Showing posts from 2014

Amelia V Fields - What's in a Name?

A few weeks ago I was in Brooklyn, NY.  We regularly walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and back to get some good exercise.  This day my husband, Jack, and I kept going when we got to the other side.  Our destination was Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial.  The Memorial Gardens are open to the public and the 9/11 Museum opened a couple of week sago.  For several years after the 9/11 attacks we watched periodically from a nearby hotel window as heavy equipment moved earth and debris from the site where the twin towers of the World Trade Center stood.  We read of the competition among architects to be awarded the commission to commemorate this tragedy and tell the story of that day.
On this visit, we decided to just visit the gardens and fountains.   We'll come back to the museum at a later date.  It was a beautiful day, just like 9/11/2001. The garden was  full of people but there was a quietness in the area.
The two pools, which represent the Twin Towers, are filled by water rushing …

The Receipt of a Gift

Art and artistic people have always been around me.  I suppose I have always taken it for granted that that was just "what we do" in my family.  With the recent death of my Aunt Mary Rose and our memorial gathering, I would like pay tribute to a great artistic influence in my life.

My memories of Aunt Mary Rose are very colorful!  
Mary Rose was my first Aunt.  She was 20 years older than I.  She was married to Uncle Frank.  When I was a little girl, we lived next door to the Aunt Mary Rose and Uncle Frank and shared a huge emerald green back yard.  They had a wonderful, fluffy, lovable collie named Trouble who was my best friend back then.  
Young Mary Rose had long black hair, which she wore pulled back in a chignon with colorful clip on earrings and colorful clothes.  She wore high heels, even for a day of shopping at L.S. Ayres in Indianapolis.   She had a warm wide smile and a little space between her two front teeth, which I loved, because I did, too.  Her mother, my g…

The Great 40th Anniversary Escapade, Part 3 or, Baby, It's Cold Outside

Well, baby, it sure wasn't cold outside at the beautiful tea house in Shanghai in July of 2013.  It was at least 95 degrees Fahrenheit.  But jumping ahead to January, 2014, it is a wonderful day to fix yourself a cup of tea, sit in your favorite chair and pick up that book you have been trying to get back to.
We sat down to a tasty and educational tea ceremony/demonstration in a lovely Shanghai tea house. I spent my time at the table tasting 7 teas, taking notes on the various properties of teas and painting the tea host.
p.s. If you know where to buy Lychee Black Tea, let me know.  A cold winter night is a great time for a cup of tea and "for romance", according to my notes!