"I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you - especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous channel, and two hundred miles or so of land some broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapped; and then I’ve a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly. As for you, - you’d forget me."

Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

j is on his way to his new assignment 😔


Byzantine  Monuments of Thessaloniki / The Rotunda:

Mosaics from the intrados at the entrance of the Rotunda (4th century A.D). Most of them have geometrical designs along with flowers and birds.

A young woman admires flowers in a Baden garden in Germany, June 1928. Photograph by Wilhelm Tobien, National Geographic

i want to be happy and at peace and that’s not selfish

rome memory: j and i visited the ukrainian hotel he used to work at. it was attached to a ukrainian church. he asked the receptionist if he could show me around so we went into the basement. some of the floor and walls were ripped up and ancient roman ruins were exposed, right under white tile floor and florescent lights…it was surreal. there was a little hair salon in the back and by little i mean the size of maybe 3 airplane bathrooms. there were two ukrainian woman and they spoke perfect italian. one was covered in mosquito bites and she was covering her face but i told her she still looked pretty and we didn’t care. then j asked if i wanted them to cut my hair but they said my hair was too beautiful and refused. it’s one of those times that seems like an odd dream now that i look back. 


Nativity, Toros Roslin Gospels, Armenia, 1262
Paint, ink and gold on parchment, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Ms. 539, fol. 208v

model Kiara Kabukuru, Field of Dreams. Photography by Gilles Bensimon Elle, June 1994

The Arabian nights’ entertainments. London: Spottiswoode & Co, 1898. This version was edited by Andrew Lang and illustrated by Henry Justice Ford.