Thursday, October 6, 2022

Chelsea Gallaries

I recently learned that down in Chelsea there are tons of art galleries that are free to the public. In the shadow of the Highline between 10th and 11th Avenues in the 25th Street area. You can stroll from block to block popping in and out and seeing the various art collections.
There was a mix of very out there modern art and really breathtaking pieces. My favorites were the beautiful hanging sculpture in the sun-filled atrium at the Pace Gallery and the various door knobs and light switches made from 3D printing lines at the Hill Art Foundation. Highly recommend if you're ever in the area!

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Fall Farmers Market

Who doesn't love a farmers market? Union Square has an amazing one twice a week with stalls overflowing with produce, fresh bread, cheeses, flowers, and more. I don't get there too often but enjoyed wandering around a few weeks ago. 
There is something about late season markets as the produce transitions from summer to fall. There were gorgeous apples next to leafy kale and colorful peppers against gooseberries. It is amazing what you can get from local farms and it's always great to have fresh from the farm treats.

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Monday, October 3, 2022

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 39

The Good:
I hadn't seen deer on campus in forever! Saw some this week grazing early in the morning. It is truly amazing to have this nature on our campus.

The Random:
Spotted a little plastic frog chilling in a flower bed. Nature is totally taking over...

The Fun:
"Rate My Room on Skype" became my fav Twitter account in the age of zooming from home. They rate people zooming into news shows from home on their set ups and it became an instant hit. They published a book with actual tips on creating a perfect home zoom set up and I had to get it.

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Sunday, October 2, 2022

Scav Hunt Sunday: Scone and Stairs

Breakfast:
Every now and then a cranberry orange scone hits the spot. 

Black and White:
Love a good modern staircase.

Nature:
Nature or an alien from another planet?

Texture:
There is something about peeling paint. 

Autumn:
The leaves, they are a-changing. 

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Friday, September 30, 2022

September Randoms v. 2

white hydrangea...shiny metal...foot bridge
race bib...race medal...tasty scone
modern staircase...floral arch...peeling paint
big fungus...inside palms...race portrait
red leaf...stunning sunflowers...heart mural
white building...shana tova...sweet treats
honey dish...pomegranate seeds...apple cake
open doors...bar cart...glass art
coral flower...sound views...floral explosion

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Lux and Lumen

I saw a very interesting-looking gallery exhibit on IG and headed down to Chelsea to check it out. The current exhibit features works by Spencer Finch, who was inspired by 16th-century stained glass masterpieces. 
A two-story atrium is filled with hanging pieces of glass that dance around the air. Windows allow natural light to strike the glass casting shadows and reflecting the colorful walls around the space. Every way you look in the space you saw new angles and reflections. It was truly stunning!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Holiday Symbolism

Rosh HaShana, like many Jewish holidays is filled with symbolism. Much of the symbolism centers around the idea of ensuring that we have a sweet new year. I love how central the symbolism is to this holiday and the way it can shape customs. 

Apples and Honey 
One of the most well-known parts of Rosh HaShana is the apples and honey. We dip apples into honey and make a blessing, asking for a year filled with sweetness. It's our family's custom to find new and unique honey flavors to try each year. It's always a fun, sweet adventure!

New Fruits
On the 2nd night of Rosh HaShana, it's customary to eat a fruit we haven't eaten in a year or a new to us fruit. It symbolizes our gratitude for new possibilities in the new year. This year we had kumquats, rambutans, dragon fruit, and starfruit. 

Pomegranetes 
It is said that a pomegranate has 613 seeds, the number of commandmants in the Torah. By eating the fruit, we hope to merit that many good deeds this year.

Round Challah
Our challahs are usually braided into a straight plait. But, on Rosh HaShana, we form them into road loaves to represent a full round year. Often they include raisins or a cinnamon sugar topping for added sweetness

There are other symbolic foods like the head of a fish, leeks, beets, carrots, and more! We eat a lot over yontiv and it's amazing how each food can hold such special meaning! Shana tova!

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