Category Archives: arts and crafts

Taking comfort from Michelangelo

“If you knew the time it took me to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful.” Michelangelo I reread this quote often as I take one step forward followed by one step back in my writing class.  Not only … Continue reading

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The “sounds” of music

The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.*Matsuo Basho Last night we ushered out 2011 and welcomed 2012 in grand style. “Sound”  tied both experiences together. Expressing gratitude for the causes and conditions … Continue reading

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Play dates are for adults

I didn’t have my first play date until I retired. We didn’t have play dates when I was a kid. When I wanted to play, I either called ahead to make sure a friend was at home or wandered over … Continue reading

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Think of us as Chardonnay and chicken

Anyone who walks for health needs a sidekick striding beside them, the kind of person who can keep them so engaged in conversation that the miles mount up almost unnoticed.  My walking pal is Ronna Weltman, school and community volunteer, … Continue reading

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Knitted graffiti attacks spread

At last our city has been bombed.  No one has been hurt, because the bombs have been constructed with material not known to be dangerous, except to the wallets of those who buy it.  I’m talking about “yarn bombs,” or what … Continue reading

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Another Vancouver gem

While Vancouver’s mosaic tiles may be semi-precious gems, the Museum of Anthropology on the University of British Columbia campus is a diamond, emerald and ruby all in one.  Just as strolling through the city earlier this week yielded aha’s from our … Continue reading

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Vancouver, BC: mostly a friendly city

Vancouver is an arty city, so after spending a day in the museum, we decided to take to the streets.  Visitors to downtown Vancouver can find semi-buried treasure thanks to the Downtown Business Improvement Association, which commissioned the Mosaic Art … Continue reading

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Worlds apart?

Today, we’re looking at art created on two continents five thousand miles apart, and separated in age by a little less than a century: “contemporary aboriginal art” from the Pacific Northwest Coast and Surrealist art from Paris.  Both are in … Continue reading

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Becoming my own “tiger mom”

Saturday night, my husband and I heard the Charles Lloyd Quartet with Zakir Hussain. It was a spectacular evening.  We had heard Mr. Lloyd once before, maybe 30 years ago, and were as impressed now as we were then.  He … Continue reading

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Why do it yourself?

I have always been a dilettante when it comes to arts and craft.  I feel inspired by the work talented and creative people produce and I want to replicate what they have done even when I have no experience, talent … Continue reading

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