We all walk ancientrails. Welcome to the journey.

Imagine a Line

Beltane                                                               Waning Last Frost Moon A very interesting conversation among fellow docents over lunch.  When I reflect on it, it seems like we’re asking a potentially troublesome, certainly challenging question.  What is the role of the docent?  The museum?  Art in a museum?  What kind of experience do we want our visitors to have when […]

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USA’s Hope

Beltane                                                     Waxing Last Frost Moon Tours today of kids from Como Park Elementary School, 6th graders.  This was a diverse group with Somali’s, Chinese, Hmong, African-Americans and the odd Caucasian.  Both groups were sharp, but the second group had a couple of kids that were extra bright.  A young lady, a Somali with a head […]

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Touring

Spring                                      Waning Bee Hiving Moon A Titian tour this morning with students from Harding High School in East St. Paul.  My group was largely Asian, Hmong for the most part.  They were attentive and responsive.  At the end Peng and Veng, two boys who had shown a lot of interest, reached out and shook my […]

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An Art Day

Spring                                                             Waxing Bee Hiving Moon Two tours today, 2nd graders at 10:00 am and a group of seniors from Minnetonka at 1:30.  I took the kids through a mysteries of the ancient world tour.  I love 2nd graders.  They’re eager, uncensored, fun and often bright.  We learned how sculptures lose things that stick out, why […]

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Unthawed.

Samhain                                           Waxing Moon of the Winter Solstice So beautiful.  The moon floats above our cottonwood trees, a thin sickle, its horns pointing to the east.  I’ve never seen any art object that can compare to the sleek curves and understated lighting of a sickle moon. When I ran out of sleep a couple of days […]

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Tours

Lughnasa                                                Waning Grandchildren Moon Back from a long day at the MIA. Got there for the ten o’clock tour only to discover they didn’t need me.  I used the time to prepare for my 1:30 tour with the Campfire Girls.  I wandered through the museum in a leisurely way, seeing the cho ken garments, the […]

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Whew.

Spring                                  Waxing Flower Moon Whew.  First quiet moments since 5:45 am.  Kate and I got up, ate breakfast and headed out for the Northstar station.  The plan:  put Kate on the Northstar and I return home to get ready for my tours.  However.  Those of us in our golden years have something we take with […]

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Another Day in Andover

Spring            Waning Seed Moon It’s dry here.  We need rain for the crops and for the flowers and the trees.  I don’t care about the lawn. The tours this morning shoud be fun.  I’m going in a new direction with the calligraphy and it’s one I can pursue for a while.  In fact, I’m sending […]

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“It’s a Blessing If You Need It.”

Spring  Waxing Seed Moon Uh-oh.  On my way back from the Institute this morning I felt my left cheek.  Swollen.  Beginning to ache.  I have a funny feeling this may not be a pleasant couple of days.  I called Jeff Erickson, the root canaler.  His office has closed for the weekend.  Not to worry.  He […]

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Out of the House. At Last.

7  steep fall 30.38  ENE2  windchill 7  Winter Waning Wolf Moon Spent a morning at the museum.  The first time I got out of the house since Monday. Thanks to telecommuting I did committee work for the Sierra Club on Monday and Wednesday, research each day.  So this cold snap came and went with my […]

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