Monday, September 1, 2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Weber's dad worked for the Missouri-Pacific Railroad. We still have quite a bit of railroad paraphernalia around the house. For some reason, one of my favorite things is this small glass milk bottle. It is what milk was served in on the trains.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
For over six years I have used the practice of drawing mandalas as a form of meditation. This discipline helped me to keep my head and my heart in the right place during what was a pretty rough period in my life. When I look back at my drawings from those years, I am transported right back to the time and place in which they were drawn. When I began drawing mandalas I had no idea that doing so could be or would become such a powerful tool for me.
I still draw mandalas every now and then, but not nearly as regularly as I once did. Photography has taken their place as my creative discipline. In the past few weeks, however, I have discovered that there is a way for me to meld photography and mandalas. The above image is a mandala made from a photo that I took of some flowers on our patio. I love the image itself, but even more so, I love that it becomes a jumping off point for meditation. What is this image saying to me? How is the Creator speaking through it to me? I am looking forward to continuing my experimentation with turning my photographs into mandalas.
While playing tonight, or is that praying? Whatever I was doing, I also created this image. To me it looks like an illuminated "E" and makes me think of my baby, E3 :-)
"Behind the Scenes"
These tiny flowers have remained bright and cheerful though the hot summer and a bit of neglect. I'm not sure what they are, but I have grown quite fond of them this summer. For this image, I decided to take a look at the stems rather than the blooms. The "furry" green stems are really quite beautiful especially with the late evening sun illuminating them.
Friday, August 29, 2014
'A Cooler Backpack"
I should learn to read ahead. Since I used a photo of my own backpack earlier in the week for another prompt, I was stuck today when the prompt actually was "a backpack." Throughout my day at school, I snapped several photos around campus with my phone, most of the people I did not know so I was a little leery of posting those photos. As it turns out, that didn't matter; my favorite photo of the day was of someone I know and love so I was able to ask permission. And, she has the "coolest" backpack of any that I saw on campus.
Here is Sara again. She has been the star of my blog this week. Sara has solved the problem of when you put everything you need in a backpack it becomes too heavy to carry. She uses a rolling cooler for her school stuff. It works perfectly! The cooler holds more than any backpack and it rolls right along behind saving her back and shoulders. (Can you tell that this is the voice of someone who carries way too much in her backpack?)
Sara is my last student of the week. Too bad that cooler doesn't have some end of the week "refreshment" in it. Just kidding, Sara! Well, actually it does. Yesterday it had delicious chocolate that she brought for me.
I am blessed to be surrounded by all kinds of caring, creative, and just plain awesome people!
The "Hermits Unite!" motto has been ours since we got married. Though we laugh at it now, it represents some difficult choices that we made five years ago. I am happy to say that I have never doubted those choices.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
"Planning for Class"
I have completed my first week of the semester - one down, fifteen to go. I shouldn't say it like that because it makes it sound like I only looking to the end and that is not the case at all. I have great students. Everyone seems so excited to be in class, looking forward to what the semester has to offer, and what they will accomplish. Even my 7:30 am class has been full of energy.
My course load is quite heavy, seven different classes and six private composition students. Because many of my classes are small, I don't have a lot of students, but a class prep is a class prep. It doesn't matter whether you are teaching five students or five hundred; you still have to prepare for the class. I am teaching one class that I haven't taught in a long time and it was added to my load late in the game, so I am still in the planning stages with it. Feeling that I am only one class period ahead of students is not a comfortable place for me Much of the upcoming three-day weekend will be spent trying to get my semester outline for this course done.