Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 11

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"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." -- Albert Einstein




Eat local.  Support your neighbors, and avoid all of the pollution, etc., caused by shipping food in from somewhere else.

Ann Arbor farmers' market, open on Saturdays all year 'round.  Meat, eggs, cheese, root vegetables, cabbages.  Jam.  Candles.  Paintings. 

Plenty of apples.



Last year we enjoyed Braeburn apples from Kapnicks until May.  Hoping these tasty apples last as long this year.



Lots of squashes of various kinds.



Bagel from Zingerman's Bakehouse.  Mmmmmmmm.


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Lost in Light -- the Milky Way

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The Milky Way, with and without light pollution.



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February 10

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"Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote." -- George Jean Nathan



February 10 was a bright blue day with amazing skies.




I can't really see it above, but my eye was following a plane and its jet trail.  Here's a closer crop.....





Wow, eh?  I kept stopping, as I walked, taking it all in..........


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Friday, February 17, 2017

February 9

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"Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law." -- Douglas Hofstadter, professor of cognitive science. 

@kehdeebee on Instagram is posting a series of very interesting articles about strong and significant people.

I am being schooled on the concepts of persistence and resistance.  So many of those who came before us spent years, decades, generations fighting for basic human rights.  Often at the risk of their lives.

I am working toward displaying more of the determination and fortitude I am learning about.

There are so many things I *do not want to do* that need to be done.  Sigh.



For a brief while on February 9 it snowed really hard.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 7

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"Life is short. Art is long."– Maira Kalman



Looking east through West Park.  I decided to walk on this untended path, despite the slush, because the fog looked so cool.  I had never seen the park like this before the 7th.



The fog covered the lowest part of the park -- hardly a surprise.  The pond is in the low area, but isn't the entire low area.


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February 6

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"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness." -- Martin Luther King.



Sunrise, and sunset, in Tree Town on February 6.  Hooray for sunshine in the dead of winter.



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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

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"Every morning we are born again.  What we do today is what matters most."  -- Buddha



Heart of lights, in a neighbor's front window.


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Monday, February 13, 2017

February 5

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"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.



Isn't this a great idea? The Ann Arbor District Library does this for Valentine's Day.  Librarians wrap books (and videos) in brown paper, and write clues on the outside, and you check 'em out without knowing what it is inside.  



I always look forward to this, and check out at least one item.

The first week the brown packages were available, they seemed to be all for kids.  "Your favorite princesses!"  Um.  No, thanks......

I was pleased to find this one on the 5th.  This is me all, over.  Yes, please, beach combing, and other treasure-finding......

 I'm prolonging the suspense.  I haven't opened it yet.  I'll let you know, after I open it.


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

February 4

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"If you have the feeling that something is wrong, don't be afraid to speak up." - Fred Korematsu



Our blinds have plastic rods that you twist to tilt the slats (or whatever the individual blind pieces are called). When the sun shines through the rods, we get rainbows.

I happened to be in the right place at the right time to see this.

I'm happy to start the day with a rainbow on my tea bag.



What happens if I turn the cup?  More, brighter rainbow!



Walking downtown to the farmers' market and Kerrytown.  This is the north entry into West Park.  The park is in a wide ravine between Huron and Miller.



I am not a frosting person.  I would not like to eat this.

But I like looking at it.  (It was really pinker than this.  The lights on this display case are really yellow, making this look more coral or orange-ish.)



Nice work with the frosting squisher-outer.



Walking home.  Art under the railroad tracks.


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Saturday, February 11, 2017

February 2

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"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." -- Alice Walker



Dawn on the 2nd, through frosty windows.









Mid-afternoon blue skies.


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Friday, February 10, 2017

February 1

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"One doesn't have to operate with great malice to do great harm.  The absence of empathy and understanding is sufficient."  -- Charles M. Blow




Sunrise in Tree Town. 



Queen Anne's lace, and tomato cages.



Queen Anne's lace seed heads, full of snow.



Looking east through West Park.






Barberry.





Dog.



In the late afternoon it snowed again.
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Thursday, February 09, 2017

grocery-store tulips

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"When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package." -- John Ruskin, author, art critic, and social reformer (8 Feb 1819-1900)





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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

January 31

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"We may have come here on different ships, but we're in the same boat now." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.



The pond at West Park.  Ice, with scattered holes.  Wondering why.........



Enhanced to show the texture of the ice around the holes.  This reminds me of a neuron.



Snow person on the bridge over the pond.


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Monday, February 06, 2017

January 30

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"I, too, am America." – poet Langston Hughes



Sunrise in Tree Town.



Later.  A little bit of sort-of-blue sky.....



The above, with a "photocopy" filter.



Someone's shoes left these marks on the sidewalk.



Grocery-store flowers!  Gerbera.



Kalanchoe.



A gift bag on the rack at the grocery.  Love the color(s)!!!


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