A week of play time. It started on Monday with a birthday lunch
with my daughter Mary. Ginny and I drove down to Radford to be with
her and granddaughters, Katie and Sarah. Sean could not join us because
Birthday luncheon: Ginny, Pat, Mary, Sarah and Katie.
I am including a photo of Ginny, my youngest daughter, sitting beneath
a portrait of Mom. This week Ginny told me of the plans she and four
other parents at the school Pico and Chiara attend have presented
to the faculty for integrating the arts into a variety of school lessons.
I am proud of her, and I am sure Mom is also, as she watches from
Ginny Gabellieri, my youngest daughter.
Then Malcolm and I headed for Washington DC for our
annual trip to the National Gallery of Art and my two favorite artists,
El Greco and Amedeo Modigliani. If you visit the gallery take a look
at El Greco's painting of Saint Martin and the Beggar. Then look at
the copy of the same painting attributed to "School of El Greco."
There could be no better example of how a copy falls short of the
original. The copy is cold and without feeling.
Grandson Pico has been reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's
Stone. Usually I listen to the books on tape while working in
my studio. It was a pleasant change to sit back relaxing while Pico
read to me and his sister Chiara. I admire J.K.Rowlins for her imagination
and story telling ability. She has turned millions of children into
enthusiastic readers. I would rather see my grandchildren with a book
in hand than watching television.
Pico reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to Pat
This coming weekend I will be in Hanover, Pennsylvania, attending
the Foundation's annual
dinner sponsored by the Lake Marburg Chapter of the Society.