A life well lived need not be one full of things and money. Reading, good music, fresh food, an open mind are true essentials, in my opinion, for a life well lived. To travel, even locally, to expand one’s horizons is to live a full life. To sit and sip tea with friends, talking for hours instead of spending four hours in front of a television screen are signs of a life well lived. To take a million photos of one subject and ponder each shot artistically, to share them with a loved one–that is a life well lived.
Are you living such a life, my friends?
I love Sundays in La Candelaria! It is probably the only day of the week that is free of a lot of noise and tranquility abounds. I’ve been a bit out of sync with my photo uploading lately and think that I will work on some of that today but really wanted to get a new post in since I’ve been a bit neglectful of this blog lately. I’m also trying to catch up on the blogs I read (it seems an endless task) but looking at the lovely pictures of wedding cakes on The Inspired Bride makes me want to get married during this season of beautiful weddings! All the lovely cakes are made by Brooklyn-based company, Nine Cakes and are gorgeous! Here is my favorite design:
Such and Such Cake by Nine Cakes for BAM event for Brooklyn Brides
Isn’t that a gorgeous cake? I photographed a cake at one of my best friend’s birthdays made by one of our neighbors here in La Candelaria and I think it is one of the prettiest cakes I’ve seen. Our neighbor’s name is Ana Moreno and she’s been making cakes for quite a while now. Here’s one of the shots I took of the cake:
You can see the rest of the photos on Ana’s facebook page: Marianna’s Cakes. I haven’t taken as many photos as I probably would wish to lately but I have taken some that I think are pretty good. Here is one of my favorites from one morning here in La Candelaria:
Another favorite is from a new series I’m working on, churches in Caracas, here is the bell tower from the church in La Plaza Candelaria:
Photographing daily life and architecture is so pleasant a hobby for me. Here is another… the Bicentinnial Celebration of the signing of the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence’s emblem for 2010:
Another of my favorites, Venezuelan cafe con leche from a little coffee stand:
And lastly a photo I took yesterday at Venezuela’s famous German-colony and tourist spot La Colonia Tovar:
What do you think? I sure would love to know what everyone thinks of these photos! Don’t be shy and leave a comment! Let me know which is your favorite. Let me know what more you would like to see. I am all ears!
Have a happy week!
Oh the joys of laundry day! Believe it or not, I find doing laundry theraputic. I enjoy the scent of freshly laundered clothing, enjoy the simple nature of folding it neatly and then putting it away where it goes. I’ve not taken many pictures these past couple of days but took many on the 24th which was my niece Alyssa’s birthday. She enjoyed herself immensely and I was happy to document some of the moments that were displayed on that day. Gianna is growing steadily and smiles more now. She and I get along well during the day and Alyssa and I are able to play when she gets home quite often. This morning before she left for school I promised her I would teach her to play bingo and checkers with her new set that she got for her birthday. I also told her I would teach her to play at cards with the new Hello Kitty card set I bought her. It features 3 different games: Old Maid, Crazy Eights and Go Fish–all very popular with children. If only I had my UNO cards with me, Alyssa enjoys that game.
Beyond playing games with my niece and caring for the littlest one, I have been endeavoring to finish reading “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle” and watching less ridiculous television programs in favor of watching films with actual content rather than ridiculous entertainment. Last night I watched Emma on Masterpiece Classics. It was very enjoyable and much better than the Gwyneth Paltrow version I’d watched before, though I still like it. I watched only part 1 last night because the second part does not air until this coming Sunday the 31st. I am very eager to see the next two parts.
I long for a life without distractions, without complexities; I long for a life of community, a life of neighborly love where people help one another with their basic needs and share rather than a life of complete and total self-absorption. I can live without Hollywood in my life, I can live without the celebrity-obsessed, I can live without having to view television several hours a week. I just want to live simply, without too much flare or too much drama. It seems that society always wants drama rather than reality. Everything here is surreal, nothing is real. Is it really too much to ask to just have a shred of reality in our lives? This is my reality–you may or may not agree, you may want something more flashy but I enjoy the reality of spending time with my family, of reading books with substance, of choosing films that have some sense of good and talk of real matters, of loving people no matter what their status or circumstance–just loving them because they are part of the human family and wanting to help them in any way possible. I believe that is a reality that I can live for and strive for. I am glad it is laundry day! The girls are asleep and I will write again tomorrow!