Archive for March, 2012

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.


Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Wednesday night I went to the University of Michigan Museum of Art for the Fluxus event. The performance was interesting, funny, weird and like nothing I’d ever been to.

The evening began with the “Well-Healed Miscreants” distributing the programs that had been folded into paper airplanes. They were flying all over the Helmut Stern Auditorium. On the program were 28 pieces. Some lasted under a minute, others several minutes.

Ben Patterson started off the evening with “A Dozen for Carmen”. Each of the Well-Healed Miscreants walked from the back of the auditorium with a rose in their teeth, depositing them one by one in a blender that was half full of water. Patterson blended the water and roses, poured a wine glass full, and then, in one feel swoop, drank the whole thing.

Apparently the Fluxus movement began in the 1960’s and this performance art came out of the music world. Many of the pieces incorporated sound. “Nivea Cream Piece” consisted of four people approaching the a table with a jar of Nivea Cream, putting it on their hands, massaging it into their hands and each others’ in front of the microphone.

“Apples” was a piece with four people eating apples in front of the micorphone. “Lottery Ticket” was a piece with a single man sitting at a table with a microphone attached underneath using a nickel to scratch off lottery ticket after lottery ticket. “Wall Piece for Yoko Ono” included audience participation. A couple of the performers placing Post-It notes with targets drawn on them all over the auditorium walls. Then they asked us to all get out of our seats, find a target and, on the count of three, tap our heads to the target. The collective sound was quite a bit louder than I expected. Striking!!

My favorite piece was “Cow Pong” where all the Well-Healed Miscreants lined the stage, each holding a cow bell and ping pong ball. They each bounced the ping pong balls on the side of the cow bell until it fell off. Seven of them dropped out quite quickly. The three hung in there for a while longer. Finally it was just two players making an interesting combined rythym until one fell out and the other finished the piece by letting the ping pong ball come to rest on his bell.