Sunday, July 20, 2014

Houston Penetrable by Jesus Rafael Soto



My son, granddaughter and I went to see the Houston Museum of Fine Arts major exhibition this summer.  Housed in the center of Cullinan Hall, the work consists of 24,000 polyvinyl chloride (plastic tubes) hang from a two-story high ceiling.  Visitors are invited to walk through the tubes, touch them, move them.

I expected the piece, which the Museum calls one of the great marvels of contemporary art, to be much larger.  When we walked into the hall, my son stared at the piece and said, "Is this it?"  Clearly we expected something grander or something that spoke to us as one expects art to do.

I wasn't even sure it was art.  Yes, it's experimental, but even experimental art should be meaningful.  As I walked through it, this sort of reminded me of a fun house maze, a pretty one, but what does it mean?  If you have suggestions or comments, please let me know.


Note:  Since this began as a widows' blog, for the next 11 Thursdays, I'm going to post one of my Top Eleven Tips for Navigating Widowhood.

Yes, I know many of you aren't widows, but you may be someday because  women have much higher chance to become widows than men.  Did you know that, in every species from humans to fruit flies (yes, even fruit flies) females outlive males.  So many of these tips apply if you're widowed or not.  Some of them are things I wish I'd done before I even thought I'd be a widow.  So stop by Thursday and take a look.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Quote for the Week

"When your legs are tired, run with your heart."  Unknown

Sunday, July 6, 2014

I Love Sports

I love sports.  Not playing them--I was always too skinny and uncoordinated to be good at sports.  But watching is a different matter.  Especially when I'm under the weather.  This spring when I suffered excruciating pain from a pinched, inflamed sciatic nerve, I comforted myself with reading potboilers and beach books, eating large quantities of cheesecake and watching sports on TV.  I watched the NBA playoffs Hooray for the Spurs.  I don't much like LeBron James, unless he becomes a Houston Rocket.  Then he'll be my fave.
I watched the entire NFL draft from Johnny Manzel's humiliating fall to #22 to Michael Sam's on-air kiss.

Growing up in a football town, with both Friday night lights and Saturday Longhorn games, in the fall, I stay glued to the TV.  Yes, I watched every one of the miserable Texans games start to finish.  I am a football masochist.

The past two weeks, even though my pain is almost gone, I spent my spare time watching Winbledon.  .I am fascinated with players' quick decisions and strategies on the court and with their off-court personas. 

 I don't get soccer though.  I understand they have to make a goal, but all those guys running around the field, hitting the ball with their heads sometimes, referees holding up yellow cards (I don't know what the cards mean exactly--only that they're not good).
Anyway, the World Cup is passing me by. 
I'm waiting for the lead-up series to the US Open tennis tournament.  Hopefully by then I can just watch for fun, not to distract myself from pain.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mango

Here is a picture of Mango, my new cat. 
My beloved Toby died of lymphoma in January and I was heartbroken. Losing a dear pet is almost as painful as losing a friend.  Toby was sweet and friendly and he was my comfort when Ralph was sick.  After Ralph died, Toby cuddled up with me every night.  I will never be able to replace him, and getting another tuxedo cat would have hurt every time I looked at it, so I found Mango at a cat adoption place and we bonded immediately.  He's very smart, and I think I will teach him a trick.  We have had cats that learned to do tricks and I think he will, too. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Books of May

I read so many books while I was recovering from surgery that I can't remember all of them, so here are a few:

 
A young woman who has lost her job takes on a six-month position as caretaker/companion to a quadriplegic man.  Sounds sad, doesn't it, but it was a great read with many twists and turns.  Fyi: Before a motorcycle ran him down as he was crossing the street, the guy was a CEO, adventurer, lover.  Interested now?  Moyes has a new book out, and I will definitely read it.
 
I'd read a few books by Baldacci before and enjoyed them, so I ordered this for my Kindle.  It's a young adult fantasy novel and it sounds like it was written by a not-so-accomplished young adult, say middle school age.  Can you guess I didn't like it.  Oh, and the ending left everything hanging so there's obviously a sequel in the works.  Not on my TBR list.
 
I am a devoted Nora Roberts (It's no surprise I used to be a romance writer).  This is one of her most enjoyable.  A house-sitter sees what appears to be a murder across the street from the apartment she's staying in and becomes involved with the brother of one of the victims. Good beach read (or recovery from surgery read).
 
Thriller I'd rate as average.  What did Columbus or one of his shipmates bury in the New World?  Read to find out.
 
 
 
Yes, this is a collection of poems about death and all its aspects.  No, I was not expecting to die on the operating table; I just found the topic interesting and I enjoyed the poems tremendously.  If you're in the mood to think about death, check it out.
 
 
 
No, I don't have cancer, nor at the moment do I know anyone who does.  I read this book because the author is my niece's sister-in-law.  The book was based on her dissertation for which she interviewed people who survived cancer when all hope was lost.  She came up with ten reasons they might have survived such as going on a vegetarian diet, using alternative healing methods, etc.
 
 
Davidson is a journalist who interviewed a famous rabbi when he was in his nineties about his beliefs about death and his preparations for the end of his life.  Moderately interesting.
 
 
 
I enjoyed this thriller about a woman who picks up a handsome man at a bar and ends up, not in bed, but running for her life. 







Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Quote for the Week

 
The mind is like a parachute.  It only works when it's open.
                        Unknown                       

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

S is for Quotes about Skipping




It's only a matter of inches, but skipping gets me just that much closer to heaven. ~Terri Guillemets


If you've lost your enthusiasm, there's no better place to find it than on a skipping excursion. And, you might just find your lost youth as well! ~Jessi Lane Adams


 
Be a rebel against gravity: Skip! ~Jessi Lane Adams

 


Time sure flies when you skip an hour. ~Jessi Lane Adams


 

 I don't think it's possible to skip with a frown on your face.... I'd like to see the world's governing and terrorist leaders on a skipping tour through the Middle East and across the subcontinent and China to Korea. ~Sue Irwin, courtesy of iSkip.com


Skip like the wind! ~Author Unknown


You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again. ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau


 
Skipping is a form of flying. ~Jessi Lane Adams


With all its ups and downs, skipping is just one more metaphor for life. ~Terri Guillemets
 Skipping: a joyful impulse, stunted at puberty. ~M. Robin D'Antan


  Skipping is oxygen for the soul. ~Jessi Lane Adams
 Skipping is nature's antidepressant. ~Jessi Lane Adams


If you're enjoying your depression, then for goodness sake do not go skipping. ~Jessi Lane Adams


 
Skipping exercises your happiness muscles. ~Terri Guillemets

 


 
Skipping is the walk of joy. ~Jessi Lane Adams

 Skipping turns —
moping into hoping,
pity into giddy,
sad into glad,
lazy into crazy,
old into bold,
tired into wired!
~Terri Guillemets


  I like to skip because I can't help but smile when I'm skipping (either I'm too uncoordinated to frown and skip at the same time or else it's a physical impossibility)! ~Nancy, courtesy of
iSkip.com


 I'm addicted to this exercise — I never skip a day! ~Jessi Lane Adams


 Skipping arm in arm is double the joy! ~Jessi Lane Adams


 
  Skipping turns your legs into built-in pogo sticks. ~Jessi Lane Adams


 
Skipping subtracts years from your heart, adds joy to your life, multiplies your happiness, and divides your stress. It's a prime exercise, and I count it among one of my greatest blessings. ~Terri Guillemets


 
If you are happy, go skipping. If you are sad, go skipping! ~Terri Guillemets


  The pursuit of happiness: skipping is your best chance of catching it. ~Jessi Lane Adams


Skipping is inner joy meets outer joy. ~Jessi Lane Adams


If I were a doctor, skipping would be my number one prescription. ~Jessi Lane Adams


 
Jogging is for those who don't have the guts to skip. ~Terri Guillemets


 
Skipping: the ultimate display of nonconformity. ~Jessi Lane Adams


Restore your sanity — go skipping like crazy! ~Jessi Lane Adams


Why march to the beat of your own drummer when you can skip? ~Dave May, courtesy of
iSkip.com


 
When you take flight by skipping, your baggage gets left behind — there's no room to carry on worries. ~Jessi Lane Adams


When most people see an adult skipping they assume it must be on the way either to or from the asylum. ~Terri Guillemets
 
I like this one best!



It's only a matter of inches, but skipping gets me just that much closer to heaven. ~Terri Guillemets


If you've lost your enthusiasm, there's no better place to find it than on a skipping excursion. And, you might just find your lost youth as well! ~Jessi Lane Adams


I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things.... I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind. I never water my garden without soaking myself. ~Leo F. Buscaglia, Bus 9 to Paradise


I think skipping could be the answer to many of our adult health problems. ~Jeanne, courtesy of
iSkip.com


Be a rebel against gravity: Skip! ~Jessi Lane Adams


I skip to the heartbeat of my angel. ~Terri Guillemets


Time sure flies when you skip an hour. ~Jessi Lane Adams


People ask why I skip and I give the incomparable reason of "why not?" ~Author unknown, courtesy of
iSkip.com


Learning to skip has brought control into her life. Whenever she feels at all sad she switches into this wholly happy gait, sliding, hopping, and sliding again; when doing this, it seems as though her head separates from her body, making her feel dizzy and emptied out of bad thoughts. Does anyone else in the world know this trick, she wonders. Probably not, though her mother sometimes waves at her from the window, waves and smiles. ~Carol Shields, The Stone Diaries


Skipping is jumping for joy, step after step. ~Terri Guillemets


I don't think it's possible to skip with a frown on your face.... I'd like to see the world's governing and terrorist leaders on a skipping tour through the Middle East and across the subcontinent and China to Korea. ~Sue Irwin, courtesy of
iSkip.com


Skip like the wind! ~Author Unknown


You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again. ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau


Just like yoga, skipping provides exercise for the body, mind, and spirit. ~"Skipper" Kim Corbin, founder of
iSkip.com


Skipping is a form of flying. ~Jessi Lane Adams


With all its ups and downs, skipping is just one more metaphor for life. ~Terri Guillemets


Skipping isn't for everyone. Getting out of our comfort zones for a momentary skipping escape takes guts. It is much more difficult than many realize.  Our ego likes to feel in control and is afraid of what others will think.... When we can learn to simply observe our ego's fear and then choose to skip on despite it, we develop the spiritual strength necessary for inner peace.  ~Kim Corbin, founder of
iSkip.com


Skipping: a joyful impulse, stunted at puberty. ~M. Robin D'Antan


What a hero Tom was become now! He did not go skipping and prancing, but moved with a dignified swagger as became a pirate who felt that the public eye was on him. ~Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


Skipping is oxygen for the soul. ~Jessi Lane Adams


Skipping by the flowers,
Skipping around for hours,
Skipping in rain showers —
Skipping has magical powers!
~Jessi Lane Adams


There's another powerful benefit of skipping which is that it adds joy and positive energy to the world. Seeing adults consumed by the joy of skipping sends a compelling message about the power of the spirit over fear. When you learn to turn off your logical mind and get lost in the spirit of skipping, it's like exercising a muscle that will help you deal with other fears. As external events become increasingly intense, that kind of inner strength will be more important than ever. ~Kim Corbin, founder of
iSkip.com


If I had time for only two exercises, I would choose yoga and skipping. ~Terri Guillemets


There was a boyishness about Mr. Clemens sometimes that found different modes of expression. Once, when the long corridor of the second floor of the hotel presented a temptingly empty avenue, he hopped, skipped, and ran, and then gave a delicious suggestion of a cake-walk. As soon as a door opened, however, he stopped and assumed a supernaturally grave aspect. ~Elizabeth Wallace, Mark Twain and the Happy Island


Out came the children running.
All the little boys and girls,
With rosy cheeks and flaxen curls,
And sparkling eyes and teeth like pearls,
Tripping and skipping, ran merrily after
The wonderful music with shouting and laughter.
~Robert Browning, "The Pied Piper of Hamelin"


Skipping is nature's antidepressant. ~Jessi Lane Adams


If you're enjoying your depression, then for goodness sake do not go skipping. ~Jessi Lane Adams


SKIPPING! The hippity hoppity gait that came naturally to us as children, but that the majority of adults haven't done since they were ten... SKIPPING! Like Dorothy and gang did arm in arm down the yellow brick road... SKIPPING! As in expressing joy by leaping happily down the street without a care in the world. ~Kim Corbin, founder of
iSkip.com


Adults aren't generally struck with the urge to skip because their worries and burdens weigh them down and they forget that they can take themselves lightly. ~Jessi Lane Adams


I skip for that all-over body tickle. ~John Olesen


I have loved skipping since I was a little girl and I have never been able to restrain myself when an open stretch of sidewalk or path beckons me. ~Marelu Marson, courtesy of
iSkip.com


Those moments before a poem comes, when the heightened awareness comes over you, and you realize a poem is buried there somewhere, you prepare yourself. I run around, you know, kind of skipping around the house. It's as though I could fly, almost, and I get very tense before I've told the truth — hard. Then I sit down at the desk and get going with it. ~Anne Sexton


The two best things about skipping:
1) It's free.
2) It frees you.
~Jessi Lane Adams


Skipping exercises your happiness muscles. ~Terri Guillemets


Skipping is great exercise! It burns twice as many calories as walking. It has less impact on your joints than running. And it is joy-based, unlike running which generates from our fight or flight reflex. ~Kim Corbin, founder of
iSkip.com


Skipping is the walk of joy. ~Jessi Lane Adams


Skipping turns —
moping into hoping,
pity into giddy,
sad into glad,
lazy into crazy,
old into bold,
tired into wired!
~Terri Guillemets


And I'll skip to Heaven on my own two feet. ~Terri Guillemets


I like to skip because I can't help but smile when I'm skipping (either I'm too uncoordinated to frown and skip at the same time or else it's a physical impossibility)! ~Nancy, courtesy of
iSkip.com


Sometimes I do a little mental skipping, just to shake things up in my mind. ~Jessi Lane Adams


[I]nspiration abounds when I skip and I do feel like a kid again. It frees the cobwebs, stimulates the soul, and enlightens the spirit. ~Nancy, courtesy of
iSkip.com


I'm addicted to this exercise — I never skip a day! ~Jessi Lane Adams


You see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies. ~James M. Barrie, Peter Pan


We used to fly past shoppers in the town centre and especially in the winter, wrapped up in our duffle coats, woolen hats and scarves we used to get so warm that there would soon be coats unbuttoned, scarves trailing behind and rosy cheeks by the time we got to school. ~Karen Elkins, courtesy of
iSkip.com


While the rhythm of running emphasizes a downward motion, the upward motion of skipping defies gravity and elevates my mood in the process. ~Susan Reineck, courtesy of iSkip.com


Skipping arm in arm is double the joy! ~Jessi Lane Adams


When I skip, I have no worries. ~Carolyn Tyler, courtesy of
iSkip.com


D'ya ever go for a midnight skip
Or an after-dark skinny dip?
Exercise your inner child at night,
It's twice as fun than in daylight.
~Jessi Lane Adams


Skipping chases away the blues, and happiness will come chasing after you. ~Jessi Lane Adams


Skipping turns your legs into built-in pogo sticks. ~Jessi Lane Adams


[Skipping] makes me a kid again — not just feel like a kid — a KID again. ~John-Hans Melcher, courtesy of
iSkip.com


Skipping subtracts years from your heart, adds joy to your life, multiplies your happiness, and divides your stress. It's a prime exercise, and I count it among one of my greatest blessings. ~Terri Guillemets


[Skipping] takes me back to less complicated times, without leaving the present! ~Hope Trachtenberg-Fifer, courtesy of
iSkip.com


If you are happy, go skipping. If you are sad, go skipping! ~Terri Guillemets


Jump for joy,
Come skip with me.
Don't be coy,
Let's merry be!
~Jessi Lane Adams


The first time she halted by my side for a moment I whispered to her to calm her gushing spirits; not to meddle with her dress; and for public opinion's sake not to step so high. I said she could get over just as much ground at a more moderate gait; and besides the noble Grand Duke her father might happen along at any moment. I might as well have talked to the wind. She only laughed that characteristic laugh of hers, that slivery laugh that I could recognize anywhere, if I was to leeward, and then bending a little, she seized up the sides of her apparel with both hands, began to jerk it in a violent and disorderly manner this way and that, threw her magnificent head back and skipped furiously away on an Irish jig step, all excitement, wild hilarity, distracted costume, frenzied motion! a spectacle to sear the eyeballs and astonish the soul of a hermit! ~Mark Twain (unconfirmed) or possibly Donn Piatt, c.1870s  [Further reading: TwainQuotes.com — Thanks, Barbara Schmidt!]


The pursuit of happiness: skipping is your best chance of catching it. ~Jessi Lane Adams


Skipping is inner joy meets outer joy. ~Jessi Lane Adams


If I were a doctor, skipping would be my number one prescription. ~Jessi Lane Adams


If movement was a language, skipping would be the natural word for "bliss." ~Theresa "Heartdancer" Carey, courtesy of
iSkip.com


Jogging is for those who don't have the guts to skip. ~Terri Guillemets


Skipping gives the adult a well-deserved break and lets the inner child be in charge for a while. ~Opal Montagne


Skipping is just a dancing walk, or if you prefer, a walking dance. ~Jessi Lane Adams


The feeling was elation.... I skip really big and fast. And the amazing thing is, it really cracks me up! I laugh out loud because it is so much fun! And I love to hold my arms out and flap them like a bird.... When I get to the bottom of the trail, I am drenched in sweat and riding high on endorphins from exercise plus laughter. ~Gail, courtesy of
iSkip.com


Skipping: the ultimate display of nonconformity. ~Jessi Lane Adams


Restore your sanity — go skipping like crazy! ~Jessi Lane Adams


Why march to the beat of your own drummer when you can skip? ~Dave May, courtesy of
iSkip.com


When you take flight by skipping, your baggage gets left behind — there's no room to carry on worries. ~Jessi Lane Adams


When most people see an adult skipping they assume it must be on the way either to or from the asylum. ~Terri Guillemets
Acknowledgment:
Many thanks to Kim Corbin of iSkip.com for sharing
some of these wonderful quotes! Skipper Kim is an
enthusiastic advocate for the body, mind, and spirit benefits
of adult skipping. It breaks her heart that the majority of
people in "the land of the free and the home of the brave"
can't let go of worrying about what others might think of
them enough to skip joyfully down the street. Skip on!


 

Template by: Bright Sunshine Designs by Mary - Affordable Custom Blog Design © 2011