Beginnings

January 2, 2017

“Every day is a new opportunity to begin again.”
— from The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

The January 2017 display at the Greenwood Library

The January 2017 display at the Greenwood Library

It’s January 2nd and seems quite natural to reflect and make resolutions for the year ahead.  I like the thought of beginnings, starting something new.  For me, the fresh start applies not only to possible projects I might take on in 2017, but also to relationships.  I have regrets over acting badly at times, especially with those closest to me, but I find solace in the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu which I am reading in The Book of Joy.  He says that sometimes negative thoughts and emotions are inevitable because we are only human, after all.  We are not perfect.  So we should accept our occasional failings and forgive ourselves. We hone our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors as we work through our flaws, failings, challenges, and heartbreaks.  We can grow through our struggles. We can allow ourselves a fresh start.

 

Let There Be Peace on Earth

November 27, 2016

Display at the Greenwood Library

Display at the Greenwood Library

Here is the latest display I created for the Greenwood Public Library.  It features a wreath composed of photographs of people from my life and travels.  I’ve never before assembled a “gallery” of my people portraits, and when seen together, they offer a body of work that I am proud of.  I remember the circumstances of each shot taken over a period of 10 years or so since I got my digital SLR.  The portraits are in some ways a celebration of life in all its diversity.

 

New October display at the Greenwood Library

New October display at the Greenwood Library

The new October display is up at the Greenwood Library.  I scanned my crow paintings and used them to decorate the bulletin board and surrounds for the interior book drops:

Book drop surround

Book drop surrounds

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New display at the Greenwood Library

New display at the Greenwood Library

My squirrels of summer are making one final appearance at the Greenwood Library, this time donning party hats to celebrate the 1ooth birthday of the National Park Service.  And, for a special program for our young patrons, our children’s librarian has arranged to Skype with a Yellowstone Park Ranger.  Sounds like a clever and fun program.

 

Display at the Greenwood Library

Display at the Greenwood Library

Here is this month’s display at the Greenwood Library celebrating Bicycle Month.  It was a collaborative effort.  I designed the frieze of books and bears on bikes at the bottom.

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And to brighten the backdrops inside our branch library:

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It was fun doing collage to create the artwork.

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April display at the Greenwood Branch Library

We all know that April showers bring May flowers.  But what do you do with those flowers?

Why, assemble a book bouquet!

This is my newest display for the library where I work.  I had fun finding books with a flower name in the title and drawing the various flowers with a black Sharpie pen.

Enjoy!