idle idol

idle idol

As a surprise for my bride, I carved the pair of figures atop our wedding cake.  Since my wife and I wanted to start a family right away, I used fertility idols from ancient cultures as inspiration.

Published in: on July 30, 2009 at 3:58 pm  Comments (1)  

tango

tango

While hiking, friends of mine spotted a pair of Northern Brown Snakes floating on a log and looking like a tangled knot.

Published in: on July 21, 2009 at 8:07 pm  Comments (7)  

hollow

hollow

A lazy Sunday drive through Sleepy Hollow turned anxious when another driver missed a red light and grazed my car.  Like the legend, I was frozen with fear, unable to react before the stallion and its rider made a hasty escape.

Published in: on July 14, 2009 at 6:43 pm  Comments (9)  

shaky

shaky

While walking through the Metropolitan Museum this weekend, this Egyptian Bronze Sistrum caught my eye.  Sistrums were musical rattles used in ritual processions where the sound of the instrument seems to have been regarded as protective.  The word ‘sistrum’ is derived from the Greek, seiein, meaning “to shake”.

Published in: on July 8, 2009 at 8:15 pm  Comments (4)  

worn

worn

Off a small country road in western Pennsylvania, I stopped by an old cemetery where many of the gravestone inscriptions were illegible.  Although the chiseled names on the stones had been worn down by the elements, several markers had fresh flowers indicating recent mourners.  Time may dull stone but it seems it cannot erase cherished memories.

Published in: on July 1, 2009 at 7:22 pm  Comments (1)