Kula Yoga: Manhattan

When I go to a spot that has stones or shells, I tend to bring a few home to bring their energy into my everyday life. Clearly these folks understand that inclination. Love that they have them lining this old porcelain sink. They do seem to have been a bit confused about the color of the stall. Looks like they tried it all fuchsia to start and then decided to repaint the door gold. Works for me. And did I forget to rave about the classes here? Consider them raved about.



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National Museum of Jewish History:Philadelphia, PA

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Came to the city to see the Barnes Collection and Chasing Dreams- an exhibition about the history of minorities in Baseball- inclusive of Jews and other ethnic minorities, as well as women who actually started playing the sport in leagues in the late 1800's. The curator told me that there may soon be women in the major leagues. That would be something indeed. A terrific show in a fabulous museum which opened in its current location in 2010. Not to be missed when coming to Philly. Including a shot of the banner with Hammering Hank featured larger than life.



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Mezzogiorno:SOHO, Manhattan

A day downtown can feel like a day in Europe with its small boutiques, sidewalk caf├ęs and relaxed pace. I highly recommend it for an easy R & R with a friend. We picked this place based on the white table clothed table on a raised mosaic platform on Spring St. Turns out the food was as delicious as the setting and the collection of Joseph Cornell like art boxes in the back are delightful. No wonder it has a wall of laminated articles and awards near the restrooms.

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University Club: Mid-town, Manhattan

All these private clubs have a similar feel, but the chintz in this restroom really brought me back to my grandmother's apartment at the Pierre Hotel. Quite a contrast from my afternoon in the edgy shops and galleries of Chelsea. Heard a panel from the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center speak about the state of the disease. Good news- there will not only be better management, but also a cure. The science is there. Need you to send money.

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Cookshop:Chelsea, Manhattan

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My second time lunching at this farm to table hipster restaurant. Last time it was only slightly filled;this time it was packed. The food was only slightly more delicious than the fragrance from these scented sticks. Divine. And such a serene escape from the noisy dining room.

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McDonald Observatory:Ft. Davis,TX

I think the floor looks a bit like the Milky Way. Okay, that's a bit of a stretch, but coming to see the stars and planets at this UT funded observatory is amazing. You need a black sky to really see the lights and Ft. Davis is a dark place. The big telescopes were aimed at Jupiter whose bands and multiple moons were bright as lights at an eye exam.

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Mayia’s:Marfa:TX

Sophisticated interior with excellent Italian food. Maya was a friend of Judd's daughter who accompanied her to Marfa after the death of her father... and never left. A theme of many of those we met over the last several days- many of them New Yorkers.

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The Block:Marfa,TX

This is the living complex that Donald Judd renovated for himself. It has the only restroom in Marfa that doesn't have Meyers organic products. Judd was a precisionist for whom everything was placed exactly including the many books and paraphernalia cluttering his huge work tables. He also believed in living with his work, so every "studio" space- and there are several in the complex of buildings here and those he owned around town- has a bed in it.

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Chinati Foundation:Marfa,TX

Marfa is a lot like a Texas version if Brooklyn- filled with artists, groovy shops and great food. Good coffee not so easy to find. Artisanal everything else is. Obviously Chinati is following suit with its product choices. A trial to get to, this homage to the artist that Donald Judd envisioned and executed in this dusty, deserted part of Texas is both deeply moving and surprisingly instructive. Well worth the journey.

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Chinati Foundation:Marfa,TX

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Another restroom in this complex of old military buildings, now installation spaces. This was in the Arena which had been riding ring and later became on of Judd's homes. Hence the bathtub. a

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