I found this post hiding in my "drafts" folder from two years ago. Not sure what Past Lily intended to do with it, but it is sound (if a tad too honest) advice. Little Life Lessons: --You can definitely see pink underwear under a white skirt. --When dining with your mother's friends be prepared to dine … Continue reading Advice From Past Lily
On the tail end of a week of disappointment, my professor declared it to be story day. In the library of the journalism building, where the tall windows showed the sprawling East Village and let the setting sun fall on our heads, each one of my classmates stood up and told a true story about … Continue reading Story Day
When commuters come into Manhattan for work, its population of 1.6 million people doubles to about 3 million. During the weekday work hours, the other boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island) empty out. Queens loses about 353,000 people. 353,001 if you count me, a recent addition to the Queens commuter population. When I'm … Continue reading Socrates Sculpture Park Thoughts
Friday night Judy and I were having a slumber party. Yes, it is possible to have a slumber party with someone you already live with. Just add: face masks, wine, deep talks. Eventually we ended up sprawled on Judy's bed, reading through our old journals which were both hilarious and illuminating. Things are different since … Continue reading Truth-telling, witchcraft, bread-and-butter
Writing this a bit late because the last week in Paris was of the whirlwind variety and I have not recovered until now. (Also a winning combination of jet-lag and my cat have been waking me up at 5 am every morning. What did I do to deserve this?) View from the top of the … Continue reading Writing & Saying Goodbye
Right now I'm reading The Blue Flower, a historical novel by Penelope Fitzgerald which beautifully depicts the life of Novalis, the German romantic poet and philosopher. In the story, young Novalis spends a lot of time thinking (as romantic philosophers tend to do) about small things in big ways ("Gentlemen! Look at the washbasket! Let … Continue reading Future Creators Are Here in Paris
Nestled in the cobblestones in front of the Notre Dame is a small medallion which marks Point Zero, the very center of Paris. There is a legend that if you stand on that small medallion, you are sure to return to Paris someday. The legend must be true because just over a year later, I … Continue reading Paris Encore
Hundreds of balloons escaped into the air, confetti littered the slushy sidewalks, and children dressed up like goats for the Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown on Sunday.