|Chateau de la Mercerie, Magnac-Lavalette - The stage before arrival of French-Irish band, Dagan - May 2015|
|Invocation - Dagan|
|Italian Tile - Chateau de la Mercerie|
Often, I feel like a "troubled guest" upon this earth. Oh, what to do, what to do? Another cappuccino? glass of wine? Episode of "House of Cards?" In French, the word for guest is invité, an endearing word, because it means to be invited. We are not merely hungry guests or ghosts upon this earth. We received an invitation, which we accepted. We belong here, for awhile.
The gorgeous poet, Seamus Heaney said, (paraphrasing), we dwell in the fantasy world as well as the "get-up and at "em" day to day, and if we dwell too much in either one, it's not good. My antidote: A Diary of Beauty, wherever you happen upon it. And beauty is on offer everywhere; cracked and spider-webbed statues, an old dog in the sun, hay bales, wheat fields, a tangle of poppies, cows and cascading roses, or pawing through Leondard da Vinci's Notebooks. Among his lists of drawings, between Gian Francesco Borso and some completed nude figures, lies several old women's throats.
If only Nora Ephron had seen those drawings, she wouldn't have had to write a whole book about her crinkling neck. But I'm glad she did. She made us laugh over and over about our human foibles and especially the vanties of women. We miss you Nora, your brazen humor and bedazzling brain.
"...the amount of maintenance involving hair is genuinely overwhelming. Sometimes I think that not having to worry about your hair anymore is the secret upside of death."
― Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
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This Algerian woman doesn't look worried about her neck. During the late 50's and 60's, many Algerian women tattooed their faces and necks (during the War of Independence) to appear unattractive and thus avoid rape by French soldiers. How times have changed - as far as tattoos are concerned.
|Bodnant Gardens, Wales - Sphinx-like Statue|
|Fountain Head, Chateau de la Rochefoucauld|
|Statue at Canal Terrace, Bodnant Gardens, Wales|
|Angel, Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris|
|Swimming Angel - Palazzo Pitti, Florence Italy|
|Bandes Dessinées Angel, side of building - Angouleme, France|
|Pallas Athene - Vienna, 1898|
|Klimt - Nuda Veritas, 1899|
|Chateau de Charras - May, 2015|
|Village of Charras, Wood Sculpture|
|Hay Bales - Grassac|
|Guiness at Le Pontilou|
|The Siesta - Vincent Van Gogh|
|La Quinta at La Grande Metairie|
|"I'm insane for the light"|
|Stone head in wall at La Grande Metairie|
|Tree Love - Jaume Plensa - Yorkshire Sculpture Park|