Cherry blossoms at Branch Brook Park

Drove two hours each way to visit Branch Brook Park in NJ. “With more than 5,200 trees, Branch Brook Park in Newark is the country’s largest collection of Japanese cherry blossom trees.” The 360-acre park was designed by the Olmsted brothers in 1895. Felt like I was in the center of a water color painting. For lunch stopped over in Paterson and had Turkish red lentil soup and koftas at Toros. 70F and sunny. Heaven <3

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wedding in west hartford

beautiful wedding in west hartford, connecticut! congratulations fizza and rizwan – u make a lovely couple mashallah. so wonderful to spend time with family. am wearing my mother’s vintage sari, chiffon from paris, 1970s

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chai and methai at the beach

this evening we made some chai and got some methai from bengali sweets, in hicksville, and then went and watched the sunset at west meadow beach, right next to our house. a delicious mix of cold wind, hot tea, and radiant sky and water. sister, ammi, abbu, and the husband – what could be better?

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happy birthday saba

happy birthday to one of my closest friends in college. saba could always be counted on to do the right thing, right by her family and friends. everything done seamlessly and with grace. she and her family were central to my years at IBA and later when i worked in karachi. they anchored me. i have learned so much from them. happy birthday dear saba. u are one of a kind <3

Kinds of love

From John Steinbeck’s letter to his eldest son Thom, November 1958:

There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

Photo: My love, Montauk, August 2021

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west meadown beach when it’s cold

went with the husband on his run. don’t run but love walking. took pictures and enjoyed the mix of glacial wind and bright sunshine. met kevin who comes often on his bike and told me about the robins and the coming rain storm, on sunday. love west meadow beach <3

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