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Archive for November 2009

An Excellent Soup

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This year we got to host a few folks for Thanksgiving dinner.  Twas lovely meal in a lovely setting.

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November 27, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Posted in At the House, Pictures


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Tonight Charity and I watched Up, the newest Pixar animated movie.

I rented it because I wanted a colorful, beautiful, fun-filled adventure.  Up was each of those things but was also much more than that.

Charity and I were both moved to tears by the tender, careful, quiet and beautiful story of Carl and Ellie’s that runs throughout the adventure.

I often bemoan that the only stories our culture seems to tell are ones about falling in love which is such a narrow slice of life.  Up is one of the tenderest movies I’ve seen for its depiction of  Carl Fredricksen main character.  Yes he’s a grumpy, funny, widower caught in a mad adventure but he’s also a decent man who deeply misses his wife.

The story, while peppered with very funny talking dogs, a colorful and flightless bird, and a flying house, never forgets that it’s ultimately about Carl’s relationship to his wife and to his new friend, Russell.

Up never belabors the point but for a children’s movie it lingers on some pretty heartfelt issues with just enough emotional resonance to provide some real depth of character: infertility, a flash of misplaced anger leading to a severe consequence, losing one’s independence in old age, and life without a loved one.  With all the fun parts the movie is by no means a downer, but the loss portrayed moved me and has me writing into the early hours of the morning because it touches so close to the grief I’ve seen and experience in the world.  Deep waters for a cartoon eh?

All and all, Up was some of the best story telling I’ve experienced all year.  Fun, tender, visually beautiful, adventuresome.  Five stars.

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November 27, 2009 at 12:27 am

Posted in Reviews

DPP: Year Four

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The December Photo Project (DPP) is just around the corner and the web is abuzz with RT’s annual photo project.

I’ve really enjoyed participating in the DPP each year (2006, 2007, 2008), as it has been a catalyst for me to create art and notice the beauty in the world around me.  It’s not that my pictures are always amazing, it’s more the process and joy of engaging noticing, capturing, honoring and displaying some aspect of my world makes me feel a little more alive.

I’m excited.  You might notice a new format here which I’ve switched to in hopes of being able to post larger photos.

(I’ll confess I used the time off and the bright sunshine today to store up a few shots for days when Charity has the camera or I’m working the daylight hours away 🙂

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November 26, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Posted in Blogroll, Pictures

A Room with A View

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A couple of weekends ago Charity and I staid at the Grove Park Inn and I found the view to be nourishing.  Our window looked out across north and west Asheville all the way out to Mount Pisgah.

Through most of the day on Thursday I sat in a leather chair working on email and pausing every few minutes to gaze out across the Asheville plain to the ridgeline.

I really liked looking out across the city nestled amongst the trees.  I think it helped to think of friends and their kids living life amongst the buildings below.

It was a view I could get used to.

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November 24, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Posted in Travel

Feeling Elderly

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You know you’re old when a 23-year-old approaches you at church, mentions that he’s interested in cross-generational friendships, and finally realize that he means you.

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November 24, 2009 at 9:10 am

Posted in Church, Laughter

A Photo

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As Charity pointed out, the December Photo Project is just around the corner.

I took this shot a weekend or two ago when we were traveling in Asheville for Charity’s work.  I was deeply nourished by the view and particularly liked this shot.

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November 23, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Posted in Travel

Stacking Rocks

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This morning we watched Rivers and Tides with a few friends over sausage breakfast casserole and molasses bread.   I’d seen it once before and watching it again today made me restless to creates something with my hands.  I’ve been frustrated with my inability to do anything with the backyard, all my ideas are too grand.

JQ brightly suggested I try the front and Steve talked about how art is risk.  With those two encouragements I circled round the yard until I began to uncover again a pile of rocks at the edge of one of our giant oaks.

This is what’s come so far.  There’s a small winding wall that tries to evoke Goldsworthy’s wall at Storm King but is only two stones high 🙂  None of it is awing but it is fun and I enjoyed building it.

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November 22, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Posted in At the House, Pictures

I ran over a squirrel yesterday

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. . . on my bike!

I know what you’re thinking: “Andy hates squirrels, he fantisies about shooting them and saving his tomatoes, he probably did this on purpose.”  Yes to the first two but no to the second.

I was riding home and rounded a sharp corner around a knee high wall.  I could see there were no people and as the sidewalk was dry  I took it fairly quickly for a bike.  All I saw was a scurrying blur of gray and then thump, then the squirrel attacking my left leg (I think) and then a second thump.

I just kept going.  Even if he was injured I didn’t know what to do in the middle of campus without a good means to put him down.

I promise.  It wasn’t intentional!

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November 18, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Posted in UNC

I Voted

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ivotedstickerIt’s voting day here in Chapel Hill. I love voting here. I love walking to and from the polls on the crushed gravel sidewalks littered with orange maple and brown oak leafs. It’s also fun to see the workers at the polls get excited to see someone under the age of 50 in our precinct. And finally, my vote matters! The polls have been open for two hours and CP was vote 14 and I’m 15. That’s a lot more say than I have in any of the national elections.

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November 3, 2009 at 9:02 am

Posted in Politics, UNC