Ancient Hebrew Kingdoms was part of the lesson plan this month for Social Studies so we headed to the Skirball. It’s such a beautiful place. I’d been there once when my son was much younger, and didn’t realize how big the space actually was – we spent most of our time aboard Noah’s Ark. You can spend a lot of time in there if you have little ones. This time around, we explored the routes from Rome to Israel, the intricate Menorahs and breathtaking Synagogue gallery. The museum covers the 4,000-year history of Jewish people – It merits several visits to really take it all in. My son had so many questions, and it was hard to just stick to ancient history. We will certainly be back for their programs. How about you guys? Did you ever visit the Skirball? Have you been to a museum that opened your world to another culture or religion?
Archives for April 2012
Back in January I wrote post about my new venture in homeschooling. I was nervous, excited and anxious to see what it was all about. I started a color-coded calendar and had all the days “figured” out. That lasted, oh, about two weeks. I quickly learned that we had to take it day by day. My son had gone to a public school his whole life. I was very happy with the school, the teacher, the sense of community and the strong parent/teacher body. But – that quickly ended at 5th grade graduation. In the fall, we entered (drum roll) middle school – a huge place where all three elementary schools joined forces under one roof. Again, I was very happy with the district and felt my son was in excellent hands. However, the classroom size proved to be too overwhelming for my son. Some kids just do better in smaller settings. I know. I was one of them. But that’s just one factor that led to my decision to homeschool – way too many to list here. I work from home and decided I could give my son the one on one time he needed. Homeschooling is not for everyone, and if you work from home, it certainly means lots of long nights playing catch up. But, it’s so worth it to me. Recently, I helped launch our LATISM LA party in conjunction with the White House summit. It was an extraordinary evening and we were so excited to meet leaders in Education, who are working hard to create change. At the summit, my son got to ask Ken Salazar about the future of classrooms. Have a look! I’m so proud of this little dude right here.
I absolutely love being in the presence of deities, gold, turquoise and Mesoamerican artifacts. It feels so majestic. One of my favorite places to visit is the Museum of Natural History in NY. I spent many hours gazing at Moche vessels, wondering what they were like and trying to read their codices. I felt the same spiritual presence during LACMA’s opening for Plumed Serpent. Another deity that has always fascinated me is Quetzalcoatl – and how his followers flourished as a cultural, political and artistic society successfully resisting Aztec and Spanish control. Children of the Plumed Serpent: the Legacy of Quetzalcoatl is up and ready for your perusing. Oh. You have to see the turquoise covered skull. I collaborated with LACMA during press day to get the word out via Twitter – the image of the skull proved to be a favorite amongst those who did not have access to good ole LACMA. If you do – no excuse. See you there!
I was recently introduced to a fun way to decorate Easter eggs this year ala Mexicana. Cascarones!
Cascarones (or confetti-filled egg) is simple to make and so fun to include as part of your Easter traditions. You see, these eggs don’t just sit in a pretty basket. You use them to crack over someone’s head and show them with beautiful glittery joy.
When I lived in NY, it was impossible for me to visit a museum and not feel the need to work there. I had a bit of an addiction. There was a point when I actually worked at four museums simultaneously – all contractually – hopping from one to another in one day as an educator. It’s easier to do when you live on the east coast. I didn’t have to drive. When I moved to LA, I struggled with the layout of the land. A lot. The driving and traffic really got to me after a while and I tried to think of ways to continue my passion and work for museums without the worry of 40 people waiting for me while I was parked on the 405. Hence, the blog. This whole Art Muse concept has opened so many new doors for me – including the opportunity to write for different publications and exercise my new love for photography. Of course, when I arrived at the Getty Villa’s Aphrodite reception, I wanted to stay and work there. Wouldn’t you? It’s one of the most magical museums I’ve been to. To see Aphrodite in all her glory turned a regular Tuesday night into an evening of nostalgia for me – I was reminded why I love museums so much. Perhaps this overwhelming feeling of happiness was the result of being in the presence of the love goddess herself. I don’t know. You tell me. If you live in Los Angeles, the show is now up for your viewing and offers new insight on her life, relationships and origin. If you’d like to know a bit more, check out my post for CBS Best of LA.
(Aphrodite images provided by The Getty)
Do you hear that? It’s the sound of nothing. It felt as if I was gliding my way around Joshua Tree National Park in my Toyota Hybrid (Just for this week. Thank you Toyota). It was truly a delightful experience. So much so, I decided it would be fun to throw on heels and a trench and walk down a deserted path. It’s not the kind of thing I do on a Sunday morning (er, make that any morning). Baby Blue is back at the dealership (we name our cars as only dorks would do) and I’m well back into the groove from my 48 hour respite. After yesterday’s flight from Oregon (mother nature was keeping it real on the plane), I’m so ready to head back to Palm Springs.
(Car shown: Toyota XLE Hybrid. I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of the Toyota)