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Ode to Surf Ponchos and Magical Thinking

November 12, 2020

It's been a tough year. On the positive side, here's what I've learned and the permanent changes I've made:

1. Pay attention to how I truly feel.

About people, about how I spend my time and money, and about what I eat and drink. Shouldn't take a pandemic and mandated social distancing, but it helps. Clarity is the gift of isolation. I vow to be more discerning in my associations and stay true to my best nature.

2. Tap into my creativity more.

Art. Make it. Experience it. Started painting again, and recently bought Donald Robertson's Magical Thinking, aptly named to inspire. And it does.

(Photo by: drawbertson.com)

3.  Support local businesses more

New all-time favorite room fragrance recently discovered at Le Labo: Calone 17. First I got the candle but now using the room spray.

(Photo by: lelabofragrances.com)

Must-have luxury is fresh flowers and Ultra Violet always makes me want to plan a wedding. 

(Photo by: ultravioletflowersdc.com)

All my favorite Georgetown restaurants offer take-out and/or delivery. 

4. Remain grateful for, well, just about everything. 

Fortunate to have an indoor pool and fitness center in my condominium so I'm working out and swimming daily.

(Photo by: Cathedral West Condominiums)

Minimalist me doesn't like to to take a tote and a towel to the pool so I happily discovered Surf Ponchos! Who knew?! Terry, hooded with pockets for keys, cap and phone. In the gym, ditto. Found sweat towels with zippered pockets! To complete my new shelter-in-place wardrobe, cute pool slides. 

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Added protein collagen peptides to my smoothies, and almost totally eliminated meat from my diet.

For obvious reasons, reducing alcohol consumption I'm saving for 2021!

(Photo by: ruinart.com)

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The Art of Tom Meyer Now at Addison/Ripley

November 4, 2020

Visit Addison/Ripley Fine Art through December 5, 2020 to experience Tom Myer’s “Seeing in the Dark” exhibition.

(Photo by: Tom Meyer)

Unofficial exhibition curator and friend, Chris Murray wrote about Meyer’s work: “Tom Meyer has been referred to as an ‘outsider’ artist.  He is indeed a self-taught painter. Working primarily with acrylic on canvas or board, Meyer’s paintings originate from impulses within his soul.  The cast of characters that inhabit his paintings give an account of his inner life and his imagination. They tell a story with his themes, “of redemption, forgiveness, acceptance, rejection and love,” as he has described it.

(Photo by: Tom Meyer)

Outsider artists offer a pure glimpse of unedited inspiration. Meyer is no exception. His work is equal parts benign and disturbing. Ghosts, devils, aliens and demons flirt with everyday objects, animated trees and animals fierce and household. The houses are domestic and slightly ominous. The larger paintings suggest complex narratives while the smaller ones are portraits or, in some cases, a catalogue of Jungian seeming symbols. 

(Photo by: Tom Meyer)

“I don’t paint things, I paint ideas,” says Meyer. His work is informed and inspired by a variety of ideas, from current events to ancient philosophy, part of a creative tradition with roots that include early American folk art. 

(Photo by: Tom Meyer)

Meyer has created a personal universe with his paintings, as many outsider artists have done. This exhibition is a dazzling display of that universe.

(Photo by: Tom Meyer)

Special thanks to Chris Murray of Govinda Gallery for the introduction to Tom Meyer and for his invaluable curatorial expertise.


Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 1:00 am - 5:00 pm, by appointment.


Addison/Ripley Fine Art is located at 1670 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown. Tel: 202.338.5180

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November 2, 2020

For so many reasons (and in this election, existential ones), but especially because there was a time not so very long ago when many of us could not, vote.


Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson during the height of the civil rights movement on August 6, 1965, The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is a landmark piece of federal legislation in the United States that prohibits racial discrimination in voting, and Congress later amended the act five times to expand its protections.

If you haven't already, here's where to vote in person in DC on November 3, 2020.

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