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Apple of My Eye

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From our Maine trip.  Photo credit to Charity.

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July 31, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Posted in Pictures, Travel

Lunch Concert

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What is lunch in the summer with out some opera? #AsYouDoAtAnIvy?

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July 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

Posted in On the Job

Storm King

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On the drive up to Providence Charity and I made a one night trip to Storm King Art Center

We. Loved. It.

The day was beautiful, sunny, and cool.  The grass was unbelievably lush.  The sprawling, rolling, property is flanked by mountains and punctuated with huge pieces of color and design.

There are more installations and wonders there than I can tell here (and some really strange things).  I’m grateful we stopped.  It was really cool.

If you ever get the chance to stop by as you’re avoiding NYC traffic to come see us…

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July 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Providence in the Evening

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Last weekend we walked around town a bit for an all-you-can-eat icecream event and the Waterfire street festival by the river.  We really do live in a lovely place… at least in the summer time.  We’ll see for the winter!


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July 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Posted in Around Town, Pictures

RISD Musuem

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Yesterday we got a private tour of the RISD museum from one of my sister’s college friends.  Wow.  I’ve always wanted to live in DC so I could go to the National Gallery and just look.  This is surprisingly close with Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Degas, and Surat in the impressionist section.  Plus quite a few interesting antiquities (largest wooden Buddha in the western hemisphere and an Egyptian mummy) and some amazing early American paintings and pieces… including the most expensive desk ever sold.  $21 million anyone?  In the 1970s!

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July 18, 2012 at 7:08 am

Power Reveals

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Over the last week I’ve been hungerly reading The Passage of Power, the fourth installment of the five volume bio of Lyndon Johnson by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Caro.  It’s a marvelous read for its sweep of an era in American history that encompassed civil rights, Vietnam, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and JFK’s assassination.  It’s also a striking portrait of LBJ, a study in contrasts with great in his triumphs set against years of mockery by his peers.  In obtaining the presidency he showed he could rise above his own great flaws… at least for this chapter of his life.

But I also read these books for the general wisdom they contain.  This pearl was particularly vivid:

Although the cliché says that power always corrupts, what is seldom said, but what is equally true, is that power always reveals. When a man is climbing, trying to persuade others to give him power, concealment is necessary: to hide traits that might make others reluctant to give him power, to hide also what he wants to do with that power: if men recognized the traits or realized the aims they might refuse to give him what he wants. But as a man obtains more power, camouflage is less necessary. The curtain begins to rise. The revealing begins.

For Johnson, the revealing was his civil rights convictions, convictions he had long hidden from southern Congressional leaders so that they would support his rise to power.  He turned on them, passed the civil rights bill that JFK had failed, and brought a greater measure justice and rights to blacks and Latinos in America than they had had before.

I’m amazed sometimes that just wisdom lurks just behind the cover of a book.  Quite the treasure if one finds it.

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July 14, 2012 at 9:29 am

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Tilley Hat

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This week my Tilley Hat arrived.  I’ve been geeking out on it, especially with the “Brag Tag” that goes inside.  The eight small cards all have a cheeky story on one side and the following on the other:

Privileged Information: Most Tilley Hat wearers, and the person beside you is a prime example, are interesting people of sterling character.  It is well worth cultivating their acquaintance!  To that end, you’ll be pleased to learn, it is customary to provide the giver of Tilley Hat procurement information A WARM HUG, OR STAND HIM OR HER TO A DRINK.

I think that last sentence is Canadian.

My favorite colorful story from the other side

Elephant trainer Michael Hankenberger of the Bowmanville (Ontario) Zoo had his Tilley Hat snatched from his head and eaten by an elephant. Three times.

Michael later would pick up his Hat, wash it thoroughly, and wear it.  He has declined to accept a new one in order that we may have is well-traveled ‘Tilley’ for our museum.

We are secretly pleased.

Love it.

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July 1, 2012 at 8:49 am

Posted in Geeky Blogs