Archive for September, 2011

Photo diary/From the deep archives: Jenny Holzer’s MARQUEES

September 11, 2011

I’ve been doing some very satisfying housecleaning, including going through a lot of old photos. Among them I found this set of snapshots documenting not only Jenny Holzer’s 1993 installation called “Marquees” (produced by Creative Time) but also pre-Disney 42nd Street.


Quote of the day: PLEASURE

September 10, 2011


“The Word”

Down near the bottom
of the crossed-out list
of things you have to do today,

between “green thread”
and “broccoli,” you find
that you have penciled “sunlight.”

Resting on the page, the word
is beautiful. It touches you
as if you had a friend

and sunlight were a present
he had sent from someplace distant
as this morning—to cheer you up,

and to remind you that,
among your duties, pleasure
is a thing

that also needs accomplishing.
Do you remember?
that time and light are kinds

of love, and love
is no less practical
than a coffee grinder

or a safe spare tire?
Tomorrow you may be utterly
without a clue,

but today you get a telegram
from the heart in exile,
proclaiming that the kingdom

still exists,
the king and queen alive,
still speaking to their children,

—to any one among them
who can find the time
to sit out in the sun and listen.

— Tony Hoagland

Photo diary: a Labor Day stroll through Central Park

September 5, 2011

Randall met Andy and me on the East Side by the Children's Zoo.

We were going to meet him at Bethesda Fountain but he didn't know where that was. He's Canadian, so we forgave him. I always associate Bethesda Fountain with "Angels in America," but really these days it is the domain of Asian wedding photographers.

Andy, for obvious reasons, pointed out this memorial stone next to the boat pond, near the Bow Bridge. Anyone know the story behind this plaque?

Labor action at the Boathouse Cafe -- quite successful. No one was going into the restaurant.

I'd never noticed the stone bench on the path just above E. 72nd Street with the Latin legend carved into it ALTERI VIVAS OPORTET SI VIS TIBI VIVERE ("You should live for others if you would live for yourself"), built in honor of Walter Hutchins. This beautiful brass sundial sits on the back of the bench.

Therisa Barber, ballerinamime

A little cherub in her hot daddy's arms

Quote of the day: SEX

September 5, 2011

“10 Slow Sex Tips”

1. Go slower than you would imagine. Then go even slower. In slow sex, there is no minimum speed limit. We promise, if you want to rev things up–try slowing down.

2. Play with peaking. Orgasm has its ups and downs.  Get to know both and enjoy a whole new kind of ride.

3. Increase attention rather than pressure.If you want to get more out of sex, expand your range beyond “harder and faster.” Increase attention along the way.  Try this on for size: What does it feel like to focus on your partner’s collar bone 5 minutes straight?

4. Stay Connected. Fantasy can be fun, but it often leaves your partner behind.  Stay connected physically and emotionally.  Sex will get much more satisfying for you both.

5. Speak your sensations. Communication is the easiest way to increase intimacy. Discover how sexy “simple” can be. Reveal to your partner what you feel in your body right now. Your sensation will increase the more you do.

6. Safeport your partner. Pave the way for deeper sensation. Tell your partner what you are going to do before you do it.

7. Ask for what you want. Don’t dumb down your desires. Even if your partner says no, you increase intimacy and connection when you are honest.

8. Say the thing you don’t want them to know.  Taboo is sexy.  You don’t have to act on it, but why keep that sensation to yourself?

9. Do it for your own pleasure. Especially when you are in “giving” mode. The better it feels to you, the better it will feel to your partner.  Touch them so that it feels good to you.

10. Do it now. Why wait? Ask for the sex you want, right now, today.

— Nicole Daedone, Slow Sex

Photo diary: Labor Day weekend in Bucks County

September 4, 2011

It got off to a rough start -- we'd barely hit the road when we got rear-ended on the West Side Highway. Andy and Michael's month-old Mustang convertible got seriously damaged. Halfway to Bucks, the entire bumper fell off and had to be abandoned by the side of the road.

Aggravating as the initial collision was, the worst part of the ordeal was waiting TWO HOURS for police to come by and fill out an accident report for insurance purposes.

Happily, on the other side of the road trip was this refuge: Longwood Cabin.

A gorgeous place to lounge and do nothing.

Tom and Mike from DC were also there. The number of handheld devices in the crowd was steep. Those of us with iPads shared apps. I turned them on to ToonPaint.

There was eating and clowning and soaking in the hot tub.

A good time was had by all.

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