"Daphne," Chapter 1: Brothers
For 8 months I was living out of a suitcase and moving around every month.
First it was Cleve, then Prague - Ukraine - Italy (an apartment in Prague, hostels and hotels in Europe)… Then Cleve for 2 weeks, couch-surfing in NYC for 1.5 months between 2 friends in Brooklyn, then a sublet in Queens for 2 months… Finally I have a long-term room to settle into. And I work only one job. I have breathed a sigh of relief.
The lighting is good, it’s spacious, clean, plenty of closet space, cozy, and quiet. The location is good. Today I saw a bluebird on a tree outside my window. Neighborhoods in Astoria are generally great. Plus I live with a Japanese artist and an Israeli painter so I feel at home with ethnic flatmates (who happen to be introspective artists as well)
brunch in Astoria
Hand-made Christmas card for my brother (front)
Ukrainian Christmas - Borscht and Brother
"Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets.The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration…My own resolute idleness has mostly been a luxury rather than a virtue, but I did make a conscious decision, a long time ago, to choose time over money, since I’ve always understood that the best investment of my limited time on earth was to spend it with people I love."