Monday, April 6, 2009

Settling in

What does it feel like to live around a ton of trees and to be able to see the stars unobstructed by light pollution? Amazing. I will post pictures soon. Gone are the days of waking up to sirens. The loudest sound around here is the honk of a Canadian goose!

Friday, February 20, 2009

rural studio

alive and well.
http://www.cadc.auburn.edu/soa/rural-studio/mission.htm

Thursday, February 19, 2009

National Portrait Gallery

I went to the National Portrait Gallery for the first time yesterday. I was amazed. I can't believe I haven't been there before because the gallery is somehow rejuvenating. I learned so much U.S. history that I never knew just from the great bios the museum has included beside all of its pieces. My favorite piece was a bronze scultpture from the turn of the 20th century that I think was called Woman with Antelopes. It was wonderful. The museum is free so if you are in DC and need a place to reconnect with the softer pulse of the world and this country's years of creativity, go! There is also a lovely atrium space for reading and studying. Don't forget to contribute what you can to the museum on your way in or out.

I was really touched by Katy Grannan's exhibit. Her portraits for I believe it was a NY Time Magazine piece called The Invisible Poor were beautiful. As was her portrait for a piece on juveniles being kept in adult federal prisons. Both of these pieces were written for stories published in 2000 and it got me thinking how little has changed (except for the worse) in the last 8 years. I wonder how many such topics were just lost in the last two presidential terms waiting to be revisited by us all now. It's as if we all stopped growing as a nation. I can't explain it, but I feel it and it is all at once depressing and hopeful. It is what I imagine it feels like for an adopted child to discover their biological family members. Where have we all been these last 8 years and how much did the last administration's mindset cause us to limit our own ambitions, goals, and ideas of what is achievable?

I regretably missed Diane Sawyer's special on the lost children of Appalachia last week. I am going to look for it today and see if I can view it. So many problems swept under the rug but I know those of us from and living in the South have seen the kind of poverty that many parts of America think is a thing of the past. It is beyond outhouse jokes, and deserves more attention. This reminds me of a project Mary Ann showed me some years back where Auburn University students were desiging low-cost green housing for rural delta area families. Does anyone know if this project is ongoing?

Here is a great site for child poverty statistics for each state: http://www.nccp.org/profiles/state_profile.php?state=AL&id=7

Monday, February 2, 2009

It's official

I am going to have a nephew!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Such a great idea

Recently, a friend of mine did something that I thought was really cool. She knew that I and a number of her other friends live in DC but had never met so she sent one e-mail to all of us that included a little blurb about each of us (how she met us, spouses, careers, etc.) and from there we could decide when and where to meet up. So neat! There is something about an e-mail like that that brings so much closeness through one person that social networking tools just don't capture. Anyway, great idea and hope that others will try it!

Thanks Mandy!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Pictures of Earth from space...


always give the impression that Earth is peaceful. More pictures from The Earth Observatory here.

I can't believe I am posting a Daft Punk video...

But the little dancing toys are so cute and it features a clamation Prez!