Maggie Jones offers a remembrance of Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga, archivist.
A beautiful one-frame visualization of the geology of the Mid-Atlantic by Kat Cantner, courtesy of Callan Bentley.
So what happened to November? The lede for eleven first posts of the past months:
- 4 January: O, I miss you sweetie.
- 3 February: A lush, ostinato-less “Every Breath You Take,” in the lobby of Navy Federal Credit Union, Reston branch.
- 4 March: Danai Gurira’s engaging drama takes a new angle on the ever-intriguing clash of cultures.
- 7 April: Elizabeth G. Knight, writing in the Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club, 11:11/12 (November-December 1884), p. 134.
- 14 May: The role of sound design in professional live theater, a podcast episode produced by James Introcaso.
- 4 June: Between festivals, I stopped by Thuya Garden and Asticou Azalea Garden in Northeast Harbor—two lovely spots.
- 7 July: My final report for the ducks and mergs team this season.
- 9 August: So this pavement milling machine has been hanging out near the building entrance.
- 3 September: Is there another playwright who shows such skill at introducing characters as Sarah Ruhl?
- 6 October: I got a leg up on understanding the mystery yellow flower that I’ve seen blooming in the marsh.
- 2 December: 75 dancers, 300 solos of work by Merce Cunningham on his 100th birthday, livestreamed.
The year in review:
Jackson [Pollock] had said, “I am nature.” In her paintings, Lee [Krasner] recognized nature as within us, without us, before us, and after us. As a continuum. As a religion. Humankind formed a part of it, but not nearly so significant a part as it imagined. (pp. 631-632)—Mary Gabriel, Ninth Street Women (2018)
Much more fun in the field this year—and more learnings! I treated myself to upgraded binoculars.
- Patuxent River, Prince George’s County, Md., led by Stephanie Mason and Cathy Stragar
- The Glade, Reston, Fairfax County, Va.
- Cheverly parks, Prince George’s County, Md., led by Matt Salo
- Potomac River, Frederick County, Md., led by Stephanie and Cathy
- Rock Creek at Peirce Mill, D.C., led by Neil Fitzpatrick and Bill Yeaman
- National Arboretum, D.C.
- Down East Spring Birding Festival, Maine and New Brunswick(and)
- Acadia Birding Festival, Maine (and)
- Shenandoah National Park, Va.
- Cricket Crawl, Reston, Fairfax County, Va.
- Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Fairfax County, Va., led by William Needham
- Fairfax Master Naturalists training
- Huntley Meadows Park, led by Alonso Abugattas and Mary Banger
- Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, led by Charles Smith and Chris Ruck
- Mason Neck State Park and Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge, led by Jim McGlone and Rita Urbanski
- Riverbend Park, led by Cynde Sears and Dan Schwarz
- Rock Creek Park, D.C., led by Tovi Lehmann
- Chapman State Park, Charles County, Md, led by Rod Simmons
- Seneca Christmas Bird Count, Loudoun County, Va.
And several trips to my home park, Huntley Meadows Park.
Alex Vadukul limns Sir Shadow, artist of the Bowery’s Whitehouse Hotel.
“A man with a million dollars doesn’t have what I have.
“All that matters to me is the next poem,” he added. “The next drawing. And I have to be ready to receive it. All the other stuff? That’s someone else’s problem.”
- Goldman, The Lion in Winter
- Dietz, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure
- Levin, Deathtrap
- Ludwig, A Fox on the Fairway
- Jones, Hope, and Wooten, Southern Hospitality
- Andersson and Ulvaeus, Mamma Mia!
Much more traveling this year than usual! Overnight stays in 2018:
- Portsmouth, New Hampshire
- Lubec, Washington County, Maine
- Ellsworth, Hancock County, Maine
- Concord, Massachusetts
- Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, West Virginia 1 2 3 4 5
- Skyland Resort, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
- Lionville/Exton, Chester County, Pennsylvania
- St. Louis, Missouri (and)
- Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia (Thanks, Charlie!)
To my surprise, I visited many new performance spaces the year.
- American Museum of American History, Music Hall
- Washington National Cathedral
- Smithsonian American Art Museum, Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium
- The New School of Northern Virginia, black box
- Colvin Run Dance Hall
- National Gallery of Art, West Garden Court
Woolly’s partnership with The Second City again disappoints. From the opening sketch, presenting white privilege as a board game, She the People is preachy (hey, the choir’s out here) and only intermittently funny. A talk show segment, spiced with a bit of improv; a business meeting led by an executive in an outlandish T. Rex suit; and Maggie Wilder’s “I’m quirky” girl-child bit (one of the few pieces that doesn’t directly rail against the patriarchy) are the high points.
- She the People, directed by Carly Heffernan, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and the Second City, Washington
Did you have a good year this year? Great! Please consider sharing some of that good fortune with one of these organizations. (If you had a bad year, I’m sorry.)
These are the groups and projects to which I gave coin (generally tax-deductible), property, and/or effort in 2018.
- American Association of Community Theatre
- American Bird Conservancy
- American Birding Association
- American Civil Liberties Union
- American Film Institute
- American Friends Service Committee (sustaining)
- American Indian College Fund
- American Visionary Art Museum (new support this year)
- Appalachian Trail Conservancy
- Audubon Naturalist Society (sustaining)
- Biodiversity Heritage Library
- The Carter Center
- Casey Trees
- Cobscook Community Learning Center (special support this year)
- Contemporary American Theater Festival
- Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
- Cultural Tourism DC (and volunteer)
- DC Vote (increased support this year)
- Earthwatch Institute
- Fairfax Library Foundation
- Film Noir Foundation
- FINCA International
- U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Migratory Bird Hunting & Conservation Stamp and its friends organization (and board member)
- First Book
- Flora of Virginia
- Greater Greater Washington (new support this year)
- Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (increased support this year)
- Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
- Huntley Meadows Park (volunteer)
- IISD Experimental Lakes Area
- Internet Archive
- jazz89 KUVO
- The Land Institute
- Learning Ally (volunteer)
- Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
- Longacre Lea
- Maine Coast Heritage Trust (new support this year)
- MassGeneral Hospital for Children
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Mount St. Joseph University
- National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass
- Natural Resources Defense Council
- The Nature Conservancy
- Northwestern University
- Peregrine Fund
- Poetry Daily
- Potomac Conservancy
- ProPublica (increased support this year)
- Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice
- Rebuilding Together DC Alexandria
- Shenandoah National Park Trust
- The Smithsonian Associates
- Silver Spring Stage (special additional support this year)
- SOME: So Others Might Eat (sustaining)
- Southern Poverty Law Center
- The Sun magazine
- Trout Unlimited
- Union of Concerned Scientists
- Virginia Native Plant Society (and chapter board member)
- Virginia Natural History Society
- Friends of the W&OD Trail
- WAMU 88.5 FM (sustaining)
- Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (board member)
- Wikimedia Foundation
- Wikipedia (volunteer)
- Wilson Ornithological Society
- Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
- WPFW (sustaining)
- Xerces Society
I joined the group making a solstice celebration walk at Maryland’s Chapman State Park—more of a bushwhack, truth be told, with Rod Simmons at the head of the line. Although I can’t recommend him as a trip leader based on this experience, he did point out some huge individuals of familiar tree species in this old-growth woods. For instance, Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) at left, with a trunk as wide as my hand, and an oak-sized Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) at right.
Cherrybark Oak (Quercus pagoda) was a target species, and Rod delivered.
One of the most difficult things of all is not to have the painting be a depiction of the event but the event itself. That is the difference between great art and mediocre art. Most art looks like it is talking about something that happened some other place.—Grace Hartigan, quoted in Mary Gabriel, Ninth Street Women (2018), p. 487