Unlikely

  Me aged 2.  It didn’t seem plausible but I did grow up. And, surprisingly enough, not into a fearless tomboy. “How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life”  ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Take from my palms

Take from my palms, to soothe your heart, a little honey, a little sun, in obedience to Persephone’s bees. You can’t untie a boat that was never moored, nor hear a shadow in its furs, nor  move through thick life without fear. For us, all that’s left is kisses tattered as the little bees that die when … More Take from my palms

Portable magic

Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live. Gustave Flaubert References Stephen king 2017 Favorites

No wrong notes

The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes – ah, that is where the art resides. Artur Schnabel   References: “The piano ain’t got no wrong notes.” ― Thelonious Monk Photo: Vintage market at Armazém, Porto, November 18, 2017  

Perspectives

nothing can better cure the anthropocentrism that is the author of all our ills than to cast ourselves into the physics of the infinitely large (or the infinitely small). By reading any text of popular science we quickly regain the sense of the absurd, but this time it is a sentiment that can be held … More Perspectives

When he left

Mr. Alexandre used to work here, from 1962 until he died in 2016. From the street, looking through the window, it doesn’t look like this place is abandoned. He might come back. Someone might come back for their bespoke suit. If you read Portuguese, please head to Blog dos Alfaiates, Mr. Alexandre’s story is there along with … More When he left