Tuesday, October 16, 2012

i'm back....


i'm ashamed so say what day it is or how long it's been since i've posted.  pictures have been accumulating and time racing by at an alarming rate.  all is not lost nor forgotten...it's just a matter of time until i get myself caught up so i can resume my weekly post.  the plan is to post aug-sept by month rather than by week just to get myself on track...not worry because i will provide you with lots of pics and information about my doings since july.  for now,  here's a little tidbit to whet your whistle.... uma and i took a walk yesterday in the rain with baby.  enjoy!



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i'm ashamed so say what day it is or how long it's been since i've posted.  pictures have been accumulating and time racing by at an alarming rate.  all is not lost nor forgotten...it's just a matter of time until i get myself caught up so i can resume my weekly post.  the plan is to post aug-sept by month rather than by week just to get myself on track...not worry because i will provide you with lots of pics and information about my doings since july.  for now,  here's a little tidbit to whet your whistle.... uma and i took a walk yesterday in the rain with baby.  enjoy!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

july 19th - 25th

well past the half-way point now in this photo-journal challenge.  i'm getting more comfortable with the process and have established a kind of rhythm. big thank you to those who are reading this and sticking with me in my wanderings.  here is my week in photos....enjoy.  

this is the graveyard where my dear teacher hedy tower is buried.  the service was a very small private affair, only family and few close friends were invited.  having missed this part of the ritual i (for one) felt that things were unresolved, kind of up in the air.  i thought it was important to visit her grave to bring some closure. after doing some digging (no pun intended), and with the help of my friend dianewe scheduled a time to go for a visit.  montefiore cemetry, one of the oldest jewish cemeteries in the philadelphia area.
we'd called ahead and determined where the grave site was.  my heart was heavy, but it felt good to see where my dear teacher was buried, and to spill some tears.  it was comforting to know that she is next to her husband.  we each left a stone on the gravestone. 


cemetery where hedy is buried  she's in section 19

the marker has not yet been engraved with hedy's info

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uma and i went on a walk and found these dried and rolled up leaves under a rhododendron .  they
fit perfectly on to our fingers, very exotic.  uma and i took them home to show mama who was as exited as we were about out find.  




auntie tash and uncle alex were in town for a few days before they left on their "birthright"
trip to israel.   


uma holding her brudder...


chestnut hill farmer's market....uma enjoyed fresh corn (yum) while mama & daddy shopped for fresh veggies and fruit.






we were all invited to nephew asher's  7th birthday party. it was  held at a lovely park in manayunk, the weather was beautiful and the sprinkler pool was a great way to keep cool.























anjuli had a gig at fire, a club/bar in northern liberties.  diana and i drove down and had a nice dinner, walked around a bit before the show.  anjuli's band was only on for half hour, but they were great and we very much
enjoyed the show.  





 here's a little video from anjuli's performance that, in all honesty, is not very good.  they were having technical difficulties and it really show.  but here it is none the less. 







 the elkins park farmer's market...i was struck by the hill of black eyed susan's in the background. 


another hot day, playing on the front porch with a water toy


after three previous attempts uma and i finally managed to get in to a library.  we didn't stay too long, she seemed a little overwhelmed, but we read several books and drank out of the water fountain twice.  lots of people watching!!    next time i will take her to glenside library which is a much smaller library.  







Mamatography 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

july 5th - 18th.... dear hedy, may you dance in heaven



 ~ the incomparable hedy tower ~

performance artist, dancer, teacher and friend.
 march 5, 1913 - july 5, 2012





she was like no other.  when i met her in 2002 she was 89 years old i was 51.  she'd had an illustrious career as a dancer in europe and in the u.s. and had been teaching for 45 years at her studio in jenkintown.
i was a late bloomer....didn't even know i had a body until my late 40's, and only became aware of my body when it began to rebel and i was plagued by severe pain that moved through my body with no mercy.
i believe that our psyche speaks to us through our bodies, so the pain i was experiencing was ME  saying "help!".  i knew i needed to do something and it was clear that i needed to move, otherwise (i was convinced) that i would end up in a wheel chair. there is a saying.... "when the student is ready the teacher appears" ....looking for a dance teacher in the phone book i found the jenkintown school of dance...right in my neighborhood...so i called to make inquiry.

her voice was confident, she had an accent (german it turned out), and she wanted to know why (at the age of 51) i wanted to dance.  she asked "what do want to discover?"   my own dance, i answered.  "ok fine, come on tuesday night at 7pm"...and that was the beginning.  her studio was small, smelled moldy, and was in need of much repair. there were several women, of varying ages getting changed and ready for class.  i felt shy and awkward but her students made me feel welcome.

hedy,  dressed in a dance leotard, tights and leg warmers was tiny (couldn't have weighed more than 90 lbs) all legs and arms with a short torso and lots of attitude.  she opened class with a guided mediation...bringing us into our body and into our selves. and so the class began, 90 minutes starting with traditional ballet floor work and bar work, isolations and progressions, followed by improvisation (this was the part i learned to love).   i was hopeless and it felt like torture....i couldn't do anything and  i'm sure they (her students) found it amusing to see me  try to keep up. i sweated, groaned and strained for weeks, months, years.   but i hung in, and built strength and developed technique and learned to love this amazing woman who encouraged me to strive for excellence (as impossible it might be) and trained my body, soul and mind.

hedy was a force of nature....she taught through most of her  98th year. she closed her studio in 2006 and continued teaching at the retirement community in which she lived.  she taught three classes a week, two to residents and one to her loyal students, some who had been with her for 40 years. i believe that her commitment to her students is what kept her going. she fell and broke her pelvis when she was 90, and suffered several other falls after that...but each time she returned to teaching, organizing performances and nurturing us. hedy was mor than a dance teacher ..it was life lessons.  she gave and gave of herself....right up to the end. 

when hedy turned 99 in march of 2012, we had a wonderful party for her...she walked in on her own two feet exactly on time. she word bright red top and she was pleased to see her friends and former students, about 70 of us gathered.  we (her students) had planned a surprise performance a flash mob.....as a gift for her. hedy was ecstatic....eventually joining in and dancing with us.  she had an amazing full life.  she continued to teach until her last breath...showing us how to die with grace and courage. my heart aches, a huge hole gouged out.   as my dear friend and classmate jeanne fisher so aptly put it..."hedy was ready, we were not". 





....may you dance in heaven. 



here is the rest of my week in pictures....

peas

squash

moo cow & lil lamb

fire fly book

snacking on strawberries


madhava & the carrot

rose of sharon

dinner at my friend jeanne's house.  here talented daughter-in-law prepared a raw dinner that was absolutely beautiful and delicious.  jeanne is one of hedy's students, so what was to be a dinner party turned out to be a little memorial for hedy.

raw tacos

raw cacao brownies

raw chips & pesto dip

our talented & beautiful chef






robin

jeanne

diane
i have had the pleasure of dancing with these beautiful women for ten years...i will miss our time together.


jeanne's partner bob


uma at alvethorpe...more adventures including the mini putt



wild raspberries

























here are some delicious pictures of madhava aka baby boy.  he's crawling and pulling himself to stand.
talking up a storm and quite the little ham.  enjoy.











will you give me that camera e-ma!









ohhhh the hair!













toes...yum





here he looks just like his sister




uma came over on a hot day.  tia anjuli got out the hose and we played for hours with the water.
even made a small wading pool out of one of my big mixing bowls.   fun.

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so may figs!



come on in e-ma the water's fine





my dear friend jaithra's birthday...we met in pedlar's village. there was a big rain storm so we had to hang out in the gazebo for half hour till it stopped.  jaithra teaches bharat natyam dance at my studio and these are some of her friends and students. 






yael & susie






did some dancing while waiting for the sun




here's jaithra by the water garden







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Mamatography 2012