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Archive for November 29th, 2007

ColorJoy Dreaming

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

ruthieandtwofriends50.jpgYou guys are the best. Dozens of comments made my birthday wonderful. I was gone most of the day and I’ll be gone most of Thursday. I have tons of photos but no time to process them for web, will do that when I finally sit at my desk again.

Meanwhile, I want to do a freeform brainstorm (woohoo, that rhymes, it’s a good sign). Since I’m asking for comments, I want to make it easy for you to write a few words in a comment box and send it my way.

OK: Think of the concept of ColorJoy… not only the word, but the motto “Art as an everyday attitude.” Now, tell me what word, song, poem, quotation comes to mind most strongly as you think ColorJoy? You might, for example, respond with a song title such as “Born to be Wild” or “Born Free” or “Little Old Lady from Pasadena.” You might say “Freedom” or “belly laugh” or “serenity.” You might make up your own sentence, to be quoted by others. Or you might quote Carrie Fisher:

I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.

Ready, set, go! Remember, you can comment once a day for a week, and it’s not cheating to do just that. Actually, just saying hello is all it takes, you can ignore the subject of the day if it does nothing for you.

Photo? At right is my Grandma Ruthie, the one who wrote the local newspaper every week, pretty much alone. She was still single in this photo, I believe, but her kids were in High School at the time they bought the newspaper. (The photo was taken in the same era as the music Brian and I sing, the 1920’s.)

Can you see how even though she’s the shortest one, the other girls are focused in on Ruthie? You can not see that there are other women in the photo at the left (this has been cropped) and they are also focused on Ruth. She was quite a presence. I miss her. She loved to laugh!

I think these girls took costuming seriously as an artform. They were a bit wild, bobbed hair was a new thing then.