Zendoll says ....

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Monday, June 22, 2015

The New Whitney Museum

My recent trip to New York City had many highlights, but seeing the new home of the Whitney in the Meatpacking District was among my priorities. There's been as much buzz about the so-called wild architecture has there has the new choice of neighbourhoods, but I'm here to let you know that it's a "must-see" the next time you get a chance. As always, it's a random collection of art that highlights American creators through the ages, but in its new and very modern setting at the base of the Highline walking park, the fearless and sometimes jarring masterpieces fit right in. My last visit to the old location in the Upper East Side became memorable for the discovery of a rather vast collection of Joseph Cornell's assemblages. He is considered to be the Godfather of the art form, yet somehow the collection must have moved on as I failed to find any of his beloved pieces gracing the walls of the new Whitney. Instead I had to settle for Robert Motherwell and Robert Rauschenberg's infamous and daring collage abstractions.... just to name a few.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Romeo's First Summer

Our new addition to the family is almost 6 months old, and approaching the 10 pound point. He's a lover and a roamer, and  he has far surpassed the expected 'teacup' stature that was promised. Regardless, this sunny little creature continues to delight with his multiple daily greetings that always include a few embarrassing squirts and much licking of the face and lips.

My absence from blogging this year cannot  be blamed on bringing a new puppy into our lives, rather on life itself. For the second time in a decade I relapsed into a daily struggle with chronic fatigue syndrome. You may not know anyone with the disease, and indeed most medical practitioners are ill informed as well. I now know way more than I ever wanted to know, with thanks in large part to a growing community of support and educators out there who want to share their findings and experiences on the internet. Along with the expert care of my naturopath, Dr. Tara Campbell, and her custom IV infusions each week, I am regaining the vitality needed to participate in life with some sparkle. I really hate it when I lose my sparkle!!!  I just want to be able to enjoy a full day of activities like anyone else - I have even forsaken my hard core gym routine until my cellular repair system can keep up with the demands. I have always thought that the less I talk and think about these setbacks, the less I will bore others - and myself, and the less power it will have over me. The fact is ...... it is what it is, and I mention it only in the spirit of sharing so that others might know there are ways to cope and remain hopeful. There's a plethora of symptoms common to fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, and CFS, and a diagnosis takes more patience than most folks have time.  If anyone reading this wishes any support from me, please know that I am ready and willing to share my many resources and understanding of this sometimes debilitating disease.  With healing meditation comes the vision of vitality, abundance and health. That is my wish for all of you!