Category Archives: Life

Time Scheduling Being in the World

The water droplets  on this iris bud appeared at 5:30 last night.  I am certain that this bud existed precisely as this photo captured it for less time than it takes me to write this sentence.  There are so many things in the world.  In order to find my path, I need to schedule time to look at it.  Today I squeezed in half an hour for concentration. I posted today’s schedule below.  I can reflect, tonight, if I deviated, and, if so, why.image image

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Turtle Shell

I  found this turtle shell sitting right on the tip of the hill waiting for me on researching I found turtle shells can signify protection and renewal and spiritual associations


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It is very interesting.  I have found, over the years, that I often find the most difficult way to do something, and then I do that. I had many talks with my father concerning this very thing.  This photo is during the last walk we had together.  We were discussing the merits of crossing a stream on slippery rocks.


Some of my father’s work waiting to be catalogued

Waiting to be catalogued

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67/365 Sudbury Snow

My mother’s house was almost buried in the snow!!!
Sudbury Snow
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66/365: Dog in a Bag

This little doggie was in the seat next to me in the airplane when I went to Massachusetts. Her owner paid for her passage. I had never seen a doggie riding in a bag. It was counted as Luggage.

Dog in a Bag


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62/365: Hair

My friend put my hair in three braids. It was the only picture today.

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The shovel

This is my driveway I have been shoveling this week. I put a picture of my shovel. Here is the conversation I had with Emily:

Me: “It took me 6 Hours to shovel the Driveway which is .10 mile.”
Emily: “You need a better shovel.”
Me: “Here is a picture of my shovel.”
Emily: “You mean you really DO need a better shovel!”
I need a new shovel


I need a new shovel

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35/365: “I better snap a picture!”

Again, the only one of the day, on 11 E heading to work. Well part of being a community is snapshots into our lives, right?? It is snowing hard now and I will be going out soon, today I will have a lot to choose from.
Better snap a picture

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34/365: Love

It is clear to me that at the beginning of February I was busy! This is the only photo I took on February 3. It is a bracelet my Daughter Emily gave me. It is a symbol of a Mothers love, and it says Mom on it. I took this picture to show her how it looked.

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25/365: Jan 25 me

So as Jim always says, some days there is only one photo on the camera roll and today it was this one, orchestrated by me, taken by someone else; it was a Good Morning! to my daughter, who sent me a BitStrip of herself.

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20/365: Happy Anniversary!!

Our dear dear friends gave us these beautiful jars of vegetables from their garden, each with a beautifully tied Bow, for our Anniversary Present.
It deserved a photo.
The hassock is waiting to be resurrected it is quite old. It is an object of memory. The hassock and the canned goods on the hearth together all represent family

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If you look carefully you can see the faint tire tracks left by my brother James as he drove off into the sunrise from my home. He gave me a gift beyond measure this weekend

Tire tracks

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My sisters gave me a night in an AMC Hut with them next year!!

Dot Lafayette

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My birthday surprise…. my brother flew from New Hampshire and surprised me

Brother surprise

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Our Christmas tree is crooked because our floor is crooked

Crooked Christmas tree

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Tennessee landscape

Yesterday we went visiting for the first time on Thanksgiving; we went to three Thanksgiving dinners and oddly enough we arrived exactly at dinner time on each one. I posted some pictures below the landscape we drove through. An interesting and fun day. Many various incarnations of turkey; roasted, hickory smoked outdoors, deep fried…….oh and none of these were the places we actually visited, they are random shots of terrain. I wonder the story on the refrigerator house.

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I love the place where we vote

I love the place where we vote



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We still have way too much fun fooling around with the jeep at the shop getting stuck

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Boro is more than an art form in our hill on Stoney Creek. It is a way of life.

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I love the use of useless objects for new uses.

We have one of those sink things that only screws into the sink so you have to use the drain piece that goes with it. The little nut on that broke yesterday so rather than buying a whole new piece Danny fixed this by using an old key that didn’t open anything. I love the use of useless objects for new uses. We keep everything and this is an example of why. Now it is like a little handle.
Key drain

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The Snake

I am pretty sure this is a copperhead. I was getting ready to do some dyeing and all my stove parts were piled on the stones. He struck at me Yikes! I ran. Hard to get a good picture with a phone from a distance…I am not sure how to get rid of him, so stopped my project. In the last photo you can just see him going underneath the little round thing. There is only one picture of the whole snake and his head was moving but I am fairly certain there were venom pockets.

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On my walk

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The lawn was long

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My father noticed the detail in all the small things.

He is with us when we notice them too and with every kind and loving word to family. Love you, Dad

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Emily dyeing at Peters Valley School of Craft

Emily at Penland

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A year ago I got on a plane to talk to Dad for the last time.



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Who we are


Delight in the children looking.  Michael and Emily would look at everything and when I watched them, I looked at the world with fresh eyes.  I always strive to retain this childlike wonder when I look at color and form.  Emily is deeply involved in the shape of the leaf.

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Danny in his element


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Light Perspective

There is something different about the sky when the light is fading in early summer over the ocean.  Sky and water meet. Broken fences soon to be lost under the shifting sands… late June sunset, serenity.Beach sunset

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Hiking Lafayette

Me on Lafayette

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Little me

Little me

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I had fun tromping this. Happy valentines day

Valentine tromp

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9: From the gondola

We went up the gondola to uber gatlinburg today

Gatlinburg Gondola

I love my truck.


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4: Pillow by Kenneth

When my son was in elementary school he sewed the small pillow in the center of this composition for me for Mother’s Day . The sunlight on it this morning struck me with such a memory of him when he was small


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Dad’s birthday is tonight.

I lighted a candle for him and taking a walk.

Dad's birthday

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Stockings are hung by the chimney with care

Stockings are hung

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My progeny and nieces and nephews

My progeny and nieces and nephews

Chilling at the country club

Chilling at the country club

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Thinking about dad

Dad and me

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Seasons different here in Stoney creek blueberries are just coming in

Blueberry Muffins

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Wood and fringed polygala

Sculptures that my dad created over a period between 1987-now, and fringed polygala. You can read about polygala here. My last walk with my father, we searched for and found fringed polygala on Squam Lakes conservation land. He loved the land and the earth and his work and life were testimonials to his belief in preserving natural conservation lands.

Dad's studioFringed polygala


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Ken LeBaron, 89, Sculptor, Musician, Nature Lover


Contributions in LeBaron’s name can be made to contributions to the Squam Lakes Conservation Society.

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In the airport, grading on my iPhone . Flight delayed. Staying centered. The shirt image is about preservation and connectivity of time.


It’s me!

It's me!

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Goodbye Elbow.

We loved you so much. Elbow left us permanently July 9, 2013. You will never be forgotten.

Goodbye elbow

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Mop rinse squeeze. Scent of pine.

My grandmother used the same bucket and mop on the same floor. I remember. Continuity of generations.

Mop rinse squeeze

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Paradise at last

Paradise at last

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My family

My brother posted this today. We are truly blessed.

Me with my parents and my three sisters.

elbow says come on what’s over the next hill?????


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I get to share this wonderful father

Posted today by my brother Jim.

Our father retired from a dentistry career that he didn’t much enjoy at 60. For the three decades since, he’s been sculpting in wood. This was a very special moment for me where he was reflecting on his life’s work. I didn’t want to interrupt to await the perfect pose or fiddle with settings, so this is what I gleaned from an unobtrusive click.

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The twelfth day of the twelfth month of 2012 and my birth date

Life dormant within this tree against the early morning sky. I had a cup of coffee and looked at the day. Misty early morning Although we are overwhelmed with projects, we had time to put up a few lights. Joy to the world. Morning was working on grading in my library. I love my library its so snuggly. And full of books, paints, sketch materials, odds and ends, items. A reflection of the inside of my brain. I was so happy to finish making my new sketch journal today and I will be able to take it to New England. At around three, I went for a walk with Elbow. The sun is just setting behind my house. The second tree in from the left is the tree in the first picture. There is a duck swimming in this pond if you can see it. We walk up the left side of the pond and then up on top of the hill. I love the very top. We can see for miles. Elbow loves to run down the hill. Every tiny thing has such beauty in the world. Even though its into December, this verdant new growth is sprouting out of the hay bales. The evening light on top of the hill is amazing.

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Thanksgiving table set for elbow, Dan, and I

Thanksgiving Table

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Special Day

Those who know me very well know today is a very special day for me

Out of the brace

I have spondylolisthesis.

I hope I get to play that word in scrabble.

12 of 12 for October 2011

twelve and twelve for October. My family was up at Squam and I was here in Stony Creek. So 900 miles apart twelve and twelve!

Barb and Dot head out for a kayakOn the Dock—with InvictusBuckets for the Dye Project  Outdoor Studio Stove setup Abstraction Experiments Dog Paw Pieces for the greyhound auction Elbow Socks Elbow Socks I love my dad and my sisters Out the end of Center Harbor Neck. Sure wish I was there. My mother took all these pictures for me. So my spirit was there.

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12 of 12 for July 2011

This was a quiet day at my folks house in Sudbury, just enjoying their company and doing ordinary things.

Setting up for computer tutorial, teaching Mom Mac OS and Microsoft Dad built me a beautiful cover for my pot. It is marine plywood. This is one of my chosen sculpturesDad's sculpture studio is the coolest place in the house except for the basement. He does direct carving in wood. Its four hours later and Mom is still studying, working on the church archives The hundred degree heat blasts the hollyhocks Cant get too far with packing. Its too hot. Looking at the items in the archives as Mom works on them. What a sense of place, there are boxes with three nails....from 1815, nails from the steeple. I went to get my laundry after supper. The light on the daylilies was lovely and just a hot moon over the house across the street. When I came back in, the dishes were done!

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12 of 12 for June 2011

Everything set up and waiting in the morning, the car is a windbreak dyes are set up waiting for the cans The cows wanted to learn too at ten twenty it will be done! Ready for a jar Yolanda is getting her art samples ready No, its not me, its Emily!!!! Stage two going on ready for arashi beautiful colors as the samples come out Can you believe it all came out of a jar? Emilys beautiful art work of a scarf and some people dyed many skeins

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12 of 12 for March 2011

I have been sketching my daily sketch. When I start the morning this way, all the day falls into place. Went for a morning walk to walk the dog. The view from the mountainside We think this was a wingbark elm tree the first irises in the woods I went to lunch with a new friend, 86 years old, in this Natahala this restaurant looked out at the kayakers the antique kayak paddle display this kayaker had the most interesting tiny little kayak and his hands were his paddles with little hand paddles I dont know what these little kayaks are called. The lily pad piece for Nancy Allen is finally taking shape. the final composition the last vestiges of sun on the peaks behind Sunset over the mountain

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12 of 12 January 2011

The sun is just rising on the new day, on the frozen landscape Studio ready for the next day of work, sun coming in at eight am Biscuits and gravy for breakfast, they feed everyone quite heartily here, especially the blacksmiths! I am showing the students how to do a monoprint on a screen Today I visited the bread baking studio next door. They give us samples every day. Today they were doing sourdough. This is their wood fired oven. The samples on the line, freezing in the snow. They were very smelly. I took a walk to visit some of the other studios today, giving my students some requested work time to process all the new information. This is the painting studio. Glad for my LL Bean sheepskin boots in the mud and snow! Finally get to use my New England gear. After classes were over, went to the blacksmith forge and watched the smith forge a knife. He made it out of an old file. Then on the way to supper stopped and saw the dollmakers. They were working on hands today. The sun went down as I walked to supper.  After supper, more studio, and now I am uploading these in the library before I go to bed, I will be in bed by ten I hope!

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Birthday Twelve of Twelve December 12

I began my December Twelve Birthday in front of the fireplace, painting the wood pile I can see a snow storm is brewing looking out the front door. We are hunkered down. Just a little melted snow from the last storm in the side yard. The rain came first you can see the clouds behind our new house we will be renting We went up to check the water pipes and this is how it looks from up there I like the yard of the new house and feeling close to the storm clouds. We went to the wood pile at the shop and loaded up the truck. Plenty of wood to keep warm! this is what I was drawing. Snow began around midday. This is the back yard from the back porch.10.jpgEarly evening but it is dark with the beginning powdering of snow. Dan cooked us Steaks for my birthday dinner in front of the fireplace on the little grill.

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106 on the hill

This is the house across the street. We are moving here and I hope to turn the other one into a studio. The landlord really wanted us to move into this one because he wanted someone who would take care of it.

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12 of 12 for November 2010

Before dawn, at five, up for the day. Practicing making the bed when I get up. Here is my room in Atlanta. On my way to class field trip for the afternoon, around two pm. This is the kind of contrast I see as I drive away from my house.During breakfast, Junco is looking at her weave sample. I will help her make the files today. Turning the corner into Midtown, around a quarter of a mile away. Proof that it is really seventy degrees here, sitting in traffic, which is the norm if you go anywhere in Atlanta Proof that it is really seventy degrees here, sitting in traffic, which is the norm if you go anywhere in Atlanta So I couldnt resist a little story, about what it is like driviing here. As you can see from his bumper, the gentleman in the car before me has had altercations before. He was too impatient to wait for the car in front of him, which turned. He made his quick move to nowhere. And to my right, it is clear which direction everyone is going. There is a lot of cars sitting idling all the time in Atlanta. Today, mine was included. I try to avoid driving when I will be sitting idling, adding to the carbon.To my left, the river of traffic on I 85 below the bridge Here we are in front of the Contemporary to visit an artist. Three students showed up...oh well! They got the benefit! A bridge to nowhere. Notice the train running beneath it. The bridge just sits up there, no road attached to it. There are a lot of contrasts in color and texture in the city scape if you look for it. Sadly, the razor ribbon is necessary. Speak to our future? In the evening, Junco and I dressed up to go to her art opening. This ended our day It was a very good opening.

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found this pic of my dad from my brother, perfect for my mood tonight.

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12 of 12 for October 2010

I shot my twelve of twelve yesterday, and saw my brother’s just now before posting. It is almost frightening how alike we are. I shot it all with the Photo Booth on my laptop.

At seven am, Here I am early in the morning, deep in thought. After the faculty meeting, I went to Yoga. Standing poses today. Then home for lunch between activities.  I had a chicken salad sandwich for lunch.  Then upstairs to work on the letter some more.  out the door. Took a second to look at the Atlanta version of fall foliage.  Next stop the gym.  Then to hide in the slide library  And after the meeting, I got to go have dinner with a friend.

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12 of 12: A breathless morning in August

Twelve of Twelve. A breathless morning in August for August twelfth. Work to be done, work in progress, the work of living, things growing, close to the earth

This mushroom is six inches across Wood waits to be cut and split Stacked and drying, ready to go into the cellar The lush growth down in the holler. Things grow when you turn around Black walnut dye has fermented for two years A writing spider built a web on the clothesline Tomatoes ripening Zucchini tiny and growing Laundry waiting to be hung The corn is taller than Nora's head crabapple graft is ripe for apple jelly The Panzer and the lawn tractor waiting to do their jobs

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My brother is so eloquent with this Squam description. Twelve and twelve for July indeed.



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June 12 of 12

The June 12 of 12 theme is the collapsed relativity of time. My guises, thoughts and perambulations

Mom and dad continue their intellectual voyagesa hand made imitation of a dugout canoe by American(probably Algonquin)materials from the old outhouse will be incorporated into the walk waydan is deep in thought and measurementsLow tech and high results. What you can do with a fifty dollar electric chain saw!the inspiration wall for the lily pads to remind me for this summers dyeingand the dog paws to stitchtracks left behind from rescued greyhoundssoon to be shaped and stitchedwhen it rains on the lake it is time for introspectionand Emily is busy working at her new grad school program. how time does flyhard to believe Reilley is three now, and I will see him day after tomorrowthe home place the day before I left, I hear it is a drought and 100 degrees there now


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Fruitlands Museum

Yesterday, we visited Fruitlands Museum. What an interesting place. It was the experimental farm of Bronson Alcott.

Our family has always been in Mass and my mother visited with her book group last week, and liked it so much she brought my father and I yesterday. It was amazing, something for everyone. A museum full of Hudson River school paintings, an on site artist, the home of Bronson Alcott, a Shaker house, an Indian museum…amazing.


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