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The Oldest Rodeo in America, Prescott, Arizona. Hubby took one quick shot; these fine cowboys are just a little too handsome! No lingering.
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Russian babe attends Arizona rodeo. Announcer, learning of this, tells crowd she came "All the way from Moscow..." East meets quintessential West. These two gentlemen are rodeo clowns, the safet control experts, luring away the 5000 pound, very pissed bull about to stomp on you after being tossed 20 feet off his back and flat on your back.

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Milano Meeting. Such warm elegance, and lunch was one of the best ever.

Where was I going? That's not my wife, either. Neither one is. Guess I better not post this one.

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"Red" rocks in Sedona.

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Last portrait of 2008, wife and daughter.

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New Year's 2009 countdown. Who doesn't use a TV these days for that purpose? Times Square is a few blocks outside the window, but much colder.

Liliana & good friend Claire. No solar electricity today.

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A step up in emotional status this year; Lili went onstage with only a bribe, not even out of the plastic bag yet.

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Hubby photographer acknowledges spousal portrait sessions don't always go as intended. Hopefully you agree wife's natural beauty overcomes unwanted position in front of camera without make-up. In fact she was there to test the lighting for a studio job, and she has great presence...despite her imposed impediments. To quote our friend Montel Williams, "She cooks, she sews, and she's a fusion physicist; what man wouldn't want to marry her!"

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Maggie Han, star of The Last Emperor...and me, her snorkelling instructor. She moved from bathtub to pool to under the waves in record time. There wasn't an hour when she didn't make me laugh. On purpose, not her swimming.

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So sultry Susan graces the Outer Islands, off Hope Cay, Bahamas. I never thought of endings out there.

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Oksana requested this snap of her ceremony, DHS/INS clerk warmly congratulates her on citizenship. Patriots of 1776 hover in the background.

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Left Wing, Liliana pauses.

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Dinosaur ready for lunch. This isn't small.

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The edge of Rock 55.

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George Washington returns to Rockingham. War's reflection and the finale on his military life.

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light versus light, samples taken.

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clouds still float by, started in childhood. lili looks for the animals. i snap tops thinking, ee cummings.

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Rock 54 moves forward.

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The Princess stands proudly by her loyal (and savoire) Knight of Armor. This isn't Halloween, this is real life.

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Yes, I am a very proud husband! This is my wife's third "life's goal certificate". I count myself as one, certified at least, and from the theoretical point of view, as taken from her New York Times quote at our wedding. The second parchment was her physics PhD, and today the third, becoming an American. Following day is our ninth wedding anniversary.
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Nine years here, my wife proudly swears her allegiance to the United States of America. She is now a "naturalized citizen", as was my mother. And with our first black President-elect, also as of today, it is a particulary vibrant time to officially join this country.

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Halloween started with emergency iPhone snaps, leaving resolution to be desired, plus distorted edges. The girls do glow despite the medium. A pink poodle, an antennaed buggy, and three princesses.

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T A G S : T HE LA DI ES I N W A I T I NG A W A I T T HEI R P R I NC E. R O YA L T EA I S S ER V ED.

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Lili responding enthusiastically to the wacky chimes of an offbeat David Byrne interactive installation, echoing in the huge old NYC historical harbor ferry station, Battery Maritime Building. People are lined up to use the modified keyboard, wired up to banging "things". Maybe it was musical, hard to say. Byrne calls it "Playing the Building". That's how Lili saw it. See: www.creativetime.org.

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Backdoor to monumental places, Princeton.

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Assistant carpenter.

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Liliana, OBX.

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Liv Ullmann, Douglas Hopkins, Linn Ullmann. Opening of Douglas Hopkins NYC photography show, "Unseen". Liv & Linn, such gorgeous spiritual intellect, always made me dizzy. Loved those two beauties and miss them with sweet nostalgia, even these years later . Linn's portrait dominated the show...why I never had the ferrari in me to shoot Liv, I'll never know.

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1968. San Diego. Yes, this ambience also documented last week on public television's "American Experience" series with the "The Summer of Love". Thank you, my good buddies, for coming over to the new digs to assist in the massive moving-in clean-up, and then labelling the foto as a "party". Crown Point, I had almost forgotten that domicile. The morning bedroom view across the bay was fantastic. Thanks so much for surfacing this flash from the past. Who took it? Can't wait to have the time to get back into my archives from then, thousands of negatives. Anybody want to do a book? My first is almost finished. "Real.Views, Learning the Art of Snapshooting."

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Oksana, October in Acadia Maine.

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Spring sprung. Solar panels back to work, electric bill down below $10/month.

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Sakura Park, yes but not sure if I'm in Paris or Harlem. General Butterfield stands mute here in bronze, and the Emperor of Japan dedicated the cherry trees. See the lamp post again in a different mood, the cover I did for a same-named compelling poetry book mirrors this invisible niche in NYC:

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This could be a family portrait, or my personal photographer-at-work cliche portrait, or yet just another inane shiny hubcap image. Said wheel belongs to the 1940's, spiffy, volunteer fire department's working parade truck. Fire station open house day.

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Liliana, with her calico lab apron on, testing my brainpower enhancement device. We do goof around.

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Douglas Hopkins cover photograph, American Photographer. My Black Period, a Wedding Noire.

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The Bunny Master, Liliana.

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Serene Elegance by Douglas Hopkins, photographer. Polaroid 35mm film. In memory of Fran Fore, cherished studio styling partner of many years. My framing and timing of her dress, dove, and location.

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Oksana in my suburban Moscow hotel room, trying to locate my luggage. We had just met the day before; I wasn't thinking about luggage. My condition could fairly be called "blown away". Today is International Women's Day, a big holiday on Russia, when the usually dominant men have to run around at female bidding. What man wouldn't? Going on ten years later and I'm still blown away, happy to say.

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My wife, the ex-Young Pioneer. How did the Cold War happen? On roller blades? We probably would have lost.
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A visit with Dad [Cleveland Hopkins] to Ukiah in 1995 to "The White House". This is the house where he grew up, the house his father, Charles Blodgett Hopkins, built. California Modern, but likely predating the modern period. It was set in walnut or orange groves and is a few hundred feet from the railroad track, hence a portion of Dad's deep interest in trains, from Lionel to the Santa Fe. What were his hopes and dreams as a teenager some 70 years earlier? It was a good day...why didn't I take notes? Was thinking "archival" this day as the camera date printer is rarely on. I never anticipated the black hole of parents passing away would be such a tusnami of love and information wiped away. Carpe diem. Dad did.

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"House for Sale or Rent. Inquire Within." Found this incorporated as a panel in a box, presumably crafted by grandad Charles Blodget Hopkins, Ukiah, California, carpenter and house builder. Such unattributable ephemera clogs the imagination. I tried, not hard enough, to take my parents and a video camera around our family homebase before they died, filled as it was with personally precious artifacts of family history and accomplishment. Now all of family is faded, just as this old message, once indelibly stencilled on wood, now erased of present significance. Video image and computer text, perpetual storage and comprehensive index, the future has a handle, holds forth to each our limitless Library of Alexandria, only bounded by user resolve. I did get one videographed tour with Dad of our Arizona Family Home, even as he was building it, some twenty years ago. In the film he explains his plans, dreams, and desires, walking through the structure, still in the framing stage. The house was his retirement nirvana, and through Mom's contribution it became a warm centering for my prodigal, long distance visits, increasing with frequency later in life, then finally the few, recent years, a place of solace for my new family, that gemutlich refuge only grandparents can do, cloaking an imigrant wife and new baby with love. It was home as well to a magnificent telescope, Dad's superb lifetime engineering tour de force, built in its own out-building . These evidences, shreds of past comforts in family strength, now serve to assist in letting go. Releasing from thought its ugly demise after my parents passing. Indigent greed invaded its doorstep while still warm and squatted until its former occupants left, weeping in heaven. Our 60's musician told us don't look back, and so we go. Even the present holds ephemera. I do remember the hot lemonade Grandad Charles once made for me as a very young child, at bedtime. Had never heard of such a strange and delicious drink, but took it as natural, coming from a trusted source. I still feel and taste the freshly squeezed Califonria lemons, the sour heat. I only remember seeing him that once, he died far away when I was ten years old. I have the burial receipt. Here, on Scribd for my children.

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Liliana and her bunny brood. It is true, they do multiply rapidly. Quiet as can be, though. Maybe because these are mostly orphans, fortuitously rescued in a church parking lot on a nice sunny Saturday afternoon, a class-action adoption when a kindly neighborhood lady told Lili, already lost to the world, knee-deep as she was in polyester menagerie nirvana. Hundreds of homeless stuffed creatures spread out on a 15x15 tarp. The church lady told Lili that for $2 she could have all the rabbits that would fit into a shopping bag...or two. Notwothstanding that limitation, in Lili's eyes, these little creatures are amazingly compressible, so our beloved Zi-Zi (Russian = bunny) population jumped in a blink. I think we have a photo of the parking lot event...pre-foto-keyword. Have to look. Art collection is sawn but not seen here; hasn't made it to the "new house" walls yet. An artifact of the estate, Mom's worn chair, sits alone...perhaps happy again, couching such backend treasures.

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The smashing, sparkling Joanne Colan, powerhouse Rocketboom beauty icon of the internet intelligentsia. At location Le Charlot, following Valentine's Day fragrance interview. To the direct right, my German classmate from Immanuel Kant Gymnaisum, BadOeynhausen, Dr. Dietrich Hahne, visiting NYC with family. Not to be missed overhead is fave omen biplane buzzing us with bonne fortune. Photograph by Mike, thank you, MTV/Rocketboom videographer/cameraman.

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Restless souls struggle.

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The Nose. As in fragrance & rabbit, mine and its. Lili & bunny equally bemused. ***** Unabashed & long overdue for a commercial break. No free blogs! The top fragrance aficionado site had a slow news day and interviewed me. I secretly turned it into the longest blog-clog selfimmolation ever done, courtesy Dragon Dictate. Nevertheless, the editor at Scented Salamander is a scholar of fragrance and extremely well informed, smart cookie, hard working on a labor of love. Please make the jump & pump up her site. You don't actually have to read through, but in any case do have the cup of tea she politely suggests before starting. Many thanks. No quiz today.

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Is this not totally cool? I am one happy dude. Baby hike, out Sedona way. The camera strap may be Kodak, but the box is Leica, Digilux 2, superb image quality. That's a Garmin Forerunner GPS on my right wrist. Should tell me in retropsect exactly where this was taken, as long as the cameras are timed to it. Sort of carrying the advertising, should have a baseball capon with "Prastara Cologne" written on it. My brand. www.PerfumeFactory.org Wife Oksana took this snap, she's soon surpassing my photography skills!

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Liliana finds direction.

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North of Rome, Montecatini spa. Classical architecture gets mystical. Modern never does this for me, even with favorites, such as Louis Kahn's Salk Institute (below somewhere). Trying to figure where some Doric columns can be wedged in my 1950's "modern" bunker. Have to strip the 70's siding first. What a ripoff! Nice domain pedigree: an idiot lived here. Nothing mystical on the premises except me barefoot in winter on the new radiant floor.

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Always look forward to my rare Big Sur visits. Such a compelling place for photography. This is a snap, no excuses for art. Anybody know a place more photogenic than here? The resort-laden coast south of Rome has some of this potential, what it lacks in drama it makes up in classical ruins. Same dramatic highway, pottery stands instead of Big Macs. See what I can find in my files.
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One trip out, spent an afternoon with Ansel Adams. He had just bought his first microwave and was running around the house with some very curled prints, happy with the time it might save! More to tell in my book, "Real.Views"...soon.

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Dad's funeral. He was a co-inventor of radar and scientific manager of SAC's DEW line in Alaska. As a kid he used to take me on float plane moose hunts, 100 miles from nowhere in the middle of Alaska. I miss him, there wasn't a question he couldn't answer. Niece Casey in black and Uncle Al in beard (now 91 and still computing).

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Me and my Dad. Love this picture! I think Mom made my seersucker outfit, or my Grandma MacKenzie. Nobody left to share such details.

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I hereby award Dawn Gallagher an Emmy for gracious charity work. Noteworthy is her particular ability to scoop up the dough out of Wall Street tightwads, and they love her for it!
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Our beloved investor took us to the International Emmy Awards. We obviously didn't have have much fun. Moreover, Brits won most of the awards. We did get to meet a gorgeous and gracious Bollywood actress. I'll add names to the caption as the participants give me permission. My wife couldn't attend. That's Dawn Gallager in red; friend, author (Get her skincare book on Amazon.), and never-ceasing super-star model...gives most of her time to charity, such as St. Jude's. She's got everything and gives it all back. I'll try to dig in the files and find her initial teenage modelling headshots I did. Such a talented group: I confess; we had a blast that evening, although I missed my wife.

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Family snaps. Cousins at the Phoenix zoo. Such excitement!

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This won't mean anything to anybody but me, one of those personal snapshots with mostly hidden implication. A last image of home, the kitchen in Arizona while Mom was still alive. I talk about this in my personal photography book, "Real Views". Photographs have layering, just like poetry. A photograph is a map, with borders; the obvious. The sometimes less apparent layers are intent and emotion.

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On an Arizona roll here, sunsets, wrapping things up. Doesn't hurt to repeat, closing the day down, in all of its variations.

Another Arizona sunset aspect, not the whole thing, just a corner.

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Time for a Prescott, Arizona sunset. The light before the dark. Can you geotag a sunset? It isn't there anymore.

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Yacht approaching beach, Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, Italy. By helicopter. The day drill is to head for one of dozens of remote, tiny island beaches. Be sure your yacht's cook has plenty of lunch-time, Barilla pasta. The Emerald Coast, perhaps the most exotic resort in the world.
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Combines both Italy's spontaneous warmth and unparalleled sense of restrained design. Photography by Douglas Hopkins, (c)2007.

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Sharon Stone, studio portrait by Douglas Hopkins. Pre-shoot Polaroid proof. She had no name then, just a knock on the studio door, by herself. I nearby in the studio lobby at that moment and grabbed the door: this was a good number of years ago, but I still remember, as an experienced beauty photographer the explosive visual impact she had, in that very milli-second of eye contact, even before the door opened fully. Guess I learned first-hand what "dumbfounded" means. (c)2007. Ruined my vision for months.

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Sharon Stone, fleeting model, before acting. Douglas Hopkins studio portrait. Of the hundreds of women I photographed, and with the rare exception of the images of those whom I both loved and photographed, Sharon is the most beautiful. Unparalleled depth of energy. From my forthcoming book, "Real Views", a gurustic manual of creative snapshooting. All rights (c)2007.

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Oksana's Masterpiece T-Day Dinner...30 page script, all precisely on time. Amazing! Delicious!

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The Shed. Maximum permissable size, 10x10x10. Verticle corner beams, 6x6, foundation beams 2x10, wall studs 2x6. The neighbor's boy, 10, declared it "over-built". Maybe not for the hurricaines that come through here every 60 years or so. Had expert help building it, Andrew, David, & Joe. Four concrete foundation columns, 10" x 4', were 1/8th inch in level alignment.

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Liliana, left in teacher's lap, and her "Jolly Whales" at the Goddard school. A brilliant and beautiful bunch. The personalities are bursting out.

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The last of an angry eruption, just before dawn.

One of my volcanoes, the famous Stomboli. Resting at dawn.

T A G S : B A LLI S T I C S , ER UP T I O N, G EO T HER M O LO G Y, I T A LY, S T R O M B O LI , V O LCA NO

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Mom and the wife in Paris.

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Who wouldn't blog this! Our church wedding in Prescott, after the required government visa 3 month quick one in NYC. Anniversary eight this week.

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Susan and Carole. Bahamas, Ababco Inn. Polaroid SX-70 scan.

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Bahamas, Hope Cay, Ababco Inn. Maggie Han, Harvard student supreme, model, actress; lost to the Left Coast. Carole & Susan. The men know who they are. It is 20 years later now, more or less, and we're all married to others we never supposed at the time.

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Trick or Treating in the hallowed grounds of the Princeton Seminary ghetto. Identifiable adults, Cady & Oksana. Lili & Lucy start the lineup. Photography by David Andrew, father of 4 of the girls.

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Pleased to meet you, my name is. Bosch post-nups hotel breakfast. Mr. Hans Kageneck in green.

T A G S : A LP S , B O S C H, HA NS K A G ENECK , I T A LY, W EDDI NG

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Paris rests alone.

Real Views: soda can with stepped tourists.

Snapz. Real Views: lake & trees, Acadia Maine.

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Liliana makes a curtain call on Olya from Minsk. Her documents are in order.

Happy days with Grandma, Olya, and Sage in Prescott.

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The Physics Girls. Anya, Noelle, Oksana. Three Phd's. Push away Hollywood, Hooters, and Paris Hilton.
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Bosch Alpine pre-nups: toute le Monde was there. (Pardon my highschool French.)

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Real Views: the tomb across from our Harlem apartment. Who's buried there? Ipaq snap.

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Catching blog up on our wedding trips. Dina & Oliver Boch. Creme de la Eurocreme. Great fireworks.

Oksana in the Ysenburg castle courtyard.

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Valerie's repression has a moment of release. Rome, courtyard.

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Charlene Engelhard in repose, restrained background. Cambridge, courtyard.

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Rest stop movement, chained. Circular motion restrained.

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Late in the day: the rest stop movement meets a fixed element.

Worn rotation: the rest stop movement, chained down.

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Anxious friend Lena gets Dr. Lili's full check-up.

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They wait, they watch. They listen, they sleep. Each an angel.

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Liliana & her Bugaboo stroller. Harlem days.

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Alexandra Paul, intellectual, fresh out of Groton. Bypassed Stanford to become model, evolved to acting, grew to be activist, a wellcompensated Baywatch beach bunny and ardent jock. Now reportedly a fine wife and remaining beautifully on-screen. Photograph copyright 2007, Douglas Hopkins.

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Oksana needed a new passport mug shot, so Lili wanted one, too.

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OKH, Lili, and her cool fusion Columbia colleagues next to the TOKAMAK donut.

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One more graduation pixr. "Another one?" says the Graduate. Sympthetically, Lili renders an apprpriate photo face.

T A G S : C O LUM B I A O K S A NA LI LI P HYS I CS S C HO O L G R A DUA T I O N 2007 P HD

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Very young understudy at Valentina Kozlova's exotic New York City Ballet School. We served on Valentina's dance company board. We gatefully fulfilled the ballerina's fragrancing requests and attended rehearsals; that's where you really see ballet is tougher than the Marines.

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TS/S Stefan Batory Ocean Liner - Autobiographic Novel
TS/S Stefan Batory Ocean Liner - Autobiographic Novel dhc archive prastara poland ts/s stefan batory cruise ship

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Migrating house trailers, parked. RazrSnap.
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True snap. Lili with mole baby and earlier lipstick experiment. We watched as mole mother retrieved all five kids back underground. Cautious, but very fast, gripped in the mouth. They make such a mess of the lawn topography and thereby the mower blade: should they be terminated?

Columbia University 2007 Graduation. Hot day with 40,000 people. Never did find Oksana until the reception.

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The Backyard Girls: Anna makes a face & Lilianna swings.

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The Backyard Girls. Anna visits when her sibling does piano lessons with the wonderful music teachers next door.

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The Columbia Chapel, beautiful building. Setting for the Class of 2006-2007 PhD Convocation.

The Arts & Sciences students, awaiting official "crowning". What a profuse pack of densely filled gray matter!

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Lili kept herself amused with a new Arial DVD on mama's laptop...until the batteries ran out.

Exiting the Convocation.

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Oksana's supervising professor. The Professor has our deepest gratitude for his attentive, personal mentoring through her seven years. This was taken at the reception following the Convocation. (We wish to direct praise more specifically, but have a policy of not using full names in the blog.)

T A G S : C O LUM B I A , DEG R EE, EDUC A T I O N, G R A DUA T I O N, O K H, P HD, S C HO O L

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Dr. Oksana...officially tomorrow at Columbia University, New York City! Six years!

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Nice driveway. Thanks, Dina!

The Bill & Rudy Show. Bill Gates & Rudy 9/11 . Such potential. My photo, I was there.

Considering the package design for the numbered edition, silver and
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procelain flasks in the Zazou and Åse (pronounced "OH-sah") luxury fragrances. Somewhat fancy for my minimalist taste, although with a projected retail of $665, maybe the flask should have a fancy nest for delivery. What do you think? About the box, not the price!

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A sample shot of our new Douglas Hopkins & Co. product, not out yet. Based on a rare, extremely pure, natural, Russian clay. It is a dry powder mix for facials and skin care regimes. Nine formulas for specific conditions and body sites. Can be mixed with yoghurt, water, or milk. The line is called "Clay Management". There wil be more info on one of the sites, www.DouglasHopkins.com, or new site in beta: www.PerfumeFactory.org. We'll be selling some sample nine clay kits at a special trial price, let me know if you are interested. There's an email connection on the PerfumeFactory site. Hope it is working! If you don't get a reply, try again in a week.

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My wife's hairdresser went too far this time, don't you think, I mean the bangs aren't in this year.

Looking back to 9/11.

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Mademoiselle magazine liked Prastara Blue and the limited edition Ase & Zazou Flasks, although the latter are not yet in full production. Edition is limited to 500. Price is approximately $750. Solid silver top, fine Chinese porcelain body. One ounce with refill, "Extrait" is 30% oil, so a drop will do.

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Prastara Blue from the cover of the Villeroy & Boch European
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catalogue, the only American product therein.

One of our old catalogue pages from Cambridge Chemists. The Botaenica line will be reborn, maybe under the "Geothermology" trademark.

Kayak is ready to go. Shoot down the hill into the canal. But I'm not recovered from the pneumonia yet, so maybe this weekend, twmp will be up in the 70's. Always colder down on the canal.

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Spring arrives in The Garden State (= East Coast rainforest) & we are looking for the first grid-tie positive energy month. Watch out PSG&E! Solar hot water tube array on the roof is pumping out 85-100 degrees all day long. Soon have to figure out where to unload it; big heat sink needed.

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These are the kulich pastry before decoration.

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Oksana has cooked a batch of special Russian cakes for Easter, called kulich. In the Motherland it wouold be left overnight at the Orthodox catherdral to be blessed and eaten on Easter. It celebrates the meal the Apostles had with Christ after he arose.

Liliana is starting assemble her own chic outfits.

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Lili awakened.

Who did it? "Not me." Liliana merely meditates on chocolate, she does not participate in it. At least when the surveillance camera is on.

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I had other covers. This was from my NASA/MIT project time, measuring the ballistics of volcano eruptions. Italy, Stromboli. About 100 feet away. Almost ate it.

Once I was famous, now I am not. I did get a few more than 15 minutes, and I did photograph the guy who said that just before New York Hospital let him die there. (Andy Warhol) Anyway, just to set the record straight, I am not Eugene Smith. Not Antony, either. I'm Doug. The rose is not a tattoo. This was my Black Period, my model
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girlfriend of nine years had an affair and left me. Or did I leave her because she had an affair, I don't know. She was otherwise very funny, pretty, and a great friend. Still working on my book, Real Views. It is about Life and Awareness through Vision, but no guru stuff.

The certificate arrived this week in the mail. We didn't buy this on the Internet from "Phoenix University". It is the real thing, a Columbia PhD. We bought it with six years of time. My wife's smile sez it all.

Speaking of the wife's cooking, have to include her layer cake for Lili's third birthday last weekend. It was incredibly good. None survived the party.

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Seven years of marriage and I'm still photographing Oksana's great cooking! She got up at 6 AM to bake for my Saturday men's meeting at 8. It a Russian non-sweet pastry, the "Lark", usually done on the 22nd of March during Lent, signaling the bird's return in Spring. The guys loved it. The tail has realistic detailing, somewhat dark here...it was photographed on Saturday at 7:45 AM; I wasn't awake yet.

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The two family redheads. Dana & Liliana.

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Lili's new early morning school "do". Enabled by Oksana's patience and Lili's new -- ocassional -- willingness to not scream and otherwise vigorously protest anyone touching her hair.

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Renovation continues. This is Zone 3 of "North Wing" radiant floor project. HVAC is up and running, PEX is already hot here, floor nice and toasty. Bathroom floor will require tile removal and concrete pour. Easier install than the "above-subfloor" method used for the rest of the rooms, also better waterproofing.

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We agree, this is the most beautiful tree we've had. Found bubblers at Home Depot, a real 50's flashback. A Blue Spruce, and it smells great, too! From Whole Foods, as our usual tree-cutting farm down the road was closed (Too warm? No snow?), creating an all-afternoon, 25 mile car trek, looking for a subsititute.

Lili loves books. These are from Aunt Mary.

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Christmas presents are exhausting!

Lili does a final check for additional presents. Highlights were books from Aunt Mary & bunny slippers.

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Handsome dudes of the local Volunteer Fire Department arrive in front of the house, rushing out with NOT a bucket of water...

...rather another load of peppermint candy canes for Santa Claus to disperse.

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Another grim session with Santa Claus, this time in his open sleigh, at the endo f the driveway. She was happy to get a candy cane.

Our Russian Princess.

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Friend Dasha, professorial colleagues, Peter Rabbit, and Mom.

Columbia Professor Navratil, Oksana's doctoral program supervisor, recounts to the gathered group the early events of her "late admissions" arrival at the University doorstep. One factor in granting her entrance was his familarity, and that of his colleagues, with her lab in Russia.

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Lili's new comfort location is under things.

Prefessor Chu entertains Lili, who was in high spirits the entire evening. Oksana's defense took two hours. She may have follwoed my advice to put everyone to sleep with a long presnetation. "Friends and colleagues" and family (misspelled on the cake) were awaiting awaited for her to emerge from the stressful event, but after the first hour, Professor Chu exclaimed, "What are my colleagues doing to her...don't they realize this is just a formality!" The defense finished right on time, two hours long.

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After six long years the event took place: Oksana's PhD reception at Columbia University. Her mother, Tamara, spent two days preparing the Russian spread. It was quickly consumed!

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Yes, I was alive in the 50's, maybe early 60's. They are gone now, the ones close who knew and care, the specifics. Alaska, the location, or maybe McLean, VA, at this frozen point in time. Mom's handsewn matching dresses for my sisters. Proudly a Cub Scout, end of the scarf carefully knotted, one of the insider rituals. Dad's B&W photography hobby.

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The Penguins, MIT Class of 2026. Pardon the pixilation, some people are still using textured paper. Photographer was not indentified by the school.

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Lili and Santa Claus did somewhat better this year than last, no crying from either. Nevertheless, several minutes of coaching by fashion photog Dad couldn't undo her frozen fear. Russian demure.

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Lili assists with the plumbing.

One last season transistion image form the backyard.

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Oksana initiates the official start-up of the solar hot water system this weekend; nearly a year in the planning and execution. Just in time to heat the house, with new radiant floors. Glass tube collector, on the roof. Copper feed lines will be insulated.

Lili at her most self-confident chic, sunglass fit notwithstanding, giving us a song and a dance.

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My twenty years of fashion photography must have landed in her genes. I most certainly didn't train her to do this, especially in the middle of the zoo's monkey house. Maybe it was the inhabitants that inspired her.

Many would find my wife's portrait, taken at the Philly Zoo, wholly appropriate. Lili isn't yet decided. Want I want to know is how he can make his knuckles flat with thumb out and I can't. A million years of evolution?

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Real Views (c)2006. Changing leaves last year. Oksana's spot.

Real Views. Places to be.

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With all the costume preparation, lead-in pre-parties, and pumpkin hunting, Lili's first Halloween was a smash success. This is mainly due to the last minute opportunity for her to trick or treat with the Andrew girls, down with the fine families on Seminary Row, Princeton. David Andrew commanding the troops. And back at base camp, Lili checks her loot.

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She's been laughing and smiling since birth. How could she do otherwise with an angel for a mother and a propeller head for a father!

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Photo courtesy Creative Images. Proof of Lili's personality, for sure! Her Goddard School portrait. Never thought this genre could be so good, but then again she's throughly trained by Dad to be in front of the camera! Have to hand it to the anonymous snapper, he caught a very happy moment.

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Practice run for the big event Tuesday. Her beloved bunny rabbit personna.

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Lili takes pumpkin painting lessons at the church potluck dinner Saturday night. Her mouth is not paint, rather a Halloween dessert of exotic composition.

Mama is going on a trip to APS, her annual fusion physics conference. Wearing mom's PJ's, Lili straps herself into the suitcase in an effort to make the trip, too.

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This is not prime visual enchantment, except perhaps to my master plumber, Denis Kurkin, and myself, but of interest for being the nuts and bolts of real-time home energy conservation. A work in progress of high efficiency, hydronic radiant, solar, hot water heating system installation, HVAC at the end of oil. Munchkin boiler on the right is 100K BTU, 92% efficient! Venting is PVC only, as there are no unused emmissions. No smokestack! Here you see primary boiler piping loop and secondary radiant heat loop. Next chapter in a few weeks.

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We did get some flowers in the yard this year, inherited from the previous owner.

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The other side of the mountains from Prescott, desert and gold panning places. Baghdad is down there somewhere. And another town with great Mexican food.

A detail of one of grandfather's wood-working planes and a table he or his father, or Mom's father made. I don't remember what she told me.

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The garden produced one tomato and two squash this year. We didn't have time and too many bugs and critters eating the results before fruition. We do get a steady supply of beautiful, scented flowers from the previous owner's two rose bushes and a miniature one from the grocery store that I put in dirt.

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The sun rises for a final visit home to Prescott.

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Lili and her best friend Lina jamming. Ok, the keyboard is upsidedown. It was still a hot session!

Lili setting off on her self-declared, spontaneous walk to "New York" through the corn field, with her purse and pal in tow.

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A local farm has conered the kid/pumpkin market, absolute hordes of 'burb kids running amuck. Lili went for the surreal, then told us she was walking to "New York". (Some of the photos uploaded recently have been cropped in the process at the bottom. Will fix this later this week.)

Our "new" eBay 1984 diesel jalopy resting on the front lawn, 260K miles and [hopefully] still running. It will burn McDonalds french fry oil, but these days you have to line up for that chic fuel. Maybe perfume will work, although we rarely if ever have any extra. Moving out of NYC has placed us in the soccer mom genre, although Lili at 2 doesn't yet do soccer and mom is writing her doctoral thesis.

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In contrast to the Japanese hot tamale, we have Einstein-in-a-can. He wasn't fully awake at the moment; gotta grab a press day visit next year to get the full impact. WiredFest was jammed.

You have to meet this hot babe in the flesh to fully absorb her expressive, sensuous, ah...silicon-enhanced...circuits. The guys in the crowd were getting rather hot and bothered, so she has two Japanese bodyguards, who didn't speak English. She speaks and understands English and Japanese, quite the hot robot.

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Lili retreats from an advancing robo-raptor.

Lili prepares for launch in the Virgin Rocket mockup at WiredFest. She got scared when the seat tilted for "high-G" and had to be manually evacuated by the attendant. Will she ever make the trip for real?

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Roof view of solar electric array. On a sunny day the meter runs fast...backwards.

Close-up of the hot water collector. Glass tubes are in the cartons awaiting manifild piping and pressure test. They warn not to insert them uncovered from the sun as the water can go to near boiling real fast!

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The frame and manifold for the solar hot water system moved to the roof today. Solar electricity panel in the front yard (forced location by Home Depot) was turned on a few weeks ago.

The local Volunteer fire house, down the street. Big siren still goes off.

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The local volunteer fire department fire prevention day. Lili with her fire prevention safety gifts and fireman's hat she earned after using a real fire hose to aim at a miniature building with 4 "fires" in it that she knocked down with a little help from Papa. Hoses scare her because she got soaked once in the back yard when I was watering the plants.

Roads Ahead, draft book. Germany, outside Frankfurt.

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Roads Ahead book. Draft stage. New Jersey.

Back to my photo roots, hoticultural hothouse leaves, understudy with Nicholas Nixon, in preparation for joining Minor White at MIT. Platinum printing. But this is a recent snapshot, a trial run visit to the Brooklyn Arboretum to test out my new (at the time) Leica Digilux 2.

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Back to Sakura Park, NYC. Mother and Daughter portrait. My happy family.

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My wife in her Brigitte Bardot stage, at an age when she wasn't sure.

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Lili's first birthday, in Prescott with Mom.

Mom & Dad, long time ago, at home in Clarksburg.

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Lili discovers her tongue.

OKH and some dude who thinks he is the Lone Ranger, out for a hike in Prescott, Granite Lake. Photo by Uncle Al.

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What's a Blueberry Festival without the local Volunteer Fire Department. Lili and her best friend Lena, both born in March, both are bilingual.

"Ground to tower...this is the RED Baroness, ready for take-off!" If Dad can't fly, Lili will.

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Doug & co-pilot Liliana, with friend Minnie Mouse, run through preflight. Flying lesson birthday gift from mama! VFR postponed event to another day.

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Me, daughter Liliana, and bunny. On the road somewhere between Florida and north. Lili's passion is bunnies, so this was a milestone. Have to confirm in her later life.

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The Russians have landed...in our backyard. Oksana in her week of birthday celebrations (So many fans in so many diverse locations!), day three; at Home on the Canal. Oksana, Lena, Luda, daughter Lena.

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Prastara Blue, the world's most exclusively unique cologne for men. Words just don't work for this olfactory experience, you have to sniff for yourself. Difficult to obtain, try Bergdorf Goodman in New York City, or Galeries Lafayette, Paris. Prastara

Prastara
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Our flagship scent, Prastara Royal. Commissioned by Louis XIV. Handwoven willow wrap. A light citrus refresher for men and women. For details see: www.DouglasHopkins.com.

You've seen our haute couture fragrances below, here is the sportsware, fine French glass hip flasks of Ase and Zazou; for men, Prastara Blue and Prastara Royal. Threaded closures, with user choice of pour or spray.

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One more glance at our "haute couture" luxury perfumes flask. It is an edition of 500, $375, 1 ounce. Available in two scents, Ase ("OHsay") or Zazou at New York City's oldest pharmacy, Cambridge Chemists, 212.734.5678. Ask for Jessica, their fine cosmetics and fragrance expert.

Time for a commercial. Our limited edition fragrance flask of solid silver closure, fine China procelain, and is available in our two women's perfumes, Ase ("OH-say"), and Zazou.

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Liliana takes the pedestal. Somewhere on the road, another rest stop.

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Must be hard to stand Pink Flamingo Duty in Philly instead of Palm Beach.

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The prerequisite 1950's experience, reincarnated by Lili: the childhood pony ride and portrait. Only the facial-ring laden attendant refused to back 6 inches away for the photo. Liability: that wasn't a 50's thing.

Front gate art welcoming us to the Philly Zoo. Pretty nice, especially considering the inner city, slum location. Police attentive at closing time.

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Trip to the Philadelphia Zoo, Memorial Day, blazing hot, hordes of people; we didn't mind. Lili commandeered a pig to take her around.

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Oksana, Lili, and niece Casey at her Point Loma campus. Nice jeans, girls!

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Just for the record. I'll OCR it later for the search engines. UCSD doesn't reach beyond its campus to alumni, a curious state university ailment.

The campus flavor has shifted in 40 years, although it and the human contents still sit, mentally tettering on the La Jolla cliffs, always ready to join the ocean, as these party/swim fashion layers testify.

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Hit campus at the annual moment of mass insanity, the "Sungod" festival. The Japanese enmasse drummers actually got the sun out for 15 minutes, all we saw of it for the week.

My UCSD dorm, Beagle Hall, Revelle College. 800 students then, 35,000 now. Things can change in such unexpceted ways.

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Steve took us on a tour of the acquarium, thrilled Lili. Jelly fish are well-displayed.

UCSD, Scripps, view from the acquarium.

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Lili loved the the Salk Institute courtyard, my world favorite architectural spot. To her left is the building's star feature, a small channel of running water that runs through the large courtyard center, brilliantly transforming the space, in connecting it to the Pacific out beyond the cliff ahead. There is a solstice sunset, once each year, the orientation wraps up everything, a glowing light channel flowing right into the sun.

Salk, exterior, South. Friday, overcast May weather.

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Salk Institute, La Jolla; a return visit after 40 years to my favorite architecture. I'll dig up the earlier photos.

Friday night dinner at the best Mexican in La Jolla, Su Casa. Still there after all these years. Moi, with Oksana, (Lili watching her DVD), Steve, Connie, Jeanne, and Conrad snapping. Vintage label: UCSD 1966.

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A private family moment, so fleeting.

Prescott, Arizona. A visit to Mom's best friend, after the funeral. Separated for years, Liliana percipitates a garden reuniting of the indoor and outdoor members of a bunny family.

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Liliana's passion for bunny rabbits, Zi-Zi, as she calls them in Russian, is finally culminated somewhere on the road between Florida and Georgia.

Legoland last week. Lili and I had a blast! She ate pizza. Went on the toddler's train three times. More to follow.

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Lili's favorite. She carries it everywhere, proclaiming "Ziy-Ziy!", Russian for bunny rabbit. It's a page removed from a book in her younger, book destruction days. Tomorrow is her second birthday. At this moment she is repeatedly operating the scanner to reproduce the page as she just saw me do.

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After establishing obvious credentials, we decided daughter Liliana should apply for a suitable position in the Hershey, Pennslyvania plant. So Saturday we all piled in the car and drove 142 miles for her interview....

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She applied for "Product Tester" and was hired on the spot! Our Liliana, the Factory Worker.

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Our Russian and Alaskan blood probably served to make us the only attendees in church this morning, plus some determination and the SUV. We were rewarded with a warmly personal service from Pastor John and wife Shirley. http://www.kingstonpresbyterian.org

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Backyard.

Home Sweet Home! Over a foot of snow,but we got out the driveway just fine. SUV is good for something.

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Blizzard today! Biggest in weather history! Laurel Avenue out front, down to one car every 20 minutes or so; welcome relief from the daily a.m. traffic jam.

Nice snap!

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More bubble bath....

Mama & daughter take a bubble bath.

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Only a few weeks ago, Lili couldn't put the Legos togther; now she's constructing towers. Fulfilling her mother's thought of her becoming an architect.

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12 January, Garage door finally gets installed. Siding stripped away, stucco revealed; first definitive signs of the building's true 1950's "modern" style.

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Mid-November, our new back yard. By next year I'll know what species these two trees are.

The trees, the setting.

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T-Day 2005, chez nephew Jason; herewith. Lili is held by his daughter Alexandra, and Oksana holds daughter Annabelle. My sister Janet, Mom, & Jason's grandmother-in-law round out this family view. Got all those connections? The lemon Mom offers is fresh off the tree, one of the benefits of Phoenix living.

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Liliana imitates her photographer dad photographing her.

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A lovely Sunday afternoon BBQ at our next door neighbor's, Knick & Angie, with guests husband and wife architects from Bulgaria, and their physicist son. We had to rush off to get to cousin Gwen's charity decorating showroom in Haddonfield.

Gwen's showcase interior of a 1920's mansion sewing room for a local charity. Her speciality is the painted furniture and floors.

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Tamara (Oksana's Mom), Cousin Gwen, Oksana & Liliana, Sunday afternoon, October 9.

Roof repairs proceed; not yet waterproof...winter is coming.

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Meanwhile, back at Auntie Gwen's, Lili and Mom prepare to study the art of Sunday afternoon napping.

Visiting her Auntie Gwen's interior decorating show case, Lili finds a tractor almost the right size.

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Amy (Public TV "Wide Angle") and fiance (As we just learned!) Stefan, our beloved ex-next door NYC neighbors, came for a visit last Sunday. Amy took this lovely portrait of Lili.

Our first official event in rural New Jersey. The annual town picnic, complete with volunteer fire department cooking the burgers and a bluegrass band. These are immediate neighbors and others nearby. Angie & Nick (blue & red) live next door and speak Russian.

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The babies had a blast.

A refreshing break from house construction. A lovely Princeton park, with a giant sandbox for the two 17-monthers, Ileana & Liliana. Oksana is Russian forum pals with Lyuda, and they finally got to meet face to face after a year of internet conversation.

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Oksana got in the groove right away! Guess we'll have to get a second boat. Before the canal freezes over...

Rural NJ recreation, Phase 1. Labor Day weekend. We start our summer just as everyone else is ending theirs. New kayak, long held dream boat, christened today in the D&R Canal state park, runs right behind the house. Carefully took Lili out for a few brief circles, will definitely get a PFD for her next week as she totally blissed out.

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Labor Day celebrated with labor. Demolition of the severely water damaged roof sections of our new house. Aluminum cosmetic covering seesm to have aggravated the situation.

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Our last visit for final wrap. Lili confused and sad at leaving her NYC Harlem apartment home. We took plenty of photos to refresh her 17th month memory which will undoubtably fade quickly, especially considering the vast rural back yard that lies ahead for her.

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Our Russian, Belyorussian, & Polish moving crew. Nice package of brains and brawn; industrious, fun, and fast! The 24 footer parked on the lawn was a nice touch...we get to do whatever we want here at our own house in the "sticks"...almost anything. Big exception is the "Historial Zoning Board".

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We never get enough of Granite Mountain. Home to visit family, mile high clean air in Prescott.

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It was the entrance to a magic place, guarded by snakes. Only a waif as small as Liliana could slip through the cairn's door to the magic land beyond. (Memorial to the Black Watch troops who died attacking Fort Ticonderoga.)

27 June 2005: On the way back to NYC from our birthday celebration trip in Montreal, we take up a long-stnding invitation to overnight with Boston-era friends from the 70's, David & Diana Raphael. They handbuilt this beautiful forested home in Vergennes, VT over the years. Oksana found it the ideal example of warmth and comfort we hope for evntually in our new, first house, coming soon. As a Russian immigrant, ever deprived of single family housing, she has deep appreciation for such an edifice to the family, which we particulary explore in our travels. A highly personal sanctuary such as the Raphael's is fully appreciated with only an over-night stay, yet takes years to bloom to such a state of friendly comfort. David's landscape architecture firm is well known in the Northeast, his wife Diana is a teacher and Master's student. The extended flower and food gardens further testify to the focus in this loving family.

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The Russian family picnic, Round Valley, NJ. I was the only American. The traditional shishkabob was great, the company beautiful, what a way to start July 4! But what are they all looking at?

The photographer's picnic dance. Exotic Russian performance, rarely seen in the US.

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Sweltering day, road trip, barrelling down a country road, GPS leading us to the small ferry crossing to historic Fort Ti, past battles everywhere in this area. We spot this perfectly preserved one room school house, complete with books and class photos going back to 1894. Tractor mowing the field behind as I take this image, so it has been for nearly two centuries. Thinking of Mom's sixth grade class in Maryland, teaching twenty years in her historic classroom, her success reviving the McGrady Reader; her success was her manner not the book.

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The Allgauer-Boch wedding; a short Alpine hike with royals, lawyers, bon vivants, and a European NYC Marathon runner. Old friend Gocki Kageneck, green coat, anchors the right.

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Riverside Park tennis courts, NYC. Cell fone stuff.

Across the street from the converted monastery, near Les Halles, Paris.

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The crayon, her first, was applied with utter innocence and conviction to all but paper.

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Our friends Carl and Noelle came along to the Cloisters. Carl is in town from LA shooting an "unauthorized" film on Diane Arbus, with Nicole Kidman. Noelle is Oksana's colleague, she just finished her PhD the Wednesday before, so she was in a relaxing mood. All of a sudden, Lili took her first steps outside the livingroom...Oksana went nuts and I happened to catch the drama. Carl & noelle heard about it the rest of the afternoon.

Last weekend we went to the Cloisters. Hot day, nice place to be, high over the Hudson, cool medieval stone interior.

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From the new Bolivian collection of our fashion designer, Monica Moss.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the cutest of them all? Liliana, for sure!

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Adjacent to Grant's Tomb, Sakura Park, dedicated by the Emperor himself. The Cherry Blossoms are out, a warm Spring Sunday!

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Lunch at the downstairs spa with Gamil, Chris, & Ritza; Paris. 12 October 2004.

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Swiss delivery.

Woodruff 176. Somewhere stormy on road trip back from Chicago, 14 JUne 2004.

Lili shows her gourmet acumen today with a dramatic frog leg finger food performance. Waste not, want not. If the legs don't go down, swallow the head!

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Stop your vision in its tracks as famous Arizona clouds slide by. The Dells at Lake Watson, a few miles from the house, where several cowboy movies have been shot.

Where we found her.

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Liliana at home in Arizona, March 19, with her namesake Grandma, Lillian, 86, to celebrate Year One.

Oksana, Lili, Mom, and sister Janet pause for a snap. Not all of Arizona was warm this week.

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China production starts on our ancient Prastara Royal wicker bottle. This has been an excellent international project.

Our Bolivian fashion designer, Monica Moss, and some anonymous starlet she will be designing for. I think her name is Charlize, or somethng like that.

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Our fashion star, Monica Moss, premiers her collection in Bolivia. Courtesy of El Deber newspaper, http://www.eldeber.com.bo/20050307/sociales_3.html . Mónica Schütt rompió esquemas en su desfile Moda. Además de lucir las prendas de la línea Moss, las modelos llegaron con mensajes escritos en abanicos. Schütt coordinó cada detalle del espectáculo Ya no sorprende que la diseñadora Mónica Schütt realice presentaciones fuera de lo común. Ése es precisamente el sello personal de Moss, además, claro, de la creatividad en cada uno de sus diseños. Schütt eligió las instalaciones del Museo de Arte Contemporáneo para mostrar, a puertas cerradas, a la prensa y a un selecto grupo de invitados, un adelanto de lo que propone en lo que a moda se refiere para la próxima temporada. ?El estilo de la colección es muy Moss, innovador y revolucionario, con nuevos cortes y diferentes formas que ?remodelan? la silueta?, dijo la diseñadora.

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Me, last summer in Arizona, with Dad's telescope, complete with rolloff roof. It was his reason for locating there, a mile high in the clear Southwest desert alpine air, twenty miles outside of town, avoiding light pollution. This photo was taken by my college buddy and amateur astronomer, Dr. Al Smith, earthquake scientist and early Test Ban Treaty proponent. Dad bought Al's high school Science Fair, hand-ground, telescope mirror back when we were roommates in college. This marked the start of Dad's lifetime project of designing and executing this mechanical work of art. His goal was measuring stars rotating about each other, "binaries", but it was never pointed heavenward in his lifetime, always transistioning one more stage of perfection. For Dad it was often the process, not the exercising of the result. Al visited us in Prescott, July 2004, to evaluate the scope. Al's "Viewing Parties" are famous in Santa Cruz, so with his ready expertise, we all gazed to the heavens the very evening of this
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photograph! Much to our astonishment, as despite a great amount of family teasing over 35 years, Dad had never moved to this intermediate step in his more demanding scientific scheme. It was a moving moment, in light of Dad's passing the year before. My inheritance from him, I had no hint that he had left the telescope finished for viewing, right at the starting gate. The family had asked him many times when out visiting in Arizona, for a viewing; he couldn't be budged as in his mission it wasn't ready. Peering through the eyepiece in the pitch black Arizona night, at a spectacular constellation Al had chosen, the telescope was sharply crisp, an artifact of the extremely tight tolerances required. Al was amazed at its perfection in complex form and optical function. It was impossible not to feel Dad close by as I stared at the stars brought so dramatically close, one more of his excellent projects realized, this one a final gift he knew I sought. Perhaps his most major mission was his job, the defense of the USA, started in the 50's and still vigilantly scanning the heavens every second, NORAD's Distant Early Warning (DEW) line of incoming missile seeking radars spanning the North American portion of the Arctic Circle. That mystery I grew up with as a child in Alaska, his work cloaked in absolute and total secrecy. This look into the heavens marked a tangible heritage from him, something pointing me to the heavens, too.

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The flowing gates are apparently a substantial ripstop nylon tent material. We managed to get one of the little souvenir fabric squares from a bundled up volunteer attendant, freezing day! They carry long hooks, to unfurl the wraps from wind hangups, although so large and heavy, it would take a major wind to do this. Maybe I should put the little orange piece on eBay! Tell people we're deaccessioning the collection, going into Old Masters. The last deaccession was when my Cambridge house burned down.

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We finally made it over to the Christo's "Gates" in Central Park, on Sunday, day before it closes. Very cold! The construction is quite different from what I expected, very massive. My first thought when I heard the installation finally got approval (New Yorkers are extremely protective of Park intrusions.), was how will they keep it from being pilfered. Simple, each gate is so heavy you can't possibly budge them without a crane or specialized dissembly.

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Home free! About to grab her reward, one very shiny Leica.

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On the attack! Lili goes for the Leica, such a wonderful toy! Photo by wife, Oksana. Note leg positioning for advanced "scutch" technique, propels her across the floor like a missile guided crab.

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The family love of music goes way back. Lili's great-grandfather, Charles B., on the right, played clarinet.

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Lili makes a friend in her New York Saturday morning basement music class.

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Liliana last night, out for the count with one of her characteristically dramatic sleeping reposes. Even five strobe flashes in the dark room didn't stir her. She was exhausted, getting home at 11PM, way past her bedtime. A long day driving in the countryside, looking for a home.

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...Mom goes for quality time, mother and daughter reading.

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Liliana and Daddy pass out on the sofa in front of the TV.

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The real reason for this blog is posting photos of Liliana, our 10 month old daughter (on the 19th). Henceforth, a mix of business and family, perfume and baby....

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In 2005 we go public.

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Launch Energy. Near Moscow.

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Purveyors of fine royal, ancient, or lost apothecarial discoveries. Fragrances - Geothermology Treatment - Lingerie We launch 2005 in Paris, France and mark our first decade in Bergdorf Goodman, New York City. Samples via the ecommerce sites, check back if not active: www.PerfumeFactory.org & www.DouglasHopkins.com. Stay close. All photographs & text copyright 2008 by Douglas Hopkins &/or Douglas Hopkins & Co. Permission to copy or use must be requested. Perfume Factory Douglas Hopkins Prastara Geothermology perfume diary

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