Stretching Muscles

For the past several months, Orestes appears to have been in seclusion, a winter’s hibernation in the bosom of retirement in South Carolina. It’s here that Mackenzie has conquered kindergarten and now knows all letters, many spellings of many words, and how to create Rapunzel’s blond tresses with construction paper and blunt-nosed scissors. Younger sister Cameron has progressed from understanding every syllable said to her to making herself plain in words, phrases, clauses, ever more complex sentences, and, at long last, Ciceronian paragraphs conveyed with earnest gravitas. Her icons are all Super Guys (the “S” gathering steam and power like a jet on the runway), and she herself has progressed from a fast-driving Batman to a most gymnastically adept Spiderman (whose “S” hisses out the same sibilant acceleration as “Super Guys”).

Brief forays via airports there have been: a visit to Dallas and San Antonio for a jazz educators’ conference and the surprising Dallas Museum; a dash to Philadelphia for a reunion of us retired deans; a weekend in New Haven with volunteers headed to India later in the summer. But mostly, day trips along the South Carolina shores through swamps and country villages. If nothing else, the few photographs below tell of some diversity.

Or perhaps it’s just a warm-up exercise, some stretching of the muscles before Wednesday’s departure for the Silk Road in Uzbekistan and then three weeks traversing Turkey, this time east to west, stopping at unknown towns like Van and Nevsehir, returning to Goreme where, this time, I hope to screw on enough courage to take the balloon flight over that fantastical landscape.

Orestes will tag along, send messages of his discoveries, and be pleased if you’ll accompany him along the way.

(If you double click a photo, it will become ever so large, and you can enlarge areas as well. The alligators benefit from this treatment.)

 

Spring, yes. Summer sun? Not yet.

Spring, yes. Summer sun? Not yet.

First Warm Day in the Sun

First Warm Day in the Sun

Out for Lunch

Out for Lunch

Spring's Coming

Spring’s Coming

Swamp Garden at the Magnolia Plantation, Charleston

Swamp Garden at the Magnolia Plantation, Charleston

The sea re-captures Sea Island

The sea re-captures Sea Island

Sea Island Driftwood

Sea Island Driftwood

Spanish Moss on a 1000 year old live oak

Spanish Moss on a 1000 year old live oak

It's called the Sanctuary of Ease

It’s called the Sanctuary of Ease

Door Bell at Christmas

Door Bell at Christmas

Charleston Street Lamp

Charleston Street Lamp

Mission at San Antonio

Mission at San Antonio

British Art Museum at Yale

British Art Museum at Yale

San Antonio Altar

San Antonio Altar

Favorite Sculpture at Yale Art Museum

Favorite Sculpture at Yale Art Museum

Interior of the Rare Books Library at Yale

Interior of the Rare Books Library at Yale

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