Amtrak Leaves Behind Students on Thanksgiving Eve

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. I’ve been away from the computer for an entire week, although not away from my iphone, so I did take plenty of photographs of our West Coast travels which I will post in my next blog. But of course when you travel, not everything goesContinue reading “Amtrak Leaves Behind Students on Thanksgiving Eve”

Herman Maril: An Artist’s Two Worlds

Maril Book Evite_v5 Sunday December 4th at the University of Maryland, University College UMUC Inn and Conference Center Room 0105, the Director of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Christine McCarthy. will be leading a discussion on the work of American artist Herman Maril. My father Herman Maril, who died in 1986, was born inContinue reading “Herman Maril: An Artist’s Two Worlds”

My son, the Doctor of Philosophy

They have a tradition in the Notre Dame biology/environmental sciences department. When you have completed the presentation and defense of your dissertation they have a little party. You pop open a bottle of champagne and where the cork hits the ceiling, you put your initials with a sketch related to your thesis. The theme ofContinue reading “My son, the Doctor of Philosophy”

Love of Wisdom a Family Trait

My son the doctor! It has a nice ring to it, only we’re not talking medical doctor we are talking Phd, doctorate of philosophy. My son Christopher is an environmental biologist.The use of the term “philosophy” refers to the Greek meaning of the word connoting a general love of wisdom. Chris’s dissertation, which he willContinue reading “Love of Wisdom a Family Trait”

Art Car at Annapolis Fringe Festival

The Arts District of Annapolis turned Fringe, at the First Annual Fringe Festival yesterday. Vacant storefronts turned into galleries that featured controversial art and provided opportunities for self-expression. Of particular note was the fabulous art car on display, parked across from Lemon Grass. Owned by Clarke Bedford, you can see more of his work onContinue reading “Art Car at Annapolis Fringe Festival”

Autumn Has Arrived in Annapolis

Today is one of those fabulous brisk fall days you can only have in the Northeast. The sky is a brilliant blue and the leaves still hanging on the trees are various shades of red, orange, and yellow. The brown crumbly ones make a carpet to step upon as you walk down the street. SystematicallyContinue reading “Autumn Has Arrived in Annapolis”

Physical Therapy Can Be Painful

This morning was my first Physical Therapy session since the accident. I can’t do anything with my back, this month, so the focus is on my neck. I already know the drill, having been through PT after surgery on my broken left wrist two years ago. Heat first to loosen up and relax the muscles,Continue reading “Physical Therapy Can Be Painful”

New York 911 Memorial, Batman Movie and Occupy Wall Street

The latest Batman movie was being filmed near Wall Street, where we were staying this past weekend, so we got to see several bat mobiles parked in the distance. Littered on the ground was fake snow. It is crumpled up bits of white paper. But the multitude of guards and police made it difficult toContinue reading “New York 911 Memorial, Batman Movie and Occupy Wall Street”

Herman Maril Exhibit Brings Family to New York

Saturday I walked over 100 city blocks in New York City. Fortunately I brought my TCO (Total Contact Orthosis) brace ie clamshell for when I started to feel fatigued. It was also great protection elbowing our way off the train in crowded Penn Station. The occasion was the opening of the Herman Maril exhibition, entitledContinue reading “Herman Maril Exhibit Brings Family to New York”

Cheers to Good Health

Last night it was time for a celebration as I move forward with my life. I’m pretty much free of the brace. Yes, there is quite a bit of pain as my muscles readjust and it is a deep pain, generating from my back, which is a part of the central core– but I canContinue reading “Cheers to Good Health”

Great News:The Back Brace is Off!!!

It’s been exactly eight weeks and three days, trapped inside the TCO Total Contact Orthosis jacket( also known as the Clamshell) and I have been given my release papers so to speak. I am close to tears as I type this. I’ve been waiting such a long time for this day. I can finally stopContinue reading “Great News:The Back Brace is Off!!!”