Friday, October 17, 2008

A Blog Award

Kelly, thank you for this. I mostly take creative license with the work of others but I'm glad it makes you want to come here. I'm really honored.

I've probably not followed all the rules on this one - I'm afraid I've been a lazy blogger of late.

Kelly is a Sky Watch participant and I think that's how we found each other's blogs. She takes great photos, values peace and tolerance and is among one of the people who has supported my family posts. It always an honor to be connected to one who cares about justice and tolerance, love and peace.

Oh, you're supposed to name six things that make you happy.

1) Belting out loud songs with the radio while I drive
2) Keeping in touch with friends and family. I talk to each of my kids every day. Sometimes for a long time.
3) Picking up my SG2 at the train from Boston when she comes home from college.
4 ) Hanging out with my feeeeeonsay, W.P.
5) Art
6) Little children and all the animals
7) Helping SP1 do errands near her school, which is only 45 minutes from home. I helped her buy a warm jacket today.
8) Realizing how much I have to be grateful for


The Friday Evening Nudes

Francis Picabia

Diego Rivera

Frederic Leighton

Edvard Munch


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sky Watch Friday

Check out the fine entries at Sky Watch Friday and say hello to Tom, Sandy, Klaus, and Imac.


We traveled around a bit around western Massachusetts and southern Vermont last weekend. Here is a sampling of what we experienced.

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Newfane or Townsend, Vermont

Newfane, Vermont

Newfane, Vermont
Autumn Tree

The next three photos were taken in Ashfield, Massachusetts

And from our doorstep, overlooking the Connecticut River

The Peace Tree: Civil Unions & Domestic Partnerships are NOT Equal to Marriage

My post Civil Union & Domestic Partnerships are NOT Equal to Marriage, is up at The Peace Tree. It would mean a lot to me if you'd stop by and take a look. Especially if you don't understand why same-sex couples are so passionate about marriage.


As I was reading aloud the story Millions of Cats earlier today to one of my young students, we came upon a passage in the picture book with the word "homeley" in the text. The child asked me what that word meant. When I explained that it meant the same as the word "ugly", nothing in his facial expression appeared to register the meaning of the word. So I asked him if he knew what ugly meant. He said no. I didn't define it but continued to read aloud to him.
How wonderful, huh, to not know what that means?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Art Animalia - The Horse

Bathing of a Red Horse
Kuzma Petrov Vodkin

Boy Leading Horse
Horse in a Field

Franz Marc
Yellow Horses

Edgar Degas

Monday, October 13, 2008

Ruby Tuesday

Manhattan Billboard
July, 2008

Thank you to Work of The Poet for sponsoring Ruby Tuesday; a most inspiring photo meme.
And while you're there, say hello to The Teach, who makes it possible.

Artist of the Week - Sylvia Sleigh

Lawrence and Betty Parsons at Horton’sPoint


Sylvia Sleigh
contemporary realist
born 1916

As a young woman in the 1940s, Sleigh remembers being told at art school, "You have no talent. You're just here to waste time until you get married." more

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