A good time was had by all

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Definitely a dazzling moment. The Bryant Park DERBY DAY event came back once again to a huge success. Congratulations to its Board. Covid seemed like a hiccup. A bit different than years before everyone was a winner. Congratulations to Michael Chapallier the 50/50 winner of Tropical Ridge neighborhood.

missed was Richard Guercio former 50/50 winner, my bet was on him. Oh well. Actually regardless what event, he was always a winner. This year we had in our midst Carmen Diaz new City Mgr. Sarah Parr Malega and Christopher McVoy our commissioners. The best silks went to Herman Robinson who enjoyed his retirement immensely .

City Mgr. Carmen Diaz
Day late and wrong location could of been a contender
The WINNER

Now for the long awaited SHOW it’s a video

Show us your hats

In all the excitement, no one noticed as everyone had fun that . The impending rain cut the event just a bit shorter. Next year 1st 2nd and 3rd will come back . There were ever so many donations 40 by my count that went to awards and many to silent auctions. No one was left behind

Amazing creation the horses painted front and back. A 360 view. the 50/50 was $190
American Pharos Triple Crown winner on my head
Absolutely stunning
Also ran

NOTE from the Editor: It’s my blog I have opinions.

Artful day with intention

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Turn around on Tri Rail. My friend Sherrie had all her submissions accepted. Time to celebrate but doing an opening with crowds? Opted for a personal tour. She collected me from Miami airport station. Took note there was a trolly parked heading into town.

Fairchild Garden Vista by Sherrie Rose

breakfast was first, an eye opener, we drove to the Latin Cafe now called Sergio’s. Been there often. Looking up a new 14 story bldg now casts a shadow over the the Cafe. It’s chilly so we opt sitting inside I’m practicing my Spanish. The place is full. We are on track so not to spend too much time, we ordered the exact same things times three outcomes the food on an automated trolley and it speaks to us “Enjoy Your Food” I was not ready for this, I order something else, just to have the trolley come back again and talk. Now I’m ready in video mode.

OMG. LOL. “Progress is man’s most important invention”

This was just a hole in the wall w great Cuban food. 10 years ago. I’m looking at progress, our future. on to Fairchild Garden’s. Charles flew in from Winter Park, 45 minutes by air, where he teaches photography and he’s on the board of Habitate for Humanity . I have 22 HH houses here, so I know the intricacies from a board perspective as well as a neighbor. Our discussions just flows from topic to topic. Critiquing, lamenting our inactivity for the last two years. My last three paintings abandoned half finished. What’s wrong with us this is the kind of day that all Artist need. Meet up with others, go tho museums, go to gallery’s together, get re-inspired.

All 3 of her paintings were accepted.

entering the gallery i tap Pauline’s on her shoulder recognized her immediately.. found myself saying, (it’s been eleven years) “do you remember me”. she breaks out laughing, of course you’re on Facebook all the time. That’s how I’ve maintained all my artist friends from my gallery days. Recognize quite a few of the participants in this show, from gallery days

Pauline Goldsmith’s ever delicate touch. teaches at Fairchild

. We walk the gardens to the locations that are depicted in her paintings . Sit enjoy the atmosphere and sketch a bit. The air is awesome at Fairchild as I briefly takeoff my mask’s for a deep fresh breath of air, air. no pollution from traffic has reached ithe inner sanctums of these gardens.

Sherrie in her scene, just wonderful

A Quick stop at the local bank, finally meet the person Who ive been n speaking to over years but never met in person i look at the new bank and it’s empty of warmth and I think what happened to all the wonderful art? they always supported the local artist now I’m looking at colors, stripes of colors, hopefully they don’t offend anyone. As we pulled in I take a photo of Lisa Remeny’s Art so recognizable, fabulous and that apparently is the only remnant of a local artist. Coconut Grove had Xmas Receptions by invitation of local artists with their art. I remember as Fred Hunt was one of them.

Lisa Remeny’s mural

Driving through the Grove on Grand Avenue the Cottages that lined the south side are gone and empty lots is all I see. The cottages were still there, when I was involved and a group of us went to Key West to learn about land banking, which is still successful down in Key West but here what happened? Developers just purchased everything and to be honest I see no progress there its empty lots now. and my friends are still fighting for the rights of the Black people there. now it’s a matter of who can hold out longer.

Coral Gables Museum

On to Coral Gables Museum, we call ahead for the price and who’s the artist, the artist is Julio Laraz. next to my husband he was my next favorite living artist. almost met him twice at Art Basil I made it a point to go meet him. I was maybe 35 feet away from him when behind us there was this huge crash and someone had broken some very expensive art, chaos ensued.

Julio Laraz from Video Interview

I sit for the first 15 minutes or so watching a video watching him actually painting in his studio and I’m trying to figure out where is the studio has to be enormous, I’m in total heaven I see paintings that I’ve not seen before and I miss some others but of course they would all have sold. These must be from his own collection. Earlyworks and you see how he developed and I’m reminded of a friend who painted very very much like him 15 minutes watching a video and we just wander to do the galleries beautiful work the videographer was there and so we had a little chat. I have information that she’s not aware of, I originally discovered him up in Woodstock New York via one of his roommates from the early days so I have that and she’s wondering how do you know this. I looked at the clock, Oh my god 15 min. To get to train station. I’ve got to catch the train I have another opening to go to and last time I missed it by three minutes so here we are sitting in traffic and I’m thinking I’ve got a plan better than this next time.

PART TWO. Tomorrow

Beach outing promised perfect weather

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On arrival at 10:00 a.m. the beach had umbrellas up chairs waiting for guests, it was a lovely sight. With two charges in tow in the water before we settled close to the life guard stands.

Hello from Colombia

Water was so very inviting just the right temperature as was the air. Just a bit overcast, maybe we won’t need sp 50 after all

Long Island group

The beach was filling up, everyone had their own Sandy space. Lake Worthians were mixed in. two from unincorporated Lake Worth are right here below Hello! Suddenly whistles

From Unincorporated Lake Worth

What’s going on.? More whistling and everyone is asked to get out of the water

Ever see it this empty
Shark watch
Our Heroes

All the kids now found adventure digging holes, sand castles. We visited the xmas tree made out of surfboards then caught the bus back home. Red Flags warned no swimming but people kept coming. a fabulous few hours. S

authors note. Having the pool up and running would have been lovely in our Ocean Front Park.

Riding side saddle. Lol

Not on a container, shopping in LWBeach

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This is part 2 of my annual shopping local guide. So here are some suggestions where shopping is easy.

Located on N K st between Lake and Lucerne Ave.

Lovely shop just steps away from both Lake and Lucerne Avenues. On n K st. If you want comfortable resort wear. Great selection of pure Linen mix and match pieces.

Our newest men’s wear shop is located on Lake Ave. just west of our Cultural Council Bldg. great selection. Tailoring available on site.

High brow (rarefied in taste) to casual men’s wear

The price points slightly higher in these shops but it won’t break your bank and it’s not a waiting game “it’s sitting on a container“.

Two days ago I published what kids can buy in our town for $5 bucks. Now where to take a break, rest your legs and get a small bite . Common ground Coffee. Located n s J st. Has charger capacity and people watching always interesting.

Take a break. All available in Lake Worth Beach. All walkable.
Sat. The market offers hand crafts along side culinary treats

Artistic Arrondissement

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Yes we have one in Lake Worth Beach. “Go west young man”. Lake Worth Beach now also has the very First Little Free ART Gallery in this artistic area. I attended its Ribbon Cutting.

Just one block north of Lucerne on F st.

It was a late afternoon affair with attendees bringing some of the first small works of art. This is via the effort of Amy Shaw and her partner John. Fairly new to our community who totally embraced what we in this quirky community are all about. First she installed her LFL, Then she purchased her gallery from an Etsy shop, fait accompli!

Local artists participated with stocking the initial small works of art. The gallery offers seating with miniature attendees who have gone walk about, often being mistaken for miniature art LOL which they indeed were.

Many done by our generous art community.
like neighbor Louise Noaks

My contribution was a 4×6 portrait of my cat wearing a Ruth Badder Ginsburg collar. It was immediately traded for this awesome small abstract painting seen top left. It has the Van Gogh colors yet reminiscent of the cave paintings of Lascaux. I could not get it out of my mind so early next morning I biked over and made it mine. (Done by 14 yr old Emma) A small Hurricane painting took its place that I used to sell at street fairs.

Raffle + collectible art and some jewelry were part of a raffle for this grand opening. Emma is seen here in lavender.

The mutual admiration society is alive and well. Amy not only put wonderful children appropriate books in but invested in colored pencils kits which are there for the taking. Bring a book if you have one to share or just avail yourself of a original work if art by the generous artists that live in this area.

This is the charming cottage that is home to our 1st Little Free ARTGallery.

Have a great Laborday weekend.

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A early beginning at the beach Friday before the long weekend. I’m avoiding people, crowds. Haven’t been out in a while, not sure I still know my table manners. KEEP wearing a mask! We are not in the clear yet. Six Months and counting. Destination was Viva la Playa alas it was not open for breakfast. No sign on doors as to hours or when.

Next best Benny’s. Spotted long sleeves, must be a tourist. Indeed

Hello. COLORADO
Another early happy group

I had the Sunrise, no meat. Used to pay $5 for exact same called the “local special” at Mulligans but here it was $12. But what a view, sea breeze, the smell of salt air, took me back out to my years on the ocean. Of course location location.

This is their menu, just scan it. Welcome to the 21st century

It’s FRIDAY the beach front was getting a face lift.

Also seen so very early.

Very obedient. LOL.

Have a great weekend ! I opened my e mail about an hour ago say 5:15 p.m. and my VIP invite was in my box

Grand opening Sat n Sun. eleven to eleven both days

First person account QUARENTINE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ATLANTIC

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Kathleen and Ron en route

We have spend our time chatting over fences, visiting Mom, painting, sanding, organizing and making our home more secure while preparing it for the storm season. All of Hesse jobs are labors of love we are glad to be doing. We miss socializing and having folks over for a get together usually involving libations, but we feel the more we stick to the guidelines the better the chance we can all really get back to work. We have not been to the places downtown we would love to is it and feel that’s our way to prolong this awful situation the world finds itself in at the present. In the meantime we have remained productive and mostly positive.l When we return to Germany we will have to quarantine again but will be able to go take a free Covid-19 test just showing our insurance cards and if negative, the quarantine will not be necessary altho things change daily. The German States have been changing guidelines as the situation develop. We pray there will be a vaccine developed as quickly as possible or at least a turn of events that ends all of this, and fervently wish we will return to Lake Worth Beach soon as it is where our hearts are. Quarantine on both sides of the Atlantic is not easy, but it’s what we have at the moment. We are so glad we got to spend our time here with so much that we love. Wish you all well. Stay safe.

Guest contributing blogger Kathleen

Greetings from ENGLAND still in LOCKDOWN. 6-29-20Then it’s throwback Thursday once again and this time we’re so close

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…and a beautiful England at that, glorious weather, glorious surroundings, glorious happenings….well, a lot of it is glorious, even more so if we could, get of this virus which is causing mayhem everywhere in the world. but as I said last week, I’m trying not to mention the V word , so here it goes….. This week has been full of busyness, lots to do and lots to complete in a short time. It started with the community hub that I run, it’s a beautiful old church as you know and I am so passionate about community, I cannot wait to get started again with groups and courses and projects going on. To this end we have started to make it look fabulous, from the garden makeover I told you about a couple of weeks ago to the building itself. It has been used by stitchers and groups making scrubs and all manner of things to keep our nurses and doctors safe and now that has slowed down, we can move on.

The next project is making masks as the wearing of them will be mandatory as from July 4th you recognize that date of course!!! We have lots of stitchers busy on their sewing machines to make the masks from material that has been donated and left over from the scrub making. We are organizing a mask give away day on July 6th where we will unveil our mask tree which will be hung with masks for people . If they want to make a donation, they can and it all helps to keep the costs down, small donations add up to a big donation in the end. I am looking forward to that as it will get people in and it means lots of members of our community will feel safer when the new guidelines come into play, easing the lockdown.

Whilst we were discussing the tree project I happen to be talking about the wonderful peace poles that were created across America for World Peace Day. There are some in Lake Worth which of course, are beautiful Everyone thought the idea sounded great and so that will be another project!!! I love that we can now meet up with friends as long as we socially distance……and last Thursday we did just that, this time in a friend’s in -on-sea, a lovely fishing village and town, 10 miles down the coast from where I live. We decided to have Turkish food and we stopped of off the restaurant to pick up the food on our way, it was utterly delicious and just like old times, chatting and laughing and drinking the odd glass of wine. It is very noticeable that people are getting together, at the beginning of this endemic, it was eerily quiet, as people stayed home , only to venture out to get food or exercise, now we hear the sound of laughter and voices again. I love it! I also love that we can hear the children playing in the local primary school as they play outside at break times, a lovely sound. The beaches are still busy, particularly on weekends we tend to stay away when they are busy and go for a walk along the beach later in the evening when the crowds have thinned out. People are better now and social distancing is much in evidence. Paddle boarding has really taken of here as a new sport and the paddle boarders are out in force especially on weekends, it’s nice to see. The big news is that from the 4th we only have to stay 1 meter apart than 2 , I think it will be ok, it will certainly help the economy hugely as restaurants and pubs can reopen, in a new way of course. It will be very different as there will be new ways ordering and paying for drinks and food…….lots of eating and drinks al fresco to make it easier to keep distancing. Airlines are advertising flights and there are several countries we can travel to without having to quarantine 14 days upon our return, I think I will give it a miss for now. You appear to have a lot more freedom to travel as we do, has it changed at all? I heard about your new rule re wearing masks, a wise move if numbers are rising again. I have just finished the thought of the day board for tomorrow and it is day 98, only two more days till day 100, I think I will stop here. Please take care, have fun and stay happy ……..speak to you next week.

One more week and counting. 4-3-2020

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Monday seemed so far away. I know what they like to what we should be doing. They have their devices but as yet, no internet. Going w the flow

Lunch at LW High school a welcome break

We get a break when we walk for lunch and at 3 we observe tea time. What did we not cover but meant to, was on my list as they do a great job of derailing me. LoL Ok let’s clean the bird Bath

Daily visitor

Where were we , spelling cursive, anything in our stream of consciousness, meant to cover but skipped over because “aren’t we doing this or that.” Vague promises to keep them engaged.

I let her illustrate my letters. I need stamps which became a field trip to the post office, which became a math lesson,, which became interactive as she gets to put stamps on my letters. We look at my stamp collection. I write, she writes her teacher Ms Roman that leads to spelling time. Ms roman must be a patient angel. She deals with multiples of just these two. How do you do it?

We spotted a blue bird, we are visited daily by birds. Even have an Ospry up high. Teaching moment.

Serendipity one happens to be blue

We view a videos on blue birds. Next morning their sharp eyes spot the tiny eggs. One is a delicate blue. Thanks Mother Nature for reinforcing this learning moment. Even I was thrilled.

Looking back at Monday so far away. Did we really . read about George Washington Carver. My eyes dropped as we are now reading “the Red Planet” TGIF Tea time becomes my time. They chat I retreat for a nap.

We make necklaces out of sea shells we gathered on the last day at the beach. Hours later the beaches were closed.

We started on Capitals. Hopefully internet will be available next week.

Leaping into March and there is something every weekend.

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updated calendar. Added ❤️ 3 things

This weekend

Friday March 6 Two things you could attend. real Mail Friday 2-6 p.m Then Real Taste of Lake Worth Starts 6:30. Tkts still available.

See right above for ticket locations.

Takes place down the road at FAU 3rd fl. Of Wimberly library.
Jaffa Center for Book Arts. Take your address book they provide ephemera, postage plus coffee tea and crumpets.



Saturday March 7. Afternoon Reception at the Historical Museum for
Jill Karlin.

Saturday. March 7. FIESTA. At Memorial Park located so 6th Ave. and A street. Just of 6th st exit from I-95 expressway exit. Bring the kids they love trucks and fire engines. March 12 at our Lake WorthBeach Casino ballroom BS


Sunday March 15. St. Paddy’s Day Parade down Lake Ave. from M st to J st. This year sponsored by the NAPC Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents Council. The “Thursday night peddlers riding on Wednesday “ welcome any bike rider wearing green. We provide the green streamers for the handlebars.

Tuesday March 17. VOTE. Be sure to turn the page there is more.

Wednesday March 18, and every Wednesday join Commissioner Herman Robinson over coffee at the Book Cellar 9:3 – 11 :00 a.m.

Wednesdays every week sit and have coffee w Commissioner Herman Robinson at the Book Cellar.

Saturday March 21, 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. Flofing.

One of the best events of the year. If your new to Lake Worth Beach it’s the place to be. Have putter will play, a hat of sorts is recommended, make it silly.
Yes this is a hole. Proceed through neighbors gardens of Downtown Jewel neighborhood. Bone chance.,
Tickets. can be purchased on J st. @Rudy’s and Revelry pubs.

March 28-29. Pride fest. 12-6 p.m. both days. parade Is on Sunday. In Bryant Park bands and vendors both days. Tickets in advance only $8.

Yes it’s my oil painting. Inspired from last years parade. Recognize yourself? Go ahead and tag

This is a great time to be in south Florida and Lake Worth Beach. Join us for the March events. we are a quirky little sea side town that can.

Lake Worth Beach 1/1/2020

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New Years starts with optimism and Lake Worth Beach’s first day was perfection. Everyone from the surrounding communities Loxahatchee, Wellington and Palm Beach converged on Lake Worth Beach. A happy day as The only flag flying was yellow meaning, calm seas, no critters biting. Perfect for shelling and sun worshiping. A red letter day as The newest addition to the Little Free Libraries opened auspiciously yesterday with fanfare and deservedly so. It’s a “mini me” and belongs to none other than to Mary who has done so much to bring the many LFL to Lake Worth Beach. If you can read a book a day you’d be in heaven here. Each of our 16 neighborhoods embraced this project. Don’t have to look far to get the kind of book that you want to read, some of these actually specialize either Florida history or just for children it’s all available in Lake Worth Beach Don’t stop now, take a little bike ride. What I love to do is to look at the decorations, recently on NPR we were mentioned having spectacular lights in our neighborhoods. Our cute seaside cottages decorate and These particular decorations are best enjoy during the daytime. ha ha life in paradise we call it “Lake Worth Beach” our quirky little seaside town.

Day 26 2019 Visitors from afar at our Beach

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Sun is shining and the beach is beckoning. First thing I saw was the red and purple warning flags above the Lifeguard stand. I gave up trying to keep my cap on the wind was at least 20 miles an hour. The white caps are beautiful as the waves crash into each other, but no swimming. My friend and I took off on a walk heading south w the wind behind us. As we came onto the beach this couple was just emptying a bag of trash. We encountered them again on our return and yes they had trash in their bag again. They are from Canada. Thank you! And on we went to meet the next couple and of course I asked and yes they also were picking up trash. Mom is visiting from Atlanta . Thank You!My small bag also held plastic trash, I mention it as it was .suppose to have sea shells which I collect to make earrings. Small sacrifice when people who do not even live here care enough to make my Lake Worth Beach beautiful. My companion always picks up trash. Yesterday she and her family spent their time Christmas Day picking up trash. Not much action on the beach this morning. The purple flag warns about sea creatures and I spotted lots of baby jelly fish that the waves tossed ashore. a couple from Sweden Hello Montreal

Lake Worth Beach is a place to go to enjoy our awesome sunshine even if you can’t get into the water right now.. Happy Holliday to all our visitors.

Part two: Going with the Flowo

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Sunday started slow but it was the icing on the cake. We had Tuscan breakfast at home at my artist friend Sherrie’s. Only two things left on the agenda as we woke to a cold day.

We took a leisure stroll around the Biltmore to admire some of the faux work she is credited with in the Lobby. Learned that that their pool is the largest in the country. Elegant old world hotel. In the lobby also where two large bird cages, home to gold fiches. So, I was going to paint sea gulls but now, it will be gold finches on gold leaf ground. Look at how the Finches food is presented. First Class all the way.

Then to the Coral Gables Museum. It’s a fairly new Museum entree fee $8. Worth every penny. The presentation of all 3 exhibits on display, exquisite! Nothing was crowded, making viewing a pleasure of the Peruvian photography of only 22 images. “Less is more” was never truer. The Historical aspect of Merrick, oh my, oh my.! Now to the exhibit by our Lake Worth Beach kids about their Maya culture was so well executed. There was video, Self portraits reinterpreted into textiles. The artists who worked on this project with the Children of the Maya Center should be lauded. This art exhibit/instillation should have longevity. I can’t mention everyone’s name but let me put name to image here. Left to right. Jessica Domingo, Mia Ruiz and Rodolfo Velazquez.A show I highly recommend. fIf you head to the Book Fair this is a worthwhile excursion or a $5 round trip Tri-Rail ride on The Weekend. There is a lovely gift shop managed by Books n Books and the museum also houses the Coral Gables Information Center. The day ended in a surreal Gustav Klimt moment as we entered the Starbucks cafe. Lol. “The KISS”. All things come to an end as it got considerably colder.

Going with the flow

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just discovered that the international Book Fair starts this coming weekend. Headlining is Debra Harry starting Wed. 8 pm. And Friday is Free all day. Im bringing six programs to the Book Cellar for any bibliophile interested ‘in the going ins of major event. Does John Waters ring a bell, he’ll be there as well. Last year I purchased Supreme Court Judge Soto Mayors children’s book autographed for the Royal Poinciana neighborhood fundraiser. 20 dollar investment turned into $75 in our raffle.

Went down Friday to Books and Books in Coral Gables for a reading/presentation of Banana Republic artist/Buddhist Roberta Marks. Enjoyed seeing old friends. Next morning early start recycling electronics , paints hazardous chemicals two times a year at Coral Gables City Hall. On to my favorite breakfast place Coral Bagels where my and Fred’s art posters hang among all the other Coconut Grove Festival posters on display. Among them on the wall is my framed portrait as a King Mango Strutters. That made the front page. So this time I took photo of myself. Lots of fun as the wait staff make me feel like a star. Those that do not know me are soon regaled of my presence. LoL I was seated right under my portrait.

Next stop Bal Harbour for a gig at the brand new St. Regis 24 floor condo, with a view Right onto on the beach from the 14th floor. The job was faux finishing 3 outlet covers to to match the marble counter top. Each required an hour of patience. Then the clear blue waters of Surfside Beach beckoned.

There I also visited the post office. They’ve been decorated for Christmas already for two weeks. ( I asked) No such progress in our 33460 office, this past Friday before my departure via Tri-rail. Walked up and down Surfside past Kosher shop, closed, bridal Boutique, Starbucks, old fashioned Barbershop. A bit dazed, as I came to. felt I had fallen into a rabbit hole as I emerged at the Bal Harbour crossing.

To be continued!

Part two of going w the flow. SUNDAY This is exciting about the Guatemala children’s exhibit in Coral Gables Museum . Stay tuned next blog.

Day 2 of a Cultural weekend

If you grew up with movies like “American in Paris” or the “Sound of Music” do not miss this exhibition at the Boca Museum of Art. Many of us started day dreaming, they transfixed us and we put these locations on our bucket list.

North by Northwest backdrop greets you as you enter

The magic of it all. The harrowing scene of Deborah Karr about to fall over this cliff ( photo above). OMG or Awe are understatements when confronted with these film backdrops. All created by hand before the technology age.

My friend transported to the Austrian Alps

Both of us were anxious to see this show, as both of us had done back drops for plays. But none like these. The first one in your face was done on linen. We stood and studied the strokes. Videos accompanied the various backdrops the artists who worked on them

A talented group of Artists never got credit lines

Not just friends they enjoyed each other’s company on weekends as en Plein air painters. So now we studied their technique strokes even more closely as how did the trees look so real, each leaf. The videos were descriptive of the process and the difficulties. We spent at least a half hour in front of each backdrop then the next. Scenes we took for granted painted by a crew of California plein air artist who never got screen credit.

Wonderful seeing their tools, paint chips, gold leaf on drafting table

Unsung talented artists who fooled us all. I asked the guard was he an artist. “ no it’s the best show yet “ he’d seen. We took a break got a bite to eat and returned to the Boca Museum of Art for more. They had a work upstairs by the artist who did Obama’s portrait that’s hanging in the National Gallery. Nothing like seeing a work of art in person.

Recognize it?

Got a membership as they are part of a program that allows you free access to hundred others Museums across the U S of A. Unbeknownst it also happened to be Museum Day. Who knew ? Sponsored by the Smithsonian Magazine. @

Chance encounter

Never miss a stop at Books n Books when in Miami area, pick up my favorite magazine or just browse. Serendipity Author Daniela Pierre-Bravo was in the house for her book launch. “ The Other

3rd from the right. Is Ms Pierre-Bravo ( white heels )

My perception was way off, with the name and mention of women of color I prejudged. That’s what this book is all about.

Listening to her story, the struggle all to familiar. I also immigrated at age eleven but ever so long ago. The familiar scenarios she recounts, of the daily struggles, parents working two 3 jobs, housing insecurity, taking on parenting roles I see this daily in my Guatemala-Maya neighborhood.

I work with immigrant children, see their field bus dropping the parents . Before day break, I smell food cooking for their day away. I don’t see color. I’m witnessing the struggle for survival trying to assimilate in a new reality.

BIPOC Black indigenous people of color. “. If your the only woman, person of color, immigrant or any type of minority”. Daniella is addressing you in this book.

An undocumented Latina with no I.D. Trying to assimilate, struggling going to college. She takes you through her journey to becoming who she is today. Missed opportunities, best laid plans interrupted, reaching for the opportunities that exist and prevailed. The very same struggles our Lake Worth High Schoolers deal with daily in multiples.

Daniela Pierre-Bravo and Annamaria Windisch-Hunt

Yes I purchased the book had her sign it ( not personalized) and at Christmas one of the kids here will get it. Much like the Sonia Sotomayor book I had signed at the last Bookfair and raffled off to benefit my Royal Poinciana neighborhood.

I was so enthused and at page 45 when the Eye technician at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute called me in. I looked at her name tag and I knew I was looking at a success story. I mentioned the book, yes she also worked as a maid, in the fields and here she was. She took a photo of my book to share.

Editors Note: Daniela Pierre-Bravo. This is her 2nd book, find her on Ted X, Google her many TV appearances. Spoke with her and her publicist, who happens to live in WPB and works for NBC affiliate. Yes, she can be available for a author evening . I’m thinking our LWB Library but can we seat 50 maybe a presentation at our Highschool. Got their contact info!

Day at the Norton Museum w kids

A spur of the moment decision as I was searching their page at 5:55 AM and they have programming for kids this morning and most Saturdays starting 10:30 a.m.

Guided tour

It was just wonderful. My charges speak no English, having recently immigrated. Met with the tour, specific to this age group. pleased that they had volunteers who speak Spanish, as yet I’m not able to communicate and Marta Cruz, Norton volunteer, took on the twins and guided them translating along the way.

The kids family activities take place on the second floor in The Carroll Family room. They fund this activity with supplies, instructors to make it a viable on going activity. Participants take their projects home sometimes even get to keep some of the supplies that were already laid out for their use.

This Saturday was Giacometti’s with instruction from Ingrid Sanchez. Next Saturday will be Picasso’s turn. Registration is highly recommended as this programming is joyful and desirable. Parents can enjoy other exhibitions while the kids are engaged or participate.

Saturday Morning tour
Joy for the entire family “ family plays together stays together”.

Norton does have art work that resonates with kids. Here we were introduced to a different kind of sculpture beside Giacometti. Even Picasso had something to delight a child his drawing of Paloma as a child, with her doll

Child with Cat. Artists daughter
Paloma artists daughter

When at the Norton I always visit Robert Henri’s “Sonny Mac” he was not in his usual spot. Darn. They rotate their art holdings. Oh well! No, I am disappointed.

Happening NOW 2022
Saw this wall on Friday evening and just had to share w the twins.

Great neighborhood meeting

An interesting thing happened on the way to the Beach club (golf course ) 4 young men being cheeky offered me a Lyft, “put the bike in the trunk.” . I’m going to the club, i responded, I reassured them it’s not for fun but for a neighborhood meeting. Arrived early, Mitch has set up a table for 20 outside white tablecloth and I am early. Inside another table set for Ten, that must be the neighborhood meeting.

Xtra xtra read all about it!

I sat, order soda. Shortly I’m joined by complete group from the bar. We introduced our selves, they want me to stay. I’m surrounded by Libaterians. I remember being one in my youth Or was I just liberal. Same fight still going. Then it was the Texas school board.

Young Atty running for Congress talking a mile a minute. Her opponent is another Republican who wrote an OpEd in NY times regarding Gun control. Parkland trial in the news so it’s the right topic for now. Left their table as Mango Grovites arrived, I joined them with my own copy of the Constitution in hand..

Index of opinions is bigger than the Constitution itself.
Guest speaker Kim Stokes

By the time all of the mango head showed up we needed 25 seats. Six new members and the guest speaker. The topic that brought them was a mailer regarding air bNBs. Then the sky opened and we reconvened inside. Visibility zero just a sheet of rain, spotted one Golf-cart trying to make it to shelter, the inter coastal had disappeared.

The lady I sat next to has lived here since 2016 and this was her first neighborhood meeting and she was delighted to be part of it. I made so many new friends this night. It’s Wed. hamburger night. Mitch came over to make sure everyone was happy.

Charlene does an awesome comprehensive two page typed report, of all that we should be aware of that’s happening all over our city, pretty awesome. Then Rich took over and did a play-by-play of both Tuesday night meetings I attended the first one at the HATCH could hardly hear anything but Rich made up for it, he did the blow-by-blow description then the city commission meeting after. I myself nwent straight home from the HATCH mtg. turned on zoom for the city commission meeting it was 1:3o a.m. when my day ended on Tuesday..

FYI in case your interested.

Learning never stops

Two weeks till school starts and not a word of English sitting under my Poinciana Tree. 100° feels like 82 under the swaying Royal Poinciana, we have shade DYK *

The oldest RoyalPoinciana in Lake Worth Beach

Babysitting! Hardly, instructing non-English-speaking kids. I do not speak their language despite my being multilingual, not quite polyglot. My quirky neighborhood is diverse. I can relate as I also was 11, same age as the fraternal twins when I arrived. Eyes look back vacantly at me with zero understanding. The week before two nine-year-olds that I also did not understand, except for their giggles as we made shell necklaces.

Art Class at AnnaMaria’s

The 11 year olds are a challenge one does knot know her .ABCs. I did know mine in German, English tripped me up. Does it matter? They are heading to middle school we need basic daily words. I’m not giving up, each day, we used a dictionary* a lot of kids books with page after page of repetitive phrases.

We keep a daily log book with new words. A high liter for words we looked up in the dictionary and should be familiar with as we see it again like friends..

Four days before SHADE took on a real meaning, we sat under a tree or umbrella and the word is also in the “Giving Tree”. Finally in West Palm Beach waiting for the trolley in the scorching heat with sign language we avoid the homeless sleeping in the shade. I spot a clump of trees and I point, run and yell SHADE and we .get out of the direct noonday sun. This was a moment of enlightenment. We smiled at one another we know “SHADE.”

Even while waiting on the train learning does not stop we have a timetable, we repeat “ it’s not my fault “ from a children’s book. On the trolly our driver Vivianne offers each one of us a cold bottle of Water, we are grateful! ( if your reading this let the PB county transit people know). And in the Mandel Library our destination, we got weekend food courtesy from “Loi’s kids”.

Trolly Driver Vivianne

We spent a full day in the Kids room four of us among 50 younger kids. Heard drumming lessons through the walls, and This August they are offering Chess for the kids. What a novel idea.

The kids room. If your on the computer you got earbuds to keep.

Every moment counts even the art lessons. EYES NOSE EAR yes I can teach these as I was an instructor at the Bass Museum on South Beach and had non-English-speaking kids there as well. This day (below) the rain drove us indoors, we did a still life.

Walking through our alley I was explaining the 10 foot pick UP as we headed to the 5th Street bikeway aka “Royal Poinciana Way” and not a single Poinciana. We have the seeds we looked UP no wires, open sky. We DIG with TOOLs and planted seeds. We picked UP trash.

Over two bucket full of cans bottles, it’s our neighborhood.
Maybe in 4-5 years whoever sits on that bench will have SHADE

Then on to la Playa no one has a bathing suit, it will have to do!

EDITORS note: a ** big THANK YOU to our Mayor Betty Resch in hospital, ordered the kids Visual Dictionaries.

* Royal Poincianas when allowed to do their thing are meant to sweep the ground encompassing all who seek shelter and SHADE under the branches that speak of love

Kids being kids

Feel Good Day

With encounters at the Palm Beach Cultural Council. Event today with participants who share similar interests and overlapping goals.

Institute for Cultural Advancement attendees.

This was the last workshop of the series. We were even treated to lunch. Lots of sharing of business cards, introductions made and the all important take away was forming relationships.

Our host Dana Munson Thank You

Marketing was the topic. So much new to embrace, to keep viable. What is the Public perception of your brand? Is it time to update your mission statement? Which Social media is right for you or your organization.

Mari Ziev. Performer
Representing Boynton downtown Marcia Levine
Environmental Artist Elaine Weber, LWBeach
The presenters Founders of ART HIVE Magazine and hosts
of “Hello Creatives” podcast

Participants came from Boynton Beach, DelRay Beach, Armory Art Center and a number of independent artists, Foundation grantees, the One Ear Society of Coconut Grove. Even a realtor was embracing and looking to partner. Art Basel, Art Palm Beach were dangled. The message was relationships matter, teamwork.

So what was to end at 1:30 went past, such was the enthusiasm of of this very successful Marketing workshop. Well Done.

Editors note : left my home knowing there would be visitors that enjoy my company. So I left things of interest for my guests letting them know I would be late .

Came back to a note with a heart that’s said “I love You”
Two sets of twins, all just learning English.

BOOKS Nat’l Library Week, have you been?

Yes I have a Library always had a library. What constitutes a home library? Always lived with books Lets just say I have one.

When Lee was 18. And Jaqueline was 22

When I’ve traveled made a point of visiting libraries they say so much about its community. From the 6000 year old one in Ephesus, to the island library in Bahama where Queen Victorias picture still hangs as sovereign. Learned about Knut Hamsun at a stop in a Norwegian Library. To the library in Thousand Oaks Calif. where I accidentally went into the children’s restroom and nearly fell trying to use the commode.

Not a surprise that I created a Crew Library on The ship I worked as a photographer. Well intentioned passengers brought books aboard to read then leave them to be tossed out after hardly opening them? Realizing this, I asked the Austrian maids to bring the books to the crew lounge. So our library grew with the latest best sellers. Fast forward to LWB. And yes, inspiration struck again, you can thank me for the Little Free Libraries here.

Now I hold library cards to several. All of them, each, have their own personality from old to state of the art. Depends on funding and usage.

My most recent acquisitions I’m delighted with and bring me joy. One I paid for the other I happen upon. The Mystery Bookstore in DelRay ( closing it doors April 15 ). The other is a story . Was mingling w Mayor Betty and Sarah Martin just last Saturdays At Common Ground. And as I looked about the room I notice a lady putting books into the shelves. Rarely meet the people donating. So I walked over to say thanks, and always curious what people read. I share the kind of books I like and the ones I collect. Told her that I built the first LFL in LWB but it was for children and was the first registered from here LWB with the Nat’l LFL.

Two of My latest acquisitions
OMG. I really scored with this one and it was FREE

Happen to like hand written books with illustrations. The sister’s obviously illustrated, charming and I can share, use it for show and tell. Elmore Leonard was Tongue-in-Cheek and as I sat waiting for bus opened it and LOL it was illustrated as well, I got it as he authored it and it had a beautiful red spine and gold imprint. Never looked inside till I got to the bus bench. Just that morn I had been sketching, I believe in serendipity! Who would have thought he had a. Illustrated book.

EDITORS NOTE consider this Part one. Part Two in a few .

Today I recommend you ALL read “The Human Crisis” by Albert Camu. Those of you who do will understand .

April is Nat’l card & letter writing month

Designated as such by the US mail carriers. So what is it and how do we participate. LOL Easy Peasy. Birthdays in April, overdue Thank You notes. How about a quick note so nice meeting you again. Start today!

I’m on it

Pull out your address book. This is also a great time to teach that Thank You’s are always appropriate and appreciated, even if it’s a drawing for family. With Easter just around the corner, what a perfect time. Make it a family project. Sit together pull out some envelopes decorate them. The recipients will be inspired and you might just get one back.

Sweet sentiments, keeper!

So for those of us who embrace Mail-Art we are able to ramp up and fulfill 3o pieces of mail for Aprils 3o days. We have Calligraphy guild friends, there are museums, universities that maintain collections and support/teach this art form. International groups sponsor mail art calls. Then exhibits it’s art given freely and enjoyed

envelope coordinating the stamp it inspired
Self made envelopes to zoom friends
Mail Art, an exhibition always interesting

EDITORS NOTE. MAIL ART :art call

Alice in wonderland. Deadline. Nov. 5 2022. Mail to : P.O.Box 46 Lake Worth Beach FL. 33460.

The envelope is the gift it’s not opened. Draw write, be inspired by the Lewis Carroll classic

Mail art call “Alice in Wonderland”