Archive for April, 2009

Thursday Threesome: High Culture in My Backyard

On the Thursday Threesome, I’ll choose a theme and describe three things that have to do with that theme. Wednesday nights after four, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is free, thanks to Citizen’s Bank. I’ve been there a couple times, but I certainly do find some fantastic beauty every time. I think I’ve even been there enough to have favorites:

  1. Van Gogh – Houses at Auvers: Hands down, this is my favorite piece in the entire museum. First, I was just fascinated that they had a Van Gogh! But this one sucks me in every time. I don’t think you can tell that well from the picture, but it is bursting with textures. It was done during the summer he committed suicide, and I can just feel the massive emotion coming from it.
  2. Matisse – Carmelina: The first two times I went to the MFA, she was located in the Hemicycle Gallery, and as we walked through, I was sad to see she wasn’t there. So I was overjoyed as we wandered through the contemporary art and there she was! Again, I like the roughness of this one, and also how it shows not only the model confronting the painter, but the painter himself at work.
  3. Sarah Bernhardt – Fantastic Inkwell (Self-Portrait as a Sphinx): When I saw this one, my first thought was, “Wait, that Sarah Bernhardt?” And the answer is, yes, it is that Sarah Bernhardt, the actress. Apparently a sculptor as well. Aside from being a really neat piece, it was also wicked hard to photograph.

Have an idea for a Thursday Threesome? Leave a comment, and I’ll see what I can do!

There You Go…

Not that I don’t like Yo Gabba Gabba…I did look for the girl one before taking the picture… 😉

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March of Dimes – This Weekend!

Hello all! I’m just realizing that April is about over, and Ethan and I are scheduled to do the March of Dimes walk this weekend at the Southwick Zoo. I am woefully behind on my fundraising, and doing a last-minute push for help. Click on the following link to donate directly:

 

http://www.marchforbabies.org/ifferjenn

 

To give you a little background on why we walk: Ethan was born in 2003, just shy of 32 weeks gestation. That’s 2 months premature. He weighed just 3 lbs, 5 oz., and was 16.5 inches long…just slightly bigger than a beanie baby. He spent his first 60 days in the NICU, which included his first Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. Finally, he did get to come home the day after his due date, January 4, 2004. This was obviously a very rough time for us, but we are relatively lucky. *knock on wood* Ethan is doing fantastic now…he’s figured out how to breathe, didn’t spend all winter sick, and the only way you could guess that he was a preemie is that he’s a little smaller than his classmates. Other families aren’t so lucky…I know of so many NICU Graduates who will forever have health problems, learning issues, or other developmental delays. Plus, since Ethan was born, I know of at least 5 miscarriages among my family and friends. The March of Dimes is doing fantastic work in researching the causes of prematurity, and we are indebted to them for the work they’ve already done.

 

Any support would be appreciated: http://www.marchforbabies.org/ifferjenn

Fog Machine

My favorite theatrical toy! Easthampton MA

Easter Surgery

Realizing this is late even for Eastern Orthodox Easter, but… I told Ethan he could cut his solid chocolate bunny into pieces. Really, this look is reserved for only these kinds of tasks. And the Nintendo. Southbridge MA

Mayflowers

I was intending to do something completely different with this picture, but I came across a happy accident with layers. I like it! Uxbridge MA

Pillar and Tether

Two things on this picture… First, I’d like to know what you all think of the shadow of the chain on the pillar. Second, though it’s not showing up as misspelled, I still think tether is spelled wrong. Uxbridge MA

Bonus!

For those of you who liked the contests from a few weeks ago, here’s another one! The Meanest Mom is hosting a gigantic Mother’s Day Contest, with some pretty fantastic prizes. Many apologies for the late notice on my end, but you need to go make your comment by tomorrow at midnight if you’d like a chance to win. I was very happy with the list of prizes, even as I don’t have a little baby anymore…plenty of items for those of you with bigger kids!

Thursday Threesome: Happy Birthday!

On the Thursday Threesome, I’ll choose a theme and describe three things that have to do with that theme. I’ve been trying not to procrastinate, but who are we kidding, really? But this week worked out as I had completely forgotten that it’s Willy Shakespeare’s birthday today! So today, you shall be treated to my top three Shakespeare works, with many thanks to Shakespeare Online:

  1. The Sonnets: Initially, I was just going to point you to Sonnet 135, where Shakespeare has fun wordplay with his name, Will. Including, yes, that Will. But as I was scrolling down looking for the number, I saw the first line of Sonnet 130, and I remembered how much I liked that one too. Mostly, I’m a big fan of the Dark Lady sonnets…the last third or so. I like how Willy finally gained a sense of humor about love and relationships, which I greatly appreciate.
  2. Richard III: While I usually prefer the comedies, I will say that Richard III is hands down my favorite play. I first saw a production of it out at Hartford Stage, starring Richard Thomas. It was a bleak, leather, vynil, rusted metal setting, and Richard Thomas was positively terrifying. I loved it!
  3. The Taming of the Shrew: Funny how a great production will do wonders for your opinion of things… While I was in college in Ithaca, there was a great produciton of Shrew done at the Kitchen Theatre. This one was cross-cast, where the women’s roles were played by men, and the men’s roles were played by women. The effect was hilarious…as was the final monologue by Kate, done over the song, “Stand By Your Man.”

Have an idea for a Thursday Threesome? Leave a comment, and I’ll see what I can do!

Clinging Vine

Of course, the next day was all sunny. But I like the effect. Worcester MA