Photo(s) of the Week, 12 January 2014

Yeah. That polar vortex that descended upon the midwest this past week… well, I was not a fan. I wasn’t a fan when it delayed my journey back to Missouri, from Ohio, by a day. I really wasn’t a fan when I started traveling (finally!) on Tuesday, only to get stopped in my tracks on I-74. And stopped again in my tracks on I-70. I continued my great dislike when the semi in front of me started sliding on black ice. And when I started sliding behind him, I just wanted to avoid smashing into the semi to my left and to find a hotel where I could spend yet another night away from my own bed. The next day, I found the roads in Illinois confounding. One minute they were perfectly clear. The next minute they were slick with ice. And then they became an odd washboard of ice and pavement, all the while leading past the carnage of torn, mangled, and wrecked vehicles. I cannot pick one photo of said vortex-influenced weather. I’m just so glad I made it home… finally.

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Photo of the Week, 4 August 2013

Where in the world did the summer go? My colleagues return to work on August 13th, with classes beginning on August 19th. I can’t believe that I’ll be on sabbatical, simply for the fact that I have so much that I want to do in that amount of time. Here’s to the glorious summer that is quickly coming to a back-to-school end.


[Image credit: Amy L. Darnell]


Photo of the Week, 13 July 2013

I don’t remember where or when I first heard about Dale Chihuly. I do remember the first time I saw his work in person– it was April 2012 in Little Rock at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. When I recently had the opportunity to see his work on a grander scale, at the Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, I didn’t hesitate. From the very first moments in the museum, I was transfixed and bewitched at the sheer magnitude and, at the same time, delicacy of his work. I can’t wait to find another exhibit of his work so that I can experience that same joy and awe as I did this past week.

[Image credit: Amy L. Darnell]


Photo of the Week, 9 June 2013

Although I’m inclined to post a photo from the Vanishing Georgia collection, given the wonderful discovery of this archive through Melanie Kitchens-O’Meara, I thought I would share a photo of one of the lovely lady slippers here at The Mountain. What a great experience– performing, talking, sharing, and focusing on the unique communicative properties of performance. What a privilege it is to be invited to come to this special place.



Photo of the Week, 19 May 2013

I know that once flowers fade we’re not supposed to find them beautiful, but I must admit I found my first peonies of the spring beautiful, even as they were withering away.  There’s so much life around us in the spring and summertime. But even as the living transitions into decay, there’s still something wonderful about that movement.