an adventurous visit to the michigan renaissance festival
way back when
in days of yore
i took my daughters
to this very shire
all of us dressed up
now my grandsons
have picked up where we left off
as brave knights
“look, it’s my duty as a knight to sample as much peril as I can.”
– Sir Galahad (Holy Grail)
people enjoying the day
being whoever they imagine themselves to be
villagers from far and wide are all welcomed here
no matter their dress or look or form
and what could be better than spying a kilted warrior brave enough to pick up his own hot latte?
“live every day as if it’s a festival. turn your life into a celebration.”
-shri radhe maa
(not us, but somewhat similar if your glasses are off)
this is a day late
and a million or so dollars short
but we all came together
at exactly the right time.
“here’s to good women. may we know them. may we be them. may we raise them.”
“crack the whip’ sculpture – sunset hills, flint, mi
j. seward johnson, sculptor
being the youngest in our neighborhood gang
i was often the smallest
finding myself on the end of ‘the whip’ during this game
sometimes it felt like i was flying
and highly likely that i was.
“being smart as a whip means knowing when not to crack it’
when you mix a scientist who loves dinos along with little people who also love dinos
you get bursts of curiosity, awe, and excitement on both sides
especially when one the of the kinder mentioned
it was ‘from the jurrasic period’ and another asked if it was ‘an omnivore.’
“did you know that the stegosaurus lived further away from the t-rex than we are from the t-rex in time?”
not the panama canal
but a similar feat of engineering and hard work
“hard work works.”
“there never was a good war, or a bad peace.”
art credit: Chihiro Iwasaki, (1918-1974),
a Japanese illustrator known for her water-colored illustrations of Flowers, Happiness, Children, and Peace
and who couldn’t use a surplus of vim, vigor, and vitality?
this may be the outdoor solution to everything.
plus it can ‘hold a horse.’
“get out of your comfort zone. wake up the sleeping giant in you.”
-chia thye poh
sources: michigan history, korff mfg. 1917
yesterday we took a walk against hate
my daughter, granddaughter, colleagues, friends, students, families, strangers
all for the same reason.
“no one is born hating another person
because of the color of his skin, or his background, or religion.
people must learn to hate,
and if they can learn to hate,
they can be taught to love,
for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
one of the many beautiful and curious creatures at the belle isle aquarium
The Belle Isle Aquarium was designed by famed Detroit architect, Albert Kahn, and opened in August, 1904. It is the oldest aquarium in the country and has served the Detroit community as a beloved attraction for generations. In 2005, the city of Detroit announced that the Aquarium was to be closed due to lean economic times for the city. The building remained closed to the public until the Belle Isle Conservancy reopened it on September 15, 2012. Since its reopening, the aquarium has exploded in popularity, evident by the attendance numbers that have soared over the course of the last decade. “Momentum” is truly the best term for what is happening in this historic building. A work-in-progress, the aquarium continues to grow and flourish as new exhibits and fish are added, tanks are restored, and history is preserved for generations to come.
“the universe is full of the lives of perfect creatures.”