Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SECOND ADVENTURE: WRITING

Over the next few weeks I will continue to share with you my adventures (goals) for this year.   My first adventures was Wonders of Life.   You can read about it on my 1/13/2015 post.


My second adventure is writing.  I have always enjoyed a variety of writing:   Curriculum, Retreats, How-to instructions, Short stories and, of course, my blog.

And I have always included writing in a list of my yearly goals (adventures) but I've never been really specific about it with the exception of my curriculum projects.   It's been more general in nature.

This year, I want to be very specific about this particularly adventure, about my writing.   Let me give you a bit of background...

I have always enjoyed beginning, or ending, my days with a brief meditation.   Not really religious, but spiritual in nature.   As well as being uplifting and challenging.

For instance, I enjoyed reading Sarah Ban Breathnach's Simple Abundance:  A Daybook of Comfort and Joy so much that I have used it more than once.  Others I have enjoyed reading are Sue Patton Thoele's books like The Woman's Book of Courage.

I also want to share with you that I have been on quite a journey over the past couple of years exploring my spiritual life,  my beliefs and my relationship to this vessel we call earth and all it's creations.  And this journey has led me to be more aware of the impact of resources on my meditation.

So, back to my writing.   I haven't found too many books that I enjoy using for my meditation. So one of the undertakings in my adventure in writing this year is to write a book of meditations.   One that I would enjoy reading and reflecting on.

I have begun writing already but am still working on the format.   I want to keep each meditation brief and to the point.   I have also been including brief poetry, again written by me.

I like the idea of matching the reflection pieces to specific dates but at the same time, I feel that doing so may limit the time when people begin using and reflecting on the meditations.   I haven't completely decided but am leaning toward not using specific dates. 

Another way of organizing the meditations revolves around subjects.   Do I want to group the meditations on a particular subject together or do I want to use a scatter approach?   This is one I have not decided on at all.

I am giving myself an eight month deadline to have enough written so that I can put them in an e-reader format.  Once I get that far, I plan on using a platform compatible to both Amazon and iTunes in order to sell it in e-form very inexpensively.   For my readers I will offer the opportunity to get the book for free for a short time.

Another undertaking in this adventure is to continue posting on my blog.   I really enjoy sharing things with my readers and appreciate the challenge of writing a post several times a week.  And now that I will be living in New York City, I think there will be lots of things to write about...lots of adventures to share with you.

On another note, I have picked up a pen and begun creating again...

I finished this today.   I was totally surprised at how much I enjoyed doing this.   Hopefully, my dry spell is over and I will be able to create once again.

Thanks for checking things out here...
'Je suis Charlie'...
Talk to you later...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

MY FIRST ART ADVENTURE - MOMA

After I took pictures of my new apartment last Friday, I took the subway back to Grand Central Station in Manhattan and walked the fourteen blocks to MOMA...The Museum of Modern Art. Check out the inside and outside photos...


I picked up my annual membership...

And went right in to see the Exhibit of Matisse Cut Outs.   The lines at MOMA are long, very long.   The price of admission is $25.   The price of a basic membership is $85.   If you are going to MOMA more than a couple times, it really is cheaper to get the membership.   There are a ton of benefits such as skipping the line and going right into an exhibit, free lectures and videos, discounts at the cafe and store.

Of course, you can get in free on Friday afternoon/evenings but the line wrapped around the block when I left last Friday...long, very long.

I couldn't take pictures of the exhibit...not even covert ones.   There were multiple guards in every room.   The exhibit begins small, seemingly insignificant, but with each succeeding room the pieces become larger and more complicated.   I was totally amazed.   This is one exhibit that I will be going back to see several times.

I did purchase some postcards and took pictures of them to give you a bit of the flavor...



Some of the pieces were almost larger than life...12 by 5 feet and 10 by 8 feet and even larger.   All were colorful.   I really liked the feeling the exhibit provided:   Playful, colorful, childlike, brings a smile to your face type.

I know that many analysts try to find deeper meanings to pieces of art.   And that's okay.   But me?   I like to enjoy my immediate response.

For instance, whenever I see a Grandma Moses primitive piece, I smile.   Don't ask me why...I just love to look at her work.  It brings to mind a simpler, happier time.   And yes, I know that is all in my mind.   But that's okay because it's what I experience that counts to me.

Each of us has to find what pieces of art bring them joy.   Can you imagine the great adventures you'd have on that quest?

I won't be going to Maine until next week.  A good friend has a birthday celebration this Friday and I didn't want to miss it.    So, things will be a bit later than anticipated, but I'm still excited about moving into my new place.

That's all for today...
Thanks for visiting...
'Je suis Charlie'...
Talk to you later...

Monday, January 19, 2015

MY NEW APARTMENT

I made it into the city on Friday and, as promised, I took pictures of my new apartment.   It's on the third floor of an elevator, pre-war building.   I posted pictures of the outside and lobby previously. (I normally don't include this many pictures in one post but have reduced the pix-size so they should load fast.)

The approximate measurements of the apartment are: The living room 19 1/2 by 12 1/2 feet, the bedroom 16 1/2 by 12 feet, the foyer 20 1/2 by 6 feet, the kitchen 12 by 9 feet, plus there is a 7 3/4 by 3 feet closet in the foyer (included in foyer measurements), a 5 1/2 by 4 3/4 feet walk in closet in the bedroom (not included in the bedroom measurements) and a 34" square linen closet in the hallway.

From the entrance door (Note large closet on the right, door to kitchen on the left)::

From the foyer into living room (Note:  I have an in the wall air conditioner here and in bedroom!!!:

From the living room to the entrance door:


Hallway and closet (bathroom to the left, bedroom to the right):


Bedroom:


Bathroom with walk-in tub:


And the kitchen:


This is a really nice sized apartment and I am going to enjoy living and working in it.   I also found out that if I come during office hours, I will have no problem finding a parking place.   After 5, however, forget it...I may have to park several blocks away.  That's fine because most of the time I will be using mass transit to get around!!!

The foyer is so big I could set up a dining room table if I wanted.  But instead I will be setting up a place to take pictures and make tutorials for my blog.    The living room is so large that I will probably set up the seating area in the front third by the window and use the rest for my studio.

I had another great adventure on Friday, but I will share that with you tomorrow.   Something I will be doing again and again.

Hope your weekend was great.
There's a new weekly journal prompt posted.
'Je suis Charlie'
Sorry that the Packers lost.   Happy the Patriots won.
Talk to you later.