Life's adventures, properly viewed



It's June and I'm thinking of having the word "congratulations" tattooed on my forehead, there are so many graduations this month. But instead, I'll just join in the general air of approbation.

This is the month of vacations and barbecues and bathing suits and adventure. Life is an adventure, properly viewed.

I still remember the confused embarrassment I felt as a child and adolescent whenever anyone asked "So, what are you going to be when you grow up?" As if I knew!

My only experience was being a child, and I was pretty sure there wasn't much call for skill at jacks and Latin declensions. I wanted to travel, I knew that, but most of all I wanted to see what were the available options.

But admitting that made me seem like an aimless drifter, or worse, a hippie, so I told everyone who asked that I wanted to be a doctor.

Few of us are lucky enough to know at age 10 what we wish to become. More of us are lucky not to become what we envisioned at 10. The world can only accommodate so many firemen, rock stars and ballerinas. Or we would need more arsonists, audiences and ballet fans than we have.

But it turns out, from the perspective of my maturity, that our lives are not ordered like the steady migrations of whales. Rather, our lives are more like the play of dolphins: We catch an interesting wave toward a barely seen shore. And if the water gets too cold, the shore is bleak and the fish scant, we turn around and swim to the open sea. There is always another wave, another shore, another day.


Theda Hanson and Foster Holcombe are traveling to upstate New York this summer and they'll be demonstrating their skills at the Sterling Renaissance Festival for seven weeks.

Covering for them at their Savage Mill glass gallery and studio are the two glass artists, Schran and BRice, from Nebraska.

Usually, Mr. Holcombe and Ms. Hanson close their studio for the summer while they are away demonstrating their work at renaissance festivals. In the past, they've hired someone to keep only the gallery open.

But last year and this year, Schran and BRice have been house-sitters and have minded the studio.

Come see the work of all four artists at the Art Of Fire, in Savage Mill, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.


Hammond High School is proud to announce that the many of the school's freshmen have not only mastered the transition between middle and high school well but also have achieved academic honors: Kathryn Carlsen, Natalie Cordone, Amy Gifford, Paula Holzman, Akira Kamio, Michelle Lee, Kristen Rigby, Brian Schulman, Jamiyl Shabrami, Jill Thompson, Kelly Werner, Kyla Zaret, Michelle Savage and Rebecca Zingman.


The Savage branch library is again running Time For Us, a reading and song program for 2-year-olds and their parents.

This four-week program will take place at 10:30 a.m. Mondays or Wednesdays, and begins next Monday, June 6. Call the library at (410) 880-5978 to register.

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