Saturday, September 29, 2007

Smithsonian Day at the Museum

Yesterday I printed an entry to Smithsonian Day at the Washington State Historical Society Museum, the history of bridges across the Tacoma Narrows and Evolution of the Art Quilt. Only one death happened during the collapse of the original Narrow Bridge, in a car left on the bridge, a cocker spaniel. Named Tubby. That endearing sweet name reminds me of so many historical moments - like some I transcribed on a typewriter when I volunteered for awhile at the previous History Museum site - unloaded with bananas at the port, a record-size tarantula spider. For some reason these points are considered peripheral, but when we agree we all know why, some of us do not know why. Across the Sports Bowl Stadium from that gracious Greek Temple, Tacoma's Stadium High School has gained a place in the Guiness Book of World Records for the largest Reunion - over 3,200 alumni at their 100th anniversary restoration celebration a year ago.

Bror Hjorth Altarpiece

There is a work of art, an altarpiece, at Jukkusjarvi, by Bror Hjorth.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

In September, Still a Few Butterflies or Moths

Shadows of leaves on the blue planks of the wall, like the wings of butterflies.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Rain Stick

The rain stick is filled with tiny heavy granules that slide through the emptied wooden stick to sound beautiful. A couple weeks ago a large truck load of rocks of an even size was arranged and rearranged along the ground by a shovel machine - recreating folk music.

Nacken's Polska

Nacken's Polska is a song and also a sculpture by Bror Hjorth. There is a photo of the sculpture on the internet. The photo is on Flickr.

Friday, September 14, 2007

World Car Free Day - September 22

Along the sidewalk with my bicycle I encountered a youth on a bicycle. Did they know that next week is World Car Free Day?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Autumnal American Sparrows

Two sparrows lift up simultaneously to a low rhododendron bush by the sidewalk, three other sparrows already are along the same low branch. Their wings shine and blur in a shaft of sunshine. More sparrows are along a brown red board fence top, more shine and blur as they fly up to the same fence top. Some of these sparrows carry pieces of fluff from some seed pods the same white sunshine color as the shine and blur.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

A Holiday Listed On The Internet

Listed on the Internet is World Car Free Day, a day to recognize that people walk, use public transportation, or ride a bicycle.