Swim day

Saturday, May 30, 2020

blue skies

While waiting for the sunscreen to set I looked up at the sky. And for a moment, things seemed ok. And they were that afternoon, for us. Distanced in the pool, some vague semblance of normalcy.

Elsa floats

Heather and Clara step into the pool

Hi-Bred Vintage

Friday, May 29, 2020

Storefront in Northside Ohio

The Hi-Bred storefront displays are always spot on.

Livia turns 12

Thursday, May 28, 2020

First “big” trip outside the house was to help my great niece celebrate another loop around the sun.


Transit Connect

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

10 years later, I’d still be game to take this on a big road trip.

A medicine cabinet mixed with homemade ketchup to create a feeling

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Killing of George Floyd

Monday, May 25, 2020

On this Memorial Day George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for using a counterfeit bill at a convenience store.

Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds despite struggled pleas from Derek and those recording the murder.

The video spread rapidly, and it was indelible… beyond horror.

Alerting entire generations to underlying systemic racism gone unchecked.

It is time to become better, reform our approaches and hold those accountable.

Time for change.

Memorial Day, 2020

These are three photos that summed up my Memorial Day:

  • Our first “takeout” meal being a Quarter Pounder and fries delivered curbside at McDonalds. And oh my word, it was so very, very good.
  • An extremely physically distant afternoon at Heather’s pool
  • Tour through Spring Grove cemetery to see the displays of flags

Delightful to share

Sunday, May 24, 2020

I met Lydia in St. Gallen Switzerland in 1993 or so—we were the only exchange students studying at the Schule für Gestaltung (School for Design). Our Swiss German was awful, but we somehow made it through the quarter. It was kind of awesome since computers weren’t really used there at the time, so we considered design from a very “handcrafted” perspective.

One particular type exercise had us using twigs and ink to make a poster. Maybe… it’s all a little hazy. Twigs were definitely involved at some point.

I do know that on February 19, 1994 we hopped on a train to see Nirvana in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. That was a-mazing.

We missed our train stop on the way home and had to work miracles to find a place to stay many, many years before the internet was a thing.

Anyway, short story shorter: At some point in time I reconnected with Lydia and her husband when they were living in Brooklyn. And at some other point she sent this package of photos and images I’d posted on my journal, printed neatly on watercolor paper, packaged in a box that fit them perfectly.

I keep this box near to me in the back of the desk wherever I work.

I dunno why.

Maybe to remind myself: it’s delightful to share.

Lydia? She continues to make and share wonderful things. See for yourself at her website and Instagram.

A nice rain, that transit center, peonies from my brother, Edith unconcerned

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Edith on Vacation Tropical Outdoor Rug Green*

Friday, May 22, 2020

I got this rug at Target thinking it would spice up the lounge for socially distant dinner nights.

Then I read an article that being cooped up in a space for prolonged periods of time, even socially distant, is probably a vector for transmission of Covid. Meaning = restaurants inside. Which also meant the lounge wasn’t a great idea.

So I keep moving the rug around, trying to see if it has a reason to be.

Edith loves it, but then again? She licks the plastic on record sleeves when she wants wet food.

* That’s the name of this rug, by Threshold.