For use on this website it specifically refers to those activities for which I have a direct interest in learning about or (more importantly) actively participating.
These are the activities that I involve myself which give me the satisfaction of actually producing something of value and/or beauty. There are a large number of hobbies and activities we as members of the human race can find fulfillment. I’ll only be addressing those for which I actually do – or am wanting to learn how to do. I’m a “project” kind of guy. I always have multiple projects working.
What does it include?
- Build & Restoration
- Home & Gardens
- The Arts
Build & Restoration
Since I was a kid I’ve always loved to take things apart, clean or repair the components, and put them back together so they look great. I also like building things from scratch. This can include fixing up cars & motorcycles, home improvement and remodeling, creating beautiful landscape gardens, building web sites, fixing just about anything mechanical, working on personal computers, etc.
Home & Gardens
This will include projects specifically oriented to building a beautiful place to live. My wife and I call our home and gardens “Elysium,” an ancient Greek and Roman term meaning Paradise or Heaven. Our intent is to create a haven for our souls to relish, an oasis of beauty and tranquility.
This will include various art forms I’ve either personally participated in or desire to attempt myself.
Sculpting – For some reason I always had a desire to chisel on stone and ‘release’ a figure. A local sculptor, Matt Weir, helped me do just that – in an adult-ed-type class held out in beautiful Bernheim Forest over a few Saturday sessions in 2011. Wow, it really resonated with me and I felt a natural affinity wielding chisel and hammer to the limestone. I haven’t had a whole lot of time to pursue this craft, but I hope to produce more works.
Music – As an adolescent I learned to play the organ (electronic keyboard). I only took lessons for about a year and a half. Over the last decade or so I’ve felt a desire to learn to play piano, specifically several Nocturnes composed by Frédéric Chopin. My intent is to self-teach. We’ll see if I get anywhere with this desire!
There are many other arenas of “creating & building” but with everything else I’m trying to accomplish in my lifetime I need to limit my involvement to these. . . for now. 😉
(Featured image by James L. Patterson)