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a lite photo friday

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It’s St. Patricks Day!!

An Irish man walks into a pub. The bartender asks him, “what’ll you have?” The man says, “Give me three pints of Guinness please.” So the bartender brings him three pints and the man proceeds to alternately sip one, then the other, then the third until they’re gone. He then orders three more. The bartender says, “Sir, I know you like them cold. You don’t have to order three at a time. I can keep an eye on it and when you get low I’ll bring you a fresh cold one.” The man says, “You don’t understand. I have two brothers, one in Australia and one in the States. We made a vow to each other that every Saturday night we’d still drink together. So right now, my brothers have three Guinness Stouts too, and we’re drinking together. The bartender thought that was a wonderful tradition. Every week the man came in and ordered three beers. Then one week he came in and ordered only two. He drank them and then ordered two more. The bartender said to him, “I know what your tradition is, and I’d just like to say that I’m sorry that one of your brothers died.” The man said, “Oh, me brothers are fine – I just quit drinking.”

The local District Judge had given the defendant a lecture on the evils of drink. But in view of the fact that this was the first time the man had been drunk and incapable, the case was dismissed on payment of ten shillings costs. “Now don’t let me ever see your face again,” said the Justice sternly as the defendant turned to go. “I’m afraid I can’t promise that, sir,” said the released man. “And why not?” Because I’m the barman at your regular pub!

Well now St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t exist if
not for the man himself! But how much do we know about him? Did you know that he spent six years of slavery in Ireland until he escaped and undertook religious training abroad?
Read more about this great man!Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig is the Gaelic way of expressing a wish that you have all the blessings of St Patrick’s Day and the “luck of the Irish” to go with it. There are many humorous explanations for this expression. One comes from the legend of the ‘Little People’ of the land, know as leprechauns. Finding or catching a leprechaun (who would then give you gold) was a lucky event that could only take place in Ireland ! The Irish are descendants of great Celtic and Viking fighters and invaders. Their natural fighting skills often ensured survival & hence they became known as the ‘lucky’ people .a classic case of making your own luck ! But then “The Luck of the Irish” may all be legend.

Saint Patricks Day Parades Worldwide, Irish Pubs all around the globe, Fun Runs, Irish Associations, Irish Music Festivals, Irish Names, Irish Dancing Schools,Irish Music Irish Roots, Irish Festivals,Scottish Highland Games USA & Canada, as well as, Scottish Pipes & Drum Bands.

St Patricks Day is for thinking about our Saint as well as a time to think of loved ones across the water.


So, why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.




#15 Font (or Type). I love this! Can you guess the font?

I have a goal to review 50 art exhibitions, which if you consider that I work in an Art Museum that it would be an easy thing to do. Not really! My job really has nothing to do with exhibitions. I need to be utterly informed about what they are and how many pieces are in the exhibition, as well as 2 or 3 art works that will be in the exhibition. I know this sounds rather lazy and a bit sad, so as part of my 101 challenges, I wanted to review 50 art exhibitions. I don’t mean to make myself sound lazy, I work very hard! So on with the art review, which just so happens to not be at the museum I work for! I  as very excited to learn about exhibition, as it is the first living artist to have their work exhibited at the Nasher Sculpture Center. The Nasher produces amazing exhibitions, don’t get me wrong, but this was a bit out of the norm for the center.  Jaume Plensa is a Spanish sculpture artist, and one I had not previously heard of. 

 Jaume Plensa: Genus and Species
January 30 – May 2, 2010
Nasher Sculpture Center 

To best describe Plensa, I took this from the Nasher website:

For the past 20 years, contemporary Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa has been investigating the intimate interconnection between nature and culture through large-scale sculptures and installations that incorporate light, sound, and text in transparent, often interactive structures, such as the incredible Crown Fountain at Millennium Park, Chicago. 

As you walk into this exhibition you are immediately aware of the artist work! It’s not hidden away in a gallery, it’s in front of you and you can touch it! As a museum employee, I cringe at the thought of people touching artwork, but this you have to touch! Actually, you walk through the work, if you don’t you can’t see the exhibition! This was a very odd experience for me. 

The cold metal letters were not easy to walk though; you have to pull the letters as if you were pulling back a shower curtain. Once, you let go they plink each other making a very odd noise. You still here the sounds as you are in the lower galleries, it’s almost like a reminder that someone else is above you looking at art. I never really felt alone while looking at the art. With this said, I felt the impact of the solitude of the works. The expressions evoked so many emotions, that I often found myself wondering what the person/piece was thinking about. Which is what the artist wanted, the exhibition brochure states,  “For Plensa, sculpture provides the physical link to a shared, persistent, and ineffable sensation of our humanity.”I fell in love with this exhibition and have since returned many times. This is quite evident on my blog as many of my photo Friday snapshots are from this exhibition. My favorite pieces in this installation are The Heart of Trees, 2007. I immediately recognized the names  of writers and musicians, along the bronzed bodies. The bronze bodies have trees sprouting from the center of the body (the loins so to speak). I did not realize until I read that the 7 pieces had a significant meaning, “ the number of figures, seven, corresponds to the number of major musical notes,” The meaning goes a bit deeper, “symbolizes the growth of ides.”I will hate to see the exhibition close in May, and to see The Heart of Trees be uprooted to move to a new temporary home. I guess the growth of ideas are meant to not only grow but may foster new ideas in other locations.

march 12 photo friday

It’s my birthday and I’m not slacking off today! Here are this weeks photo Friday images. Enjoy!! Most of these were taking during a fun lunch break on March 11th.