Sunday, April 23, 2006

Skip Noah

My husband had a art reception at Gallery 64 in Brooklyn last night. It was a show with Skip and one other artist. Despite the cold and the rain, there was a pretty good turn out. Afterwards, we had dinner with some friends where Skip showed our friends his best yoga position - the crow pose.

Skip showed about 10 pieces - you can see most of them on his art site. The work will be up until mid-May.

Friday, April 21, 2006

The Art of Conversation

Most of the time I don't know what to say when I meet someone new. It's not that I'm shy; it's just that I don't really care about small talk. It's seems boring. Sometimes I'll drop a comment into the conversation that is just below surface level. Most of the time, it's ignored. The few people who respond usually become a friend. And I have to admit, I've found a lot more people in New York that want to have a conversation that goes deeper than what they watched on TV the night before than anywhere else I've lived.

But it's more than that. What really bothers me is that I don't get to have great conversations with my friends as often as I'd like. All of our schedules are so full that it's lucky if we see each other every few months. There is always so much to do that it seems like we don't have time to talk. Then I pay a professional counselor to listen to the things I don't talk about to my friends. I think even though I have the desire I may not have the skills at the art of conversation. I saw an article on BBC about this topic.

Or it could be that the social pendulum is swinging to the other side. It wasn't long ago that most peoples main form of entertainment was to dine together and talk. European society was founded on these types of interactions. In some ways I envy this lifestyle, but it does have some serious drawbacks. People were born into their place in society and there wasn't much they could do to improve it. And I'm sure the community gossip was like high school but worse.

I think technological advances played a role in this change. I have difficultly comprehending the extent of how technology has changed the way we live, but I feel that it's made a huge difference. We spend most of our time working (or trying to forget about work). Men and women are both pursuing careers of our own making. We have more stuff in our homes than we know what to do with.

For the first time in human society, we are facing new social dilemmas. The most prevalent in my mind is the one I'm facing right now -- how do I balance my career and family? In the past unless a woman was a widow she never had to deal with this issue, and even then it wasn't quite the same situation. I'm not sure how I got off on this tangent, but it feels like the modern issues are somehow related to our new ways of communicating with each other.

Monday, April 10, 2006

24 Week Happiness

I'm 24 weeks now and I'm feeling fine. Today at work 5 people touched my belly. It takes a bit of getting used to. People I don't know are asking me when the baby is due.

For the most part, I'm having an easy pregnancy. I have the common pregnancy-related complaints: fatigue, leg cramps, nosebleeds, sciatica, allergies, muscle pain, "morning" sickness, etc. One day I'll have heartburn. The next day my back will be killing me, but the heartburn will be gone. The symptoms seem to be taking turns. It's really very convenient for them to rotate like this.

I love the way my belly looks right now. This is a picture that was taken last week.

I just started reading a new book about Hume and Rousseau called Rousseau's Dog. Apparently, the two of them were friends and at some point had a falling out (I haven't gotten that far yet). Hume is one of my all time favorite philosophers. I love his writings about causation - it's enough to make your brain ache - so it's interesting to learn about what he was like as a person. Why don't they teach this stuff in school?