At the Intersection of Art and Writing

The mobile sculpture strikes you as menacing. You regard it with caution. Bones upon black bones, lifeless and yet alive. A skeleton upon which your imagination hangs skins of guesses, theories and meanings. Is it a dark symbol? A trap? Will the bones collapse if the lightest of breezes moves through the gallery? ... Any… Continue reading At the Intersection of Art and Writing

Just a Talk in San Francisco: Rebecca Solnit

People asked me incredulously: "Did you really fly to San Francisco just to listen to a talk?" Yes, I did. People told me: "But the talk will be available on the radio and the podcast!" Yes, it will. But I wanted to listen to it live.  And I wanted to have an opportunity  to meet… Continue reading Just a Talk in San Francisco: Rebecca Solnit

3 Thanksgiving Thoughts

1. Wishing you a joyful Thanksgiving, my friends. May your hearts be filled with gratitude for the countless gifts of beauty that life so generously throws at us.  2. Have you noticed? It's fall! Open the door into the morning today and you will be greeted with all the unmistakable signs of her presence... The… Continue reading 3 Thanksgiving Thoughts

November Transfiguration

Something intangible shifts in the world around me on this bright November afternoon. Suddenly, I realize that the wind carries the leaves along the pavement with a strange, purposeful intensity, and they rustle as they brush against dry concrete.  It's as if someone invisible, far away, sighs deeply and steers the leaves with his breath. … Continue reading November Transfiguration


Good morning my friends! It's been too long since I posted a picture of something soul-feeding and lovely, something to make you smile, pay attention and reflect on. I saw this tiny treasure on a short morning walk: he is blooming all alone, with all his neighbors long done with a joyful job of blooming.… Continue reading Blooming 

Treasure Trove: My Top 3 Used Bookstores in DC 

I am Still Learning...

More often than I admit, I give myself a gift of a visit to a used book store or two. What a treasure trove of human mind and spirit they are! I happily get lost in them for hours and emerge exhausted and joyful, with a box full of books.

For me, buying books online, as convenient as it is, will never compare to experiencing the thrill of a hunt amongst endless bookshelves, stumbling upon unexpected treasures and discovering entire areas of knowledge new to me.

Here are my favorite used bookstores in DC area. In the future, I will continue to add to this list as well as include independent bookstores (such as Kramerbooks and Politics & Prose).


SecondStory Books
12160 Parklawn Dr, Rockville MD

This enormous book warehouse (or should I say book temple?) has one of the largest collections of used books in the world…

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Coffee and Creativity

Have you noticed that sometimes it seems immensely important to find just the right place to write, to reflect, to think? To an uninitiated observer, it might look like you are on a quest for a cup of good coffee, but in reality, you are seeking something infinitely greater: a corner of the world where… Continue reading Coffee and Creativity