Friday, March 24, 2023

Frivolous Friday - More Flower Power

Finally Friday.  Are you sick of flowers yet?  Nah...this is good for the soul
New items in their trial gardens. Need some hardy souls for Texas weather
Even the gift shop displays are cute
I had never noticed the tile art before. Had to look down from above and it caught the eye
Slowly some trees are primping. 

Have a great weekend, everyone

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Book Review - Do You Feel Like I Do? Peter Frampton

Do You Feel Like I Do? by Peter Frampton is an excellent memoir of a pretty boy guitarist/musician/writer whose meteoric rise from The Herd to Humble Pie and then solo to the Frampton Comes Alive album, which sold eight million copies, three top-twenty singles, and an unbelievable tour (Yes, I was at a Philly stadium to see him) shows a deep commitment to the craft.  

But this memoir shows he was much more than that, and had a very deep career with his musical skills. 

He was asked by David Bowie to join him on the Glass Spider Tour (hello, saw that in Dallas). He writes of collaborations with Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Ringo Star (a Beatle!!), and more. 

He never wanted to be the cover boy. Sadly he did abuse substances. But proud of his continued recovery. He's still played guitar despite a muscle disease which caused his retirement from the road at age seventy. 

Multiple marriages, a lot of moving around the USA, several children, and more - Peter Frampton still gives credit to his parents for instilling a good base. He remains close to his younger brother Clive. 

cover blub - He thought he lost his favorite guitar (the Phenix) in a fiery plane  crash in 1980 in Caracas. But in 2011, it mysteriously showed up again - saved from the wreckage. Frampton tells of that unlikely reunion here in full for the first time, and why the miraculous reappearance is emblematic of his life and career as a quintessential artist. 

Show Me the Way

Baby I Love Your Way

Do You Feel Like  I Do?

His work is a soundtrack  to my college years.  Sheer fun and good memories.  Thanks Peter!

Monday, March 20, 2023

Monday Moments - Sculptures in the Garden

The Dallas Arboretum is hosting  its spring festival through April. A  featured sculpture, Gary Lee  Price, has his works placed  throughout the grounds.   Amelia Earhart is sunning herself with White Rock Lake in the distance. 
Joan of Arc - always so dramatic
Mother Theresa lounges in the fern dell
Harriet Tubman seeks freedom
And for my trip to PA, I got some advice from old Ben Franklin

The statues add a fun tweak to the garden stroll.  Get out and enjoy!

Friday, March 17, 2023

Fabulous Friday Flowers

Spring is popping at the Dallas Arboretum
Even after some wicked windstorms, the flowers prevailed
My friend, Linda, and I enjoyed this Sunday stroll on March 5th. 
Just warms the soul

 Hope your Friday and weekend are fabulous.   (and Happy St. Patrick's Day today!)

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Wild Wednesday

 Enjoyed another family series program with the Fort Worth Symphony.  

Dan Brown created a book and musical score with an animal theme - Wild Symphony. It was incredibly clever and entertaining. A narrator read each page and Maestro Mouse introduced us to his friends. Then the symphony played the theme music.  

The Ray glided smoothly through the water. The kangaroo had a bounce to the tune. The swans eased gracefully and the music was calming. A beetles tune had a lot of percussion as they scurried. And a fave was The Whale complete with that hollow whale call. 

It was a wonderful hour and I appreciate the hard work of our local orchestra. 

Support the arts y'all!

Monday, March 13, 2023

Monday Moments at the Museum

A few Sundays ago, I caught up with a friend to enjoy A Knight's Tale at the Arlington Museum of Art. A close up  look at the decorative detail on helmets, swords, weaponry, and more were displayed. 
 This exhibit was from the Museo Stibbert in  Florence, Italy. Armor, mounted equestrian, etc  - 130  pieces from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and up to the 1800s.  It was all quite interesting and we spent an hour perusing. 

 I keep saying - check out the nooks and crannies in  your neighborhood - small museums are a delight. 

Friday, March 10, 2023

Finally Friday is Marvelous - latest Ant Man

 Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania  proved entertaining on an incredibly dreary Saturday.  Ray and I had a "cheap" early in the day date. The movie is sheer fun,  ridiculous, and CGI wow. We like Paul Rudd and he's just an every man kind of guy who can be silly, an Avenger, Big, Small, and can save his family. 

I won't begin to explain plot - the whole crew (Paul, Evangeline Lilly (Wasp), Michael Douglas (Dad), Michelle Pfeiffer (Mom), and the daughter get sucked into the Quantum universe.  From there we learn about the whole Multiverse going on with the Jonathan Majors character who, of course, wants  to rule the whole worlds...plural.  Many worlds have been ruined.  There are a lot - I mean a lot of battles. It's crazy. The ants tend  to rule and Paul Rudd/  Ant Man looks like a hero. 


Stay for final credits and then the final, final final credits  for teasers.  That's how Marvel movies roll. 

We had fun and then grabbed lunch at Sonic to take home.  Cheap date - $30     Dang - olden days that would have been $20.