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Stepping Back From the Seurat–Literally

Those of you who know me well have heard me use the metaphor stepping back from the Seurat. I made it up and it works well for me when I realize I’m too far up in the details and can’t see the big picture. I wrote about the concept in my post, An Electrical Socket Made Me Cry.

Today, for the first time ever, I was literally able to step back from a Seurat,specifically, The Circus.  (And a  whole room of them at the Musee d’Orsay!) It was really incredible, especially because I got to share it with Liam. I had him stand really close to see the dots, then we stepped back together to take in the whole picture. The coolest part about it for me was that Liam thought it was cool too! I wasn’t sure if he’d be into it, but I loved that he got it!

I also got to see two of Van Gogh’s self portraits and Church at Auvers. That got my Van Gogh and my Dr. Who fix on. It was entrancing and heartbreaking to see those thick strokes of paint up close and think about the poor tortured genius who made them.

Speaking of Dr. Who, we also stepped into this great comic book/sci fi shop in St. Germaine called Album. They had a fantastic collection of figurines that included the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and Han Solo in carbonite bookends. Liam got the LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia and his first comic book ever–also Star Wars.

It was a fantastic day out with my boys. One I will definitely remember.

  1. October 9, 2011 at 05:24

    I didn’t know you were a Dr. Who fan! I first became addicted about 35 years ago. It was even stranger back then, but I loved it.

    I would have loved to tag along with you today. I’m so glad you were able to share something so special with Liam.

  2. William H Harkins
    October 10, 2011 at 06:35

    Hi. Do you remember when we went to the Kosair Shrine Circus the first time or when we went to see Star Wars? I have a picture of you and Brian next to a Flyer and I think that Chewbaka is in it too. I will try to find it and have it posted on FB. You also have helped me remember that some people can not see the forest for the trees. They just do not have the ability to see the big picture. Also, remember that it was Kirk who said that “Good Captains are hard to find” not Solo. Given the option are you a Star Trek, Star Wars or StarGate fan? How do you rate them. Liam needs to be exposed to all three.


    Capt. William H Harkins

    • October 10, 2011 at 11:07

      Things I remember about…
      -The Circus: the cool spinning light up toy
      -Seeing Star Wars: pretty sure we saw episode 4 at the drive in, but I’m open to being corrected if you have photographic proof.

      Liam is shoulder deep in Star Wars and loves it.

      Re: Star Wars vs. Star Trek
      I grew up on both, so it’s tough, but with a gun to my head I’d have to say Trek. Star Wars is great eye candy with a good story that gets a little too campy at times. Lucas is a teenager with gray hair. On the other hand, Star Trek is more mature and developed, and women have better roles.

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