Category Archives: Culture

Looking For Love

Robert Indiana died on May 19th.  He’s the artist who created this iconic design of the word LOVE.  You’ve probably seen it somewhere in some form.  It was orignally made for a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art in New York and has been featured on postage stamps as well as in sculpture form in many cities, including New York and Philadelphia.

Love sculpture in JFK Plaza in Philadelphia

The news of Robert Indiana’s death had me searching through the media library on this blog for images described with the word love.  

Photographed at an April 2012 Earth Day celebration in Winnipeg this placard exhorts people to LOVE creation. 

This statue of Joey Smallwood the first premier of Newfoundland depicts him with his hand over his heart to show his LOVE for his province. Photo taken in Gambo Newfoundland in October 2016. 

This declaration of  LOVE was photographed on the side of a building when I was in Austin Texas in March of 2014 watching our son perform at the South by Southwest Music Festival.

A child made this drawing for me about her LOVE for art in August of 2016 after I had taken her on a tour of the Winnipeg Art Gallery

I saw this statement about LOVE from Dr. Martin Luther King in Phoenix Arizona at a professional basketball game in January of 2017 on Dr. Martin Luther King Day.  I have decided to stick with love.  Hate is too great a burden.  Bob Marley had a song called One LOVE. I photographed this image on his former home in Jamaica when I visited it in February of 2014

Thomas Edison was good friends with Helen Keller who autographed this photo for him with the words…..
Not loudness but LOVE sounds in your ear my friend. Helen Keller. I photographed it at the Thomas Edison Museum in Florida in February of 2014

I photographed Wayan in Ubud, Bali in March of 2008. Wayan is one of the main characters in Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Eat, Pray, LOVE.

This sculpture called LOVE of Learning by J.D. Lees is outside the site of one of the city of Steinbach’s first schools. I photographed it in October of 2013.

My husband made me give the sculpture The Bean in Chicago a kiss of LOVE in December of 2011.

Other posts…………

Meeting Wayan From Eat Pray Love

A Lovely Day in Steinbach

Holding Joey Smallwood’s Hand

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Is Binge- Watch A Word?

atypicalLast night I binged-watched a series on Netflix called Atypical. It was about a family whose eighteen year old autistic son has decided its time for him to start dating.  The series shows how having an autistic child impacts every member of the family in both positive and challenging ways.  There is lots of love and antagonism, responsibility and irresponsibility, independence seeking and bonding as the family tries to get things right.  

offspringAtypical is the third Netflix series I’ve binge-watched.  The other two are Offspring and Outlander.  Offspring had six seasons with around a dozen episodes each and Outlander two seasons each with sixteen hour-long episodes.  After both those instances of binge-watching  I vowed not to binge-watch again because when I do I neglect many other important things in my life. 

However last night when my husband abandoned our planned bike ride to watch the Blue Jays game I decided to binge-watch Atypical, a series that had been recommended to me. I wasn’t sorry.  It was an engaging and interesting show and with only eight episodes each  thirty to forty minute long I finished the series in one evening.  

As I started to write this post I was wondering if I should hyphenate binge-watched or if it was even a word.  So I looked it up and yes indeed it is a word.  In fact the Collins English Dictionary chose ‘binge-watch’ as its word of the year in 2015. I also discovered that about 64% of North Americans binge-watch a television series at least once a year.  So in that way I’m not atypical but very typical indeed. 

Other posts……….

Offspring

Warms Your Heart and Makes You Laugh Out Loud

What in the World is That? 

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A Haunted Island

pointing-to-the-island-1On one of our morning walks here in Costa Rica my brother and I spotted a little island at the North Point of Tamarindo Bay. It seemed to grow smaller and larger with the rise and fall of the tide.  I wanted to know more about it. isla-del-capitan-tamarindoI found out it is called Isla del Capitan because of a local legend that a shipwrecked captain swam to the island from his sinking ship and died there. They say the Captain’s ghost stalks the island, so no one dares to spend the night there.  isla-del-capitanI thought this outcropping near the tip of the island might be the remains of building of some sort where the captain had taken refuge. But a close-up shot shows it is only a rock.moored-boats-isla-del-capitanMany fisherman moor their boats near the island. brown-pelicans It is a popular nesting and roosting spot for the local pelicans.  people-on-isla-de-captian

Apparently a destination wedding has been held on the island so you can access it by boat. One morning we did see some people on the island with no boat in sight so they must have swum out to Isla del Capitan. It might be a good thing to try one day when we are looking for an adventure. 

Other posts…..

A Great House Haunts Me

Winnipeg’s Millenium Centre- Haunted By Ghosts

The Driedgers Bike Boblo Island

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Extra Crispy

“Wow!”   “That’s extra crispy!”  I was giving a tour of the Olympus exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery yesterday to a group of 11 to 14 year olds. They were fantastic! They knew so much about ancient Greek mythology and they were so excited about seeing the exhibit.  One boy kept remarking that each new thing I showed them was ‘extra crispy’ so finally I asked him what that meant. He told me it means something is totally awesome and amazing. When I got home I looked it up and sure enough right there in the online urban dictionary it says…….

EXTRA CRISPY

Something so good, so hot, so amazing, it can only be described in two words; extra crispy. 

So if you haven’t seen the Olympus exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery yet, come on down for an extra crispy experience. 

Other posts……

Sunday Afternoon at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

What Talent! Olympus Inspired Art

The Goddess of Running Shoes and Olympic Medals

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Matching- The Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Nelson Atkins Museum

 I visited the Neslson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City last week.  Guess what I found? 

Aphrodite Nelson Atkins Museum - Kansas City

Aphrodite- Nelson Atkins Museum of Art – Kansas City

Aphrodite Olympus Exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Aphrodite- Olympus Exhibit- Winnipeg Art Gallery

Kylix red figure vase Nelson Aitkins Museum of Art

Kylix red figure vase Nelson Atkins Museum of Art- Kansas City

Kylix black figure vase Olympus exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Kylix black figure vase Olympus exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Sarcophagus Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City

Sarcophagus Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City

Sarcophagus Olympus exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Sarcophagus Olympus exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Ancient Jewelry Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City

Ancient Jewelry Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City

Ancient Jewelry Olympus Exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Ancient Jewelry Olympus Exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Other posts……..

The Obama Chair House in Kansas City
Cool Stuff Outside the Nelson Atkins Museum

Connections at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

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Radios-Good and Evil

“It’s just a fad,”  says Lord Grantham the patriarch of Downtown Abbey. Dave and I are watching the fifth season of the Downtown Abbey series and in a recent episode Rose, a young relative who lives with the family, lobbies for a wireless radio in the house. Lord Grantham finally rents one when he learns a speech by King George V  will be broadcast on the radio.  The family gathers to listen to the speech and later Lord Grantham agrees to keep the wireless, even though he declares, “it’s just a fad.”  In the mean time the lord’s mother predicts that the intimacy of radio will do damage to the royal family who needs to maintain an aura of mystery and detachment from the public. 

all-the-light-we-cannot-see“Radio- it ties a million ears to a single mouth.” That’s a quote from a book I just finished reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Radios play such an important role in the World War II novel.  Eventually it is a radio which brings together the two young protagonists whose alternating stories have engaged us throughout the novel. The book demonstrates how the radio can be used both for good and evil.  A quote from Nazi cabinet minister Joseph Goebbels begins the book “It would not have been possible for us to take power or to use it in the ways we have without the radio. “

We listened to American talk shows on the radio as we drove to Arizona.  One thing that struck me about hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Michael Savage and Laura Ingraham was the utter disrespect they have for President Obama.  It was almost embarrassing to listen to.  Many Canadians do not agree with the policies and actions of our prime minister Stephen Harper, but you don’t hear people on the radio here calling him the devil incarnate, a spoiled child, evil, a traitor to his country, or stupid.  Americans elected their president democratically.  Shouldn’t that entitle him to at least a modicum of respect? 

Me and my Grandpa Schmidt

Me and my Grandpa Schmidt

My maternal grandfather loved to listen to the Amos and Andy show on his Philco radio. He would lie on the couch and laugh and laugh until his mother-in-law Marie who thought listening to the radio was far too worldly, would shake her head and say to her daughter Annie, “My goodness. What is Pete laughing about now?”

Other posts about the radio……….

I was  on the Radio

Radio on the Road

Where Were You? 

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Inuit Games

This past week I’ve been organizing, photographing and writing description cards for the items on the art gallery education department Inuit cart. It  contains all kinds of objects we use on our Inuit art tours with students.  Here are some Inuit games and toys I’ve photographed and written about. ( For my international readers who may not know, the Inuit are the First Nations or aboriginal people from Canada’s most northern communities)inuit bone and cup gameThis is the bone and cup game.  You toss the cup with holes in the air and try to catch it on the pointed bone. inuit doll

This Inuit doll is carved from caribou antler.  The arms and legs are attached with sinew.  These dolls go back to ancient Inuit history. bag of bones game inuitThese bones are tossed onto the ground from an animal skin bag.  Hence the game’s name Bag of Bones.  The kids race to shape the bones into the paw or claw of an animal. tugging game

These are tugging bones. Two people sit on the ground facing one another feet placed against the other’s feet. The intent is to pull each other up off the ground while holding onto the tugging bones.

I’m also adding some strings to the cart so the children can try story telling games with the strings. 

Other posts about Inuit art………..

An Inuit Art Primer

The Globalization of Art

Up on the Roof Top

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