Iditrarod Adventures: The Big Envelope
Iditrarod Adventures — by Jan Distel
Grant proposals were due November 1, with the results not to be announced until mid-February.
I tried not to think of it much during those three long months. When it would come to mind, I would try not to hope and wish. I would get out my red pen and grade more essays, plan some lessons, work on other school projects…anything to avoid thinking about the grant 24/7.
As the time for the announcement grew closer and closer, one of my teacher friends–who had also submitted a grant proposal–commented that she could not believe all of the things she had committed to do if she were a successful candidate. I silently agreed, especially when she exclaimed, “This is going to change my life!”
One cold, snowy Saturday in February, one of my dear friends who had also applied let me know she had received a letter about it. I was convinced that I would be notified that day, too. We checked the mail time after time, but the box was always empty, mail having been delayed because of several days of bad weather.
…….. Read more at http://iditarodadventures.blogspot.com/ — by my cousin, Jan Distel
New York Times — March 27, 2014 — by Manohla Dargis
Finding Vivian Maier
Excerpts below — Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/28/movies/finding-vivian-maier-explores-a-mysterious-photographer.html?rref=movies&_r=0
An exciting electric current of discovery runs through “Finding Vivian Maier,” a documentary about a street photographer who never exhibited her work. She scarcely shared it even with those who knew her. Then again, many of her acquaintances when she was taking some of her remarkable images, particularly in and around Chicago in the 1950s and ’60s, were the children she cared for while working as a nanny. Later in her life, some of those children took care of her in turn, first by moving her into an apartment and then the nursing home where she died in 2009. What rotten timing: She was on the verge of being discovered, first as a curiosity and then as a social-media sensation and a mystery.
Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/28/movies/finding-vivian-maier-explores-a-mysterious-photographer.html?rref=movies&_r=0
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