I've never done tarot in my life. Although I was curious about it when I read about (and watched) Childermas's deck in Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, I've never been drawn to it. Today, someone presented me cards from a Goddess Deck – and so, I decided to go with the flow. The person proffering them suggested formulating a question before reaching for one. I sifted through many options and finally settled on "What am I doing with on life? Am I on the right track?" I zoned in on a card, drew it out, and sat back on my haunches. What you see in the picture is what I picked. It's the card of Oonagh, an ancient Irish Queen of the Fairies, who is also a potent Goddess of magic. And the text just made me laugh. It wasn't the answer I was looking for — and maybe it would have fit any question anyone in the group had asked — but it worked for me. Keep calm, let life happen. I need to remember that more. #blog #tarot #destiny #cards #keepcalm #goddess #runes #magic #answers #questions #fortune #fortuneteller
Happy Diwali! While Diwali is overwhelming for all the senses, especially sound and smell, what with fireworks from dawn to … well, dawn, it's definitely easy on the eyes where paper lanterns (kantils) are being sold. This is my favorite chowk in Mumbai – near Shobha restaurant in Shivaji Park. My other favorite Diwali view is off the highway, toward Mahim, where all the government housing (railways, I believe) has an identical lantern, evenly spaced, outside every residence. Sometimes each building has only one uniform colour, other years, different floors sport different colours, but it's still beautiful. #mumbai #stories #Diwali #india #color #lights #festival #blog
Days like this, walking out amidst trees and breathing in the cleanest air, ducks on the water, geese overhead winging it south, the only sound the whisper of the breeze and the lapping of the gentle waves … I miss living here where there is space to get away to (though I love my life in Bombay.)
Anyway, what a view!
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Inside the William Kerr theatre, where @prashraj777 (@raj_attack) and I watched 'a gentleman's guide to love and murder' today. What a beautiful old theatre, I believe it was renovated to replicate the original decor not long ago. And such an awesome production. The actors where fabulous, of course (you don't get the Tony for best musical for nothing) as was the set design. The plot was deliciously devious and the lyrics sublimely droll. We were in such a good mood when it finished. Oh, and we got to upgrade our seats halfway through because the matinee wasn't full. So much fun. I wish we could have also caught 'Something Rotten,' but … we'll watch it next time. (We got discount tickets off the @TodayTix app btw.) #nyc #broadway #culture #funny #ttglam #blog
To offset crazy cat lady behaviour, here's the sky last night on my way to @andiecrossan's for a lovely evening. It's so odd to be back in my very first stomping grounds, working across my first apartment here, cursing the same buses, walking past some of the same establishments … Twin Donuts has been here since *at least* 1999. I didn't enjoy Brighton much when I lived here. I'd just moved for grad school from Poland, and looking back I think it was a period of upheaval and adjustment… but then Brighton weren't no beach either 😉 it's pretty hip now, but it was quite shady back then and really badly connected to the rest of the city. Also, I didn't bike then … which would have made commuting so much easier. Hindsight … 20/20 #BostonDiaries #travel #blog #musings
It was so weird to me that I was taking the same routes on the MBTA that I had back in 1998 and 1999 – and shockingly the #64 and #86 are still perpetually late or arrive in threes because something is up with their scheduling. I was at the same bus stops (now with a modern rain shelter at the Brighton end). The old super market is still there but the furniture store is now a hip liquor store with craft beers galore (I got some pear and apple cider) and beautiful whiskeys plus the mandatory hipster staff. New Balance has expanded massively and I can’t believe I actually am nostalgic for this area.
Also: I realized that the village I lived in in Poland right before we moved here has a web site now.
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How cool IS this? The mbta has taken out the open bike racks at Davis Square and put in this cage. Pedal and Park. Entry and exit is carded. The bikes are *safe* ( God knows I single-handedly kept the bicycle bell industry going, it was stolen so many times. Plus rear tyre, seat, even handlebars once!) – man! I would totally sign up for this. I walked down the bike path today and it was so peaceful. I love that biking is not only sanctioned as an option, it's given thought and preference by the planning authorities. There are bike lanes and yield signs. There are bike rental hubs, you can sent them short term and return them. I really, really miss having the space and freedom to zip around the city, nimbly maneuvering traffic, confident that people will follow the traffic rules and not dart across when it's not their signal. Sigh. Sigh. Sigh. When will India ever catch up? Not in my lifetime, I'm afraid. #boston #BostonDiaries, #travel #bicycles #publictransport #musing #thirdworldproblems #blog
At the @pritheworld studios, doing a 'guest internship' (yes, I made that up) – watching @marcowerman and sound engineer @LouieCronin along with producer @apeavey broadcast live with today's show I've never heard the show live, only as podcasts (because time zones. And no radio news in India) … so this is super exciting. Over this week, I'm shadowing producers and learning how they put together a world-class radio show – and then I hope to apply it to my radio/podcast work in India. I'm also working on a sari story that I reported from home before heading to Boston that will air some time soon. #radio #100saripact #boston #travel #podcast #blog
Today I wrote a story for the web site to accompany a story I sorta helped on.
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A walk and dinner over sunset and moonrise at the Ponte Abril de 25 and doca de Santa Amaro in late August. We walked for (pointless) miles to get here but it was worth it. I loved how the esplanade was bustling with joggers, bikers, and walkers. Under the bridge, by the marina, is a public sports facility with squash and raquetball (maybe even tennis). Such a cool use of space. We had a lovely, slightly pricey dinner seated outdoors as we watched the big, bright moon come up. Then we took the extremely short way back back to the main road and took the tram back to our hotel. #travel #portugal #Lisboa #throwback #summer #blog
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"Hum sab ek hain," says the Christian cobbler gassing with his Muslim buddy in what has got to be the best looking mochi outpost I've ever seen in India. Look at the potted plants and vines. He waved me over and when I complimented him on his decor, I noticed his cross. And then he showed off his friend, raised his hand in benediction and said, we're all the same. #touching #pluralism #india #secular #blog