early morning on town neck beach

NEW VAGUS—my planet.

Yesterday my son asked me, “If you had your own planet, what would it be like, Mom?” Sometimes I rush these kinds of discussions and don’t want to play the game.  But, yesterday thinking about MY OWN PLANET entertained my brain all day. What would it be like? I needed to do something creative and playing with my photographs while thinking about my planet really sparked my imagination, thanks Ellis. The images I created are a very different direction for me. I finally went to bed at 1am still thinking about my planet.  It’s magnificent. I’ll be working on more images to convey NEW VAGUS…perhaps a recruiting  brochure, a psychological test, a song or a movie…I like options.

It’s called NEW VAGUS after my favorite nerve.  The vagus nerve wanders like a vagabond (I love that).  It’s also the captain of your inner nerve center.  If you get off course, your captain can get you heading back in the right direction.  There are some relatively easy ways to stimulate your vagus nerve. I found this fascinating.  Gargling.  Cold showers.  Prayer.  Deep breathing.  Making some of these things a regular practice can help with inflammation, migraines, anxiety, addiction and so much more.  See link below for more options and information and share broadly.  It might really help someone you love.

How to stimulate your vagus nerve. This is your nerve captain speaking.


“What happens in the vagus nerve, it turns out, doesn’t stay in the vagus nerve. The longest of the cranial nerves, the vagus nerve is so named because it “wanders” like a vagabond, sending out fibers from your brain stem to your visceral organs. The vagus nerve is literally the captain of your inner nerve center—the parasympathetic nervous system, to be specific. And like a good captain, it does a great job of overseeing a vast range of crucial functions, communicating nerve impulses to every organ in your body. New research has revealed that it may also be the missing link to treating chronic inflammation, and the beginning of an exciting new field of treatment that leaves medications behind.”








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Here’s the key to the photos:

Los Angeles
Florence, Italy
Kenmare, Ireland
Packard Plant, Detroit, Michigan
NYC on the High Line
Burke, South Dakota
New Orleans, Louisiana
Cape Cod, Sandwich, Massachusetts
Florence, Italy
NYC near Grand Central Station
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
New Orleans in a cemetery near a famous restaurant I can’t remember the name of.

when worlds collide.

farmhouse and hwy ten collide lillibridge beach approach farmhouse world

1.  HWY 10 in CALIFORNIA (Phoenix to Palm Springs)

2.  TOWN NECK BEACH approach, Sandwich, Mass

1 & 2.  An abandoned farmhouse somewhere in Gregory County, South Dakota.

Oh, circles—let me count the ways…

I am organizing my photos and I began playing a game in my head.  Find the (blank) and see how many times it shows up in my photos. Today it was CIRCLE. Without having to look very hard circles began appearing everywhere.  It’s such a pleasing shape.  I love a circular table.  Coins. Cookies. Pizza. Rings. Plates. Hoola Hoops. There is beauty everywhere when we pay attention.  Finding little ways to amuse ourselves is, I believe a good skill to practice.

I am also a very big fan of the square, but I will save that for another day.


Cape Cinema, Begin Again & My Record Label Logo

dark socks and sandals

Last night with my family I saw the movie “Begin Again” it is a fun summer story about friendship, starting over, humility and collaboration. It’s also about music and I have always loved record company label design—so here is my quick stab at a hypothetical logo.

We saw “Begin Again” at the utterly charming Cape Cinema in Dennis, Mass. The ceiling is painted by the artist Rockwell Kent and it’s stunning. This is the theater that in 2004 while getting our tickets to see the movie “Whale Rider” my son, Ellis cut the tip of his finger off while having his hands on the old timey ticket cutter. We tried to sit through the movie, but when I looked at his finger it was sliced at an angle so I thought we needed to get to the ER to have it checked out. It looked like a cross section from a science class model. Not much blood. Clean cut. We drove to Hyannis to the ER and sat in the freezing air conditioning with very sick people. We finally gave up and went home. I put some antiseptic on his finger, wrapped it up and put him in bed with me in case he got a fever in the night. He didn’t.


The next morning we went to a clinic and the doctor asked me what I had done to take care of it. He said, “That’s what I am going to do too.” Then he said, “just get in the ocean, saltwater is good for the cut.” Ellis then asked him if he had ever been to the Cape Cinema. He said that he hadn’t and Ellis invited him to the movies with us sometime.

I never pushed the issue with the Cape Cinema. One season a manager offered us FREE PASSES but that was it. I don’t think the ticket cutter is still in operation now, but be careful and don’t put your fingers on the counter. But, do visit the theater if you get a chance, it is really cool.

Here is the link to the movie if you haven’t seen the previews.

A Ballerina Artist and a Sex Therapist Author


Today while at The Flea Market in Sandwich, Mass with a friend and one of my daughters we met these most interesting women. Toby Kalman studied at The Boston Ballet and makes remarkably beautiful bracelets. Elaine Young is a sex … Continue reading