Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Challenges We Face


     I've lived in the United States all my life and in my lifetime there has been no lack of wars or human rights violations. The recent presidential election speaks volumes to the values that have been voted in by our fellow citizens. I've promised myself that I will keep politics out of the Peace Garden, it is also important that I speak my truth. This recently elected U.S. president is the elephant in the room throughout the land. He is not supported from this end, but one of the joys that has come from this election is that we live in a town that did not vote him in. From time to time I will post entries that celebrate what various citizens are doing to wage peace against this outrageous man who's administration is daily hammering down the basic rights of individuals. 
     We are presently living through a time that can be compared to the McCarthy Era, which predated Nixon & the Viet Nam War. And now since that horrific war, it is time once again to stand up, speak up & raise our voices loud & clear in actions & deeds for human rights on our very own shores. 







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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Celebrating The Lessons Of Spring

Celebrating The Lessons Of Spring



     Spring is my fave time! Each year coming out of winter jubilation takes over with each wafting breeze!
     Our home is Southern New England where the winters can be harsh, & isolating too. This past winter offered a few storms but not enough to get snowed in. Some say it's due to global warming, only time will tell.
     I must confess this past season's been a really tough time of technological challenges. It's kept me off this computer & eventually off the blogger app on my phone too. A challenge sooo complicated it took three trips back, & forth to where I purchased this laptop which on the final visit took nearly two hours including a telephone call to Google which went no where to unravel a security issue that was locking me out, & sadly preventing me from returning to my own Peace Garden blog.
     Through it all I was horribly reminded of my own short comings, bringing back an unsettling disconnected feeling of my younger schoolgirl self with my struggles with math. It helped that I periodically mentioned this roadblock to understanding friends, & finally, finally so sick of hearing myself talk a week prior to spring I made myself call the Apple Store once again & finely calmly pursued the issue explaining a very convoluted problem.
Voila! 
~Am sooo very happy to finally be back, I've missed you all~!~

A sincere shoutout thanks to the Apple Store at Evergreen Walk in Connecticut. My appreciation is addressed to the following two special people who rescued me from a technological nightmare-
  Manager- Fred, & their most patient & wonderful Tech Lese who worked on this issue through thick & thin. 
~Thank you both~!

*****

*Post Script, I've had some glitches getting back into the Peace Garden late this PM, but hopefully it will all level out. It really is a disorienting feeling when what you thought you how to do no longer works & the safety settings for your own security locks even your own self out. It really is #@*&*!!! , but we do persevere, & once again I'm back! And so very glad o be here~!!!




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Thursday, April 7, 2016

An Evening With Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin



     


We all remember where we were on July 20th, 1969.

 I was studying for a nutrition test in nursing school, & of course Buzz Aldrin was doing some original moon walking!

About 6 weeks ago I purchased tickets for Buzz Aldrin's presentation which RJ Julia Independent Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut was preparing to host. Madison's almost an hour and a half from where we live. We're familiar with that part of the state as my mother lived in Guilford for decades, a neighboring town. My husband & I would pop into RJ Julia's loads of time during those years. Their book selection is always outstanding, plus they have a lovely cafe & gift shop within the premises. 

The Aldrin talk was being held at the First Congregational Church on the Madison Green due to the anticipation of an overflowing crowd. And right they were! There was close to 500 space enthusiasts in the church with us last night, people of all generations. One mother had her son of 5 or 6  years old proudly outfitted in his white NASA space suit.



While sitting in the church's pew I met Don who was to my left with his grade school grandson. He looked like a friendly interesting man so we got to talking & introduced ourselves to one another. He told me his son gave him tickets to this event for his 84th birthday which also was the same as our son's, January 18th. I asked Don if he remembers where he was when Armstrong & Aldrin landed on the moon. "I certainly do." This soft spoken gentleman said, "I was one of the mechanics that worked on the space module. I was quality control."  My Oh my what a thrill that was to hear! I told Don my father also worked on the space program. He had worked for a company that was contracted with NASA. My dad was a scientist & helped develop the fuel cells used on some past missions. Our family has been hugh fans of the space program as far back as I could recall. I told Don something he already knew, but I was compelled to say- that he & his team did a great job on the spacecraft. After all the two astronauts returned to earth safely, & here's Buzz about to join us for his presentation & well into his mid 80's too! 

  

Above is Don the delightful gentleman who worked on the Lunar Space Module. He's holding a poster from 1969. On it are pictures from the Apollo II mission, & the thousands of signatures including Don's, of all the people who worked on the Apollo II mission. He brought the poster in hopes that Buzz would put his present John Hancock on it. We don't know if that happened but certainly hope so.


The man of the hour
~Buzz Aldrin~
















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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Out In My Studio

Tomorrow April 3rd is my father's birthday. I was fortunate to have had a really wonderful father. He passed on in 1994. There are so many times throughout the year I think of him especially when our extended family is all together. My father's birthday was often during my favorite holiday of Passover. In order to do something special in his honor I will be doing a Passover themed craft project with the religious school children of our congregation.


This project is a wall hanging that says the word for Passover in Hebrew letters. It is pronounced as Pesach & just for fun I even embellished it with matzoh!


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Welcoming Spring 🌺

     It's been a long hiatus but thankfully am back in my studio after quite a few years. My husband really did a solid job creating this space for me. Eventually  after many years of inspired use over time it sat vacant of any creative input by me. If you were to ask all I could say is "it's complicated". 
     
     Slowly with grace & time we return to the essence of who we are. Never easy but spring does allow for this if we choose to listen to the spirit of the season. 

     My pooch Dolly & I are sitting here listening once again to the music of Paul Winter. What's not to love? Hearts my ache over a lifetime but we grow & ultimately heal. That's what Dolly tells me with those eyes. Oh those eyes!



Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Sculpture Of Marc Robarge


Art's Window To The Soul 



Marc Robarge's biomorphic sculptures engaged me immediately from the moment I gazed upon his other worldly view of our real time world. Immediately I was transported back to my Connecticut woods. Nothing will ever compare with nature, but isolating & embellishing the aspects that created this surreal landscape became a meditative experience which held me until my last departing moment.

It was perchance that my husband spotted this modest spaced gallery at 91 Hillyer Court, NW Washington, DC.  Hillyer Art Space is a program of International Arts & Artists, a nonprofit arts service organization that informs, educates & inspires the public through enriching experiences in the arts.



Modest & unassuming, a gallery that not only provokes one's thinking, but engages the viewer whole heartily. Certainly a book's cover will only scratch the surface & that's true too for this very special gallery.

An energetic greeting on the way to
Hillyer Art Space




Contact Info:  9 Hillyer Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008, 202-338-0325 





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Monday, February 8, 2016

What I Like About Washington DC


     The District Of Columbia, Washington DC our Nation's Capitol for those of us living in the United States. What could be more important than the seat of power that this location claims? My first impression is in agreement with that statement. As our family matured & two of our sons moved to DC my husband & I have become more familiar with the neighborhoods surrounding our Capitol. People are friendly & it's an easy enough city to find ones way. It's the diverse backgrounds of the individuals who share snippets of their life experiences with me that is most heart warming. It makes me feel woven into the fabric of our country. To experience this oneness is a comforting reassurance. We are all one.




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