15 tips for traveling in Seattle, Washington

25 05 2014

I recently traveled to Seattle for the American Alliance of Museums Annual Conference, and in my downtime I made the effort to get to know this ‘Emerald City’ on the sound. Seattle itself has a population a little over 600,000, but its metropolitan area comes in at over 3 million. It feels similar to both Portland, Oregon and Denver, Colorado in both size and attitude. It’s casual with a touch of urban, and boasts great food, music, and beer. What’s not to like?

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Some days…

19 07 2013

…my job leaves me awestruck by the incredible creativity and beauty in our world.
Yesterday was one of those days.

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This summer the Denver Art Museum is hosting an exhibition of nearly all new works by Chicago-based artist Nick Cave. The exhibition, Nick Cave:Sojourn, is breathtaking in its own right but what’s more is that the Denver Art Museum has brought not one but TWO performances with Nick’s soundsuits to Denver as well.

The first performance was June 28. Nick worked with three area dance companies to create vignettes with a variety of Nick’s wearable sculptures. The second performance is tonight in collaboration with the city of Denver’s Biennial of the Americas and will occur in the middle of Civic Center Park. Tonight’s performance features 30 of Nick’s horse soundsuits, which are created primarily from natural and synthetic raffia and weigh approximately 60 pounds. It takes two people to ‘man’ these wearable sculptures, and quite a bit of strength and coordination.

I had the good fortune of witnessing the dress rehearsal yesterday under the bright blue Colorado sky with Denver’s downtown skyline in the background. These magnificent creations truly came alive; inspiring a sense of child-like awe in all of us watching. Adults and children alike watched with glee and delight as these ‘animals’ took over the park. And I for one could not have wiped the ear-to-ear grin off of my face if I tried.





Yellow and Red

8 07 2013

Well, its July. Let’s kick it off with a haiku:

Summer heat arrives
in a growing garden of green
yellow and red pop.

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Egg update

24 06 2013

It’s been almost a week since our first hen began laying. We’ve had six beautiful blue eggs from her and yesterday our sliver laced wyandotte layed her first egg! I snapped a quick pic with the two laying hens and each of their first eggs.

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The eggs are still a little on the small side, but I’ve already seen an increase in size from our ameraucana over the last week. It’s quite a delight to watch the hens settle into the nest to lay the eggs, adjusting the nesting material to suit their needs.

I’m a little surprised our buff orpington isn’t laying, as she’s the oldest in the flock by two weeks. She’s not showing any signs of laying anytime soon either. Maybe she’s just a bit of a late bloomer?





And then there were two!

20 06 2013

And this time she layed it in the nest box next to the blown glass eggs my grandmother gave me. My great-grandmother used them with her chickens in the 1920s and my grandmother saved them all this time. How cool is that?

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The first egg is here!

18 06 2013

And it’s beautifully blue! Now if only she can make it to the nest box next time…

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Edited to add: a farm fresh brown egg for size comparison (below).

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15 tips for traveling in San Francisco, California

10 06 2013

San Francisco is one of my very favorite places! With a population a little over 800,000 it’s no Los Angeles or New York City, but it has the feel of a big city and all of the amenities you’d expect of one.

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