But I am happy to say that there is some time for reading again. I want to cram in every word, paragraph and page while there is time. I just finished Eat Pray Love. It was a beautiful book, very timely for me, as I will be traveling to Italy (eat), need to slow down (pray) and am looking for balance in my life (love). It came at just the right time for me and I hung on every word. Even learned a bit of Italian too ~ l'arte d'arrangiarsi: the art of making something out of nothing
I read while flying to and fro Valley Ridge Art Studio in Madison, WI.First stop - University of Wisconsin book store. I love being on a college campus and UW/Madison is one of the best. Then it was off to the rolling hills of cheese country where we spent an unseasonably cold and very wet weekend making art.Here's one version of the weekend: Beth's blog, and here's Laura's version. That's Laura on the left and Beth on the right (Tricia, me and Jane in between)~ they definately had a fun weekend...but who didn't. We were all very relaxed and happy and "in the zone."
Today I had to go to downtown DC. I have not been there for a while and it is always exciting. I drove past all the museums and galleries I have been meaning to go to. I did not have the time to stop today, but I must make time. I must. It is important to fill the well, broaden the vision and drink in the beauty. It was a weird feeling, because I knew that Lynne Perrella and her husband, John, were in town, walking those very streets, strolling through those very galleries. I so wanted to be with them, but will make do with meeting up with them for dinner tonight. They ended up staying about 2 miles from my house! It's great when you can see a fellow teacher and friend somewhere besides an art retreat when we are hurried and working and seeing hundreds of other familiar, fun faces.
In two weeks I will be off again for what feels like a marathon teaching adventure. But rest assured I will have my books with me. Right now it's The Memory Keepers Daughter which is wonderful. Waiting for me at the library is A Student of Living Things YUM!
A (wo)man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of her life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.~ Goethe