16-05-11 WPC- Mother Earth

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
They took all the trees
And put them in a tree museum
And they charged all the people
A dollar and a half to see ’em
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And they put up a parking lot
Hey farmer farmer
Put away that D.D.T. now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
Joni Mitchell
I spent Sunday at Coney Island…I took a lot of pictures of many of the human made spectaculars.
and yet…
I couldn’t help feeling that the original was better.
The weekly challenge is Earth

3-31-12 Goodbye Secret Bay

Our family did not have a good 2011. Many things simply did not go well, and an amazing amount of stressors landed on us in quick succession.  But we made it through and felt we deserved some sort of reward for our pains.  But we had a limited amount of time and money. Katherine did some exploring and well…

We spent the last five days on the incredible island of Dominica…on the outskirts of the town of Portsmouth in an amazing eco-resort/hotel called Secret Bay.  I cannot say enough about the staff and owners of the establishment. Gregor and Sandra are the most welcoming hosts and Anastasia Thomas (Anna) is simply the best guest services manager/concierge/hostess I have ever encountered (and I worked around the 5 star hospitality industry for many years.) The entire staff are brilliant; welcoming, friendly, caring, and will happily and cheerfully rescue you if you do something idiotic with your car…

As Katherine put it the service and staff are almost perfectly parental in their care – there when you need them and gone when you want to fly on your own.

We stayed in the villa called Zing-Zing. The use of space, the flow of outdoor to indoor and back is amazing. I will be posting about our actual Dominica adventures later today but, I truly feel that Secret Bay deserved its own nod.

The pictures do not do it justice.

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9-14-11 Profit and Pleasure

Who will provide the grand design?
What is yours and what is mine?
‘Cause there is no more new frontier
We have got to make it here

We satisfy our endless needs and
justify our bloody deeds,
in the name of destiny and the name
of God

And you can see them there,
On Sunday morning
They stand up and sing about
what it’s like up there
They call it paradise
I don’t know why
You call someplace paradise,
kiss it goodbye

– Henley & Frey

I am currently reading an excellent book, The Hudson: A History, by Tom Lewis. A constant theme throughout the book is the conflicting impulses of people, drawn to the river by its beauty and the beauty of the land around it which they then promptly despoil in the name of progress and profit.

Control of the Hudson was the key to the winning of the Revolution.  We built West Point where it is because it overlooks  the narrowest (and one of the most turbulent) part of the river which means it can control all shipping.  The Hudson split the colonies. If the British had controlled the river they would have cut off the four New England Colonies from the eight colonies south of NY and the British could have assaulted either  with no possibility of reinforcements coming across the river.

NEW THOUGHT: Our good friend, Helena Starcevic, is an amazing ceramicist. She had a one-off exhibit last night in a brand new (and quiet lovely) model apartment on 23rd Street with what is referred to in New York Real Estate parlance as an “oblique” river view. Here is a picture of a mobile she has made with the view behind. Do check out her website.  She has a lot of exquisite pieces for sale.