Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Photo

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Zoe Catlin Smith, born January 28th in Atlanta.
Mom, Dad, and baby Zoe (8lb 4oz) are all doing fine.
This is my sister Susan's first baby.
This is my first niece — and she's cute as a button.

PHOTO ©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Was she serious?

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So, will you do one?
I am patient and persistent, as well as passionate about this request.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Monday, January 26, 2009

Flying or falling

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I wonder if one could tell the difference between flying and falling
if there was nothing to crash into? irichardistone
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday Photo

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Dayton, Ohio
PHOTO ©2009 Wendy Hudgins
The Quilt of Quotes is now on!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

First 'Plan B' of 2009

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[ -Need a refresher on 'Plan B'?- ]

Okay, so you know that nagging BRILLIANT idea you have? That one everyone's told you should pursue? Well,
one person has just been inaugurated and completed his first full day as President, so can't we each take a little small step towards an idea of ours? I challenge you [and me] to pursue some aspect of our idea. Even in a small bite. But the catch? You MUST do this before the end of this month.

On the Mall Tuesday, it actually felt like New Years Eve. And knowing that many resolutions begin to fade out now, perhaps it's a good time for a little nudge like this.

So, at the end of January, I'll show you mine if you show me yours...

©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

One more moment

A - C R E A T I V E - S P A R K an amazing time of our country. Watched the National Prayer Service today. Wow. So many different religions, ages, races represented. Yet, the same message. Same hopes. Made me think of this painting from the most "American" of painters, Norman Rockwell.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

What a day

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Where we were.
From where we stood by the Washington Monument (just to the left and front of it, if looking from the Capitol) we overlooked the sea of people who came from everywhere to be witness to this amazing moment in history. On this crisp, cold, sunny day, with it's blue skies, a few whispy clouds, I felt the pages of all American History books flipping. As if on The Mall you could sense the years of history from the wooden wheels of carts, horses, and canons, to the tall hats, pipes, and long skirts of years past, to 1960s gatherings, to today — had all happened in just the blink of an eye.

While we could see the Capitol, we were fairly far back so we could not see him. So I opted to absorb what I could absorb which was, 'I was there.' As President Obama gave his Inauguration speech over the utter silence of the millions of people who were there yesterday, I simply closed my eyes and listened.

What a day.

And the thoughts, messages and well-wishes YOU sent me with, were VERY well-received! We lost count of the number of people (that we saw) who asked to take photos of the quilt. Even video. It sparked conversations with people from Ireland, Italy, Belgium, students from Paris, France, Seattle, and so on. They said, "I love that. What a great idea." I responded, "Thank you. What a great day."

So perhaps, if you have a little idea. A creative spark. Whether it is to create some unique expression for a historic day, or to become President of the United States of America. Imagine if you pursued that idea. Imagine.

What we witnessed.

Your well-wishes for the day as we head into the crowds to watch.

One of MANY folks who asked to take a pic. This Italian man will soon become of citizen of the US and shares the pride and excitement of many for today's event.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Your Inauguration Messages

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©2009 Wendy Hudgins


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We are walking through a page of our future history books.
It's 4:00am, and I'm heading down to the Mall. I can not wait!!!!! I feel extremely privileged to be able to attend this amazing moment in our country's history. With the world watching. I'll be bundled in my coat, bright colored hat, the QUILT, and long johns, and hand warmers. I LOVE moments like this. I love history.

©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Monday, January 19, 2009

Then and now

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& - T W O - C R E A T I V E - S P A R K S
A birthday to remember. An historic Inauguration. Beautiful timing.
I understand that MLK Jr was fatigued, but the people so badly wanted to hear him on this night, that he came out to give this 1968 speech, for them. It would be his last. Amazing.

I understand that Barack Obama was scheduled to have fireworks go off in Grant Park on this night in 2008. And he said, 'no,' now is not the time for that. Nice.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Lincoln Memorial Event

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Amazing to be a part of this. Can't wait for Tuesday.

PHOTOS ©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Saturday, January 17, 2009

"Quilt of YOUR Quotes"

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I wanted to do something a little unique to take with me on Tuesday,
maybe get on CNN? So if you cannot come to the Inauguration, I'll take your messages with me!

I am currently creating a "Quilt of YOUR Quotes" for INAUGURATION DAY. If you can send me your VERY BRIEF wish/thought/message for that day, include your name/state if you like. I'll design them in red, white, and blue, then pin them ALL to a blanket I'm taking down with me.

These are three actual emails I've already received/designed today, please send YOUR message to me BY SUNDAY/MONDAY to be included on the blanket. Also, please keep us in your thoughts on Monday. And stay tuned... you might see YOUR message!!

You can either email me or post a comment below.

1/18 Noon — here's an update:

©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Friday, January 16, 2009

Friday Photo

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Sunrise. New day. Fresh slate. Chicago.
PHOTO ©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Thursday, January 15, 2009

What ARE you doing right now?

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Well? It's the simple, silly, or profound question facing you at any moment on facebook. We are mid-January, now. What ARE you doing... with your life. Today.

At this link below, click song title at top right:

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Michael Jordan, Y2K, hurricanes, and the 44th

B R E A D C R U M B S -
If someone asks where I'm from, I respond, 'how much time do you have,' and adjust accordingly. Originally from Atlanta (Stone Mountain), I went to a 2-year college in the beautiful north Georgia mountains, then:
CHICAGO — The Bulls had their winning streak as NBA champions during my 10 years living in the Windy City. I learned the game of basketball.
— Thinking the world, or at least our computers, were going to implode, we partied away 1999 (my nod to Prince) where I lived for a year in Provence.
— The 'happiest place on earth,' and the center of the state of Florida, is not supposed to get hurricanes. In 2004 we got THREE!
— Well, I believe you know what's happening here...

Living alongside these [large] breadcrumbs, I wonder what's next?
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Come to the table

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We are now just one week away from Inauguration. And apparently in preparation for next week's early morning pilgrimage, I woke this morning at 4am. Ouch.

The day will be one of contrasts.
Pomp and circumstance + the first day of a very tough job.
Where this country's been + where we are heading.
Tradition from many years back + this day in real time. People here from all over the country + the world watching it. Nostalgia of the moment + razor sharp security.
Our country is full of contrasts. It is not perfect. Our new president is fallible. We have had less than shining moments ourselves. But it is in our 'potential' where we gain the strength and perseverance to continue, to move forward.

I picture our democracy like Thanksgiving dinner with the in-laws. Drama. Maybe conflict. But you love them. You come together. They are family. There are traditional dishes and attempts at new ones. And while the tradition has gone on for years upon years. You all just gather together on that day. In real time. You bless the food and the people. And you get on with it.

Living in DC for over three years now, I've found myself really caught up in the history of this moment. First as an Inauguration, period. But also the layered profoundness of what this inauguration represents. I'm excited. Proud. Reflective.

Embracing our imperfections and our potential, and with all of our differences, my hope for that day is that it more closely resembles Chicago's crowd on the night of the Election Day speech
in Grant Park, than the crowds at Walmart on the day after Christmas.

is a shining moment for us all. The world is watching.
Come to the table.

©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Monday, January 12, 2009

Final prep for the 20th

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Sunday I made one final trek to see preparations for the events to take place just a week from tomorrow. As folks could be leaving their homes around 4-5am and the actual Inauguration isn't over till 12:30, there ARE some practical things to consider (eh-hem).

You'll understand the beauty of THIS pic, if you decide to go to the Mall on the 20th!

Construction progress. Just after the Sunday morning run-through of the event.

The view I'd LIKE to have. Ha! This is my cold weather gear... I'll wave to y'all on CNN!
This is where the first family will be seated for the parade (White House is behind it)
PHOTOS ©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Friday, January 9, 2009

Friday Photo

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Out on the dive boat. Little Cayman, Cayman Islands.
PHOTO ©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


B R E A D C R U M B S - & - A - C R E A T I V E - S P A R K
You already know of 'breadcrumbs.' Now, another term I'm not only using, but doing a lot of lately is what I'm calling 'google-stumbling.' You hop online searching for one thing, something else catches your attention, then 5 websites later...
USAGE: I was searching for _________ and google-stumbled across _________
tend to occur more often in cultures that are changing rapidly and also in situations where there is easy and fast propagation of information (WIKIPEDIA). The word 'google' is one of these words. Hmmmmm. Then I 'google-stumbled' on 'neologisms'...
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Monday, January 5, 2009

Family Tree

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What's significant about today?
Well, in just one month, if the doctors predict right, our family tree will grow a little. A little sweeter. My sister and her husband are expecting their first baby on February 5th
in Atlanta.
— Aunt Wendy
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Finally, New Orleans

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I don't generally post on the weekend, but I feel I've advanced leaps and bounds with technology recently: I continue to work on getting a hold of web design. I opened a Twitter account. Won't likely be using that often. Friday, I even walked over the threshold and [gulp] joined FaceBook. And Saturday, I opened an account on YouTube so I can fulfill a long overdue promise...
October 2007 I went on a weeklong VIM trip (Volunteers in Mission) to help rebuild near New Orleans. A Methodist church hosted us there and I had promised the head of the operation there that I would send him the pics I took. Well, here it is, just over a year later, as my first video on YouTube. Gumbo cookoff and all! Technology (and more importantly how freaking fast it changes!) can be overwhelming. But when it can take images and words like these in the video and share it with others — others who were on the trip or who might be inspired to volunteer or contribute in the future. I'll deal. Hope you enjoy. Please pass it along to your friends. Stay tuned on YouTube bonjouryalldotcom.

©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Friday, January 2, 2009

Friday Photo

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Standing by a creek in Stone Mountain, Georgia. 1978.
Taken near the home I grew up in, this is my first photo (Polaroid).
Try looking at things from a different angle this year.
PHOTO ©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Have a good journey!

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I should say bonne année for this first day of the new year. And by all means, Happy New Year. But I am more enticed by the way the french say, "have a good day." Bonne journée. Yes. Have a good journey today. After all, this fresh gift of a new year is made up of 365 of them. But as we can only open one of them at a time, enjoy today's gift. Enjoy all the journeys yet to come. And have a wonderful year.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins
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