Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Two of my Favorite Things in One Place

Last week, my friend Craig brought his solar-powered sound installation, Sun Boxes, to the Walnut Hill Park Rose Garden, which is one of my favorite places in my home town.

Sun Boxes at the Rose Garden

I had missed seeing the Sun Boxes last year when they were at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum outside of Boston, but I had the opportunity to see them earlier this year with Sister K in Brookfield, CT.  We loved them (Sister K said it was better than Tanglewood) and were really excited that Craig was able to bring them to New Britain.


It was a beautiful day, and, in the evening, there was a free yoga class. It was really peaceful and calming after a long day at work. Everyone had a great time.

Sun Boxes at the Rose Garden

The Sun Boxes are currently traveling through the state parks of the Green Mountain State (this coming weekend they are at Camp Plymouth State Park in Ludlow), and if you have a chance to go hear this piece, I highly recommend it.

It is difficult to explain what Sun-Boxes are; it is better to listen for yourself! (Personally, I like to listen to the Sun Boxes recordings that I have when I am having difficulty trying to sleep. They are so restful.)

Sunday, July 8, 2012


Today's Wimbledon men's final is very exciting to Britons (and Anglophiles alike) because this is the first time since 1938 a Brit is in the final. (Fred Perry was the last one to win in 1936.)

And the first time that I have ever rooted AGAINST Roger Federer in a men's tennis final.

Reminds me of this fun rom-com/sappy sports movie...

 If Andy Murray doesn't end up winning today, I will have to give Paul Bettany a shot. (SPOILER: Yes, there is a happy ending to the film. Hopefully there will be a happy ending to today's match!)

Fred Perry has a shirt named after him; I wonder what Murray would get. A kilt?  ;-)  Back to the nail biting (Federer is ahead in the second set as I type.)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day!

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of AMERICA. WHEN, in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another; and to assume, among the Powers Of The Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the Causes which impel them to the Separation. We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

(It does go against my Anglophile nature to support the American revolution, but my fired-up New Englander nature agrees that Georgie 3 and the Parliament deserved it.)


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