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Valentines and More

17 Feb

We want roses and we want chocolates on valentines day and i did get both, but i also got a bad cold, which was not asked for, however, such is life. Not to be defeated, we did get ourselves to a concert in minus 5 temperatures which felt like minus 20 with the wind factor.  We did not walk which we usually like to do since the Overture Center is only 25 minutes walking, sanity prevailed.   Of course to find a parking place meant leaving two hours ahead of the concert and found a place at a bar stool downtown for wine and appetizers as every restaurant of course was not taking any clients – except those who had reservations, which was just fine, i could not eat much anyway. Liquids is what my cold needed.  I followed the advice of my Uzbekistan friends who would say vodka is the best remedy, so vodka it was.

Today was a great day – woke up clear headed.  Went to the gym. Thanks to Rob who despite my whining pushed me to do more than i wanted to on the weights and it was good for me.  Went to A Place to Be, my lady cave, and put in solid five hours of work on my mother memoirs – which i am editing, she of course is the voice.  Selected some pictures to be scanned that we can add to the book.

A Place to Be had the monthly “Death Cafe Madison” conversation at 7pm. On the way home stopped at Sour Dough for their opening of the new dessert counter.  A must visit for all, heavenly looking and tasting treats.  Conversed with very interesting people, Madison is full of them. Had to come back home after making my appearance there to cuddle up under the warmth of my quilt.  My head reminded me that i was not quite as well as i wanted and hoped and my bode said that i  had done more than i was allowed. Now with a warm cup of tea, i wish all my family, friends and colleagues, good night

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Organizing for America – my post retirement passion

25 Sep

Organizing for America, the East side office in Madison has more work then any one person can manage. They have a strong team, made up of young staff but backed by not so young volunteers like myself. There is high energy and everyone works hard and passionately to get President Obama elected for the second term.  This is one organization, then there are others such as We the People, Wisconsin – such organizations and all the study centers in Madison makes this a very attractive place to live.

My friends said that transition to retirement will be hard, yes and no.  i am busy four to five hours each day with the OFA work, i continue to be conscious of my exercise routine, i have participated in the local museum scene and have spent time getting settled back into my home after three years.

i am doing very exciting stuff and am busy – very busy.  But if you ask me if i am grounded here, i have to say not yet.  But i am sure it will happen. I have not given up on photography and here are some pictures from the trip to the Museum, the OFA office, and some old buildings around State street which will not be around for much longer.

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Madison, Willy street fair

17 Sep

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2012 marks the 35th year of the Willy St. Fair. A fund raising event for the Common Wealth Development and the Wilmar Neighborhood Center (organizations to help communities). Its held around the second or third week of September each year. I was glad to be present for this year.  The day was beautiful, there were 8 music stands, lots of art and craft, food, music and of course bear – its Wisconsin after all – beer is essential food in addition to cheese and good ice cream.

First week in Madison

16 Sep

If you can not be in New York or Washington, Madison is the place for you.  Everyone wears  their politics in this town (t-shirts, banners, stickers, yard sale posters) what ever it takes, people are out there letting you know what they believe in.  In addition,  there is the art scene and the music scene, not to mention all the academic study centers.

If you have to live in Madison, Williamson street is the street to be.  The   neighborhood holds four festivals during the season, number of  restaurants, a coop, a theater and 20 minutes walks from the capital.

My first week here in pictures. Music festival, tennis, visit to the dacha and much more 

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