Archive for February 19th, 2009

When Obama came to Ottawa

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

I was on my way to a meeting about 9:30 and couldn’t resist checking out the scene on Parliament Hill, even though US President Obama hadn’t yet arrived in Ottawa.

No one walked on the streetsThe streets were closed. Being Canadian, the pedestrians – me, included – stayed on the sidewalks.

Men working overheadSome of those involved in the “work overhead” were snipers. Just saying…

Obama-manThe “SnObamaman” got lots of attention.

Building a snowmanThere were many more children than I expected. They enjoyed the snow.

Maybe we can tooThese drummers from Nunavut are carrying a sign that says, “Maybe we can too.” That was the mood in a nutshell.

My bus was stopped dead on a street for about 25 minutes, and my trip home took and 100 minutes instead of 30. It wasn’t so bad, given the excitement. One of my fellow bus riders said she was “trapped in the seventh circle of hell” but she exaggerated.

Have you ever thought of pottery class?

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

A friend of mine has enrolled her kids, 2 boys and a girl aged 7-11, in pottery classes the last couple years. I thought it was a neat idea but let it float by me. Then, one evening I picked up the local arts information booklet and noticed that there is a pottery school in my part of the city and that it offers parent and child pottery classes. Reid’s school focuses on physical activities but her teacher admits to beng less adept at arts and crafts. Since I’m partial to crafty things, I decided to sign Reid and me up for the pottery class. With only one class under my belt – Ken went to the first one with Reid – I have to say that I wholeheartedly recommend that you search for a pottery class in your neighbourhood.

There are practical lessons to be learned, even if you don’t take up pottery. For example,

Reid at pottery classWhen you want to control the thickness of your dough, use slats of wood on either side of the part you’re rolling.

 Reid at pottery classThose odd plastic doilies that your kooky aunt gave you are great for putting patterns in your dough.

Reid at pottery schoolThose slats I mentioned above are also useful as straight-edges.

Reid at pottery classAlways write your name on your work. If you’re Reid, you will develop a special way of writing your initials – say backwards and forwards – so that your work will be especially special.

It’s good to stretch your horizons. Next, I’m going to check into spinning and weaving or maybe a traditional “fine art” class or who knows what.

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