Posts by sara scully

TAKE MY TRASH, PLEASE!

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Lambertville-New Hope, Local-Sustainable Living | Comments Off on TAKE MY TRASH, PLEASE!

TAKE MY TRASH, PLEASE!

Luckily I bothered to read my recent “Update from the City of Lambertville” email and scroll down because buried at the bottom was a link to a survey asking residents what they thought of having their food scraps composted. This means picked up by the City with the regular trash and recycling.  Turns out, this is only part of the plan.

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Healthcare dot Digital Homework

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Local-Sustainable Living | Comments Off on Healthcare dot Digital Homework

Healthcare dot Digital Homework

You may not be in school anymore but we all do “digital homework”, all the time.

You know what I mean.  It goes a little something like this.

“Hey,  you should really call my friend who can give you a job.  Her name is Sally and her phone number is – “

And before you can finish the person says, “Oh great!  Can you email that to me?”

Its all moving the stuff of pencil and paper, human face-to-face interaction to a redundant digital realm.  Its a time suck, and note stealer.  Often it leads to even more emailing.

I love notes.
Post-its, to-do lists, those old matchbooks with phone numbers on them… the stuff of memories and memory-building, tiny scraps of paper forcing us to recall.
But I love free time even more.
And having to go online to say something I’ve already conveyed, is driving a wedge between all of us and our beloved discretionary hours on earth.

Applying to Healthcare dot gov can’t be done on a Post-it, for sure.

enroll to do listYou gotta write-up a lot of information, and with that information about you they figure out how much, if any “tax credit” you will get, that you can apply as a discount on your monthly payment.

People bellyache about having to establish who they are BEFORE they can shop for a plan.
I’ve heard people say its a hindrance.

 

People should just be allowed to shop, dammit!

But these people don’t get the system, and most of all they don’t understand how it works for poor people.

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Another Flood: What Would You Sacrifice for Global Warming Art?

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Art for Community Engagement, Lambertville-New Hope, Local-Sustainable Living | Comments Off on Another Flood: What Would You Sacrifice for Global Warming Art?

Another Flood: What Would You Sacrifice for Global Warming Art?

Today I read about this art project, by Mary Miss, which in 2007 marked high water spots for various flood stages in Boulder, Colorado.
This was not a city signage project.
This was art.
But at this point in Boulder, where the water “would be” is a reality.  Severe floods have overtaken the city.

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It made me think about doing this in New Hope and Lambertville, but with a twist.  On the anniversary of Sandy, we rope off all the places we could not go then, for one week, with blue tape.  
Absurd?
Annoying?  
Not art?  
You’d take blue dots over this any day to raise awareness of global warming?

The suggestion is not to undermine the value of the blue dot project.  After all, it inspired me to write this.  But I do believe its easier to live normally, side-by-side with art that alludes to real pain, rather than experience the very thing that art is pointing to, through the project.  

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The Unknown Remembered Gate (for Dawn Raia)

Posted by on Aug 25, 2013 in Lambertville-New Hope, Local-Sustainable Living | Comments Off on The Unknown Remembered Gate (for Dawn Raia)

The Unknown Remembered Gate (for Dawn Raia)
Staff clean-up after flood

Staff clean-up after flood

 

Entering the new Caffe Galleria on Bridge Street in Lambertville is a strong reminder that all things do pass, even the worst of times, and with a little hope and a lot of effort, life can rise from the ashes, or in this case, outa deep water.

Summer of 2011 Dawn Raia’s Caffe Galleria Restaurant on Lilly Street, Lambertville was flooded from Hurricane Irene.

While Dawn quickly scrambled to get a new space to employ her team at the Lambertville House, on Bridge Street, getting this spot did not deter Dawn from establishing a permanent home for her restaurant down the street, in the old Church parsonage building, on Union Street.

When the new Caffe Galleria opened November 16, 2012, on Union Street, it was a well-timed encouragement to all of us still reeling after getting hit yet again just months earlier, from hurricane Sandy.  It was a big sign that said, no matter what happens, Dorothy, you will return home.

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Opening of the new Caffe Galleria, Bridge Street, November 2012

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Sustainable Once More, With Style

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Art for Community Engagement, Local-Sustainable Living | Comments Off on Sustainable Once More, With Style

Sustainable Once More, With Style

It never ceases to amaze me, just when I think I have seen them all, I discover yet another inspired Hunterdon-Bucks artist who is making a unique, creative space, born from imagination, from the rubble of where they live.

Here, we are surrounded by beautiful places, and hundreds more people who paint those places.
But how often do you encounter an artist who is actually creating landscape?

You can leave out the developers who have systematically changed our vistas with condo developments and McMansions.  I am referring to someone who is purposefully crafting landscape with living things.

I met one last Sunday, William “Bill” Wyman.  He co-hosted a tour of his personal forest, with Hunterdon Land Trust, at his home in Stockton, NJ, an incredibly gorgeous compound of buildings that once again made me exclaim,

“Damn there’s some hot houses tucked away around this town!”  

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Wyman has designed the house to connect with the native plant forest that surrounds it, which he has cultivated for the past two decades.  

Forest viewing walkway from house.

Viewing walkway from house, spans over forest, with seating area at end.

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