Friday, December 30, 2011

a joyful 2012

may your road in 2012 lead you to health, joy, and fine adventures with those you love.  
see you next year!
p.s. if you make resolutions - can you share?  my goal is to keep finding time to blog with joy.  

Thursday, December 29, 2011


the lake is starting to freeze.  

the docks have been put away for the winter.

  bring your boots!    

touch of ireland b&b

i highly recommend the touch of ireland guest house in new haven, ct.  
it's charming,
and within walking distance of a really beautiful park.  

the welcome is warm, and the breakfast, delicious.  joy to you!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

sunrise story


drive from maine to boston.  i wasn't driving, just putting my camera away and taking it right back out.  when i looked at j.m.w. turner's paintings, i did not believe the skies were real. now i do.  joy to you today.  

Monday, December 26, 2011


 the museum of modern art in nyc is a joy.  here is balzac, rodin's larger than life sculpture which greets you when you enter.  
 behind balzac, a wall of windows opens to the sculpture garden.  the mop bucket just adds to the appeal.  
 every part is beautifully designed.  here is an entrance to the elevator.

 my sister-in-love told me to step over the light and pose.  so i did.  the guard approached quickly.  whoops!  

 lichtenstein and pop art is so fun.
 claes oldenburg's big wilting fan - larger than life, and appealing.
 modigliani stretches people.  love.

 many picassos - love the lines in this one.

 matisse painted his son practicing the piano.  unusual and interesting composition.  and large!
these picasso musicians are much more powerful in person.  i'd seen them postcard-sized, but in person they are bright, active, compelling.  visiting original art is like vitamins to me.  more another day perhaps.  joy to you!

Sunday, December 25, 2011


visiting new york is lots of fun.  
the urban landscape is full of interesting views.
lots of people live there.
daylight cuts through the buildings.
art - like this venus  - is in nyc.
theater, too.
and friendly police officers who help keep you safe.  would you live there?

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

urban christmas

 train stations can be beautiful.  historical and interesting.

 lego rockefeller center.

 the car (facade) was inside the window.  

my life motto, writ large.  joy to you!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

top 5

top 5 wonderful things about the last day at school before christmas break:

5.  no uniform - fun christmas clothes 
4.  everyone is feeling festive 
3.  the cookies and chocolates 
2.  the time to do fun crafts, like this one from deborah valesquez's helpful blog
1.  the chance to say "thank you" and appreciate all our helpful volunteers, fellow staff, and amazing parents.  

  the sky on the way home from school was a bonus. 

merry christmas!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


this is the converted train bridge i run across.  
the top is rusty.  the view is always changing.
the shadow of the bridge goes in the water.  sometimes i see myself running across it.  
in cincinnati we are very lucky to have many "rails to trails" places to run and bike.  it gets us outside.  do you have a favorite fresh-air place?
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