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Giselle Minoli
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Attended St. John's College, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Lives in New York City
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Behold...a vase of herbs grown in a pot on my balcony.

Lemon Thyme

Things to Do:
Breathe in their aroma
Display in a vase on the coffee table
Use whole basil leaves on pasta, on pizza, in a salad Nicoise
Roast fresh vegetables with chopped sage, thyme and rosemary
Infuse your favorite cocktail with basil, add a little mint...watermelon
Give a bouquet tied in a ribbon to your next door neighbor(s)... a friend, to a stranger
Appreciate nature

Things Not to Do:
Miss out on growing herbs in a small pot
Disregard how they enhance food
Ignore their natural beauty
Don't take time to appreciate their aroma...
...the delicacy of their flowers...and ensuing seeds
Forget to cut them and put them in a vase of water indoors
Let them dry out and die before sharing with someone (else)

Stop...and Smell the Herbs.
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17 comments I am remembering this +James Barraford. I don't know why I thought this was another/a new cancer that you were referring to, not that the one you describe isn't bad enough. I know several men who have waited to get something checked, with similar results. They are all, I'm happy to say, OK now...but why do men do that wait thing? I honestly don't get it? Fear? Denial? 
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I don't understand this. Not even slightly. An American dentist named Dr. Walter Palmer has enough money to be able to spend $55,000 to go on a bow-and-arrow hunt (that makes it fair now, doesn't it?) of exotic wild animals.

He mistakenly kills a notorious (and beloved) lion named Cecil, setting off a firestorm of anger, which provokes regret and apologies from Palmer.

So...we're saying that if you kill an exotic wild animal that is so esteemed that it has actually been named...we're saying that this is worse (and more regrettable) than killing the (supposedly) nameless (and lifeless) leopard hanging in Palmer's arms? See attached link for photographic and illustrative references.

We're saying kill that which you can't name, because then you won't feel remorse? Or question your behavior? Or ask yourself why you need to spend $55,000 to kill a beautiful animal to feel like a man?

What about this so-called "sport" is even remotely appealing? This is not subsistence hunting. This is not hunting out of a need for food. This is hunting to polish up the ego, this is an exercise in self-aggrandisement. This is hunting to say, "Look Mom and Dad what I can do now that I'm a big boy. I can spend $55,000 to hire professionals to take me to the doorstep of an Exotic Wild Animal. And I can kill it with a bow and arrow and tell myself that because I have a permit and it's legal that it's hunky dory okey-dokey. Look at my trophy dead carcass! What a good boy I am I am."

Oh, and since Palmer's arrows didn't exactly do the job, he had to chase Cecil for 40 miles and finish 'im off with a rifle. Nice job.

Anyone remember Robert DeNiro's character Michael chastising John Cazale's character Stan in Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter? Michael believed you took one shot. One shot only. And if you didn't get it didn't take the shot. But they were deer hunters. Not lion hunters.

But that was also in the movies. In real life you get to shoot - never mind with bows and arrows or rifles - until you get your prize.

This is what it means to be a hunter?

This is what it means to be smile after having killed an exotic wild animal?

This is what it means to be a man?

Guess so, because if Palmer had tried to kill this magnificent beast with his bare hands he'd have been eaten alive.

#CeciltheLion   #DrWalterPalmer   #PoachingWildAnimals   #LegalizedHunting  
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Well said!
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A" few weeks ago, in the country, far from the lights of the city, I saw the entire sky “powdered with stars” (in Milton’s words); such a sky, I imagined, could be seen only on high, dry plateaus like that of Atacama in Chile (where some of the world’s most powerful telescopes are). It was this celestial splendor that suddenly made me realize how little time, how little life, I had left. My sense of the heavens’ beauty, of eternity, was inseparably mixed for me with a sense of transience — and death. I told my friends Kate and Allen, “I would like to see such a sky again when I am dying.” “We’ll wheel you outside,” they said." Oliver Sacks

I have spent a lot of time looking at the night skies since the New Horizons fly-by of Pluto and Friends, so Oliver Sacks' words about the beauty of the heavens, eternity...and death...resonated loudly with me on many levels.

This is a man whose observations about himself, whose deep contact with his patients, whose seemingly endless curiosity about medicine, science, and what it means to be human, filters through my thought processes almost daily. Somehow something he has written or done is always present as a shining light - a star or heavenly body if you will - in my life.

Were I diagnosed with a terminal illness, would that I were so observant, so willing to share the experience with others, so mentally sharp, so wise, so gracious, so vital, alive and communicative within the very process of winding it all down.

Perhaps Oliver Sacks' next incarnation will be as a heavenly body.

For those of you who do not know of this man, he has been writing regularly about his experience with illness, while maintaining a very involved life as a still very functional and involved scientist.

#OliverSacks   #OnTheMove   #MyPeriodicTable  
As death nears, I am surrounding myself, as I did when I was a boy, with metals and minerals, little emblems of eternity.
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Touching reminder of our mortality, from a contemporary genius. Thanks for posting this, +Giselle Minoli. 
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At the edge of the water sand flies bit my ankles
And Pluto watched, silent, in the darkness

Under the clouds sea foam licked clean my scar
And Charon swirled, silent, around her partner

Like lovers, they keep their distance
Like the tide that will come in tomorrow

I cannot hear it
But can imagine it, if I stand still
And wait
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From your heart to the soul of the Universe, and Pluto's big floppy ears, +Elizabetb Mckee. Thank you...and have a lovely day yourself...
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A days old Rhinoceros found wandering alone in a National Park in Assam, India.


Photo courtesy of the NY Times
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+Gordon Bradley say it isn't so! Humans, strangers, can be very kind. After all, Blanch duBois always depended on the kindness of strangers.
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Evening Still Life
With Moon, Hummingbird feeder, Red and White Mandevilla,
rusted steel chair, potted Lemon Thyme,
and a Robin complaining loudly in the background

Press post
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Press post? ... Ahh, you mean as in "push the button"! Of course. Well done. Love the sentiment. ...I thought it was like in the "free press" or something. :)
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In memory of a longtime friend, who passed away in May.
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+Giselle Minoli​ I doubt the theatre is still there, however, when it was active it was a "Actors Equity" union theatre and operated under a off-broadway contract because it had less than 100 seats (99). It was called "Playhouse on the Mall" and operated from 1960 to 1970 at the Bergen Mall (shopping center) on Spring Valley Avenue in Paramus. If I'm not mistaken it was the first enclosed shopping mall in N.J. though when it first opened it was not enclosed.

For some fascinating history of the playhouse and Ludlum`s involvement in it go to this link:

One particularly enjoyable moment for me was a production there starring Molly Picon because before she became famous to the general public with her starring role on Broadway in "Milk and Honey" she and my mom performed together in the old Yiddish theatre of NYC and after her performance at the mall she came to the house for dinner with us to reminisce with my mom.
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A Bird's Nest

This one is a thing of beauty. I had to do a bit of uncovering to find it, hidden behind overgrown Forsythia as it was and perched sideways in the branches of this rather low-slung Conifer, its opening parallel to the ground so that it appeared to be just a pile of leaves tangled into a haphazard mass by the blowing winds. When I grabbed for the pile of leaves to free up the branches of the tree, I felt its structure and realized it was a bird's home. I spied the side entryway and turned it facing upward so that I could take a picture in the early morning light.

Whether is was abandoned or had simply served its incubating and birthing purpose I do not know, but its creators' brilliant choice of location preserved it for my discovery, and I am glad.

Birds do not have to go to architecture or engineering or interior design school. They have an instinctual sense of form, structure, purpose and aesthetic, blending into one a talent for making furniture and building a house.

And it is the aesthetic of this particular nest that struck me on first sight. The delicacy of the inner padding - is it made of long thin blades of grass? - surrounded by a thicker layer of insulation - perhaps "baby" branches still pliable enough to bend 'round into a circular shape - and all of it cozied and protected on the exterior by thicker and longer leaves, twigs and dried corn husks.

Were I to begin today and work for the rest of the Summer, I would not be able to even begin to duplicate the finesse, elegance, precision, engineering and simple glory of this bird's nest.

I'm awed.

May I bring it inside and display it on my bookshelves?

Or should I leave it outside for another occupant?

I would be sad to see it destroyed by the winds and weather should another family not discover it.

But then, I did turn it facing up, didn't I?

Humans are not as smart as birds...

...who do not need to go to architecture school, nor do they need to be taught how to fly. It took me years to learn to fly, but then, as I wrote...

....humans are not as smart as birds... 

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All too true, Giselle!! I hope we will wake up on time to realize the dire consequences of our greed and avarice before we ALSO destroy ourselves in the process.
A case in point is AFRICA where intervening ultimately means MAN KILLING MAN.
The WORLD forbids.
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Scenes from Westhampton Beach
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Egrets and Ospreys.
Sandals without Feet, and Feet in Hunter Sandals.
Catamarans deserted by the Dock.
Biker Boys on Cell Phones. 
Fishing Poles without Fishermen.
And Rose Hips in the Sand.

My longtime friend, +Cheryl Machat Dorskind, takes people on photo safaris in the Hamptons on Long Island, and I joined her for one last Thursday.

We drove first to the wetlands, where I took pathetically out of focus pix of egrets fishing (and posing for the camera) and ducks and deer being, well, ducks and deer. We segued to piers and boats docks, sidled up to oyster beds, chatted up bikini-clad girls on paddle surf boards, and ended the day at the beach, taking pictures of dune fences along a seashore that had been eroded by hurricane Sandy, and any and every scene that struck us as camera-ready. It's fun to see what subjects other photogs are attracted to.

The safari was scheduled for 3 1/2 hours but lasted 4. The weather was perfect - sunny, intermittently cloudy, sometimes breezy, the skies filled with all manner of feathered birds and metal birds flying in for the weekend, the landscape serene with green grasses and flowering plants, nesting birds, deserted and aged boats, and everything maritime imaginable.

If you are anywhere within a decent car, train or bus ride of Westhampton, New York, get in touch with +Cheryl Machat Dorskind and join her for one of her safaris. Cheryl teaches photography online, mentoring photography students all over the world. She is also a portrait photographer, a master at hand-painting photographs, and a published author.

I had a great time and wanted to pitch a tent on the beach, roast marshmallows and fall asleep under the stars. I would go back tomorrow if I could. I would love to do one in the Fall, in the Winter, in the Springtime. own routine beckons.

#CherylMachatDorskind   #Photography   #Westhampton   #BeachScenes   #PhotoSafari
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+Cheryl Machat Dorskind I did have a great time. When I think of photo safaris...I think of Africa! Or some place exotic. But the truth is that the "exotic" is all around us, we need only take the time to frame it in an interesting way. Yeah...there were three babies. How do you like that...just sitting there waiting for someone to click. Would love to do one in the Fall, or in the Fog, or Winter on the beach... Thanks again...
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This morning
an invitation
from a garden Buddha
to droop
to float
to rise toward the sun
to mingle on the grass
with dandelions and mushrooms
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By design ???

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The Blues
The Blues dance
The Blues...


The way I feel this morning.
Dig it.

Then if you are in New York City anytime this Summer, get yourself to a free dance performance in and around the five boroughs. Two of my favorites, Michelle Dorrance and Lil Buck will be performing.

Lucky us
The Blues as Song
The Blues as Rhythm
The Blues as Dance
Dorrance Dance

The way I feel much of the time.

Get the Blues
Learn to Dance
Be Rhythmic

About Michelle Dorrance:

About Lil Buck:

Free Dance in Summertime New York:

#MichelleDorrance   #DorranceDance   #ToshiReagon   #JacobsPillow   #TheBlues  
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What can I say but that I have posted about this issue often and hoped for this outcome.

'Tis the right outcome.
In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the court ruled, 5-4, that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.
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Maybe we can now collectively switch from fear mode to go forward and be creative and productive together mode +cobalt please! Fingers crossed!
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  • St. John's College, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • L'Universita per Stranieri, Siena, Italy
  • Parliamo Italiano, New York City
  • The New York State Writer's Institute
    Literary NonFiction
  • Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
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Basic Information
I write literary nonfiction.
New York City has been my home for over 30 years. I'm a writer, but I've had several careers, each of them related to the arts. Dance, music, theatre and art have been in my life for as long as I can remember, and the signs were everywhere that these interests would turn out to be lifelong ones. 

I studied the Classics at St. John's College, where, strangely, my need to to be involved in the creative arts only intensified, so after I graduated I headed to San Francisco, where there was a thriving experimental cultural scene.

But I longed to move to New York, where I had dreamed of living since I was fourteen, and a job with CBS Records was the ticket I needed to get there. The magical Manhattan, where I have never spent a boring day.

Music lead to acting, which led to directing for a fledging theatre company, which, strangely, led to designing fine jewelry, which led to becoming an executive in the art world, which lead to becoming a writer, the entire combined history and mystery of which led to my current life, rooted in the arts of storytelling, conversation, communication and performance.

Along the way I became a pilot, saddened by the slow disappearance of general aviation in the US, the low number of women pilots, and the almost complete lack of wonder anymore at what is still the magic of flight. With our focus on cell phones (I have one), iPads (I have one) and TVs (I have one) the appearance of a small plane against a blue sky is barely shrug-worthy.

But flying is an art - dancing in the skies, painting invisible pictures in the ether, making music with the wind. Air architecture. Wind poetry. Bird imitation. Magic.

I love to travel hopefully to Italy, because I can never get enough of that landscape, the cobblestone streets, the art, the music, the food, the wine, and that melodious language, and watching the Italians strolling through their piazzas and streets after dinner, arm-in-arm, always kissing one another, and talking, talking, talking. 

American children are taught at a very young age to focus their energies on just one thing primarily and for years I apologized about having so many interests. But life is too short and too interesting to focus on just one thing, so I no longer apologize.

My interests converge on the pages of, the website I'm grateful to the talented Ron Louie of Opto Design for creating for me.

From time-to-time I write for StepMom Magazine about my experiences as a stepmother: Climbing the Steps: Conversations With My Stepson About Life, Love and Loss and On Birthdays and Black Nail Polish.

Bragging rights
I'm humbled to be one of approximately 16,500 female private pilots in the US, out of more than 200,000 total (including men).
Cultural, political and social essayist. Fine jewelry designer. Private pilot.
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My own background as a dancer started when I was Modern Dance. From there it was Ballet and then Modern Jazz...all of which was ensemble dancing. I did not have any experience with partner dancing until a friend gave me the present of a dance lesson with Jani Szukk, who I didn't know at the time was a champion ballroom dancer with his wife, Victoria. It opened up a whole new world to me of movement, something I had never done before. But what was so special about it was that I had never danced with someone at that level...partnered by an expert who never made me feel like I was a beginner. Go get a pair of ballroom dancing shoes...and start dancing at All That Dance if you live anywhere near Louisville, Kentucky.
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I was visiting a friend in Louisville, who gave me a ballroom dance lesson as a birthday present to All That Dance. I didn't know that the owners, Jani and Viki Szukk, were champion ballroom dancers but I soon found out. I had my lesson with Jani, who treated me as though I were a dancer. Toward the end of the lesson, Viki joined us and gave me a few pointers from "the woman's point of view." They talked to me about the different styles of ballroom dancing, told me about the difference between the European and American styles, talked to me about the music, asked me what I was interested in...basically they wanted to know everything about my interest in dance, and wanted me to know about their background, their studio and how they teach. All I could think when the lesson was over was...Why I hadn't started ballroom dancing years ago and why didn't they live in New York where I live so I can continue to dance with them! Anyone who is fortunate enough to live in Louisville, Kentucky and wants to learn to ballroom dance...look no further, because this studio is the best. And these two people - from Budapest - are some of the sweetest dancers I have ever met...
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