Art, Lost and Found

February 20, 2008

In Jerusalem, the Israel Museum is presenting an exhibition of art looted by the Nazis and unclaimed after the war.

Israel Museum

This wonderful photograph is by Kevin Frayer/Associated Press.

Red Moon

February 20, 2008

It was cold in our slippers, but we trekked outside to watch the last total lunar eclipse until 2010. Most of the late afternoon’s clouds had drifted away and there it was — a dark red moon with just a sliver of light on the upper right quadrant. We stood there in the road, shivering but a little excited, until the moon completely disappeared. Then a cloud moved over and we came home. A good memory to have.


A friend of ours in Ontario sent us this splendid photograph.

Photo credit: Kathryn Tisdale

The Lobby of the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas

February 20, 2008

The House

February 20, 2008

She always kept olives in a glass jar
In the cabinet above the pantry,
Amid the fluff and dust of decades. Tar
Paper lived elsewhere, with the iron gantry
For lifting meats, the turpentine and wax.
Everything else she threw in the dark cave
Of the understairs; all things that would tax
Her strength she threw on the floor, and this gave
The house the appearance of a swallow’s
Nest built from found goods. But always she had
Irises, quivering on a cold rad.

Other People’s Houses

February 20, 2008

We like to have breakfast together, even though I leave for work quite early and she doesn’t need to. It has become one of our routines. And like most routines, it has a set of components. We eat on my desk in front of my computer screen, we remind each other to take our pills, and we look at other people’s houses.

Mostly these are very rich people’s houses, and mainly from the Real Estate pages of the online New York Times. Halstead Properties Luxury Portfolio is always a fine place to start, with their range of $20million townhouses, $14.5million apartments and $12,000 a month empty spaces.

What’s really fun are the “What Can You Get For…” galleries. This allows you to see three — usually — properties in different areas of the country that are on the market for roughly the same price — say, $900,000 or $12,500,000.