Along the corridor that runs from Nelson NICU at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego (where my grandson was staying) was an open area called the Garden of Dreams. It is a beautiful place, intended to offer families a place to go to have a little chance to escape and take their minds off their medical care.
To quote the Children's Hospital website: The concept of this garden is rooted in our commitment to consistently nourish the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs of children, their families and our staff through our healing environment. Our wish is that when visitors leave the garden, they will feel strengthened and renewed.
The path through the garden meanders under huge sailcloth butterflies flying overhead where bugs of all colors and sizes can be found.
The garden is a place of refuge. The theme of nature and art is intended to bring a peaceful feeling to all those who center.
"There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?" ~ Robert Kennedy
Yesterday I shared with you my experience of listening to the Downey Symphony. At the same event, the Downey Arts Coalition sponsored an art exhibit titled "Lucky Number 7." Each artist included the number 7 in their work in some way.
One painting I admired had a barefoot woman among 7 trees. The above artwork is by Lindsay Yost, shown standing next to her art. The work is done by placing broken pieces of ceramic in just the right spot to create the image. Lindsay's husband made the frame for her. By the way, the cost of the work is $700.
The Downey Symphony is our local portal into the world of classical music. It is where great talents come together to welcome us into their world of great music via live performances.
This last Saturday, we were drawn into this world by Anthony Moreno, a baritone soloist who started his singing education at El Camino City College and then became a Bob Cole Scholar and a student of Shigemi Matsumoto at California State University of Long Beach. He is now at USC for his Masters. He is seen here with one of his many admirers, Jaiden, who is also a local talent.
And just like all performers, put the spotlight on them and they ham it up.
Check out the symphony's website and come to their next concert coming up on January 24, 2015.
"Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” ~ Maria von Trapp
I'm back in San Diego visiting my grandson who was born 6 weeks early about three weeks ago. He is in Rady Children's Hospital. A couple of days ago I met Wendy. She was working on a mural for the wall you see as you enter the Nelson NICU ward.
One of the things I find so impressive about Children's Hospital is how much effort they place on making the buildings (and therefore the experience) welcoming and beautiful. There is a variety of art on the walls, from quilts to pictures to interactive children's activities to murals. It is one of the things that makes their hospitals unique.
"Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder." ~ E. B. White