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Holiday Season On The Patio   Leave a comment

Christmas On The Patio-72Holiday Season On The Patio — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.”

— Alan Watts

Mensching’s Train Room Open House   4 comments

It’s the Holiday Season and what better time for Joe and Ricki Mensching to hold an open house for their train room, which takes up the space of their three-car garage. Ricki had asked me if I would take some photos, five are in this posting. Click here to see all 25 photos.

I also took five video clips, which I edited into a short movie of the Train Room Open House. 

— kenne

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Train Room-25.72

Train Room-2-72Mensching’s Train Room Open House — Images & Video By kenne


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Intuitive Thought, “I Know It When I See It!”   1 comment

401px-mona_lisa“I Know It When I See It!”

In trying to explain what is obscene, Supreme Court Justice, Potter Stewart uttered the now famous phrase, “I know it when I see it.”  Each one of us may have used similar phrases when shopping during this holiday season.  “I’m not sure what I want to buy her, but I will know it when I see it.”

But, what exactly is “it”?  Defining what we mean can be an abstract exercise.  “It” is often used as a generic expression of “worth,” but can take on a different meaning for different people.  Why is this?

How we define “it” is a reflection of context, values, experiences, and expectations.   “It” can be referring to a quality of service, art, craftsmanship, functionality, all of which are intended to identify, codify and communicate our expectations. So, is “it” really an abstraction?

The test for “knowing it when you see it” is expressed in behavior.  As a young man, I loved going to the Chicago Art Institute.  I could spend hours staring at masterpieces, surrounded, in the silence of others, sharing art that has endured the test of time. Such silence, in the face of beauty, speaks volumes.

Seek not to define
You know it when you see it —
Define it, lose it!


The Holiday Season — A Time For Being And Becoming   1 comment

christmas22003-12-24-04-happy-holidays-blogImage by kenne

At this annual time of transition between calendar years, it is a time of reflecting and acting. A time of year for celebrating from Thanksgiving through the new year. It is the Holiday Season!

It is a time of year for considering “this and that,” (my grandmother’s words when I would ask, “What are you doing, Grandma?”) reflecting over 2013, it is a time to “ing” out the year.

. . . ing 2013

Wondering in search of this and that

Reflecting on my past

Investing in the future

Creating more out of less

Giving without motive

Being a teacher

Becoming by being my teacher


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