What a fun time last night during my “gallery talk” at church. I hung a number of art pieces from the summer and gave a PowerPoint presentation from my sabbatical. Thanks, Beth, Linda, Amy, and others for bringing the great food and decorations. We crowded into the Son Cafe around tables and bar stools. I enjoyed hearing the range of replies to my question, ‘Who showed you the wonders of nature?’ :
- ‘Dr. Arp knew everything about animals. If I had a question about a fox or some other animal, he could answer it. He grew up on the farm.’
- ‘One time all the men in the family went hunting and I wanted to go, too, but they said that I couldn’t go. My aunt, noticed how disappointed I was and she asked, “Do you want to go?” I replied, “O, yes.” She let me go. When I finally spotted a deer, I took aim…and then decided it was enough just to be there.’
- ‘My daughter. She studied eco-biology and now works for the park service and studies grouse’.
- ‘I knew a couple who lived in the desert, but raised flowers and sold them at a road side stand. They loved the flowers, but it also gave them a social life!”