An Evolving Life. Peachy.
Over the years, I have taken many photographs that I love including this one of my grandson. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, its relevance can often elude me for some time until one day it pops back into mind making perfect sense.
When I was recently in Paris, our French host made an interesting comment. The French, he said, are like coconuts, hard on the outside but softer as you go deeper. While Americans are more like peaches, easy to get in, but ultimately you hit a hard pit.
While I found it quite funny, its truth did resonate. In my experience, the French can be quite standoffish, the ultimate snobs. But if you can pierce that thick surface, their friendship and loyalty are limitless.
Americans, on the other hand, appear warm and friendly, however, they can be difficult to truly know. Eventually one often does hit that hard pit. In other words, we are tough at the core.
Now I’m wondering whether we really are that superficial? And if so, perhaps its because we’re a young nation of immigrants severed from our cultural roots. It’s something to think about in view of the current immigrant crisis here and in Europe.
Despite it all, on this Independence Day weekend, one can’t deny the sheer pleasure of taking that first bite....
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I have had the good fortune of knowing Meryl Spiegel for many years. We met during my BNB days when she was referred to me as a resource for a specific type of photography I was searching for. I also knew her as a writer. Over the years, I have been impressed with Meryl’s talent and creativity, and the honesty of her work. When Meryl began to sketch, paint, work with pastels, she truly overlaid one talent on top of another. The layers were intriguing. I reached out to Meryl recently because I thought that the Hummingbird audience would appreciate her work, and value her process. They say that timing is everything, and in this case it was, because Meryl was thinking about not only “showing” her work, but writing about it too. In our new series, An Evolving Life, Meryl will share the stages, challenges, and meaning of her art, and the journey that coincides with the pieces she highlights. Sandra Novick
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