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Monday, December 24, 2007

beauty lives everywhere

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

central park snow storm
Central Park snow storm from my holiday card, photo: Galina Dreyzina

As young Anne Frank writes in her diary about 1942, beauty exists everywhere we are willing to see it, and one of the things that brings happiness. It is as simple as new fallen snow, and natural as the face of my child on Christmas eve. It is sometimes created by design, or may be discovered in our midst. It lives in the eyes of those we love, whether in the face of joy or adversity. Beauty is an idea which defies definition, but not understanding. As a dialog between the world around us and that which is inside, it speaks to the possibility of who we are, and to transforming each moment. Seasons greetings to all.

reader comments:

Horses and Carriages banned in 2009?


How could you POSSIBLY use this horrific image for your holiday card????
The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages uses an extremely similar photograph in their recent phone booth ads around NYC to demonstrate the inhumane cruelty of the environmental conditions these animals are exposed to.
Beauty does not live here.


Lisa, while it may not be for you, it is simply a beautiful image for many of us who've grown up in this city. Running a photo of a classic NYC snow scene (this post ran in 2007) is not an act of political advocacy; so I find your comment a bit dramatic and out of context, even if your concerns about the carriage horses might have some merit. There is little going on in this photo that is inhumane. The horses are built better than humans, for a snowy day in the Park. Certainly no one wants to see horses treated cruelly.

There may be issues related to traffic, congestion, and the stables, that are legitimate concerns. Readers can decide for themselves. They can visit the site for the orgainization you mention at
Thanks for pointing it out.


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