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Day 291: Garth

22 Jan

Garth lives just a few blocks from us and he is one of the most creative people in town!  We have watched in amazement as he has turned a small, nondescript house with a big yard into an incredible structure surrounded by beautiful gardens and artwork.  This happened over a number of years but bit by bit the corner where he lives has been transformed.   There seems to be no end to his imagination and I find that very inspiring.

The above pictured “luv shack” is also one of his creations and in addition to being a most remarkable piece of art, is also quite functional (maybe you’ve seen it on the highway?)   It has been in the Ashland Fourth of July Parade and made the journey to Burning Man in the Nevada desert.  Here is an excerpt from an article  in the Locals Guide about the creation of the “luv shack” written by Aaron Bloch:  This maverick formed his vehicle first and kept all the functions to a minimum. Gas, brakes, a turn signal or two, were all secondary to what his vision was for the Moonshine Luv Shack.  Pretty amazing, eh?

Tonight I brought a “Kick-Ass Apple Pie (topped with toasted Almonds) to Garth to recognize him for what he has done for our neighborhood – and for being an inspiration to dreamers and tinkerers everywhere.

Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!  ~Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

Day 52: Another Birthday Pie

29 May

Kick-Ass Apple Pie

Tonight we were invited to a birthday celebration for James. We first met James because our son was dating his daughter and he and his wife thought that we parents should meet. We very much appreciated the introduction and felt welcomed by them immediately. For the past few years, James has been both a friend and mentor to my son and I really am grateful for the time that he has spent with him and the respect that he has shown him.

As parents we do all that we can to teach our children what they need to know and give them what they need to thrive. However, it seems that sometimes they learn better when the teacher is not also their parent. Kids need to have other adults in their lives who care about them, who listen to them, and who help guide them along the way.

Parenting is hard to do and perhaps that’s why they say it takes a village to raise a child – and why it’s so important that we remember to thank the people in our village. Tonight I brought James a pie – for his birthday of course – but also to thank him for his willingness to give my son his time and attention.

When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking
– Unknown

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang up my first painting on the refrigerator, and I wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you feed a stray cat, and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me, and I knew that little things are special things.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I heard you say a prayer, and I believed there is a God I could always talk to.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I felt you kiss me goodnight, and I felt loved.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw that you cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I LOOKED… and wanted to say thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.