March 27, 2012

every hill, a novel.

"San Francisco itself is art, above all literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal. That is the whole truth." — William Saroyan

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Recently a friend asked me what I see everyday. "You know," she said. "Out your window."

I understood her question, I knew why she asked. It's strange to be so close to a person but have absolutely no idea where they live, how they live, or what they see when they stand in their living room. To me, that's one of the most bizarre things about technology — that you can feel so connected to a person despite living such separate, unfamiliar lives. And so I took this picture.

It's the view from our bay windows, and this is what I see every morning: a (usually?) blue sky, a block lined with Crayola-colored homes, and the tall treetops of Golden Gate Park in the distance.

What do you see from your living room? What's your everyday view?

(Photo: My Flickr)


Chelsea said... [Reply to comment]

GREAT shot of the block.
This post is inspiring to me, thanks for sharing :)

stephanie said... [Reply to comment]

This is such a beautiful post! Thanks for the inspiration.

Nikskie said... [Reply to comment]

that line from William Saroyan is truly beautiful. and this is totally a beautiful post.

i see the view of Merapi volcano from my window. sometimes it's covered by the clouds. but, when it's not, i think it looks beautiful, and mighty. like it warns us about the danger it can cause behind it's beauty

Nicole Marie said... [Reply to comment]

ahh that view.

c.m.d. said... [Reply to comment]

I have this theory...that whatever you truly SEE outside your window is the key to your destiny. We look outside and see things all the time, but what do you focus on? I see streets & buildings. I'm an urban planning student. My best friend sees restaurants, she loves to try new foods. I usually use this analogy in moving vehicles so your view is a little more varied, but I wanted to share my idea :)

I do, I do. said... [Reply to comment]

So inspirational!


Katherine Krieg said... [Reply to comment]

gorgeous, gorgeous view! love your photos.

Jess said... [Reply to comment]

That's such a lovely view :-)
I'm jealous of the sunny blue skies. In the UK we are lucky to get any sun. We're having a lucky streak at the moment!

nancy said... [Reply to comment]

I know exactly what you both mean, too. I have friends living elsewhere whose homes I've never been to, but yet who I know like the back of my hand. it makes me feel... uncomfortable, to be honest!

also, I just thought I'd let you know that I am giving you a Sunshine Blogger award that was passed on to me. I don't know if you follow these awards, but I am linking back to you on my humble little blog nonetheless :)

Sara Szatmary said... [Reply to comment]

love that your friend asked this. some of my best friends live out of state and although I know big picture stuff, details escape me. great reminder to share in all aspects of their life.

Lauren Stewart said... [Reply to comment]

I love reading your blog, it makes me want to visit San Fransisco soon! :)


Alli said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful! One of my goals is to visit San Francisco in the next couple of years and I've even thought about applying for teaching jobs in that area. Who knows? Thanks for sharing!

susana said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful picture!