What’s in your boat?

dscn0518-the-boats-websizedDale Chihuly’s incredible artwork: old wooden fishing boat filled with blown glass


Looking at these images, I am prompted to wonder what I am carrying about inside of myself. What do others see? Am I carrying beauty or ugliness? Anger or forgiveness? Harm or helpfulness?
And I wonder why we worry so much about what our boat looks like instead of being concerned about the quality of the things we carry.


Today I am reading the sixth chapter of Luke (New Testament). There are a lot of good things there to share, including the Beatitudes and the example of removing a plank from your (my) own eye before trying to remove a speck from someone else’s eye.

On judging others:

37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”     Luke 6:37-38

Glass in the Garden

My dad chose to retire far from family and is now in an Assisted Living home. I’m visiting him in Arizona this weekend, something I do twice a year. One of the things we do together is look at photos on my laptop computer. He gets to travel vicariously through my pictures and today you do, too.

The Seattle Space Needle reflected in a gazing ball outdoors in the Chihuly Glass Garden.

Back in August, SuperDad and I met up with son#3 in Seattle for a day of playing tourist. Visiting Chihuly Garden and Glass had been on my wishlist for a long time and I love the pictures I was able to take there.


reflections from Dale Chihuly’s basket phase

These beautiful glass sculptures are the artwork of Dale Chihuly. As such, I cannot use the photographs I have taken and sell them on cards at the farmers’ market.


This glass sculpture rests on a reflective surface and brings to mind a fountain from the sea.


Close-up of the “sea fountain” sculpture

I’ve got over 250 photographs from my time at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Not all of them are great, but I’ll attempt to do a better job of sharing the best of them with you. If I can’t sell them, at least I can share the beauty, right?

How do you decide what to share and what to keep to yourself? Are there any rules you wish you could break? 


MTM: A date at the museum

Should we make some of these for our backyard?

Last Monday was our wedding anniversary.

We’ve been married 24 years and didn’t even exchange cards this year. The benefit of us both forgetting to make a card — we were equally relieved that the other hadn’t gone through the bother of making one, so neither of us looked bad!

That’s not to say we didn’t celebrate! We had a pleasant date, touring a small museum on the university campus. First, we looked at some rather odd art from behind the Iron Curtain. Some of it made sense to me, but most of it did not, and I’m fairly cerain that the idea was not to make the viewer happy or comfortable. If that had been the extent of our date, it would have been a very poor choice for a celebration.

Luckily, the building had more than one gallery. We moved on to see these lovely pieces of blown glass…

Indian Orange Macchia with Teal Blue Lip Wraps (26 x 29 x 27”)

Chartreuse Yellow Macchia with Cadmium Yellow Lip Wraps (25 x 26 x 34”)

The first named color is what really shines when lit up from the inside in a darkened room. We were there in the morning, and although it was cloudy outside, there was still plenty of daylight shining through the windows of this room. I had to go to here to see what they look like in the evening when lit up from the inside.

If you haven’t guessed by now, these are made by the famous blown glass artist, Dale Chihuly.

I’m excited to learn from his website that Chihuly Garden and Glass is scheduled to open in Seattle this spring!

This incredible red chandelier was created in 1995 by Mr. Chihuly.

It has approximately 800 separate hand-blown glass forms, is 18 feet long and (at its widest) 6 feet across.

Lit both from the inside (red neon) and outside, it glows red and reflects light from applied gold leaf. My camera could not do it justice.

We concluded our date by having lunch at an Irish pub. SuperDad isn’t fond of my constantly taking photographs, so I gave him the gift of enjoying the excellent Reuben sandwich and the expertly built Guinness with a shamrock design on the foam without taking pictures of his lunch!
Of course, I sort of regret it now… I’ll have to go back and order a Guinness just to take the picture. It’s a rough life.  😉