Grounds for Sculpture

July 17, 2017 – Just outside of Trenton, N.J., about 50 minutes from Philadelphia, sits a gem known as Grounds for Sculpture. The 42 acre property is unique art museum that features indoor and outdoor exhibits, a mixture of nature and modern sculpture and 3D characters from classic paintings. Yesterday’s sunny sky and lower humidity provided the perfect weather for a Sunday morning stroll through the grounds.

Grounds for Sculpture is the perfect venue for families looking for a little exercise and something different to do. The grounds change with the seasons, so anytime is perfect for a visit.

Here’s a sneak peak of what to expect if you go:

Monet’s Bridge

The Water Lilies beneath Monet’s Bridge

 

Couple with boat

More water lilies in bloom because I can’t get enough

 

One of the indoor exhibits; a cartoon room

Best Beach Reads for Summer 2017

July 10, 2017 – Summer vacation season is in full swing, and whether you’re headed to the beach, the lake or the mountains, there’s nothing better than sitting in the sun and reading a good book.

If you’re looking for suggestions, here is a list of 30 of this summer’s hottest reads.

And if you’re really adventurous, here are the best beach reads of all time according to NPR’s audience.

 

An Editor’s Eye

July 3, 2017 – No one is immune to making the occasional typo or grammatical error. Likewise, no one is immune to pointing out the error only to end up with egg on his or her face, although this is much less common.

I admit to feeling giddy when I find a typo in a book, a newspaper, or a magazine article. I may even take the time to report the issue. Never smugly, I handle it with care because as a communications manager, I have been on the receiving end of that confrontation, and whether you are the creator of the typo or the snitch who called it in, it can be a dangerous game.

For example, I carefully explained to the woman who runs the food cart on the corner of 6th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia, and in a prime spot across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell where the world is watching, that there was a typo on the sign hanging on the back of the cart. There is not a lot of copy on the sign; it should be an easy mistake to spot, even from the printer’s perspective, who isn’t typically accountable for typos. The other signs on the cart were fine, and the exact ice cold water sign is displayed with the correct punctuation on the front of the cart, so I’m not sure what went wrong.

The woman looked at me, offered a half-smile, and told me I owed her $1.50 for the bottle of water and soft pretzel. Somehow, I don’t think I am the first customer to bring it to her attention. I’m not sure if I should admire her restraint, or be appalled that she turned a blind eye. With a few strokes of whiteout, it would be a simple fix, and she wouldn’t have to go to the expense of printing a new sign.

Now, here is the egg on my face part of the story. Driving past a garden store a few years ago, I spotted what I believed to be the king of typos on a sign by the front door. “Hardy Mums”, it shouted in letters so bold you could see them a half a block away. I pulled over, promptly marched in to the store, and shared my discovery with the person behind the counter. My face turned red when she told me that Hardy was actually a brand name. I tried to laugh it off and save face by explaining that I’m not a gardener and I’ve never heard of the brand. I further explained that I thought the sign erroneously tried to portray “hearty”, as in sturdy enough to stand up to the brisk fall weather ahead. I was wrong.

There is a two-fold lesson here. Don’t be quick to judge a typo without knowing the all of facts. However, if you are certain there is an error, don’t ignore it. For your sake and mine, fix it.

The Best Movies About Summer

June 26, 2017 – Summer usually means blockbuster releases at the movies, but if you’re like me and not a fan of super hero movies, the last few summers have been a disappointment.

To compensate, I started to think about my favorite movies that took place in the summer, and I found this interesting list on Ranker.com.  It contains a variety of great movies about summer, with a few glaring favorites missing from the list. There are also a few on the list that don’t deserve to be there, but that’s for another post for another time.

Here’s what’s missing:

A Walk on the Moon – The story of a young mother (Diane Lane) who’s world is turned upside down as she begins an affair with a clothing salesman (Viggo Mortensen) when the family vacations at a holiday camp during the summer of 1969, the same summer as the moon walk.

Indian Summer – Friends unite for a weeklong reunion at a summer camp that is about to close. The all-star cast includes Alan Arkin, Diane Lane, Bill Paxton and more, and the story is reminiscent of The Big Chill.

What About Bob – A psychologist loses his mind (Richard Dreyfuss) when his most dependent patient (Bill Murray) follows him and his family on vacation.

The Way Way Back – A shy teen goes to the beach for the summer with his mother (Toni Collette), her new boyfriend (Steve Carell) and his daughter. He has a tough time fitting in until he gets a job at a water park and makes friends with the manager (Sam Rockwell).