Tuesday, August 15, 2017

JFK Museum

Come on and vote for Kennedy
Vote for Kennedy
Keep America strong...

Kennedy, he just keeps rollin' - a -
Kennedy, he just keeps rollin' - a -
Kennedy, he just keeps rollin' along.


{High Hopes - Frank Sinatra} 

I've lived in Boston for 7 years (nearly) and finally made it to the JFK Presidential Library and Museum.

The Kennedy influence is still strong in these here parts...JFK's birthplace and childhood home is mere blocks from my apt, his elementary school just down the road, and his grand-nephew is my US Representative. But, I really only knew the history class basics of JFK's presidency - so off to the museum I went.

The visit began with a 20 minute video, narrated with old clips of JFK about his childhood, time in college, the military, and early political career. The film ends as JFK accepts the 1960 Democratic nomination for president. Then you wind your way through the exhibits detailing the election, his inauguration, and all the crucial and fascinating parts of his too short time in office.

I learned so much. I had no idea JFK started the Peace Corps, I had no idea the election was so close, I really got such a better understanding of he Cuban Missile Crisis and what really unfolded in that tense time.

Peppered throughout the exhibit rooms were also bits about Jackie's time as first lady and the overall influence JFK and the Kennedys had on American politics and history (like the Special Olympics). I also loved seeing original copies of his speeches - the font was so large, it was amazing. Some had his last minute hand scribbled edits, too!

His assassination is poignantly presented. Suddenly the White House-esque rooms just stop. There is a narrow black corridor with the date "November 22, 1963" - small video screens line the wall with footage of the funeral. Then you exit out into the stunning atrium and are standing beneath the flag.

It really is a gorgeous space. Overlooking the Harbor - set there because it reminded the family of their Cape compound. So much history in those walls. I really had to wonder where this country would be if JFK had lived and continued to serve as POTUS.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 33

The Good:
I have a great southern exposure in my new place - perfect for watching the full moon rise this week! Also seeing some great sunsets! When they move along the horizon in fall and winter they will be easier to see!

The Random:
There has been some odd art up around the city...

The Fun:
My new place has a pool! Enough said (:


   

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Scav Hunt Sunday: Berry and Bud

Chill:
Heat and humidity...chilled drinks to the rescue.

Green:
We've had so much rain this summer everything is so lush and green! A far cry from the brown summers the past few years.

Sweet:
The berries this summer have been so sweet - it's great! 

Sprinkles:
Did you know...in MA they're called Jimmies...

Friendship:
The church down the block from me put out these rainbow adirondack chairs - love how they invite people to sit and chat - with friends or strangers!


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Friday, August 11, 2017

August Randoms v. 1

straight columns...shabbat light...quiet night
fluffy flower...cool light...swimming swan
paint shmear...summer shades...pink flower
 lovely lines...melting ice...morning clouds
beet salad...coffee barrel...emerging bud
ikea catalogue...grilling out...rainbow chairs
closing time...new beginning...moved in
coffee view...ikea trip...moving blessings
full moon...weston inspired...summer treat


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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Edward Weston

 This week 52Frames asked us to be inspired by a famous photographer. I scoured google images and stumbled across the works of Edward Weston.
Weston was born in 1886 and died in 1958 and is well regarded as a master of 20th century photography. He was even awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in the 1930s, a very prestigious award.
Some of Weston's well known photographs were of a variety of subjects: landscapes, still lifes, nudes, portraits, and more. I personally fell for his photographs of succulents - which I have several that were willing to be photographed. 
In the darkroom, Weston worked on the overall exposure and shadows and highlights. He was known for his black and white images with striking lighting. 
Weston achieved this by using "burning" and "dodging" which are two editing techniques I don't often use, but really pushed myself to this week to achieve these edits.
"My work-purpose, my theme, can most nearly be stated as the recognition, recording and presentation of the interdependence, the relativity, of all things ‒ the universality of basic form" -- Edward Weston

   

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New Beginnings

Leich l'cha, to a place you do not know...
L'chi lach, on your journey I will bless you...

{L'chi Lach -- Debbie Friedman z"l}

Well...the move happened...yesterday! 

I am (and have been) a mix of excited...nervous...anxious...happy...sad...

I tend to not like change...7 years in one little apartment and now I live somewhere else...

I tend to not like disorganization and upheaval...there are boxes everywhere...

I like to feel settled...it's not 100% mine...yet...

Getting there. Box by box. Shelf by shelf. 

It will become mine. It is mine. 

My new home. 



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Monday, August 7, 2017

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 32

The Good:
I spent this past week at school doing a Harvard Extension course called "Data Wise Leadership Institute" with four other members of the Faculty Leadership Team. We're really looking at how we can use data to improve student and teaching outcomes. It was a lot of work/thinking/planning but also good when I sat back and realized the leadership roles I'm entering into and the time spent with colleagues too.

The Random:
Got chickens? In Brookline? Well apparently this house does....as seen on a run last week...

The Fun:
My IKEA catalogue is here...now I can move...which is a good thing because today is the day! Stay tuned for more!



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