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Ah to be by the sea… only this time we were “virtually” IN THE OCEAN via the magic of VDR and other cool affects at the National Geographic Ocean show.  I have to admit, I thought this show at the NY Hall of Science was slicker as we felt like it was wayyyyy more interactive than this Nat Goe show.  But the VR movie at the end is amazing .. when we got swallowed by a whale! IMG_9820

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down the escalator into the sea

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playing with virtual sea lions

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The VR movie of being eaten by a whale was the best!

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Ezra enjoys some Nat Geo reads

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Zoe’s mad talent…

This little lady and her crazy upper body strength … she’s gone from gymnastics to rock climbing effortlessly!  I love her drive to get higher than anyone else.  Go Zo!

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Ezra rocking it!

Ezra’s band the E3s got a gig with the John Lennon Bus event, with Bootsy Collins as the MC!  The kids practiced so hard, and did so well on such a big stage in front of a very impressed audience!  It’s so nice that Ezra’s love of drums kind of started at the Lennon Bus event at school, and now he and his band were able to offer up some talent! To see the shows, check out the links at the bottom of this page:

(top 4 pix by Greg Kessler)

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the band with their teacher

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on a really big stage!

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even Louie was inspired by Bootsy

Lucy in in the Sky with Diamonds by the Beatles:

Holiday by Green Day:

Army by Ben Folds Five:

Paint it Black by The Rolling Stones:

I am a Walrus by the Beatles:

Hello October

I do love this crazy, orange month with it’s hot and cold flashes and … hopefully… some changing leaf foliage soon.  We’ve been building a sukkah at our synagogue and enjoying the last of the Jewish New Year holidays and atoning.  Our synagogue is in Flushing Queens, surrounded by Chinatown which – as it turns out – Chinese Harvest Festival is going on at the same time as Sukkot.  And if you haven’t seen all the crazy Halloween costumes on social media lately, you must stop in at Target to try them on.  Zoe can’t get enough of dress up:

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In East Hampton NY lies the house that painter Jackson Pollock and his prolific painting wife, Lee Krasner, bought in 1945 for $5,000. Pollock’s art dealer, Peggy Guggenheim, loaned him the down payment of $2,000 in exchange for artwork.  It came with this protected land and stellar view of an inlet – now a bit overgrown with trees on the edge:

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It also has a little barn-studio out back and best of all, this move to the ‘country’ took Jackson away from the temptations and stresses of frenetic city life.  He was able to quit drinking and stay clean for 2 years .. possibly the most productive period in his life.
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It’s pretty amazing to be in the room where it all happened:IMG_9591Screen Shot 2017-09-27 at 4.19.06 PM Lee Krasner at work

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and Jackson flinging paint

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Pollock and Krasner reused everything. They used old masonite game boards given to them by Jackson’s brother as flooring in the barn studio. After Krasner’s death, the boards were removed and the original floor, covered in splattered paint, was visible. (We all got some fun slippers to walk over the floor – as you can see it’s a Pollock underfoot!)

(this pix and info from nicolevismara.com)
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Krasner outlived Pollock. Everything in the house is original and intact as it was at the time of her death, including their books and Pollock’s record collection.

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What never ceases to amaze is how much Krasner and Peggy Guggenheim supported and fostered Pollock’s creativity, even when his alcoholism threatened to get in the way.

One last grasp at summer…

We were hellbent on frolicking in waves while we can … even Louie enjoyed the beach in Sagaponack and smelled like sea air for a weekend.  Zoe loved having mosquito netting .. er, ‘princess canopy’ .. on her bed.  I don’t think we could find a better spot of ‘moving water’ for Tashlich!  (Don’t know what tashlich is? Click here).  The waves were huge like the day we got married in this same spot and – I’m not lying – the sky really was that pink during sunset hour:

 

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End of summer in the country

Well, before school started we ran off to Connecticut again (and to the Hamptons too but that post is to come). Trying to get as much lake, beach, outdoors as we can before the weather shifts. School has been gently ramping up again – I’m pleasantly surprised by how responsible Ezra is being about his work and Zoe always loves the challenge. Let’s hope it continues. Meanwhile we let the kids choose their ideal meal on this dreamy weekend…

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the kids have a dream dinner of grilled pizza, burgers and dogs!

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Tom doles out treats to Louie (left) and Jem

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Zoe and Luca put their life vests on, jumped in a canoe and paddled off! These little adventurers forgot to ask their parents about this…