It isn't that I have;t created a brand new place that is pleasing to my eye. I simply like what's gone and what's now. I just love 'stuff.'
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Jeanne's high school reunion was the same weekend as Poe Elementary School's celebration of its 90th year. So, there were lots of folks to see and with whom to catch up.
|Jeanne ready to tour her old elementary school.|
|Brother John, Vic and Bobbie Samuels and Jeanne. Vic andBobbie were|
Poe Carnival chairmen the year I was PTO president.
|Carol Nelson, MMH and Mary Flood Nugent.|
|Bill and Ginny Camfield with Jeanne.|
|Melanie Lawson relates her story of integrating Poe and being one of two African American girls|
in the sixth grade classroom and what that felt like.
|Jeanne with Sheila Earthman and Jennifer Herolz Tellepsen|
|Poe parents selling Poe tee-shirts. Bought one for each of my girls. Even got them|
send off to Seattle and Portland. Plus Beto tees.
|So many memories of my three daughters performing in this stage. Looks the same.|
|Jeanne Hansen McGrady and Lauren Keith Earthman, friends since middle-school.|
|Allison HErolz Teheng, Poe 90th Anniversary weekend co-chairperson with Jennifer DeLange|
and her mom Trudy Herolz.
|Early evening gathering at Goode Co. Armadillo Palace with Barbara Norwood,|
MMH and Trudy Herolz. Remembering when we were infamous Poe parents.
Sally Lehr needs to be in this picture.
|Before that trip to the airport, we stopped at Beto headquarters on OST for tee-shirts and a sign.|
Monday, November 05, 2018
Saturday, November 03, 2018
As the summer unfolded, portraits covered Earl's studio walls, except for one wall where all other recent paintings were stacked. Happily, Bill Arning emailed Deborah to ask when she would be showing these portraits, because, he wrote, "everyone is talking about them."
|Earl's opening night attire.|
|Gallery owner Deborah Colton and painter Earl Staley stand beside their portraits.|
|Artist Penny Cerling.|
|Art historian and scholar Randy Tibbetts.|
|My lifelong friend and gardener extraordinaire Sally Lehr.|
|Siblings two with Earl's portrait above.|
|That would be artist Dan Havel with MMH. Dan and Dean Ruck created|
that magnificent piece of recycled metals in the Houston Permitting Center in 2011.
Thursday, November 01, 2018
We live in a country where there is no longer any semblance of a common good. A healthy public realm is dead. White nationalists have been given tacit authority to act. The rest of us are wary, uneasy. More and more of us - Muslins, Mexicans, Jews, African Americans, LGBT - are unwanted, deemed a threat to making 'America Great Again.' Two years and we're into open warfare. Most of us don't call it warfare yet. We say we must win back the House and Senate. Then we can begin to push back with agency.
Long time friends are working at campaign headquarters for Beto and Lizzie and Todd and Justin. And when we aren't at headquarters, we are glued to MSNBC or the NYT. We worry about voter suppression in Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, South Dakota. We've marched more in two years time ever before. Our marches are beginning to be labeled 'mobs', which I believe is a precursor to sending law enforcement, and perhaps the our own military, to keep us in line. As if our marches and letters, texts, op-eds and verbal outbursts directed toward elected members of Congress were a threat to the nation. If we are perceived as mobs - many of us with small children in tow, many of us in wheelchairs, many of us grandmothers and great grandmothers - well, we become fair game for his cadre of white nationalists.
I wonder what our days might have been like if Hillary was president, if the popular vote had won her the election. I know I'd not lay awake at night thinking about the brown children stuck in that facility off the highway east of El Paso. I'd not burst into tears in a synagogue parking lot after showing my driver's license to police officers just because I was invited to a joyous Bat Mitzvah. I'd not be uneasy about affixing a BETO bumper sticker on the back of my car. I'd not be making frequent phone calls to Texas senators. I'd not be writing this post.
May the best candidates win next week's election.
I'm not in Iydlwood anymore, but Catherine suggested that Halloween would be a fine time to get together. And so we did. We decoupaged and embellished masks and ate Mexican tacos, Central Market roasted veggies and Roanne's homemade 'melt-in-your-mouth' flan. Beth's house guest, artist Joan Batson, arrived with an artificially broken nose - much the good witch effect. Scroll down to see the requisite photos of this light-hearted event. BTY, Earl Staley paintings make incredible backdrops for mask portraits.
This morning, it's back to work for Beto and Lizzie and Justin and Todd (and Republican County Judge Ed Emmett). Election Day is less than a week away.