Wednesday, December 30, 2015
I liked the set up of Auction Direct. I had an appointment to speak with someone, Matt. He was low key, likable, and knowledgeable. I enjoyed the organization of the place -- no music playing so you can think about decisions, no noisy salesmen. Clean, airy place. The salesmen supposedly don't get commisions and you pay the advertised price, no haggling. Auction Direct offered an enjoyable experience and there is no pressure to buy.
My next stop was a Toyota dealership. Different story that left me feeling annoyed, stressed, and irritated, same with the Nissan dealership. But I did love the Versa. Plenty of leg room; great looking car.
Next I thought I'd try out a Spark. But after reading reviews about engines blowing after 2 years, that one was out.
So, I decided to give my Toyota a facelift. She needs a paint job, and a good cleaning. Took her to Maaco and the owner/mechanic there talked about how well made the Corollas were and how they had been known for getting 400,000 miles. I started to fall in love all over again with her. She has served me well, starts every time, and has never broken down. Plus, she is fun to drive, comfy, and roomy.
Turns out the Corolla has been the best selling car in the world since 1974 and is considered by Edmunds as one of the best cars of all time. So, no immediate plans to part with her yet. My next car purchase will probably be a Corolla, or maybe a Versa. Since 1966, Corolla is still here!
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
(review clip) "This book opens the possibility that Santa Claus -- as presented to most of us -- may not physically exist. It does this in a way that will allow children and their parents to ease into that question, a graceful move from the belief in a living St. Nick, to a belief in the spirit of Christmas." Courtesy of Amazon
I first read the tale to my son when we was about two. We were in Alaska then. Since I've moved I've lost the book, and the silver bell that came with it so I had to buy another copy. Happy to have this classic back in the house!
Monday, December 14, 2015
I watched two performances this past week-end, both held at the majestic Carolina Theatre in Durham, North Carolina. Opened in 1926, this meticulously renovated venue in the Beaux Arts style, offers a spectacular setting for a ballet as magnificent as the Nutcracker.
There was a palpable excitement as I approached the brightly lit entrance to the Carolina. Visitors lingered in the walkway and lobby for this "opening night." (Chapel Hill High School was the setting for last week's performance, but dancing in the venerated Carolina must bring a special thrill to the cast and their families.)
A large table filled with nutcrackers of all shapes was set up in the lobby; nearby a beautifully costumed volunteer gave directional assistance and greeted visitors. Turns out she was the wife of the orchestra conductor. And speaking of orchestras, the Triangle Youth Ballet is indeed fortunate to have its own orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Virtuosi, conducted by Andrew McAfee.
Watching the performance from backstage gave me a unique opportunity to talk with the dancers. Among my favorites were the Angels, the youngest members of the cast. One of them, Camilla Carrington, memorized all the dances in case a replacement was needed. An eight year old, she could be seen in the hallway limbering up or playing games with other angels.
I interviewed the group, asking them their favorite part about being angels ("the music, "walking in the haze", "being told we're beautiful!")
The cast showed remarkable skill and poise on the stage. Rehearsals start in August and double up as performance time years. The person behind the magic is ballet school founder and director, Lauren Lorentz de Haas, who has been teaching dance for 35 years.
This Nutcracker has become a new tradition at our house during the holiday season.
Friday, December 4, 2015
This essay is startling and bothers me because there seems to be no resolution. I kept looking for the good in the outcome and couldn't find one. The writer still seems affected by it.
Monday, November 23, 2015
Sunday, November 22, 2015
It was magical seeing the Kings Singers last night for the first time. They all came out and signed cd's and programs for the audience. There were two sisters from Rock Hill who have seen them about 50 times. They call themselves their "groupies."
I got all six to sign my shirt and they were happy to oblige.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
He jumped into my arms, oh,
and Kathy Craig, Climbing the Stairs (READ AT OASIS ON NOV. 15TH, Chapel Hill
I remember the day that my father died
The house was quiet and still
My mother in the living room with the undertaker
Making plans and turning pages
The house was quiet and still
Low voices planned funeral arrangements
My mother in the living room with Mr. Oakley
Asked me to go upstairs.
My father dead?
My child's mind reeled
escaped to National Geographic
My father's gift from the year before.
My child's mind reeled.
I was just fifteen, home from school
Escaping to the Rome Colesium
on the crisp slick page before me
Saturday, November 14, 2015
"I love chocolate milk." "Me too." "I'm ready for some turkey sausage."
"Do you want me to cut up your sausage?"
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Interesting to note that the students studied Mandarin Chinese and invested thousands of hours in learning the language.
Monday, November 9, 2015
here's and interesting article that state lexile scores may actually do more harm than good. the research shows that free choice in reading is the way to go.
Hemingway too easy for 4th graders? The lexile score for Mr. Popper's Penguins is higher than Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises? Ridiculous? You bet! Do your child a favor and stay away from lexiles.
Friday, November 6, 2015
Lesson: Be sure to verify and assess! Check things out before changing what already works.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
We spoke about how some people in Durham do not even know about the American Dance Festival. Pretty amazing! I suggested a documentary, or a book, a book that would end up on the NYT bestsellers' list.
One thing that impresses me about dancers is their supportiveness and non-competitiveness. So sweet.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Friday, October 9, 2015
Who--whee! The Friday Noon Chapel Hill Writers' Group is really something! It's been going on about 20 years and the moderator is David Manning. My favorite poem was "Stuff Happens," pointed reference to the callous remark made by Jeb Bush in regard to the Oregon shootings.
In the group was professor emeritus Conrad Neumann, recently returned from Martha's Vineyard, his home. He shared a news article about the return of his fishing cap with the group:
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Friday, October 2, 2015
Thursday, October 1, 2015
MUSIC: SCHOENBERG -- not a master or student at Bauhaus but his influence was signifcant. His expressionist paintings are shown beside work by Kandinsky's.
He was also a painter. Contemporary of Kandinsky. Kandinsky was also musical.
Stefan Wolpe (1902-1972) taught music at Black Mountain College 1952-1956.
GRAPHIC ARTS: Herbert Bayer
Gunta Stoltlz (weaver) influenced by Kandinsky
Gertrude Arndt (photographer)
New Designs for the Bauhaus, sure Gropius would not have appreciated it.
Bent chair (Viennese)
Abstractionism -- the return of basic forms and primary colors to remove societal symbolism and realism while reiterating formational inherent emotions.
Kandinsky -- major painter (children's book: "Sky Blue")
MIES VAN DER ROHE (this moves me)
Considered one of the pioneers of modern architecture, along with le Corbusier and Gropius. Called his architecture "skin and bones". Coined the terms "less is more" and "God is in the details." Light and space were characteristics of his architecture.
He designed a cantilever chair.
Immigrated to U.S. in 1937. Designed the University in Chicago.
The Barcelona Pavilion was built for an exhibition. Torn down and re-built in 1983.
He designed the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, where he taught. Phillip Johnson was one of his students.
The Farnsworth House was built for his lover.
For more information: http://miesbcn.com/the-pavilion/
In his teaching, he was known for his criticism, telling students to just "start over." (Bad teaching). He himself criticized his teaching.
In 1952, there was a lot of catching up to do because of the war. A major trend was the rise of suburbia, the baby boom.
CLOSURE OF THE BAUHAUS
"Art and architecture have power." My favorite: Rembrandt as a young man -- this was at the Rembrandt exhibit at the NC Museum. The local government for the Bauhaus forbid the use of upper and lower case letters.
Rosenburg, Minister of Culture for Hitler, was ordered to close the Bauhaus. In actuality, the Masters closed it.
Mies designed Nazi symbols for the Cultural Exhibit. Lily put his affairs in order; she was sent to work in a labor camp.
The Green Bridge -- Ferdinand Muller -- at NC Museum of Art
Emil Nolde -- 1,000 of his paintings were taken down; some were burned, some were sold.
Lawn Road Flats: built in furniture
Skandiam see Prichards Archives
see the chaise lounge : "built to relax every part of your body"
Penguin Donkey: very cool bookcase
1937 - Gropius offered head of Harvard's design school. His house was built near Walden Pond, in Lincoln, MA, it is referred to as the "Gropius House" and was willed to the Commonwealth of MA by Mrs. Gropius. It's about ____ miles from Boston.
He was involved in building of a campus in Baghdad, toward the end of his life.
Note the house that he built for the Franks. 12,000. Curved glass. In Massachusetts. Dance floor on the roof. Near Lincoln, MA.
He also built a resteurant and hotel in Argentina.
St. John's Abbey in Minnesota where he design the chapel and glass.
1958 UNESCO building in Paris.
Van der Rohe built his house. The McCormick house was one of only 3 houses that van rohe built in the U.S. It was thought of as being flexible; had cleats so that a wall could be opened. The house was moved by the Elmhurst Museum.....Eleanor King Hookham was the director .... the house then incorporated the museum.
BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE
Never more than 50 students at a time. 1200 students went through there. The Oxford Method was used there. The emphasis was on oral presentation.
Albers was known as being authoritative. Rachenberg had him as a teacher.
ISRAEL & ZIONIST MOVEMENT
**** Look up Erlich and concentration camp design (Franz Erlich)
NCMODERNIST.ORG fabulous website on houses designed by famous architects in NC.
NOTE: see Master's Gallery on this site
Otti Berger -- wonderful weaver and rug designer, influenced by Klee's paintings,
good book: The Bauhaus Group: Six Masters of Modernism
FROM BAUHAUS TO OUR HOUSE by Tom Wolfe
Monday, September 28, 2015
Kidzu is a children's museum in Chapel Hill that really engages kids. They need someone on their creative team. I might apply.
Sheila Huggins is an attorney and is involved in the Anytown, USA project.
I talked about the photographs I did of the Francistown Community outside Richmond.
Durwood (last name?) works at CDS and did a film last year on David Rubinstein.
Judy is teaching a class next week.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
which was raised before the shot
as if to say good-bye
a gesture of instinct
Friday, September 25, 2015
I stood on the ground where
church that he painted.
painting in my childish way,
believing I cannot paint.
We came early, on a sunlit morning,
my son and I,
to the same field
where Van Gogh painted.
70 paintings in 70 days.
He only worked for 6 years.
To think had he lived to be 80,
the paintings, painting, paintings!
His headstone a short walk away --
like walking through
a Van Gogh.
We stop there briefly
"here lies Vincent Van Gogh."
I hear him say,
"You think you cannot paint,
so by all means,
and that voice will be silenced."
could have imagined it,
nor fairy tale, folktale, nor fantasy,
only the creator,
here at the Nasher's new exhibit.
|"Nautilus" by Jeff Bell, Smithfield, NC|
A random harsh act
on a woman gentle, kind,
Left the community in shock,
the halls of justice, blind.
"She put action into
her hands and her heart.
She made helping others
an objective, an art."
"Yes, she was the best,"
the supervisor replied.
"She crossed every "t"
and dotted every "i."