Monthly Archives: April 2010

Possible Disruption

As of tomorrow, Blogger is discontinuing the FTP service I’ve been happily using for years. Since I refuse to have my work held hostage on someone else’s servers, that means I’m having to migrate to other blogging software (in this case WordPress).

I’m hoping to make a reasonably smooth transition, but things will likely be messy and a bit disorganized for awhile. My archives will likely take a while to get integrated.

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Thanks for hanging in with me while I deal with this massive inconvenience!

Kennedy Center Evening

Kennedy Center

I went to see a performance of the Shen Wei Dance Arts in the Eisenhower Theatre at the Kennedy Center. Although Shen Wei was involved in choreographing the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Beijing, these pieces were not showy or on a grand scale; rather, they were intimate, intricate, and hypnotic. They were also extremely physical in a modern vein, with a vocabulary of movements at least in part evolved from Twyla Tharp and Mark Morris but not in the least tritely derivative. I would definitely go to another performance of this company.

A Rider Vanishes

On the Capitol Crescent trail.

I spent a lovely couple of hours this afternoon in Bethesda, enjoying the perfect weather and practicing my panning shots. This one had the bonus of a third bicyclist coming from the opposite direction at exactly the right instant.

Bow Before Spring

Purple tulips.

Yes, it’s another picture of flowers. You know why? Because flowers are beautiful, even at twilight when the light is failing. These tulips were bending before a cold breeze that belies the season. We aren’t yet at a time of reliable warmth. But it’s coming, the tulips say so, and they are never wrong.

Reflection on Dining

Restaurant exterior.

I can see myself here, (if you know what I mean).

Clichéd and Unconcerned

This lovely little soul was rescued bodily from the hands of irresponsible custodians by some friends. He became the unofficial mascot of Abbie’s wedding shower.

It’s a terrible photograph: blurry, badly framed, etc. But look at that face! Sweetest puppy EVAR (and his fur was so soft).

Splendor

Lynn and I went to the Smithsonian Craft Exhibition at the Building Museum this afternoon. I was able to persuade her to try on this lovely ($900!!) jacket, which fit her perfectly. Its maker, Starr Hagenbring, had no business cards, which totally scandalized me. (If I ever manage to make it into a prestigious show like this one, please feel free to kick me firmly in the butt if I don’t have cards in my stall to hand out to admirers!)

April Showers

At a baby shower.

Friends Dooley and Barb read a card at their baby shower.

Three women.

Abbie, Abbie’s Mom Linda, and her Mother-In-Law-to-be Charlotte.

It was a full day of life passage celebrations today. I’m privileged to be able to join my friends for these occasions.

Elements

Bread, Oil, Garlic, Rosemary

Bread, oil, garlic, rosemary. More than enough substance and flavor for a meal.

Some Knots

Pole and wires.

This is going to be one of those images that only its maker likes. There’s something about the calligraphy of the various wires and pipes that tickles me. I even like the little slice of sign and the little bit of rope at the top left.