Wednesday, March 28, 2012

ABC Wednesday: K is for Kells

As in Book of Kells. This is a stained glass window in one of the college's libraries. Although the image is one of Celtic heroes, they could almost be Evangelist portraits from the Book of Kells.

ABC Wednesday: J is for jewelry

Still trying to play catchup: J is for jewelry. In the past, a summer family tradition was jewelry beading on the eve before the Falmouth Road Race in August. We would 'help' our younger family members bead jewelry. All this was to raise money for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Museum. As you can see, everyone (males included) were recruited to lend a hand to designing something for the younger siblings to sell. Actually, it became a contest to see whose design, male or female, would sell first. (The men have been the winners in that category.)

The morning of the road race, while those who were running were shuttled to the starting line at Woods Hole, the younger ones would set up a lemonade stand and jewelry display for the bystanders along the road race route.

It was a great way in demonstrating to the young'uns HOW to give back to their community while having fun.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

PhotoHunt: Spicy

What Ty misses most of Hawaii is his food. So, we made a special trip (a few times) to his Hawaiian food haunt for poi, lomi lomi and other specialities. I've tried the food but found it - spicy because of the use of onions. Really can't get my taste buds around poi either - although that is the first item on his wish list for visiting relatives!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

ABC: I is for Identical

Sorry for the lateness in my posting. I'm working my way to be current.

I know I've posted this photo before (it's a family fav) - but this seemed a good 'I' word - Identical twins. These two girls were romping their way around the town of San Gimignano, playing tag. One tagged the door, which unbeknown to her was slightly ajar) and the other twin was right behind her 'tagging' her. I caught this photo just as they were about to lose their footing and fall into the entryway. They continued their giggles...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

ABC Wednesday: H is for Hula

Hula is the soul of Hawaii expressed in motion. Hawaiians agree that the first hula was performed by a god or goddess which makes the dance a sacred ritual. Some believe the hula was only danced by men, but legend and historical sources tells us both men and women danced. Hawaiian hula is unique and totally different from other Polynesian dances.

Every movement in hula has a specific meaning, and every expression of the dancer's hands has great significance. Chants accompany the movements and aid in telling the dancer's story. Today, several hundred halau hula (hula schools) and less formal hula groups are active on every island and the mainland, teaching hula to thousands of students and keeping the old ways and traditional Hawaiian culture alive.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Mea Culpa

I've been remiss with blogging and commenting on my blogfriend's entries. Life has been busy. Just wanted you to know you are thought of .... will return shortly!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

ABC Wednesday: H is for Hole

as in Woods Hole. This was taken on a foggy autumn day. Can't you tell? Woods Hole is actually part of the Falmouth, a town on Cape Cod. As most of you know, I spend a great amount of summertime on the Cape. Woods Hole is a biking and running destination for most of my family on early weekend mornings. Home of the Oceanographic Institute, and port for the ferry to the islands of Nantucket and the Vineyard, Woods Hole can get cramped with traffic. It's only a small village tucked against the Sound.