christine center 2.22.2018

Last weekend I attended my annual Goddess Retreat gathering at the Christine Center. Except for iffy traveling in February, which can be treacherous here in Wisconsin, it’s one of my favorite annual activities. My Goddess Retreat group meets each February for a few days, and it’s my chance to share and grow and love with…

colorado skies 1.11.2018

Today in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, the temperature is expected to drop over 40 degrees – from a high of 51 degrees fahrenheit to a low of 10! Along with rain turning to ice, sleet, and snow, it’s a good day to stay inside. And a good day to reminisce about traveling to other climates. These…

Colorado art redux, 2017, round 2 11.30.2017

This is my second of two posts about art I saw in Denver, Colorado during my visit there last month. For this year’s visit, the only art museum or gallery I went to was the Denver Art Museum. I was lucky to be there for a small contemporary Japanese ceramics exhibit titled “From the Fire.”…

Colorado art redux, 2017, round 1 11.16.2017

Last month I made my annual trek To Denver, Colorado to visit my daughters Elly and Berit, and as usual, I visited the wonderful Denver Art Museum. These are just a few (I have so many!) of my favorite figurative pieces from the museum. If you ever travel to Denver, I urge you to take…

one last santa fe post 7.20.2017

Just a few more things about Santa Fe. (I LOVED it there!) The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe is a great place to visit. Here are a couple of my favorite pieces there. I love the colors and the abstract designs. And here’s a picture of me standing next to a super…

santa fe: flora 7.13.2017

While in Santa Fe a couple weeks ago, my friends and I enjoyed several hikes, along with delightedly ogling an entirely different landscape and flora than here in the midwest. Madison sits at 741 feet above sea level; Santa Fe is at 7,198 feet. Madison averages 34.5 inches of annual precipitation; Santa Fe gets a…

duluth vacation 6.15.2017

Last week I took a mini vacation, first stopping in Shoreview, Minnesota – just north of the “twin cities” of Minneapolis and St. Paul. There I visited family for a few days. Then I drove northeast to Duluth, Minnesota, also known, together with Superior, Wisconsin, as the “twin ports.” Located at the western part of…

pattern in Sanibel 1.12.17

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about beach art at Sanibel Island, Florida, where I spent the first two weeks of December 2016 with my sweetheart. One of the things I love about visiting a place that’s got a different climate from where I live (Madison, Wisconsin) is seeing new and different patterns. Here are pics…

colorado art redux, round III 10.13.2016

Here’s my final installment of the art I saw in Denver last month. Here I am standing outside the Clyfford Still Museum. I didn’t know much about Still, and the museum displays not only his artwork, but Still’s archives of his letters, sketchbooks, personal items, and more. Apparently Still, an abstract expressionist, “has been credited…

colorado art redux, round II 9.29.2016

My eldest daughter Elly took me to a super cool art gallery in downtown Denver called The Dikeou Collection. There’s no signage for the space, which is on the 5th floor of an old, nondescript office building. According to Wikipedia, “Much of the work in the Dikeou Collection, no matter what medium, aims to reflect…