30: A Post Every Day #20

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.

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Day #20

Something FOUND.

 

I’m a long-time fan of all of Cathy Cullis‘ work.

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Something WRITTEN.

On Friday we are flying to Maryland to see our youngest son graduate from college.

We just talked to Wes, and he sounded great. His big oral exam went well last Friday… we are so proud of him!

During the conversation I felt both happy and sad at the same time: Happy that he was finishing, sad that it was ending.

I started this little blog project planning to end it the day we got on the airplane… which is just five days from now. Oops.

Apparently I don’t know how to count.

So I will do my best to continue over the big Graduation weekend. If I miss a day, you know where to find me… probably smiling and crying at the same time on the St. John’s College campus in Annapolis, MD.

 

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Something MADE.

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Have a wonderful day!

30: A Post Every Day #19

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.

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Day #19

Something FOUND.

Tetsuhiro Wakabayashi is an artist based in Japan.

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Something WRITTEN.

Me: “Today is a rest day and a do-everything-that-didn’t-get-done-yesterday day.”

You: “That doesn’t make any sense.”

Me: “Doesn’t it?”

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Something MADE.

A rabbit from 2011.

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30: A Post Every Day #18

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.

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Day #18

Something FOUND.

I found these flowers yesterday at a shop in my neighborhood. I’ve forgotten the name of them… but I know one of you knows! Please comment! Anenomes! (Thanks Patti and Hazel and Eli!)

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Something WRITTEN.

Last summer I watched a young man do an impromptu dance performance in the public square near our apartment. He appeared to be working something out… trying various moves and sequences, jumping onto poles and sculptures, and clearly playing with his hands and feet.

At one point he slipped his hoodie off (hot?) and then, a minute later, his t-shirt. (When a few minutes later he appeared to be fumbling with his belt, I panicked slightly… but all was well… his pants stayed put.)

There was music coming from somewhere… his?

Still moving, he pulled a small piece of paper from his pocket that he alternately peered at and raised to the sky.

Then he ran.

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Something MADE.

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30: A Post Every Day #17

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.

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Day #17

Something FOUND.

Great paintings by U.K. Artist Simon Carter.

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Something WRITTEN.

 

 

A journal entry from 2013:

There are different kinds of intelligence and mine seems to be the flighty-birdy kind.

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Something MADE.

pinkcloud

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30: A Post Every Day #16

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.

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Day #16

Something FOUND.

Love the illustration work of Kara Kramer.

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Something WRITTEN.

Thing you need to know #1:
My mom had a big birthday last month. I was able to surprise her and arrived in the middle of her birthday party!

Thing you need to know #2:
On the airplane from Seattle to Denver I had been thinking of the amount of time we had lived in Seattle — seven years — and how fast it has gone. (Wes in high school – blink -high school graduation – blink – Wes in collage – blink – Wes graduating in just 10 days… so very fast!)

Sevens:
Because children probably always think of their parents as old, my mom at 80 seems, well, “up there.”

When I saw my mom at the party, I had a weird thought: How many “Sevens” (the number of years that have just flown by so fast) will it take before I am 80, like my mother?

The answer made my heart skip: Four.

Only FOUR “Sevens?”

I’ve been thinking about this for weeks.

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Something MADE.

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Have a wonderful day!

30: A Post Every Day #15

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.

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Day #15

Something FOUND.

Michael Cutlip‘s collage work is cool.

cutlip

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Something WRITTEN.

Airplanes are both very large and very small. For example:

  • When seen from the ground, an airplane flying above looks really small.
  • But when you walk right up to one, it’s enormous.
  • But when you have to sit on the runway for four hours with a very talkative, highly energetic 4-year-old, it’s small again.

And airplanes are downright minuscule if you happen to be sitting next to a lady who has recently eaten some peanuts.

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Something MADE.

monkeybusiness

Have a wonderful day!

30: A Post Every Day #14

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.

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Day #14

Something FOUND.

I love these embroidered/mixed-media illustrations of Italian illustrator Annalisa Bollini.

Bollini

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Something WRITTEN.

A few minutes ago I met a man with an unlit cigarette hanging out of his mouth and the thickest dreadlocked ponytail I’ve ever seen… it was 5-6 inches in diameter!

“I like your hair,” I said.

“It took 15 years to get this way,” he told me.

We waited for the light to change.

“Does it hurt your head?” I couldn’t help but ask.

“It did in the beginning,” he replied. “But I’m used to it now.”

 

Kind of like my adulthood.

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Something MADE.

dogwithhorsesmall

Have a wonderful day!

30: A Post Every Day #13

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.

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Day #13

Something FOUND.

The inspiring contemporary illustration of Nate Williams:

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Something WRITTEN.

I overheard this today at a playground (girl talking to boy):

“Let’s pretend I’m the girl and you’re the boy, okay?”

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Something MADE.

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Have a wonderful day!

30: A Post Every Day #12

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.

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Day #12

Something FOUND.

I love this piece by Kristen Donegan so much!

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Something WRITTEN.

Some things I found in a recent “journal dive.”

  1. Hodgepodge. Works for me.
  2. Overheard not long ago (two younger women talking): “I act like I care but I really don’t.”
  3. Circus trains are not P.C., but I love them.
  4. “E” is for Elephant in the Room.
  5. I write better with my eyes closed.

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Something MADE.

Collage made in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2016.

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30: A Post Every Day #11

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.

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Day #11

Something FOUND.

Coney Island Seattle

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Something WRITTEN.

We live in downtown Seattle and our “porch” is Occidental Square, a no-grass city park just across the street and around the building. It’s sunny today so I decided to go there to try and write this post.

I had just sat down when “Michael” asked if I wanted to play chess.

I’m pretty horrible at chess (I can beat my grandsons sometimes), and I’ve never played a stranger in a park, but I said “yes” before I could stop myself and proceeded to almost get checkmated in the first three moves.

“You want to protect the middle,” he told me good-naturedly. “No one in the history of tournaments has ever made that move [the one I had made to start the game].”

He checkmated in about 8-10 more moves… schooled! But somehow he didn’t make me feel stupid. Thank you, Michael.

Then he asked if I would like to play again.

I didn’t — getting pounded once per day is about my limit. But I just MIGHT try again another time, as the pounding was a surprisingly pleasant experience.

I might ask him to handicap himself, though. Such as letting him start with only his king and the pawns.

Oh. Never mind.

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Something MADE.

Someone shared a link on FB a few months ago about an artist who made her own paintbrushes with items from nature, and she inspired me to try it today. (So sorry, I couldn’t find that artist, but I did find THIS POST with some cool handmade brushes! The artist is Lorna Crane! Thanks, Laura.)

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