When you practice staying present, 
one thing you’ll quickly discover 
is how persistent the story line is. 
Traditionally, in the Buddhist texts, 
our tendencies with their habitual story lines 
are described as seeds in the unconscious. 
When the right causes and conditions come together, 
these preexisting propensities pop up 
like flowers in the springtime. 
It’s helpful to contemplate that it’s these propensities 
and not what triggers them 
that are the real cause of our suffering. 

~ Pema Chodron

Gia Hara, Oia


To be able to take my pictures, I have to look,
all the time, at the people and places I care about. 
And I must do so with both warm ardor and cool appraisal,
with the passions of both eye and heart, 
but in that ardent heart there must also be
a splinter of ice.
And so it was, with fire and ice, the studio
woodstove insufficient to do him any good
on the winter afternoons but with two fingers of bourbon
to warm him, that Larry and I made these pictures:
exploring what it means to grow older,
to let the sunshine fall voluptuously on a
still-beautiful form, to spend quiet afternoons together again.
No phone, no kids, NPR tuned low,
the smell of the chemicals, the two of us still in love,
still at the work of making pictures that we hope will matter.

And it is because of the work, and the love, that these
pictures I took don't disturb Larry. Like our kids,
he believes in the work we do and in confronting the truth
and challenging convention.
We all agree that a little discomfort is a small price
to pay for that.

~ Sally Mann, Hold Still

MAD Missives


TAKE | this quiz, then this one

WHO IS | Rose Uniacke?

photocollage: ENOC PEREZ


The Everyday Enchantment of Music

A rough sound was polished until it became a smoother sound,
which was polished until it became music. Then the music was
polished until it became the memory of a night in Venice when
tears of the sea fell from the Bridge of Sighs, which in turn was
polished until it ceased to be and in its place stood the empty
home of a heart in trouble. Then suddenly there was sun and the
music came back and traffic was moving and off in the distance, at
the edge of the city, a long line of clouds appeared, and there was
thunder, which, however menacing, would become music, and the
memory of what happened after Venice would begin, and what
happened after the home of the troubled heart broke in two would also begin.

~ Mark Strand

painting : GIGI MILLS

Bye bye, New York

I HEART you BIG time!

JUANA Camp | NYC 2015

What we did in eight days ::

Hans Christian Anderson Storytellers | Central Park
Roosevelt Island Tramway
The New York Public Library | Bryant Park
The Intrepid Sea, Air + Space Museum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Egyptian Wing
WICKED | The Gershwin Theatre
Circle Line Cruise around Manhattan
The Whitney Museum
The High Line
Hudson River Dance Festival | Paul Taylor, Ballet Hispanico, Parsons
The Polish National Ballet | The Joyce Theatre
The Brooklyn Museum | The Notebooks of Jean-Michel Basquiat
The Brooklyn Bridge | walked across into lower Manhattan
Rockefeller Center | Top of the Rock

But more importantly, we did a lot of FIRSTS
and learned a few things.

For the first time a camper
ate octopus
rode the subway
rode a city bus
was able to identify a Picasso
learned the words clavicle, philanthropy,
claustrophobia, slake

The list goes on . . . .

Yes, I'm insane,
Yes, I'm blessed with crazy energy,
Yes, I'm EXHAUSTED and speaking in tongues.

I think I'll take myself somewhere extra special
as a reward for all my hard work . . . .

JUANA Camp | NYC 2015 :: Day 7

Brooklyn Museum | The Unknown Notebooks of Jean-Michel Basquiat
The Brooklyn Bridge | Brooklyn to Manhattan
Rockefeller Center | Top of the Rock

MAD Missives

SUBWAYS | Brilliant

 AM | Alanis in Chains

WHO IS | Sean Yoro


JUANA Camp | NYC 2015 :: Day 6

The Circle Line 
The American Museum of Natural History
Joyce Theatre | The Polish National Ballet


Who will replace Alex?

JUANA Camp | NYC 2015 :: Day 5

The Whitney Museum
The High Line
9/11 Memorial + Museum
Hudson River Dance Festival

JUANA Camp | NYC 2015 :: Day 4

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Egyptian Wing
Greek + Roman Sculptures
20th Century Paintings