Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Dancer upstairs

Sublime film with Javier Bardem and Laura Morante... political, beautiful, violent and delicate: still so fresh and timely

"time is a dictator, as we know it" Nina Simone

Saturday, July 4, 2015

"La discipline c'est la base de la liberté, et pas l'inverse" 
– Marie Agnes Gillot via Nowness 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Foraging in June

It's June in Andes and the fraises des bois are ripening. I am 10 again crouching with basket in hand on the side of my god-mother's chalet in Switzerland, picking wild strawberries. There in that moment, I was wholeheartedly happy. In Bergman's film of the same name professor Borg says "If I have been feeling worried or sad during the day, I have a habit of recalling scenes from childhood to calm me. So it was this evening." Plucking these delicate berries on the side our house in Andes, NY, I remembered what I loved. This. The wetness of the grass, being with the world and celebrating what it was giving me. With this thought, I came to fully appreciate what some of the chef's on Netflix's excellent series "The Chefs Table" have been so passionately working on. If we can completely speak from our heart, from the ingredients that hark us back to our earliest memories, there, we can create something so purely original and uniquely us.

That evening after my stroll I dined on my own foraged plants and creations:
On the menu
1. Homemade ricotta with honey, sea salt and fraises des bois with rain
2. Farm baby carrots, spring dandelion, capers and fresh mozzarella 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Rilke - Book of Hours

It's possible I'm moving through the hard veins of heavy mountains, like the ore does, alone; I'm already so deep inside, I see no end in sight, and no distance: everything is getting near and everything getting near is turning to stone.

I still can't see very far yet into suffering,—so this vast darkness makes me small; are you the one: make yourself powerful, break in: so that your whole being may happen to me, and to you may happen, my whole cry.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Beautiful Emily....

Completely in love with Miyazaki. My heart aches with joy. What a loving depiction of this master filmmaker.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

 We belong here together with the trees and the stones, for we are made manifest together. Rather than being discrete entities, the relation comes first, and the extent to which we are related matters for what we and the stone ultimately are.  – Heidegger

Thursday, April 2, 2015


Yes, finally a piece about our beautiful elders!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A letter by my beautiful daughter #ProtectOurSchools

March 28, 2015

Dear Governor Cuomo,

My name is Äya Krienke, I’m 11 years old, and I am completely disappointed in your decision to take money away from public schools, and your enforcement of standardized test. There is nothing bad about Common Core, it has actually taught me a lot, but what’s really disappointing is making students and teachers performance based on standardized tests. Children should have the right to learn things other than Common Core, for example, learning about history, art, music, and the actual meaning of what it is to learn. Otherwise what’s the point of going to school? Teachers and students are more than test scores! If I was a teacher and you had passed this law, I would not want to teach under these circumstances.

School should feel safe, and taking way billions of dollars from our public school system, will not benefit our safety. I have the privilege of going to a very good public middle school, if you make these cuts, then my school, and all other public schools are at jeopardy. I thought that we were trying to make New York a better place, and if you pass this law, the New York dream will be at risk.

Not everybody has the privilege to go to a private or charter school. Please don’t take away the advantages of having a good public education. Public schools should offer children free and equal education. This is often not the case in New York City school. Taking away funds will make this even worse. Plus, funding charter schools only puts money and education in the hands of corporations.

I want you to know that all public school members and I think that your decision is unacceptable! Please make the right choice for New York!

Sincerely, Äya Krienke
6th grade, New Voices MS.443
Brooklyn NY

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cedar Lake Ballet

Last night I left the Gibney Dance Center elated and honored. I had just come from an almost private Gaga class with 4 of the Cedar Lake dancers, lead by Navarra Novy-Williams. By the time I came home, it was announced that the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet was to be no more. I was heartbroken and saddened by the loss of such an influential American dance company, one of the few of it's kind. Funded by a Walmart Heiress, and housed in a larger than life space, it was an icon of dance, which I wrote about in Lonny just recently. It also had it's share of problems, run like a corporation with unreasonable demands on it's dancers.

Still what impressed me last night, as we moved together for one hour sensing our bodies in space, was the connection of dance. How it bridges the gap between age and skill, touching and unifying in both a very personal and communal way. They held their emotions in check beyond a weary look in their eyes, like the good dancers that they are. To them I wish a fruitful future, and as Mr. Gaga, Ohad Naharin, always instructs one must keep moving, never stop moving!

Please support them on their last performance this June at the BAM!

photos by Carolyn and Äya Veith Krienke at the Cedar Lake's Installations on Feb 7, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015


To celebrate tomorrow's solar eclipse a little Pina Bausch from her majestic Vollmund

Sunday, March 15, 2015

cherry pits

The facelessness
the color
from you.
in the grave
for the remains
of my once

The child
had a song
the cherry blossoms,
juicy pits tumbling
around the tongue.
It's hands
your heart.

Drawing circles
in the sand.
Who will
erase you


can't get enough of this absolutely sublime band

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Minnie Riperton

A soulful thanks to T for introducing me to this angel.

Thursday, January 22, 2015