Decoration day, small town, USA

Northville has their Memorial Day Parade starting at 10:00.   Ypsilanti and Chelsea at 9:00.   Keego Harbor’s parade starts at 9:30.   Troy’s is at 11:00.   Dexter, Saline, Farmington, Ferndale and Novi all start their parades at 10:00.   Plymouth?   It starts at 8:30.   This year, I finally made it.

There are others that feel the way I do about getting up early, as there is plenty of room   along the parade route to get a seat.   I took most the shots in black and white because days like this feel very Mayberry, RFD.


Flag girls

Cub scouts

The service at the Memorial Park

I have to get the name of their tailor…

Happy Memorial Day.

The Rapture, days two and three

Our visit to New York continued on Saturday with a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.   This may be my favorite place to hang out in the entire world.   You travel from room to room, each room having its own feeling and personality.  

We also managed to see the Alexander McQueen show, astounding!

Saturday evening we got to hang out with my friends, Tim and Eva, then Sunday morning we went to the American Folk Museum.   This is a wonderful, small museum tucked next to MoMA, with very bad news.   It lost it’s space and will be closing soon.   I’m very glad we got to see it, especially this quilt, which is phenomenal in person!

All to soon it was time to say good bye to the scary cab rides, the black clothes, the occasional man dressed as a bowling pin, and all that energy and come home.   Good bye, Time, Herald, and all those other squares!   I will miss you!

The Rapture, day one

rap-ture   (rpchr)


1. The state of being transported by a lofty emotion; ecstasy.
2. An expression of ecstatic feeling. Often used in the plural.
3. The transporting of a person from one place to another, especially to heaven.
tr.v. rap ·tured, rap ·tur ·ing, rap ·tures

To enrapture.
The American Heritage ® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Yes, it’s true, I was raptured this past weekend.   I’m going to go with the second meaning here, though I was transported, by a plane.
I finally got it all together, and after much planning, went to New York City with my mom and my sister.   We’ve been there together a couple of times before, and it is always heaven.   They are my museum buddies, and NYC is the land of museums!
We started by getting mom in the Mood.   Project Runway fans will know what I’m talking about.   Mood is the amazing fabric store featured in the show, and it is wonderful.   A visit to Mood will make you want to spit on all the fabric at your local JoAnn’s when you get home.   This place is truly sensory overload.
Then we wandered through as much of MOMA (the Museum of Modern Art) as our chubby little legs would take us, and went back to the hotel for a well earned rest.
You can recognize this Golden Boy from any angle.   Jane and I had both been to Rockefeller Center, but we wanted to get a good view of New York at night.   First stop, meet up with Prometheus.  
Visit all the flags on the plaza.
Check out the view of the Rock from the bottom.  
Then on to the Top of the Rock!   I hadn’t seen the view at night before, absolutely breathtaking!


This is Bosou.   Bosou is the bull, and often associated with the devil because of those horns.   He is very masculine, fond of rum, and spicy food.   He dances through fire.   Call on him when strength or virility are needed.

Bosou is one of my new pieces, you can see him along with a lot of other cool stuff at Art & Ideas right now.