close encounters with counter culture shock

hi guys, it’s been a week since i’ve been back stateside. miami beach is in full bloom with water so clear and calm it’s like a swimming pool. it’s been hard to write without conveying the pain i feel for this water and for our species. i didn’t have a tv in paris so  i’m not sure i understand all that’s NOT  happening. and I am shocked to be watching another teri schiavo and katrina happen before our eyes and can’t help but wonder, why? Why are we allowing another country’s corporation to run our waters and determine the clean up? Americans are poised and ready to work. Why are we waiting for  BP or the government’s ‘permission’. They apparently have different agendas and the water must be protected! who is saying we can’t get started? I’m about ready to go to louisianna with anderson cooper and find out!

this video has given me  hope and strength:

anyway i have plenty of places to vent and this is not one of them but i wanted you to know why i dropped out of sight. i read that visualizing something already having happened will create it. please join me in visualizing the hole sealed tight.

back at home life goes on. i’ve felt so uninspired to take photos of my apartment before since it’s just a sort of weigh station and not decorated at all.  but the camera i treated myself to was waiting when i got back so i did play around a little. it’s an olympus PEN that’s got lots of tricks like soft background,  faded, etc. this one used the pinhole technique.

looking around at the few things i do have here, the only decor is from the sea.

last year i collected hundreds of swirls.

i was falling into a funk so when liz called for some girl time, i hopped in her car for little joy riding in the rain and exploring neighborhood pockets. it’s one of our favorite things to do, especially when we find one like this and pretend we’re going to fix it up and move in with tons of animals.

i guess everyone needs a muse and liz is mine. she would die if she knew this pic was up but that’s what she gets for not reading my blog  ;p

and now  i hope your day is soon coming to a close and that you’re with those you love. please visualize the cap! xc

June 8, 2010. Florida, Friends.


  1. Melissa replied:

    C ~
    I’m visualizing 24/7…it must be stopped, and we ALL must make a change!


  2. theparisapartment replied:

    thanks melissa, i feel better knowing you’re on the team! i love you!


  3. Tara Bradford replied:

    Visualising the cap and so much more!

    Glad you got the camera you want and are putting it to good use. What fun it would be to fix up a house like that!

    Take care of YOU! xo


    • theparisapartment replied:

      hi tara, you were a big help in deciding on the camera. i hope i can do it justice and would love to take a class. thanks for checking in, i loved getting to hang out in paris with you!


  4. Leigh Chandler replied:

    Hi Darling Claudia and welcome back! Yes, this is such a heartbreaking catastrophe to come home to! I have been visualizing along with you and I can’t even stand to watch the news coverage anymore. It is like watching a train coming right at you and your loved ones, in slow motion and yet there is nothing you can do to stop it or get out of the way. I think we should speak out and please don’t apologize for venting on your own blog. Your readers love you and feel the same way…


  5. theparisapartment replied:

    thanks leigh! you know i want the blog to be all, (as my boyfriend said today), ‘curtsies and fleur de lis’
    can you believe he said that?
    i definitely get my rant on but this is supposed to be a place for inspiring things.
    thank god for the hay.


  6. Louis Duke replied:

    ah man, i am so happy to have found your blog
    and your venting is so true, keep on


  7. Leslie replied:

    Visualizing!!! Thank you for the hopeful video.

    Love your blog…rich with inspiration.


  8. starrydeborah replied:

    Ohhh Ms. Paris, back to the real world!!
    I will visualize the capping with you as I dream also about my fav city of lights at the same time.
    Thank you for such a wonderful inspiring journey of your trip. Someday I too, will make my way back to Paris :)
    french blessings,


    • theparisapartment replied:

      oui,et le reality bites!
      i have a ton of frenchy stuff to share from the trip. see you in the stars for the visualization party tonight!


  9. Karena replied:

    It is so upsetting and I just don’t know what to do when the responsiblity does not seem to be taken seriously!

    Art by Karena


  10. theparisapartment replied:

    right karena! i feel the same way…they’re talking about it in terms of numbers and dollars! BP GET OUT!


  11. Marie Arden replied:

    I agree why why why?!! Why didn’t they have better measures in place to deal with this disaster? I am now firmly opposed to off shore drilling.
    I am seeing that hole close up in my mind and pray that it happens soon. We need to change and develop other energy sources too.
    On a happier note I am off to Paris soon- any suggestions for fun old letter sources-down by the Seine?


  12. BarbaraG replied:

    I stop by your blog often, rarely if ever commented.
    I, too, have many beautiful shells, etc. found at the shoreline. It will take generations(100 years) to correct or if at all possible the fragile eco system.
    I love your flea market finds and the magic you bring to each one. Have you moved back to US permanently?


  13. le petit cabinet de curiosites replied:

    this is an horrible catastrophe .Fixing up this house will be so great. I love what I see of Liz


  14. jade replied:

    So funny…when I was little, I always picked out worn-down buildings to remodel in my head! I love your sea fans, also…


  15. Daisy replied:

    teri schiavo, katrina and the gulf coast catastrophe???

    One of these things is not like the other…


  16. theparisapartment replied:

    I just meant sitting here watching…helpless, that’s all.


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