March 31, 2015

March in Pictures

Lions and beagles and blooms...oh my!

Witch Hazel

March 31, 2015 {90/365} March Macro

"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade." ~ Charles Dickens. March came in like a lion this year and although, it isn't exactly going out like a lamb, if you look very closely, there are subtle signs of spring beginning to emerge. 
March 30, 2015

Breathing Room

March 30, 2015 {89/365} "Breathing Room"

"Art offers space - a certain breathing room for the spirit." ~ John Updike. Every time I visit the Milwaukee Art Museum, I feel my spirit expand with each breath until it soars on the wings of the brise-soleil.


March 29, 2015


March 29, 2015 {88/365} "Foreshadowing"

Clutching a steaming cup of coffee with both hands, I ventured out to the deserted terrace of my favorite lakefront coffee shop. On this blustery March day, it's hard to imagine that soon the café tables here at Colectivo will be crowded with patrons enjoying the view while strollers, joggers, and bicycles vie for position on the sidewalks. Beyond the traffic on Lincoln Memorial Drive, Veterans Park will be bustling with picnickers, dogs playing frisbee, and children flying kites. The marina will be a forest of sailboat masts and on the horizon clean white sails will dance upon the blue waters of Lake Michigan. The sun will shine brightly in an azur sky and the warm air will be filled with the calls of seagulls and music wafting from the lakefront festivals. But today, it all feels like a distant memory rather than the foreshadowing of another summer in Milwaukee.
March 28, 2015

Spring Frost

March 28, 2015 {87/365} "Frosty Grass"

"Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius." ~ P. Aretino 
I do love winter and it's frosty beauty, 
but spring is long overdue.

March 27, 2015

Beauty in Bloom

March 27, 2015 {86/365} "Beauty in Bloom"

The Milwaukee Art Museum, fashion, art, flowers -- these really are a few of my favorite things. Last year, I loved the Art in Bloom. The exhibit married paintings and sculptures with original floral arrangements to complement their composition, color, shape, texture, etc. Yesterday, I took a personal day to visit this year's spring event which was modified to enhance the museum's current feature, "Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair." Rather than being inspired by the MAM permanent collection, the floral sculptures were designed to showcase haute couture creations by Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, et al. 

The dresses were stunning, the flowers were gorgeous, and the venders displayed their lovely wares, yet I was a bit disappointed this year. Over half of the arrangements were displayed in the underground parking garage, where the lighting was purple and cast strange shadows that distorted the hues of the beautiful blooms. The floral masterpieces were also only accompanied by a photograph of the gowns (which were exhibited in separate room). 

My favorite arrangement is today's featured photo. The next three photos reveal its amazing details. I absolute love the subtle color palate, the unusual textures (what are those "sea foam golf balls"?), and the unexpected elements like the twisted copper wire and woven fronds. I honestly can't even remember what dress inspired this beauty.

Here are a few more of my favorite interpretations:


With or without the beautiful blooms, this exhibit reminded me how much I love the Milwaukee ArtMuseum. Why has it been a year since I've visited this amazing place? I let my membership lapse a few years ago, but I've decided that it's time to renew. For the price of a dinner out, I've treated myself to a year of lovely visits (including the upcoming Van Gogh exhibit and grand re-opening of the War Memorial). This space feeds my mind and spirit, and that's priceless!

March 26, 2015


March 26, 2015 {85/365} "Flowers"

Ralph Waldo Emerson said "The earth laughs in flowers." This lovely laughter is far more pleasant than the cruel joke of snow flurries and temps in the low twenties on this "spring" day!
March 25, 2015


March 25, 2015 {84/365] "Quality"

“Make no compromise in quality.” ~ Henry Steinway, 1853
March 24, 2015

Hope Springs

March 24, 2015 {83/365}  "Hope springs..."

"Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn." ~ Lewis Grizzard

After a few days of warm temperatures and sunshine, it feels like winter has returned this week with snow flurries, temperatures struggling to exceed freezing, and biting March winds. Yet upon careful observation, signs of spring, like these tiny, delicate columbine leaves, are indeed beginning to emerge!  
March 23, 2015

Piper's Page

March 23, 2015 {82/365} National Puppy Day!

It's National Puppy Day, "the cutest day of the year" (as proclaimed by an email from PetSmart)! In honor of the supreme cuteness, Piper has taken over her own page of this blog (linked on the menu bar above). Every day, she will share a photo taken by the paparazzi (aka "Mommy"), along with a caption in her own words. Stop by each day for your daily dose of beagle babble because every day is Puppy Day chez Larson-Horne!
March 22, 2015


March 22, 2015 {81/365} Vintage Cameras

In all the excitement about the arrival of Mademoiselle Piper, I neglected to share some of my great birthday gifts. As I've mentioned, I am intrigued by vintage cameras and typewriters, as both tools of creativity and works of art. I'm especially attracted to the 1940's models. I love their clean lines, and I like to image the cultural and historical moments that they've captured.

Eric found this awesome Zeiss Ikon.
Lynn and John, my in-laws, gave me this gorgeous Brownie.
I'm still playing with where to include these treasures in our home. For now, the Brownie sits on the mantle, repeating the lines of the Frank Lloyd Wright clock on the armoire. The Zeiss is on the sofa table next to framed sketches of a vintage camera and typewriter (also gifts from Lynn). 

March 21, 2015

Art of Sushi

March 21, 2015 {80/365} The Art of Sushi

Color, texture, composition, presentation:
Sushi is an art to be enjoyed with all one's senses.
March 20, 2015

French Friday: Le Jour du Macaron

20 mars 2015 {79/365} « Jour du Macaron »

March 20 is the Jour du Macaron in Paris. Ten years ago, pâtissier Pierre Hermé chose to celebrate the first day of spring by offering his famous macarons as a free treat. Customers are encouraged to make a charitable donation on their way out the door. Tempting flavors for spring 2010 include white truffle with grilled hazelnut and foie gras with chocolate, along with traditional favorites like coffee, caramel, and three kinds of vanilla. But Hermé isn't the only one sharing his cookies this year, Jean-Paul Hévin and Sadaharu Aoki are also taking part. Bon macaron!

Free macarons on March 20 at these participating pastry shops:
  • Pierre Hermé: six locations, including 4 rue Cambon in the 1st arrondissement, 72 rue Bonaparte in the 6th arrondissement, 133 avenue des Champs Elysées in the 8th arrondissement (inside the Publicis drugstore), 40 boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement (inside the Galeries Lafayette), 185 rue de Vaugirard in the 15th arrondissement, and 58 avenue Paul Doumer in the 16th arrondissement.
  • Sadaharu Aoki: three locations, including 56 boulevard de Port Royal in the 5th arrondissement, 35 rue de Vaugirard in the 6th arrondissement, and 40 boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement (inside the Galeries Lafayette).
  • Jean-Paul Hévin: four locations, including 3 rue Vavin in the 6th arrondissement, 231 rue Saint-Honoré in the 1st arrondissement, 23 bis avenue de la Motte Picquet in the 7th arrondissement, and 40 boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement (inside the Galeries Lafayette).
  • Laurent Duchêne: 2 rue Wurtz in the 13th arrondissement.
  • Arnaud Larher: two locations, including 53 rue Caulaincourt and 57 rue Damrémont, both in the 18th arrondissement.

La Maison Ladurée is not participating, but their macarons are equally delicious!

Here in Milwaukee, we can celebrate by visiting Le Rêve
Today's I received a special home made macaron:
The lovely girl in the middle discovered macarons when I took her 
and several other Pewaukee students to Paris in 2013.
Abby's lovely raspberry macarons were délicieux!
March 19, 2015


March 19, 2015 {78/365} "Texture"

"Texture is the most enduring and ubiquitous underpinning of form...a calming, meditative, appealing world for both the eye and mind." ~ Lynda Lehmann. Is art imitating life or life imitating art?

March 18, 2015


March 18, 2015 {77/365} "Fragile"
"Beauty is a fragile gift." ~ Ovid
March 17, 2015

An Irish Blessing

March 17, 2015 {76/365} Green

May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours wherever you may roam. May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures. May all life's passing seasons bring the best to you and yours! ~ An Old Irish Blessing
March 16, 2015

Déjà vu

March 16, 2015 {75/365} #mwgs

I'm back in the Dells for the Spring Midwest Google Summit where I'm presenting a Gmail Intervention and a session on aligning Edtech tools to the Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness system. Last fall's Midwest Google Summit sold out in four hours, so this spring, there's a second opportunity to learn from Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, and tech-savvy educators around the midwest. This summit sold out too, so if you can't be here in the Dells to learn with us, here's are links to this spring's sessions and all of the session from the past five years.
March 15, 2015


March 15, 2015 {74/365} "Irises"

"Flowers whisper 'Beauty!' to the world, 
even as they fade, wilt, fall." ~ Dr. SunWolf