Monday, December 28, 2009

Silly Goose

Reading the handbills

"Silly Goose" copyright 2009 Meri Arnett-Kremian

announcing upcoming events.

Lucky he didn't end up as someone's Christmas dinner.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Here's wishing you a very merry day.

I'm sending a wish for peace from my house to yours,
from all our houses out into the world.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Chihuly Glass in Reds, Greens and Pinks

Here's some world-class glass

by that glass master Dale Chihuly.
Museum of Glass.

Kind of modern Christmas-y colors,
don't you think?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


A rare glimpse of the art storage
facilities of Tacoma Art Museum.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Solstice Celebration

Celebrating the solstice and the return of the light.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Brown's Point

Looking across Commencement Bay
from Stadium High School

with the windows at Brown's Point sparkling in the sun,
it's easy to remember why I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Assembling Gingerbread Displays

Here's a glimpse of some of the amazing volunteers

who assembled the gingerbread buildings
at the Tacoma Art Museum.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Cheating a Little

I know this is a few miles beyond Tacoma's borders,
but don't they look festive

"Waiting for the Interurban" in Fremont?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tacoma Dome

More gingerbread.

It would be fun to see the real thing
decorated like this every December.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Highway 16

Highway 16,
just east of Jackson.

on a clear day.
Mt. Rainier's just around the corner.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Behind the Scenes Tour of Tacoma Art Museum

This is Margaret Bullock,
a curator at the Tacoma Art Museum.

Margaret was explaining how the registrar at the museum
catalogs art coming into the collection and
handles materials on loan.
She also showed us the specialized packing required
for shipping fine art.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Elks Lodge

This gingerbread beauty
is far more spiffed up
than its bricks and mortar counterpart.

The real building is deteriorating
each and every day.

On display at Tacoma Art Museum.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

More Gingerbread

I thought you might like to see
some more gingerbread architecture.

This is a reproduction of the Ford Building
and auditorium.

The gingerbread version is a creation of
BCRA, an architectural firm in Tacoma.

On display at Tacoma Art Museum,

Friday, December 11, 2009

Luzon Building Reprise

Remember when I showed you photos
of the demolition of the historic Luzon Building?
If not, click here.

The demolition of the Luzon has been resurrected
in gingerbread.

On display at the Tacoma Art Museum

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cold and Clear

With the deadline looming for my contributions
to an anthology that's going to publishers soon,
I've been neglecting my Tacoma publicity gig.

So, a day late,
here's yesterday's post
(I'll adjust the date).

It's cold and clear here.

It was around 30 degrees when I left home
in the warmest part of the day.

The creek behind my house is frozen
and the pond has a thin veneer of ice.
I bring the hummingbird feeder in daily to thaw it out
because I saw some little guys flitting around
just last week.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


I got so busy today revising my writings about Egypt
that I totally spaced writing about Tacoma.

And so, with apologies

This Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12
that marvelous Scottish fiddle band
will be presenting Christmas concerts at 8 p.m.
The Mandolin Cafe
3923 S. 12th Street

Dinner service is available beginning at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the concert only are $15 for adults.

Call the Mandolin at 253 759 2317 for tickets.

If you like Celtic music, you'll love the McKassons!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

And now, in the daytime

I gave you a glimpse of this sculpture not long ago.
It was taken in the blue dusk.

Here's a view in the daylight.

Museum of Glass.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Tacoma Light Rail

This little light rail tram
runs through

downtown Tacoma.
This is the stop on Pacific,
between the University of Washington Tacoma campus
and the Washington State History Museum.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Indoor Activities

This is the time of year
that I cherish indoor activities.

Especially when I have my camera in hand.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

A Bit of the Past

I know that this is cheating a little.
The photo today was taken in Seattle,
up the road to the north.

But I learned a few days ago
that the carnival rides at the Seattle Center
are being dismantled. They're being replaced
by a landscaped plaza with a wading pool and skating rink.

And I'm hoping that the carousel,
which stood a little to the south of the "big kid" rides
isn't going the way of the octopus.

Aren't these horses glorious?

Friday, December 4, 2009


I noticed the other day
that this statue

once standing near Opera Alley
was missing.

What happened to her?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

It Can Get Dreary

It can get rather dreary in Tacoma

this time of year,
but at least the bare branches look pretty
silhouetted against the gray sky.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Decorations are out in stores all over the area.
I decided to bring the stars home with me
and a little tabletop "Peace."

We could all use some peace
all year round.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Courtyard at Tacoma Art Museum

There's an interior courtyard
in the Antoine Predock-designed Tacoma Art Museum.

Here's a peek at the stone wave installation
gracing the courtyard

taken right at the corner from the inside.