Three Jobs

>> Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I've been badly neglecting this blog lately, though I would argue for good reasons.  My life has been absurdly full, but in excellent ways.

I still, of course, have my career as an environmental attorney.

As of January, I have also been honored to be the President of the Board of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation (I had served on the Board for a few years prior to becoming President).  It's an amazing not-for-profit organization, whose mission I believe in heart and soul: "The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation is dedicated to educating current and future generations about Gage’s work and its power to drive contemporary social change."  Matilda Joslyn Gage was a suffragist, abolitionist, a progressive human rights visionary, and a passionate activist.  The issues that motivated Gage's life and career are still of fundamental importance today, and being able to help continue her work is deeply satisfying and of utmost importance.

2014 has been a very busy time for the Gage Foundation, as we have been going through a reorganization process to address succession planning, financial planning, and strategic planning. It's involved very long hours by quite a number of dedicated people, but it's all worth it. I am so excited about the future of the organization.

In addition to all THAT hard work, I have also still been a hard-working artist.  It feels at times like I'm juggling three full jobs.  Art, though, feeds my soul, and in some ways gives me the energy to do everything else I do.

I have a new art website up, finally, at http://www.hollykaustin.com/.  Please surf on over!  I also have an upcoming art show, together with my legal colleague Doreen A. Simmons, Esq., during the month of May, at bc Restaurant at 247 W. Fayette Street, in downtown Syracuse.  If you're in the Syracuse area, please hop on over to bc during the month of May for a fantastic meal and some artwork!

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Buttermilk Falls

>> Sunday, October 20, 2013

My husband and I decided to take our 10th wedding anniversary off work and spend the day enjoying the fall weather.  It was a great decision!  We went to Ithaca to visit our favorite jeweler (the one who made our wedding rings) and then go for a walk at Buttermilk Falls.  I don't think the photos need much explanation.  Hope you enjoy our little stroll!







Self Portrait:





Husband being goofy posing in various fun spots:











I adore this giant swirl, and want to thank whomever waded in the stream to build it.  Delightful whimsy.





Can anyone identify this enormous shelf fungus?  Seth and I are affectionately referring to it as the "circus peanut" fungus, since that's the exact color it was.  It was striking from quite a distance away.  I've never seen its equal.








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Last few shots

>> Monday, September 2, 2013

These are the last few shots I took in Maine, that I thought I'd share.  Miscellany.

Moisture droplets are awesome.  That is all.




We found a lovely old cemetery in one of the tiny fishing villages.  The carvings on the stones seemed especially intricate to me, and absolutely lovely.  I've been in a lot of cemeteries that date from the same time period (mid to late 1800s) and saw some designs that were new to me.  I wonder if the village had a particularly artistic stone carver?







These are from an old warehouse that was built out over the water on pilings.  LOVE the old stuff in the windows.



From our favorite old Quoddy Head State Park.





We found this old canoe adrift.  It has become a bit of beach debris now.  Picturesque beach debris.  I think technically this qualifies as flotsam.








I love cairns.  Love them, love them, love them.  It's like they have mystical properties.  Here are my favorite cairns from our trip.






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