Wednesday, February 19, 2014

herb keller inholding

i'm a lucky woman

Often nothing good is accomplished at the first attack. One takes a rest, and then all of a sudden the   decisive idea presents itself to the mind.   Henri Poincare

Started out with a check at physical therapy this morning, and they found me wanting in the extension department so gave me a second cortisone shot to get things back on track.  Ouch!  Then I raced to the vet and picked up Molly and her TEN new medications, mostly eye drops to be given on a specific schedule.  The doc had a chart all prepared for me-  YIKES!  But the thrill was walking the poor shaved beasty out of there and having he see the curb and go immediately to my car across the parking lot-  she can see again!  She's been sleeping most of the day but so happy to be here.  Me too.  Hope we squeeze a few more good years out of her.   

 Reminiscing from 36 years ago-  Or maybe nightmaring!  
And I was at my in-laws house because I had left the baby and toddler (now 36 and 38!) there while I went to the dentist, and it was too dangerous to leave for home by the time I got back.  We were stuck there for four days until the National Guard let us drive home.  When we got there we found that the house had run out of oil and had no heat.  But the across-the drive neighbors had shoveled out our driveway and made an igloo.  

Currently on view at Klein Sun Gallery in New York, artist Li Hongbo (previously) has an exhibition of new and old work titled Tools of Study. Hongbo is known for his unconventional figurative sculptures made from thousands of sheets of flexible paper that twist and elongate in almost any direction, many of which take several months to complete. Via Klein Sun:  Li Hongbo’s stunning, stretchable, paper sculptures, inspired by both traditional folk art and his time as a student learning to sculpt, challenge our perceptions. With a technique influenced by his fascination with traditional Chinese decorations known as paper gourds—made from glued layers of paper—Li Hongbo applies a honeycomb-like structure to form remarkably flexible sculptures.

"The Chandelier of Lost Earrings" by architectural glass artists Lauren Sagar and Sharon Campbell is a mass participation artwork created using thousands of orphan earrings, all of which were donated by people who had lost the other half of the original pair. The sculpture is designed to be floor standing. At 2.5 metres high and 1 metre wide, the chandelier is made up of 3,500 earrings, hundreds of lengths of chains, donated necklaces, bracelets, beads, brooches and two watches. “We wanted to gather together the lost and lonely earrings along with the stories of their owners into one beautiful sculpture,” the artists explained. The finished piece is displayed inside a glass house, which Sagar and Campbell created on the grounds of St. Mary’s Maternity Hospital in Manchester.

From my cousin that I recently connected with after maybe 60 years.  Wish I knew him, 
we seem to have similar takes on things!


Sandy said...

Yes, I remember that year. I had just gone to Springfield, Mass from Maine to a small college. Stuck at 'home' where I rented a room and knowing hardly anyone.

But the tales of the family of another older student were quite entertaining. He lived in Rhode Island and went home from Friday through Monday.
He and his wife, who had to abandon their cars enroute to different places, found they were in the same vicinity so met up at friends and stayed there. 3 of the 4 kids were at school so stayed there, but one lad - home sick from school, (but old enough to be on his own for a day). Had the most wonderful fun doing things like jumping out of the upstairs window so he could shovel the snow away from the front door because it couldn't be opened and the snow was up to the top!

Eventually, the National Guard dug everyone out and they got back together.

Soooo glad I live in the UK! Especially this winter!
Sandy in the UK

Sandy said...

oh, yeah. the lad at home? Lives in Ghana now! LOL