The Bicycle People ™

Three years ago today …

When I was running this morning I passed one of the Bicycle People(tm). He was on his hands and knees, barfing like it was an Olympic event. His friends were looking on sympathetically through their iPhones.

I felt bad for him, so I offered some uplifting words of encouragement: “Hey! Too much breakfast, numb nuts!” And do you know, I think it did him some good, because he was able to gather his strength enough to raise one hand and offer me a salute as I went on my way.

. . . well, ok, I admit it, that second part didn’t actually happen, but it sure does make the story better.

Now you might be thinking, “ok Mike, yes, that is a little rude and maybe even marginally funny. What’s it got to do with our theme of raising it up?”

Just this: runners, hikers and bikers are really, really good encouragers. Really, really friendly and helpful. Really, really good at offering athletic support …

>”Stop right there! We see what you’re up to.”<

Ok, sorry, but it is true that if you’re lagging or struggling out there on the trail or in a race, especially in a race, people will cheer you on and help you over the line if need be. And you’ll just naturally want to do that for other people too. Upward spiral activated, hearts in motion, game on.

See you out there! Or should I say up there?

David Bowie’s Furniture

It seems that David Bowie was a sophisticated collector of art. No surprise, really. I was surprised, though, to learn that he had, among other things, an extensive collection of museum quality furniture. Would you like to see it? Well, you can if you’re in Central Florida right about now!

The Modernism Museum in Mt.Dora FL is the place.

The members only preview is October 26th at 6 pm. Music by yours truly!

You can learn more or become a member (well worth it, by the way) by visiting:

http://modernismmuseum.org/about/3md-membership.html

Starting on Friday the 27th, it’s open to the pubic. It promises to be, what’s the word? Well, what would be a good word to describe Bowie?

Update:

NEW EXHIBIT
Opening October 27th!
Become a member today by visiting http://modernismmuseum.org/about/3md-membership.html and enjoy the upcoming Member only preview event on October 26th. For more information call 352.385.0034
SPACE ODDITIES: BOWIE | SOTTSASS | MEMPHIS
THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION INCLUDING OBJECTS FROM THE ESTATE OF DAVID BOWIE
David Bowie, mourned by the world on his passing in 2016, was one of the most radical figures in recent popular culture. Memphis, founded under the leadership of Ettore Sottsass in Milan in 1981, was the most radical of all design groups. This exhibition brings them together. Bowie built up an extensive body of Memphis work over the years – iconic works by Sottsass and his colleagues, including Michele DeLucchi, Nathalie DuPasquier, Shiro Kuramata, and Martine Bedin. This exhibition, the largest gathering of Memphis objects ever presented in an American museum, includes over 75 examples, many from Bowie’s private collection. It is a fabulous opportunity to see Memphis as it should be seen – in profusion – and to experience the private world of a great pop visionary.

 

Hiking or Sauntering?

A quote from John Muir –

“Hiking – I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains, not hike! Do you know the origin of the word ‘saunter?’ Away back in the middle ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply, A la sainte terre,’ To the Holy Land.’

And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not ‘hike’ through them.”

Paula and I just came back from a few days in the mountains. And there was much sauntering!

 

Geeks and Prayer Warriors

Technology! 

What a blessing, what a gift! We’ve just come through a couple of hurricanes, Harvey and Irma by name, and it’s been rough for a lot of people. Rough? More like devastating. It helps, though, that we can have warnings and information when this happens. And it’s a downright miracle that we can stay in touch with our loved ones as the storm rages around us.

Let’s offer a mighty thank you to the scientists and tech innovators who push us forward. They’re in government, academia and business. And they rock.

Prayer! 

What a blessing, what a gift! All over the world, people of faith and good will join their hearts together. We share love, we uplift each other, we raise up the energy of the world. And who knows, maybe we even make the waters move. God moves in wondrous ways.

Let’s offer a mighty thank you to all the big hearted people who join hands across the water and pray us into wholeness. They’re all over the world. And they rock.

Geeks and prayer warriors: I think we just might make it.

P.S. I know, storms don’t rage, but it made for a good sentence, don’t you agree? 🙂

 

Top 10 Things I Like About Being a Musician

10. Work and play are interchangeable words.

9. When I wave my arms, people speed up and slow down. Sometimes they speed up and slow down when I’m not waving my arms. This teaches me to be patient.

8. Green rooms.

7. It’s the second best connection you can make.

6. Applause and money are nice, don’t kid yourself.

5. The notes are an awesome, intricate and endlessly fascinating structure. The space between the notes? That’s where God lives.

4. Any rock musician who’s honest will tell you that wires and amps and guitars and keyboards and drums are just cool all by themselves. Many rock musician spouses do not subscribe to this philosophy.

3. Reading a chart, writing a song, improvising or working a dance groove are all a rush, not unlike riding a bike or driving a car, or, I would imagine, walking a high wire. It feels good to move forward, and the knowledge that you could crash and burn at any moment concentrates the mind. Very Zen, eh?

2. Speaking of Zen, making music is it. You lose yourself, the spirit moves and the mystery shakes you. World within worlds, atoms and universes, same thing.

1. Nine is enough. What are the top ten things you like about your life?

Top Ten Things I Like About Running

10. You say you’re looking for pure being and a glimpse of the Way? There are moments . . .

9. When you cross that finish line, even if the race was only a mile, the whole world will open up for you. Have you spent your life thinking that you were incapable of rising higher? You just proved that you’re more capable than you thought.

8. Sweat.

7. Partly the legs, partly the mind, mostly the heart.

6. The runner’s high is a real thing. Gives new meaning to the phrase ‘better living through chemistry.’

5. Runners tend to be really nice people and great encouragers for each other. Definitely a community. Good at raising money for helping folks, too.

4. It’s an honorable thing to come in last.

3. Stronger, leaner, tanner, fitter, healthier . . .

2. You can spend as much money as you like on running, but you can also enjoy it for very little. Decent pair of shoes, and off you go. Oh yeah, and pants. You’ll want pants.

1. Great legs.

Kindred Spirits

Artists Paula Davis and Adrienne H Lee will make their debut this week as Kindred Spirits. An artistic dream team, I’m thinking! Please join us. By the way, it’s indoors.

The event: Big Bang Bazaar

Time and place: August 26th, 2017 from 11-5

Central Florida Fairground

4603 W. Colonial Dr

Orlando, FL 32808

Did I mention that it’s indoors?

 

 

More info here:

https://thewanderingarthistorian.wordpress.com/2017/08/18/kindred-spirits-at-big-bang-bazaar/

Adrienne:

I am an art historian who loves to connect with people through a shared love of ART. My specialty is bringing art history into the 21st century and illustrating how we are creating the art history of the future via today’s pop culture. I am also an artist, a freelance writer, an avid reader (I love research!) and a world traveler. I am taking a creative approach to life with an emphasis on all things ART. My journey might look strange, but don’t worry – I’m not lost, I’m just wandering.

Paula:

“It’s amazing what one can make from a ball of clay, or coils of clay, or a slab of clay. The finished artwork can be functional or sculptural, or sometimes both. Creating with clay is playful, challenging, calming, and rewarding. It is sheer joy to open the kiln after a glaze firing and behold the finished glazed pieces (mostly), like opening presents on a holiday or one’s birthday! I could live ten life times and not exhaust all that can be created with clay.”

HeartyArtyParty

Paula has been associated with Crealdé School of Art pretty much the whole time we’ve lived in Central Florida. One of the many cool things they do is a summer program called ‘Art Camp.’ It’s basically a day camp where kids between the ages of 4 and 17 create art projects under the direction of professional artists. Paula teaches photography and pottery and has always had a blast with it. Although I’ve heard rumors that some of the other teachers get a little frazzled by summer’s end. Maybe. Ahem.

Anyway, once the classes wrap up, the teachers collect the work and get together midweek to mount a display in the school’s gallery. Then on to opening night! The kids and their parents come out on a Saturday night to enjoy their creations and bask in their glory.

And you know what? The work is, in fact, glorious. Painting, sculpture, clay, photography, wood cuts and more. The place is a riot of color and energy. The work itself is fresh, unselfconscious, uninhibited and surprisingly sophisticated.

 

> video coming soon! I’m on the road today. <

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