Thursday, March 16, 2017

Fireside Chats

Fireside chats is the term used to describe a series of 30 evening radio conversations given by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1933 and 1944.

My knowledge of history extends just enough to know that such fireside chats existed and that they were associated with Roosevelt. The term was familiar enough that it's the name I give to an annual get-together I have with long-time friend Wendy, at her home, beside a fire in her fireplace.

Our friendship doesn't go back to the '30's or '40's but, much to our surprise, does span several decades now. Is several the right word? Is several more than a few? Our friendship definitely spans more than a few decades. But I digress. Wendy and I have been friends for a long time.

We connected instantly when we met, and we can talk about anything anytime. Our friendship reminds me of summer camp friendships—we don't see each other every day, or even very often, but when together we pick up right where we left off, and we're all in.

We had one of our fireside chats a short while ago. The best. Always the best.

One of the topics of conversation was art and the many ways it can be shared. This bookmark's for you, Wendy!

You Don't Have to Knock to Come in the Door
1.5x5.5"; acrylic, paint markers, and oil pastels on black cardboard
abstract
2017
[gifted]

10 comments:

  1. Another surperb title! Oh this one is the deep dark ocean, corals and creatures of everyshape and color. Wonder if Nemo might pop out from behind, or maybe that cute little turtle dude. LOL. Joyful, exuberant execution, exciting encore! Such a blessing friendship :)

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    1. Thank you, Sheila. Glad you like the title; I'm having fun with titles lately. Love your scuba diver's descriptions of this painting.

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    2. Yes! I see the air bubbles rising from the scuba diver! I love the colors and the story behind this one. Lucky Wendy!

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    3. Hi Joje! Thanks for deep diving with us!

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    4. Sheila, hope your noticing the happy use of texture sheets : )

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    5. Oh yes, I am, and so glad you are enjoying them! And I love the way Joany continued the story! Airbubbles! :)

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  2. Beautiful magic gift for a magical friendship. I know exactly what you mean. I had one too! Helen, RIP, was one of my high school friends. The friendship carried on even after I went to Israel. Her son was in a kibbutz and she would come to visit. She would stay with us and we would travel a bit, she loved Jerusalem. Each time we met it was if we had it was just yesterday that we had said goodbye. Just magic!!!
    Still love you Helen!

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    1. Carol, wow, what a sweet gift of sharing Helen with us here. Thank you!

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  3. Just now finally had the time (post-Rob's knee replacement) and presence of mind to grab my stunning bookmark and take a gander at your blog! Our fireside chats are the best ever .... it is always as if we had just spoken a few days ago. Thank you for giving our chats and our friendship a place to reside in living color. I love my bookmark and cherish our friendship ... until our next fireside chat ... Xx

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    1. Hey Wendy, fun to find you at my blog (I'm in Seattle reading your comment, and currently sleepless in Seattle, at that!). So glad you like your bookmark.

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