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Art Institute of Chicago & The Thorne Miniature Rooms Gallery

The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum and a “must see” in the Chicago visitor’s guide, so naturally when we visited Chicago we had to check it out.  Like any renowned art museum this one in Chicago is extensive and huge. One can easily spend a few days exploring this giant museum. Continue reading Art Institute of Chicago & The Thorne Miniature Rooms Gallery

Broccoli White Cheddar Soup & The Watercolor That Got Me Hooked on it

Filoli Gardens in Woodside, California is a historic mansion and gardens that offer a wide variety of enrichment classes on painting, drawing, botanical sketches, and high-end floral arrangements. I chose to take their watercolor painting class as it was a short two-day class and more than anything I really wanted to attend a class at the beautiful Filoli Gardens in early spring when their daffodils are in bloom. Continue reading Broccoli White Cheddar Soup & The Watercolor That Got Me Hooked on it

A Visit To A Music Store – Kamimoto Strings in San Jose, California

One of my twins Rani takes cello lessons and she informed me a few weeks ago that she is ready for an adult or rather a big cello instrument. “What’s wrong with the one you have? I asked her. It looked pretty big to me already.

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And Rani in her ultimate wisdom informs me, “Mom, I am 15 now, not a little kid anymore, the one I have is from Middle School, I’m in High School now and it’s time for me to get a big cello.”   Continue reading A Visit To A Music Store – Kamimoto Strings in San Jose, California

Portraits of Courage by George W. Bush

George W. Bush’s new book Portraits of Courage. A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors is an artist and former President’s salute to the armed forces -to the men and women who serve selflessly to protect the freedoms that we hold so dear.  I am a big fan of artists. All types- pottery, fashion, sculptures, and paintings. My favorite style of paintings is impressionist.  I love Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Manet, you get the picture.  I always assumed art is something that you have in you as part of your DNA – either you have it or you don’t, or you have a little. But I never imagined that one could take up art at the age of 66 and become not only a professional painter but also an outstanding one at that. This is what our 43rd President George W. Bush has accomplished. His paintings are amazing. They speak volumes, they communicate a story, and most of all they look like any of the impressionist painters out there. I have to say, it’s very impressive. Continue reading Portraits of Courage by George W. Bush

Bouquets to Art 2017 at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California

Last April, I went to de Young Museum’s Bouquets to Art exhibition in San Francisco, California, and what a spectacular show it was! It truly was like nothing I had ever seen before. Floral arrangements that mimic artwork at the de Yong Museum’s permanent collection?  What a novel idea and positively amazing!

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Celebrating the Fall Festival of Golu

The girls, Hitesh and I recently celebrated the South Indian Tamil fall festival of Golu, and what a fun time we had visiting all our friend’s and families’ homes to view their Golu displays.

What is Golu? Golu is observed every fall during the ten-day Indian festival of Navrathri and is celebrated in South Indian Tamil homes, especially by the women of the household. Continue reading Celebrating the Fall Festival of Golu

Visit to the Kazuri Bead Factory in Nairobi, Kenya

Every time we travel to Kenya to visit Hitesh’s family, I would stop by the Kazuri boutique in Nairobi and pick up a bracelet. I have been buying Kazuri bead jewelry for over two decades now, and even today, when I wear those bracelets I get compliments on them. They are timeless pieces. I bought these clay-fired jewelry for their beauty, but what really drew me to this unique jewelry boutique is their business philosophy. Even before fair trade practices became fashionable, and even before empowering women in developing countries became a trend, Kazuri Beads has been providing gainful employment to single women in Kenya for over 30 years now. Continue reading Visit to the Kazuri Bead Factory in Nairobi, Kenya

Bouquets to Art 2016

Bouquets to Art.  What a novel idea!  Flower bouquets that mimic paintings and works of art in the permanent collection at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.  Every year I plan on going to this talked about exhibition, but something always takes precedent, and I end up not making it.  But this year I put it on my calendar 2 months in advance so as not to miss it, and I finally made it! Continue reading Bouquets to Art 2016