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What Puts a Smile on Your Face?

They say that if an object held in your hand brings you joy, then hang on to it! I've been focusing on finding joy as a part of my grieving process after Alan's death on July 1. ILiving in a new town in a new state has given me ample opportunity to get out there and look around.

There is no shortage of art and culture in Indianapolis and it is the Bi-Centennial year of the state so there are extra-special things to see. Looking back on the last few weeks, it seems I'vebeen quite busy. A photo-essay about some of the things that brought me joy seemed a better idea than the minute details.

Outside Gallery 116
Two sparkly friends came to visit & comfort 
Debbie Watson's glass art
I dshed off to Florida to get food for the soul from Sista Cin.

At Isla Morada

Lime does Something for me!
Our favorite restaurant when we lived in Coral Springs (1977-85)


Had to have their famous Key Lime Pie! The wine was just an after-thought!
Leaving from Miami International


They say kids love "toilet humor." How did the Children's Museum in Columbus, IN know that?

If they went down the tubes once, they went down 30 times with it "flushing" behind them!
#Painting with a Twist: My House
Crochet Inspired Art-StutzArt Gallery

Sitting next to the inspiring and hilarious Sean from B105.7 @sean.copeland


Stutz (Bearcat) Gallery



20 yearss of Artist Residencies Exhibit
Just Cute!

Just Cute 2
A return to my Alma Mater, #ballstateUniversity: the Famous Ball Brothers

Things have changed in 45 years!

 art museum

Benificence where Alan proposed to me!


My dorm, Hurlbut Hall; renewed!
We've Reached New Heights

Yarn is key to this amazing fashion display! 


Water Fun!
Abba Tribute ~Outdoor Concert: loved the invitation
Alien Being at Amish Acres (the one in the middle!)
In Memorium: Alan's Hats
Please weigh in and share with me all that makes you smile!





Comments

Rosemary said…
These certainly put a smile on my face! They are all such happy pictures!
Voie de Vie said…
Love this post! A whole lotta great art in it. :)

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