A White Thanksgiving

Going back to New York for Thanksgiving was so nurturing – being with family and friends in the natural beauty of the mountains for the first time in many months. It snowed too, a real treat after two winters in Austin, Texas. There is this great cycle to a snow storm; lots of chatter and excitement that it’s going to happen, preparations and changes in travel plans…and then being there all together as the quiet white settles in.

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Halloween 2014

Pardon me while I fill in some gaps here as I resurrect the blog over the next couple of days.

New stuff next week!

This past Halloween was very black with bats, vampires, and Darth Vader. Note the Princess Leia Jack-o-Lantern kept with the theme. It was very social and neighborly by our house.20141031-OCT_4130.halloween.web

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AVAN LAVA

20140914.avanlava.2483.2_webAvan Lava (“ah-VAHN lah-VAH”) is an engaging, fun band out of NYC. They have been to Austin twice since I’ve lived here –  for SXSW and Stargayzer festivals. I spent a couple of days seeing music with them. Their knowledge and enthusiasm about the other acts made for a great time. p.s. I love photographing people who like each other.

Holi 2014

Holi is the Hindu festival celebrating the arrival and color of the spring season. The Hindu Students Association here in Austin at UT put on an amazing celebration – even billing it as the largest waste free event in the US!

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“Beauty is enjoyable.”

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This year has continued our settling in to life in Austin, Texas. I’m happy to say more people I know come through this city than our previous residence.

My husband shot this, one of my favorite pictures from 2013. I’m with Hugh Masekela, my “Uncle Hugh” when he was here to play with Larry Willis back in June. Hugh was one of my father’s best friends. To hear is voice, and his trumpet, makes me feel at home. We sat on the back terrace at The One World Theater for dinner after soundcheck. When he and Larry were called for the show, Hugh joked to the guy “There won’t be a concert tonight. We’ll bring the audience up two by two and have conversations!”

I got to see another couple of friends who were in town on Sunday. One I’ve known since the 7th grade. The kind you jump right in with however long it’s been. At one point he looked at me and said “You have to see this movie”. So that night I saw “Herb and Dorothy”, a documentary from 2008. It’s about the Vogels, an unassuming pair who amass an impressive contemporary art collection in NYC during the 1960’s, ’70’s and ’80’s. (This post title is a quote from Mr. Vogel)

I love this observation by Richard Tuttle on Herb and Dorothy Vogel:

“Most of us go through the world never seeing anything. Then you meet somebody like Herb…and Dorothy…who have eyes that see. Something goes from the eye to the soul without going through the brain”

May you see and enjoy much beauty in 2014.