We took our son out to dinner for his birthday, and after a delicious meal, we asked the waiter if he would take our photograph with my cell phone. When we dropped Evan off at his apartment, he said, “Will you please send me a copy of that photo?” As we pulled away, I sent it to him.
Before we arrived at our house—only a mile away—my cell phone rang. “Mom, did you see the optical illusion?” I had no idea what he was talking about. “Open the photo and look at the straw on the table. It looks like the right side of it is levitating.”
You’ve heard the saying, “Don’t believe everything you think.” Well, don’t believe everything you see, either.
What was your most recent encounter with an illusion?
Cairns—we saw them aplenty when we climbed Ben Nevis. We noticed quite a few in Nova Scotia. We spotted them as trail markers in John Muir woods, on Palomar Mountain near the observatory, and now in the shallows of the Boise river—in this case, parents built them symbolically, one cairn each for a family of seven.
Used by people around the globe, cairns — human-made stack of stones — serve many different purposes:
- Utilitarian: to mark a path, territory, or specific site
- Spiritual: inviting passersby to stop and reflect
- Ceremonial: when placed within a circle of enclosing stones
- Memorial: when friends and family members voice a fond remembrance of a loved one while adding adding a stone
- Symbolic: the uses are endless including love, prayer, and artistic expression
Have you ever built a cairn?
Recently my friend, Janet Givens, posted a blog about clotheslines—their pros and cons—and that fact that they’ve been banned in various locations.
In Venice, not only is line drying clothes part of their lifestyle, it’s an art!
On a system of pulleys:
Some clotheslines run parallel to buildings (click on photo to enlarge)
While others are strung across the canals, from one building to another (click on photo to enlarge)
You’ve heard the saying, “Don’t air your dirty laundry in public.” During your growing up years, did you ever receive the caution to keep private things private?