In celebration of Spring, I’m adding a new post every day this week and came across something extraordinary to share. It’s a 12-minute video called How Does Life Live? by Kelly O’Brien. It’s just beautiful!
Kelly filmed her daughters playing while her 3 year-old Willow asks questions about life. O’Brien says, “Kids are endlessly curious and ask about how life works, the ineffable mystery of it, all the time. Their questions reflect that time between innocence and experience as they try to figure out who they are in relation to the world around them.” My favorite question Willow asks is, “Do blue butterflies eat part of the sky?”
It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
Many shades of grey exist between black and white.
In my last post, Glass in the Garden, vibrant colors resemble Monet’s Impressionistic paintings. Here, black, white and grey stand in stark contrast to grass, leaves, bees and a wall of water.
Aside from contrasting colors, I am taken with the dichotomy between straight and curved lines borrowed from nature and mirrored in glass and stone at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
As stems reach for the sun, bees drink up the shine.
This African mother may walk tall and straight , but the curve of her face, tilt of her head, and bouquet in her hand form a circle of devotion around her children.
I’m passionate about children and reading, so it’s no wonder why this sculpture spoke to me.
I am always amazed at how material such as stone can be chiseled to look like a person. This sculpture’s curves harmonize with the brick path and bushes.
Surprise! Instead of spires, around a corner were huge, wavy glass blooms. I wasn’t expecting these white flowers. Their clear “petals” blend with the falling water yet, at the same time, they wave upward and outward in an unnatural way. I do like the way they are both opaque and translucent.
“I want people to be overwhelmed with light and color in a way they have never experienced. ” (quote by Chihuly)
Hon, what do you think of the black and white glass?
Cake-In-A-Cones were a hit with the middle schoolers at my daughter’s New Year’s Eve party. You know how much I love a theme, but this pre-decorated or decorate-your-own dessert would be fun at any party.
Happy Sweet Tooth, hon!
1 box of cake mix
eggs, however many the cake mix calls for
vegetable oil, same as the eggs, check the box
24 flat-bottomed ice cream cones
regular sized muffin tins
Icing and Extras, such as sprinkles, mini-marshmallows, M & M’s, cinnamon candies, etc.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Prepare muffin tins by lining each cup with aluminum foil. This will help the cones to stand.
3. Combine cake batter as directed on cake box.
4. Stand cones in muffin tins. Fill each cone about 3/4.
5. Bake for about half the time noted on the box, then check to see if cake is done. If not, keep in oven and bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
December 1, the term “December Defined” popped into my head. Children’s book author Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo had challenged me to come up with a new picture book idea every day for a month. I did it! And I felt like my new ideas defined the beginning of the month.
Then, as I’m sure is true for all of you, December surged forward like a crowd of screaming teenage girls trying to get closer to a pop singer. I thought about December now and in the past, and created a photo montage of family and friends. Mining photos, I included December photos plus a couple others.
My tween came home from middle school chorus practice singing “Simple Gifts,” so the video is set to that Shaker classic as well as a few seconds of the middle school chorus singing “Winterlight” and “Seasons of Love.” I hope you enjoy the 3 minute plus video. I’m raising my virtual glass of champagne in a toast to a wonderful 2014. Clink!
Hon, I came across these Thanksgiving poems written by my triplet son and daughter when they were in third grade. Where’s my other triplet daughter’s poem? I’m not sure, but hope its already tucked away in her Memory Bin.
I hope you had a lovely long weekend spent with family and friends. If Thanksgiving isn’t your holiday, then Happy Holiday to whichever holiday you celebrate.