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when books fly.

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thanks to artist david zinn, for his lovely sidewalk chalk ode to the library 

the day has arrived at last

the library has reopened

after what seemed like such a long, long time

our community couldn’t be happier

it has been so greatly missed by so many. 

‘Libraries: The medicine chest of the soul.’

—Library at Thebes, inscription over the door

you say cicada, i say cicado.

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it’s been 17 years and they’re back!

they been sitting around underground

patiently waiting

for a dramatic return

no reason to stress

instead

our library has created a city-wide bingo game in their honor

what could be more fun?

and i’ve already got my free spot filled.

 

Cicada Summer

Brood X has ARRIV- er, EMERGED from the depths to see YOU!!!! 

But have YOU seen THEM? HEARD them?? READ ABOUT THEM??? FOUND THEIR SHELLS???? 

If you have, you may have one or more boxes checked off on our CICADA SUMMER BINGO!!! 

From your friends at the Ann Arbor Public Libraries

“i work even in the middle of the day, in the full sunshine, and i enjoy it like a cicada.”

-vincent van gogh

source and photo credits: ann arbor district library, cicada@aadl.org

les voyageurs.

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on my frequent walks to the river

each time passing this sign 

i wondered –

often someone chopping wood

putting up canoes, cooking outside

peaceful communal living

until i learned the intriguing backstory

and understood

the amazing spirit of this society.

Society of Les Voyageurs

As the oldest continually active student group on the University of Michigan campus (founded in 1907), the Society of Les Voyageurs upholds a long-standing tradition of convening over the love for nature and the out of doors.  The Society owns a cabin on the Huron River just north of downtown called Habe Mills Pine Lodge that was built in 1927 to house the Society, its activities, as well as those members who choose to live there.  The group also hosts potluck dinners every Sunday at 6pm, followed by a program from a professor or a community member pertaining to learning more about the out of doors.  The group is known to embark occasionally on casual outings such as hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, caving, cross-country skiing, etc.

*”si le voyageur n’espere rien, il ne verra ce que voient les yeux.”

-eric-emmanuel schmitt (franco-belgian playwright, novelist, film director)

*(If the traveler does not hope for anything, he will only see what the eyes see.)

argo park, ann arbor, michigan, usa – april 2021

book fairies.

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how sweet to find this book 

 sitting outside on the window ledge of a downtown store  

on a sunny saturday

just waiting for someone

to pick it up and take it home to read. 

gratitude to the book fairies.

“books are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. books are humanity in print.”

-barbara w. tuchman

crisp.

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last night’s walk in the park

 

“it is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam.

this crisp winter air is full of it.”

-john burroughs

 

 

 

 

 

argo park, ann arbor, michigan, usa – february 2021

take art leave art.

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WDIV-TV shares a recently discovered local treasure –

When glass artist Shawn Bungo and his wife moved to Ann Arbor from Knoxville, Tennessee six months ago, they knew moving to a new city during a pandemic would be a challenge. No stranger to community collaboration, Bungo decided to engage with locals through virtual scavenger hunts for small glass works he would hide across town — and they were an overnight hit. He originally started the tradition while going on walks with his dog, Leo, in Knoxville.

“Being a glass artist, you have a lot of pieces that don’t come out, so that’s what started that,” said Bungo. “When I moved up here, after the pandemic started, I started doing that again where I would just go around and randomly hide things and put my card with them — typically in downtown Ann Arbor. I really connected with the community with that.”

Nowadays, his items are claimed within hours of his posts — and in some cases the people who find them share a photo of them collecting his works.

On his many walks, Bungo became fascinated with the city’s numerous Little Free Libraries. He shifted his scavenger hunts to showcase the various library boxes around town — which inspired him to relaunch a project he created in Knoxville.

Bungo constructed a Take Art Leave Art box and gallery outside his home on Ann Arbor’s south side. The concept is a free art exchange between community members.

“I just recently put it back up two weeks ago and I shared it with the Ann Arbor Townies group on Facebook,” said Bungo. “As soon as I did that, I almost immediately got people involved in it and it’s been really fun.”

He said he’s received about a dozen miniature paintings and other small items in the 12×12-inch box, some with handwritten notes. “Over the years, I’ve gotten poems, photographs — I’m open to everything,” said Bungo. He said it has served as a fun way to engage with other Ann Arborites during the pandemic.

“With people being so isolated right now, I think it’s the perfect time to do something like this, “ he said. “It allows me to connect with people because we haven’t been able to.” Bungo was supposed to show at the Ann Arbor Art Fair last summer, and with the event being canceled, he felt like he missed out on a true introduction both to Ann Arbor’s art scene and its residents. For now, keep an eye out for his latest adventures with Leo and his front yard gallery. You might just find a tiny treasure — if you look close enough.

story: wdivtv,clickondetroit, meredith bruckner – photos: shawn bungo, bungo glass

“art is too important not to share.”

-romero britto

there will be bands and dancing.

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dear ann arbor family –

see you in the fall

there will be bands & dancing as we reunite eventually. 

thank you, roos roost coffee. 

i really appreciate you

for filling us with coffee and optimism.

 

“joy weathers any storm: happiness rides the waves.”

-todd stocker

peaceful.

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 am – peaceful walk in the woods

 pm -peaceful protest on the streets

 

day 1, 99 to go.

“there may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. “

-elie wiesel

pond.

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where sky and pond meet

“a field of water betrays the spirit that is in the air.

it is continually receiving new life and motion from above.

it is intermediate in its nature between land and sky.”

  • henry david thoreau

 

 

matthaei botanical gardens, ann arbor, michigan, usa – summer 2020

al fresco.

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streets now closed to cars
on friday afternoons through sunday evenings
so people can move to the streets
to walk, talk, dine, and be distant
a pretty natural adaption.
“eating outdoors makes for good health and long life and good temper, everyone knows that.”
-elise de wolfe
ann arbor, mi, usa – june 2020