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taylor’s falls

For the longest time now, I’ve been trying to decide where I want my cremains scattered (when the time comes…).  When John and I escaped for a quick hike at Taylor’s Falls while visiting mom in Minnesota, I realized that’s the place I want to rest in peace forever.  I know that there are probably better, prettier, more interesting state parks, but this one still holds the best and the most magical childhood memories for me.  I understand as an adult

that there are no trolls under the bridges and that the potholes aren’t really bottomless, but that doesn’t make a trip up to Taylor’s Falls any less sweet for me.

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riding the metra



riding the metra, originally uploaded by laurasjoquist.

Riding the Chicago Metra from Harvard to downtown was in a word, awesome.

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twisty tree chicago



twisty tree chicago, originally uploaded by laurasjoquist.

Jack outside the Art Institute of Chicago, where sometimes the trees are as interesting as the art.

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jack by jackson pollock



jack by jackson pollack, originally uploaded by laurasjoquist.

Jack’s favorite artist is Jackson Pollock. I think it has more to do with the similarity of their names than Jack’s deep appreciation of abstract expressionism.

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hands at art institute of chicago



hands at chicago art institute, originally uploaded by laurasjoquist.

Looking at the Buddha statues at the Art Institute of Chicago

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jack at cloud gate



jack at cloud gate, originally uploaded by laurasjoquist.

Jack’s favorite stop during any trip to Chicago.

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art museum play list

Jack has Friday off, so we’re hitting the Chicago Art Institute (via the Metro from Harvard, wish us luck).  Last time we went we spent waaaaay too much time in the miniatures gallery and Jack was tired of the museum before we even got to the Impressionists, let alone Modern American Painting.  (Not that the miniatures weren’t awesome.)  This time I am armed with a plan and a headphone splitter so we can enjoy some music in the galleries together.

Gallery 201-Degas’s Yellow Dancers and the Bar with other works by Renoir, Pissaro and Morisot.  Music:Lou Reed-Perfect Day

Gallery240- Seurat’s Sunday on the Island La Grande Jatte and other works by Monet.  Music: Jack Johnson-Questions

Gallery 241-Self Portrait and other works by Van Gogh.  Music: REM-Everybody Hurts

Gallery 242-Works by Toulouse Lautrec.  Music: Bow Wow Wow-Aphrodisiac

Gallery 246-Works by Cezanne and Gaugin.  Music: The Smiths-Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want this Time

Gallery263, 264 and 265- Grant Wood’s American Gothic and other American painters.  Music: John Hart Ford’s Indian War Whoop(from the O Brother Where Art Thou Soundtrack)

Gallery 289A & B-Jackson Pollock’s Grey Rainbow and other works.  Music:The Radio Dept- Pulling Our Weight

Gallery 391 and 392-Works by Picasso, Matisse, and Kandisnsky.  Music-Tom Waits-Green Grass

Gallery 144-Marc Chagall’s stained glass American Windows.  Music:Allison Krause-I’ll Fly Away

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