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Shells & Alice Walker

 

Yesterday afternoon we were wandering along the shoreline, playing in the surf and happening upon gorgeous shells that were strewn along the shore.  Gorgeous shells just cast about like little gems.  No matter how many times I visit this part of the Gulf Coast – Marco Island and Sanibel Island – I’m always amazed by the shells.  Amazed someone has not already scooped them all up and hauled them away.  Surprised that there are always more.   And thrilled by all of the beauty that you will just stumble upon.

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As I woke up this morning and reflected on our experiences yesterday, I was reminded of this poem I love – on what we love and value.   Its a perfectly timed reminder to be present and elevate and focus on what really matters.  Thanks, Ms. Walker.

 

We Alone Can Devalue Gold – by Alice Walker

We alone can devalue gold

by not caring
if it falls or rises
in the marketplace.
Wherever there is gold
there is a chain, you know,
and if your chain
is gold
so much the worse
for you.

Feathers, shells
and sea-shaped stones
are all as rare.

This could be our revolution:
to love what is plentiful
as much as
what’s scarce.

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…before they close forever …

Quote from Anthony Doerr, from the novel All The Light We Cannot See

My friends and family all know how much I love to travel.  To explore, to discover new things, to have adventures, and to share what I pick up along the way with others!  I just can’t get enough of it.  On the flight home from New Orleans I read the quote above: “Open your eyes and see all you can, before they close forever.”   And that’s it in the end – we are gifted with just a finite amount of time on this earth, and I can only hope to see, hear and experience life richly and to make an impact with the gifts and time I am given.

Sometimes we read things that just strike a chord with what’s on our mind or our heart.  Today this was it for me.   Find beauty.  Connect deeply.  Make an impact.  Love life.

Summer Vacation – NOLA Satchmo Summerfest

There always seems to be a great festival or concert going on in New Orleans, and this trip was no exception – it was the weekend of the Satchmo Summerfest.  And the great musical traditions of Louis Armstrong live on in his hometown!  The event featured many different traditional jazz and brass bands playing on the grounds of the Old U.S. Mint just off the French Market.

We saw some great bands – my favorite was the Paulin Brothers Jazz Band.  I loved the stories they told about growing up in New Orleans in a musical family and how much jazz music was a part of their life.  Forgot to take a video – but here’s a YouTube clip of them:

Between performances, the NOLA Jitterbugs taught dance lessons, and encouraged the crowd to dance during the performances – which they did.  It was as much fun to watch the dancers as to hear the terrific music 🙂   Something about swing dancing just makes me smile – it seems so happy and so free.  There was a dad out there teaching his little girls to dance, couples of all ages sowing off their great dance moves, and some colorful characters too!

We were loving the great dance moves!

Fun afternoon in NOLA!

Summer Vacation – checking out NOLA White Linen Night

As family vacations go – places with great music, art, and food tend to be high on the list of destinations.  So New Orleans is a family favorite.  We are back in NOLA for summer vacation and timing couldn’t be better: both the Satchmo Summerfest and the Whitney White Linen Night art event are going on this week.  Add that to the great restaurant destinations and you have the makings of a terrific week.

Part 1: Whitney White Linen Night

Basically its a mega-art party that shuts down 4 blocks of Julia Street in the Warehouse District of NOLA the first Saturday in August each year.  Lucky for us we happened to be here to experience it!  Apparently to fight the blazing heat of summer in August, locals took to wearing light colors and breathable fabrics.  That tradition gave a theme to the annual art event – where art lovers come out decked out in their best summer whites to enjoy the scene and tour the galleries. There were several shows opening on White Linen night, plus live music and food from local restaurants.

We saw some great artwork and love that so many people came out for the event.  Realized in seeing other pictures that we missed some big exhibits – so definitely want to get back by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Contemporary Art Center for some of the things we missed on White Linen Night.

And of course Nat and Josh had to squeeze in a photobomb – as I was trying to get a pic of one of my favorite sculptures of the night.

I fell in love with these metal sculptures
I fell in love with these metal sculptures

A few great links to check out the NOLA art scene:

Contemporary Art Center: Website Link

Julia Street Art Galleries: Gallery Web Link

Ogden Museum of Southern Art: Website

Photography Escape to Cape Hatteras

This year life got in the way of a planned girls weekend getaway, but we were determined to find even a day to get away, laugh a lot, reconnect and enjoy nature.  So my dear friend Suzi and I got our awesome hubbies to hold down the family forts so that we could escape to the North Carolina coast for a little photography getaway

We had a great visit at Cape Hatteras Bed & Breakfast in Buxton, and terrific meals – including a terrific dinner and the most amazing original craft cocktail mixed up at Cafe Pamlico (delicious blend of grapefruit, blood oranges and rum – so good!   But back to the photographs!

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