Appreciate

Place
Boundaries Issue #6 - In The Field The clouds are low and long and perpetual, tufted and thick as down. It will snow soon and for a good while. This is welcome news, for even though we are breaking trail, ...
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Con Mucho Gusto
Food for Thought Issue #17 - Health a la carte Issue #23 - Observations and Reflections ...
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Early Work
STILL LIFE [fruit] circa 1995. Oil pastel STILL LIFE [flowers] circa 1968. Watercolor GIRAFFE circa 1968. Crayon OWL Study, circa 2005. Pencil PORTRAIT Study, circa 2000. Ink ...
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a la carte
I find it hard to consider photography as art, because it is so often used as a technology of persuasion. By this I mean it is used to seduce the viewer, into a purchase (advertising), an author’s point of view ...
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Mustard and Meat
I have been watching the Netflix series Rasa, Rasoi aur Kahaniyan, which translates to Kings, Kitchens and their Stories. The series is about the astoundingly varied cuisines of India. The filmmakers weave a beautiful tapestry out of India’s regional histories ...
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The Artist's Eye-Hand-Heart
A few weeks ago we took Printha to Vermont, a Birthday in Brattleboro excursion. The premier event was a Domino toppling extravaganza at the local museum (BMAC). When Printha was younger she and Bruce used to build domino constructions just ...
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Smooth and Rough and Smooth
The Big Island’s people are a great collection of ethnicities: Polynesian, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Portuguese, and Thai. Having lived in the multicultural Northeast for almost thirty years, we felt comfortable in the mix, readily absorbing new-to-us flavors. Locals were ...
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E ku'u aloha
The Wedding The Engagement ...
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Blue Hawai'i
No doubt the first thing you notice in the video is how blue everything is, with only flashes of yellow and white. Where are the brilliant colors of captive tropical fish? Some distortion can be blamed on phone camera optics, ...
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The Big Island
Of course we did explore Hawai’i in a visitor’s way, too, getting to know all of its landscapes, along with many other attractions. But before you even ask, we did not dance the hula, or watch anyone else do so; ...
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April
OMG!           April 7 2019 Pamela C••••••••, is this you? Such a wonderful surprise to hear from you, on MUSE. Your comment was really touching, thanks ... My favorite (and persistent) memory of our girlhood and friendship is of the time we ...
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Interlude
8th grade graduation           APRIL 27 2019 Look what I found! I just had to send it to you. I recognize you, me, Donna K., Janet S., Joyce H., Paula K., Philip T., Richard A., Marianne Polom, Nancy Fitzgerald .... Is ...
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May
dribs and drabs           MAY 7 2019 Finally, Hello !  I have caught my breath after the big push to get MUSE out, yea! It's always another week to catch up on errands chores etc., and we had all the preparations ...
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The Middle of May
More!           MAY 17 2019 Hi again, here I am starting the next leg of the marathon - so much to say, so many questions to answer and ask! First, I am glad to hear Reva was her old self when ...
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May into June
Re:Re: More!           May 22 2019 Good morning!  I am taking a few minutes to write now, because for the next two weeks I will be busy busy busy with MUSE, and the holiday, and the girls and the kids and ...
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In the Spirit of Things
My dearest Pam, I am writing back quickly so as to put your mind at ease, because I just know you will fret and worry about alienating me by sharing your faith. Because of course our re-connection is new, and ...
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Destinos' Children
Our two god-granddaughters are learning Spanish in school. Like mine, Printha’s formal course began in sixth grade, but Adeline started much earlier, in fourth. It was immediately apparent they will acquire the language individually, idiosyncratically. Some of this may be ...
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Sport of Nature
Hi Matt, I’ve wanted to converse with you and share some of my ideas about mental health for quite awhile now, but I thought it best to wait until the OT fireworks died down. Several posters really got under your ...
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Emotional Labor
A while ago a friend sent me a link to a forum of women discussing and sharing thoughts about emotional labor. I clicked and within a few seconds of scanning the table of contents I almost lost it. My heart ...
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Paperwork
Happy Birthday Issue #11 - Collage see also Springfield Visioning Issue #11 - Collage Faraway so Close  Issue # 2 - Family ...
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Prisoners
Theater – as all the narrative arts do – realizes an outward existence of our internal dramas, enabling us to see them clearly, and to meaningfully experience the feelings we have about our own like struggles. The very purpose of ...
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The Play's The Thing
The epitome of storytelling genres is The Theater, where words, objects, persons, art, and music are fashioned into a sense-engulfing parade-display-embodiment of narrative, sign, symbol, and meaning. I find it always a delicious treat. At its most exalted theater is ...
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Selfie
I have had moments of self-recognition prompted by the sharing of someone else’s experience, just like Katherine May, the author of The Electricity of Every Living Thing. While hers came as she listened to an interview on the radio, mine ...
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Emily and Me
For Mondays this October (those past and a few more to come) I am traveling to Washington, Connecticut with Bruce to attend a lecture series about Emily Dickinson. Washington is in Litchfield County, a rural and beautiful part of the ...
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Dialectable
DIALECTABLE Just for fun, here's a British English accent/dialect gradient I noticed, by watching British crime dramas …. Shetland - Shetland Islands George Gently - Northumberland Happy Valley - Yorkshire Life on Mars - Manchester Hinterland - Wales Inspector Morse ...
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To Tell a Story
Most undergraduate science coursework focuses on the nuts and bolts, the facts already known, the frameworks already accepted. Really you are simply learning the litany, the catechism, and the methods. Which, for a synthetic thinker, can be rather boring. Geology ...
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Desert Landscapes
Desert Landscape paper paintings were first exhibited at City Wide Open Studios - Erector Square, New Haven CT, October 13-14, 2007 Mixed papers on canvas. 11" x 14" Artist Statement ...
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The Genius of a Place
Bruce has been lamenting something for quite a long while - the loss of the local. He remembers vividly the differences encountered town to town, as a boy in Denora, Pennsylvania; Holden, West Virginia; and Mayfield, Ohio. The stories of ...
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Aviary
Visitors to my back yard ...
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Stanley's Yard
The design of our back yard is never done. There is always a new idea or an improvement to make, but still, many features are old. The Norway maples at the edges have likely been there sixty years or more, ...
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After Barragán
“Without the desire for God, our planet would be a sorry wasteland of ugliness.” LUIS BARRAGÁN Architect of Light and Silence Luís Barragán, 20th century Mexican architect, landscape architect, and urban designer was unknown internationally until featured in a 1976 ...
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Family Final 4
I have a really good friend - a lifelong friend, if I start counting from my twenties - and I can say this even though we had almost no contact for over thirty years. Because Katie is family. I know ...
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Love Letter
Bruce and I don’t have children. It was a decision we made for ourselves, by default when we were young, and consciously, deliberately when we were older and up against the hard deadline of biology. We don’t question our choice; ...
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Nature Girl Lassoes the World
Nature Girl Lassoes The WorldCollage: mixed papers, cardstock, 8" x 10" Printha’s birthday card 2017 ...
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Cuento
This is the name I wish were mine: Isabel Betancourt          It was my grandmother’s name, and it represents all that was lost to me as a child, and what I have recovered, am recovering.  What I ...
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