Here & There in Austin

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Here are some photos from a recent family vacation to Austin, Texas. Included are a few favorite spots: The Sound Gallery, Sister Coffee, San Marcos River, Farewell Books and the beautiful rental property of our friends Aimee & Daniel where we got some much needed R&R. As I sifted through all the images when we returned home, it felt like color, texture and type tied this particular group together.

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Whitney Plantation

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From the Whitney Plantation website:
Within the boundaries of the “Habitation Haydel”, as the Whitney Plantation was originally known, the story of the Haydel family of German immigrants and the slaves that they held were intertwined. In 2014, the Whitney Plantation opened its doors to the public for the first time in its 262 year history as the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on slavery. Through museum exhibits, memorial artwork and restored buildings and hundreds of first-person slave narratives, visitors to Whitney will gain a unique perspective on the lives of Louisiana’s enslaved people.

My mom, daughter and I visited the Whitney Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana on the morning of June 30th. I am incredibly grateful to have experienced it with the both of them. It was very emotional, and I’ve had a difficult time summing up our visit adequately, especially after the events of last week. So I highly encourage any and everyone to visit at some point in their lifetime. Continue reading

Hopkins & Underwood’s New Arithmetic

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Mental Arithmetic, republished by The Macmillan Company in 1913 (first published in 1908), was gifted to my mom 30 years ago by a fellow co-worker and educator. It is one in a series that focus on primary methods of math computation. The book’s authors—John W. Hopkins, Superintendent of Galveston Schools and P. H. Underwood, a teacher of mathematics at Galveston’s Ball High School—include a statement of intent in the preface. The purpose of this collection of arithmetic problems, to be completed mentally, “is to enable pupils to perform the simple computations which occur daily in business life, to introduce them to the art of reasoning, and to train them to think on their feet.”

The pages contain a beautiful and interesting arrangement of numbers and words. One of the previous owners has inserted solutions to equations, one-by-one, filling margins and gutters on many pages. At times where there was a lack of space, directional arrows swirl about to point to corresponding answers. It’s fun to see books come to life in this way.

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TEXTILES by Christopher Payne

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Christopher Payne’s Textiles photo series is breathtaking, incredible and unforgettable. Yes, all three of those things, in a seamless combination of the everyday and epic. The series spans the course of the past five years from the Carolinas to New England. The photos filled with staggering volume and repetition are ripe with visual juxtapositions. Neutral settings sprinkled with saturated colors and rigid machines with fine threads of textiles—all set in the seemingly quiet, dream-like world (that’s actually extremely loud according to Payne) of America’s textile manufacturing industry.

In addition to Textiles, spend some time with Payne’s series Making Steinway: An American Workplace. It is beautiful.

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