Time for another break! My oldest son, Aaron, was born on my 25th birthday, and we’ve had the joy of celebrating most of our birthdays together ever since.This year was no exception, although it was exceptional that we could share the pleasure with Aaron’s entire family as well as Alan and Joel during a leisurely canoe ride down the Rogue River. This entire week, I want to share some photos from that serene afternoon along with three series of favorite quotations on various subjects that I’ve been saving up.Today’s quotes are ones I kept because they made me smile:“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems,
but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”~Herm Albright
“People with a negative attitude brighten the whole room when they leave.” ~Anonymous “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
~Robin Williams “I’m far from perfect, but I’ll be perfect for that imperfect person that’s perfect for me.” ~Amanda Bynes “People often say to me that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing … that’s why we recommend it daily.”~Zig Ziglar “Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.”
~Ray Kroc “There is no magic in magic, it’s all in the details.”~ Walt Disney “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living.
The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” ~Mark Twain
“To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.” ~Theodore Roosevelt…I can only wish that were still true today, but it’s not. 😦“One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie
is that the cat only has nine lives.”~Mark Twain “Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he’ll believe you.
Tell him a bench has wet paint on it, and he’ll have to touch it to be sure. Murphy’s Law” ~(read in Walk the Talk…but not always true, thankfully!) “Need a new life? God accepts trade ins !!”
(~shared by a friend, Pam Hembroff)
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (~2 Corinthians 5:17)
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Tagged 2 Corinthians 5:17, Amanda Bynes, Herm Albright, Mark Twain quotes, Photos taken along the Rogue River MI, Ray Kroc, Robin Williams, Theodore Roosevelt quote, Walt Disney quote, Zig Ziglar
ArtPrize 8 is off and running! I’ve had several friends wander into the Holiday Inn without realizing that my mural is there, so let me give you the details in case you’re in GR and planning to go to ArtPrize, because I’d love to see you and I’d hate to miss you! My entry is titled “From the Rising of the Sun” and is being displayed at the Holiday Inn at 310 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.
It’s opposite the Gerald Ford Museum, across the street from the Van Andel (Grand Rapids Public Museum), and kitty corner from Ah-Nab-Awen Park.
It’s just across the river (0.2 miles) from the Amway Grand, so it’s at the cross roads to some of the best art in town. It’s also just 0.4 miles from Grand Rapids Art Museum, 0.5 miles from the B.O.B. (Grand Rapids’ “Big Old Building), and 0.6 miles from DeVos Place, so it’s super convenient for the most popular venues! Whether you go in the front or back entrance, you’ll see half the mural. “January through June” is at the front entrance, and “June through December” is at the back entrance. Using 400 of my favorite photographs from around the world, I’ve created a collage trying to tell the story of life on Planet Earth through the seasons of one year and one lifetime. Here’s my “Artist Statement: “The top row reminds us of the universal constants we all experience: the glorious sun and moon, rising and setting with comforting precision. Row two showcases another global experience, the beauty of flowers, which can be found everywhere around the globe. Row three highlights the experience of fauna through the seasons. Row four looks more closely at how the flora and individual homes are affected by seasonal changes, using photographs from our cozy “Tanglewood Cottage” here in Grand Rapids. Row five takes an intimate look into one person and one family (mine) through the seasons of one year and one lifetime, but my hope is that it resonates with the emotions and cultural experiences of everyone who views it: birth, growth, adulthood, marriage (or family life; I know some never marry), new life and enjoying grandchildren, growing older, and finally, in the December of life, walking into a sea of clouds on the mountain top, looking hopefully to a glorious future life after we leave Planet Earth.The lower half of the mural is arranged in ten collages, each comprised of twenty photographs from around the world on a particular theme that compliments the season above.” This is my hope and prayer for the mural: “From the rising of the sun on the day we take our first breath until we walk into life’s sunset, I hope the beauty of our world lifts our hearts to praise the One who created us and provided such a glorious home.” I have a booklet with notes on each photograph for anybody who comes and would like to know more detail, although if I’m there when you come, I can answer questions! I’d really love to see you if you come, and if you leave me a message in the comment box or on Facebook (message works too), I’ll try to make sure I’m there when you come! I’ve been going about 10:00-5:00 Monday-Friday every day, but I’ll be less regular on weekends due to family responsibilities and fun, although I’ll still be there at times, so please don’t be shy! It’s a real highlight of my day when friends drop by!
“From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same,
the Lord’s name is to be praised” (Psalm 113:3).
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Tagged 400 beautiful photos from around the world, ArtPrize 8, From the Rising of the Sun, Kathryn W. Armstrong's ArtPrize Entry, The Holiday Inn Downtown ArtPrize venue
Yesterday our birthday club met to celebrate my birthday, knowing that once ArtPrize 8 begins tomorrow, I won’t have a minute to catch a breath until it’s all over. Besides, we wanted to celebrate my entry, which is at the Holiday Inn. But, first the girls had a wonderful surprise for me! We stopped at Van’s Pastries, where they have an old-fashioned hymn sing to begin the week
every Monday morning at 9:00! What fun! It was so crowded that we had to stand in the doorway,
and more folks just kept coming.
To start the day praising the Lord brightened my scan more than five cups of coffee could have, and we even got to catch up with a dear friend, “Uncle Charlie,” now retired from Children’s Bible Hour. Second stop was to check out my ArtPrize Entry, titled “From the Rising of the Sun,” based on Psalm 113:3, “From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, the LORD’s name is to be praised.”
I still need to finish up with the lighting and various other projects,
but hopefully everything will be in order for the official start tomorrow morning. By then, it was time to stop for “Elevensies,” and the girls —knowing I’m on a diet—made the most magnificent banana/egg pancakes
with fruit, nuts, and coconut cream topping! It was amazing and tasted great! In fact, I’ll make a separate post to share the recipe when I get a chance! After our respite by the Grand River, we headed out to see what else we could see of the ArtPrize pieces that are already installed. Of course, with 1,453 entries at 171 venues, we barely scratched the surface, but we had fun, and I now know there’s a lot of excellent competition! We could have spent all day (had we had the leisure), but our last stop (before ending at my house for a prayer time) was a late lunch at Marie Catrib’s, where there’s always a great selection of veggie dishes. We all chose the “Choose 3 Salads” option, and I came home inspired with some new ideas
for how to eat light and still ‘licious! I have to say, it’s great to have friends who are so supportive, not only of what I’m trying to do (like ArtPrize), but what I’m trying not to do (like overeat). Thank you, Lord, for faithful friends! I want to be a faithful friend too.“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (Proverbs 17:17).
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Tagged ArtPrize 8, Being a faithful friend, Birthday Club, Marie Catrib's of Grand Rapids, Preparing for ArtPrize, Proverbs 17:17, Psalm 113:3, Quote on love by Martin Luther King Jr., Van's Pastries in Grand Rapids