Friday, March 28, 2008

Don't Miss This at Broadmoor Branch library

The RELIC program of LEH started last Thursday evening, 6:30-8:30 pm, at the Broadmoor Library. Drs. White and Lake of LSUS are the expert facilitators for "Elizabeth of England and Her Times". The group will meet each Thursday through May 1.

Dr. White's examination of the early Tudor dynasty and historic conditions surrounding Elizabeth's accession to the throne in 1558 kept me and the large audience riveted as she added myths, tales and her insights about the various characters. Particularly nice for this series is the loan of the four texts related to the course to each of the participants.

The next session, April 3, is titled Years of Hope and Challenge. Dr. White will focus on the dramatic & tragic relationship between Elizabeth and Mary Stewart, as well as Elizabeth's use of the "marriage game" to extend her diplomatic influence. Hope to see you there.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Looking Back at the WAVES

Received this a.m., a marvelous book from my former Morristown N.J. neighbor, Nancy Lynch Castellano: Looking Back at the WAVES: A Chronicle of 90,000 Navy Women of World War II.
In 1944, she enlisted in the WAVES, and did her training at Hunter College in the Bronx, N.Y. She served until her honorable discharge in Feb. 1946. This book relates the genesis of the Women's Reserve of the U.S. Naval Reserve, and some experiences of Nancy and her friends. The photographs, some personal, others from the Lehman College archive, show proud, dedicated young women ready to serve their country. Nancy has collected and presented the data, the photos, the oral histories of these 90,000 Navy women in an interesting and readable format. Congratulations Nancy on a job well done. My sincere thanks to her and the 89,999 other pioneer "sailors".

Thursday, March 13, 2008

At Dr. Ren's office

I hope you don't have the need for a retinologist, but if you should visit fabulous Dr. David Ren, do look at four of my floral montage photographs displayed in various office areas.

Sunday, March 9, 2008


This past Friday, March 7, a curtain of snowflakes descended. Here's the view from our front porch.

In this southern part of the city, it didn't stick, but nevertheless, was a lovely sight while it lasted. The news pictures of snowmen being built in nearby areas were a delightful, rare preview to Spring in the Arklatex. Isn't it amazing that we often experience 4 seasons in a single day!

Sunday, March 2, 2008


Each morning as I have breakfast, I see the trees in my neighbor's yard. I like the tall tallow and slender crepe myrtles best in winter when they form interesting patterns and contrasts against a cool sky. Rather than working w. the many meshed branching areas, I used rice paper that creased and moved as it was adhered to the background BFK, to mimic the various patterns.

This piece too has a rice paper skin, but over many small industrial parts. As
I worked on the above piece I was examining my thought processes, and felt that
like the tree branches, they sprouted in many directions, some overlaying others that
then faded. This work is one in which I mapped that experience.
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