We concluded our twelve day trip to Europe in Lisbon.  Most of the two full days were spent in Alfama, the older section of Lisbon.  It was fantastic, with it’s narrow, winding streets and ancient history.  At one point, we wandered through Roman ruins that they were just uncovering.  Amazing.

We also walked along the harbor a ways until we got to the LX Factory.  A little hipster village in the middle of the city.  We had one of the best meals of the trip there at 1300 Taberna.  We were then blown away by the size and scope of the Museum of Modern Art.  I was enthralled by the way the museum played out the timeline of modern art, from it’s roots to present day.

Great little trip.



Paris is beautiful!  The light!  The blue haze over everything!  Wow.

Despite the cold we walked miles and miles every day to take in as much as we could.  Montmartre is amazing and so inspirational.  The highlight for me, of course, was seeing the Cafe des Deux Moulins, the restaurant where Amelie was filmed.  (We also stumbled on the now famous grocery store also featured in the film.)

Another highlight was seeing L’Atelier des Lumières, an immersive, projector-based experience in an old warehouse.  There were three shows, one featuring the work of Gustav Klimt.  It was fantastic!  We enjoyed sitting through each show twice and wandering around the space to see it from multiple perspectives.  It reinforced in me the desire to create my own immersive experiences in a large space such as this.

Hometown Visit

Yesterday, I made a quick, nostalgic trip to my hometown of Lewiston, Maine.  I had hoped to take plenty of photos of all the places that fill my memories, but didn’t manage to do that.  I think I was just enjoying the moment too much to make an art project out of it.  Anyway, here’s the best I could come up with.



It was easily one of the scariest moments of my life.  The weather was changing from hot and humid to a cool, dry September day, requiring a powerful transition.  On Sunday morning, the wind started picking up so I went out to the backyard to roll down the patio umbrella.  As I did so, the umbrella was caught by the wind and started leaning in one direction.  In the next moment, it was leaning in the opposite direction.  My only thought was, ‘Uh oh.’

I raced inside just as the first tree came crashing down at the edge of the backyard.  Then another.  Then another.  I stood, mesmerized by terror as I felt this beast move from the backyard, down the space between our house and the neighbor’s house and out into the street before evaporating.  We had no time to react.  No time to run into the basement for safety.  I just stood at one end of the house waiting for I don’t know what – the other end of the house to get ripped off?  It seemed a strong possibility in that moment.  Surely, a tree or large branch would come crashing down through that side of the house.  All the trees falling over somehow missed the house.

The most haunting feeling I had was that this ‘thing’ had a presence.  It was a beast.  It moved quickly, but not so quickly you couldn’t track it’s movement.  I’ll never forget it.

In the aftermath, even though over fifty trees were either uprooted or snapped in half and discarded, there was very little property damage to the four houses in its path and, thankfully, no injuries.  Our neighbor’s shed was destroyed and cleanup will take months, but if that’s the worst after experiencing a tornado, I’ll take it.

Dog Gone

We said goodbye to Elsa and Josie today.  Otherwise know as Ethel and Lucy, we acquired them several weeks ago with the intention of keeping them.  Unfortunately, we quickly realized they were going to be much more than we were prepared to handle.  Admittedly, our timing for adopting dogs was not good.  With life a little up in the air, adding such a large responsibility was a mistake.  On top of that these sweet, loving animals were not only not house broken, but didn’t know any commands at all.  When we set out to adopt, we were clear about the dogs being a little older and used to living in a house.  Elsa and Josie are about three years old and loaded with energy.  They are loving and calm down very quickly, but just too much for us to handle at this time.

They are currently being boarded at Eva’s Play Pups and enjoying life on a 30 acre farm while they await adoption from the right family for them.  We wish them well and miss them.