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Jean's picture

We attended DD's college graduation yesterday -- out-of-doors, under clear blue sky, balmy temps, not much wind -- it was glorious. Her art work is among the 2 or 3 artists' work chosen to be shown in a gallery this fall. Quite an honor for her. :)



We took the family to a new-to-us restaurant in Douglas called Everyday People Cafe(the Saugatuck/Douglas area is quite an artist's conclave--very touristy in the summer months).
Edit to say, I think I meant enclave. LOL.

http://www.douglasmichigan.com/epc.htm


I ordered the gorgonzola pork chop and DH ordered their wild salmon, others ordered chicken and steak, DGD ordered a veggie Thai dish. We shared a tapas plate for starters and were all just blown away with our meals. The wait staff was extraordinary, the presentation was beautiful and the food was excellent. The best part was that the 7 of us ate for less than $250, including wine and tip--which was added on to our bill for us. Too bad about that, they might have gotten more, DH was in a generous mood.


If any of you are in the area. This one is strongly recommended!


 




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Edited 5/8/2006 9:03 am ET by Jean

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Gretchen's picture

(post #45392, reply #1 of 40)

Oh, what a great memory. Graduation days really do need to be blue sky days.


And yeah, the tip thing again. In that other thread I commented on a big dinner we had at the beach with all our kids. We let them do the tip and this one was added on.  DD tossed the pad back to the table and said something like, too bad--if he's that silly he'll get what he deserves.


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Adele's picture

(post #45392, reply #2 of 40)

Congratulations to your DD!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Jean's picture

(post #45392, reply #3 of 40)

Here's just one of her paintings. This is a self-portrait.




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elizaram's picture

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Amazing. I am always in awe of people who can paint/draw.


And btw Jean, she looks a lot like you! LOL :-D




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CookiM0nster's picture

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Wow. She's good.

You must be so proud.
It sounds like you had a wonderful celebration at ther graduation.

Jean's picture

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It was great. Our DGD is home from Texas, just in time for Mom's graduation. She said, 'Moms nowadays, for the longest time they're just Moms and then they spread their wings and graduate from college!' ;) 


I really wanted them all to yell Yeah MOM! when her name was called, but they chickened out. Someone yelled 'it's about time' for one student.  DD hoped we wouldn't do more than just think that. LOL




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Jillsifer's picture

(post #45392, reply #7 of 40)

She said, 'Moms nowadays, for the longest time they're just Moms and then they spread their wings and graduate from college!' ;) 


PLEASE give her my warmest congratulations. Usually about 30% of my students are "returning," meaning women who've been full-time Moms, staying home tending the hearth, etc., etc. The first night of class, they ALWAYS ask for a private conference so they can apologetically explain how stupid they are and how they KNOW they're going to fail and would the professor PLEASE give them as much feedback and coaching as possible because their husband/kids/friends INSISTED they go back and finish college. And it never fails--they're motivated, organized, disciplined and almost always really smart. Many of them have kept in touch over the years, and they're really out there making their dreams come true. I send her a hug and a salute!


 


 

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-- Washington Irving

StevenHB's picture

(post #45392, reply #31 of 40)

(Hijacking the thread)


DW was hanging out at my fraternity house at MIT while she went to secretarial school in Boston (Katherine Gibbs).  After she graduated and was working, she decided to take some classes at Harvard Extension School (Harvard's night school but with the same requirements and instructors as Harvard College).


Fourteen years later, after taking classes while working and giving birth to two kids, she finished her degree.  They gave an award at her graduation to the person who had taken the longest to graduate - DW was worried it would be she.  There was a 70+ year old woman who had taken 28!


One of her Education profs dedicated his book to the students of the Extension School - for exactly the reasons that Jill describes (except that I'd add mature to the list of adjectives - these aren't people who are going out drinking multiple nights per week).



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AnnL's picture

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Congratulations to both of you.  And, thanks for posting her self-portrait.  She's very talented, that is wonderful!


 


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NanaC's picture

(post #45392, reply #13 of 40)

Jean, that is one beautiful portrait!  She obviously got her Dad's talent genes in that area.  And she cetainly does look like you... so she got her good looks from Mom!


Congratulations to DD and to you and Rod too.


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moxie's picture

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Congratulations to her! What a wonderful accomplishment, and the portrait is really lovely.

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wow!

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pamilyn's picture

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Very nice....she looks a bit like mummy!

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The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

Mimi's picture

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Wow! I am in awe of anyone with so much talent.  And to graduate as a "returnee" is even more awesome!


mimi


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Jean's picture

(post #45392, reply #35 of 40)

So am I! LOL.  Just found out that one of her drawings was accepted for display at the juried regional art show in Muskegon. :)


 




Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.  Will Rogers


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helena's picture

(post #45392, reply #36 of 40)

That's great! Congratulations :O)

pamilyn's picture

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When is the art show? Is there a Web site? Is it a show that she will be selling her work at? Inquiring minds want to know.

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The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

Jean's picture

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There is a web site for the Museum http://www.muskegonartmuseum.org/index.htm
but they aren't showing any entries. The show is mostly for exhibition purposes and she only has the one entry--NFS.  This one happens to be a figure drawing of a reclining  male. (Some parts artfully draped by a mostly thrown aside sheet. LOL. Some of her figure drawings are artfully exposed though.)




Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.  Will Rogers


http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
pamilyn's picture

(post #45392, reply #39 of 40)

So she will be in the "78th regional exibition"? Very cool. You and Rod especially (Being and artist) must just be giddy!! (Ilove that word)  Pamilyn

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The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

evelyn's picture

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Congrats to her, Jean! I expect she'll be a sell-out at the exhibition.

 

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chiquiNO's picture

(post #45392, reply #9 of 40)

A very talented daughter with a very talented mom...gongrats to you both!!

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

Jean's picture

(post #45392, reply #11 of 40)

Thanks, but she gets the artsy stuff from her Dad. Her scintillating personality from me. Hee!



Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.  Will Rogers


http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
MadMom's picture

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she gets the artsy stuff from her Dad. Her scintillating personality from me


Then she is lucky on both counts!




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helena's picture

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Congrats to all Jean!! What a talented lady you raised :o)

Jean's picture

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We are inordinately proud of what she is doing!


This summer she will try her hand at glass blowing.  That should be interesting, and she hopes to take more classes in the fall.


Here's a sculpture that she did. She did all the cutting and welding herself.  I just love it. It's titled Junk Yard Dog. Can you guess where the parts came from?




Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.  Will Rogers


http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
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MadMom's picture

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Wow!  She really is talented.  Can't wait to see pictures of her glass blowing efforts.



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pamilyn's picture

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You know my father took glass blowing when he retired...loved it. If she takes to it, she will love it too. Pamilyn

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MadMom's picture

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That would scare the you know what out of me...I'd be afraid I'd inhale some of the hot glass.  Of course, I am a certified klutz.



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JaneRose's picture

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Wow to everything. Nice to have a talented daughter, dear. You must be enjoying her success.

pamilyn's picture

(post #45392, reply #19 of 40)

What.....no pictures of your DD in cap and Gown? :(

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

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