Archive for the ‘Around Ann Arbor’ Category

Artist Reception

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Please join me at Sweetwater's at 123 West Washington on Friday, August 25 from 7-8:30. I will have a few pieces hanging along side the other five members of my photo group. Would love to have you there.

Minimalist Game -February

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

After reading “Everything That Remains” I became inspired to reduce the number of items in my house. “Everything That Remains” chronicles the journey the authors, Joshua and Ryan, made to becoming minimalists. It’s not a “how to” book but more of a “why” to book.

On their website there are some examples of the things they tried when making the transition, like canceling the internet at home and NOT buying anything for a period of time. At the beginning of February I noticed the Minimalist Game, in which one item gets purged on the first of the month, two things get purged on the second of the month, and so on, until the last day of the month when, in the case of February, 28 things go. It adds up to over 400 by the end of the month.

I’m keeping a journal as I go, noting the things that get tossed in the bin for a garage sale (planned for June 6 and 7) or that I toss or recycle. From the journal it’s easy to tell where I was targeting. For example,
“February 7: Seven wooden spoons”
“February 12: Twelve vases”
“February 15: Fifteen articles of clothing, mostly scarves”
“February 17: Seventeen cords (USB to something!)”
“February 22: Slips, bras, thigh highs, nylons, camisoles, bathing suits”
“February 23: rain jackets, fleece, mittens, winter hats, scarves, headbands, rain poncho (still in a packet)”

Although February is soon coming to an end, I’ll carry on the game in March. Stay tuned for a progress update!

Shaker box that was full of nylons.

Shaker box that was full of nylons.

Old hot metal type

How many dull knives does a kitchen really need?

I got this at a garage sale and never used it.

I got this at a garage sale and never used it.


Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Yesterday I played Pickleball at the Ann Arbor Y. I’d never heard of Pickleball but was promised it was “super fun”. And, indeed, it was.

Pickleball is played on a badminton court with the net lowered to 34 inches. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood paddles. about the size of a paddleball racquet. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. It’s sort of a mix of doubles tennis, racquetball, and badminton.

I’d play again in a heartbeat!

Happy birthday to me

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Last year I was in Ecuador on my birthday. Although the venue for my birthday this year was less exotic, we had a grand ole time at the Kelsey Musuem in Ann Arbor celebrating my 50th birthday. I’m grateful for my many wonderful friends, especially to those who offered to help plan and execute the celebration with and for me.


Friday, June 8th, 2012

Walking almost every day for the last three months affords me the opportunity to see what’s going on in my neighborhood, both with people and nature. I enjoy my walks, love being outside and have recorded over 175 miles in the last three months.

Observing from day to day I notice grass cutting that’s been derailed by rain, running out of gas, or some mechanical failure. Christmas lights disconnected by the advent of spring. And projects half done, suspended until there’s time, energy, or pieces gathered to complete the puzzle.

More often, my pace is halted by nature. One day, I stopped dead in my tracks at the sight of a bluebird. They are stunning in their color, almost indigo, so different from the blue of the more common blue jay. And another day, while walking by the retention pond at Skyline High, I spotted a beaver swimming on the surface, disturbing the glass like appearance of the water.

Last week, the cottonwoods were dispersing their seeds. One house on my street has particularly majestic cottonwoods. Their leaves glisten in the sun and wind, a kind of flutter that is unique to that tree, that shape of leaf. The small, fluffy light cotton balls were falling gently from the sky, like delicate snowflakes during the first real snow of the winter. And then I noticed them in the street. Fulmer Street at that point is slightly downhill. There was an imperceptible breeze, one that I couldn’t feel on my skin but could see in the street. Hundreds of little cotton ball ‘tumbleweeds’ racing down the street. The wind, just right, the pitch of the street, just right, the pace of their race, slightly slower than mine, as if I was the strongest marathon runner of the race, leaving them all behind. Except for a moment when I stopped. My stride delightfully interrupted by the site of these light, white balls racing down the street.

I love those moments: walk interrupted.

Barz, Hoon, Fonik, and Norm

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

A couple of months ago a couple of people I’ll call Barz and Hoon used black spray paint on signs, support columns, and under the overpass at Maple and M-14. I call them Barz and Hoon because, in addition to squiggles and drips, they spray painted their names. Instantly irritated, I had thoughts of an act of violence. I wanted to slap them upside the head. Not by any stretch of the imagination is this graffiti artistic, pleasant, or functional. In fact, it gets in the way of actually reading what the signs say. Which can still be a problem at the traffic round-abouts.

Several weeks after Fonik came along with a white can of spray paint, tried to cross out Barz and Hoon, added his/her name, along with profanity to the wall. Call me old fashioned, but profanity really bugs me.

Last week the play set at Garden Homes Park a block from my house was covered “with inappropriate words and pictures”. And on my morning walk (my route is directly by all of these places) I discovered graffiti on my sidewalk. Norm is my graffiti artist and on the urging of the Neighborhood watch coordinator’s email today, I called to report the incident.

The Ann Arbor officer was pleasant, took photos, and promised to report the incident to the investigating detective. Although I’m happy to have such a responsive police force, it’s so clear to me that we all have better things to do. “Except”, as the officer said, “the teenagers who have spray paint.” [sigh]

Restorative Yoga, Friday April 13

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Register TODAY for tomorrow’s Restorative Yoga class from 6-7:30 PM! I’ll be leading a Restorative Yoga class Friday, April 13 at The Yoga Space in Ann Arbor. The fee is $20 and it’s necessary to let me know if you’re coming (payment and registration required). This class will be similar to the restorative class I led a month or so ago, with stations around the room with yogis moving from one station to the next. This sort of “circuit” of different stations was popular with the students who attended. This class filled in February. Class size is very limited to a dozen people so register NOW if you’re interested.

Free Yoga Friday, Saturday and Sunday at The Yoga Space

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

The last Friday of the month there’s a free yoga class at The Yoga Space from 6 – 7 PM. This month is no exception! Come join the group.

If Friday doesn’t work for you, the most recent batch of teachers going up for assessment is having a practice class on Saturday, March 31 from 1-2:30 PM. Free to you and good for the budding teachers to practice.

April 1 is the first Sunday of the month and the studio will be open from 10 AM until noon for open practice. Come join me for a nice quiet morning of yoga!

Give me a call if you need directions or more info. The address of The Yoga Space is 180 Little Lake Drive.

Photos at Sweetwater’s

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

The Ann Arbor Women Artists partners with Ann Arbor businesses to provide art for their walls. One of the artists in the current eight week show removed her pieces early so I volunteered to fill the vacant space. Until the end of the month, there are eleven of my photos at Sweetwater’s on Washington Street in downtown Ann Arbor. I’ll be part of a show in the fall, too, and will (hopefully) have some new work up then.

Hitchhike Point

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

About this time last year I was preparing for my first 5K. Using I plotted routes, checked my pedometer to the calculated mileage on RunKeeper, and got accustom to walking more than three miles. There was often a point in my walk I called the “hitchhike point”. It’s that point where I was plum tuckered out and really wanted to stick my thumb out for a ride home.

Today, for the first time this season, I walked that same route from last year and to my surprise, the hitchhike point never came. I was tired, sure, and hot, especially on an 83 degree sunny day, but I never wanted to hitch a ride.

This is day 20 out of the last 21 I’ve walked. My goal for the month of March was to walk every day at least a mile, preferably outside. Last year’s goal was 40 miles per month and I think I made that goal only once. I’m on track to hit 40 this month with just under 33 with today’s outing.