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the rock.

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Karen Schaefer took her turn at painting the Rock in Ann Arbor’s George Washington Park, announcing her conclusion about the boulder that was put on the spot in the 1930s. Schaefer wrote her master’s degree thesis on the Rock, (Objects that communicate).

 all kinds of people with all kinds of agendas paint the rock in this decades-old tradition in ann arbor. the chat below was found on my community website and i especially loved how s.a. was at the ready with his how-to directions and a bit of historical support. 

G.A. Does anyone know how much paint is required to paint a message on “The Rock” at Hill and Washtenaw?

P. L. Funny, my husband and I were just talking about this when we drove by it the other day.

S. A.  Old gallon of house paint for the base, one old mop or broom, go to Denny’s down the road, come back and it’s dry for the message.

T. S. Can’t believe that no one has commented that is is illegal and vandalism…

S. A. Even Al Gallup, the living son of the Gallup who placed it there in honor of Washington, is okay with it.

‘passion is one great force that unleashes creativity,

because if you’re passionate about something,

then you’re more willing to take risks.’

—yo-yo ma

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energy.

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some whiz around at the art fair

buzzing amidst lots of creative energy.

some wind down in a hammock

amidst the shady trees

zapped and looking to recharge.

 

“we should all relax about life

because you don’t have a clue as to what’s really going on.”

-barry sonnenfeld (american cinematographer)

 

 

university of michigan diag, ann arbor, michigan, usa

uphill.

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ann arbor art fair is coming today.

bring it!

“it is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top.”

-arnold bennett

 

photo credit: ann arbor/scio hill- 1980s,*eck stanger-ann arbor news, aadl archives, ann arbor townies

*Eck Stanger, chief photographer for the Ann Arbor News for 40 years, landed the job because he was the only News employee able to read the German instructions for his secondhand Speed Graphic camera. Or so the legend goes. Over the course of his four decades as photographer – and the News’ sole photographer during its first 12 years–“one-shot Stanger,” as he came to be known–captured famous statesmen, princes, and presidents, as well as eminent artists, musicians, scientists, and athletes. But he spent most of his time capturing everyday Ann Arborites with skill and a keen eye.

alley cats.

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 collective joy in graffiti alley 

ann arbor, mi – summer 2018

“the urge to transform one’s appearance, to dance outdoors, 

to mock the powerful and embrace perfect strangers is not easy to suppress.”

 -Barbara Ehrenreich, Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy

 

dance ’round.

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found the fairy woods and troll hollow
tucked away in the middle of the trees

when your eyes are open

there is always so much to discover.

“we dance round in a ring and suppose,

but the secret sits in the middle and knows.”

-robert frost

walk together.

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what better way to celebrate the day than walking all together
the local merchants

the stormtrooper

the pride

the squirrel

the roller derby team

the pedal bikers

the mayor

the musicians with a cause

the snow buddies

the creatures.

and so many, many, more.

 

“diversity is about all of us,

and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.”

-jacqueline woodson 

jacqueline is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. She received the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award, and is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, the NAACP Image Award and a Sibert Honor. In 2015, Woodson was named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation.

torpedo.

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what do you get

when you combine every kid in the city who is now out of school

with a very hot day and a community pool?

lots of squeals, water fights, slides, splashes, and snacks

everyone so happy to be free

all summer ahead of them

 has the festive feel of adults

celebrating with a long night of cocktails

but the kids are hopped up on nothing but pure sunshine and water.

 

‘i feel like a torpedo.’

-michael phelps (u.s.a. olympic gold medalist in swimming)

 

 

 

image credit: New York July 12, 1937 McCarren Park Pool- vintage photo