Posted by: Juliann Budimir | April 6, 2020

Reflections

We became shadows of our past, reflections longing for Technicolor light and moonlit nights when we danced in each other’s arms.  Instead, we see pines in sidewalk puddles, our heads bent, independent and alone.  How long will it be before we see the stars? 

Words and photo by Juliann Budimir, April 6, 2020.  All rights reserved.

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir | April 5, 2020

Freedom – What do you miss?

Remembering times, not carefree, but free.  Succulents filled photos splashed by the sun and long walks knew no end.

Words and photos by Juliann Budimir, July 2019. All rights reserved.

Succulents along the cliffs in Santa Monica, California
The Santa Monica pier

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir | April 4, 2020

Freedom

Remembering times, not carefree, but free.  Succulents filled photos splashed by the sun and long walks knew no end.

Words and photos by Juliann Budimir, July 2019. All rights reserved.

Photos by Juliann Budimir, July 2019. All rights reserved.

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir | March 31, 2020

Solitary Sunset

In reclining orange light I sink into the night and dream of days holding hands other than my own.

Solitary Sunset – photo by Juliann Budimir, March 30, 2020.

How are you adjusting to this new way of life in the midst of the pandemic? What joys have you found to replace the things you loved to do before the quarantine?

Words and photo by Juliann Budimir, March, 2020.  All rights reserved.

Posted by: Juliann Budimir | March 27, 2020

Hope

Celebrating good news and a wonderful view!

Photo by Juliann Budimir, March 26, 2020. All rights reserved.

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir | March 24, 2020

Waiting to Bloom

Smiles from the depths burst forth in flowers

In hopes we will bloom again

Words and photo by Juliann Budimir, March 24, 2020. All rights reserved.

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir | March 2, 2020

Sound O

I’m feeling nostalgic that The Sound of Music was released 55 years ago today.  I was inspired to write about its importance in my life and about those who shared in its joy.

Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews on the set of The Sound of Music

Today marks the release, more than half a century ago, of one of my lifelong favorite films, The Sound of Music.  My dearest friends and I used to play the roles of the children (I was always Liesl), and we used to sing and perform the musical numbers until our Gretl scooted up the stairs one by one to “So Long, Farewell.” 

As I grew older, The Captain became more and more dashing to my eyes, and a secret swoon filled my heart.  But above all, it was Julie Andrew’s sparkling Maria that gave the movie its unending life and made it a joy to watch to this day. 

It was an unrivaled treat to meet her in the recording studio when I was eight years old or so and my dad, Dennis Budimir, was playing guitar on her latest album.  Julie Andrews was lovely and kind and eating a bit of ice cream in between songs.  I have seen her several times since, onstage at The Festival of Books, and always remember that time when she gave me the rest of her ice cream.

Words by Juliann Budimir, March 2, 2020

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Posted by: Juliann Budimir | July 20, 2019

Moon Love

Fifty years ago today we ascended to greatness and into history when we landed on the moon.  No longer limited to the soft-colored subject of poems and love songs, we collectively shared in Armstrong’s footsteps as we all partook of his “giant leap for mankind.”

Words by Juliann Budimir, July 20, 2019.  All rights reserved.
Quote by Neil Armstrong

Moon landing, July 20, 1969.
Photo, CC0 Public Domain

As a Sinatra aficionado, I’m listening to the incredible “Moon Love,” (music adapted from Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and lyrics by Mack David and Andre Kostelanetz, arranged by Nelson Riddle.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc6LPWuKO60

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.

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.

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