Thursday, October 23, 2014

Peaceful places

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This is the intersection of Congressman Steve Horn Way and Caring Way. It is a peaceful set of roads set back from the constant bustle of Imperial Hwy just south. I ride my bike here on my way to and from work. It is much safer than the direct route and easier on my nerves.

P1040723Today I noticed something though, a set of three ground boxes for the streets. The first was labeled "streetlights." The second was labeled "traffic signal." And I thought to myself, "What traffic signal? There is barely enough traffic to warrant the stop signs." Then I thought, "They're here for future traffic signals, when the traffic will warrant it." I hope not. I hope it never loses its peacefulness.

The third box read "fiber optic." Downey doesn't have the FIOS fiber optic network, so why do we need conduits for fiber optics?

"I will lie down and sleep in peace for you alone, oh Lord, make me dwell in safety." 
~ Psalm 4:8

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Signs of the time

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In some places you can tell it's fall by the changing of the leaves. Here in Downey we know it's fall by the articles for sale. These dolls, along with pumpkins and other fall decorations, are on display outside of Michael's at the Downey Landing.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lonely rails

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There is something very lonely about this area of Downey. The railroad tracks seem to wind their way past these old buildings.

“All great and precious things are lonely.”  
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lonely at night

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Back to the PIH medical office building for one last visit, this time at night.

At night, the color is gone. (See Shades of Greece in Downey?) Although nicely lit up, the effect is more lonely than welcoming.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Surrounded by geometry

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Continuing with the PIH medical office building...

PIH medical office buildingIn addition to the colors (see Shades of Greece in Downey), I'm also attracted to the geometric designs that make up the office building.

The diagonals created by the stairs and the shadows, along with the window squares, create a fun pattern.

And above the main entrance, the brushed metallic finish is broken up by a single line of window squares, kind of like a futuristic pair of wrap-around sunglasses.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Garden of Dreams

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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.

IMG_1447 as Smart Object-1To 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.

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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

Friday, October 17, 2014

Shades of Greece in Downey?

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The bright white walls and contrasting blue windows of the PIH medical office building remind me (OK, I know it's a stretch) of the pictures I've seen of the Greek islands. (See this example.)

I notice this every time I drive by, so I finally decided to stop for some pictures.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lucky 7 art

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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.