Recently a friend from an online list provided a link to a wonderful collection of papercraft--including small motorcycles: http://www.yamahamotor.co.jp/eng/papercraft/ (I couldn't get the link to insert properly so you'll need to cut and paste---Sorry) Viewing this link reminded me to get out my origami Christmas ornament. I had forgotten it since I keep it in a special case rather than in the box with the other ornaments. Satoru Kitagawa, a long time guest and practically a member of the family, gave this ornament to me for the Christmas season of 1995. A Japanese secretary at the language school he attended made it for me at his request. It is one of my Christmas treasures.
Lately I've become obsessed with capturing on camera the beauties of all four seasons. Yesterday Bob and I went to the Denver Botanic Gardens. We were the only people in the gardens except the caretakers. It was magical. Grasses, thistles, pods and shrubs--still bearing their autumn golds and browns--waved in the brisk wind. Afterwards we went inside for a cup of coffee before visiting the Cloud Forest room--full of orchids and epiphytes--in the tropical atrium. I love living urban. We can reach museums, gardens, baseball, theater and symphony and zoo all within 10 minutes.
This week the Endangered Species Act turned 30. As a shameless tree-hugger, animal lover and nature protector I celebrated the success of this program. I heard on NPR that it was not at all controversial when it was passed almost unanimously by both houses of congress. It became controversial when developers first realized its power to interrupt their plans for commercial ventures and the controversy continues today with millions of dollars spent to lobby congress and the president not to add new species to the list. "Our current administration is the first since Richard Nixon signed the bill into law in 1973 to refuse to list a single species under the act--except under court order." (See link for full story.)
Speaking of theater--last Saturday evening Bob and I and our friends Paula and Dave went to the 19th annual presentation of Christmas For Adults of All Ages at the Germinal Stage Denver. For an hour and a half Ed Baerlein--owner, director and actor--performed some spectacular readings of poems, plays and essays of Christmas. Two I especially loved were (1) "Red Ryder Nails the Cleveland Street Kid" from In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash
See Link for excerpt from a 1965 magazine. (2) A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas: a fantastic celebration of holiday memories.