Another quiet day filled with sunshine and long letters. I received a letter from my Aunt to thank me for a fan chart of the family tree that I had printed out and sent to her. She is recovering from gall bladder surgery and doing well, by her own account. Her letter included many dates and places to enter into my database.
Another envelope arrived, from one of my second cousins, containing a pamphlet she created on the family history. Staring out from the cover are the serious stare of my GG Grandmother, and the impish smile of my GG Grandfather. My GG Grandfather died when I was only six months old. I believe I was the first GG Grandchild he met. Apparently, we got on like a house on fire. I do not have any specific memories of our relationship. However, I believe that the warm feelings that come over me when I look at his picture are reminiscent of those experiences.
The doctor has told "The Teenager" that her diet must improve. She needs more calcium. I am relieved that he has had a talk with her. She will listen to him. It is unfortunate that there is a built in mechanism in some teenagers; it prompts them to ignore the advice of loving parents and honor the advice of strangers. I am always on the lookout for acceptable strangers; they usually come in the guise of professionals. It is not that they necessarily know more of course. It is more that professionals seem completely unbiased to "The Teenager", while all that free advice from home carries with it additional emotional baggage.
High road or low road; it matters little as long as the path leads in the right direction.
Thanksgiving dinner was a great success; I am still recovering from the meal. As usual, everyone ate more than they should have. The highlight of the day was the photography shoot. "Eldest Daughter" is quite a photographer and she brought along her equipment. It took us about an hour to transform the living room into a photo studio and then she began. She took the pictures with a medium-format camera; I am looking forward to seeing them as soon as she can make some time for working in the dark room.
I was very pleased to be able to sneak in a few shots with my digital camera, what a difference backdrop and lighting make! The digital camera also provided a lot of fun after the shoot. I took a whole series of pictures of the two girls clowning around together. The memory in the camera would fill; I would download the pictures onto the computer, delete them from the camera, and take another series of pictures. This was great fun until all the batteries in the house were completely dead, ending our imaginary spree.
I have not needed to cook for days and days. A turkey dinner leads to leftovers, sandwiches and soup. Today, however, I am determined to vary our diet by preparing something altogether different. When in doubt I always make spaghetti with tomato sauce. It is boring and reliable, but we enjoy it every time.
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Hot Pepper Medley
By the Easy Chair
Georgia O'Keefe: One Hundred Flowers
Edited by Nicholas Callaway
bell hooks quotes Eunice Lipton.
"Eunice Lipton, a woman art historian, said, "What would it mean for us to look at biography not from the standpoint of people's accomplishments, but from what people desired." I thought, "Wow-what a different way to conceptualize life and the value of life."
From Angry Women
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