Thanks Dr. Scholl

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andreas-scholl_322634a-768x432On Wednesday I had the privilege of getting a sneak preview of the upcoming Olympus exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery with Dr. Andreas Scholl the Director of the Collection of Classical Antiquities, National Museums in Berlin.  I learned so much!  Here are ten intriguing facts he shared with us that I know the kids I take on tours are going to find fascinating.

1. A trained Greek sculptor would have spent a whole year creating a life-size statue of a god.

2.  Although most ancient Greek and Roman statues we see on display are white actually in their original state they were colorfully painted by trained artists.  Most of this paint has weathered off but you can still see traces of color on some of the statues.

bell krater vase helen of troy3.  Greek vases had many uses. Some were given as presents. They were used for practical things in households like holding oil and…

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We Were Trying To Sleep

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white noiseWinnipeggers know how to party hearty that’s for sure!  We live in the Exchange District and it wasn’t easy to get to sleep last night what with the horns honking and the people shouting.  The corner of Portage and Main lines up almost directly with our front door so we were treated to some of the noise and hoopla of enthusiastic Winnipeg Jets fans celebrating the fact that their home team had made it to the playoffs. Click the logo below to see some video coverage of the festivities from Global News. 

600px-Winnipeg_Jets_Logo_2011I’m thinking that if the Jets win the Stanley Cup we might have to book into a hotel in another part of the city for the night.

*And just to clarify. The photo of my husband Dave was not taken last night at the celebrations but several years ago when we watched the premiere of a movie called

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The T4s Welcome Spring

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t-4 assiniboine park pondIt had been almost three months since the group of friends I meet with regularly had been together.  I was in Arizona and others had also traveled and been busy with work, planning weddings and all kinds of other interesting things. Luckily we had to wait for a table at the restaurant in Assiniboine Park so we could ….leo mol sculpture garden go for a walk through the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden catching upand we had time to sit on the sunny patio near the duck pond and catch up on our lives in the warm sunshine.  waitress at Qualico Centre assiniboine parkOnce in the restaurant we met our waitress Lorraine who was just a hoot!  She convinced us all to order her special very spicy Caesars. Very spicy is how I’d describe Lorraine too, full of fun and adventure, happy and life affirming. “I could just tell this group was special,” she said as she related details…

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The Parent Child Connection

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We saw the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity award winners for advertising at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Wednesday. There were some excellent films on the program.  The three that really tugged at my heart strings were about the parent child relationship. (Click on the images to see the films)

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In Closer a young girl and her father try to reconnect after her mother’s death. 

i love you very much cannesAnother film about a father daughter relationship I Love You Very Much was so touching. 

pick them back upAnd finally Pick Them Back Up about mothers and Olympic athletes had me in tears.

You can see most of the Cannes Lions winners online. They are worth checking out. 

Other posts about advertising…..

Super Bowl Ads

Filial Piety

Save Me Too

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It Must Be Spring

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spring blnds richardson buildingThey’re up!  I walk through the ground floor of the Richardson Building almost everyday going to and from appointments and my various part-time jobs. spring blinds richardson building winnipegThey have these enormous blinds on all the high windows in the foyer area and they change with each season.  spring blinds richardson building winnipegEven if you never left the building you’d realize when a new season has begun because the former season’s blinds are gone and the new ones appear.  spring blinds richardson buildingThis morning it is nearly ten degrees below zero and there are snow flurries predicated but I know its spring because the spring blinds are up in the Richardson Building. Go and see for yourself! spring blinds richardson building
Note: With thanks to my brother-in-law Harvey for the idea

Other posts about Richardson Building Art……..

Tom Lamb

Seal River Crossing

North Watch

Tree Children

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Whose Shoes?

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abandoned shoes on portage avenueI was walking to work down Portage Avenue quite early on Friday morning, when I saw this pair of black shoes abandoned beside a building.  They were placed almost artistically against the wall and looked like a perfectly good pair of men’s shoes nicely polished.  Who could have left them there? The temperature dipped down around the zero mark on Thursday night.  I hope the shoeless person didn’t freeze their toes. I’m going to check if the shoes are still there this morning on my way to work.  

Other posts about Portage Avenue…….

Have You Lost Your Marbles?

The Pigeon King

The Paddock Restaurant

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Falling in Love

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I dare you to visit the space at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) devoted to the work of Elisapee Ishulutaq and not fall in love with her and her art.

Photo- Office of the Governor General of CanadaPhoto- Office of the Governor General of Canada

 Elisapee is 90 years old and last year she was made a member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her artistic and community contributions. elisapee ishulutaq mural winnipeg art galleryOne wall at the WAG holds a bright and lively mural she made in 2014.  You can watch a video and look at photos of Elisapee getting out of her wheel chair, kneeling down and fearlessly starting to draw marks with her oil sticks on a long piece of paper to make her mural.

Photo - Winnipeg Art Gallery websitePhoto – Winnipeg Art Gallery website

 For five days she slid along the floor in her apron, seal skin boots and knitted sweater, with her wire frame glasses perched on her nose…

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Brrrr! It’s Cold

It seemed awfully cold in Winnipeg yesterday, our first day back in sub zero temperatures after spending two months in sunny Arizona. The events of the day really warmed me up though.

A snuggle in our familiar bed under our thick duvet and quilt.parlour coffee window

A hand-made Americano with Dave at the Parlour Coffee Shop just down the block accompanied by freshly made bannock slathered in home-made berry jam.

A nice long talk on the phone with my Dad.

Afternoon coffee in our sunny livingroom with an interesting couple who are exploring buying a condo in our building.

Hot pho soup at a local Vietnamese restaurant with my brother.tickets to pippin

Watching the Garden City Collegiate musical Pippin. What talented young performers! One of the directors of the production was my daughter-in-law and it was great to hug her again after two months away

The Modern Family cast was up to their usual funny antics

The Modern Family cast was up to their usual funny antics

And before bed a glass of wine and laughing at the Modern Family episode my considerate husband had PVR’d for me.

Despite the freezing temperatures it is possible to have a nice heart- warming day in Winnipeg.

Other related posts……….

Eating Bannock Voyageur Style

Parlour Coffee Shop Visit

Winter in Winnipeg

Best Soup in Winnipeg

 

 

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A New Book Set Right Here in Winnipeg

One of the reasons I enjoyed Suzanne Costigan’s new young adult novel Empty Cup, is because it is set in Winnipeg and the places its young protagonist Raven frequents are all within walking distance of my home. 

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Gandhi’s Statue in Winnipeg

Raven works at a coffee shop at the Forks. The statue of Gandhi near Winnipeg’s new Human Rights Museum plays a significant role in the story. Raven often walks along Henderson Highway and Waterfront Drive and has a romantic moment with her boyfriend on the Disraeli Bridge. It was easy for me to visualize many of the scenes in the book because they take place in my neighborhood, in the places where I walk everyday.empty_cover_cover_finalEmpty Cup shouldn’t be a feel good novel, yet strangely it is. Raven is dealing with some big problems. Her mother, who admits to Raven she doesn’t love her,  lives with a sleazy man named Trevor who Raven rightly fears. Raven’s kind biology teacher turns out to be anything but the white knight Raven longs to have ride into her life. Cole, the boy Raven lives with when her mother kicks her out of the house, has emotional problems that only the regular use of marijuana seem to ease.

 Raven makes some poor choices in the novel but also some courageous ones. She graduates from high school, holds onto her part-time job and resists the temptation to become involved with drugs. Given all the things she has going against her how is that possible?

UofW Youth in Care Tuition WaversRecently I heard Kevin Chief speak. He is the representative in the Manitoba Legislature for the constituency where both Raven and I live. Kevin faced some significant challenges in his youth but says he managed to rise above them because he was fortunate to always have at least one adult that cared about him, often a teacher or a coach. He also was a good athlete with a passion for the game of basketball and that was a key to his salvation.

Raven too has one person in her life that genuinely cares about her. Sarah is the mother of Raven’s long time best friend Lyla, and Sarah is there for Raven when she really needs it, offering the affection Raven’s own mother can’t provide. Raven also has a passion that is a key to her salvation. She loves art and she gets into an art class where the instructor helps her realize just how talented she is.

Empty Cup author Suzanne Costigan

Empty Cup author Suzanne Costigan

So although Raven’s life is tough and sometimes almost unbearable to read about, her story is also one of hope, not in an idealistic impossible kind of way, but in a realistic, ‘it can be done’ fashion. Young people who read this novel, and who may feel their own lives are hopeless, will get a real sense that they too can survive and move forward.

emptyful sculpture Winnipeg Millenium LibraryThe theme of the empty and full cup that Costigan weaves beautifully through the novel will especially appeal to readers. It reminded me of another Winnipeg landmark- the emptyful sculpture at the Millenium Library garden.

If I were still a high school English teacher Empty Cup would definitely be on my class reading list. Winnipeg high schools would do well to add a copy of Empty Cup to their libraries. It’s a young adult novel with a positive message and realistic characters set right in our home city.

Other posts about books set in Winnipeg…….

There is Winnipeg Mennonite Fiction

Fox

The Wittenburgs

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Icy Inspiration

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icicles on the Royal Albert Hotel Winnipeg

The city is caught in the grip of ice–
Trees, walls, snow, are as under glass

by Anna Akhmatova

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Job 37:10 By the breath of God ice is givencrossing seal river sawatsky statue  winnipeg

Winnipeg has been caught in the grip of ice for the last few days.  It is almost impossible to walk safely on the slippery sidewalks and yesterday we had a minor accident with our car trying not to slide into two other cars that had just collided on an icy street.  I thought it might be inspirational to remember that ice can be beautiful too. 

“Ice contains no future , just the past, sealed away. As if they’re alive, everything in the world is sealed up inside, clear and distinct. Ice can preserve all kinds of things that way- cleanly, clearly. ”
― Haruki Murakami

Other Inspiration posts…….

Thoughts About Children

Wild Flower Inspiration

Eagle Inspiration

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