return to the mainland




Andy returned home yesterday

after a fabulous 10 days in Hawaii

he hiked mountains

dove from cliffs into the ocean

snorkled in Shark Cove

and visited Pearl Harbor

now it’s back to reality

back to some heavy violin practice

as he’s been chosen to play the Mozart Concertante

next fall in a violist friend’s recital

he’s very excited!


Meanwhile, my son Eric spent most of the week in the UK

in Bristol to be exact

he loved the English countryside

many festivities going on

with the Queen’s Jubilee

unfortunately, he hasn’t had much success with the wiFi

but hopes to send some photos at some point

yesterday, he flew to Paris

next few days will be spent filming in France

little reminder Eric, if you read this

don’t forget to buy me those macarons!


physically challenged?




There is a kind of beauty in imperfection
 ~Conrad Hall

show of hands


Hands calm us, feed us, and scratch our backs. They intimidate, bless, encourage, and stop us. They soothe and caress.
They draw our attention to the good and the bad, often suggesting exuberance or fear.

~Charles Flowers


daniel and the starfish

little fingers

“In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

my mother's pearls

“Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.”
~Carl Sandburg

it's ok to get messy!

“Jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty, fall flat on your face and then reach for the stars.”
~Ben Stein

“Our hands often reveal what we really think but do not say.
They can show a range of feelings and emotions from confusion and frustration
to joy, understanding, love, and compassion.”
~S. McCurry


thumbs up

useful creatures




Just a minute, Wilbur.
[she climbs up and wraps the fly]
Charlotte: He’ll make a perfect breakfast for me.
Wilbur: [shuddering] Ooooh. You mean you eat flies?
Charlotte: Why, certainly. I eat anything that gets caught in my web. I have to live, don’t I?
Wilbur: [nervously] Why, yes, of course. Do they taste good?
Charlotte: Delicious.
Wilbur: LECCH!
Charlotte: Course, I don’t really *eat* them, I drink their blood. I love blood.
Wilbur: [gasps] Oh, please don’t say things like that.
Charlotte: Why not? It’s true.
Wilbur: But it’s *cruel*.
Charlotte: Well, you can’t talk. You have your meals brought to you in a pail. Nobody feeds me. I live by my wits.
Wilbur: It just seems an odd sort of diet.
Charlotte: Do you realize that if I didn’t eat them, bugs would get so numerous, they’d destroy the earth? Spiders are really very useful creatures.

and the journey begins

Greetings from some starving village in Eastern Europe! 

 Oh wait…I’m in Detroit. 

Never mind.


First text from Eric as he embarks on his trip to Europe today