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alamo square

140. sunset in alamo square

sunrise, sunset

sun rises, yet again

a beautiful gift, one more day

one more time

one more chance

one more gift we receive to give love

to live life

what a blessing

what a miracle it is

that we get to live every single day

one more time

use this gift

make love, give love, be love

100. step by step

when you face a set of stairs head on, all you see is a massive wall.

but if you have the courage to approach it, you quickly notice it is something else entirely.

what you thought was an impenetrable wall is actually a series of small steps.

it is all a matter of perspective.

that is what life is.

99. bonsai

today i read that a tree museum is opening in switzerland.

what a beautiful idea.

i have always regarded trees as supreme works of art.

they do so much for us.

in that spirit, meet my bonsai.

the japanese word literally means tray cultivation.

it is an ancient practice that simply sets out to grow a tree on a tray.

it is an art that requires patience, like so many good things in this life.

that virtue is one that i find especially hard to master.

in a modern world of instant gratification, waiting and slowing down can become exceedingly rare treasures.

sitting in my room one day, a shaft of light illuminated the small tree.

8. dude plays the tuba

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another beautiful sunday! we san franciscans get blessed every year with the so-called ‘indian summer’, a summer time that comes to the city in october, temporarilly telling the fog to fog off and go hang out somewhere else for us to have some fun in the sun! In my previous post, you got a glimpse of north beach, my old neighborhood, which you will be seeing lots more of. in this post, i give you a peek into my new neighborhood, alamo square. a beautiful amalgamation of locals and tourists congregate here to brave the high altitude winds and, occassionally get a good spot in the sun. when it gets too cold, we walk down to dolores park. the locals let their dogs loose, some bring their instruments and unwind, perhaps with some wine and just catch up with friends and neighbors. the tourists come and take pictures in front of the ‘painted ladies’, the houses immortalized by the tv show full house. it doesn’t hurt that you get a splendid view of the city, with the slender transamerica pyramid, the ominous bank of america tower and the curvaceous cathedral of st. mary of the assumption in full view to just name a few. that day, a sunday just a few weeks ago, this dude was playing his tuba like there was no tomorrow, filling me with a grin that only that moment can describe.

san franciscans, the sun is out, get outside and enjoy your sunday!