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MORE KANSAS CITY…

Liberty Memorial is another landmark I remember from my youth… a tower commemorating the losses of the first World War, dedicated in 1921. An important museum was added when its foundations were restored & rebuilt at the end of the century… as complex as the world change it explores, it is a rare source, done well. These forms fascinate me for their somber reflection… precisely the solemn mood…

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KANSAS CITY CULTURE…

In the last post I wrote only an introduction to our time in Kansas City around the bell Convention. I want to share more… I mentioned “my” lion at the Nelson-Atkins Museum which has continued to grow with vitality. My cousin Kathy had mentioned sculptures on the south terrace when we were making plans by phone, but we were surprised, walking from a fortuitous street parking space, to confront these botanical wonders… replications…

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ABA CONVENTION – KANSAS CITY – 2015

The 70th annual American Bell Association Convention was held in a city I’ve known & appreciated since first visiting after graduating from 8th grade. Over the years I’ve visited two aunts; an early art teacher; a college roommate; my only sister; & my closest brother… plus several favorite cousins. We have lots of good reasons to visit KC… even before the barbecue! The city’s Nelson-Atkins art museum is a great & unusually lively…

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WEB-SITE BEING RE-VAMPED…

And what a vamp she has become! ‘Always was a bit of a vamp but now will claim my perpetual attention… she will have a live store! I will have to keep on top of the inventory! There will be more designs displayed. Still, there will be yet some more for which I must find or re-make good images. The process on the site [GRBBELLS.COM] has become its own adventure… taking much longer than expected in the beginning… no surprise. I…

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ENDING A SEASON… ENDING AN ERA…

I broke my favorite gardening tool several days ago… ending a twenty year era using it to fork-up garden soil. I bought it just after my 50th birthday with a gift of cash from Frederick & Rodney in Sonoma County, California, carving an inscription to that effect along the handle. It had been fragile & we had replaced it with another so as to coddle its weakness, but, in a mood of reminiscence. I took it out of its corner in…

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Frogs & Fog…

Recent mornings have been rather mystically misty. Bringing my morning coffee down to sit in the garden startles the frogs into silence for only a few minutes while they assess that I am no danger. I could not say “chorus”, which certainly applies to the sound we often open car windows, slowing on our drive home, to enjoy passing several ponds higher on the slopes above Soundcliff. As I settle the quiet restores & they…

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