Sunday, September 23, 2018

Scav Hunt Sunday: Plants and Pipes

Bubbles:
 bubbles...bubbles...bubbles!

So good:
 The patty pan squash have been so good this summer!

White:
The Jewish fall holiday season means a lot of candles get used!

Grey:
Apartment grey. The newest Pantone color...

Lines:
Grow between the lines.


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Thursday, September 20, 2018

A Promise to Communicate

The ICA features a different work of art each year in the lobby. This year it was an interactive piece by a Kenyan artist named Wangechi Mutu. She often does wall based works with lots of textures. This piece is special, too, because the public was encouraged to engage with the art. 
Pencils hang down in front of the textures and fabric. The piece is meant to explore ideas of free speech and how we interact with each other. Some people wrote their names, others wrote positive messages, other drew pictures.

The colors and lines of the writing really drew me in. 9 months into the exhibition and you can see how many people have come through the museum. How far and wide each of our messages can spread.

A simple, but powerful installation.
   
   
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Imperfection

If I, if I have been untrue
I hope you know it was never to you...

And by all that I have done wrong
I will make it all up to thee...
{Bird on a Wire -- Leonard Cohen}
Tonight begins Yom Kippur. 
One of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar. 
A day meant to begin the year fresh. 
A clean slate. 
A clear conscious. 

I used to struggle with this somber day. 
In recent years, I've taken this day to really look inward. 
Not to fear I haven't been worthy of "being inscribed in the Book of Life" but to find a way to give myself new life. 
To release myself from things that have help me back. To release myself from vows and bonds that subconsciously held me back. 

This year, I am trying to work very hard on letting the little things go.
To release the doubt that often creeps in. 
I am not perfect. Others aren't perfect.
I can't control the little things. 
Trying to takes away some of the joy from life. 
Embracing the imperfections can only help me grow. 

May this day be meaningful and the start of a chapter of growth in all our books.
   
   

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Monday, September 17, 2018

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 37

The Good:
I ran my longest long run ahead of the Chicago Marathon on Saturday!! 20 miles and now it's time to taper. This training cycle wasn't easy but this run confirmed I have it in me!

The Random:
When you really want a book and crawl into the shelf for it...

The Fun:
My favorite back to school lesson of the year...what can't we do...yet!
(I wrote all about it here, too!)




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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Scav Hunt Sunday: Mug and Musical

Way Back:
Amazing to think the Public Garden has been around since the 1850s, way-way back when!

Musical:
Street art that's ready to jam out.

Magic:
Nothing more magical than a painted sky over Boston.

In The Air:
Air plants - the new craze and so neat - how do they grow!

Black:
I like my coffee black means this...right?


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Friday, September 14, 2018

September Randoms v. 1

 one way...gazpacho bowl...orange building
pool time...mr8k race...holding on
primary day...yellow flower...track tuesday
 new year...yellow pencils...pru sunrise
boston buildings...high five...otter promise
musical art...public garden...air plants
shana tova...sweet honey...tiger figs
pomegranate seeds...dipladenia bloom...beautiful chaos
black mug...neon signs...grey pipe


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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Glow - Neon Lights

Not too many years ago, the Rose Kennedy Greenway was a bustling highway. Now it's one of the cities best parks, in my opinion. With the highway buried beneath it, the greenway is a fantastic spot to stroll and enjoy the city views.

Often there are rotating public art installations which are pretty awesome. This summer these old neon signs from former local landmarks were on display. Relics from the state's past became art in the modern age!
 The Siesta Motel in Saugus c. 1950s
Bay State Auto Spring in Roxbury c. 1965
 European Resturant in Boston c. 1970s
Flying Yankee Restaurant in Auburn c. 1953
 State Line Potato Chips in Wilbraham c. 1950s
Fontaine's Resutrant in West Roxbury c. 1952
Cycle Center in Natick c. 1956
General Electic Radio in Roxbury c. 1925

Pretty cool to be able to see some pieces of local history, all together!
They really don't make 'em like they used to, that's for sure.


   

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Rosh Hashana Tidbits

This is the new year A new beginning...
Let’s make a promise We’ll be the brightest...

{The Maccabeats -- This is the New Year}

Customs are a big part of Jewish celebrations.
Rosh Hashana has many special traditions that in some ways are the backbone of the holiday.

We dip apples in honey to symbolize having a sweet new year.
It's become a family tradition to find new and different honey to taste.
This year's selection is a variety of amazing kinds of honey like mimosa, macadamia, and orange blossom.

We are supposed to try a new fruit to symbolize the newness of the new year.
We can then make a special blessing thanking God for a new experience.
This year we had some tiger figs, rambutans, and orange melon!

Pomegranates are said to have 613 seeds, the number of commandments in the Torah.
Eating them on Rosh Hashana is said to symbolize the desire to have that many blessings and possibilities in our lives this year.

There are so many other customs and practices that make Rosh Hashana so special. The traditions and practices are truly what make holidays so special to me. They enrich our celebration and bring Jews together around the world and across denominations.
   
   

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