Sunday, March 26, 2017

Art and the Boy --- Day 6/35

Distance: 2.5 miles

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Last minute art tour coming up Tuesday.  One of the people from last week's Presidio tour will bring her young son.  So, Ciwt thinks "That's Good!" - and a challenge.  What kind of art will interest/involve an 11 year old boy?

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Quality Time --- Day 6/33

Walk: Crissy Field, Up & Down Stairs a Bunch of times
Distance: 4.3 miles

Ciwt had never seen anything like this little family creating a sculpture together at Crissy Field today.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Club Cute --- Day 6/32

Walk: Nice Rainy Day for reading and first Instagram 'interactions' (Getting to like these storms when they are more spread out)
Distance: 0, Home Yoga

A while ago Ciwt helped set up a little members' paintings show at her golf club. For whimsy and folk-type charm, she thought these (with no backs for hanging) by a cute young member were delightful.  (She didn't say anything along those lines though in case the artist doesn't see her art this way at all.  Always dicey with any type of artistic endeavor.  You know, like when you tell a writer how funny you thought her character was - and she actually meant for her character to be carrying the sadness of the plot).

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Blog Musings --- Day 6/31

Walk: Marin Driving Day, Best Buy
Distance: 3 miles, Small Yoga

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So often - mostly actually - when Ciwt considers ideas for her daily CIWT, notions fly by in droves, and she reacts with "That's not interesting," "They won't like that," "That's too personal," etc, etc.  In other words everything seems unworthy because it is just a small thing she thought or did or saw that day or recently.

But, then she realizes that's what her life is really about, and these 'small' things are very big for her - seeing a shriveled tulip and being touched by its aging beauty, eating lunch with a dear friend to whom Ciwt's thoughts and life are not "too personal,' mentioning little glitchy things that come up with her iphone, and hearing a friend say "Why don't you give it to me?" then sitting and watching him take care of the glitches. Simply acknowledging she has nothing she particularly wants to say some days - and having that be just fine.

The things she thinks she's supposed to write about - Huge pronouncements, life-altering theories, dazzling events or purchases, Real News - are not the fabric of most of our lives, certainly not Ciwt's. And CIWT allows her an opportunity to let that (meaning Life) sink in and be appreciated and savored.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Once More --- Day 6/30

Walk: Tj"s, Vogue Theater (Beauty and the Beast)
Distance: 3 miles, small yoga

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Looking forward to a non-grown up getaway today Ciwt went to the latest reincarnation of Beauty and the Beast.  Much better than she was expecting, but actually bordering on an adult operetta. Interesting how versions and versions of this tale can be made over long periods of time, and the story continues to feel fresh (and kind of sad).

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Book Beat --- Day 6/29

Walk: PGCC - Book Group: Hillbilly Elegy
Distance: 1 mile, small yoga

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Big Extroversion experience today at excellent Book Club, so Ciwt will catch you tomorrow.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Je Ne Comprends Pas, Mais J'aime --- Day 6/28

Walk: Monday Errands
Distance: 1.7 miles, Yoga

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Henri Matisse, Dance (1), Paris, Boulevard des Invalides, early 1909, 6' 6.6" x 12' 9.6," o/c

Ciwt has found a kindred Matisse spirit who has written about him in a way dear to Ciwt's heart and also exceptionally.  Peter Schjedahl, a New Yorker writer of course - another art presence (literary in this case) which is dear to Ciwt's heart.  Here's what he has to say about Dance (1) (a study which hangs at MoMA for THE Painting).

Matisse's greatness resides in capacities of the eye and mind that almost anyone, with willingness, can discern, and none, with whatever training, can really comprehand.  I don't think it is possible to be more intelligent in any pursuit, or more serious and original, and with such suddenness, than Matisse was when he represented a reaching arm in "Dance 1" (1909)...

And, PS, Robert Hughes, one of Ciwt's favorite art critics, said of the final product, The painting,
one of the few wholly convincing images of physical ecstasy made in the twentieth century.

There will be more CIWT on Matisse, rest assured....

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Some Trees --- Day 6/27

Walk: Cinema Club (After the Storm)
Distance: 2 miles, Yoga

Vincent Van Gogh, Saint-Remy Olive Trees, ca 1889, o/c

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Henri Matisse, Collioure Landscape (Study for Le Bonheur de Vivre), 1905, o/c

Wildflowers are seen among oak trees at dusk near California State Route 223 on March 4, 2016 west of Tehachapi, California. Despite hopes that the major El Nino effect would bring drought-busting rains to southern California, the storms have been missing the region, delivering only half the rain of a normal year. After a brief period of heavy rain in January, Southern California experienced one of the hottest Februarys ever recorded, prompting early scenic wildflower blooms in several desert and foothill regions.  Photo: David McNew/Getty Images
David McNew/GettyImages,Tehatchapi, California, March 4, 2017