Profile

Cover photo
nomad dimitri
Works at Surviving Cancer
Attended Stanford University
Lives in marseille
40,753 followers|2,998,747 views
AboutPostsPhotos

Stream

 
Snows are melting: C'est fini!

Time to pack my bags once again.  The Alps are shedding their winter purity. It is time to head back south, towards Province, towards the waking expanses of lavender.

In the Alps, this is the period of strong cold winds from the North.  Of leaf buds slowly swelling.  Of sudden cold rains, muddy days, avalanches & rock falls.  Of transformation: slippery & dangerous.

In the South, the winds will be just as strong but sweeter & more aromatic.  Intense yellow dandelion flowers will soon be covering the vineyards.  Every day will mark another milestone for Persephone: today the hawthorn, tomorrow the almond tree.

Springtime celebration...
-
#nomadimitritravel
#nomadimitrifrance
#france
42
1
David Q. Cohen (SpeedSkaterBoston)'s profile photoAnna Rimovska's profile photoMarie Hélène Visconti's profile photoJeannette Linton's profile photo
5 comments
 
Enjoy spring
Add a comment...
 
WILD/TAME: "I can pull your sleigh or tear you to pieces"

In the high snowy expanses, he can be your best friend or, a few genes away, you can be his favorite meal. Having seen both, it is hard for me to not draw parallels between the enthusiastic perseverance of the sleigh dog and the cunning stubbornness of the hunting wolf.

They are the flip sides of the same character: one side works for us, the other against us. Thus, the adorable turns into the horrifying.

-
#nomadimitritravel
#nomadimitrifrance
#nomadimitricreatures
79
1
Sylvie Sullivan's profile photonomad dimitri's profile photoKwame Ellis's profile photoJulia Weymier's profile photo
16 comments
 
I did, 92-95 under the great late Bill Walsh and then Tyrone Willingham for my senior year.
Add a comment...

nomad dimitri

Shared publicly  - 
 
It was not her crystal-studded sandals that caught my attention, but the shape of her feet. Separated at birth: they loo…
24
Jessica Worley's profile photoKarin Frauenfeld's profile photoDiana Studer's profile photonomad dimitri's profile photo
12 comments
 
+Diana Studer not at all a problem, I have great posture and it's great to have more detail on this toe of mine, which seems to be a problem for some people who share this characteristic
Add a comment...
 
Why the French Alps are not the California Sierras.

What I miss here:
- the endless expanses of California
- the undiscovered wild: nature untamed, wild animals everywhere (many of them!)
- the (sometimes scary) sense that "nature is the boss here, buddy"
- California informality

What I get here instead:
- villages: uninterrupted human habitation (houses, farms, gardens) since the Middle Ages
- gastronomy: no Kellogg's!  Fresh eggs from our chickens!
- society & tradition "at village scale": no guns, no drugs, no conspiracy theorists, no fundamentalists, no loonies
- French tradition

You can't have it all!!!
-
#nomadimitritravel
#nomadimitrifrance
#france
67
1
Diana Studer's profile photonomad dimitri's profile photoPaul Stickland's profile photoRichard Molby's profile photo
21 comments
 
+nomad dimitri it's true and a fascinating exercise. I find that it works best when I channel and reflect their bright sparky energy and give it back to them, rather than imposing a 'set' routine/show. It's almost always hilarious, loads of giggles and lots of roaring! I relish their uncluttered and fresh minds.
Add a comment...
 
The secrets of the monastery's cellar

I have been hiding away at an 11th century x-convent somewhere in Provence, amid frozen lavender fields.

You know how I love old buildings, the patina of time, stories & stories engraved on every little thing.

They tolerate my curiosity here and they let me explore everywhere I want, including the cellars.  I am like a child, once again, opening creaking doors, pushing aside cobwebs, flashlight in hand, eyes wide-open... and slightly spooked.

In one of the messiest, dustiest cellars I run into her.  I smiled and smiled.  Her sweetness, her regard.  No one seems to know how she got there, who made her.  I had to try hard not to touch.

-
#nomadimitritravel
#nomadimitrifrance
#france
36
2
Sylvie Sullivan's profile photoYvette Olivier's profile photoCindy Sharp's profile photoJoesph Mccross's profile photo
9 comments
 
Wish I was there
Add a comment...
 
Filling up the tables again.

Like so many (recovering?) cancer patients, among other things, I have to fatten up again, and soon.  In my case, I need to gain 16kg / 35lbs.  ASAP.

This is not easy: after being so sick for so long, the very thought of food is often... well, unappetizing.  Plus, there are a myriad dietary restrictions.

So, as so often with a difficult child, I have to trick / seduce myself to eat: variety, presentation, deliciousness, friends all help.  Anything that removes the idea that you are being fattened up like an animal to the slaughter helps.

Why am I telling you this?
Because in June, I am invited to a wedding in Verona, where I have never been & whose cuisine I know nothing of.  But it represents a possible caloric opportunity for me.
So, yesterday, I ask the Verona question to old friend +Loretta Sebastiani  while we chat in this post (https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AzlinBloor/posts/SkmEv6hr9j1) by +Azlin Bloor  .
And look at her fabulous reply:
"Typical dishes of Verona are the BOILED BEEF accompanied WITH PEARA',  that is a sauce made of bread crumbs, cheese, marrow, broth and black pepper. Then ... GNOCCHI, a delicious dough made with potatoes, white flour and eggs, topped with tomato sauce or with sugar and cinnamon (delicious!). PASTA AND BEANS, rustic dish, roughly plebeian devised by the imagination of the poor, always unsurpassed in the art of eating well. 
POLENTA INFASOLA is another tasty dish. Polenta is served with stewed beans. 
Then you can not forget a series of risotto. RISO AL TASTASAL that is risotto with pork meat,  RISOTTO ALL'AMARONE (rice is cooked with Amarone wine). I also remember TORTELLINI OF VALEGGIO (called Nodi d'amore) whose dough is very thin. 
SOPPRESSA is the most famous Venetian salami.  POLENTA AND BACCALA' (Polenta and salt cod ) is unmissable. 
SARDE IN SAOR ... what about sardines in sweet and sour sauce? I'm going to publish the recipe in the community!"

I love foodies+.  Thank you!!!

---
#nomadimitritravel
#nomadimitrifood
#cancer
26
Karin Frauenfeld's profile photonomad dimitri's profile photoDavid Q. Cohen (SpeedSkaterBoston)'s profile photoCuisine et Cigares's profile photo
32 comments
 
Cassoulet and Confit de Canard more often... +nomad dimitri :-°
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
40,753 people
Nicholas Koi's profile photo
sebastiano monaco's profile photo
Pallavi Jallan's profile photo
Aline Martinian's profile photo
Dora MoviesGamesChannel's profile photo
Law Office of Michael Raheb's profile photo
Chi Kung's profile photo
Mohammed Usman's profile photo
Sameer Astewale's profile photo
 
WILD/TAME: Man's best frenemy

Just as it is hard not to sympathize with the environmentalists who mourn the scarcity of Europe's top predator, so it is with the plight of the sheep farmers who tremble at his howling.

Especially if you see what a single wolf can do to an entire flock of sheep...

-
#nomadimitritravel
#nomadimitrifrance
#nomadimitricreatures
21
nomad dimitri's profile photoSylvie Sullivan's profile photo
3 comments
 
I think he would nod stoically, flattered at the attempt to find him a human equivalent:
"How cute..."
Add a comment...
 
Never feel guilty for loving desserts

The French eat desserts with impunity while maintaining great silhouettes. And there is nothing fat-free about these desserts! Heavy cream, chocolate, butter, sugar, eggs, candied fruit, almonds, walnut oil: all the rich voluptuous goodies.

Fat has a bad rap in the USA, despite so much serious evidence to the contrary. In France, people enjoy great patisserie and stay svelte! Time to trash fat-free milk and sugar substitutes and embrace real, whole food in moderation!
-
#nomadimitritravel
#nomadimitrifrance
#nomadimitrifood
58
4
Info Rautatie's profile photoJohn S.'s profile photoGaston Hidalgo-Campusano's profile photoCara Evangelista's profile photo
13 comments
 
Moderation in all is a good thing, to have them once,  just in a while.  It should be balanced with natural vegetable & fruits all the time.
Add a comment...
 
Not quite "cheeky" yet...

... but getting there, gradually.

I still don't have a scale, it is just something I never had in my life.  Especially now, the idea that I would climb on a machine every day to watch a needle tell me how much weight I have gained is unappetizing.  It kind of makes me feel like a machine myself: so many calories in, so many grams retained in the body.

No way!  Instead, I rely on skin color, eye brightness and, yes!, the gradual reappearance of my cheeks!  Never before had I thought how wonderful cheeks are, what a sign of health & vibrancy & well-being, until I lost mine.

But, with all this French creamy stuff, they are slowly coming back and that is certainly something to smile about.

-
#nomadimitritravel
#crushtheorange
#cancer
64
Sharon Wright's profile photoTania Silvado's profile photoDavid Q. Cohen (SpeedSkaterBoston)'s profile photoKaterina Lambrou's profile photo
24 comments
 
❤️❤️❤️aww you look gorgeous!
Add a comment...
 
Enough!  I have to run away from here

For winter is ending soon and the snows are already starting to melt in the Alps.  So despite being thin as a rail, I have to move northwards if I want to catch some of the last real snow.  In any case, I feel mended: the lavender fields have done their magic and the thick meat stews may have garnered me a couple of kilos.

Sure, there will be snowstorms through March and, even, into April.  But it is not the same thing as snowshoeing through forests piled with heavy snow established for months.

So, today, I am prying myself out of the monastery, packing snug duck-feather parkas into crammed suitcases and retracing the river back up to the high alpine ranges. 

Meanwhile, the air smells of spring, the wet southerlies are blowing, hyacinths are smiling. Please!  I am not ready for so much spring yet!   Too noisy.  I need another month of cottony white quiet.

As people celebrate the end of winter, I find myself, once again, a minority.  Is anyone here with me?

---
#nomadimitritravel
#nomadimitrifrance
#france
64
3
nomad dimitri's profile photoElizabeth Gomez-Mayo's profile photoLauren Massa-Lochridge's profile photoCindy Sharp's profile photo
23 comments
 
+M Sinclair Stevens yes, he is the first that brought patagonia to my notice.  i don't know what i would think of his writing now but, at the time, i was impressed by its easy fluidity.  better not to read him beforehand, though, i usually read "definitive" books on my destinations way after, if ever
Add a comment...
 
First Anniversary

Exactly one year ago today, I was diagnosed with cancer.  On that same day, I was told that, at a minimum, I had a tough year-long fight ahead of me.  They were right.

As many of you know, I decided to go public with it right from the start, both online & in my private life: I told everyone.

I never regretted it.  I was told and expected reactions to be very variable and not to correspond, necessarily, to the level of intimacy that i felt I shared with individual people.  This means that there were some surprises on the way, from all sides:
- I experienced the incredibly soothing kindness of strangers
- I felt estranged from a few people that I had previously felt close to
- there were people that were very willing to participate who I rejected
- there were people that I sought but was rejected by
... and everything in between.

Essentially, I found out that all the cancer cliches are correct ("cancer will redefine all your relationships" blah blah blah) but even if the facts are cliches, the way we experience them is not. And this is exactly what counts, because it is this that made the journey my own, and it is this that kept me feeling like me, rather than like another cancer casualty.

There are 3 last basic personal things that I want to share about this experience, on its first anniversary:
- never in my life have I felt a stronger need to connect with people, to be seen and to see them, deeply
- never in my life have I felt such gratitude towards people, and towards the transforming power of empathy and kindness
- "the more personal you are willing to be and the more intimate you are willing to be about the details of your own life, the more universal you are…" (in the words of Sherwin Nuland)

The future:
- I am feeling much much better and my recovery from January's surgery is practically miraculous
- The chance I will be dead from cancer within the next five years is now only 30%
- I have to be scanned every 4 months for the next 5 years to nip any metastases "in the bud"
- Every scan without a metastasis increases my chance of survival by a few percentage points until, in 5 years time, if all is clean, I become, once again, "normal" (from a cancer point of view, at least...)

Thanks to all of you that connected with me this tough year.  You know who you are.  I will never forget.

---
#nomadimitritravel
#crushtheorange
#cancer
80
1
nomad dimitri's profile photoVirpi Flankkila's profile photosusan depew's profile photoCassie B.'s profile photo
37 comments
 
Thank you for sharing your anniversary thoughts and journey, Dimitri. Your news is welcome and I am so very glad you continue your practically miraculous recovery. But for a rare foray onto Google+, I would not have known of your journey (indeed, only found out a short time ago) and would not have been able to pray for you. You remain in my caring thoughts...always.
Add a comment...
 
If I were a woodpile, on the other hand,...

... I would have liked to be this one!  

I walk past village houses all the time, attentive.  I search to understand the way these people conceive of their lives, of themselves.  I observe the countless little ways they express themselves, especially through their houses and their work.

Like everyone else, this particular farmer, I imagine, piled his/her wood carefully, sheltered from the elements, solidly packed to conserve space, to stay stable and accessible.  Then one day, I imagine, in a different mood, perhaps melancholy, perhaps fanciful, giddy (who knows? we can only infer others by projecting our own selves into their acts) s/he decided to make this circle.

There are two things I am sure of:
- that s/he smiled when s/he was done
- that there will be lots of conflicted feelings when the pile reaches the level of the circle
- (but maybe not: farmers are at peace with seasonality, with the ebb & flow, the sprouting & the wilting, the drawing & the erasing of the rhythms of the seasons...)

---
#nomadimitritravel
#nomadimitrifrance
#nomadimitrigarden
64
4
Michael Thuma's profile photoséain Gutridge's profile photoRed Bear's profile photoRory O Connor (rocits)'s profile photo
7 comments
 
It's a code. Line them up perfectly and a secret passage will open.

Come to think of it, you must be the only person to have ever uttered the words "If I were a woodpile..."
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
40,753 people
Nicholas Koi's profile photo
sebastiano monaco's profile photo
Pallavi Jallan's profile photo
Aline Martinian's profile photo
Dora MoviesGamesChannel's profile photo
Law Office of Michael Raheb's profile photo
Chi Kung's profile photo
Mohammed Usman's profile photo
Sameer Astewale's profile photo
Education
  • Stanford University
    Artificial Intelligence / Computer Science
  • Stanford University
    Biochemistry
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Looking for
Friends
Relationship
Single
Other names
Nomi
Links
Story
Tagline
at home in the world
Introduction

independent, curious, free-ranging, weary of getting stuck... at home in the world
(i am also a photographer, a cook & a gardener; i especially enjoy when i can cook what i grow)
  • NEW: Read my food posts in an app here: http://goo.gl/8KERd in beautiful magazine format (the Google Currents app works for android, smartphone, iphone, tablet, ipad.  Details here: http://goo.gl/Zca6W).  
  • Subscribe to my YouTube channel here
  • Join our community: foodies+
  • If you use smartphone, iphone, tablet, ipad, click here  (you will be able to read me through the Google Currents app under "Lifestyle - At home in the world.")
------------------------------​​​​---------------------------​-​-​-​----------------

Get an idea of what i post about by clicking a topic below:
  • travel: follow me around the world
  • food: recipes, photos & tips
  • gardening: follow my garden: flowers, vegetables, trees
  • nature: all things natural
  • creatures: all sorts of animals i run into
------------------------------​​​​---------------------------​-​-​-​----------------

Bragging rights
surviving 2 teenagers on weekends & holidays...
Work
Occupation
at home in the world
Employment
  • Surviving Cancer
    present
  • Stanford University
    2015
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
marseille
Previously
palo alto - tokyo - bangalore - athens - bangkok - carson city - paris
Contact Information
Work
Email