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Deep, joyous gratitude...

I am back from a perfectly blissful visit to Detroit and the fabulous mountain_ash78 and blue_sky_48220 (who, quite frankly, spoiled me rotten!). I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed the company and conversation, and would have been more than happy just to sit around gabbing with these fascinating folk - but was also pleased to get to tromp about gathering unique and expansive experiences.

Though I arrived quite late on the Megabus Friday night, J and M still stayed up with me 'till the wee-hours ('cause I'm a nocturnal blabber-mouth, don't cha know). Saturday, J and I walked out on a gorgeous day to Toast for a brunch so tasty it would make you smack your momma. I had an omelet made with roasted beets, caramelized onions and chèvre which was a seductive blend of sweet and savory. Mmmmm, I'm drooling on my keyboard just thinking of it.

Later, we visited a fantastic local art fair with lots of unique glass and pottery and then hooked up with some fab folks from Trillium Reclaiming, for pre-ritual pizza. Well stuffed, we then drove out to a lovely horse farm which would be the location for Trillium's Midsummer ritual and celebration.

Though the day had threatened rain, the weather was perfect. I was charmed by the land, and even more so by the warm welcome I received. I really liked so much about the ritual. I admired that Trillium has a ritual arc/theme for the whole year, and was excited that it happens to be the Feri creation story. I loved the invocations, which were short and connected, and I realized yet again that I sometimes chafe at very heavy emphasis on ritual arts. I was also very glad (and nervous) to be given an opportunity to push a personal edge as I stepped into drumming for the ritual (which outside of trance drumming, I never do). Folks were very supportive of me and not one shoe or horse patty was thrown my way. I felt it was good work, and I felt honored to connect (and in some cases reconnect) with these bright ones.

The weekend also featured a visit to Dragonmead a local microbrewery (mmmm...mead), as well as The Inn Season Cafe, a fabulous vegan/vegetarian restaurant (who put J's kale eating abilities to the test!).

Some of my favorite moments though came when spending the afternoon with J and M at the The Detroit Institute of Arts. Art museums are among my most favorite things to experience, especially with I can share them with others who like to discuss the works and the emotions and thoughts they evoke. I was especially pleased to get to see two works I have always hoped to view live: Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry fresco cycle and The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli.

I could babble on about those pieces...particularly Rivera's work, given how much there is to it and how much it seemed to speak to issues that are core for me...but I won't bore you. I will however include some visual links below in the hopes that you'll take a peep.

blue_sky_48220 may have a story to tell you about this one!

Many of the images of industrialization are quite disturbing...something that resonated deeply with me

I'm not sure how I've met and filled my life with such smart, beautiful, fun, aware and magical people...but I am one of the truly blessed.


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Jun. 23rd, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Walking through the DIA with you was a real treat. I wasn't familar with "The Nightmare" and I don't even recall seeing it before. That, and other things you pointed out, very much deepened my appreciation of museum and my understanding of the works. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend!
Jun. 23rd, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
You had so many awesome perspectives...I loved sharing art with you. When we grow up, can we run away to the Louvre together? In France, I don't think they'd ever try to serve us kale...not unless it was covered in cheese.
Jun. 23rd, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
More Art! Less Kale!
Jun. 23rd, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
We were happy to have you at the ritual. Do come back and visit us again!
Jun. 23rd, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much - I would love to come back, and hope I get a chance to talk with you more. And if you're ever coming to Chicago - please let me know. Best wishes to you ~ J
Jun. 23rd, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
I love Rivera's work. Now I know where to go to see some.
Jun. 23rd, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
Yes...and this is a whole room of it. I have always loved Frida Kahlo and am fascinated by her life...which is how I came to know Diego. This is an amazing expression of his talent and values...and felt really poignant to see as an environmentalist/earth-based spiritualist.

There were a lot of other amazing pieces there as well...and we didn't even have time to see half of it. It would be well worth I visit I think.

Love ya ~ J
Jun. 23rd, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
So sorry to have missed you! Unfortunately, it was my birthday weekend, a friend's b-day weekend, the weekend street fair for homeless youth, and I had to play HP for a local coven's Midsummer ritual, (which was very uncomfortable) So, all in all, i had a busy weekend. But I am so pleased you enjoyed Detroit, and I know personally you couldn't have had better hosts!!!
Jun. 23rd, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to have missed you too - but it sounds like you were very busy doing important stuff. Detroit was wonderful and yes - my hosts were/are DEE-VINE!

All my best ~ Jen
Jun. 24th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
wow -- sounds like a weekend of things to feed the soul, yum!
Jun. 24th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
I've been to Detroit more time than I can count because my dad's family all lives up there - and I've never been to the Detroit Institute of the Arts! I will be in Detroit briefly in a couple weeks en route to a family reunion further north in Michigan and I'm going to make it a point to check the DIA out. Thanks!
Jun. 24th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
Oh goodie...I hope you enjoy it. If you make it over, let me know what you think. I thought it was a great collection.
Jun. 24th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
It was wonderful to have you as a guest! I am so glad that you enjoyed yourself. Do come back again!

I had such a good time at the museum. I grew up going to the DIA, and sometimes I get a little "Oh, I've seen this one before" about the stuff there, and it was cool to be with someone who was seeing the pieces for the first time. Particularly the Rivera murals, which, unfortunately, have kind of become "the thing you walk through to get to see something else." It was nice to really stop and look at them again. (Next time we're in Chicago, you can show us around your museum!)

Thank you again for your company.
Jun. 24th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Next time we're in Chicago, you can show us around your museum!

I would ADORE that...any time.
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