I am still in a state of shock over the spectacle of Sandy's wrath. My heart goes to out to all the people whose lives have been lost, homes torn apart, and the loss of the normal which gives us the stability we need to proceed. Our village took some hits, but we were ultimately treated kindly compared to many others in the region. The media coverage has been a true witness to the havoc. These are very sad times.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
This has been a rainy month full of grey days, but yesterday the sun came out, our spirits lifted and gathering at the beach club for a bonfire seemed like a good outing to enjoy the evening and the company of our neighbors. It's pouring rain again, lights flickering with the possibility of losing power, so I'll dash out this post in hopes of sharing an image of a bonfire, a night sky, and the specter of friends gathered to relax and chat on an autumn night by the river.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I had a quick ride to the city yesterday to attend a New Yorker gathering at Avenues School featuring a talk by James Surowiecki, the New Yorker's brilliant financial columnist. The magazine held a lovely reception and we got to glimpse this amazing new school that opened its doors six weeks ago.
James Surowiecki's talk was incredibly thought provoking. Without notes or visuals, he gave an engaging lecture which kept many in the audience on the front of their chairs in order to catch every word. The evening ended on a lively note while our brains were brimming from the insights we just heard.
Monday, October 22, 2012
During Max's visit, we started making collages and I found myself pulling out bits and pieces tucked away in boxes, jars and drawers, gathered over the years. Since Max's departure, I've been working on them more. My own kind of artistic upcycling of dreams.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
There is an outstanding pumpkin sale going on right now at St. Mary's Episcopal Church at 669 Albany Post Road- (Rt. 9) in Scarborough (on the right side going north of Phelps Hospital). This is the fourth year that they have taken delivery of over a 1000 pumpkins trucked east from a Navajo Reservation. The proceeds go first to the tribe who grew them, and the remaining funds are used to assist children and families in need. There are many ways to procure your jack o' lanterns and autumn decorations this time of year- but when the revenues go directly to support the growers and a worthy cause- that's a very good thing. Something local to check out if you're on a pumpkin quest.
Monday, October 15, 2012
The upcoming election looms large. The anxiety of the possibility that President Obama might lose compels me to contribute to his campaign. The division of party ideals regarding the distribution of wealth, abortion rights, gay marriage and health policy policy in this country is something that upsets me profoundly. Ultimately I feel Barak Obama is someone who better represents my values. And Mitt Romney, who has a lot of good convictions, seems completely out of touch with most Americans.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
I have a new favorite thing and as it is web-based does not require me to find a place to put it except in my mental landscape. The New Yorker Daily Newsletter is a great source of insight, humor and instruction. It's become my new go-to click when I see it in my in-box. Andy Borowitz', The Borowitz Report has delivered many many outstanding moments of satire and clarity that are true nuggets of comic relief in the middle of our crazy world. So check it out, it's a delight.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
Max and I covered some cultural ground on Friday in NYC. Through a friend of Max's,
Jeffrey Madoff, we were invited to attend a seminar class he teaches at Parson's on branding. Rebecca Moses was his guest and she gave a lively talk about her passion for style, while sharing the highs and lows of her career. Leaving, I wandered in to an empty design studio and documented the batallion of dress forms among the long work tables while imagining the creativity that has been unleashed within these rooms.
A quick ride on the subway brought us to the Museum at F.I.T. whose free admission makes it a frugalista's treasure. Took in two great exhibits, and managed to sneak one photo. The guard quickly and politely told me to desist, but he didn't make me erase my photo. So thank you kind museum guard.
Another culture op beckoned so we headed downtown to NYU's Grey Art Gallery on beautiful Washington Square to see their current exhibit. (recommended admission $3.00). Toxic Beauty the Art of Frank Moore is an amazing show. I fell under the spell of this artist and can't say too many wondrous things abut his vision, execution, craft and humanity. (no photos allowed)
Finally, we jumped on the subway and headed to the Whitney, where we met Max's friend Kim standing outside on line. At 6 p.m the museum's admission goes to pay as you wish, and a crowd of art lovers assembled to tour the amazing world of Yayoi Kusama, Louis Vuitton's current muse and with whom, I share the love of the dot. For the past twenty years, she has been a resident in an assisted living facility with her painting studio across the street. I'm thinking that our lifestyle choices don't have much in common, but I enjoyed her work. For sure.