Sculpture Saturday

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Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

Every week, the blogger at Mind over Memory hosts a sculpture photo challenge. It’s quite free-form allowing bloggers to post photos of any sort of sculpture they like.

I used to go to the Shedd Aquarium once a summer for its Jazzin’ at the Shedd. With CCP Virus I doubt I’ll go this year. It’s a shame because this evening event was so much fun. Held on Wednesday evenings, it was a perfect place to see the mid-week fireworks display. Alas, that too has been canceled. I hope next year it’s open.

If you want to join the fun create a post featuring a piece of sculpture and link it here.

Sculpture Saturday

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Yungang Caves, China

Saturday Sculpture is hosted by the Mind over Memory blogger, I’ve chosen a sculpture from the Yungang Caves in Shanxi China. There were 51,000 carvings in 251 caves along a river. Buddhist monks carved these magnificent works from 460 – 520 AD. Sadly, many like the one above were vandalized by Maoists during the Cultural Revolution. Bandits also stole parts (e.g. hands or heads they chopped off) on the black market. Some vandals sprayed Communist slogans others lopped off heads or other parts of the holy sculptures.

What kind of hooligan desecrates art that’s over 1800 years old for a political ideology?

Plus les choses changent, plus elles restent les mêmes.

The difference, I see between now and the Cultural Revolution is that it’s not that hard to petition the government to change. Speak out at a city council meeting. Write a letter to the editor. I bet you’d get change if you want it.

To join in, what you need to do is:

It’s a fun challenge. Give it a try. To see more sculptures, click here. Then you’ll get to the page where everyone links their posts.

Sculpture Saturday

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At the International Surgery Museum, Chicago, IL

Saturday Sculpture is hosted by the Mind over Memory blogger, I’ve chosen a sculpture from the International Surgery Museum.

To join in, what you need to do is:

  • Share a photo of a sculpture
  • Link to Mind over Memory’s post for Saturday Sculpture.

It’s a fun challenge. Give it a try. To see more sculptures, click here. Then you’ll get to the page where everyone links their posts.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Anything Man-Made

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos of anything that’s man-made, which gives us a lot of latitude and room for fun.

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A Buddhist steppe in Riau, Indonesia

What will you choose to share?

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In Chicago

Click here to see more fun photos, click here.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos of the sense of touch. I decided to find photos featuring interesting eyes.

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Suit of Iron, Art Institute of Chicago

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Basket from Africa, Art Institute of Chicago

What will you choose?

Click here to see more fun photos, click here.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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Art Institute, Chicago

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos of the sense of sight. I decided to find photos featuring interesting eyes.

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What will you choose?

Click here to see more fun photos, click here.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Two of Anything

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Shandong Art Museum, Jinan

Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week we’re challenged to share photos of 2 subjects.

What will you share?

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Shandong Art Museum, Jinan

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Shandong Art Museum, Jinan

To see more wonderful twosomes, click here.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pastels

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Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos highlighting soft colors or pastels. What photos will you share?

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Click here to see more soft colored photos, click here.

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Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

If I were having coffee with you this weekend, I would tell you that I finished reading the book, rather I finish listening to the book, Getting to Yes by Robert Fisher. Is not a new book but this book about negotiation is still is relevant.

Rather than teaching people how to beat the party they’re trying to negotiate with and just teaching you to be a Better horse trader Getting to Yes offers more positive solutions.

On Saturday I had lunch with four former colleagues it’s been our tradition to meet once in the winter and once in summer however since one of our group job to full-time we never got together in winter. So we have a lot to catch up on. My colleague with the new job has changed from advertising to healthcare. Her title is Engagement Coach for local hospital System. She coaches nurses and doctors on their communication skills by evaluating talk and how the patient reports how well the Conversation went. Then she coaches to health care givers on how to improve.  It’s cool that the hospitals are systematically working to improve communication.

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Manet. Still life

After lunch, I went to the Art Institute of Chicago for its final weekend for an exhibit on Manet’s paintings. Usually I take a lot of my own photos, but with one arm I didn’t bother. I did get the audio tour and that was worth every penny. The only downside was it was extremely crowded so I didn’t see every piece. 

I’d tell you that I enjoyed the Japanese movie I am Waiting, a noir gem.

I’d tell you it’s getting cooler and a few trees’ leaves have begun to turn. I’m still not ready for fall.

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I’d tell you that it’s been hard continuing to work at the library with one arm. They aren’t legally bound to make accommodations for people so the choice is either do all the same tasks go home and recover. I have been juggling answering the phone while using a computer with one hand. The patrons are quite sympathetic and patient. The higher ups don’t give it much thought and actually see my injury as their inconvenience. 

On Wednesday a nearby library hosted a training session on customer service. To evaluate how you’re doing, however a lot of what we learned I’ve learned other positions. Also half day program tried to pack a full day into a morning. So the last hour was quite rushed. Given that they charge $316 per person, I love to start my own business in this field. 

I’m continuing with my census work and am grateful for my wonderful team. I got a couple blocks done yesterday myself enjoyed exploring neighborhoods I never gave a second glance.

Two more people have decided to quit the library. That’s now 16 for the year from a staff of 43.