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Choices

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The view from here.
Many years ago I discovered most things that happen to us in life are mostly determined by previous decisions, by our choices.

Since the lockdown, life in the inside, with its much slower pace, has given us the opportunity to reevaluate everything concerning our lives, from the most simple aspects to the deepest ones. And, if you have been doing that, consciously or not, you have probably discovered some of the right or wrong choices that took you to the situation or stage you were in when this nightmare hit us.
Some years ago, as I mentioned, I arrived to the conclusion that every minor decision we make takes us to a place, good, mediocre, or bad. Even now, during this crisis, we make choices since the moment we wake up. But I have been thinking, mostly, about the ones I have made over the years, specially the hardest ones. Sometimes we need to execute a giant leap, a drastic change, that looks crazy and really hard, but if life presents you a possibility, a path …

Día de las Madres

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Before the storm

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The view from here. 

(Things that were in my mind).



November news.

From this warm corner, behind the glass front wall, I can see the neighborhood and the world wake up to another autumn day. I see carefree people walking, just bellow the balcony, towards their day. Looking at them they don't seem capable of doing anything wrong, they just appear to be minding their own lives. I want to believe most humans are still like that. Unfortunately, when you watch the news, or a show on TV, you get the idea the world is full of haters and manipulators. You reach the conclusion people don't mind lying or destroying others' reputation.

A regrettable example of that coldness, and even cruelty, is what I recently read in an article about a minor health problem the great french actress Catherine Deneuve had while filming a movie near Paris. In this piece some of her neighbors give details about what they call her excesses. It chocked me to see how those people talk about Deneuve in a ton…

Augury

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With my hopes for the rebirth of our world, America, and New York City.





The evening golden lights
(An anniversary of promises and surrenders)

Feathers were flying and falling slowly, like snowflakes on the calm evening waters of The Hudson the army of angels couldn’t wait to gather there landing, one more time, on the other side of the river
They, and some humans, were witnessing the event the sun going West, reluctantly, towards the horizon wrapped in purple strokes, rays piercing the perplexed clouds everyone in silence and owe, watching gold melting cascading, covering the New York City skyline
A moment when dreams can be touched and fairy tales seem more than real love is the only force that can draw this picture a man made landscape blessed by the heavens



Aymara Lorente
November 8, 2017





Present Readings and Old Memories

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The View from Here.

By Aymara Lorente








On page 269 of  the novel Rules of Civility, (PENGUIN BOOKS), by American author Amor Towles, I found and marked a passage with these inspiring and comforting words:

   At the times, the buildings along Fifth Avenue still looked like they had sprung from the ground overnight—disappearing into the clouds like beanstalks.

   In 1936, the great Swiss architect Le Corbusier published a little book called When the Cathedrals Were White detailing his first trip to New York. In it, he describes the thrill of seeing the city for the first time. Like Walt Whitman he sings of humanity and tempo, but he also sings of skyscrapers and elevators and air-conditioning, of  polished steel and reflective glass. New York has such courage and enthusiasm, he writes, that everything can be begun again, sent back to the building yard and made into something still greater. . . .




   In the fragile circumstances we find ourselves today, something like this can give us strengt…

The View from Here

The world changed.

By Aymara Lorente 


When you look outside, if you only pay attention to the buildings, the trees, and the singing of the birds everything seems the same, untouched. But the whole world recently changed, from one minute to the next, when we heard, when we finally faced the truth of the Coronavirus. One morning we woke up to the new reality, to this nightmare. What caused it? I exactly don't know for sure; however, I am certain of what allowed its spread: the secrecy and totalitarian control of the communist government of China. They propagated this deadly virus.

Before, most humans were invested only on the quest for happiness and content, which is different for everyone, or concentrated on our family, daily dreams, our work. I thought everything was under control, my health, and my plans for the immediate future. But now the ugly side of reality suddenly appeared, equalizing all of us. We have to act as everybody else, look for the same basic material things. Trus…

Tesoros en el buzón

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por Aymara Lorente
Dedicado a Félix, celebrando su cumple.

Hace unos días encontramos en nuestro buzón una significativa, y casi extinguida, joya. No era un bill apagar, ni una propaganda política, tampoco una seductora y engañosa promoción comercial. Desde España nos llegó una simple y tremendamente bella postal que es sólo una foto, un detalle de Comillas, Cantabria.
No recibíamos nada de carácter personal, y agradable, por el correo regular desde que hace algunas semanas arribó un maravilloso regalo: un libro dedicado, como siempre, con mágicas y sinceras palabras; enviado por nuestra querida amiga, la escritora cubana residente en Francia, Zoé Valdés. Creo somos muy dichosos porque aún recibimos en casa felicitaciones y el cariño de familiares y amigos por correos. Considero que hoy en día es un raro privilegio que te envíen algo por una vía no electrónica.
Este nuevo tesoro, la postal, llegaba desde Valencia de las manos y la inspiración de un entrañable amigo, Felu, quien es, adem…