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August 29th, 2006
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A Fun Place to Visit
This place is just great! It’s a beautiful sculpture garden and museum in Princeton, NJ. There are many different pleasingly designed and expertly tended gardens, as well as some indoor exhibits. It’s almost all contemporary sculpture and mostly American artists. C, my daughters and I spent a very fun Sunday afternoon there.

My favorite works were by a sculptor I hadn’t heard of before: J. Seward Johnson. He’s done a number of sculptures based on famous paintings, often with whimsical touches. Because they are sculptures, you can be “in” the painting. For example, here’s one:



And here it is again with Zara in it.



A couple more pictures of my daughters as part of sculptures.






There were also peacocks wandering on the grounds. The icon is one I saw there.

ETA: I can't figure out what's wrong with the link but if you go directly to www.groundsforsculpture.org it works fine.

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From:wneleh
Date:August 29th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Wow, we almost went there this past Sunday too! My childhood best friend lives in the Princeton area and we got together for lunch with her and family on our way north. We were talking about the sorts of things my kids like and my friend told us about the museum/park and suggested we give it a visit, but it was raining (at 1:30, at least) and E was melting, so we passed, deciding to visit instead the next time we see them, since it sounded very much like an E sort of place.

Too weird.

- Helen
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Very weird! I bet E. would like it.
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From:eveningblue
Date:August 29th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
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(First link is not quite right.)

Wow, what a cool place! I love the idea of kinetic sculpture, and placing yourself in the "painting." They're beautiful.

I also love the idea of peacocks wandering around the place. I've been somewhere they do that, but I can't remember where it was. Maybe out west? Not sure. It's rare to see them with their feathers fanned out.
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
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I don't know what's wrong with the link...

You can see peacocks walking around at the Bronx Zoo, too. At least we did yesterday. I've got a feeling they were supposed to be in some enclosure, but they weren't.
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From:roxymissrose
Date:August 29th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
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The link is wonky! This is not Grounds For Sculpture?
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
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It is Grounds for Sculpture and I don't know what the problem with the link is :-(.
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From:sabra_n
Date:August 29th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I love that place! There's a picture of my assorted siblings and I standing in that last sculpture lying around somewhere in my parents' house. There's the Wind in the Willows-themed restaurant there, too, right?

-blue
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From:mofic
Date:August 29th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Toad Hall.
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From:undomielregina
Date:September 4th, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
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I actually came here to look for fic/info on whether you were writing more but... I adore J. Seward Johnson. I'm from Princeton, and one of the really lovely things about the town are the occasional sculptures of his dotted about. He's best known for his hyper-realistic pieces, and there's one I pass every day on my way to work that consistently fools me (it's of children playing.)

Would you believe, though, that I've never been to the Grounds for Sculpture. Now I really want to head out there.

oh, and do you mind if I friend you?
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From:mofic
Date:September 4th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
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He really is great. And now that I've looked him up, I see I have seen some of his sculptures before - just didn't know whose they were.

I hope you do go to Grounds for Sculpture. It's great fun.

How are you liking Carleton? Minnesota figures occasionally in my fiction (and more often in my real life). One of my characters goes to St. Olaf.

I'll friend you and be happy for you to friend me back. As to fic, I'm working on an X1 series now, set after "What's Past is Prologue." X-Men still adjusting to life after Xavier's death; Alex Summers joins the team (it's a bumpy ride); Scott finds out some things about Charles Xavier he didn't know when he was alive; Jean-Paul and Adam adjust to being back together and living at Xavier's; Logan and Sasha have some jealousy issues. More stuff happens I haven't figured out yet, which is why it's a work in progress :-).
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From:undomielregina
Date:September 4th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
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I'm fairly ambivalent about Carleton in some respects -- among other things, it's a tad isolated and the food is iffy. On the other hand, I love the more important aspects of the school -- the teachers and other students are amazing people and the intellectual level is very high.

I'm well aware of Billy, as I first found your fic a few years ago. I suspect that he might head down the hill to Carleton on occasion since it's liberal enough to probably be a safe space for mutants, just as it currently is for those whose sexuality is in any way "queer" (in addition to an active glb community, there are out transpeople and openly polyamorous realtionships, and a relatively clandestine group of people interested in bdsm.)

I'm looking forward to your next fic, and thanks for letting me know that it's coming and giving a summary. I particularly love the X1 series, probably because it was the first thing of yours I came across, and because I'm always expecting the latest series to be the last and then there turns out to be a new one eventually.

And I've friended you back now, thanks.
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From:mofic
Date:September 4th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
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I would think Northfield would feel isolated after Princeton. I'm glad the important stuff is good. It's always looked like a cool place to me. I agree that Billy might have found his way there if he'd stayed at St. Olaf long enough to come out as a mutant.

I'm always expecting the latest series to be the last and then there turns out to be a new one eventually.

LOL! Same thing happens to me :-). It was only supposed to be one series but the damn characters wouldn't leave me alone.
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From:undomielregina
Date:September 4th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
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Well, the funny thing is that it's actually a shorter drive into Minneapolis from Carleton than it is into NY from home. The problem is that the public transportation isn't nearly as developed and Northfield itself is a lot smaller than Princeton.

I, for one, am thrilled that they keep bothering you. This has become one of the longest and most internally consistent/consistently well-written universes I read. It certainly has some of the most male-seeming characters I've come across. You really manage to avoid feminizing Scott, for example, when it would be so very easy to do so and most fic authors would have.
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From:mofic
Date:September 4th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
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Well, the funny thing is that it's actually a shorter drive into Minneapolis from Carleton than it is into NY from home. The problem is that the public transportation isn't nearly as developed and Northfield itself is a lot smaller than Princeton.

Also, with Princeton you've got two cities nearby: NYC and Philadelphia. I didn't realize that Minneapolis was closer than Princeton->NYC though. Two of my sibs live in the Twin Cities (one in Mpls, one in St. Paul) so I generally go there once a year or so. I think it's a great place to live in a lot of ways.

Thanks for the kind words about the fiction. Feminizing Cyclops is one of my pet peeves. He's the Field Leader of the X-Men, for Something's Sake. I see him as a pretty masculine guy in a lot of ways, regardless of what (or whom) he does in bed. I really dislike slash where one of the men sounds like a woman and/or the sex scenes sound like heterosexual sex.
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From:undomielregina
Date:September 5th, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)
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*nod* It's a 45 minute drive instead of the hour into Manhattan. It's a wonderful city, and I'd like it much better if it weren't so ruddy cold in the winter.

I don't really have pet peeves. I read a lot of trash, both print fiction and fanfiction, but I can tell the difference between junk and well done writing, and only the latter will really hold my interest in the long run.
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From:pancakegoddess
Date:September 4th, 2006 11:57 am (UTC)
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Looks like a lot of fun. I hadn't seen a picture of K in a long time!
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From:mofic
Date:September 4th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
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It really was a great day. I'd never heard of the place, but C. had been there before.

Here's a pic of K. at her bat mitzvah party.
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From:pancakegoddess
Date:September 4th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
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she's lovely.

we keep meaning to get to this sculpture park - seems like one of few family outings that would be equally enjoyable for the toddler and the big kids.
http://www.pyramidhill.org/
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From:mofic
Date:September 4th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
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It looks great. And indeed like something that all ages could enjoy.
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