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Making Magic

James Andrew

James Andrew - photo by Gabriel Everett

I read a quote on The Bach Book recently, and it had me smiling all day.

I don’t want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don’t tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth. And if that’s sinful, then let me be damned for it!

Blanche Dubois — A Streetcar Named Desire

I’d forgotten these lines from Williams’ legendary Pulitzer Prize winning play, but they so do resonate with me!

I’m sure there are quite a few people out there who might call me delusional, but I’ve never hidden the fact that I’m a very active dreamer! I’ve certainly had many lively discussions with friends about “what is” vs. “what we want it to be,” and I always like to make the point that most things start merely as a dream—something only imagined—and I needn’t even bring in the old cliché of man going to the moon. I’ll bet there are a hundred things in your room that were once only an idea, and one of them is right in front of you!

And here’s my point. Everyone has those moments of fatalistic self-doubt and poor self-esteem—we may think we’re overweight, unsuccessful, or obsess over getting older, but why not imagine you’re a gorgeous goddess or whatever elevated thing you’d like to be. At the very least it’s better than moping around with that old warn out self image, and it’s definitely a better place from which to actively build on your dreams. I myself always try to focus on the impossible being possible, and I do love to help others to see themselves as the stars that they are—ultimately validation has to come from within of course, but every now and then we can all do with a bit of support!

Now if someone happens to consider any of this delusional, well then so be it!

I’m sporting what I think is a terrific “transitional” look with a dusty rose suede safari jacket, pale khaki pants, python belt and brown suede loafers with pink suede trim by Gucci, Tom Ford lilac cotton over check shirt, and brown and pink floral print silk tie, sunglasses by Lanvin and my fragrance is Eau d’Italie’s Paestum Rose.

Be fearless and don’t be afraid to dream really big!

Magical Manifestations

James Andrew photographed by Gabriel Everett

James Andrew photographed by Gabriel Everett

While seeking out a location with photographer Gabriel Everett for today’s post, our intended spot just wasn’t yielding anything of interest despite our very best efforts—as you might imagine, I found myself a bit disappointed.

Details - Sobriety Garden

Details - Sobriety Garden

At some point it became clear that life just wasn’t going to behave, and as there wasn’t anything more that could be done, we decided to let go of those proverbial “best laid plans,” and open ourselves to an appreciation of what might unfold.

You can probably see where this is heading, but I’m going to say it anyways—just this little shift in attitude seemed to make ALL the difference. In fact, we were almost miraculously led to the glorious little Sobriety Garden hidden behind Bellevue Hospital only a short block away from our originally intended location. It’s sort of a miniature version of Guadi’s Park Guell in Barcelona—full of magic and whimsy—a tiny haven for recovering patients in need of some horticultural therapy, and, as in our case, for wandering bloggers and photographers in need of inspiration!

It was a wonderful reminder of all the yet to be imagined possibilities perhaps just waiting around the corner there for us when life is met with an open heart and mind.

Gabriel Everett

Gabriel Everett

I’m photographed (top) by my brilliant young friend, photographer Gabriel Everett, and I’m sporting a Gucci “pucci esq” shirt and black patent leather belt with silver leather trim and grommets, Uniglo white cotton slim cargo pants, rock crystal pendants from the Las Dalias Hippie Market (Ibiza) and, quite fittingly, my fragrance just happened to be Eau d’Italie’s Jardin du Poete.