though it's my favorite holiday, I didn't think Easter was going to happen for me this year. I was pulled away from home on Thursday because of an unexpected death in our family which left M.'s mother alone with no caregiver. So on 10 hours notice, I flew out here to Denver for ...

  • Mr. Smiley and the Organ

    Thursday, March 19, 2015 3 Permalink 0

    From one gothic to another The small-town Masonic Lodge in Upstate New York had dwindled to barely a quorum of its membership. The last of the line, in their 70s and 80s and facing extinction, had voted to disband the Temple, and to sell its furnishings to those who could better use them. One of the items ...

  • Feet of Clay: The Maya and FLW

    Sunday, March 1, 2015 2 Permalink 0

    Photo by Mike Dillon, original work licensed as GFDL, via Wiki.  Empire and Superstar: Uncanny resemblances Everything I have read about Frank Lloyd Wright suggests that, for all his innovative genius, he was absolutely ego-maniacal, impossible to work with, horrible with clients and contractors (and wives) alike, and even scaled his buildings to his own short personal stature, with ceiling heights often ...

  • Many Ruins at Once

    Sunday, March 1, 2015 3 Permalink 0

    Back roads of the interior One of the more unsettling experiences in the Yucatan last month was the C-grade pyramid complex called Xcambo. Seeing it was an accident of place, but it affected me more than any other ruins of the trip. Xcambo today is all that is left of what was once a bustling city, the northernmost citadel of a ...

  • A happy irony revisited

    Friday, February 20, 2015 9 Permalink 0

    Photo: From El Gran Museo del Mundo Maya de Mérida, Yucatan. Hated it There were many things which my dear grandmotherly EH and I loved about each other, but aesthetics was the least among them. We generally hated anything that the other adored. If there were two options to select from, be them in the realm of upholstery, hairstyles, TV shows, ...

  • At Home in Grayscale

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 1 Permalink 1

    Photo: A carnival queen from the Children's Parade in Merida, 2015. Happy Mardi Gras, y'all. Here's a bit of vibrant Yucatecan cheer from our vacation, though the electric colors, plumes and sequins which just two days ago we were taking for granted now seem impossibly bright, even absurd, to us after being abruptly transported back to the context of the muted ...