Blood is thicker than water

I love my siblings a lot. I consider them my best friends. They have known me all my live, they have seen the worst of me and still love me. They understand where I come from so they understand the core of me. Lately I have been thinking about my siblings, as I write my maid of honor toast for my sister’s wedding, and as I realize, I am more excited  about seeing my brother on vacation than actually going to the beach. So when I read this New York Times Article “The Gift of Siblings by Frank Bruni the other day I smiled, happy that others feel about their siblings as I do.

I agree that as we get old and are no longer living under the same roof we need to make more of an effort to stay close, maintain that relationship. So go hug your brothers and sisters or give them a call if distance makes a hug impossible.

~Rachel

The Twenties – Time to Buckle Down

Today’s posted TED Talk is by Dr. Meg Jay, author of the book The Defining Decade. Her thesis: what we do in our twenties matters, and life cannot be delayed just because people are now settling down later.

My biggest takeaways from the talk and her book:

- The best time to work on your marriage is before you have one.
- Developing a network of weak ties isn’t as fun or comfortable as having a small group of close friends – but it is extremely important in the long run.
- The importance of calming down at work, and in life in general.
It’s worth watching – I think Jay’s points are common sense that this generation is trying to ignore.
~Anna

Feeling Cultured

One of the good things about living in the DC area is that there are many wonderful museums and galleries to enjoy! On Sunday Pepperay spent the afternoon on the National Mall at the Sackler Gallery and the National Gallery. Exhibitions were seen, interesting conversations overheard and gelato was eaten.

We decided to drive into DC thinking the parking wouldn’t be so bad on a Sunday. Anna was kind enough to drive and we found a parking spot fairly easily. On our walk from the car to the Sackler Gallery we passed through a lovely garden filled with Tulips and other beautiful flowers.20130421_132805

At the Sackler Gallery we wanted to see the Cyrus Cylinder which is on loan from the British Museum. “It is a clay cylinder covered with Babylonian cuneiform, that announced Cyrus’s victory and his intention to allow freedom of worship to communities displaced by the defeated ruler Nabonidus.” More here. Our main reason to see the stone is because we have been studying the book of Ezra where Cyrus is mentioned. He releases the Israelites from their captivity in Babylon and allows them to return to their land to rebuild their temple. Also in the gallery we got to see many Chinese and Iranian artifacts and art.

The Cyrus Cylinder. Clay, Babylon, Mesopotamia, after 539 BCE; D x H: 7.8-10 x 21.9-22.8 cm; British Museum, London, ME 90920. Photo: ©The Trustees of the British Museum

Next we headed to the National Gallery to see several different Exhibition. While trying to find the Pre-Raphaelite Exhibit we stopped to see one of my favorite paintings by Jean-Honore Fragonard, A Young Girl Reading. We learned that “The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, formed in 1848, shook the art world of mid-19th-century Britain by rejecting traditional approaches to painting. Combining scientific precision, an innovative approach to subject matter, and brilliant, clear colors, Pre-Raphaelitism was Britain’s first avant-garde art movement.” More here. I enjoyed the whole exhibit, but my favorite part was seeing William Morris’ work. He was an English textile designer who was also part of the Arts and Craft Movement. He is an amazing designer and I loved seeing his work.

William Morris, Wall Paper Design

Then we went to an exhibit of Early American Furniture, mainly from the Queen Anne period. The wood work was beautiful and left me wanting a highboy, nesting tables and harp back chairs. 

Color, Line, Light: French Drawings, Watercolors, and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac is an exhibit of over 100 drawings and watercolors from James T. Dyke’s private collection. It always amazes me how great artists can make even a simple sketch with only a few lines look like a masterpiece.

Eugène Delacroix : Les Falaises de Normandie

After stopping for some gelato, we shared a double scoop of chocolate and salted caramel, so yummy, we were ready for one more exhibit. We heading down the light-show underground moving walkway from the West to the East building.

Albrecht Dürer: The Great Piece of Turf

Last was an exhibit of Albrecht Durer’s drawings, watercolors, woodcuts and etchings. Also a wonderful exhibit, I really enjoyed seeing his amazing drawings of hands and the process of his etchings.

It was a wonderful day, and I now feel very cultured.

~ Rachel

December blues juxtapose soulmate bonding

Poem by Marianthi for Kirsten about Pepperay…

It was winter and my toes
were promising to cave
under the miserable mood
of December.

I walked into the house.
Letting out a shriek as my
toes crumbled under the
volcanic giggles of the downstairs
I could already imagine my sighs
of exhaustion
being sucked into their need
for extra oxygen to finish
the surplus of sentences
that now reigned in the house.
As the once singular need to talk about,
“Important issues” doubled.
An understanding that
no conclusion of what golfer was cutest
would ever be reached
Because one always finished
the other’s sentences.

I held my breath,
and walked up to my room.

~Guest Post

Celebrating 90 years

Today is my grandmother’s 90th birthday. I am so proud to be the granddaughter of such am amazing woman. She was married to my grandfather for 60 years, has 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She make the world more lovely. At 90 she is still one of the most beautiful women I know. I could go on there is no end to the wonders of this woman I get to call Mimi…so Happy Birthday Mimi! I love you xoxo

~Rachel

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