Day: May 23, 2018

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In other news:  “…Mar-a-Lago, which is owned by the Trump Organization, was once a National Historic Landmark.”*  NYT article on folks who visit all 417 national parks and monuments. Including some, like Mar-a-lago, that have been decommissioned.


*Mar-a-Lago (/ˌmɑːrəˈlɑːɡ/) is a resort and National Historic Landmark in Palm Beach, Florida, built from 1924 to 1927 by cereal-company heiress and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post. wiki


O.K. Weird.


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Tom Wolfe, Phillip Roth and Robert Indiana…all dead in the same week.

Phillip RothRobert Indiana

Robert Indiana 2

Tom Wolfe


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20161112_183554A beautiful day in the neighborhood yesterday. Blue sky. White clouds. Mountains covered with the many shades of green possible after a week of good rain. Maxwell Creek and Bear Creek headed to the Gulf with lots of energy. Lucky we live in the Rockies.

Kate had a good echocardiogram yesterday and a good visit with Tatiana, her cardiologist. It was a long day for her though and by the end she’d expended more than her daily allotment of K.U.’s, Kate energy units. She supervised the challah and it turned out tasty and beautiful. This is no minor feat at 8,800 feet since water doesn’t reach 212 degrees and all parts of the baking process, from flour selection to oven temperature and rising of the bread, change as a result. Ruth did it, but Kate made sure it worked.

On the long list of things to be grateful for these last two days have put a line under family and Shadow Mountain.

Little Girl, Big Girl

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ruth-and-hair330This little person with the staticky blond hair made supper yesterday, a complicated one. Lamb shawarma, black tie challah and toffee. Kate added a wonderful salad in the Middle Eastern style. Gabe and Jon drove up from Denver, in horrendous rush hour traffic (redundant adjective, I know) for the meal. “Gabe had better like this since we spent all day making it,” she said. He did.

20180522_174843Monday and Tuesday were Ruth’s first two days out of school and we were lucky to have her spend them with us. She cooked, fed the dogs, came up to the loft, “Hi. How ya’ doin’?” I served as her sous chef on the shawarma and Kate did likewise on the challah, but she picked the recipes and guided the action. And the shawarma was good. The challah, too. This is called Black Tie Challah.

20180422_182930She is, though, twelve, still learning to process her emotions. Hard.

This morning she’s off to the YMCA camp in Estes Park, the town closest to Rocky Mountain National Park. She told me she’s switched her preferred college now from M.I.T. to the Rhode Island School of Art and Design. Only the preeminent art school in the U.S. She aims high.

As we were cooking together yesterday, she said, “I’m an artist. That sort of means I’m a perfectionist.”



Friends in Old Places

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Friend and fellow Woolly Mammoth, Stefan Helgeson, teaching in Florence at the Florence Academy of Art

Drawing and Painting the Figure and Architecture in Renaissance Florence

Dates: September 10 – 21
Dates: September 10 – 21
Instructor: Stefan Helgeson, AIA, ASLA and Maureen Hyde, FAA Principal Instructor
Credits: 0.0
Time: Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 12:00pm & 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Length 10 days
Location Via Aretina 293 and locations in Florence
Cost U.S. $ 2,025.00