Posted by: Juliann Budimir | May 22, 2019

My Nearby Bali Ha’i

Why had it taken me so long to return to Catalina? It was a wonderful weekend getaway, full of exciting weather on land and sea and music spilling out from the beautiful Casino onto a cloud-covered, moonlit night. We longed for more swing dancing at the Avalon Ball, but the ballroom was full of possibilities in more ways than one!

It was an incredibly beautiful evening, dancing in the iconic 1929 Catalina Casino ballroom to Dean Mora’s band! We savored the night with countless dances on the largest circular ballroom in the world!

I miss the beautiful walks, the architecture, the views of the sea, and the camaraderie. Catalina is my nearby Bali Ha’i.

The sky was a wondrous shade of blue across the bay after the morning rain.

Words, photos, and video by, Juliann Budimir, May 19, 2019. All rights reserved.

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir | April 16, 2019

Tristesse

On a day of immense historic, religious, and sentimental sadness with the burning of Notre Dame, I allow my mind to flicker back into memory…

Juliann Budimir, April 15, 2019.  All rights reserved.

Posted by: Juliann Budimir | March 21, 2019

Cycles

We cycle like seasons

The smile of spring

The caress of summer

The fall into your arms 

Juliann Budimir, March 21, 2019.  All rights reserved.

Posted by: Juliann Budimir | March 8, 2019

Neon LA

We had long lost the spectacle of our rose-colored sunsets and settled seamlessly into the soft-focused shades of impending night.  Block by block hidden yearnings revealed themselves as the city glistened in the twilight of our dreams.

A vintage glow of a modern city.

Words and photo by Juliann Budimir, March, 2019.  All rights reserved.

Posted by: Juliann Budimir | February 26, 2019

Shadows & Sea

Was he the author of his dreams, surveying the scene on a cool California day or a time traveling wanderer lost in reverie?  

I am inspired by the cinematic view of this gentleman gazing off to Catalina Island.

Words and Photos by Juliann Budimir, February 2019.  All rights reserved.

Catalina Island on a cool winter day.

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir | February 9, 2019

Dreams of Spring

Dreaming of spring and threefold joy

In flowering flesh

In sacred heart

And mind

We find the time to renew,

Let sunlight be our candlelight

Juliann Budimir, February 8, 2019.  All rights reserved.

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir | January 14, 2019

Remembrance

You left me and the rains came,

gently lingering like the full flush of my cheek

when you kissed me goodbye.

Juliann Budimir, January 11, 2019. All rights reserved.

Posted by: Juliann Budimir | December 21, 2018

The Most Merry Poppins

I saw “Mary Poppins Returns” on opening day and liked it a lot. I was pleasantly relieved and would give it a B+ overall, with most of the performances an A-. The story could be better, and the movie was a bit long and slow in parts. I do miss Julie Andrews as Mary and her chemistry with Bert, as well as hilarious moments, but this movie was solid! The score was very good, and I loved how they incorporated instrumental leitmotifs from the original “Mary Poppins” score, as appropriate, into this movie.

Juliann Budimir, December, 2018. All rights reserved.

Posted by: Juliann Budimir | December 12, 2018

Fortune

Posted by: Juliann Budimir | December 12, 2018

Ol’ Blue Eyes

Happy Birthday, Frank!

Remembering one of the most iconic, influential and stunningly talented singers of all time. My life would be incredibly different without Frank’s songs, from the red-hot ring-a-ding-ding of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” to the swoon-worthy “Moonlight Serenade.” He was a complicated cat as ever we’d seen, but his music has inspired my life in countless ways. Happy Birthday, Frank! We love you, now and always.

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