Small Stones – January 16

“Hey, I just have to tell you, I looked at the DMV website yesterday, and it was really helpful. It told me everything I needed to know about renewing my driver’s license. Very detailed and easy to follow.”

“Wow. We should post your picture on the wall with a quote. Most people just complain.”

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For the mindfulness challenge at Writing Our Way Home.

Small Stones – January 14

Monday morning

tweeeet!

twiddle-iddle!

tweeeet!

twiddle-iddle!

who-EE-oo. who-EE-oo.

cheep!cheep!cheep!cheep!

woo-wooooooooot! woo-woooooooooot!

who-ee-oo.

twiddle-iddle!

tweet!

zzzzzzzhhhhhhhhhh.

grrrrrrrrrrrrRRRRRRR.

whump!

whump!

whump!

whirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. whirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

ehn! ehn! ehn! ehn!

sigh.

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For the mindfulness challenge at Writing Our Way Home.

Small Stones – January 13

We had an excellent docent at the NC Museum of Art today. He suggested that on each visit to the museum one look at the art through a different filter. Look at how portraiture changes through the years, look at how artists employ perspective over time, look at the use of light and shadow.

For example, today we viewed several depictions of the Madonna.

  • The Byzantine Madonna and Child were painted on a gold background. The Madonna was holding the Christ Child, who was clearly the most important figure. There was little perspective; the images were “flat” and human features inaccurate (the forehead missing, the nose too long).
  • Moving forward in time, the background was no longer gold. The images had perspective and shape, but little “life.”
  • Again moving forward the light was even and consistent throughout the painting. The Madonna was holding but not necessarily “engaged” with the Child.
  • Then the light became focused somewhat on the Madonna but still mostly on the Child. The Madonna was not only holding the Child but was also engaged in some interaction.
  • And a final version showed the Madonna alone, without the Child, marking (I suppose) the beginning of veneration of the Virgin Mary herself.

Now, please let it be said that I am no expert on art history or the Madonna, so my descriptions may be imprecise, but you get the gist of it.

I love to visit the art museum and revisit familiar art. I found this an excellent suggestion to enhance understanding and enjoyment over time.

A mindfulness exercise, yes? 🙂

Small Stones – January 12

Saint or angel?

Raleigh highs have been in the 70s the past few days—25 degrees above normal for this time of year, and the air is damp. On the way home from dinner last night, I saw how wet the pavement was and, startled, asked my husband if it had rained while we were out or if it was just condensation.

Condensation. The bricks were weeping.

When I got in the house, I realized the extra moisture had given my normally smooth, sleek, and (let’s admit it) sometimes downright flat and staticky hair body and bend.

Humidity’s halo.

Small Stones – January 10

The days are getting longer,

the chickens’ combs are redder.

Will we get eggs soon??

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For the mindfulness challenge at Writing Our Way Home.

Small Stones – January 9

Yin-Yang Salad

sweet

yellow     spicy

pepper     green

arugula

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For the mindfulness challenge at Writing Our Way Home.