hangin’ tough.

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unexpected fun
when my friend won tickets
  to a new kids on the block concert
‘the mixtape tour”
with other ‘retro’ bands of that era
salt-n-pepa, rick astley, and en vogue
bands i haven’t seen or heard
since i took my daughter and her friend
30ish years ago
not my dream music but great to be 
in the midst of a  really happy crowd who still loved them
and who knew i’d spend my friday night dancing with nkotb?
“keep calm and hang tough.”
-new kids on the block

run amok.

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dirty damsels – 2022 mud run

(i’m the muddy one in the pink, or the 2nd from left if easier)

we ran, climbed, crawled, carried weight, went over, went under, stayed the course, used ropes, tripped,

slipped, offered hands, got stuck in mud, slid underwater, crab walked, balanced, fell down, finished as a team

all with my daughter, granddaughter, and group of friends

not afraid of the mud

certainly challenging, but so fun.

“we sit in the mud… and reach for the stars”

-ivan turgenev

different.

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 this building

recently sold

interior updating work has begun

someone has a whimsical creative streak

and one of these chairs is not like the others. 

 

“creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”
– edward de bon

glitter not bitter.

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one of my grandies saw that a tiny piece of glitter

had made its way

onto a big piece of birthday cake

that had come from

a sealed and wrapped bakery package

and noted:

“somehow, whenever you are around us, there is always glitter.”

that made me so happy.

 

“glitter is my makeup of choice.”

-kesha

“horus non number nisi serenas” (i only count the sunny hours.) -william hazlitt

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the northern hemisphere summer solstice will occur at 5:14 a.m. et on june 21, 2022

the hour is upon us

 

“an inch of time on the sundial is worth more than a foot of jade.”

-confucius

finding dabls in detroit.

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i recently went with a group of colleagues/friends

to find the artist, dabls

working on his block in detroit

where we learned so much from him

an experience i’ll never forget

dabls’ installation-‘iron teaching rocks how to rust’ 

artist/storyteller dabls

uses materials as metaphors

to pass on his stories

of african and european art/cultures

open to everyone

he can be found working and sharing stories

on this abandoned block

that he has reclaimed

as his own and the community’s

most every day

dalbas mbad african bead museum

where each of his beads tells a story

dabls’ art has brought this house to life

 “Stories are able to help us to become more whole, to become Named.

And Naming is one of the impulses behind all art;

to give a name to the cosmos, we see despite all the chaos.”

-Madeleine L’Engle

The Kresge Foundation elected Dabls as “2022 Eminent Artist”

to recognize his accomplishments in the arts as well as his lifelong impact on Detroit’s culture.

to read his full story go to:

http://www.mbad.org/best-friends

or just stop by to see him.