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Continuity

Many years ago, I somehow obtained an interesting African Violet plant.  If I remember correctly, I got it while I was still an undergraduate student at SUNY ESF in the early 1970s.  I was into house plants at the time and I was struck by this particular plant because unlike all the other African Violets I had seen, this one had leaves with wavy edges.  So it made it into my plant collection.

My Mom was also taken with it so I gave her a couple of leaves which she rooted. Over the years, I remember seeing it from time to time when I would visit my parents but it eventually faded from my memory.

Fast forward to 2015.  I’m helping my Mom clean out her house sometime after my Dad passed away and she points to an African Violet she has and says “Do you remember this African Violet that you gave me all those years ago” or something like that.  “Well, this is the same plant”  I was flabbergasted and elated at the same time.

“Really,” I said.  “Oh, I have to have one again.”  Now it has been years since I did much with house plants.  Oh, I had the occasional one, and I had balcony plants on my condos and I have a great rubber tree plant that I’ve had for years but my partner, J, is into plants in a big way and I just knew she’d love it.

Well, I live in British Columbia, Canada and Mom lives in Greenville, North Carolina so we hatched a plan.  The next time she came to visit family on the West Coast, she would bring a couple of leaves and I would get them back to my home in BC.  And that’s what we did.  We had a family wedding in Portland, Oregon and Mom brought a few leaves in her luggage.  She had put them in a plastic ziploc bag wrapped in moist paper towels to keep them from drying out.

As we had driven down to Portland from Vancouver, BC, it was no problem to get the leaves back across the border and into our home.

I put them in water, they successfully rooted and I planted them in small pots.  I gave one plant to one of our good friends who also loves plants and just waited for the other plants to grow.  And grow they did.

A couple of days ago, we were in a dollar store and saw some great pots and I thought, perfect for the violets. Yesterday, I transplanted them and one of them had already started to flower.  That was one of the things I also liked about these African Violets.  They liked to flower over and over and over….

And so the circle is now completed and continues.  I was able to subdivide the original plants from the 2 leaves into 4 new ones and will keep passing them along to family and friends.

Enjoy.

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Rich

On Guard – Teeth!

It’s becoming a year of body renovations for me.  I’ll share some others in upcoming posts but the latest “improvement” has been to get a mouth guard to prevent me grinding my teeth while I sleep at night.  I had complained to my dentist about my jaw occasionally locking up and not being able to open it enough to eat food or properly chew.  So we decided to see if it was due to my grinding my teeth at night.

Let me interject here, that I REALLY like my dentist.  I’ve gone to him for many years now and he never recommends anything just to make a few more bucks.  So I trust his judgement in our decision to try this nightly guard.

Ok, here’s the really cool stuff.  He and his assistant used their new scanner which takes 6000 images per second to make a 3D image of my teeth and gums.  It took about 20-30 minutes and was painless.  In former times, they used to use some kind of moulding material but he said, when they removed it after it set, especially in cases like mine, where there was a fair amount of gum recession etc, that those parts would break off or not get properly captured.

After I left the office, I thought, “Darn, I never took a picture or video of what the scan showed us.”   I hoped that when I went back to have him fit the guard, he would still have all the pictures etc.  Well, he did!  Lucky you.

Here’s photo of one part of what the scanner captures.  A frontal assault, you could say.

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my teeth

Here’s another view of the inside of my upper teeth and palate, which is what the guard protects at night.

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tooth topography- an insider’s view

And lastly, here’s a link to a video of him explaining what we’re looking at with all those colours. And what’s really cool is how he can rotate the image in 3D and separate out the top and bottom sections.  I hadn’t ever seen anything like this before and I found it fascinating.

Enjoy ’til next time,

Rich

 

Down from the Mountain art show

Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland used to have 2 schools with art programs; Emily Carr university of Art and Design and Capilano Universtiy.  Unfortuately, Capilano has ended one of its long standing art programs, stranding both teachers and students in a bit of a limbo land.  The teachers and students have had 2 “final” art shows to  display works that came out of these programs.  I attended both shows, the last one being called “Down from the Mountain“.

Both were held in local spaces, with DFTM being in a warehouse near my condo.  My partner’s daughter is one of the students who is being “ejected” before finishing her degree in this program.  She is quite a talented young artist and like many other art students, preferred the atmosphere of Capilano U to that of Emily Carr.  Be that as it may, here’s some of the work that I saw at the shows.

These first few pieces are those of my partner’s daughter, RR.  Almost all pieces shown are for sale if not already purchased but please!  This is not an attempt to sell her works for her or the other artists.  Just enjoy the work of these talented people.

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A self portrait of RR.  This is a big piece.  Really had to work to get it in the car when taking it home from the show!!

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The 2 pieces on the left sold at the show 🙂

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The following pieces are by other artists.  Sorry but I don’t have their names.  I could get them for you if you really want to know.

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Below – Abstract of a much larger piece.  There was a lot of textile type art pieces.  And lots that I didn’t take pictures of!

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Below – complete piece.  This was a fairly small one.

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Below – Abstract of larger piece.

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Below – most of the piece.  Just missing out some borders.

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Below- Most of the piece. Missing out some borders

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The head of a body-sized sculpture.  The rest was cloth draped around a scaffolding to resemble a figure.

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Below – Abstract of a much larger piece.

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Below – Another abstract of a larger piece.  Smaller sections worked nicely as photographic images.

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Below – 2 abstracts of the larger charcoal etching that follows.  Because of the large size of the piece, I didn’t even realize it was a house until I took the picture and saw it on my camera display and then house came through loud and clear!  This piece I actually recorded the name and the artist: “How You Enter a Life” by Kazu Matsukura.

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The full image.  It was quite large, also.

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Hope you enjoyed the show.

Rich