Dauncing (bright Lady) then began to be,
When the first seeds whereof the world did spring
The Fire, Ayre, Earth, and water did agree,
By Love’s perswasion, Nature’s mighty King,
To leave their first disordred combating;
And in a daunce such measure to observe,
As all the world their motion should preserve.”
SIR JOHN DAVIES, Orchestra or a Poeme of Dauncing
Inside every person is a world potentially as beautiful and terrible as our spinning universe. Here is a small sample of my world and some of the projects and things I’m connected with.
I am firstly a writer, but specifically a writer interested in sorting out what adds value to our lives (“explore and embrace”). Museums and libraries have the broad resources to help us do that, and so I felt I had opened up a fair enough study of the unique potential and challenges of institutions that are library-and-museum all at once. This is my thesis from some years ago for which I still get occasional requests.
While clearing out old files I rediscovered two short papers I’d quite forgotten about that were preparatory for the thesis which came later. One was a philosophic examination of ethics and standards of practice for museums following a class discussion about the then-current American Art Museum Directors’ Code of Ethics. The other treated with the elements and process of professionalization, a general topic originally undertaken with museums in mind.
Melville Holmes, Artist
I created the content and customization for my husband’s site and think it captures what he is about. An artist, craftsman, and scholar, the old masters have always been his wellspring of inspiration, though he would call himself a “progressive traditionalist.” We both believe that objects of beauty and contemplation are necessary to nourish the human spirit.
Have you ever wondered why people wear certain things in China but not in Europe? Or toyed with the idea of dressing in a chiton like the ancient Greeks? I have. For several years I made a research project out of the topic of personal style, discovered a unified theory of aesthetics that seemed to speak to many kinds of endeavors, and lastly published my findings with instructions on my original emphasis on developing a personal style philosophy. You can see what I came up with on my other site, Style Pearl Central.
The Magellan Project
In 2001 when I started work on my master’s thesis, I also began work on my family history. I wanted to see how far back I could go and if our migrations would circle the entire globe. (They didn’t—quite.) Now my work is mostly done, warts and all, so that if I kick the bucket, someone else won’t have to reinvent the wheel again. I did my bit to save a piece of history and it’s time to move on. (Fourteen websites is too many to manage! Who does stuff like that . . . ? Moi.)
Living the Bucket List
It occurs to me that my life bears the earmarks of a bucket list more than a career path. Maybe I wouldn’t have it any other way—other people’s lives are so boring. Here is an old project I’d forgotten about—a laminated placemat I made several years ago for a little boy named “Jude.” I found out that he liked to cook, but I also made him his very own “museum” on the backside. It gladdened me so much to see this again that I couldn’t stop smiling. It is a side of “my world” I rarely share.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: