20 Replies Latest reply on Jan 3, 2015 9:43 AM by BoBraxton

    Share your hobbies and creations!

    MyR Community Manager

      I’ve really enjoyed seeing some of you share the hobbies and interests you’ve taken up in retirement. BoBraxton discussed his poetry and has even shared a few lines! Iggy mentioned a novel he is writing and expressed his desire to leverage the knowledge of former English professors. scpearse shared images of his craftsmanship, as well as his plans for future building projects.

       

      I’m sure there are many more of you who are pursuing your passions. Use this space to share your interests and creations! We’d love to see samples of your work or to be a sounding board for your ideas.

        • Re: Share your hobbies and creations!
          BoBraxton

          219 Middlemarch (George Eliot)

          from art most

          people are

          shut out from

           

          enjoy when

          you can: best

          piety

          220

          the best

          kind so

          little

           

          soil grow

          rarer

          things in

           

          1. 2014.04.05 Sat ‘Middlemarch

          222

          in vain

          ardent

          labor

           

          failure after

          perseverance

          is much grander

          223

          be a

          poet

          perhaps

          225

          again

          Will not

          mention

          229

          sixty

          pounds a

          hundred

          230

          be obliged

          eagerness

          oblige us

          231 Ensō ()

          small debts

          want-ing

          funds for

           

           

           

          232

          in such

          a small

          way lived

           

          self rigit

          to others

          indulgent

           

          rather do

          work than find

          fault doing

          233

          the care he

          always gave

          signature

           

          farm-buildings

          absorption

          in a plan

          234

          ragged

          stolen

          turnips

           

          another

          untold one

          affair told

           

           

          at command

          numerals

          infinite

          235

          money he

          want-ed and

          hoped to win

          236

          mother

          eighty

          pounds from

          1. 2014.04.19 Sat twi-lit

          chocolate Neuse River

          noose

          nousse

          neese

           

          executives

          senior very

          soft landings for

           

          ‘Jena McGregor’

          parachute

          departure

          forced event

           

          ankle swell-

          -ing severe

          exhaustion

           

          © 2014 RobertJulianBraxton

           

          From another blog (is this Ok?):

          life of the hand / life of the mind

           

          This (music) brings tears to my 69-year-old eyes:

           

          A Moral: Going to Work in Tall Buildings (j. hartford) | life of the hand / life of the mind

          • Re: Share your hobbies and creations!
            jkom51

            Spouse is lifelong wargamer. Has recently shifted away from Warhammer 40,000 to WWII and fantasy figure reenactment; e.g., actual armies of figures, not just a single model avatar and boardgame.

             

            We're both avid readers - actual books and e-books. He's going to buy me a Kindle Paperwhite for my BD, not because I'm in desperate need of one but because that way he can use my original v2 Kindle [smile].

             

            Unlike many who like to diss TV, we watch quite a lot of it. We're fantasy/sci-fi fans, and right now there's a fair number of decent shows we enjoy watching. We're also fans of the Discovery/History Channel and its various offshoots, as well as the Travel Channel - Andrew Zimmern is a kick to watch! Let's hear it for short, chubby, balding TV stars, LOL. We have zero interest in comedies, reality TV, and 90% of all drama shows, however.

             

            Personally: I garden - flowers, shrubs, and Meyer lemons on 15 garden beds totaling 2100 sq. ft. Hand weeding, lots of pruning, raking, and watering take a whole lot of time, year round. In CA your garden can look good 365 days/yr.; all it takes is work!

             

            I'm also on my PC more hours than I should be, because I love being able to use the Net for my own enjoyment instead of just for business. I still keep my NYTimes and WSJournal subscriptions, and read them every day. I've always enjoyed the in-depth articles on business, politics, history, science, health, and food, which are so much more comprehensive and educational than the 10-second newsbytes on TV. I'm also a writer of fanfiction, and occasionally post to one of the sites on the Web. Doing so is a rather time-consuming procedure, however, and seems more trouble than it's really worth. I write for my own enjoyment, not for anyone else's approval, so I don't care if my work is seen by anybody.

             

            Being retired, we take trips around our area on average once a month except for the summer, which is tourist season and crowded here. We were in Las Vegas NV in January, Napa CA in February, Sonoma CA in March, and Monterey CA in April. May is back to Sonoma; it's our favorite place to visit and the French food is almost as good as in Monterey. I love to cook, and I love to dine out even more, so our trips center around food. There are literally thousands of restaurants within 50 miles of us in the San Francisco Bay Area; we will never be able to try more than a minute percentage of them. The variety and breadth of restaurants here is phenomenal, and we take great enjoyment in trying new places. Our favorite cuisines are French, Indian, Chinese, and Italian; but tomorrow we're going to a Mexican seafood restaurant where the menu is entirely in Spanish and they make fabulous ceviche. The day after will probably be Afghani - we love pumpkin bolani and mantoo (meat dumplings) in yoghurt sauce. Yum!

            • Re: Share your hobbies and creations!
              BoBraxton

              [ A. R. Ammons - for me ] finally there.

              POETRY 2011 MAY POEMS
              STEPHEN YENSER
              120
              arithmetic,
              checkers tactics
              taught her grandson
              2
              hoarded guilts
              make bright quilts
              counterpanes
              121
              still waters
              of words heap
              up a cairn
              _2_
              seed in fruit
              olive seed
              in the stones
              122
              sun reigns
              rain shines
              sometimes
              2
              her prom dress
              bowl double
              peonies
              3
              street light
              and moth
              married
              123
              reducing
              thought to a
              bouillon cube
              ‘JOSH WILD’
              124
              see what you
              want: look in-
              to any
              2
              something with
              broken heel
              make my point

              At the pre-writing stage, collecting has its value,
              as propounded by A.R. Ammons (we graduated the same college) from Wake Forest
              “…. and on up through the spheres of diminishing air
              past the … to bear on a willow-slip and
              you cannot unwind a pebble
              from its constellations … unbundled them
              from the piles of rags and …” [ a cairn and a cairngorm ]

              • Re: Share your hobbies and creations!
                Lightlady

                Well, at age 71 I have a few "irons in the fire."

                 

                I have created a website: www.free-online-art-classes.com where I have over 100 pages of art lessons and  art resources--all free to any viewer.

                 

                I am a YouTube partner and frequently make art demonstration videos as well as cooking demos from my cook book "Pop It In The Toaster Oven" for my Palate and Palette YouTube channels.

                 

                I am a certified lighting specialist and work part time at the Home Depot in Lighting/Electrical.

                 

                I have a Masters Degree in Fine Art,  teach art classes in my studio and show my paintings in a local gallery.

                 

                I love sharing what I have learned with others and engaging in dialogues of mutual interest and inspirational ideas.

                • Re: Share your hobbies and creations!
                  oleander

                  From: oleander

                   

                  My local art league had its annual show recently. I really worked hard but it was fun and paid off with two ribbons:

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                  Rise & Shine, 2nd place  (Palette knife application, 18x24)

                   

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                  Baytown Bridge II, 3rd Place (From my photo taken earlier,

                  suspension bridge over the Houston Ship Channel, 12x16)

                   

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                  Rise & Shine, 2nd Place  (This was painted over two previous

                  attempts that just didn't work, but I used up a lot of paint!)


                  • Re: Share your hobbies and creations!
                    BoBraxton
                    1. 2014.03.21 Fri

                    length-en-ing

                    shadows how

                    long: the light

                    http://www.death-clock.org/results.php

                     

                    1. 2014.05.06 Tue twi-lit

                    for me one is

                    always room for

                    rule of zero

                     

                    -ing swallowed

                    by a moon

                    shadow be-

                     

                    © 2014 RobertJulianBraxton

                    • Re: Share your hobbies and creations!
                      BoBraxton
                      1. 2014.05.08 Thu ‘Middlemarch

                      261

                      what I think

                      shall know take

                      it as he

                      263

                      in misleading

                      fragments gathered

                      information

                       

                      rows her

                      knitting

                      the rows

                      266

                      drawing-room

                      once more there

                      was music

                      267

                      Lowick Gate house

                      by-and-by be

                      vacant she hoped

                       

                      without having

                      to think always

                      the right clothes on

                      268

                      helpless girls

                      Rosamond

                      was not one

                       

                       

                       

                      extracted

                      verse private

                      album for

                      269

                      at that time

                      chins useful

                      satin stocks

                       

                      to superficial observers his chin had too vanishing an aspect, looking as if it were

                      And it did indeed cause him some difficulty about the fit of his satin stocks

                       

                      all the while

                      went on with

                      her tatting

                      270

                      his large white

                      hands to much

                      advantage

                      271

                      very

                      highest

                      taste not

                       

                      a bear and

                      want teaching

                      by the birds

                       

                      through watchful blue

                      eyes a shaping

                      activity

                       

                      a jelly-fish

                      which gets melted

                      without knowing

                      273

                      they two

                      clasped each

                      other

                       

                      motion-

                      -less sky

                      and dun

                       

                      dry oak-boughs

                      fire burning

                      on the dogs

                       

                      brightness on

                      her hair her

                      hazel eyes

                      274

                      the dreamer

                      begins to

                      suspect dream

                       

                      new duty

                      wifely love

                      new meaning

                       

                      freed her from

                      oppressive

                      liberty

                       

                      never-read

                      books shrunken

                      furniture

                      • Re: Share your hobbies and creations!
                        BoBraxton

                        When my lifework is ended, and I cross the swelling tide. Author: Fanny Crosby (1894)

                        1. 2014.05.09 Fri twi-lit

                        I cross the swell-

                        -ing tide my life-

                        -work is ended

                         

                        -ee break-work-

                        -break break-work-

                        -fast Jubil-

                         

                        Leviticus 25:

                        11 That fiftieth year shall be a Jubilee to you; in it you shall neither sow nor reap what grows of its own accord, nor gather the grapes of your untended vine. 12 For it isthe Jubilee; it shall be holy to you

                         

                        1. 2014.05.02 Fri twi-lit

                         

                        what happens when you have no value

                        identities

                        jobs names bodies

                        and families

                         

                        body of work truth table

                        no job no pay

                        no job yes pay

                        yes job no pay

                         

                        © 2014 RobertJulianBraxton

                        • Re: Share your hobbies and creations!
                          BoBraxton

                          A14 2014.05.10 Sat

                          ‘Karen K Garza’

                          focus is on

                          improving the

                          compensation

                          2

                          achievement

                          gap budget

                          challenges

                           

                          @BethRev @PostLetters  @EyeWillNotCry

                          ‘سلام’

                          focus is on / improving the / compensation

                          achievement / gap budget / challenges

                          #PostLetters

                           

                          ‘Theodore Levin’

                          amputated

                          limbs his tongue cut

                          out died after

                          2

                          for someone

                          else being

                          forced to stand

                           

                          @BethRev @PostLetters  @EyeWillNotCry

                          ‘سلام’

                          amputated / limbs his tongue cut / out died after

                          for someone / else being / forced to stand

                           

                          ‘Jerome McCollom’

                          do not

                          invite

                          clergy

                           

                           

                          2

                          city

                          council

                          meeting

                           

                          ‘John Maney’

                          life in

                          prison

                          appears

                           

                          @BethRev @PostLetters  @EyeWillNotCry

                          ‘سلام’

                          do not / invite / clergy

                          city / council / meeting

                          life in / prison / appears

                          #writersbox #treye

                           

                          ‘Bruce Kanter’

                          surprising is

                          less when these things

                          are included

                           

                          ‘Elizabeth Spoto’

                          perhaps

                          extend

                          recess

                           

                          @BethRev @PostLetters  @EyeWillNotCry

                          ‘سلام’

                          surprising is / less when these things / are included

                          perhaps / extend / recess

                          #PostLetters

                           

                          2

                          dinner

                          homework

                          bed-time

                          3

                          outcome

                          she en-

                          -visions

                           

                          ‘Kathy Meltzer’

                          affording

                          more play-time

                          after school

                           

                          @BethRev @PostLetters  @EyeWillNotCry

                          ‘سلام’

                          dinner / homework / bedtime

                          outcome / she en- -visions

                          affording / more playtime / after school

                           

                          >

                           

                          1. Cyprian.Guchienda@hppc.org

                          Table Crumbs Trap Minnows

                          • Re: Share your hobbies and creations!
                            BoBraxton

                            Sun-(Mothers)-day sad and happy: July 1988 us eight children stood at Moore’s Chapel Baptist Church, Saxapahaw, NC, and sang at my father’s funeral (he died at 72, tomorrow would turn age 98) a favorite of his “Will There Be any Stars in my Crown” (when at evening the day goeth down). Our son was sixteen at the time and played the piano. “The family” went out to the transport — I am first born — someone said “Where’s …?” and when I went back inside, he was still playing the piano, tears streaming. Four years earlier he had already lost his other (much older) grandfather. Both grandmothers were still living — one still is.

                            • Re: Share your hobbies and creations!
                              BoBraxton

                              Spouse (retired) just returned from the garden(er's) shop. She explained the two contraptions she brought (looks like a cross between a lattice and a platform tennis paddle) are intended to keep peony flowers from flopping (stake or cage them early in the season). Many times recently I have overheard the voice on the television cautioning that after a certain number of hours one should "talk to your doctor." Maybe these will not last that long and I won't have to.

                              • Re: Share your hobbies and creations!
                                BoBraxton

                                not what you have

                                it's what you do

                                with what you have

                                • Re: Share your hobbies and creations!
                                  BoBraxton

                                  We called him Uncle Buddy. Horatio Seymour Blair Thompson was born 1868 February 29. Before I was four years old, I went to his birthday celebration 1948 February 29. He did not have many, even though he was eighty years when I saw him then. The materials from his former house had been taken by the time I could walk across my grandfather’s 200 acres mostly wooded to the home place (Uncle Buddy was the brother of my great-grandfather on mother’s side). What I am getting to is the picking. His home place had many, many strawberries that were very sweet and by 21st Century standards very, very small. I could pick many, many strawberries to fill up a cereal (or soup) bowl or a cup. Blackberries had nothing over them in terms of size. Those were by far the sweetest (and probably fragile – but probably handled very well the less than one-hour walk back home on a Sunday afternoon “through the woods” to the house my father also built in 1948 or so.

                                  • Re: Share your hobbies and creations!
                                    BoBraxton
                                    1. 2014.05.16 Fri twi-lit

                                    man safe from

                                    humid frizz

                                    bald mornings

                                     

                                    © 2014 RobertJulianBraxton