Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Happy Lunar New Year, happy fresh snowfall, happy first day back to work/school this week. It is a fresh beginning; our school runs on 5-week modules (rather than semesters or trimesters, etc.) which means that student schedules change every 5 weeks (and students get a four-day weekend every 5 weeks). Because we had two well-timed winter storms, I got the mod-break off too, essentially. Feeling ready to power through until spring.

A photo a day over at Chicken Blog, too.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Snow day

A work-from-home, watch the snow fall kind of day. Seems less likely that we'll lose power than on Friday, when we DID go without for almost 10 hours, although I'm always so grateful that Dean's automatic response to lights' out is to grab the board games while I light the candles.

And for last, Natalie asked after more of Dean's photos. I am waiting until the show comes down and I can scan each in directly, but for now:

A photo a day over at Chicken Blog, too.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Making Sunday last all week

An all day of turning things into other things, by way of chopping and cooking and stirring.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Winter farmers' market

An expedition with friends from work, to go visit the indoor farmers' market held at a huge, rambling garden center. I find that as much as, in the moments I am getting myself ready to get out the door, I struggle to make good on commitments to get out and do things with people other than Ken and Dean -- I do always enjoy it and wonder why I don't do it more often. Lather, rinse, repeat. Will I ever learn? At least I always do make good on my commitments, which wasn't so consistently the case when I was (much) younger....  I remember that I stood Ken up once, and I grateful he didn't hold it against me.

A photo a day over at Chicken Blog, too.

Friday, February 5, 2016

But yesterday

it was over 50 degrees. All day. Still, now, it snows.

A photo a day over at Chicken Blog, too.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Shared passions

Dean created an independent study course in photography at school for himself (he'd already taken the available black & white film classes and wanted to continue learning); he chose 16 pieces to hang in the art show. I loved the work he'd done, the theme he explored, the way he arranged the work -- and that he'd very much made this happen for himself.

A photo a day over at Chicken Blog, too.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The best part

of any work day are the students I get to hang out with. It has been enlightening for me, as the mother of a son, to be able to get to know young women this age; to get a glimpse at their powers and struggles and joys.

A photo a day, with Chicken Blog.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Harder to catch the stars and planetary dance

but I can still catch the moon when I open the garage door in the morning.

And Chicken Blog has a photo for you today, too!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Social beings

I had lunch today with three friends from my old, corporate job -- we've known each other for something closer to 30 years than seems possible, or reasonable (hey, we're not THAT old...). We talked about how difficult it seems to meet people these days, to make friends and connections -- about how guarded, or distant, or just busy everyone seems to be. I miss the golden age of blogging as well, when so many of us were meeting and chatting and making things and hosting swaps, yet I'm deeply thankful for the meaningful connections I did make and the friendships that have lasted. So resolved, once again, to reach out more, to get together with friends, to be open to the possibilities.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

Week ends

We start every week day morning with Breakfast Club; Dean gets his coffee and sits in his spot, right at the door to the dining hall, welcoming friends as they sleepily arrive. I sit in the back, at the table quickly filled by fellow staff and faculty members, where we have made friendships forged by our mutual habits of getting to work early and enjoying a little something to start the day. It's this start of the day that makes my day.

Go see today's photo at Chicken Blog.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Traditional Chinese ink painting requires letting go of precision and intent and trusting movement, suggestion, vision. It takes hours and hours, years and years -- not one 45-minute introduction -- yet I loved the opportunity to take a creative break during the day and to try.

I've thought about going down to Chinatown, or looking online, and ordering some paper, ink -- I believe I already have a brush or two from my mom's collection designed for this use. I struggle with where the line is (is there a line?) -- where exploring becomes cultural appropriation, where following along from a book or a YouTube video trivializes the teaching by a master to a student whose cultural created this art form. At that point am I honoring or invoking privilege?

Only the questions.

Chicken Blog has a photo for you today, too.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

All of us

and my dear friend over at Chicken Blog has been doing a photo a day with me all along -- how did I fail to mention this before? She's a much more dedicated and thorough blogger than I (my hero, and inspiration) so I hope you'll always hop there, too.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016