Weekend Coffee Share

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

If we were having coffee this week, I’d tell you I edited a video my team at work did for a nearby town’s Virtual 4th of July Parade. We can’t leave our homes for work so 5 of us made small segments and I put them together added some graphics and music. It was a fun project.

It’s sad that a lot of towns canceled their July 4th festivities and many did so fairly early on. Mine did at the end of April. Two nearby towns are having “Reverse Parades” where people decorate their homes and their neighbors drive by them.

My nephew, who lives and works near DC, was still in town and so his mother had us for dinner. She invited her mother too. We ate outside and had a good barbecue. I like this opening up. Last Monday we resumed our summer tradition of gathering with some neighbors for cocktails and appetizers

I also took my mother to get a manicure. Again it was so nice to be out of the house and see other people. Things were different — plexiglass at each station, no drying machines, when you enter your temperature was taken and the whole process has slight changes. It’s interesting to have so many little changes to every common experience.

 

Yesterday I went to church for the first time since the lockdown. I had to make a reservation and when I arrived there were masks and hand sanitizer available at the entrance. I had my own mask but it was nice that they had some available. An usher showed me to a seat that was a safe distance from everyone else. Few churches have opened so this had a a physically-distanced full house. People in every other row and 6 feet apart but every available row was at capacity by the start of mass.

After mass they had a procession for Corpus Christi, which I didn’t expect. The clergy went outside with the Eucharist (Body of Christ) encased in a gold implement. Followed by the people they stopped at three different shrines to read the gospel and pray. I’d never seen this done at any of the other churches I’d gone to. Quite a surprise.

Which Way Challenge

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St. John Cantius, Chicago

The Which Way Challenge, that Cee began, has been picked up by the Alive and Trekking blogger.  The beauty of it is that it’s free form.

I went to church in the city for the first time since the infamous lockdown. This way was a surprise. This traditional church painted the drive and set up a shrine for Corpus Christi.. I’d never seen that done.

You can include images of doors, gates, roads, streets, exits, signs, paths, waterways, canals, railroad tracks, you name it.

See more Which Way photos by clicking here. You’ll be amazed at where people are going.

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

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Old, Decayed

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Phnom Penh

Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week we’re challenged to share photos of things that are decayed or old.

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Pekanbaru, Indonesia

What will you share?

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London

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Sense of Hearing

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China

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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Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

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Chicago Historical Museum

What will you choose?

 

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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?

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

 

Point Your Camera Upwards

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Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos with an upwards angle.

Click here to see more upward photos, click here.

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Pekanbaru, Indonesia

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London

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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)!

I’d tell you that I’m recovering from volunteering and attending the busy Sundance Film Festival. I was assigned to usher at the Eccles Theater, which is the largest venue. I got to see the Premiere where Robert Redford spoke and producers and featured cast members of the film Crip Camp spoke. I saw many films and exciting panels about new movies like Downhill starring Julia Louis Dreyfess and Will Ferrell.

My favorite films were Minari and The Truffle Hunters, which were more inspiring and heart-warming than a lot of the fare on offer here. I saw Minari 2 times all the way through and the ending two more times all because sometimes a shift starts at the end of a film.

I’ll post reviews soon.

I have enjoyed Park City with its charming Main Street, the snowy mountains. People seem nice and helpful. Their free busses make it easy to get around.

Today I’ve toured the public library and am impressed with all they offer. You can check out a telescope, ukuleles, a podcast recording kit, sleds, snowshoes, projectors, a Go Pro, photo light kits, a Cricut machine, a horseshoe set, a fog machine, a guitar, a bocce ball set, a DVD drive, and more. It’s an example of the Library of Things movement, where libraries share items that people want to use occasionally and don’t want to own.

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)!

I’d tell you that I have to be on my way to the airport to catch a 6am flight to Salt Lake City as I’m going to volunteer at the Sundance Film Festival for the next couple of weeks.

I’ve been working a lot and really enjoyed recruiting at the libraries and at the League of Women Voters where I met some very active, smart women. We had a talk by our local state Senator Laura Fine about the juvenile prison system in Germany. 

Perhaps even bigger news is that the Executive Director at the library where I worked is no longer there. It’s quite vague, but here’s a news article.

Finally, I thoroughly enjoyed Greta Garbo in Queen Christina. Such gravitas.