Links I Love • April 2019

“Pursue what catches your heart, not what catches your eyes.” ― Roy T. Bennett

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Here are the links that caught my heart this month:

Currently • April 2019

“Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.” — John Muir

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READING:

WATCHING:

  • Mrs. Wilson on Masterpiece - Ruth Wilson stars in this drama inspired by her own grandmother's memoir. When her husband dies, and another woman claims his wife, Mrs. Wilson is determined to prove the validity of her own marriage – but is instead led into a world of disturbing secrets. I wish there were more than three episodes. This mini series hooked me right away, but ended rather abruptly.

  • Les Misérables on PBS - I was a bit apprehensive about yet another interpretation of this classic French novel, but I was very pleasantly surprised. This mini-series is much truer to the novel than other versions. Since we have PBS Passport, we have been able to binge instead of waiting for Sunday nights. I must admit though that I have been singing the Les Mis sound track in my head the whole time (in both English and French)!

  • Huge in France on Netflix - I was not familiar with Gad, “the Jerry Seinfeld of France,” but this is pretty funny (if you can get past the inappropriate stuff).

  • “Chick Flicks” - In my version of the popular 2012 Things I’m Afraid to Tell You post that was viral in the blogosphere, I admitted that “I read magazines while drying my hair (Sailing, InStyle, Real Simple, Milwaukee Magazine).” Six years later, I also stream videos. I have rewatched the entire series of Friends, Gilmore Girls, The Wonder Years, and Sex and the City (for the fashion, of course). I have also discovered The Great British Bake Off which is curious because I don’t bake at all. I’m currently between series and have been rewatching chick flicks that wouldn’t be popular evening viewing chez Larson-Horne, including Mamma mia I + II, The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, all of the Bridget Jones movies, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants I + II, Becoming Jane, and The Jane Austen Book Club. I am no longer into click lit, and I think I’ve now OD’d on chick flicks — well, except Mamma mia; you can never have too much ABBA!

  • We’re still looking for bingeable series if you have any suggestions.

PLANNING:

  • My garden: Everything is starting to come up. It’s time to spread fresh mulch, plant new flowers, update outdoor spaces…Isn’t spring exciting?

  • Another trip to Paris in October: The flights and the flat are booked (Want a sneak peak? Click here). This time, it’s a couples’ trip. Eric hasn’t been to Paris for eight years, and it’s been a long time since I was there in the fall. I love planning for different dynamics. Stay tuned for more photos and plans.

LOOKING FORWARD TO:

  • Flowers blooming in my garden

  • That first glass of chilled rosé on the deck (I mentioned that in March, but it still hasn’t happened!)

  • The Kentucky Derby (We’ve been invited to a party at Arlington Racetrack. I mean the hats alone…)

  • Seeing the tulips blooming in front of St. Joan of Arc chapel (I’m chaperoning a field trip to Marquette next week. Fingers crossed!)

Week 16 - Storytelling: Shadow

“My shadow in my art is one way I trace who I was and where I have been. My shadow and I have been on a journey for quite a while now!” - Angela Cartwright

#2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek16

#2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek16

Hoppy Easter

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Notre Dame de Paris

« Notre-Dame est aujourd'hui déserte, inanimée, morte. On sent qu'il y a quelque chose de disparu. Ce corps immense est vide; c'est un squelette; l'esprit l'a quitté, on en voit la place, et voilà tout. » Victor Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris (1831).

I have marveled at her breathtaking architecture and climbed her bell tower to take in the stunning views. I have worshiped here during Advent and Lent, during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday, and even just because the bells summoned me to light a candle for my mom, dad, and grandma. And each time I visit, I stand upon Point Zéro knowing that I will return to her again.  Yet, one hundred eighty-eight years after the publication of Notre Dame de Paris, Victor Hugo’s ominous words feel eerily true again tonight. Today, as I watched the Cathedral burn, the Gothic spire fall, and the medieval roof collapse, I cried for the destruction of history, art, and sacred space. Today, as I answered concerned texts, phone calls, emails, and social media messages from friends and former students near and far, my heart swelled with love and appreciation. Tonight, as I watched the news that the structure and much of the artwork of the Cathedral has been saved and that, once again, just as in the time of Victor Hugo, the faithful of the world will unite to restore this spiritual and cultural treasure, I am hopeful.

I have marveled at her breathtaking architecture and climbed her bell tower to take in the stunning views. I have worshiped here during Advent and Lent, during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday, and even just because the bells summoned me to light a candle for my mom, dad, and grandma. And each time I visit, I stand upon Point Zéro knowing that I will return to her again.

Yet, one hundred eighty-eight years after the publication of Notre Dame de Paris, Victor Hugo’s ominous words feel eerily true again tonight. Today, as I watched the Cathedral burn, the Gothic spire fall, and the medieval roof collapse, I cried for the destruction of history, art, and sacred space. Today, as I answered concerned texts, phone calls, emails, and social media messages from friends and former students near and far, my heart swelled with love and appreciation. Tonight, as I watched the news that the structure and much of the artwork of the Cathedral has been saved and that, once again, just as in the time of Victor Hugo, the faithful of the world will unite to restore this spiritual and cultural treasure, I am hopeful.

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This photo was taken 6 weeks ago. You can see the scaffolding of the restauration project that may have been the cause of the fire.

This photo was taken 6 weeks ago. You can see the scaffolding of the restauration project that may have been the cause of the fire.

The roof and spire that collapsed today

The roof and spire that collapsed today

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Snowy Sunday Sunset

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.”

- Mahatma Gandhi. What a lovely end to this snowy April Sunday!

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Happy Milwaukee Day!

I took these photos in December, but it actually looks the same today. #snowinapril #414 #MKE #MilwaukeeDay

I took these photos in December, but it actually looks the same today. #snowinapril #414 #MKE #MilwaukeeDay

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Week 15 - Inspiration: Anonymous

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” - Virginia Woolf

Taken during the 2019 Art in Bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum #dogwoodweek15 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52

Taken during the 2019 Art in Bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum #dogwoodweek15 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52

Art in Bloom 2019

"All art is but imitation of nature." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca. This year’s Art in Bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum featured so many calla lilies, air plants, and rather literal floral interpretations of the art.

What a fun and creative interpretation of Calder’s  Just a Sumac to You, Dear  mobile

What a fun and creative interpretation of Calder’s Just a Sumac to You, Dear mobile

Maybe a bit obvious, but a beautiful arrangement to accompany Picasso’s  Le Coq de la Libération

Maybe a bit obvious, but a beautiful arrangement to accompany Picasso’s Le Coq de la Libération

The judges’ second place choice

The judges’ second place choice

It wasn’t a winner, but I was drawn to this reversed construction of Ellsworth Kelly’s minimalist sculpture,  Curve VI . I especially loved how the zip ties added to the texture of the piece.

It wasn’t a winner, but I was drawn to this reversed construction of Ellsworth Kelly’s minimalist sculpture, Curve VI. I especially loved how the zip ties added to the texture of the piece.

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I also quite liked this one, especially the little bowl of allium in the shape of the dandelion sculpture. Three years ago,  this interpretation  of the same sculpture was my best in show.

I also quite liked this one, especially the little bowl of allium in the shape of the dandelion sculpture. Three years ago, this interpretation of the same sculpture was my best in show.

This painting is chosen every year and each year’s arrangement is so different. This year’s interpretation won the People’s Choice award. I thought it should also win best in scent — those hyacinth were so fragrant!

This painting is chosen every year and each year’s arrangement is so different. This year’s interpretation won the People’s Choice award. I thought it should also win best in scent — those hyacinth were so fragrant!

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This arrangement took home the judges’ (and Nan’s) first prize.

This arrangement took home the judges’ (and Nan’s) first prize.

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April Snow Showers

T.S. Eliot said, “April is the cruelest month.” But it sure is pretty!

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