Here and There

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Sweet Peas in raised beds, champagne and balmy temperatures. Is this heaven?

We went to Bernardus Lodge and Winery for a wedding this past weekend. It was so beautiful and romantic! Wonderful food and good cake (not just good wedding cake, but good cake!) tasty wines, yummy champagne. Dancing and chocolate. It was just delightful.
Now, we are home. There is a lot of work to do before we go away again on Saturday, but I made a stop to the library to get some reading for the long weekend. The Tent by Margaret Atwood, Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama, and A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley...which one first?

Friday, June 23, 2006

Mustard Seed Staff Party

Teacher Myrna, me and Gid.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

It's in the water.

I was thinking yesterday and today about how common some themes are in art. There are somethings that are so full of meaning, they can be used as themes over and over and over again and they are still so rich and so mysterious people will keep writing about them and singing about them and painting them.

So I think, WATER. In Housekeeping, the book I recently read, water was a big theme. It was just there, always present in that story. It was the lake, it was the fog around them, it was a smell they always had in their noses. It was water. And in that theme, that the book was literally steeped in, some aspects of water stood out: continuous movement, hidden spaces under the surface, a lifeforce, but also a killer. In other works, other aspects stand out- As in The Shipping News, another recent read, water was powerful and unyielding. Ice and storms were not the same as the constant trickle and flow of water in Housekeeping. Different, but still water.

Other Big Themes:
(the) Land (Steinbeck!)
A color- I love that.
A Season

Interesting thing: God is not usually a whole theme, but, there is almost always a sub-theme involving a Biblical allusion or a spiritual struggle.

Monday, June 19, 2006

the potential of red, blue and yellow

One thing I love is how putting out these three colors in a pan in my classroom always creates really cool art.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Would you like to go here?

I certainly would. It is the last week of school. But it doesn't really feel like it because for me, school keeps going, and going, and going. But it's not bad. It will be fun. After the first week it will be fun. First week at school for a bunch of first-timers: parents and kids!, is tough. There will be tears.

But after that it will be fun. Maybe not as fun as the the Maldives would be. But fun.