Sunday, May 15, 2016

Decorating with what we have

My friend had a decorator come to her house to give her suggestions.  They stopped at our house for a couple hours.  One of the things we asked about was how to display some of Gerry's clock collection.  She laid them out on the floor and then Gerry transferred them to the wall.  He had to make a shelf for three, which he made out of steel and painted black so it would not be a focal point.

She also made the suggestion for the placement of the clock on the right.  She certainly had an eye for this type of thing.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Another week

I do need to post more often so my loyal readers know what us happening in the sticks.  First of all a bit of excitement when we returned to the Cleveland airport from visiting in California.  We had parked our car at a motel, that allows you to do so for $4.50 a day.  They have a shuttle to and from the airport.  When we returned I called for the shuttle, but no one answered.  Finally we took a taxi to the motel. We mentioned to the driver that we could not get hold of the shuttle.  He informed us that the police had shut down the motel because of drug trafficking and prostitution there.  It had happened a day after we left.  Needless to say, we were wondering where our car would be.  The parking lot had about a dozen cars in it, including ours and a police vehicle.  So it ended fine for us.

This week I saw the movie, "The Race" about Jessie Owens. Key issues were the rise of the Nazis in Germany and racism in the US.  Then I attended the script club by the Cleveland Playhouse where the topic of the play was the Child Protection system, and finally last night attended a program for Black History Month.  The speakers there were from the Cleveland YWCA.  They demonstrated a program they use to bring racial bias to one's consciousness.  This round able type discussion is offered to businesses and government departments including law enforcement.  So a week of heavy issues, but it was great in that it stretches my thinking.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Visit with family

We are visiting in LaFayette, Ca where we watched granddaughter and her Odyssey of the Mind team work on their project.  There are  using real tools like an exacto knife or sewing machine.  I spent the time in the back yard throwing the frisbie with my grandson.  It landed on the roof!  Papa G relaxed on the patio.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Lovely week of theater and concert

It has been an interesting cultural week. At Cleveland Playhouse, The Mountaintop which was a fictional account of the last night in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King where Dr. King examines his achievements, his failures, and his unfinished dreams. Powerful and shows his humanity. Thursday we attended a concert of the Akron Steel Drum Band. Amazing the music that can be made on steel drums. This band had 20 members, the ones in Trinidad have 400. I see a trip in our future. Thirdly we went to the play, Family Happiness by Tolstoy. Even though it was written in 1859 it had current messages. I am always amazed when I attend a play how the actors can remember all the script.

This is the front of the building in Oberlin where we saw the play by Tolstoy. To get the perspective, note the steps in the front. I only had my phone to take this picture.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Talking with strangers

I am reading a book about JOY and one thing the author encouraged you to do was to talk to strangers.  Today I went with a friend to the theater where we saw a streaming from the Metropolitan
Opera.  We saw Turandot by Puccini.  It was great as usual.  My friend and I had extra time before it started so we stopped at World Market.  In the checkout line I started talking with the man behind me.  He has worked as a commedian and speaks 5 languages. He could talk with great accents which he demonstrated to us.  It was just a special treat.

G is at the IX Center in Cleveland at the International Motorcle Show.  The joke here is that I tell him, "You can look at any woman you want but not at a motorcycle, because you bring the motorcycle home ."  He is late coming home and I am worried.  Just kidding.

Friday, January 29, 2016

What I learned

From my last post, I was asked what I learned about myself from taking the class on writing my autobiography.  What I learned was that for most of my life, I have not made "purposeful" decisions. I just sort of slide into things, maybe do what is expected without thinking about it, or do things because the opportunity is there.  That does not mean I have been unhappy about my life, but I think I may have been happier if I would be more aware of what I want and am passionate about and then be decisive about making it happen. So being aware of that, I now can make changes.

I just finished reading Then Comes Marriage  by Roberta Kaplan.  What a great book.  Roberta is the attorney who took the case to the Supreme Court that brought down DOMA.  Besides the legal explainations, it tells the personal story of both Roberta and the Edie  Windsor who brought the case. What an effort they made in time and energy to make this happen.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Writing about one's life

Gerry and I were students at a 10 week class where we were given direction in writing our autobiography.  It concluded in November.  Gerry got into this project much more than I did.  Our assignment was to write on a topic and share two pages with the group.  Some weeks he would write up to 10 pages.  He carries his note pad with him and if someone makes a comment that reminds him of something in his life, he makes a note of it and then is up at the computer for hours writing.  He has had long conversations with his siblings to learn what they remember.  A second session of the class has started and he is attending again.  I decided not to take the second session.  He says he doesn't know if it will end up a published book or not.

I am trying to do less this year.  So decided to not take take the second class and I have dropped out of one of the clubs I was involved in. But don't worry, my calendar is still full.  I am trying to exercise three or four time a week.