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Theme Thursdays… Beautiful Black and White…

Posted in Photography, Theme Thursdays with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2014 by Mj Rains

black n wAmorr Burakova

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie
Which we ascribe to heaven.
~William Shakespeare~

bnwhiteZsaZsa Bellagio

blacknwPhotographer Pierre Jahan, 1935

bnw Emma WatsonEmma Watson

beautiful bnwWhere you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. ~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

Image: Stefany Alves

black and whiteSergio Larrain, Sicily

You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note. ~ Doug Floyd

black and white NY 1957Woman on Park Bench, N.Y.  1957
by Yale Joel

Beautiful BnW

Maison Laduree

Posted in Esoteric with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2011 by Mj Rains

I know Theresa Duncan would have been happy to see this, as per her invitation before she left this world…Laduree is finally opening in New York in September. This promises to be a beautiful and delicious place I’m sure, on 864 Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side of NY.

I would have loved to join her there…

The skyline of New York…

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2011 by Mj Rains

“The skyline of New York is a monument of a splendor that no pyramids or palaces will ever equal or approach.” – Ayn Rand

Images: New York at Dusk by CatchMe-22 and  New York City  by Under-Milkwood

Character, atmosphere…

Posted in Anais Nin with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2011 by Mj Rains


First a quote:

“It isn’t good to stay too long in the polluted air of history.”- Anais Nin

I love this excerpt from The Diary of Anais Nin, Volume Three.

It is taken from text written in April, 1940, when she lived in New York.

“I rented a furnished apartment on Washington Square West.  The Village has character, atmosphere.  The houses are old, the shops small.  In the Square old Italians play chess on stone tables.  There are trees, patios, back yards.  It has a history.  The university was built by the Dutch.  I love the ginko trees, the studio windows, the small theaters, Blecker Street with its vegetable carts, fish shops, cheese shops.  It is human.  People stroll about.  They sit in the park.

My bed is convertible, which means it vanishes into a closet.  I am always afraid it will do this while I am asleep.”


Wednesday’s snow…

Posted in Current events, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2011 by Mj Rains

Well, I’d like to say that today’s snow has me down…but instead it has me feeling pretty good, a bit nostalgic in a way, thinking back to the younger days, waiting for school cancellations or delays, and clearing a path down the side-walk because I didn’t want to have to wear boots to school. We got the edge of that coastal thing that crept up the eastern seaboard last night…a good six inches for the Wit today.  It seems that winter is officially here for me…perhaps some of you may think this is crazy if you’ve had more snow than me, but in any case Wednesday is officially a winter snow day.  Here I’d like to share my three favorite cities…with snow….

Love this wonderful shot from New York today via Decoding NYC.

Snow in Venice image found on Italy Heaven.

And this creative image called Snow in Paris via


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