Monday, January 26, 2009

fork in the road

my recent visit to metro dc was great - the obama inauguration filled me with hope, but as neil sings you can't eat hope. there is plenty of work ahead - not only for mr. obama but for each and every one of us. there is a fork in the road and we better make sure we choose the right path. we have to leave that road to ruin that we've been on for the last eight years (if not longer....)

after ten days of being away there is plenty of work facing me. not much time to blog this morning. but I did want to share a couple things. the first is the new neil young tune in the vid below. listen carefully to the lyrics - thanks ali for the head's up - you were right!

the second is a recommendation of a couple must see exhibits for visitors to washington d.c. (or armchair visits if you aren't heading there) the first is the abraham lincoln exhibit at the national museum of american history. february 12 will mark the 200th anniversary of lincoln's birth; to mark the occasion, the smithsonian has put together a collection of personal items which provide amazing insights into the man and the legend.

the other exhibit that rocked my world is a photography exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of photographer robert frank's groundbreaking publication the americans. the exhibit will be at the national museum of art until april 26th.
Using the methods of a storyteller or a poet, Frank sought to capture everything from racial segregation to excess consumption as a stark and lyrical representation of a fast-growing country. From this search came his opus, "The Americans" — a collection of 83 carefully arranged photographs ...
the story frank tells is still powerful and relevant. now 84 frank continues to work and divides his time between new york city and cape breton nova scotia.




photo: juggling a basketball, bowling ball and racquet outside the national museum of american history, washington january 2009.

23 comments:

Cathy said...

i love the photo--and neil young! didn't know he had anything new out. :) that's how I feel, too, like we have so much work to do.

tut-tut said...

It sure is a juggling act for most of us now. Great Neil Young song; so true. Regulation is coming back in style, methinks.

Adam said...

funny little snipet. Once we were coming to a fork in the road and my daughter said it wasn't polite to litter.

Love the photo. Don't we all feel like that guy.

Like the Neil Young song, and I really need to get the DC. Haven't been there in 15 years.

darkman said...

Keep up the good work.

Roy said...

Ah, Neil! He's right, you can't eat hope. Lots of work in store, that's for sure.

HUNTER said...

Neil Young has always been a controversial commentator on current events he hasn't lost his touch. Thanks for the enlightenment.

Meri Arnett-Kremian said...

Thanks for the tips - I'd love to take a D.C. trip. Haven't been there for years, but loved living there. And I still can't get the meditation stones from the Friends' Center out of my mind. I wonder if we could make icons of those and put them on our pages as a daily reminder. What do you think?

Barbara said...

I think they did a great job with renovating the National Museum of American History. I didn't see the Lincoln exhibit when I was there. Next time, whenever that is...

The beauty is the admission price (free)!

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Saretta said...

Great photo...I've been feeling that for quite a while now. Too much to juggle!

Jase said...

I'm sorry I actually would like to ask a question about your blog, and how you have managed to get the pictures and everything so big!?
Thank you,
Jason

mouse (aka kimy) said...

cath - according to what I read this will be on a new album that is as of yet forthcoming.

tut - sometimes regulation is needed to keep folks 'honest'

adam - your daughter is astute, no it is not polite to litter! hope you make it to dc - it is not that far and there is so much to do!

darkman - thank you and thanks for dropping in....

roy - many years ago when I lived in new haven, I interviewed for research position at yale medical school interviewing folks for a very interesting project; however, when the professor told me what the pay was to be I was aghast and said as much. he responded that the money shouldn't matter as it is so prestigious to be able to work at yale. I told him thanks, but no thanks, prestige couldn't put food on the table or help pay the rent. geez....

hunter - good to have folks like neil around to help!

meri - I think those meditation stones would lend themselves to lovely items for bloggers' sidebars! easy to crop....

barbara - I hadn't been to the american history museum in years and years...it was good to revisit it and see both new and familiar exhibits (I'm still as taken with the faith bradford dollhouse now as I was when I was twelve and first saw it)

rachete - thank you! I live your blog very much also....

kin xp - sorry....got to go with another neil song (this note's for you) on this one request.

saretta - I could not believe the objects that guy juggled ....it was amazing and he did not goof up!

jase - you have to change around your html settings - as you can tell I use one of blogger's standard templates with the help of a friend much more savvy than I he helped me shrink the margins so the blog could accommodate larger pictures. each time I want to make the photo bigger than the standard large, I again have to go into the html and adjust the numbers to increase the size of the photos. hope this helps. if you wish, email me your email address and I will copy and past the changes I made.... my email is kyanoshik at gmail

Reya Mellicker said...

I love Lincoln's hat. Must go check it out again closer to his birthday. Mine is the next day so I've always had an affinity for the man.

Glad you're home safe and sound. Sorry we didn't figure out a way to get together. Next time definitely!

marianne said...

and once again, he calls it....thanks for sharing.

ArtSparker said...

The Neil Young clip is great. I was trying to figure out if he was holding an apple with a fuse, which led to another idea...I need to tell some crusty old lefty friends about that video. Frank still working at 84 and Neil Young still producing songs and attitude at whatever his age is points out the good part of being in the arts.

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mouse (aka kimy) said...

reya - definitely see you next time! yep, lincoln's hat was real cool.... I liked the life masks and the cast of his hands also....

marianne - you are welcome!!

artsparker - neil is just 63....which of course is the new 30! thank goodness he survived his brush with death in 2005....very scary. but after his recovery, it certainly didn't slow him down.

rlb - I guess these new inviting type of comments come with the 'blog of note' territory...very odd - now I understand the who comment moderation thing a little better....I actually am fearful in checking out those places, lots of nasty viruses around and being fairly ignorant of how they go around, I don't want to click on things like that....

Merle Sneed said...

I wish I could see the Lincoln exhibit.