Briefs

A Little Pop!

fireworks

It is July 4, 2010 and I am lamenting my absence from my traditional  Independence Day venue:  Schroon Lake, NY in the Adirondack Mountains. In this small mountain town, the virtues of Americana, from the annual Main Street parade, to a lakeside picnic and fireworks exploding over a darkening sky remind us of the values of our heritage while serving up a visceral promise of hope and change.  I have witnessed a bevy of pyrotechnic … Read More


It’s Not A Dream

productions_amsnd_bigI am definitely not a Shakespearean scholar. I have difficulty trudging through the Old English verbiage, but I cannot deny that the renowned bard was a great artist.  His plays were the foundation for countless renditions of original plots that flowed from his imagination and have continued to fuel story lines to this day.  Understanding his writing is essential to understanding literature.  It’s just that I prefer to witness this artistry visually.  The production enables … Read More


X Marks the Spot

zakumiI was never really a soccer mom.  My children focused on other sporting disciplines, figure skating, swimming and baseball.  However, I got a lot of exposure to this global phenomenon from my sister, who was the Executive Director of MSI (Montgomery Soccer) in Maryland and her husband, who was a national soccer referee.  Believe me; I have heard the war stories.  This sport has crept into the American psyche via the youth of our country … Read More


Shape Shifting

CBR001106 I saw some beautiful pottery on my recent jaunt to Mexico and the Southwest.  I have always been mesmerized watching a potter shape a beautiful object from such a mundane substance as a lump of wet clay.  The technical skill required seems invisible to the naked eye.  It is all about how the artisan uses his hands and fingers to apply pressure where necessary and release as a counterpoint.  Molding a form so that … Read More


Stay In The Moment

pouring-milkSeveral years ago I began to practice yoga.  At first, my type “A” personality prevented me from understanding the meaning proffered by this ancient discipline.  Staying in the moment was not a concept I embraced.  Life was all about productivity and tangible results.  I look back now on the parent teachers night that my husband and I attended at my daughter’s kindergarten Montessori school  in the late 80’s and remember how we looked at … Read More


The Age Of Discovery

ellen 60 birthday cakeThis weekend was a transformational time in my life.  As the youngest of my 3 children graduated from college and I celebrated my 60th birthday, I feel energized by the possibilities before me.  I am excited about the potential challenges and the freedom to try new things.  I feel as if I can venture back to the pre-family days and revisit the youthful expectations that defined my aesthetic; but now, I do this with … Read More


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