Archive for November 2012

Por Koi

Photos and blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

Welcome to our water garden.  Home of the Koi country club. Where several centuries of selective breeding between the Asian carp and German carp weigh in as bonafide members.  Whose color mutations bare snow white and sunlight yellow, pumpkin orange, near-lavender and coal black in limitless combinations. With movements that create variations – yielding constantly shifting patterns of art.  And, scales that sparkle like diamonds.  It is quite a pond extravaganza.

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A Slice of Ballroom-Dancing with the Stars

blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

A little boy shuffles his feet to the rhythm of the beat while his sister hums.   Kick, step, ball, change.  Cha, cha, cha.  Music is a muse striking chords deep down inside our bones, causing people to express their bodies in mysterious ways.   It translates raw emotions into the Argentine Tango – arousing passion. Then slow-dances into our souls in the Viennese waltz. When it’s feeling frisky, it breaks into the jive. Happy music prefers the fox trot.

When you dance you do something aesthetically pleasing, artistically beneficial and emotionally satisfying for everyone.    This may be the reason behind America’s love affair with Dancing With the Stars –  still going strong after fourteen seasons. Read the rest of this entry »

Tabasco Road

by Robyn Wyman-Dill

The days fall from the calendar like autumn leaves.  It seems like…well…yesterday, the ghosts and goblins of Halloween were loitering on a neighbor’s porch steps.  The reality that Hurricane Sandy had attacked our vital signs (It affected 24 states and battered communities, pounding Atlantic City, Staten Island, lower Manhattan and the Jersey shore a few days before)was just sinking in. In the blink of an eye, it had rained devastation upon us, creating piles of wood rubble where ghosts and goblins and houses once stood.

As expected, cold weather caught up with the season, dropping temperatures.  In parts of the recently demolished country, it even dumped snow. Nobody knew if things would get back to normal again.  That uncertainty created despair.  While across the nation, Democrats and Republicans waited for tallies too late into the night, America was in flux as it crossed into November.

Its times like these that make us grateful for the little things we take for granted. And, take notice of that which never falters – like zest on eggs.    Read the rest of this entry »

Orchid Envy

Photos by Robyn Wyman-dill