new HAPPY year

Give thanks for we have made it to another year! It amazes me how fortunate we are to be alive in this day and time. Boy, we have it ultra-easy compared to those who have lived before us.

I am extremely grateful for my good health, for clean water, for earth and sky, for my amazingly fit body, for my incredibly supportive and fun-loving family, for a strong heart, for a decent, safe, and comfy home, for experiencing love in many forms, for an abundance of food (a special shout out to Kale and Beets), for friends who inspire me, care for me, tolerate me, and teach me, for the many skills acquired over the past 15 years, for art and the artists, for creativity, for reiki, for vipassana, for yoga, awareness, for dopamine, for the ability to travel, and most of all, for peace of mind (stillness).

Each year gets better even when it feels like a tough one. Hindsight is a teacher and blessing. With each triumph, loss or mis-hap, I discover that the universe is on my side and everything that has happened to me has made me stronger, wiser and more capable.

For me, 2o11 will be primarily about 3 things:

1. My New Web Site and Book Project (W.D.I.E.T)
2. Love, Partnership, and Relationship Building
3. Awareness, Conservation, and Education

What about you?


I want to acknowledge the people who inspire me, encourage me and accept me. I love each and every one of you tremendously with a whole heart and positive spirit. Thank you for being a part of my life and for keeping our friendship or relationship alive and ticking!

You know who you are!

Lots of love and productivity in 2o11!

*Lala*

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married to myself

A few days ago, while on my way to work, I heard a man’s voice say, “Good Morning! Good Morning!”. Turning my head slightly to catch a glimpse of the caller’s face, I managed a faint smile and returned the greeting. Before, the last syllable departed my lips, the man, who was creeping beside me in his silver Acura, hollers, “You married?” Considering that I was wearing a mini-dress, I was positive that this question sprang primarily from his loins. I picked up the pace, then lied and said, “Yes” and smiled really big to display my happiness with being a kept woman. I’m not married but I fibbed because at that moment, I felt much safer saying there was a man in my life — imaginary and all.

I shared this story with a buddy, he listened then promptly changed the subject by asking “Why do some women seem so desperate to find a man?” Then he said, “It’s a real turn-off.”

Please read my response (and theory) below:

If a girl is born into a decent family, she is never left alone. Any responsible caregiver knows this. For example, my younger brother could romp all over the neighborhood; however, I needed to be in close proximity at all times. “Where are you going?” “Who are you going with?” “How are you getting home?” The questions never ceased. The same little girls grow up to be teenagers and now their boyfriends walk them to the door, pick them up for the dance, insist on a phone call upon arrival home, etc. Then the same young teenager becomes a woman and moves away from home. At this time, she is faced with being alone in a vast world full of men who don’t seem to have her best interests at heart. But then she meets a man who reminds her of her father or uncle or first boyfriend and she thinks, “I gotta hold onto this one because when we walk down the street, men don’t bother me and so on …”

Often, men can be sharks and the one thing that seems to keep sharks away are other bigger sharks.

And let’s not forget about all of the films, soap operas, novels, and fairy tales that encourage or support this behavior.

Please do not misunderstand my theory, I am not a proponent of desperation in any form but it makes sense to me. Fortunately for me, I learned at a young age to enjoy my own company and if that wasn’t enough, I could always say, Hello!.

Currently, I am single. And, although I am content in either situation, I would admit that it’s great having a man around — whether for pure companionship, to zip up my dress, take out the trash, or with whom to converse and build.  On the other hand, I am noticing that when I am not in a relationship, I am far more productive hence the past two months’ activities:

September was a heavy “food” month, working on my book project, building a new web site, attending food-related events (Epicurious Entertains New York), and eating at new restaurants.

Plus, I received my Level I Reiki certification. A goal of mine since completing the Hatha Yoga certification course over eight years ago. Reiki is a Japanese energy healing form; this skill is a wonderful addition to my health & wellness toolbox.

October was a huge blur. In addition to working as a full time web producer, I was booked every weekend this month for a photography shoot. Also, a friend shared the news of the Levi’s and Leica Photo Workshop with me. This can be described in two words: super dopeness, and it’s open until December 18th.

And to top it off, last Wednesday I started a branding and marketing course at 3rd Ward.

I can only contribute the abundance of work and love to peace of mind and extreme focus.

Giving thanks for organic food, friendships, and learning. The photos are from yesterday’s excursion to the Big Bambú exhibit on the roof of The Metropolitan Museum of Art or The Met. Artists: Doug & Mark Starn along with several rock climbers. Fantastic! with a capital F 🙂

I feel great and I wish the same for you and your loved ones!

Peace, smiles and happiness,

*Lala*

(have you eaten anything orange today?)

happy people

Happy people don’t write. – Edna O’Brien (author of The Country Girls a book I’m reading now)

I could not agree more. My journals are filled with phrases of longing and imprints of heartache and sadness. I noticed this one day as I flipped through the pages of my 20 or more diaries. When I am extra happy, the camera is my most loyal companion and the pen is forgotten like an overworked pair of boots.

Hence this blog with its mini-anecdotes and random photographs. Typically, if all is going well in my world, I make photographs and don’t feel the need to express myself in words but having a blog forces me. When I am working through life’s downs and ups, the words come more easily and my desire to make photos is buried beneath the heaviness and hurt. But again, knowing that I need to update my blog pushes me to shoot even when I don’t feel like it. I am grateful for Lala the Sunchaser for many reasons.

Having a blog is a great disciplinary exercise plus it’s awesome for the heart space. Each day I walk the streets with a watchful eye and present spirit, I try not to text while walking or talk on the phone too much cause I just may miss some thing or someone interesting. NYC is full of eye candy, engaging scenery, and beautiful art work.

Today, I wish to document that I am HAPPY, HEALTHY, WHOLE and ENJOYING MY LIFE –truly!

July has been about working lots, connecting with folks, and pushing beyond my comfort zone, beginning with a hang gliding adventure in Middletown, NY and ending with a two hour reiki session.

My one month “boot camp” experiment did wonders for my health and productivity. Only, as of now, the thrill has gone and I have been sleeping in later and later with each passing morning. Yet I am still waking with the sun which feels great. And, lastly, I am following my heart, using my voice even when I am unclear about how my words will be received.

I often ask myself, what is the worse that can happen if I speak my truth or make a move. If I can live with the consequences, I take a deep breath, leap into the unknown, and concentrate on a positive outcome. So far, so good!

The photos are of new and old friends. I love working in SoHo – it’s super inspiring and I am always meeting new people or bumping into old acquaintances 🙂 Give yourself a hug today and have a beautiful weekend. *Lala*

SIDE NOTE: Even when I write about my “troubles” or heartache, I always end my journal entries with a show of gratitude because I realize my problems are minuscule compared to others and I feel awful complaining about such trivialities. Giving thanks for options, opportunities, good health, a wonderful family and friendships, peace of mind, talents, a bright spirit, amenities, and love. And thank you for being a part of my life — directly or indirectly!

My lens was foggy underground but I totally love this guy’s sense of style. We had a brief interaction after work one day.

HAPPY SUMMER! HOT ! HOT! HOT! YAY!! Oh, go to the beach, I was there 2 weeks ago and it only took one hour to get there!