Sunday, November 11, 2007

Vermont Again

One of the great things about Boston is its proximity to everything else. Mr. Right and I decided on a mostly spontaneous trip to Vermont this weekend and it was just what we both needed to escape from all the regular weekend chores after a regular hard week of work.
As is the tradition now here at dillard57, some photos to share of our idyllic escape to the north.

This is the Simon Pearce Glass Blowing facility, built right on the Queechee River. We had a great meal here, looking right out onto the falls.

And here is a view of Mount Pico near Killington, Mr. Right's old stomping grounds.

During our road trip, I brought along Barbara Kingsolver's new book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle which is about her family trying to eat for a year only on local foods. She talked about a visit to The Farmer's Diner in Massachusetts where they served as much local food from local farmers as possible. I was tickled to be able to find this place the next day on our trip. I guess those little hand held internet devices do have their uses. We had a fun meal of great burgers made from local beef, local cheese and a big glass of local chocolate milk. Mr. Right is pointing to the "Time to Eat" sign.
And here's me with the local chocolate milk. Yum! (I know, I know, the chocolate wasn't local).
The final photo is one of three covered bridges we saw during our trip. It's an old cliche but who isn't a sucker for these things? They are beautiful.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

A Human Absence

I get home today to find a large envelope in my mailbox from UUWorld with several copies of their latest issue, each of which contain one of my photos and a little blurb about me as an artist. Wow! Here's a link to the article, but of course I very egotistically think it is much better seeing it in print. UU World is the quarterly magazine published for members of the Unitarian-Universalist church.

I'm still a new artist by pretty much anyone's definition. So it's such an odd but lovely feeling to see that your work has travelled out there in the universe on its own. It must be just a tiny bit what it must feel like to have a child moving off into the universe without you. My work is this little bit of myself and it goes and does its thing in the world and other people take it and make it part of their lives in their own way. Then I unexpectedly re-meet it elsewhere and am always floored by it. Grateful and amazed that people other than my mother think it's cool (hi Mom!), and re-inspired to maybe make it happen again and to encourage others to do the same thing.

So there I am, published with the photo that started this whole crazy art thing. And for all you UU World readers who stop by because of the article, well, hello to you! It has been such a joyful thing in my life to discover the UU church. I feel very fortunate today.