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President Obama will deliver three commencement addresses next month, the first of his presidency.
The graduation addresses will take place May 13th at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ; on May 17th at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana; and on May 22nd at the U.S. Naval Academy. I’m fairly impressed considering one is my alma mater (ASU) and one is my hometown university (Notre Dame). Of course, I won’t be in attendance at either, unfortunately, but I’m excited nonetheless.
ASU was originally Normal School, a teacher’s college.
Sacred walls of ivy…
Old Main’s renovation many years ago, under ominous skies…
And then there’s Notre Dame.
Too bad they’re in a tizzy about Obama’s speech in South Bend.
Karsten Solheim spoke at my graduation; no offense, but it wasn’t exactly thrilling or inspiring and not very newsworthy. Of course, he donated millions to ASU so he was an important person to them but I’d say Obama trumps him. What a nice bonus to get for your tuition dollars.
Tony is back from China–he has jet lag. We went out to dinner last night, hung out, and then he slept for many hours. The cats are happy he’s back but none of their celebratory photos came out.
So, it was a day spent around the house and in the yard. I’ve pretty much shown you everything in my yard over the last couple of weeks. These were just taken a few minutes ago while I was out watering.
One last, lingering look at beautiful Shenzhen in mainland China. Tony may have to return in 3-4 months.
Tony’s sister, Rosie, sent this photo of what their yard looked like yesterday (in the Chicago area) entitled “Why Tony Left…” It is kind of pretty, though…in a picture. I guess, since it’s technically spring, that midwesterners are getting tired of the winter weather.
And then there’s our sky in AZ (sorry if yours isn’t similar). The wind is picking up again, though, just like the other night.
Thoreau said, “The wind that blows is all that anybody knows.” Is that true? I know that this kite was in one of our trees when I got home from work. I also am pretty sure it’s going to be up there for awhile. It’s at least 30 feet high in a tree with no low branches. I think it might belong to the kids across the street but no one has come knocking on the door yet; I guess they know it’s not going anywhere on its own.
It’s going to take some effort to get it out of there; it’s very tangled, and the end of the string is nowhere in sight.
WB isn’t at all concerned with the limbs crashing down around him.
But Ebony is laying low, a little worried about all the racket. Is his tail a sail?
The branches are swaying on the big pine, too, but it’s very sturdy (I think).
Winds are currently 30 mph, gusting to 42 mph, and the Cat’s Claw blooms are all over the yard. The wind chimes are ringing, the tree limbs are scraping the roof, the wind is howling–another good night to be safe at home with a bunch of cuddly cats.
The top photo is film (developed by me years ago and sepia-toned in Photoshop), the bottom digital (much easier and instant gratification).
Hope you’re having a good week and looking forward to the weekend!
Although today was a beautiful, sunny, crisp day…a perfect day for shooting…I didn’t take any photos. Nor did I get any new photos from China. So, while watching my favorite TV show tonight, Antiques Roadshow, and wondering if I should skip yet another day of blogging, I decided to imitate the detailed shots they were showing of some furniture.
Unfortunately, these aren’t antiques. However, here are some photos I took a few years ago of actual old things.
So, if you didn’t get your antique or wood fix today, here you go. Hope your week is off to a good start!