i hear the grandies’ voices
one reads words out loud
while the other
writes ‘created words’
“maybe i should take a writing class.”
handwriting is so cool
because it is like
the written equivalent of someone’s voice.
“i cling to the optimistic belief that the haphazard and the hopscotch,
the creature that sips among many flowers,
may actually come up with something…
hopscotch on sidewalk at postman’s rest park
ann arbor, mi usa
“a creative project is a moving target.
You never end up where you start.’
the kinders remind me of this each and every day.
when i went into the post office to mail something and buy stamps
i was approached in line
by a postal worker who tried to help out and save me time
by offering me stamps
“i have some pretty flowers or american flags available.”
i must appear to be a feminine and/or patriotic gardener
it was a nice gesture but i chose to wait a minute and select my own
when i made it to counter and the postal worker opened her book
she offered me hearts and flowers
(is it my lavender body lotion?)
i asked to look through the book and chose the two above –
jimi hendrix and jfk
she looked at me, nodded, saying
interesting does not even begin to describe them.
“genius is essentially creative;
it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it.”
-madame de stael
and upon happening behind
this van covered in peace and love
and words galore
complete with notes
“listen to your mother” – love, mom
“make good choices” – love, dad
and a peace sign and a smile
flashed to me by the driver
when finally side by side
i knew i was at my exit
and almost home.
“there are a thousand thoughts lying within a man
that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write. ”
-william makepeace thackeray
ann arbor art fair – july 1978
it began in 1960
132 artists (99 of them local)
strung their artwork between parking meters
and locals came by
curious to see if artists
would really put their work on display in the street.
it now hosts over 1,000 artists and 500,000 + visitors
from near and far each year.
the ann arbor art fairs
(actually now a group of four)
will kick off today and take over the city
for what always promises to be four days
of creative display, talks with artists,
music, children’s activities,
and always, always
lots of surprises.
“the art world is filled with vibrancy.”
image credit: ann arbor news archives, ann arbor public library old news, m live. com
who wouldn’t buy from these six?
not many customers were available
and most who stopped by
had no money on them
so they changed their marketing plan
added music, dance, costumes
even an impromptu wedding
after drinking away
much of the merchandise
everyone still made a profit
not bad for a day’s work.
“if life gives you lemons, don’t settle for simply making lemonade – make a glorious scene at a lemonade stand.”