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Detail from the print I bought from MSU senior Katie Yarger.

Detail from the print I bought from MSU senior Katie Yarger.

Buying local art. A few weeks ago, I was strolling down the hallway between Nelson Hall and Armstrong Hall on campus amid the displays of MSU’s talented art students. I tend to walk slowly down this hallway to see what these artists have been producing. Can I say how much I love being in close proximity to the art department? My office is on one side of Nelson Hall, while the art professors are just on the other side. Almost everywhere I walk is infused with art, whether it be prints, sculptures, or cool installations. The above print, which I saw behind the glass in the hallway display, caught my eye for obvious reasons. I contacted the artist and told her I wanted to buy it. I vow to do more of this: find a piece of art I like on campus and see if the artist wants to sell it.

The Nelson Hall "art gallery." This is where I like to walk slowly.

The Nelson Hall “art gallery.” This is where I like to walk slowly.

Student sculptures you will find in Nelson Hall.

Student sculptures you will find in Nelson Hall.

Spring. Need I say more? Right before I left for England, I was excited to know once I came back, we would pretty much be enjoying the first fruits of spring. And it was true. I arrived home to temps in the 50s, and later that week they climbed into the 60s and 70s. Now it’s more seasonable (40s) but today marks the first day of spring. I look forward to more bicycle rides outside and running without having to put on three layers. Oh, the freedom!

My office peace lily is not dead! In fact, this is one of two blooms. The plant knows it's spring.

My office peace lily is not dead! In fact, this is one of two blooms. The plant knows it’s spring.

Neighbors on the trail. I do not mark spring by the robin’s first appearance. Instead, I know it’s spring when I see Dick and Alice on the trail for the first time of the year. I ran into them today! This is a lovely couple I see almost every day in the summer when I walk Nina in the mornings. I’m not sure how old they are, but I would say early 80s. And Dick informed me today that Alice is sporting a new hip! She looked as spry and energetic as ever. I think they walk between 2-3 miles every day, weather permitting. What great role models!

What are you happy about this week?

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