Monthly Archives: July 2016

Engleza de joi/ Nowhither

Nowhither = to or toward no place.

“Some of us look for the Way in opium and some in God, some of us in whiskey and some in love. It is all the same Way and it leads nowhither.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil

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Art by Rafal Olbinski.

Castle of sport – cycling

Life is irregular. Some regularity could be the spice of just about anything. Just be regular in small pleasures and irregular in others – such as bad decisions, mad dogs and carbs 🙂

One of the regularities in my life is my fitness routine. And the uppermost goes to cycling. I started in my early years, so I had time to gather experience and not to be surprised by any “failure” as I survived them all.

Nothing can go wrong if you take a bike and start on.

It is an Adventure. You can go wherever you want and have means to observe life in the big city – people, old buildings, vehicles, feelings. Bucharest is a beautiful city with many facets. Bucharest is still the City of Lights. Nevertheless, it is not the city of cyclists, yet. That is why my pictures are taken in the park. I promise to break this habit and brave the big city, I mean the car-friendly city, and take pictures of some marvellous corners of history.

Keeping in shape. This has been my personal battle for as long as I can remember. It is said that you can burn 1000 calories in an hour. While cycling don’t go like the wind as the only thing that can come up out of this is exertion or maybe a flat tyre.
Cycling is very good for losing weight – I cannot give advice in this respect, but it is wonderful exercise as long as you like it and you are comfortable with your bike.

Life is better. Exercising is always good and happiness also resides in the small things. Firstly you change your routine of going to work and spending part of your time indoors. Secondly, bikers and roller-skaters are a nice community.

Earlier this week I have caught the skies on fire above the lake…

Engleza de joi/ Waft

Waft = to move lightly through the air.

“A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.”
Caroline Gordon


Art – another magical illustrations by Christian Schloe.

Failure and success

I have failed in everything: biking, I have fallen manifold; swimming, as I cannot yet, after many attempts; roller skating, I broke an arm, moreover my knees and ankles aren’t well and happy either; also at boxing I hurt my knuckles and wrist, even if only my punching bag was involved.

I have failed in communicating with some tremendously amazing people.
I have failed in my first business and in my present business as I haven’t fulfilled all my predictions.

I haven’t failed in one thing: in doing what I love and “cropping” my own type of life everyday. And in eating glass…
“Starting a company is like staring into the abyss and eating glass.”
Elon Musk (allegedly quoting a friend).

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Art by Rafal Olbinski.


He is fairer than Spring,
Wiser than my unread library,
Tenderer than a feather
in the newly-stirred autumn wind.

“I tell you, the more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”
Vincent Van Gogh

Avenue Of Poplars In Autumn (1884), Vincent van Gogh









Avenue of poplars in autumn by Vincent van Gogh.


Engleza de joi/ Peter out

Peter out = to gradually become smaller, quieter, etc. and then end.

“Some of my plays peter out and some pan out.”
James M. Barrie

Art by Trina Schart Hyman for Peter Pan.


“No one and nothing can harm us, child, except what we fear and love.”
Sigrid Undset, Norwegian – recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928.

I illustrate with Errol Le Cain‘s art for The Snow Queen.

Engleza de joi/ Nadir

Nadir = 1.That point of the heavens, or lower hemisphere, directly opposite the zenith; the inferior pole of the horizon; the point of the celestial sphere directly under the place where we stand.
= 2.The lowest point; the time of greatest depression.

“Sometimes the worst brings out the best in you. Sometimes the lowest tide ushers in the biggest change. Sometimes the gravest wounds translate into deepest wisdom. Sometimes the nadir leads you to the zenith. All you need to do is to Hold On.” –Manprit Kaur

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Art by Michael Cheval – Sunset Tango.