Saturday, November 15, 2008
In 2007, early Easter Sunday morning, I was in Delft, listening to the beautiful music emanating from a nearby church. As it was very early, we were the only tour group,(about a dozen people) in this delightful village. The boats were all at anchor or berthed, the shops were still shuttered, few other people were out and about, and the sun shone on this serene setting. As I perched on the harbor wall, I noticed this window with its Delft tiled "fanlight", reflecting the nearby trees, yet unleafed; the perfect metaphor for the perfect moment.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Those beautiful collars the ladies are wearing are beaded. Each family has its own special patterns. The boots are sealskin as are the church kneelers seen behind the group. The embroidery is very intricate; Scandinavian patterns, I think. I would guess that these ladies do this work during the dark, very cold, long winters. The language barrier was too great to ask if the embroidery, beading, etc. is done within a group, like a quilting bee.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Though I at first liked John McCain, his war perspective, that the answer to tough problems is a military response, plus his pandering to the conservatives placed me in Obama's camp. I hope that Obama's idealism doesn't translate into a Jimmy Carter presidency; that he understands that he can't please everyone and that our country has majorities as well as minorities. Obama's choices of those in top jobs will tell us a lot about his future program. I hope that w. the Congressional majorities, he follows LBJ's lead in doing as much as he can for our country's infrastructure, etc and the arts. I don't care for his medical plan as I believe a single payer system would be a much better solution.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I enjoyed seeing lots of neighbors and former PTA acquaintances that I rarely otherwise meet. We had just a 25 minute wait from time of entry to time of departure, but noticed as we left that lines had gotten longer. We both had marked the newspaper sample ballots with our choices, so that shortened our stays in the voting booth. So many state and parish propositions, amendments!!
I hope there's an 80% or even more voter turnout. Its time to show the rest of the world democracy in action; that we can respectfully, without upheaval, etc., agree to disagree; that in spite of the too many layers between each citizen and governing, that the system still works and that we work to improve it.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Do watch your mail for the Deck the Halls at Artspace invitation. For me, it marks the beginning of the holiday season.