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Two weekends in May

first Mother's Day as a Grandmother

It must have been a special Greek holiday last weekend. St.
Michael’s in Beaumont put on a full day of dancing, music and of course—FOOD!
Weather was perfect although the dancers were sweating at the end of their
numbers; the accordion player was fabulous and the tour of the church interior
most interesting. For a congregation of just 125 members, it was a remarkable
feat and I think every single member was there.  Here are lovely photographs of the interior–it was spectacular!

Two consecutive days in Houston rather wore me
out—Thursday was visit the dermatologist day for my semi-annual skin check
for basal cell cancers—a mark of my hat-less, sunscreen-less, outside from
sun-up to sun-down childhood in Northern Climes. I managed to get in a visit to
three museums—the CAM or Contemporary Art Museum—they were setting up for a new
exhibit but the book shop was open and I chatted for some time about Texas
Sculptor Jim Love—AND bought the last copy of his book! On to the
Contemporary Craft Museum—this was not so remarkable. Paper cranes were nesting
on the window ledges and the reception desk; a new exhibit was in the entry to
the Gold Standard Exhibit. The new work was made from banana pulp squished into
paper circles and then dyed or stained or painted—and arranged in concentric
circles. The artist thought of them as viruses—I thought they looked a lot
like knock-offs of Chiluly’s glass works.

The Museum of Fine Arts was crowded with Third graders and
Sixth graders all on field trips from assorted schools in the area. Café Express
was buzzing and the lines were long—but I enjoyed the Carlos Cruz-Diaz exhibit—which
is about poly-chromatics and how the eye sees color. His work began very humbly
with strips of colored cardboard and wooden pegs and shapes—that looked
suspiciously like the building blocks one of my brothers had as a child. His
later work is dazzling with strips of aluminum that reflect colors.  Here is website for many of Houston’s fine Museums.

Rain—oceans of rain hampered my planned time in the Cullen
Sculpture Garden and I got rather soaked on my way back to my truck.

Friday was Texas Medical Association meeting day at the
George R Brown. It seemed that we all just rattled about that huge place—compared
to the Quilt Fest. A fire alarm—false—sent some of us scrambling down the
escalators—and I went home.

Today, Saturday, is Election day—for City Mayor and School

I balanced my checkbook, did a load of laundry, washed the dishes,
written thank-you notes, and now I’m heading upstairs to my sewing room and
listen to a book on tape and work!

And as always, here is the smugmug site for some of the photos of the past two weeks.

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