:::Sigh::: A brain is a terrible thing to thump. Three years after my head injury, I am finally getting back to normal. Part of this process is updating the New Leaf web-site. While I managed to keep Leaf of the Month going during that time, I have huge holes in my memory and my documentation - so if you either planted or found a leaf since December, 2001 and it is not mentioned here (except for Goa, India, which is documented under New Leaf Projects), Please email me and let me know about it so I can complete my documentation. Thanks!!!
January 2005 ,
On January 23rd in Cincinnati, New Leaf and friend picked up an artichoke and roasted garlic pizza prior to settling in on the couch for a DVD double feature.
December 2004 ,
Having given up the evils of honey, New Leaf purchased a bottle of pure maple syrup at Bigg's in Cincinnati on New Year's Eve.
November 2004 ,
Waiting for the plane home, New Leaf watched the rain from her gate at the Houston International Airport on November 1st.
October 2004 ,
New Leaf paid homage to Suzanne Valedon at the Houston Museum of Fine Art on October 29. On October 30, New Leaf enjoyed watching swashes buckle at the Texas Renaissance Festival
September 2004 ,
In Washington, New Leaf recieved a visit from a very old and dear friend from far away
August 2004 ,
July 2004 ,
New Leaf tackled the Saddleback trail outside of Freeport ME
June 2004 ,
New Leaf played miniature golf with her folks in Dupage County, IL.
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March 2004 ,
New Leaf ate onion rings and watched "Hidalgo" from the comfort of stadium seating at the new Springdale, OH cinaplex on March 6. Later in the month, New Leaf took a vacation without the kids at Lido Key, FL
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December 2003 ,
New Leaf hiked in Mount Airy Forest with the dogs.
November 2003 ,
October 2003 ,
New Leaf took the dogs for a frolic at the Mount Airy Dog Park in Cincinnati, OH on October 8. Afterwards, New Leaf took a "girls only" trip to Sarasota, FL and visited and art fair.
September 2003 ,
New Leaf enjoyed Mexican food and a rare visit with a distant friend in Pigeon Forge, TN.
August 2003 ,
New Leaf and Dad enjoyed a stroll in a Glen Ellyn, IL park during a visit home on August 13.
July 2003 ,
New Leaf sat on a stone wall and ate ice-cream after shopping at LL Bean in Freeport, ME
June 2003 ,
New Leaf toured Gdansk, Poland while connecting with ancestral roots.
May 2003 ,
New Leaf toured a corporate space in Kettering, OH
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January 2003 ,
During a two week safari, New Leaf drank a Sprite at the Africa Cafe in Zanzibar.
December 2002 ,
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October 2002 ,
New Leaf relaxed on the beach at Key West.
September 2002 ,
New Leaf and a friend took the wrong fork in a trail in Shawnee Forest Ohio, turning an afternoon hike into an all out adventure culiminating many hours and blisters later in a dangerous foray down a pitch-dark road to see if the truck could really be there.
August 2002 ,
July 2002 ,
New Leaf stopped to read a monument in a little lakeside town in Maine while driving to New Hampshire.
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November 2001 ,
New Leaf spent Thanksgiving with the family in Pittsburgh, PA.
October 2001 , New
Leaf took a holiday on the island of Crete. On October 13th, New Leaf
went back to Swift Creek Camp Trail in Red River Gorge to return the
ashes of a beloved companion to the place where she found him. On
October 19th, New Leaf went to Gatlinberg for a ladies weekend and
giggled over a photo-booth.
September 2001 ,
On the afternoon of September 7, New Leaf got on her new bike for
the first time after being struck by a car and pedaled 20 miles on
the Loveland Trail in Cincinnati. Later that month, New Leaf made
a pit-stop at the Ladies room of the McDonald's in Dunbar, WV. New
Leaf visited her old dance studio during a visit home to Madison,
NC. On the morning of September 26th, New Leaf dropped off her husband
and children at the Lead Cove trailhead near Townsend, TN.
August 2001 , On
August 24th, New Leaf enjoyed the early morning quiet of a pier in
July 2001 , On July
2nd, New Leaf walked the beach at Tel Aviv and stopped to admire a
garden. New Leaf took a famliy vacation to Perdido Key, Forida, and
admired the pretty Lava rock landscaping by the pool on July 21. Later
that day, New Leaf watched herons while fish swam around their ankles
at the National Seashore and encountered 8 soldiers on a military
exercise. On July 22, New Leaf stopped at the last rest area in Tennesee
on the way home.
June 2001 , New Leaf celebrated the Summer Solstice on June
20 by making a pilgrimage to the black madonna at Rocamadour in the
South of France. afterwards, New Leaf visted the castle and paused
in a shady niche on the crenellated walkway between 3 towers.
May 2001 , During a trip to that Dayton Art Institute on May
13, New Leaf visited the Steele High School Mascot, a large bronze
lion now guarding the institute grounds
April 2001 , On April 30, New Leaf made a pilgrimage through
Over-the Rhine in Cincinnati. New Leaf made a prayer of healing in
front of the Warehouse bar, where the fatal chase of Timothy Thomas
started on April 7.
March 2001 , On March 17, New Leaf climbed a hill in a park
in Barcelona and looked towards the mountains, enjoying wonderful
weather. New Leaf made a long overdue trip to Paris, and on March
22, New Leaf visited the Ladies room after viewing the Winged Bulls
at the Louvre. On March 23, New Leaf discovered the hidden charms
of Parc du Buttes Chalfonte and dodged an insistently friendly Frenchman.
New Leaf sat in the courtyard of the Louvre after a rain on March
24 , watching the clouds against a darkening sky, making a memory
for the next day's trip home.
February 2001 , New Leaf contemplated a career change in Seattle.
January 2001 , New Leaf was rumored to have watched naked monks
brandishing swords plunge into the Ganges River at Allahbad, India,
to wash away their sins during a special Kumbh festival that takes
place once every 144 years. this festival marked the beginning of
a new 7,000 year cycle. On January 22, one day after watching the
Lady Vols whop UCONN's butts in a fantastic game of women's basketball,
New Leaf strolled the downtown pedestrian squares of Knoxville, Tennessee
December 2000 , New Leaf paused at a shack while walking along
a protected Oliver Ridley turtle beach at Morjem Beach, India.
November 2000 , New Leaf reunited with an expatriate fiance
Wales and toured the country that will soon be their home.
October 2000 , New Leaf took a brief sabbatical from the convent
and toured several parks in Yerevan, Armenia, visiting Gomidas Park
near the Music Conservatory; a park near the National Opera House;
a park on Baghramian Street, near the Parliament Building (site of
the assassination of the Prime Minister, President of Parliament and
seven Parliament Members, exactly one year ago); a park on Kandjian
Street; and American University of Armenia's campus grounds. New Leaf
and family visited Wright Square on a tour of Savannah, Georgia.
September 2000 , On September 5th, New Leaf spent their 19th
wedding anniversary in Cortona, Italy, searching for the house Frances
Mayes immortalized in "Bella Tuscany" and was excited to discover
the shrine on the public road below. New Leaf paused in a tunnel of
trained vines at Saint Fagen's Castle in south Wales on September
13. On September 17, New Leaf rested on a bench at Saint Mary's Lighthouse,
which is on the North Sea, not far from Newcastle upon Tyne in England.
On September 30th, New Leaf reached the end of a walking tour (much
of it in the driving rain) from Burgos to the Cathedral of Santiago
August 2000 , New Leaf visited the Yakima Indian Cultural Center
on the Yakima Indian reservation in Toppenish, Washington. Later,
New Leaf enjoyed underwater life at the McNary Dam Fish Viewing Room
in Umatilla, Oregon.
June 2000 , On June 7, New Leaf drank a Dos Equis with lime
and looked out at the ocean by a thatch cabana in front of Hotel Malia
Cancun. June 13, New Leaf visited a waterfall-fountain in Salina Kansas.
The next day, New Leaf visited a beautiful park by the Missouri River
in Saint Charles, Missouri. That night, New Leaf stopped for gas in
Oak Grove Kentucky the way to Nashville, Tennessee. New Leaf flew
to Stockholm, Sweeden to begin a cruise with the family. New Leaf
climbed a tree in a meadow in Visby on Gotland Island; waited for
a bus in Tallin, Estonia; and peered over a fence at a munitions factory
in Saint Petersburg, Russia. On June 22nd, New Leaf stopped at the
Leftbank Art Gallery on Saint Simon's Island in Georgia to inquire
about the artwork of a college friend who painted there on visits
before she passed away in 1983.
May 2000 , On May 5, New Leaf stayed at Culloden Hotel in Holywood,
a suburb of Belfast, and spied an old stone pavilion in the gardens
on the grounds. On May 11, New Leaf strayed off the beaten path in
the Bagramian Street park in Yerevan, Armenia. In Santa Fe, New Leaf
celebrated the celestial alignment on the historic east-side. Later,
New Leaf attended a Planetworkers Conference in the Presidio near
Golden Gate Bridge. New Leaf enjoyed the shade of an oak tree in the
Christchurch Art Center on the South Island of New Zealand.
April 2000 , In Minneapolis, New Leaf had a good-bye lunch
with 3 co-workers on April 3, the last day of 20 years at the university.
Afterwards, they took a brisk walk by the Radisson Hotel. On 4/17,
New Leaf admired the Jennifer Macklem and Kip Jones sculpture at
Whistler Mountain while visiting Vancouver for a wedding. On 4/23,
New Leaf made its debut on New Providence Island a day earlier than
expected when kidnapped out of TimÕs luggage.
March 2000 , On March 6, New Leaf stopped at a beautiful Buddhist
Temple during a tour of Dehra Dun, India. On March 8, New Leaf experienced
3 much needed minutes alone on the ghat of the Ganges River in Hadwar,
Carla's journal. New Leaf passed by Bank America in Phoenix
on March 13 after visiting Quantum Helicopter School. On March 20,
New Leaf rested on a bench after shopping on Paradise Island in the
Bahamas. New Leaf rode the Star Ferry
and visited Cheung Chau Island
at Hong Kong on March 24.
February 2000 , New Leaf took a solitary dip in at a hotel
in SharJah, U.A.E., then rested
at a pool side table.Later, New Leaf road the elevator at the Queens
Hospital Center in Jamaica, New York . New Leaf photographed sculpture
made from garbage at the Rock Garden in Chandigarh, India on February
8th.On February 17, New Leaf survived terrifying mountain roads to
enjoy a leisurely walk and lunch in the hill station of Simla, India.
January 2000, New Leaf took a whirlwind tour of Austria, starting
at the passenger waiting area of the Frankfurt airport on January
3. New Leaf sat on a concrete fence in Graz and watched traffic go
by. New Leaf visited the birthplace of Mozart in Salzburg and waited
for a bus in Vienna. On January 19, New Leaf placed a phone call at
a booth outside a grocery store deep in the heart of Miami. New Leaf
sat in the lobby of a resort in the Dominican Republic and listened
to many languages. New Leaf took the train from London to
Northampton Station on January 20. On Saturday, January 22, New
Leaf went to dinner with an old friend in Kansas City, then strolled
by a dry fountain shaped like a boar. New Leaf passed by the Pod Roza
Hotel on the way to the town square in Krakow, Poland.
December 1999, New Leaf visited a center for continuing education
for women in Edinburgh, Scotland on December 11. Two days later, New
Leaf contemplated a memorial statue at Hut Point, having returned
to McMurdo Station after 6 weeks out on the ice sheet in Antarctica
performing field research. New Leaf went sledding with old friends
and the next generation by the mill in Williamsville, NY on Christmas
Day. On the eve of New year's Eve, New Leaf perused 20,000 square
feet of Christian literature in the new Kindred book store in Birmingham,
November 1999, New Leaf visited a little park in Las Condes
while on a business trip in Santiago, Chile on November 12. Later
in the month, New Leaf sat on a bench outside a coffee house in Telluride,
Colorado, contemplating Florida Beaches.
October 1999, New Leaf took refuge from the drought at Grayton
Beach, Panama City, Florida. New Leaf sat at Red Bar, trying to tell
the "Beach Hippies" from the "Euro Sand Combers." Later, New Leaf
prepared to depart for Antarctica by visiting a favorite historical
monument at Bear Meadows Natural Area in Rothrock State Forest, Pennsylvania.
September 1999, New Leaf visited the Knoxville Museum of Art
on the way to Grandma's funeral in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
August 1999, New Leaf went shopping in Hong Kong.
July 1999, New Leaf lingered in a conference room after a meeting
at P&G headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela on July 7. On Saturday,
July 17, New Leaf attempted to give blood during a blood drive at
Northgate mall in Cincinnati, OH, but was refused due to iron poor
blood. New Leaf bought three pairs of sandals instead. The next day,
New Leaf visited Sattahip Naval base in Thailand.
June 1999, On June 5, New Leaf visited the friendship bell
in Oak Ridge, Tennessee while attending Grandma's birthday party.
New Leaf then went on a whirlwind tour of Europe; shaking off jet
lag while waiting for the bus in Sulzbach, Germany; perusing gothic
architecture on the Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium; pondering the
lovers by the fountain at the Piazza Santa Maria at Trastevere in
Rome, Italy; admiring the Naked Maja in the Museo del Prado, Madrid,
Spain; lingering at a sidewalk cafe in Paris, discussing writer's
angst and the meaning of life. Read Gary's Journal.
May 1999, New Leaf spent May Day sitting on a bench outside
a conference on Reggio Emilia philosphy and practice at Cambridge.
New Leaf then flew to the Far East and strolled by Manila Bay near
the Manila Diamond; sat on the steps near a fountain of a pig at the
end of Ikuta Road in Kobe, Japan; and wandered in the misting rain
in Yuexiu Park, Guangzhou, China. New Leaf then took a break at a
Greek restaurant in Subbury, Canada. Read Gary's
April 1999, On Easter Sunday, New Leaf viewed the aftermath
of a storm from Squeaking Point
Jetty on the Rubicon River near Port Sorell, Tasmania. New Leaf
then took a Mediterranean cruise and rested on a bench alongside the
waterfront of the fishing village of Paphos,Cyprus after viewing mosaics
in one of the ruins. Later, New Leaf watched the pigeons inside the
medieval ramparts at Rhodes, Greece.
March 1999, Early in March, New Leaf perused the gardening
section of the public library in Hamilton, Ohio. On Friday evening,
March 12, New Leaf headed for the casino at the very elegant El San
Juan Hotel in Puerto Rico while on a business trip. New Leaf finished
out March by strolling in the park on Union Square in San Francisco
and in the park at San Mateo while visiting family on the west coast.
February 1999, New Leaf headed out on a safari in innermost
Africa and was never heard from again.
January 1999, On New Years Day, New Leaf strolled along the
beach at Cape Town, South Africa. Later in the month, New Leaf stood
at the foot of the Great Pyramid, then traveled to the pyramids at
December 1998, New Leaf flew to Hawaii over Christmas break
and explored the volcano at Mauna Kea in memory of Harold Koon.
November 1998, On a lovely day, New Leaf walked in the park
by the little falls in Williamsville, NY. On November 21, New Leaf
took an out of town friend to Mason, OH to see the Robert Schiffler
Collection and had disturbing thoughts about the state of modern art.
October 1998, New Leaf played the slot machines at Caesar's
Palace on Oct. 17. Afterwards, New Leaf had a spiritual experience
within Indian territory upon a cliff 7,000 ft from the Colorado River
at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The fact that this was also
a helicopter landing site did nothing to diminish the moment.
September 1998, New Leaf passed by a crack house on Hickman
Street in Cincinnati, OH. New Leaf visited a conference in Denver,
August 1998, New Leaf took a break at the wildlife viewing
shelter on the bike trail at Miami Whitewater Forest, Harrison, OH.
New Leaf also appeared in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.; Stavanger, Norway; and
in the airport in Amsterdam,Holland.
July 1998, New Leaf attended the Alan Parsons/Yes concert at
Seneca Falls NY on Independence Day.
<June 1998, New Leaf Landed at Heathrow Airport in London on
its way to Cincinnati from the U.A.E. on June 21. Across town, New
Leaf celebrated the Summer Solstice by taking a ride on the Jubilee
line of the TUBE.
May 1998, New Leaf went to Saudi Arabia on a business trip
and lingered in the library on the Aramco Compund in Dhahran. Later
in the month, New Leaf relocated to Hurricane, Utah and settled in
at the Dixie Hostel.
April 1998, New Leaf spent April Fool's Day in Cleveland looking
out at Lake Erie. New Leaf started a new job at Cinergy in Cincinnati
on April 6.
March 1998, New Leaf stayed at the Travel Lodge in New Orleans
on March 3 while attending a scientific conference. New Leaf landed
in Dubai, U.A.E. on the trip home.
February 1998, On February 17, New Leaf sat on a bench out
side Boston Children's Hospital and contemplated it's mortality.
January 1998, New Leaf explored hiking trails at Mount Airy
Forest in Cincinnati on New Years Day.
December 1997, New Leaf was resting in the lap of Buddha outside
the National Museum in Sri Lanka. A New Leaf celebrated Christmas
in Des Moines, Iowa.
November 1997, New Leaf was discovered resting in the shade
off the beach at Waikiki. On Thanksgiving Day, New Leaf appeared on
a picnic table at a rest stop in I-65 between Indianapolis and Layfayette
Indiana . On November 30, New Leaf took a jog by Lake Michigan in
October 1997, a New Leaf stayed at the Motel 6 in Murfreesboro,
Tennessee on the way to a new life.