Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The People Portion

This next section of the 101 photos taken on July 31st begins the people part of the day.
I am blessed to be connected to some fascinating people. Each of them is deserving of a full blog entry or five, but I will try and hit the highlights, as I see them.
The first image below is of Lynn in an uncharacteristically still moment. She is like watching a hummingbird most days. A human 'doing' sort of human being as Oscar says. She is the reason I knit and design today. What a great gift she has given me! I'm not the only one. She has taught hundreds of people various knitting skills, many of them youngsters.
She and her mom, Liz, are just finishing up an herculean task, getting Liz's primers for children published. Yes, at 75, Liz is a published author! She has taught thousands of children to read, and thousands more have learned from other teachers using the copies of books she created and stapled together. Now, the books will have shiny colored covers, pages, and will reach thousands more kids, teaching them the love of reading at the earliest possible time of their lives :-}
Fred is Liz's partner. He is amazing too. You know, he recently got his pilot's license? He and Liz still win many a dance competition, and medal after medal at the senior olympics. He also traveled to the Galapagos Islands this year, a dream trip of mine.
Brian is a quiet man, but when he says something, it is always worth listening to. He took a great photograph of me that day, whizzing around with my camera strap held in my mouth :-}
He is a musician, and is one of the people helping music from our past stay alive. He and Lynn are The Fabulous Heftones, playing 1920's Tin Pan Alley music, but he has also listened to many an old song recording and brought it to life again on his Uke. His Youtube videos are my go-tos if I am having a rough day, especially his own compositions. His instrumentals paint images in my mind as I listen, and give me some perspective. The last photo is one of my favorites of Lynn and Brian.
Oscar.. Oscar is the best thing that ever happened to me. My life would be so different without him. He brings me joy, and giggles, and sound-hearted advice. I love him.

Other photos include a pair of socks I knit a few years ago.. it took me until the night before the trip to the gardens to weave in the dozens and dozens of ends, and I think this is my second time wearing them. The first time I just tucked the raw ends inside :-}. Also one of Lynn's newest patterns, a beautiful bag, and a glimpse of a gorgeous shawl she is designing.


AlisonH said...

Love it. Love our Lynn. I have to laugh at my pavlovian response to Brian's long white coat look, like a Stanford doctor taking a moment to enjoy the gardens there.

Leslie said...

Looks like a great day was had by all. Lovely.

Zuri said...

The Galapagos Islands are the most incredible living museum of evolutionary changes, with a huge variety of exotic species (birds, land animals, plants) and landscapes not seen anywhere else.

Lynx said...

Way to go Liz! Not only for the actual publishing, but also for the incredible patience to teach kids such an invaluable skill.... (yes, we are biased).

Must remember to add her to my Heroes list on Myspace!