random iphone snaps of our big sur vacation for my birthday, which include: the cabin where we stayed (casa pequeño) and its beautiful outdoor tub, the henry miller library, the carmel mission (which houses the oldest library in california), carmel beach (dog friendly!), and scrabble (there was no television, which was so wonderful!)
also included are: etsy packaging...the shop is re-opened after summer break! my nephew and me, wearing cool glasses at my sister in law's birthday party. he looks like a younger, cuter elton john in those glasses. i told him that. he hasn't the foggiest who elton john is, but he laughed anyway.
*on the henry miller library... the building actually belonged to a friend of henry miller's. miller lived nearby. notice the quote on the sign at the entrance to the property, "it was here in big sur i first learned to say amen!" -henry miller. big sur is that kind of place. i have tried time and again to connect with miller's work, especially tropic of cancer, since it is a "classic". beg to differ. there is a difference between a "classic" work, and an "important" work. it was definitely important because of what it was and (in relation to) the time in which it was written. it was pivotal, even. but a classic? many will argue with me, but no. i don't think so. i was surprised to learn that miller settled in big sur. but then i read that miller spent much of his time in big sur painting. and moreover, there is this quote. this beautiful quote. i do feel that big sur is a place where people go when they are ready to put the bulls**t aside. i like to imagine that that is exactly what miller was doing there. okay, rant over.