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A Sense of Paros

This little island is chilly this time of year. Even though the sun is bright and high and clear, the marble is cold and the breezes from the sea slice through you with damp clarity. I sleep under...

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A Quest

At exactly twilight I was restless and looking toward the evening, wondering what to do with it. For some reason I decided, firmly, that dinner tonight would be comprised of rice pudding. I don’t know...

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Greek Lessons

Here’s a little legend to some basic Greek that comes in handy on the island: Kalimera/kalispera – Good morning, good evening To be polite to anyone older than you or whom you don’t know very well, say...

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Sunday Next

Courtyard Vines Originally uploaded by briannaorg. It stormed on the island all weekend, vicious winds driving the rain into the cracks in the plaster. The wind was from the south, and warm, so I wore...

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Rumi

There were two things I wanted to write about – the concert on Sunday and a late night drink with Kathryn at Pirate, where we got tipsy on Samos and stopped at a dark chapel on the way home. The next...

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Studio Works in Progress

Earth palette still life Originally uploaded by briannaorg. A few photos up at Flickr of what’s happening in my painting studio.

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Sunday Lunch

Lunch Originally uploaded by briannaorg. Saturday started late, after a night out on the town for St. Patrick’s Day. That is not a big Greek holiday, so we largely had the bars to ourselves. We...

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More Negatives

Geraniums Originally uploaded by briannaorg. Scanned and uploaded more negatives that I developed yesterday in the darkroom. They have not been touched up or modified, so they are kind of scratchy or...

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Wildflowers and candles

Agios Yannis….something. Originally uploaded by briannaorg. Yesterday morning, the new students found a skull near the Cave of the Nymphs. I bluffed that it was a goat skull, knowing that I had seen...

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Half the Island

Ancient wall, flowers Originally uploaded by briannaorg. Today, we walked half the island with John. We started in Aspro Xorio, a tiny village between Aliki and Drios, and climbed into the hills among...

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Saturday Night

The power is out in my apartment – it could be the fuse, or an act of fate, but I spent a lot of time in the warm computer lounge today, when I wasn’t walking around shooting photos with my Holga. I...

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The Great Bi-Weekly Fully-Caffeinated Paint-a-Thon

My view Originally uploaded by briannaorg. A few of us got together tonight to paint four fast paintings of thirty minutes each. This week’s subject was pastries (my favourite subject!) and the...

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This Week.

It has been difficult to stay up to date in this space – it is not so much that there is a whirlwind of activity, it is more that my head is not quite sharp lately. Everything is a little out of focus....

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Update

Mom’s condition is worse than we thought; I am returning to the States as soon as possible. I should be there by Monday night.

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Catch up

I have an entry about my last night on the island, started on Sunday morning before my boat left, but it is long and there is a lot left to write on it, so I’m saving the draft and just letting you...

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ILOVEFAKE

Just a quick heads up to let you all know I have a couple of Polaroids in the latest issue of ILOVEFAKE magazine. Jolijn emailed me last week asking for my age and location, and while I emailed her...

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This week in travel

Last week I flew to Kansas City to be with Josh. It was a spur of the moment thing, and I needed it badly. I originally planned to stay three days, but Mom was doing well so we extended it to five. And...

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Call to Artists – Tour des Artistes

(I’m posting this because I’m participating in it and I want to get the word out to other artists) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EVENT: Tour des Artistes: http://www.tourdesartistes.com DATE: June 24, 2006:...

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Rebound

There is a lot to discuss here. I haven’t written since I posted about my mother’s death, being otherwise preoccupied, but there is more to say. I should write about her last night, but I’m not sure...

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I’m goin’ be stand on the corner…Twelfth Street and Vine

So, Kansas City. Lush like a rainforest in the wet summer heat, shades of green rarely found outside the jungle. All of Spring’s flowers seem to still dot the roadsides. We’ve spent mornings at the...

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Goin’ to California.

The truck is loaded, with the help of our friends. Josh’s grandma sent him love-filled cookies to take with us, and tomatoes from her garden. We’ve got snacks and all the batteries are charged. We are...

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Day’s never finished…

We are in Colby Kansas, at a Days Inn, waiting for our UHaul to be replaced with a truck whose transmission hasn’t exploded. Because ours did, very conveniently in a friendly town in the not-too-early...

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Text update

Just left Grand Junction, not sure which state- probably Colorado. Breathtaking scenery.

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Utah!

We are leaving Richfield, Utah, about 45 miles from the Nevada border/I-15 Junction. That means the prettiest part of the drive is behind us (and oh, wow, was it lovely). We should be pulling into the...

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Text update #2

Just outside Vegas. Hot. Sepia toned. Josh asked to borrow cash for a hooker, but we need it for gas. Next time, maybe.

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Fugue State

It’s been awhile since I’ve written, and all the movement of these passing days merits an update. We have been home from Kansas City for a month, and I am surprised at how much we’ve accomplished, and...

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Athens, one year later

Josh, the Amphitheatre Originally uploaded by briannaorg. We made it.

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Just days

Today it is just shy of two weeks since we arrived on the island. It has been wet and grey for three days, and this morning I awoke with my face so bitten by flies that my features had collapsed...

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First Pomegranate

first pomegranate Originally uploaded by briannaorg. It is late and Josh is working on the network in the computer lounge. It is windy outside and I took this opportunity to upload a slough of photos...

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These Islands

It is still raining. There is a poem I keep trying to find that I read years ago that starts something like: The rain has washed the sky away and the clouds away and all the birds away But the trees...

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Sun! Sun! Sun!

Oh joy! Oh rapture! Not a cloud in the sky! The famed Aegean light has returned! It’s a good thing we planned a trip out of town right in time for the weather to shape up. But I feel so much better....

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Ritual at sunset

In the plateia near the library there is a little chapel that is always locked. I have peeked in all the windows, sometimes tried the handles late at night when I was walking home tipsily from Pirate...

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Amsterdam for a Weekend

Bicycle Originally uploaded by briannaorg. It’s fitting that we spent Halloween weekend in a northern city. Beautiful, beautiful place. Lots of bicycles. A tired carnival at the Dam which made a great...

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Bel Canto

What a term. What a term! After a week and a half of illness (kidney infection, leading to my first encounter with socialized medicine, where at one point I found myself debating whether or not to...

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For Bernice

(but really for all the boys who’ve ever cheapened their talent for a smoke) Walk tall, sweet girl. The boys will never notice how long it took your legs to reach the ground. Throw open the red doors,...

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A View of the Water

Josh is away for the weekend and I’ve been staying up all night working, treading water it seems, but even when it seems my brain is occupied with code and configurations and the latest Tom Waits...

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The Exhibition

IMG_5703web Originally uploaded by briannaorg. It was a good night. Many thanks to everyone who made it all possible, and special thanks to John Pack and Jess Mealey for the photos.

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Greek Coffee Report #4

A sea of letters in three alphabets. A large A, a small wriggly vita. They swim and dance. I keep almost thinking I can see my name.

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Greek Coffee Report #23

Moroccan arches, enormous rabbits, three rivers. The arches are marvelously detailed.

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The Costumer

A big box was waiting for me at the front door the other day. I opened it up (it weighed nearly nothing) to discover all the little costume novelties that I’d ordered a few weeks before for a photo...

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Greek Coffee Report #11

A scottish terrier.

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Greek Coffee #37

A man blowing smoke through a saxophone, a hill of faces, smiling.

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Things my boyfriend says to me.

I discovered this site about two weeks after I’d collected a series of sticky notes of Josh-isms. I do this every so often – I can’t devote my life to taking Josh-dictation, because I’d never get a...

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New York, New York

So, I leave for New York tomorrow. I’ll be back Monday. It was sort of last minute, in the sense that I knew two months ago that I would probably have to go, but I didn’t want to think about it so soon...

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Hittin’ the Road

It’s time for a change. An attitude adjustment. A swift kick in my own proverbial ass. So I’m hittin’ the road. Josh and I are going to spend a few days driving, be with family and friends on the other...

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The Road Home

So, we left Kansas City in the midst of a tornado watch, wind and rain-blasted for the whole ride through Kansas. I thought I could stay awake and keep Josh company (I always feel like getting across...

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Momentum

It is September, which is birthday + anniversary month and so we’ve decided to head out to Missouri to visit family and get a very welcome break from the routine. We’ve been trying to make this trip...

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Three Snakes Across the Road

I had one wish before we left California, and it was that we wouldn’t be too late for summer thunderstorms in the midwest. We weren’t. It’s rained half the time we’ve been here, hours of silent sheet...

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Home

We almost didn’t make it. We stayed for Christmas, and had a lovely holiday. Once the holiday passed, I began to feel restless to move again, but was ambivalent about going back to California. Let’s...

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Instant Light

Nesting has begun in earnest, and I spent the weekend going through my massive camera and photography collection, with the end result that I’ve posted some of my original Polaroid SX-70 manipulations...

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