Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Bluest Skies you've ever seen are in Seattle

To see photos of Seattle, Washington on the link below:

13. Alki Beach at the Olympic Mountains

Return to Boston

The Chicago trip to visit a Jesuit friend and his community was terrific. We enjoyed a leisurely day at the Frank Lloyd Wright house and we took a neighborhood tour of the houses he built on commission. He had incredible sight lines for his horizontally based houses that let in a lot of light into open space concept houses.

The food was also terrific. There was no way I could maintain my diet, though I tried. It was imperative to have the original Chicago style pizza, even though I had sworn off bread, cheese, and red sauce. In the end, I won because the food was so good. The Middle Eastern restaurants were also extremely tasty and my favorite part of it all was the sage tea that I now realize I miss.

I did a fair amount of landscaping at the Oak Park residence where I was able to raise several trees and create new sight lines. The place looks like it received a long-overdue haircut. It creates an opportunity to rethink the garden areas at the house.

On the trip to Seattle, as the plane descended, the top of Mount Rainier sat above the cloud line. Majestic and breath-taking.

The Seattle trip is also very restorative. Meeting friends formerly of Boston is terrific. Their family continues to grow and prosper. On the first day, we took a ferry trip to Bainbridge Island to the town of Winslow - a charming Nantucket-like island. A stop at Blackbird cafe satisfied our mid-morning hunger for snacks, but they were very healthy alternatives. Quite good. The trip to Bloedell reservation was a terrific two-mile walk through property on Pueget Sound. The botanical richness of the area is well-maintained.

On Wednesday, we did some exploring of Pike's Place Market, the waterfront area, and the Seattle Underground, which was entertaining and historical. A nice Chicken Quinoa lunch at the Faerie Queen restored our energies for the afternoon, while the evening visit to a family member's house for dinner was quite fun.

Thursday was the trip to the Frye Museum where Wilhelm Hammeshoi, a Copenhagen 20th century painting painter, was on display. I enjoyed the atmosphere he created with space and he used a strict palette with a scant application of paint. Tonight, we will head out to Dale's Chowder restaurant in West Seattle where the Olympic mountains will surround us at sunset. All is good.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Halfway Through the Semester

We are halfway through the semester and all is going very well. The twelve students are doing fine in their work and their appropriation of the materials. We are having fun learning together. The trip to the Art Studios seemed to invigorate their desire to begin their final projects. The community that is being built is quite strong.

Last night, I was treated to an Omaha tenderloin steak. It was beyond compare - tender, succulent, pure, and cooked medium rare. Perfect. We enjoyed a relaxed evening immensely.

The other day I spoke to my father and put my foot in my mouth. I asked him about the location of his father's grave in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and he called me to tell me he was buried in Calumet. I explained that I may get there one day to visit, so I asked my grandfather's name. My father paused and was frustrated: John, he said.