THE STRANGER

NIGHTHAWKS by Edward Hopper. 1942. Public Domain.

NIGHTHAWKS by Edward Hopper. 1942. Public Domain.

I sit in a brightly-lit diner at the corner of a street which has hours ago emptied out. I pretend to listen to the conversation between the two men with me when a third one walks in. He looks into my eyes then nods to the man behind the counter. He keeps his fedora on as he takes his seat. He sips the coffee he soundlessly asked for and pulls from his suit pocket a small paperback of Camus’s Myth Of Sisyphus. He opens to a page, begins to read and never looks my way again.

WRITING CHALLENGE: FIND A MUSE IN THE MASTERS

COVER ART

COVER ART

BOOK COVER

The Daily Post’s photo challenge this week invites us to imagine the cover of a favorite book, music album or magazine. How irresistible! This is the cover I would have created for the book I am currently reading…

PHOTO CHALLENGE: COVER ART

STILL IN A RHODE ISLAND STATE OF MIND

OCEAN AVENUE. NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND.

 

For the umpteenth time, I popped Dan In Real Life into the DVD player and pressed play. 

Directed by Peter Hedges and starring Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche, the film is about a widower with three daughters who falls for his brother’s girlfriend over the course of his family’s annual gathering in Rhode Island.

Funny, romantic and big-hearted, it has yet to stop making me feel good.

Have you seen it? I wonder if it makes you feel the same way…
DAN IN REAL LIFE

Another delightful feature of the movie is the soundtrack created by Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche.

Here’s one of the songs- My Hands Are Shaking.

A WALK IN PROVIDENCE

 BENEFIT STREET

I sip coffee from the paper cup in my hand as I stroll past the 18th- and 19th-century candy-color houses of Benefit Street, Providence’s “mile of history”.

I anticipate the hour or two I will spend on a bench at the quad of Brown, reading the book (Karen Joy Fowler’s “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves”) I picked up at Cellar Stories, the crammed, old-fashioned bookstore I sought out on Mathewson Street the other day.

Then, I will double-back to Den-Den, the very cool and super chill Asian cafe I happened upon yesterday. The gyoza and chicken teriyaki are worth returning for. 

Later…

In the meantime, the morning light dappling the pavement and the yellow leaves fluttering to the ground are delighting me.

Sometimes, it really is enough to just be walking in the sunshine…
 
 

BROKEN

THE BREAKERS

 THE BREAKERS

Newport, Rhode Island

I only had time to visit one of the gilded-age mansions Newport is known for. I chose the grandest of them all- The Breakers, built for railroad heir, Cornelius Vanderbilt II and named for the waves continually breaking against the cliffs below.

TRAVEL THEME: BROKEN 

FLIGHT

FLIGHT

the flight left at dawn
in its wake, familiars

await my return

enveloped in solitude

cozy cocoon in the sky
Tanka
CREATIVE EVERYDAY