“More than Enough”One of the favorite associations I have to my parents is overhearing their hilarious, beautiful, truly connected conversations about everything and nothing. There could not be two more opposite personalities that were, in every way, perfect for each other. Imagine two immigrants, both from different countries, making their way to an entirely new country, showing up to pursue their advanced degrees with next to nothing. And did they ever have the ultimate argument of arguments whenever us kids would even think about complaining! Some days, Pa would be gone for weeks at a time- pursuing his ambition to one day establish his information integrity software company empire. All mom would ever ask before his departure and upon his arrival was a kiss. I never actually saw what (at the time) seemed to be the most gross of gestures, but I knew they had something that all the money in the world could never purchase... they had each other’s hearts. This candid of the two of them in a barren room was taken a couple years back when I was helping them move out of Ocean Ridge to check out this place called Naples in Florida. Those conversations were in full swing again during this capture, with Pa’s head resting on mom’s lap- the most content man in the world was right there in this moment. And mom knew that all was well because just being in each other’s company was more than enough...--© Ramon Nayar. All Rights Reserved.ISO Splash. Words. Images. Storytelling.--
“Backyard Bonfire Setup Bliss”
What a week to withstand the unwarranted humidity such that the climate could coincidentally accommodate “Haply Friday” weather. The pending bonfire is now a “go” and I look forward to an illuminated glow of warmth with this cool breeze and calm conversation shared in the company of good people. Please forgive in advance the strong chance of me being a bit reserved... I kinda forgot how to be social. This is actually the maiden/ inaugural lighting of a bonfire pit that was meant to allow for multitudes of friends and family to enjoy the great outdoors just steps away from my soon to be remodeled homestead. So stop on by if you don’t have a good enough reason to this season if backyard bonfire bliss. (Jeep not included. Some restrictions may apply.)--© Ramon Nayar. All Rights Reserved.ISO Splash. Words. Images. Storytelling.--
“Once a Puppy, Always a (heavier) Puppy”One of the benefits of being active is being able to lift up my Bosley both figuratively and literally because this dude still thinks he’s 7 pounds when in my arms. I don’t believe I could ever deny this 17 year old the cuddles and all the spoiling he deserves and then some. I’m not exactly certain as to what it is that makes our bond so beautiful- if I had to guess, I’d say that we always see each other as if it was the first day we met- we just knew we were in it for the long haul (and please remember to lift with the legs or use the Jedi force)--© Ramon Nayar. All Rights Reserved.ISO Splash. Words. Images. Storytelling.--
“Not Dressed for Dishes”
There are always ways to decompress after sitting in traffic and meetings that require the formal attire as I use my inside voice and ask myself “why do we have to wear a tie?” Tonight’s evening was a fun filled “culinary comforts” program put on by the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center where registered dietitians and aspiring interns prepared and served a most delicious and nutritious Mediterranean- style meal... complete with a lecture on evidence-based benefits of why these eats are the best seats in the house for promoting maximum wellness and yummy. And what better way to enjoy a full tummy than for me to stay a little while longer and do some dishes?!
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“Exhibit Exports”Happy to share that after a long hiatus from exhibit projects, one of my organic mosaics has been selected to be on display at the IU Simon Cancer Center and then make its way to a beautiful gallery in downtown Indianapolis this coming October. The narratives paired with this piece are meant to inspire hope and peace that we can all find in nature. More info on the upcoming exhibit and this beautiful collaboration to come, so stay tuned :)