Busy As A Bee!

I’ve just started getting back into creating art again. I don’t know if it’s Spring Fever or that I’m reading old American poetry (The Mentor Book of Major American Poets), or if Nicole has inspired me with her amazing work.

My next show coming up is at the First Unitarian Church in the Williams Gallery. It’s a Church Member show so I only have 1 photo. It’s my gorgeous Windows with Baskets shot. The show runs from April 8 to May 16th.

This super cool show is an anonymous one for the Rochester Contemporary Art Center called 6×6. I jumped into using acrylics this time! One I’ve called Summertime and the other is called ALS. I had a great time & my youngest daughter made something as well! This show runs June 4 until July 10 – but they will have all the artwork on the website for people to purchase for $20 a piece. Proceeds go towards the art center.

If you’ve been following my tweets you’ll see that I’m trying to do a little poetry for poetry month. It was something I thought about doing for a while, but then we needed something for our Poetry Month page at my real job & I thought it might be fun to get people engaged, so far, not so much. Oh well! I encourage everyone to write a few words on Twitter and use #wxxipoems to see what we can come up with!

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I’m terminal in the terminal

I have been traveling. Since I was diagnosed with ALS, I’ve been to NYC – twice, a “local” weekend retreat, and my big trip alone to Seattle and Portland.

What a hot day and night!

My mother-in-law Dot & me in the City!

They were all fabulous – and exhausting! I didn’t bring a camera for all of them. Sometimes it’s nice to just go experience travel and new places. Thankfully, I do have some cell phone pictures although they look like they were shot with a pinhole camera.

Joy on the deck of the Space Needle above Seattle, WA

Pike's Place Market in Seattle, WA

Joy Eats Voodoo doughnut in Portland, OR

Clearly, I had a great time. I admit, however, that I was terrified to travel by myself now that I am disabled or handicapped or whatever the damn term is. I kept stalling to get my tickets for Seattle because I just didn’t know how I would do it. For the most part people were watching out for me. It wasn’t always the airline staff. Chicago airport was not very speedy in getting me a wheelchair to my connecting flight on the way out and on the way back. The flight attendants were getting pissed off at these guys! I only had my walker broken on the way there but not on the way back. I still need to deal with the airlines for that. Apparently they charged me in Rochester a baggage fee when it should have been free!  Oh, and apparently if you take your handicap parking permit to Seattle, you can park anywhere for free! Is it like that everywhere? So much to learn! I was quite wiped out after all these trips so hopefully. I’ll be able to recover from the next one.

Checked off these from my Bucket List!

2. Visit my friend Michael on the West Coast.

10. Be a tourist in NYC. – I went to see a couple great plays on a hilarious road trip to NYC! And I finally saw the Statue of Liberty. She is awesome! Just an incredible architectural statue. Thanks, Dot for that gift!

Next up — December — Disney World!

Who do I think I am?

I saw the fantastic and inspiring documnetary called Who Does She Think She Is? at the MAG. WOW! I really liked that the event also included childcare. It is hard to be a mom and an artist, and certainly a wife.

When I was a little girl, when people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up — I would always answer a singer and and artist. When I was a little older, maybe 8 or so, I got a camera. I just took snapshots, and eventually portraits of my dolls. At some point my ideas changed and I thought it would be cool to be a chemist or something — but I was not cut out for chemistry, judging by my grades.

Singing was another option. I loved singing since I was little rocking out to the songs on the ’70s in my mom’s car. As a teen I joined chorus and briefly did some song writing and perfroming with my friends. We had big dreams, but as I try to tell my stepdaughter, it doesn’t always work out the way you planned. So you make alternative plans. I was in photo classes in high school and learned how to use video equiptment on our in-house TV game show Beep Buzz.

Although I still enjoy music, I mostly sing in the car. My passions did change to photography (and other artisctic mediums after college) and television. For many years I had a great spurt of energy for photography. All before having a cool TV job (and using my creative drive there) and having kids in my life.

I can’t really blame the kids, though. Yeah, they take up your time and much energy but their innocense as children is incredibly inspiring. I do blame my job and the fact that working on the web and using my creativity THAT way is what has drained me of my personal creativity. I give it to my company. And I also blame my body. It isn’t what it used to be. It’s old, broken, and weak. Possibly sick as well. And just ordinary life. We have so much to do today. Everyday. Grocery shopping, doctor appointments, etc… well you know what I mean.

So for now I will just write when I’m inspired and show you my older photos until I can get around to doing something else.

Springtime in Rochester

Well it’s April 27th and it snowed today. Yep snow. Where the hell is spring?! This weekend it’ll be 80 degrees. So I guess we skip spring and go right to summer. Ugh. I love Rochester, but jees, enough with the friggin’ snow! I put up some photos that I took in 1996 at the Lilac Festival. Oddly, it was so hot there were no lilacs that year! I took pictures of the other things there: tulips, dogwoods, other blooming things. My photog friend, Jill Santi, insisted we take pictures at the Festival. I had this cool Kodak Pony camera that was my boyfriend’s. It was still when people shot FILM. I used to enjoy experimenting with old cameras to see what can turn out from them. That was a throw back to my RIT days. Before digital and the web.

Meditation Walk

I went to a very peaceful and informative meditation retreat at the Unitarian Universalist church today. The  2 ladies were very sweet, and had perfect voices for meditation! They seemed so at peace when they talked about the Buddhist teachings. I thought I was out of my element, at first, but slowly they opened up and we found out that they are also still fighting their thoughts just like everyone else. I’d never had women teachers for this type of practice before.

One of the meditation styles they showed us was a walking mediation. I’m somewhat familiar with walking in silence from an all day retreat at the Zen Center. This was different. They asked us to walk around in silence for 10 minutes. We could walk in the room, out in the church or, as I did, out in the church garden.

What a lovely day! I admit it was hard not to think surrounded by the huge trees and still green foliage underneath. I decided that one of my next photographic projects was to come back and find some of those simple joys I’d seen on my walk. Hopefully, I can keep that little promise I made myself – and the garden.