A person, a book, a song

A friend of mine posted this quote on her facebook page at a moment when I needed it most.  It’s perfect even on a regular day, however, so I decided to share.  The photo I chose to go along is from my trip to Old San Juan, a place I’d visit again in a heart beat.  Every Sunday in Old San Juan (weather permitting) you can see dozens and dozens of chiringas (kites) flying in the open area in front of El Morro.

“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken. ”
– Anais Nin

Old San Juan

Old San Juan

Instagram Interrupted My Omaha Dream

I was very disappointed when Instagram went down (Crashed) during my trip to Omaha.  It happened right after the fireworks display at my aunt’s 90th birthday party.  Omaha is such a great city and I was really looking forward to trying to capture, as closely as possible, something resembling the  romanticized images of my home town that appear sometimes in my dreams.  I often joke to my friends in Buffalo that Omaha is a perfect, wonderful, far off land that they should visit as soon as possible.  Here are 4 more shots I was able to take prior to and immediately following the crash, before heading back to Buffalo.  Venues pictured include, Film Streams, Homer’s Records, Fireworks at Ponca Hills FarmCaffeine Dreams.

Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.
– Anais Nin

At Film Streams, Omaha, 2012

At Film Streams, Omaha, 2012

Homer's Records, Omaha, 2012

Homer’s Records, Omaha, 2012

Fireworks for Ann, 2012

Fireworks for Ann, 2012

Caffeine Dreams, Omaha, 2012

Caffeine Dreams, Omaha, 2012