• The Books!

    All my books, available in one place, for your purchase and delectation.

     

    The instinct to connect makes us human.  Magnetic Ghosts: Human Stories from Around the World is my collection of travel essays from Europe and the United States, that shares the universal odyssey of the journey home to the human heart.

     

    #Berlinunfotografiert: Urban Haiku from the City that Tore Down the Wall is a cosmopolite bijou of prose haiku about the city that seduced my heart. After completing a book of photography from countries all over the world, the moments that spoke to me in Berlin were the moments no photograph could capture. The poetry between the moments, the images in my mind. A picture is worth a thousand words, but the right word is also worth a thousand pictures. Here are my loveletter wordportraits.

     

    Treat yourself to the gift of well-considered prose, warm-hearted laughs, and sharp observations on life. Chronicles of the Unseen, The Book, is available on Amazon and looks great with every outfit.

    Click on the link to take it home with you in satisfyingly analog paperback form.

     

    (Amazon review for Chronicles of the Unseen: "A delightful, delightful read, with turns of phrase that fizz on the tongue. These stories are as profound or as picaresque as you want them to be, but always full of truth. Get this book and devour it all at once, but get two, because you'll want to pass one along, and then keep the other to return to every so-often and inevitably find something new. You'll love this if you liked Coelho's The Alchemist but found it to be kind of full of itself. The author here is entirely aware of the absurd non-linearity of the human condition, and can laugh at it and love it in the same breath.")

     

     

    Only Connect: Moments of Humanity from Around the World, is the coffee table book of touching yet sophisticated photography you always wished existed. Well, now it does.

    Renew your faith in humanity and take home your copy today.

     

    (Amazon review for Only Connect: "Fantastic candid 'street photography,' like something by Cartier-Bresson. Great glimpses of life and love around the world.")

     

    The Saltwater Yoga Pictures were the darling of a section of the New York art scene for a spell. My saltwatercolour asanas, I wanted the act of painting them to be energetic yoga in itself.

     

    Thirty-Four Names for Love: Three Monographs is a collection of three series of mixed-media paintings I did about the different ways we connect and love in this world. It combines The Mirror Neurons Series, about dance teachers of mine who had healthy relationships worth emulating; The Love Series, about how we show and share love, and Musicians on Paper Bags, a jazz riff on making immediate, roll-up-your-sleeves, share-the-message-now art.

    Life is short. Make it count.

     

    It Takes Two: Tango Dancers I Have Known and Been was a slow baby, requiring a six-year gestation with lots of breaks. There was so much of my heart and my life in it, I couldn't rush the process.

    Welcome to what used to be my world. Freehand India ink portraits, mini-stories, and philosophical asides, of a life in tango.

     

    The Wandering Gypsy's Sketchbook

    is coming soon!

     

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  • The Blog

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

    I looked into my Arabic coffee grounds and although I usually only see one thing, I saw two things. I saw a loving mother hugging her child. And I saw a frightened anxious child lost and alone in a scary dark woods (rather Snow Whitish). But as I kept looking, the images merged and became the...
    Last night I dreamt of myself, saying “and one more thing, remember this too.” There was my old boss Dat, the Vietnamese refugee whose escape boat had been sabotaged by pirates when he was only five, who came to this country and picked strawberries as a small child and then grew into an...
    The day before yesterday we saw this awesome lion dance for Chinese New Year. I learned some cool stuff about lion dances that made them notably more magical than before I had known them. Anyway I still had China on the mind. So, last night, in my dream, I find myself in the middle of this all...
    I get the response I’ve been looking for about something that has been troubling me. Since before Christmas, loads of lonely men, strangers, who dance or sing tango have been friend-requesting me on FaceBook, and I feel sorry for their loneliness and accept them as long as we have a couple actual...
    Yesterday morning I woke up in the middle of a dream. I forget the rest of the dream, but someone is pointing their finger at me and shouting, “Mrs. Benedict! Mrs. Benedict! Mrs. Benedict!” loud enough to literally wake me up. And as soon as I wake up I think, “oh that was clever of me!...
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